13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
3
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Habarana route planning tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Habarana is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dambulla, Sigiriya
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

2
nights
Nilaveli

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli travel planning site.

Getting from Habarana to Nilaveli by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

3
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Escape the urban bustle at Bundala National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Tissamaharama to Yala National Park to see Yala National Park about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama road trip planning tool.

Getting from Nilaveli to Tissamaharama by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. May in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bundala National Park, Yala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 26th (Tue), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then stroll through Udawalawe National Park. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Udawalawe Dam and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Udawalawe National Park using our trip planner.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Safaris
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Dam ©
Udawalawe Dam

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Ahungalla Beach and Beruwala Beach. Relax by the water at Hikkaduwa Beach and Jungle Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Unawatuna (Spas & Wellness & Unawatuna Devol Devalaya) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip site.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 4 hours. May in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Beruwala Beach, Bentota Beach, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

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