17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Agadir
Fly + Drive:  23 h 30 min
1
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Peradeniya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  25 h
End: Agadir

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Step out of the city life by going to Bentota Beach and Beruwala Beach. When in Bentota, make a side trip to see Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Galle, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bentota attractions tool .

Agadir, Morocco to Bentota is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In January in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Beruwala Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Escape the urban bustle at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Visit Mirissa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Matara Beach (in Matara).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, Matara Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Udawalawe National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella journey planner .

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

1
night
Peradeniya

Peradeniya ©
A suburb of Kandy, Peradeniya draws more than 2 million visitors annually to its royal botanical gardens.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, and then stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Peradeniya attractions planner .

Fly from Yala National Park to Peradeniya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In January in Peradeniya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture ©

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Escape the urban bustle at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Minneriya National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Peradeniya to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

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