5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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5 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Bentota
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bentota road trip tool .

Chennai, India to Bentota is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chennai in August, you will find days in Bentota are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna tour planning app .

Drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kandy vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 18th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Elephant Foundation and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pinnawala trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Pinnawala can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

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