14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Nilaveli
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Peradeniya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Tallinn

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association and then kick back and relax at Akurala Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bentota trip planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Bentota is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Bentota is 3 hours. Traveling from Tallinn in July, you will find days in Bentota are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are much warmer (31°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Akurala Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Bentota to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa Beach
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
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.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then make a trip to Sigiriya.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nelligala International Buddhist Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Peradeniya day trip planner .

Getting from Nilaveli to Peradeniya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Peradeniya sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nelligala International Buddhist Center
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Nelligala International Buddhist Center ©

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 1st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Jumbos, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala road trip planner .

You can drive from Peradeniya to Pinnawala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

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