13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Dambulla
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Kalutara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Moscow

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala online trip planner .

Moscow, Russia to Pinnawala is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In November, Pinnawala is much warmer than Moscow - with highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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hours
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Lankathilaka Image House, and other attractions you added.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip builder website .

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lipton’s Seat, Halpewatte Tea Factory and Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 14th (Thu), take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get great views at Lipton’s Seat and then savor a delicious cup with Halpewatte Tea Factory.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ella trip planner .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Ella sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat

4
nights
Unawatuna

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mihiripenna Beach and Mirissa Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Unawatuna Beach.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. November in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kalutara.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Kalutara

Kalutara ©
A popular beachside getaway just an hour south of Colombo, Kalutara is as recognizable for its enormous white Buddhist stupa as for its inviting white-sand beaches.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalutara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Panadura Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Wadduwa Beach.

Plan a Kalutara trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Unawatuna to Kalutara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Kalutara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Colombo.

Things to do in Kalutara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wadduwa Beach, Panadura Beach
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Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach
Panadura Beach ©
Panadura Beach

few
hours
Colombo

Colombo
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Colombo route planning website .

Getting from Kalutara to Colombo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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