16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ljubljana
Fly + Taxi:  19 h 30 min
1
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Ljubljana

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Head to Orchid House and Lihiniya Gemsfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dara Gems & Jewellery and Sriyan Jewellers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bentota: Galle (Embark & Fort Art Jewels). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and stop by Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bentota holiday maker site.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Bentota is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Bentota is 4.5 hours. While traveling from Ljubljana, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Bentota, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Beruwala, Kosgoda, Aluthgama
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Dara Gems & Jewellery ©
Dara Gems & Jewellery
Orchid House ©
Orchid House

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Jumbos, and then stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Pinnawala sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Bentota to Pinnawala in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kegalle
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Jumbos ©
Pinnawala Jumbos
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ritigala Forest Monastery and Karu Arts & Crafts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Change things up with a short trip to Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla attractions app.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts, Dhilip De Alwis
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Passikudah Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kalkudah sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Dambulla to Kalkudah in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Visit Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trincomalee War Cemetery and Saint Mary's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, play a few rounds at Eagles' Golf Links, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick.

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

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Isurumuniya Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Visit Dagoba of Thuparama and Moonstone or Sandakada pahana for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura travel route planning app.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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