18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Ohiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Sydney

1
night
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 5th (Sat), stroll through Hurulu Eco Park, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to kaludiya Pokuna, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then make a trip to Sigiriya.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Dambulla is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Dambulla is minus 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Hanthana Mountain Range are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Kandy (World Buddhist Museum, Royal Palace of Kandy, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pinnawala trip app.

Drive from Dambulla to Pinnawala in 2 hours. In January in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ohiya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kandy, 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
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Ohiya

Ohiya ©
Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ohiya road trip planner.

Drive from Pinnawala to Ohiya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ohiya

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Horton Plains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatala Wehera, make a trip to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, thenmake a trip to Tissa Dagoba, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ohiya to Tissamaharama takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

2
nights
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 14th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Udawalawe Dam and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lakpura.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park online road trip planner.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Udawalawe Dam ©
Udawalawe Dam

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Kosgoda (Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center & Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Narigama Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach, and look for gifts at Koccoriko.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda, Bentota, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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