13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly + Drive:  20 h
1
Habarana
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h
4
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Tallinn

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Step out of Habarana to go to Dambulla and see Golden Temple of Dambulla, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the galleries of Pethikada, browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Habarana vacation planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Habarana is an approximately 20- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to India Standard Time is 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nilaveli trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Nilaveli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Fort Frederick
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fort Frederick ©
Fort Frederick

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Kandy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dawson Tower, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, stop by Urban Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner.

Fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. July in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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