37 days in Sri Lanka & Western Province Itinerary

37 days in Sri Lanka & Western Province Itinerary

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37 days in Sri Lanka & Western Province Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Waikkal
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
7
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Mirissa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
10
Colombo
— 7 nights
End: Colombo

3
nights
Waikkal

Waikkal ©
Head to Main Fish Market and Sun Shine Jewelsfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tour Guide in Sri Lanka and Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Waikkal side-trips: Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama) (in Ragama), Holy Mother of Expectation Church Eldeniya Kadawatha (in Kadawata) and St. Anne’s Church (in Puttalam).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waikkal trip builder site .

Colombo to Waikkal is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. July in Waikkal sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Waikkal

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, St. Anne’s Church, Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary, Maligatenna Dageba
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Tour Guide in Sri Lanka ©
Tour Guide in Sri Lanka
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Sun Shine Jewels ©
Sun Shine Jewels

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anuradhapura: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Habarana (Minneriya National Park, Dambulla Cave Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Waikkal to Anuradhapura. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Step out of Trincomalee to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach, learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, and make a trip to Fort Frederick.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nilaveli, Girihadu Seya
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kalkudah online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kalkudah to Arugam Bay. In July, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
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.
Do your shopping at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Franciscan Sister's Jam Room. Explore hidden gems such as Ella Spice Garden and Buduruwagala. Take a break from Ella with a short trip to Diyaluma Falls in Koslanda, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, make a trip to Demodara Loop, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, Buduruwagala, Diyaluma Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Visit Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsunami Photo Museum and Tsunami Honganji Vihara. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Galle (Galle Fort, Dutch Reformed Church, & more), Kande Viharaya (in Aluthgama) and Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda, Jungle Beach, & more). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa holiday site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach, Kande Viharaya Temple
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Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
We've included these beaches for you: Mirissa Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Head to Roosara Gems and Jewellery and Indika Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Galle) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Kushta Raja Gala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, and explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip maker app .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kahandamodara Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jayamali Batiks Studio and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, and don't miss a visit to Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

Plan my day in Kandy using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Ramboda Waterfall, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Nelligala International Buddhist Center
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Sriya & Daya Curio Shop ©
Sriya & Daya Curio Shop

7
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and Azarya. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Independence Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Palace Seaside (in Waskaduwa), Kalutara (West Coast Tattoo Studio, Kalutara Bodhiya, & more) and Sri Anjaneyar Temple (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). On the 6th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: stroll around Viharamahadevi Park, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and buy something for everyone on your list at Arcade Independence Square.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo online attractions planner .

You can fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Palace Seaside, Sri Anjaneyar Temple
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Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct

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