37 days in Sri Lanka & Western Province Itinerary

37 days in Sri Lanka & Western Province Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Waikkal
— 3 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
6
Ella
— 3 nights
7
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
8
Mirissa
— 3 nights
9
Kandy
— 5 nights
10
Colombo
— 7 nights

3
nights
Waikkal

Waikkal ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tour Guide in Sri Lanka and Main Fish Market. Get out of town with these interesting Waikkal side-trips: Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary (in Chilaw), Maligatenna Dageba (in Gampaha) and St. Anne’s Church (in Puttalam).

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Waikkal online itinerary builder.

Colombo to Waikkal is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. July in Waikkal sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Waikkal

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Holy Mother of Expectation Church Eldeniya Kadawatha, Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Maligatenna Dageba
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Tour Guide in Sri Lanka ©
Tour Guide in Sri Lanka
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Main Fish Market ©
Main Fish Market

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ritigala Forest Monastery and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Habarana (Dambulla Cave Temple, Spas, &more) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip builder app.

Drive from Waikkal to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Pidurangala Rock
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Relax by the water at Marble Beach and Arisimale Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee journey maker.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nilaveli, Girihadu Seya
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 14th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park and then stroll through Passikudah Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah trip itinerary builder website.

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

Things to do in Kalkudah

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 15th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online travel planner.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Arugam Bay in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Demodara Loop and Buduruwagala. Shop till you drop at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Franciscan Sister's Jam Room. Go for a jaunt from Ella to Koslanda to see Diyaluma Falls about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Buduruwagala, Diyaluma Falls, Franciscan Sister's Jam Room
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

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.
Relax by the water at Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle (Galle Fort, Dutch Reformed Church, &more), Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town) and Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda, Jungle Beach, &more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Ella to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kande Viharaya Temple, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
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Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Head to Roosara Gems and Jewellery and Indika Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Galle) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, appreciate the history behind Kushta Raja Gala, enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mirissa online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. July in Mirissa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kushta Raja Gala, Kayaking & Canoeing, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
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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.
Do your shopping at Jayamali Batiks Studio and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kandy online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. 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, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara. Head to Palace Seaside and Colombo City Centrefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Sri Anjaneyar Temple (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia) and Kalutara (Kalutara Bodhiya & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, revel in the low prices at Noritake Factory Store, browse the different shops at Azarya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July in Colombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Sri Anjaneyar Temple, Palace Seaside
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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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