37 days in Sri Lanka & Western Province Itinerary

37 days in Sri Lanka & Western Province Itinerary

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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 ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tour Guide in Sri Lanka and Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary. Do your shopping at Sun Shine Jewels and Main Fish Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Waikkal: Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama), St. Anne’s Church (in Puttalam) and Maligatenna Dageba (in Gampaha).

To see ratings, reviews, 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 35°C and lows of 30°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, Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, St. Anne’s Church, Holy Mother of Expectation Church Eldeniya Kadawatha
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
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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 Ruwanwelisaya and Dambulla Cave Temple. Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Habarana (Spas & Dhilip De Alwis) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip site.

Traveling by car from Waikkal to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Pidurangala Rock
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

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 Koneswaram Temple. 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: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, 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 ratings, reviews, where to stay, 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

Beaches Outdoors 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, then contemplate 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, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, 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 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°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
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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 R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Ella Spice Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda), Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park) and Franciscan Sister's Jam Room (in Nuwara Eliya). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ella online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

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

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 Cara Jewellers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle (Galle Fort, Dutch Reformed Church, &more), Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda & Jungle Beach) and Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town). There's still lots to do: stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder app.

You can 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, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kande Viharaya Temple
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, ratings, 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 39°C and lows of 30°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, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
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: Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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 Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Walking tours. Head to Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and Palace Seasidefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Kalutara (Kalutara Bodhiya & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Sri Anjaneyar Temple (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, browse the different shops at Azarya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and walk around Viharamahadevi Park.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. 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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