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 15​min
1
Waikkal
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Mirissa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
9
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
10
Colombo
— 7 nights
End: Colombo

3
nights
Waikkal

Waikkal ©
Explore hidden gems such as Tour Guide in Sri Lanka and Sun Shine Jewels. Get out of town with these interesting Waikkal side-trips: St. Anne’s Church (in Puttalam), Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama) (in Ragama) and Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary (in Chilaw).

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Waikkal route planner .

Colombo to Waikkal is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Waikkal

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary, St. Anne’s Church, Holy Mother of Expectation Church Eldeniya Kadawatha, 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Dambulla Cave Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Anuradhapura: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Habarana (Minneriya National Park, Spas, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planner.

Drive from Waikkal to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Pidurangala Rock
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nilaveli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Marble Beach and Arisimale Beach. 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, explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough 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 ©
On the 28th (Sun), make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kalkudah online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then 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. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Arugam Bay takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Diyaluma Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Franciscan Sister's Jam Room (in Nuwara Eliya) and Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip maker .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Buduruwagala, Diyaluma Falls, Franciscan Sister's Jam Room
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
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.
Visit Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Tsunami Photo Museum and Tsunami Honganji Vihara. Venture out of the city with trips to Galle (Galle Fort, Dutch Reformed Church, & more), Kande Viharaya (in Aluthgama) and Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda, Jungle Beach, & more). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary site .

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 August in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Kande Viharaya
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Indika Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Mirissa to Ahangama to see Handunugoda Tea Estate about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Roosara Gems and Jewellery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, pause for some photo ops at Kushta Raja Gala, and explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online journey maker .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kayaking & Canoeing, Kahandamodara Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara 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.
For shopping fun, head to Jayamali Batiks Studio or Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Ramboda Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Euphoria Spice and Herbal), Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday maker .

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 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct or Azarya. Step off the beaten path and head to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Walking tours. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Palace Seaside (in Waskaduwa), Sri Anjaneyar Temple (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia) and Kalutara (West Coast Tattoo Studio, Kalutara Bodhiya, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Independence Square, walk around Galle Face Green, get some fabulous bargains at Noritake Factory Store, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time 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
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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