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The West Coast

Journey to yet undiscovered Sri Lanka.  Kalpitiya, a coastal gem known for its breathtaking beaches and Kite Surfing scene. Dive into nature in the magnificent Wilpattu National Park, where encounters with elephants, leopards, and bears await. Discover Mannar, Thanthirimale and Thirukeshwaram areas steeped in history and spirituality dating back to the 5th century BC. Immerse yourself in Jaffna's vibrant culture, from its ancient temples to the rich Tamil traditions and cuisines. Cap off your adventure by delving into the wonders of the cultural triangle and the lush tea country, completing a journey of discovery and true authenticity in Sri Lanka.

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 1: Airport / Negombo

Airport – Negombo approximate travel distance and time | 10km, 30min drive

Negombo is a vibrant coastal city located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, not far from the Airport. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches and a network of picturesque lagoons.

The city has a rich history, with Portuguese and Dutch colonial influences evident in its architecture and culture.


Things to Do:

  • Relax on Negombo Beach and enjoy the sunset

  • Visit the Dutch Fort in Negombo for a glimpse into its colonial past

  • Discover the Negombo Fish Market for a bustling atmosphere and fresh seafood

  • Explore the Muthurajawela Marsh for bird watching and wildlife spotting

Overnight:

Negombo

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 2: Kalpitiya

Negombo - Kalpitiya approximate travel distance and time | 145km, 3 hours 30min drive

Kalpitiya is a coastal haven known for its pristine beauty, diverse ecosystems, and vibrant marine life. The region is a captivating blend of serene beaches, expansive lagoons, and lush mangrove forests, making it a sought-after destination for nature lovers and water enthusiasts. Kalpitiya offers ideal conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The nearby Kalpitiya Lagoon, surrounded by mangrove swamps, is a sanctuary for birdwatchers, home to a rich variety of avian species


Things to Do:

  • Kite surf, Windsurfing, or paddle boarding on the lagoon

  • Go on a birdwatch boat trip through the mangroves

  • Dolphin & Whale watching trips

Overnight:

Kalpitiya

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 3, & 4: Wilpattu

Kalpitiya - Wilpattu approximate travel distance and time | 145km, 3 hours 30min drive

Wilpattu National Park is a prominent wildlife reserve located in the northwest coast of Sri Lanka. Renowned for its diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife, Wilpattu is the largest national park in the country, spanning approximately 1,317 square kilometres. The park is characterized by its unique landscape of dense woodlands, open grassy plains, and numerous lakes, or "villus."


Things to Do:

  • Wildlife Safari in Wilpattu

  • Thanthirimale. Rajamaha Viharaya is a 2nd century temple

  • Village tours


Overnight:

Wilpattu

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 5, 6 & 7: Jaffna

Wilpattu - Jaffna approximate travel distance and time | 271km, 5 hours drive

Jaffna. The cultural heart of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka this is a captivating city steeped in history and cultural richness. The resilience and warmth of its people, coupled with its historic landmarks, make Jaffna a unique destination.


Things to Do:

  • Mannar. Thirukeshwaram Kovil an important hindu temple dating 2500 years (enroute to Jaffna)

  • Neduntheevu (Delft Island) is a Tranquil Gem off the Shores of Jaffna with a rich history.

  • Nagadipa Temple an ancient site of worship where the Buddha  himself is said to have visited

  • Naga Pooshani Amman Kovil, an ancient and colourful Hindu Temple

  • Jaffna Fort.  This iconic fort dates back to the 17th-century Portuguese occupation


Overnight:

Jaffna

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 8 & 9: Anuradhapura

Jaffna – Anuradhapura approximate travel distance and time | 210km, 4 hours drive

Anuradhapura. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, established in the 4th century BC this ancient city in Sri Lanka boasts a profound history and cultural legacy. Once the island's inaugural capital and a thriving hub of Buddhist civilization for over a millennium, Anuradhapura stands as a testament to the enduring heritage of Sri Lanka and remains one of the oldest continously occupied cities in the world.


Things to Do:

  • Visit the old city of Anuradhapura perhaps on a bicycle tour

  • Mihintale. This 4th century BC temple on a pictersque hill is a sacred site of piligrmage

Overnight:

Anuradhapura

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 10 & 11: Habarana

Anuradhapura - Habarana approximate travel distance and time | 160km 3 hours drive

Travel to the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka the place to discover the magnificence & sophistication of the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka including several UNESCO world heritage sites such as the 11th-century city of Polonnaruwa which served as the capital of Sri Lanka for 150 years, the fortress monolith of Sigiriya 'Lion Rock' and the magnificent art & sculpture of 1st century Dambulla cave temple complex.


Things to Do:

  • Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage). The well-preserved 11th-century capital of Sri Lanka

  • Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage). The 1st-century cave temple complex

  • Sigiriya (UNESCO world heritage). A 5th-century fortress known as Lion Rock

  • Minneriya National Park - home to the largest herds of elephants on the island.

Overnight:

Habarana

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 12: Kandy

Harbarna– Kandy approximate travel distance and time | 250km, 2.5 hour drive

Kandy, the hill country capital situated by a lake surrounded by picturesque mountains it was the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka and has a rich history and tradition of arts, music, and dance.


Things to Do:

  • The Kandy Temple. The 16th-century sanctuary houses a relic believed to be a tooth of the Buddha, drawing pilgrims and visitors from around the globe.

  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden.  Established in the early 19th century, the garden spans a sprawling 147 acres along the banks of the Mahaweli River.Explore the Royal Palace of Kandy (The last kingdom of Sri Lanka)

  • Take a stroll around Kandy Lake and enjoy the serene surroundings

  • Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery

  • Watch a cultural show

Overnight:

Kandy

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 13 & 14: Ella

Kandy - Ella approximate travel distance and time | 160km, 4 hour drive

Nestled amidst the lush hill country of Sri Lanka, Ella is a picturesque town that captivates visitors with its enchanting beauty and serene ambience. Surrounded by emerald, green tea plantations and embraced by misty mountains, Ella is a haven for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those yearning for a break from the heat and humidity of the low lands.


Things to Do:

  • Little Adam's Peak a accessible trek offering breathtaking views

  • The Nine Arch bridge, a marvel of engineering and an icon of Ella

  • Hiking to Nil Diya Pokuna, Ella Gap and Ella rock

  • Visit a tea estate

Overnight:

Ella

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 15: Udawalawe

Ella - Buduruwagala approximate travel distance and time | 38km, 1 hours’ drive
Buduruwagala – Udawalawe approximate travel distance and time | 75km, 1-hours’ 30min drive

Udawalawe, nestled in the southeastern part of Sri Lanka, is a charming city renowned for its proximity to the Udawalawe National Park. The city serves as a gateway to one of the island's premier wildlife sanctuaries, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.


Things to Do:

  • Buduruwagala. 10th century colossal rock carving (enroute from Ella)

  • Wildlife safari in Udawalawe national park

  • Vist the Elephant transit home rehabilitating displaced and orphaned elephants

Overnight:

Udawalawe

Sunset in Sri Lanka

Day 16: Colombo

Udawalawe - Colombo approximate travel distance and time | 243km, 4 hours’ drive

Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka, is a bustling metropolis that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity. This coastal city on the Indian Ocean offers a kaleidoscope of experiences, from the historic charm of colonial architecture to indulging in shopping at bustling markets and modern malls, with a vibrant food and nightlife scene there is a lot to do in this modern Asian city.


Things to Do:

  • Do a walking tour of the city with local guide

  • Shopping in the cities many malls

  • Enjoy the many restaurants & bars the city (perhaps join the Dodgy Bars tour of Colombo)

Overnight:

Colombo

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