Day Trips From Kalutara Sri Lanka
Kalutara is one of the most popular beaches in the west coast of Sri Lanka and a large number leading beach resorts sits on the pristine beaches of Kalutara. There is a big demand for day trips from Kalutara Sri Lanka, especially from the gusts that spend beach holidays in beach hotels in Kalutara and Wadduwa. We receive many emails from guests with questions like “what are the possibilities for day trips from Kalutara Sri Lanka?”, “can we book day trips from Kalutara to Kandy?” Therefore we thought of making this blog post in order to give a few day trip ideas for our readers, who wish to explore this fascinating island on day trips from Kalutara.
Kalutara is one of the historical cities on the island, and one of the biggest cities on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The history of Kalutara dates back to the pre-Christian era, and its name is mentioned in ancient chronicle like Mahawamsa. Kalutara is full of interesting places that coming under historical, natural and modern to entice travellers on their tour to Sri Lanka. The bustling roads of Kalutara have many temples, colourful and bustling markets, and interesting insights into the modern and fast-growing 21st-century city.
There are many interesting places to visit from Kalutara and most of them are reachable within a few hours of drive. Some of them are popular iconic tourist attractions, while some others are small, local villages; however, there is something for every traveller with a short tour from Kalutara.
Here are the 10 Day trips from Kalutara Sri Lanka
- White water rafting tour
- Kanneliya Rain Forest – the bio-diversity hotspot
- Whale watching tour
- Colombo City Tour
- Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
- Kandy City Tour
- Galle City Tour
- Tea country / Nuwara Eliya tour
- Sinharaja rain forest tour
- Sigiriya/Dambulla tour
1. White water rafting tour
Kitulgala famous for its primeval rain forests and natural beauty is one of the best places for adventure holidays in the country. Kitulgala 2 hours drive from Colombo was the place where the award-winning film Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. White water rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, mountain walking, mountain biking are some of the adventures can be performed in the area.
2. Kanneliya Rain Forest Tour
One of the oldest forest cover on the island. Excursion in Kanneliya Forest Reserve allows you to walk around the reserve in the buffer zone. Forest reserve located in Galle more than 100 KM from the commercial centre of the island (Colombo). Even though Kanneliya is not as big as Sinharaja rain forest, it’s richness in Bio-diversity compared to be similar to Sinharaja rain forest.
3. Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka
Now the whale watching can be booked on a day trips from Kalutara Sri Lanka, thanks to the southern expressway. It had been a two days tour with an overnight stay in Mirissa in the past, however, with the opening of the southern expressway, the travelling time from Kalutara to Mirissa and vice-versa is reduced by about 3 hours, making it just a 2 hours drive, on one way.
The excursion starts very early morning (around 4.00 AM), this is mainly due to the fact that all participants should report to the Mirissa harbour between 6.00 AM-6.30 AM. The boat leaves the harbour at around 6.30 AM and after 1-2 hours journey in a comfortable vessel, you come to the whaling protected area in the Indian Ocean. Apart from whales, one can see the dolphin and a large amount of coral while passing the great reef.
4. Trips From Kalutara Sri Lanka-Colombo
Colombo is the largest city in the country with fifteen administrative regions; Colombo 1 to Colombo 15. Colombo provides many attractive places within its borders. There are many Buddhist and Hindu temples that are dating back to many 100s of years. There are many monuments built during the Colonial era too. Today Colombo is most famous for its large number of small shops that sells various products at an affordable price.
5. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
One of the most popular day trips from Kalutara Sri Lanka and it very enjoyable family trip destination on the island. First, of its kind in Asia, elephant orphanage is started in 1975 with five elephants today it is the home for the largest elephant herd in the world. The elephant herd is comprised of more than 85 elephants including two orphans and few sick. Best time to visit the orphanage is the feeding time from 09.15 and from 13.15.
6. Kandy Tour from Kalutara
Kandy being the cultural centre of the country is a must visited the place. Kandy is one of the most picturesque cities in the island with Temple of the tooth. Temple of the tooth considered to be the most sacred temple for the Buddhist in Sri Lanka. Elephant orphanage, tea factory, spice garden, botanical garden, Gadaladeniya, Embekke being considered as other important places around the city.
7. Galle Tour
Galle is the largest city in southern Sri Lanka with nearly one million populations. Galle is one of the world heritage sites in the island owing to the Galle fort. Galle Fort is the best-preserved fortified city built by Europeans in Asia. Some of the other attractions in southern Sri Lanka are Turtle hatchery, Gemstone mining in Meetiyagoda, mask factory, Hikkaduwa coral reefs and stilt fishermen.
8. Tea country / Nuwara Eliya tour
This two-day tour with an overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya covers the breathtaking mountains of Sri Lanka. One will come to the tea country in Sri Lanka here you find the endless tea garden and green-capped mountains and cascading waterfalls. One can sip a fresh cup of best Ceylon tea in a tea factory. Small England which located 1800 m above the sea level is also in the itinerary. Kandy being the most famous city for Buddhist in the country contains many historical Buddhist monuments in and around the city.
The historical city of Nuwara Eliya has a close relationship with Ramayana, an epic story dates back to 7000 years, and many Ramayana monuments are to be found near the nearby places. Sita temple and Ashok Vatika or Haggala botanical garden is the most important Ramayana reminiscence here.
Sigiriya and Dambulla are the most popular tourist attractions in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and it is believed that a visit to Sri Lanka in incomplete if a tourist miss those UNESCO designated world heritage sites. The tour can be accomplished within a day; however, this day trips starts very early from Kalutara, due to the long distance of the drive that lasts at least 3 hours on one way.
10. Sinharaja rain forest tour
Sinharaja rain forest, the natural world heritage in Sri Lanka is a place not to be missed by the people who love nature. This primeval forest harbours large array of Fauna and Flora with high bio-diversity. The forest reserve harbours a large number of animal, vertebrate, bird, amphibian and fish species. This one-day excursion is offered you as an alternative to the Sinharaja adventure tour. The track leads you through the picturesque natural vegetation, waterfalls, streams and mountains.