ONE DAY TRIP PLACES FROM COLOMBO: EASY DRIVE TO 8 PLACES FROM COLOMBO

Looking to get out of Colombo during your short stay in Sri Lanka? Here are 7 killer ideas to organize your one day trip from Colombo. These 7-day tours from Colombo introduce you to the 7 best one-day trip places from Colombo. These 7 places also can be easily reached from any beach resort on the west coast too. We have chosen these places that feature wildlife reserves, seaside towns, and adventures in the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka.  

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ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO

Are you tired of Colombo? This is the perfect moment to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Colombo and head to a perfect spot, where you can enjoy peace and serenity, of course with few activities. From time to time everyone needs a change of scene-but definitely without too much faffing.

So, it is immaterial whether you are in the mood for a forest frolic or embracing the sea breeze, here are 6 sweet spots for an unforgettable one-day trip from Colombo, complete with plenty of activities, restaurants, and pubs, that are close to Colombo to get there and back in a day.   

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WHAT ARE THE 8 BEST ONE DAY TRIP PLACES FROM COLOMBO?

If you are looking for an interesting one day trip from Colombo and exploring some interesting places, I highly recommend the below-mentioned 8 places. Most of these places can be reached within 3 hours of diving from Colombo except Yala and Kandy. All these places are not only reachable within a short period of a drive but also can be included with many other interesting tourist places such as forts, beaches, temples, stupas, museums, shopping and many other things.

  1. Kitulgala is located in the western province of Sri Lanka and is just 2-hour drive from Colombo
  2. Yala offers top-notch wildlife holidays and is included in Sri Lanka’s south coast itinerary. Four-hour drive from Colombo.
  3. Mirissa South coast beach holiday destination offers opportunities for whale watching and dolphin watching
  4. Kandy is located in the central province and offers a wide range of tourist attractions from temples to botanical gardens and tea plantations and many more
  5. Galle is a popular tourist attraction in the south with pristine beaches and an old fort
  6. Hikkaduwa is located on the south coast and offers the opportunity for watersport, diving, snorkelling, boating and many other activities
  7. Rathnapura is located near Colombo and it can be reached within 2 hour’s drive from Colombo, offers rainforests, waterfalls, rivers and many ancient sites
  8. Sinharaja rainforest is popular for its rainforest and it is very popular among the nature lovers

6 EASY ONE DAY TRIP PLACES OPENING UP DUE TO THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY

The infrastructure is been improved rapidly in Sri Lanka, especially the road network. With the improved road network, especially with newly built highways, now it has become easy to reach far-flung destinations on the island from Colombo. Yala and many other tourist places such as Kataragama were not viable day trips place from Colombo in the past, due to the long drive, however, Yala and all other tourist attractions in the southern province are now just a 2-hour drive away from Colombo, due to the newly opened southern expressway.

A large number of important historical and natural tourist attractions in the north-central province have become convenient one-day trip places from Colombo with the opening of the central expressway in January 2021. Iconic tourist attractions Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla golden temple, Pidurangala, and Minneriya national park are some of the important places that have become easy one day trip places from Colombo. Due to the newly opened part of the central expressway, the time spent travelling from Mirigala to Kurunegala (40 km) has been curtailed to 25 minutes. Earlier it took around 5 hours to travel from Colombo to Sigiriya. With the new expressway now the travellers can reach Sigiriya within 3 hours from Colombo.

6 ONE DAY TRIP PLACES FROM COLOMBO IN THE CULTURAL TRIANGLE

  1. Sigiriya rock fortress
  2. Dambulla golden temple
  3. Pidurangala temple
  4. Minneriya national park
  5. Ibbankatuwa ancient site
  6. Pinnawala elephant orphanage

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO EXPLORE ABOVE MENTIONED ONE DAY TRIP PLACES IN SRI LANKA?

Above mentioned 8 one day trip places in Sri Lanka are located in the western province, southern province and the central hill country of Sri Lanka. These regions are coming under the wet zone, which is under the influence of the southwest monsoon. The southwest monsoon brings heavy rain from April to November over most parts of Sri Lanka including the west zone. Therefore, travelling to the above-mentioned places from April to November may affect your holiday activities, specifically, it may obstruct outdoor activities with sudden heavy rain.

A large part of the wet zone sees bright and sunny weather during the north-east monsoon (from November to April), therefore 6 months from April to November is the best time of the year to visit these 8 places from Colombo, which is also the peak holiday season on the island. Most beach resorts in Sri Lanka attract a large number of travellers from November to April and therefore the cost of holidays in Sri Lanka is also considerably heightened during this period, at the increasing demand for accommodation, transport and other facilities.

However, the unprecedented impact incurred on the tourism industry due to the COVID-19 has been able to push holiday costs in Sri Lanka by more than 50%. Now travellers can travel on the island at a very low cost regardless the

WHAT TIME SHOULD I START MY DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

Goooooood question, because it is very important to save time for the interesting activities that you plan on the trip. Reducing the time spent on travelling is one of the best ways to save time for activities. Having private transport (private vehicle with a local driver) is strongly recommended to save time on travelling. Never resort to public transport it really sucks your time. Public buses and trains are behind the schedule most of the time.

Even with your private vehicle, it is recommended to start the day trip from Colombo as early as possible. If you can start the trip at around 04.00 or 05. AM is better because you can avoid traffic along the way and reach the destination early.

It is highly important to start the trips early from Colombo if you are visiting faraway tourist attractions like Kandy, and Sigiriya Dambulla. Usually, it takes a few hours to reach most leading tourist attractions Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Southern Sri Lank as well as the cultural triangle.

As per my experience, the early start of the trip allows you to save a lot of time. E.g if you start the 1 day Sigiriya trip from Colombo at around 04.00 AM it takes only 3 hours to reach Sigiriya. But if you start the journey after 6.00 AM it takes around 5 hours to reach Sigiriya.

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1-ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO TO KITULGALA

Kitulgala lies at the foothills of the central mountain range, towards the western slope of the hill country. It lies on the Colombo-Nuwara Eliya main road and you come across Kitulgala as you travel to Nuwara Eliya from Colombo via Hatton or vice versa. Kitulgala is laid back city with a calm and quiet neighbourhood, Kitulgala is ranked among the best places for a peaceful holiday with a twist of adventure.

The most striking natural attraction of Kitulgala is undoubtedly the Kelaniya River, which is the main reason for its popularity among travellers, the river keeps the adjoining forest alive and maintains the healthy green cover by supplying plenty of water. the rugged terrain of Kitulagla supports many adrenaline-pumping activities such as hiking, trekking, mountain climbing and jungle trekking. Kiutlgala is also popular for rainforest exploration due to Malkandawa rainforest. Kitulgala is home to a number of waterfalls and some of them support waterfalls abseiling and many travellers venture into this exciting activity every day.

This one-day tour includes Whitewater rafting Off Kitulgala, jungle trekking of the Kitulgala rainforest, village walk, and bird watching. This private tour can be booked from Colombo as well as any other beach resort on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The tour includes entire ground transportation, all entrance, and activity cost as well as taxes.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT ON THE KITULGALA DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

  1. Kelaniya River (Kitulgal water rafting)
  2. Rain forest
  3. Beli Lena

Transportation: The travel time between Colombo and Kitulgala would be around 2 hours if you have your own transport. If you travel to Kitulgala from the west coast, southern, coast or Kandy it might take around 3 hours. You can reach Kitulgala only by road, and the road that leads to Kitulgala is in very good condition and there is not much traffic on the road as well.

Things to do in Kitulgala: most things that you can do in Kitulgala are adventure activities such as Whitewater rafting, Kayaking, mountain climbing, trekking, rainforest exploration etc. therefore if you are a traveller fond of beaches, city life, cultural sites etc there is no point of going there. On the other hand, if you like to experience some adrenaline-pumping activities and live in a place, where you are fondled in the lap of mother nature, there is no better place like Kitulgala.

How much does cost this trip: Approx. US$ 250 per couple

Interesting Tips:  The cost of this largely varied depending on the activities you do. Usually, the accommodation in Kitulgala is not that much costly but the activities are costly. Usually, most activities cost between 10-40 US$ per person.

This 3 day Sri Lanka trip takes you to some of the most interesting and scenic places in Sri Lanka. The tour includes important historical monuments as well scenic upcountry cities such as Kandy and Nuwara Eliya.

2-ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO TO NUWARA ELIYA

Nuwara Eliya is the hill-country capital of Sri Lanka, which sits 1800 meters above sea level. Nuwara Eliya is one of the most beautiful cities on the island and is surrounded by tea plantations and green-capped mountains. Nuwara Eliya is one of the most visited cities on the island and it attracts many thousands of travellers every day. Nuwara Eliya offers many interesting places to visit such as historical sites, rain forests, trekking sites and temples.

Nuwara Eliya is a historical city closely connected to Ramayana. Nuwara Eliya is only 175 km from Colombo and usually, travellers need only 4 hours to reach Nuwara Eliya from Colombo. One day trip to Nuwara Eliya from Colombo is well worth money and time as it allows travellers to visit many interesting places.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT ON THE NUWARA ELIYA DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

  1. Temples
  2. Spice garden
  3. Tooth relic temple
  4. Tea plantations
  5. Waterfalls
  6. Lakes, rivers
  7. Botanical gardens

Transportation: The travel time between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya will be around 4 hours with private transport. The duration of the journey from Colombo to Kandy can last between 5 hours to 6 hours if you opt for public transport such as trains and buses. If you travel to Nuwara Eliya from the west coast or southern, coast it might take around 5 hours.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya: There are many dozens of interesting things to do and see in Nuwara Eliya. Visiting temples, and historical monuments, visiting botanical gardens, exploring wildlife, visiting waterfalls, trekking in the rain forest, hiking and trekking through the tea plantations are some of the main activities.

Nuwara Eliya is surrounded by mountains, which is an interesting playground for adventure enthusiasts. Some of the popular adventure activities in Nuwara Eliya are mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and whitewater rafting.

How much does cost this trip: Approx. USD 250 per couple

Interesting Tips:  The cost of the Nuwara Eliya one day trip from Colombo largely varied depending on the activities included in the trip. However, Nuwara Eliya one day trip includes only a few important activities due to time constraints. If you wish to have a more lengthy trip and visit other interesting places that are not included in the one day trip it is recommended to take the 2 days Nuwara Eliya trip or 3 days Nuwara Eliya trip.

This whale-watching day tour starts from Colombo and other major beach resorts on the west coast of Sri Lanka. This one-day tour includes an all-inclusive whale watching tour off Mirissa and a guided walking tour of Galle fort. You will be also visiting the spice garden, mask museum, and sea turtle conservation centre on this one-day tour. The private tour includes entire ground transportation in a luxury vehicle, breakfast, a live guide, and all taxes.

3-ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO TO MIRISSA

Watching blue whales is the talk of the town, watching whales has become a novel experience for travellers who spend holidays in Sri Lanka. And whale watching day tour is a very easy short trip for travellers, who stay on the west coast and southern coast. Therefore this one day trip from Colombo is mostly booked by beach holiday lovers, who stay in beach areas such as Colombo, Negombo, Kalutara, Bentota, Hikkaduwa and Galle.

Sri Lanka is the best whale-watching spot in the region and allows you to see blue whales off the southern coast at any time of the year. Unlike most other whale-watching destinations, where you can see whales only during a few months of the year (during the season), in Sri Lanka, you can spot whales throughout the year. It is due to the resident whales, which live permanently in the Sri Lankan water. So, you have the opportunity to have close to the largest sea creature in the Ocean, which can be as big as a multi-day fishing craft.

Mirissa is also one of the best beach holiday destinations on the island with the water temperature averaging 27 Celsius degrees all year long, allowing you to stick your toes in the sea on Mirissa’s white powdery sandy beaches. You can enjoy the sun, sea, and sand in Mirissa and relax at an isolated, less crowded beach or swim in the crystal clear turquoise blue waters, a shoreline hemmed by magnificent swaying palms.

If you like swimming with sea turtles around a multitude of tropical fish, it’s turtle beach, which is only a few kilometres from Mirissa you need to reach for. But it is not only the seafront activities that you can perform.

The Beachfront locality around Mirissa is home to one of the biggest fishing harbours on the island and the locality around Mirissa produces the raw material for the most popular alcoholic drink on the island, which is known as toddy extracted from the coconut bud. Make sure you tingle your taste buds with a plate of fresh seafood and a glass of arrack.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT ON THE MIRISSA DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

  1. Mirissa Beach
  2. Turtle Beach
  3. Sea turtle conservation project
  4. Galle
  5. Hikkaduwa
  6. Unawatuna
  7. Madu estuary

Transportation: The beaches of Mirissa can be easily reached from most cities on the island as it is located close to the city of Matara. You can use public buses, trains or a private transport mode such as a taxi to reach Mirissa. Mirissa is one of the most popular beach resorts on the island and here you get plenty of accommodation facilities. However, Matara is popular as a destination for budget travellers, where you get a large number of guest houses, rest houses, dormitories as well a few middle-class star hotels.

Things to do in Mirissa: Most importantly Mirissa is a beach holiday destination, therefore most travellers are glued to the beaches of Mirissa. Whale watching, visiting a natural fountain known as the blowhole, Matara star fort (built by Dutch in 18’s), and Weherahena Buddhist temple is noteworthy activities for tourist here.

How much does cost this trip: Approx. US$ 200 per couple

Interesting Tips:  The period from October to May considered being the best time to travel to Matara and Mirissa. During this period you get very good weather for outdoor activities with only casual rain, the sea is also calm and safe for a sea bath.

So pack yourself and join the ride and take in some of the most incredible sights from adventurous white water rafting to religious rituals. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on any of the above-mentioned tours and activities.

4. ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO TO KANDY

Kandy is one of the best cities for travellers in Sri Lanka, surrounded by lofty peaks, tea plantations and patches of forests; Kandy offers some of the most scenic landscapes on the island. Kandy is a beautiful city with many leading tourist attractions such as a tooth relic temple, the Royal botanical garden, Elephant orphanage Pinnawala.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT ON THE KANDY DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

  1. Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  2. Spice garden
  3. Tooth relic temple
  4. Tea plantations
  5. Royal botanical garden
  6. Udawattekele sanctuary

Transportation: Land transportation, Air travel and Land travel are viable options for every traveller, who wishes to travel to Kandy. The city lies 115km from Colombo and it takes around 5 hours to reach Kandy by public bus or trail. Travelling can be reduced by around 1 hour by having private transport such as taxis.

Places to visit: Kandy is on the bucket list of every traveller in Sri Lanka, due to the large concentration of tourist attractions in the city. A trip to Kandy allows you to explore many must-visit places for tourists on the island. Important places include are tooth relic temple, Royal botanical garden, Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Kandyan cultural show, Tea plantations, Embekke, Gadaladeniya, and Udawattakele sanctuary.

Travel Calculation: Approx. US$ 230 per couple

Interesting Tips: Stroll across the Kandy market to experience the typical Sri Lanka shopping culture and buy some of the exquisite Sri Lankan handicrafts, Gems and Jewellery, Batik, spices and textiles.

5. ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO TO GALLE

By far Galle city is the most popular destination for tourists on the island, who are heading to the southern coast. If you wish to experience a bit of the colonial heritage of Sri Lanka there is no better place than Galle Fort. Galle Fort is a colonial city built by Dutch in the 16’s, today it is a UNESCO world heritage site and heaven for tourists. The setting within the Galle Fort is very suitable for holiday lovers, which features restaurants, bars, pubs, shops, galleries, museums, hotels, dormitories and great beaches. Venturing on a Galle city tour is the best way to start the exploration of the Galle.

5 PLACES TO VISIT ON GALLE CITY TOUR

  1. Galle Fort
  2. Spice garden
  3. Koggala wetland
  4. Turtle conservation project
  5. Unawatuna beach

10 BEST PLACES TO VISIT ON THE TRIP TO GALLE FROM COLOMBO

Here are the 10 best places to visit on a one day trip to Galle from Colombo. However, it may not be possible to visit all these 10 places on a one day trip to Galle from Colombo due to the lack of time. Therefore, it is advisable to prioritize the places to visit if you undertake a one day trip to Galle from Colombo. Thereby you visit the most important places for you and leave the least important places.

  1. Gangatilaka temple Kalutara
  2. Kande Vihara temple Aluthgama
  3. Spice garden Bentota
  4. Madu River estuary
  5. Sea turtle conservation centre
  6. Bentota beach
  7. Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary
  8. Mask Museum
  9. Moonstone mines
  10. Galle Fort

Transportation: Galle fort lies 100 km south of Colombo near the Galle harbour. The travelling time from Colombo to Galle would be between 2-5 hours depending on the transport mode. If you travel by private vehicle it will take around 2 hours to reach Galle, with the train it will be around 4 hours and if you travel by public bus it will take around 5 hours.

Things to do: visiting Martin Vikramsinghe museum, Visiting the maritime museum, boat tour in the Koggala lagoon and watching stilt fisherman can be recommended to visitors of the Galle Fort. All these places are in the immediate surrounding area of the fort and do not take much time to reach any of the places.

Travel Calculation: Approx. US$ 300 per couple

6. ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO TO HIKKADUWA BEACH

Hikkaduwa beach is topping the chart due to its pristine beaches, water sports centres, luxurious hotels, pubs, bars, seafood restaurants and many many more. There is no other beach on the island so popular among beach holiday lovers. Most importantly Hikkaduwa is a beach resort for any type of budget, with a wide range of accommodation facilities; here you find accommodation facilities from cheap dormitories to luxurious boutique hotels. Therefore Hikkaduwa is not only a popular beach resort but it is one of the most affordable beach resorts in Sri Lanka and fits within the budget of all.

Transport: the cost of the up and down journey differs based on the way you travel. Even though it is a bit expensive, a taxi might be the best option to travel to Hikkaduwa. Train and Public buses are the next viable option for you to reach Hikkaduwa. The journey from Colombo to Hikkaduwa takes around 2-3 hours and it would cost around US$ 1 on Public transport the up and down journey will cost around US$ 80 by Taxi.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT ON THE HIKKADUWA DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

  1. Mask Museum
  2. Spice garden
  3. Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary
  4. Turtle conservation project
  5. Hikkaduwa beach

Hikkaduwa: Hikkaduwa is very popular as a destination for seafood. So, there is a large number of restaurants selling seafood dishes at an affordable rate. A good budget seafood meal would cost here around US$ 5.

Activities: There are many things to do and see in Hikkaduwa, but most activities are closely involved with the ocean. Out of all activities, exploring the Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary would be the favourite of all visitors. And you simply can’t miss this ecological habitat, because it is one of the 2 marine sanctuaries on the island and give you the opportunity to look into a wide range of exotic fish species, endangered sea turtle, coral reefs etc. Boating, fishing, visiting Buddhist temples, beach hopping and sampling fresh seafood are some of the other things to do here.

Travel Calculation: Approx. US$ 250per couple

Interesting Tips: Explore the “Marine Sanctuary”, make a boat tour, visit Hikkaduwa fishing harbour during the early hours, and sample fresh seafood.

This luxury beach holiday package includes 7 days (6 nights) of accommodation in a luxury hotel in southern Sri Lanka. The package also includes arrival-departure transfers, daily 2 meals, and all taxes. The travellers can book optional sightseeing tours with Seerendipity tours through the resident guide.

7. ONE DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO TO RATHNAPURA

This will be one of the cheapest Sri Lanka Budget tour packages from Colombo. Ratnapura is one of the closest trip places for travellers that reside in Colombo. Ratnapura is a beautiful hill station located at the foothills of the central mountain range. Ratnapura is the most popular locality on the island for the gem industry with hundreds of gem mines to be seen in paddy fields and valleys.

Rathnapura offers a wide range of tourist attractions from ancient temples to museums, rainforests, waterfalls and magical countryside with opportunities for trekking, hiking, caving, and mountain biking. A large tract of this rain-rich region is bestowed with very high yearly rainfall, therefore, Ratnaoura possesses large tracts of green cover. Recently (Jan 2022), the Warnagala forest was declared a conservation zone by the ministry of environment, due to its importance. Warnagala forest is a lowland evergreen rainforest and has a very high ecological importance. The forest is located in Kuruvita. The warnagala forest harbours a wide range of Fauna and Flora,  It is reported that there are 383 species of plants and animals in this forest reserve consisting of 219 species of animals and 164 flowering plants. Podochilus warnagalensis, an endemic species in our country, has also been recorded in this reserve. It is reported that there are 383 species of plants and animals in this forest reserve consisting of 219 species of animals and 164 flowering plants. Podochilus warnagalensis, an endemic species in our country, has also been recorded in this reserve.

Ratnapura is the starting place of the popular Admas peak trek, which is a well-known pilgrimage among Sri Lankan Buddhists. A large number of foreign travellers are also making the pilgrimage, not because of the religious significance but due to the magical views that they can have from the pinnacle of Adam’s peak on the surrounding hills, valleys and jungle. One of the most visited temples on the island known as Samana Devala is also located here. Museums, gem galleries, temples, waterfalls, and rainforests are among other popular places to visit in Ratnapura. Trekking, and mountain climbing are the activities that can be performed in Ratnapura. There is a distance of 31 km to cover from Ratnapura in order to reach the starting point of Adam’s peak trek. Usually, the upward journey starts at around midnight due to 2 reasons.

  1. In order to avoid the heat of the sun.
  2. In order to take a glimpse of the rising sun

A four to five hours trek is on the card for any person who undertakes this long trek. You will finish your trek at an elevation of 2300 meters above sea level. The temperature is low on top of the mountain and prepares your journey with the necessary thing that you need when it is cold.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT ON THE RATHNAPURA DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

  1. Saman Devala temple
  2. Bopath Ella Waterfalls
  3. Rainforest
  4. Gem Museum
  5. Gem Mines
  6. Warnagala Forest

Transportation: Rathnapura lies 113km eastward from Colombo. The travelling time from Colombo to Ratnapura will be around 2-3 hours depending on the transport mode. If you travel by private taxi it will take around 2 hours and with the public bus, it will be around 3 hours.

Things to do: Exploring the fascinating mountains, patches of forests, rivers, lakes and waterfalls are the most popular activities to do in Ratnapura. The rugged terrains with green-capped mountains and rain forests of Ratnapura offer a large number of places that are suitable for trekking, hiking, rain forest exploration, bird watching, mountain climbing, water rafting and many other adrenaline-pumping activities.

Sinharaja rainforest’s day tour starts from Colombo and other major tourist hotels on the west coast. The travellers will be able to trek through the virgin rainforest of Sinharaja and encounter thousands of tropical trees, plants, veins, and orchids. Sinharaja harbours many hundred bird species too. You will get a guided walking tour of the forest with our nature guide, who explains to you the unique environment of the forest. The trip includes entire ground transportation, all entrance fees, a live guide, and taxes.

8. ONE DAY TRIP TO SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST FROM COLOMBO

The travellers do not need to go far from Colombo to find a fascinating landscape, decorated with evergreen rain forests and some trekking sites with a green canopy. Sinharaja rain forest fulfils all conditions elaborated in the previous paragraph and Sinharaja rain forest offers many dozens of different trekking conditions. The rain forest resides on the border of Sabaragamuwa and western province, giving easy access to travellers from all major tourist resorts on the west coast, south coast as well as Sri Lanka’s hill country.

Sinharaja rain forest is warm and greener but it offers great trekking routes in a magical surrounding where isolated mountains, huge boulders, waterfalls, and streams mixed with the evergreen rain forest. The buffer zone of the rain forest is equally beautiful with considerable forest cover mixed with the fertile valley of rubber, tea, coconut, pepper, and many varieties of spices and remote small hamlets.

The terrain may vary depending on the route that chooses, however, if you wish to take a Sinharaja rain forest tour, it is highly recommended to start the trek from the Weddagala entrance, which is also the most popular route. This trekking makes for gentle trekking, but it still offers some challenges and plenty of rewards.

WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT ON SINHARAJA DAY TRIP FROM COLOMBO?

  1. Saman Devala temple
  2. Bopath Ella Waterfalls
  3. Sinharaja rain forest
  4. Gem Museum
  5. Gem Mines

Travelling on one day trip to Sinharaja: Sinharaja rain forest tucked about 160 km away from Colombo. It is easy to reach from Colombo and it is just a 2 hours journey on a private vehicle. However, if you stick to public transport like public buts you may have to spend 4-5 hours on the road. Rail transport is not available on this one day tour from Colombo.

Things to do on the day trip: Exploring one of the oldest rain forests in the world and same time Sinharaja rain forest is a biodiversity hot spot on the global level. Sinharaja also offers opportunities for bird lovers and the rainforest harbours hundreds of avian fauna species with dozens of endemic bird species.

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16 thoughts on “ONE DAY TRIP PLACES FROM COLOMBO: EASY DRIVE TO 8 PLACES FROM COLOMBO”

  1. Wonderful article. We will be heading to Sri Lanka for 2 weeks tour in the near future. The article gave us a good idea about planning a few Sri Lanka one-day trips from our beach hotel.

  2. Wonderful piece of information, great work. We will be traveling to Sri Lanka in October and your article “one day Trips places Sri Lanka”, gave us a good idea of how to plan activities for our upcoming Sri Lanka.

  3. Nice article and we are ready to take couple this day trips from Colombo, but how? we are stranded at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  4. What is better, doing a trip around the island while exploring different parts of the country along the way or stay in Colombo and plan few one day trips from the hotel in Colombo.

    1. HI Allan

      Thanks for the comment. My recommendation is to plan a tour, so-called Sri Lanka round tours. It allows you to cover more ground within a short period of time. With day tours from Colombo, you spend a lot of time travelling, a lot more time than you required on a round tour.

  5. We booked Sinharaja day trip from Colombo on our 2nd day of Sri Lanka tour. Never been to such a fantastic forest. It was an amazing experience.

  6. I travelled to Kandy last month on a day trip from our beach hotel (Bentota). But it was very tiring, I feel Kandy is a bit far for day trip from Colombo. Infact there are many places to visit on the way, therefore it is best make a 2 days trip to Kandy from Colombo.

    1. Dear Ms Belinda
      I agree with you. It is better if you can visit Kandy on a 2-day trip rather than on a day trip. However, Kandy day trip is available from Colombo and you should start the trip early morning (05.00) if you start the trip before the traffic build-up, you can save a lot of time travelling.

  7. After reading this article we decided to take the day trip to Mirissa from Colombo. It was a nice excursion with a lot to see. The whale watching trip was the best.

  8. The article suggests a couple of good places for a Day trip from Colombo. Nice article for a traveller to arrange few intersting trips in Sri Lanka

  9. The article makes the clear picture on Sri Lanka day trip from Colombo. The suggested day trips are very easy to do and we have done some of them already.

  10. We did not book any of the day trips from Colombo suggested in this article. but, the article led us to find a fantastic Sri Lanka trip organizer. Thanks.

  11. The article makes a clear picture about Sri Lanka day trips from Colombo, it is not only suggesting a few best trips to do in Sri Lanka but also give all essential information that travellers should know about.

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