Sri Lanka West Coast Tour

Sri Lanka west coast tour is planned with a lengthy beach stay, invariable it is a beach tour package with more than 50% of your time in a beach resort, with access to pristine west coast beaches. The guests are checked into one of the best beach resorts on the west coast and they can decide on the length of the beach stay. The tour can be a 2-day Sri Lanka trip for 2 weeks or longer than that. Sightseeing tours are planned by Seerendipity tours with private vehicles and with local driver-guide, however, you need to notify us well in advance of the day trips you opt to have.

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Sri Lanka west coast tour

Sri Lanka west coast tour, encompasses many interesting places of Sri Lanka, from pristine beaches to primaeval rain forests, to thousands of years old historical monuments and national parks teeming with wildlife. Perhaps there is no tour package that comes close to Sri Lanka’s west coast tour in terms of its charisma and fascinating blend of interesting experiences. West coast tour comes in many favours such as 5 day Sri Lanka tour, 3 day west coast trip, however, the duration of the west coast can be adjusted to meet individual need.

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Sri Lanka west coast tour: exploring the beaches

It is a shame to miss the pristine beaches if you plan a Sri Lanka west coast tour. For most travellers, Sri Lanka’s west coast tour means a peaceful relaxing trip with a sea breeze because beaches are the most inviting geographical feature of the west coast of Sri Lanka. West coast Sri Lanka encompasses the best beaches of Sri Lanka such as Bentota beach, Beruwala beach and Hikkaduwa beach.

However, there is a saying that too much is too much. If you spend your entire holiday on the beach, it will definitely be too much for you and you will be bored on your beach tour. Therefore, we suggest you take a few sightseeing tours to break the routineness of your beach stay and visit interesting tourist sites such as wildlife reserves, archaeological sites and rainforests, during your tour.

Sri Lanka’s west coast tour is planned with a lengthy beach stay, invariable it is a beach tour package with more than 50% of your time in a beach resort, with access to pristine west coast beaches. The guests are checked into one of the best beach resorts on the west coast and they can decide on the length of the beach stay. The tour can be a 2-day Sri Lanka trip for 2 weeks or longer than that. Sightseeing tours are planned by Seerendipity tours with private vehicles and with local driver-guide, however, you need to notify us well in advance of the day trips you opt to have.

West coast Sri Lanka holiday, Galle

Galle is a historically important city with one of the oldest ports in the world. Historically Persian, Chinese, Arabian, Indian, Portuguese, Dutch and English traders used this port as their starting point for accessing this tropical island. This jumble of foreign traders and explorers helped create an ethnic and religious mix of Sri Lanka and the physical chaos of the layout of Galle Fort, which is a most ancient part of Galle city.

Here, a long stretch of Dutch-built, medieval period mansions, storage compartments and houses; there, an ancient church, which is more than 250 years old and serves even today for the devotees; within the fort a series of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, bars, pubs, galleries, museums and shops serving the travellers. Almost every ancient construction in the fort now has been converted to serve the travellers. Every corner of the ancient fort is connected with a labyrinthine of cobblestoned alleys, thick enough for a car to pass through.

Galle is a safe holiday destination and most beaches around Galle are very safe to have a beach walk at any time of the year. Galle one-day tour and visiting important tourist places in Galle is a very popular activity among travellers. A large number of travellers take part in this one-day Galle tour every day to experience the beauty of southern Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka west coast beaches from Colombo to Galle

Sri Lanka’s west coast tour is a synonym for the beach tour on Sri Lanka’s west coast because most part of Sri Lanka’s west coast tour is involved with pristine beaches. These beaches are very popular for beach parties and beach barbeques, and they attract a large number of travellers. Beach bars and restaurants in popular places like Mirissa, Unawatuna and Galle entertain travellers throughout the night. Beach activities such as clubbing, beach paying and water sports are very popular among travellers on the west coast of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka west coast, a place to eat delicious local food

The ubiquitous foodstuff on Sri Lankan beaches is a synthesis of local and imported ingredients. Sri Lankan beach restaurants hold a reputation as places that serve delicious seafood. Rice and curry along with various seafood varieties is the most popular menu served in these eateries.

The ugly part of the tourism boom on Sri Lanka west coast

The adventure of the Sri Lankan coast is partly affected by the tourism boom. Due to the ever-increasing holiday lovers in the area, a large number of unplanned properties sprang along the beaches over the last few decades. The ugliest sort of unplanned development is most visible in places such as Unawatuna in the form of small rest houses and guest houses. Same time, many sustainable tourism projects are also existing on the west coast beaches.

Unawatuna beach

Little further south of Ruhmassala is Unawatuna beach, which is one of the best places for beach holidays in the south. Unawatuna is a bay with a horseshoe shape. At the entrance of the bay, it is shallow due to the concentration of corals and seagrass, which is also reducing the force of the waves and under ware currents, especially during the southwest monsoon from April to October. 

Unawatuna is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations on the island and Unawatuna attracts a large number of budget-conscious travellers. The travellers can witness a large concentration of affordable accommodation facilities here such as dormitories, guest houses and rest houses while the number of upmarket hotels is less than a dozen. 

Ruhmassala beach on the west coast Sri Lanka

Ruhmassala is a thick forest with an isolated mountain peak adjoining the Indian Ocean and is a piece of the sanctuary with a large number of fauna and flora species. The sanctuary houses a large number of medicinal herbs used in Ayurveda healing medicine. Ruhmassala jungle harbours a large number of avian fauna species, most of them are Sri Lankan birds while few of the birds residing here are endemic to the island.   

Sri Lanka west coast beaches Hikkaduwa and Bentota

The undisputed gem of Sri Lankan beaches in Bentota and its neighbour Hikkaduwa, both are on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Bentota is a perfect holiday destination with well-developed infrastructure for the tourism industry. It is a warren of high-rise buildings, a watersport centre, beaches shaded by palms, restaurants serving delicious seafood, rice and curry and locally popular arrack cocktail. A large number of beach holiday lovers can be seen here at any time of the day, especially during the winter season.

West coast Sri Lanak Madu river estuary

Back on the mainland, sandwiched between Hikkaduwa and Bentota Balapitiya and Madu river estuary, make sure to take the nature trail or boat safari to enjoy the fascinating riverine ecosystem of the estuary. A dozen of eco-friendly, traditional huts in the estuary is located in a tangle of serenely gorgeous mangrove lagoon and estuarine mudflats. By day, pick fresh shrimp and oysters out of the water or take a boat ride to see the natural beauty of the surrounding islands; as the sun diminishes on the horizon, watch the stars fall over the roaring bonfire.

West coast Sri Lanka beaches, Galle

Galle is a historically important city with one of the oldest ports in the world. Historically Persian, Chinese, Arabian, Indian, Portuguese, Dutch and English traders used this port as their starting point for accessing this tropical island. This jumble of foreign traders and explorers helped create an ethnic and religious mix of Sri Lanka and the physical chaos of the layout of Galle Fort, which is a most ancient part of Galle city.

Here, a long stretch of Dutch-built, medieval period mansions, storage compartments and houses; there, an ancient church, which is more than 250 years old and serves even today for the devotees; within the fort a series of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, bars, pubs, galleries, museums and shops serving the travellers. Almost every ancient construction in the fort now has been converted to serve the travellers. Every corner of the ancient fort is connected with a labyrinthine of cobblestoned alleys, thick enough for a car to pass through.

Galle is a safe holiday destination and most beaches around Galle are very safe to have a beach walk at any time of the year. Galle one day tour and visiting important tourist places in Galle is a very popular activity among travellers. A large number of travellers take part on this one day Galle tour every day to experience the beauty of southern Sri Lanka.

How to access Sri Lanka’s west coast

Accessing the west coast of Sri Lanka is very easy and straightforward. If you are a foreigner, you will be landing at the Colombo international airport, which is only 30km from the city centre.  If you are on a cruise line, your ship will dock at Colombo international harbour, which means you are only walking distance away from the city centre. 

Getting around in the west coast Sri Lanka

Generally, Sri Lanka has a well-maintained and well-connected road network. All cities are easily accessible overland using a private car. Western Sri Lanka is the hub of Sri Lanka’s economy and around 75% of all economic activities of Sri Lanka are based in the western province. 

With a large tract of pristine palm-fringed beaches, thousands of square kilometres of jungles, riparian lowlands, mountain peaks, wetlands and ancient monuments that seems not to be unspoiled by human and technology.

When is the best time for Sri Lanka west coast tour?

Sri Lanka west coast tour is synonymous with the Sri Lnbaka beach tour. The travellers who choose the Sri Lanka west cast tour are accommodated in a beach resort, The beach tour allows them to enjoy the sun, sea and sand on one of the best beaches on the island. perhaps west coast beaches are the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Some travllers are glued to some of the beaches such as Bentota and Hikkaduwa on the west coast of Sri Lanka, the travellers visiting repeatedly every year.

Sri Lanka’s weather pattern is mainly dependent on the monsoon. There are two monsoons in Sri Lanka that changes every six months. During the northeast monsoon, a major part of Sri Lanka remains dry, including the Sri Lanka hill country, and the south and west coast of Sri Lanka. The northeast monsoon begins in November and ends in April next year. During these six months, the west coast remains mainly dry and sunny and the west coast is very suitable for outdoor activities during this period. The beaches along the west coast are also spared from the monsoon and which means the sea is very safe for all saltwater-based activities such as swimming, diving, snorkelling, boating, fishing, surfing and all other water sports.

If you plan your Sri Lanka west coast tour from May to October, you may see many rainy days, therefore these sich months can’t be considered the best time of the year to travel to Sri Lanka west coast. During the six months from May to October, the ocean around the west coast of Sri Lanka is not suitable for the sea batt and all other activities due to the underwater current and mighty waves.

What includes in Sri Lanka’s west coast tour

Sri Lanka west coast tour, encompasses many interesting places of Sri Lanka, from pristine beaches to primaeval rain forests, to thousands of years old historical monuments and national parks teeming with wildlife. Perhaps there is no tour package that comes close to Sri Lanka west coast tour in terms of its charisma and fascinating blend of interesting experiences.

Sri Lanka west coast tour includes the Sinharaja rain forest and Udawalawe national park, which are 2 of the most valuable natural habitats on the island. The natural beauty of these places is well worth exploring for any traveller regardless of it is local or foreign. 

Climbing Adams peak, visiting Galle fort, exploring Madu estuary, and Diving in Hikkaduwa are also interesting activities that can be easily added to the Sri Lanka west coast tour.

What are the 6 best activities for Sri Lanka west coast tour?

There are many dozens of activities that you can undertake during the Sri Lanka west coast tour. Here is a list of 7 interesting Sri Lanka tours that enables you to visit many dozens of important tourist places in Sri Lanka.   

Visiting Udawalawe national park from the west coast

Udawalawe national park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka for wild elephant watching. The national park has one of the highest populations of elephants in Sri Lanka, therefore, a large number of travellers undertake the wildlife tour to Udawalawe national park every day.

Travelling to Udawalawe national park along the west coast beach

The journey to Udawalawe national park from most places on the west coast is about 3 hours, the time calculation is based on the southern expressway. The newly opened southern expressway has curtailed the travelling time between the west coast and Udawalawe national park considerably. The journey had cost about 5 hours along the west in the past.

Travelling to Udawalawe national park via Rathnapura

The 2nd most important route to reach Udawalawe national from West coast cities such as Bentota and Colombo is the travel runs via Rathnapura, cutting through part of Sri Lanka’s upcountry. However, this route is now largely neglected by most travellers on this trip as it takes more time on this route than on the other route.

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What is the best for a wildlife tour from the west coast Yala or Udawalawe?

Udawalawe national park is smaller than Yala national park, which is the most popular wildlife reserve for safari tours in Sri Lanka. Despite its small size, Udawalawe national park provides an excellent wildlife experience to its visitors. Udawalawe national park tour is a good alternative to Yala national park tour. In fact, a large number of travellers now prefer visiting Udawalawe national park over Yala national park because Yala wildlife reserve is overcrowded now.

Elephant transit camp is located next to the Udawalawe national park, which adds extra value to your Udawalawe national park tour. Elephant transit camp is a conservation project, which is maintained concurrently as the Udawalawe national park under the purview of the wildlife conservation department.

The primary objective of the elephant transit camp is to protect the orphan and sick animals found in the jungle. Every year, a large number of elephant babies that are found abandoned in other wildlife reserves on the island are rescued, rehabilitated and then reintroduced to the Udawalawe national park, All the good works are done here.

The visitors to the Elephant transit camp can witness a large number of mischievous elephant babies during bottle feeding. During the feeding hours, a large number of bottle-fed little jumbos that are of varying ages march to the elephant transit camp from their jungle hideout. All are marching from the nearby jungle in view of claiming their milk bottle.     

Sri Lanka west coast tour: exploring Sinharaja rainforest

The Sinharaja rainforest tour is an interesting activity and a large number of travellers venture on this one-day trip. The trip is very appealing to the nature lover as this day trip revolves mainly around the last remaining rainforest of Sri Lanka, Sinharaja.

The tour starts around 07.00 AM from your beach hotel or city hotel. The journey takes around 2 hours to reach the rainforest from your hotel. You will meet our nature guide upon reaching the Rain forest and he will escort you on the rainforest trek and explains to you every bit and piece of the rainforest, its Fauna and Flora.

About Sinharaja rain forest

Sinharaja is largely a primary rain forest, the secondary forest cover of the Sinharaja rainforest is very small and confined only to a few places along the outermost circle.  Sinharaja rain forest spreads over 118425 acres in the western, and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Sinharaja rain forest is heaven for ornithologists, which has the largest concentration of birds on the island.

What to see in the Sinharaja rain forest

The rain forest is resided by a large number of indigenous bird species as well as migrant avian fauna species. The rain forest not only excite the most hard-bitten ornithologist, but it also accommodates many large animal species such as leopards, fishing cat, elephants, monkey, wild boar etc. However, do not expect lots of wildlife because the forest is untouched and there is a lot of space for animals to hide, except a few animal species such as monkeys, fishing cats, wild boar etc. wild animals are concentrated in the thick jungle, which is not included in the rain forest trek.

You will touch a part of the outer forest cover, where you find many thousands of interesting Flora and many species of birds as well as few animal species. Unlike in national parks, where you embark on a jeep safari, it is difficult to spot wild creatures in the rainforest. However, you will encounter monkeys that swing through the trees, camouflage chameleons that are clinging on to the tree trunks, monitor lizards that are digging the anthills, parades of ants, pair of mungo in a swift move, frogs, harmless green snakes as well as spiders in the middle of the huge spider webs.

Apart from spotting interesting Fauna and Flora, Sinharaja is one of the best places to explore typical Sri Lankan village life. The forest is surrounded by many remote villages that are not spoiled by modern city life. Our guide will be happy to organize a walking trip to the village, which enables you to get to know the village folk their temple, schools, farmlands and many more.  

Sri Lanka west coast tour: visit Galle fortress

One day trip to Galle Fort from your beach resort or city hotel on the west coast is a fairly easy adventure, compared to the activities mentioned above. The distance from Bentota beach on the west coast to Galle is just 70 km and would take just 1 hour to reach Galle form from most west coast cities. However, this day trip can last between 5 hours to 8 hours depending on the number of places you visit and the time taken to explore the places.

Sri Lanka west coast tour to Galle fort

Tour Sigiriya rock from the west coast beach resort

The Sigiriya rock fortress tour is a one-day trip from west coast cities such as Colombo and Bentota. It is recommended to start the trip early morning, in order to make sure that you reach the rock before the sun unleashes its burning heat on you. The Sigiriya rock fortress tour also includes visits to the Dambulla cave temple, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site with more than 150 buddha statues and a large number of paintings. The origin of the Dambulla golden temple goes back to the 1st century BC.

Important places to visit on the Sigiriya trip

Standing like a giant in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, the ancient Sigiriya rock fortress was the abode of mighty King Kashyapa in the 4th century AD. The rock fortress is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and an important historical monument with the emblem of UNESCO world heritage site.

Sigiriya rock fortress under the leadership of King Kashyapa blossomed into one of the biggest engineering feats in the ancient world, with parks, gardens, palaces, swimming pools and an advanced irrigation system.

The king lived in the fortress for 18 years until his demise in a decisive battle against his half-brother Moggalana. The ancient rock fortress has welcomed thousands of visitors and travellers from all around the island as well as many foreign travellers. As pilgrims, ambassadors and scholars came and went many left their thought about the beautiful damsels that reside in the fresco pockets.

The natural beauty and sophistication of the technology of Sigiriya frescoes are adorned by many thousands of visitors, they have left their valuable thoughts about the paintings on the mirrors in the form of beautiful verses.

Without the right heir, the Sigiriya rock fortress suffered the wrath of nature. Most parts of the rock fortress were severely damaged and it was reclaimed by the jungle.

Under the British colonial rulers, in the early 18s, an archaeological site was unearthed and partly restored. Today Sigiriya rock fortress is one of the most popular historical monuments on the island and one of the biggest draws in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka west coast tour: Exploring Kandy

Kandy tour from the west coast cities starts early morning like Sigiriya one-day tour. The trip includes visits to many important tourist places such as,

The tour starts around 05.00 AM and you will come to the hotel on the west coast at around 06.PM

Visiting Kandy from Sri Lanka west coast

Kandy, the last stronghold of Sri Lankans kings was surrendered to the British crown in 1815. The British administrators had been able to make a rift between the king and his ministers through a secret coupe. Many ministers of the Kandyan kingdom helped the British governor and its army to take the control of the kingdom and the king was sent to Goa, where he died in captivity. It was the end of many thousand years old Sri Lankan monarchy.

Still, Kandy is regarded as the cultural and religious hub of Sri Lanka. The tooth relic temple, which is the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island occupies the centre stage in this UNESCO world heritage site.

Kandy lake, Udawattakele sanctuary, Royal botanical gardens, downtown Kandy, Cascading waterfalls, beautiful mountain peaks, Landscaped tea gardens and colonial-styled buildings are some of the things that contribute to the fascinating blend of Kandy.

Sri Lanka west coast tour: Exploring Madu River estuary

If you wish to have a half-day trip from your west coast resort, this is the best bet for you. Madu Riverboat tour is a cheaper option compared to the trips mentioned above that technically show you the way to enjoy nature outside of the parks system. Madu River estuary is just a few minutes away from most west coast cities such as Bentota and Hikkaduwa.

On this trip, you spend a very short time in the vehicle and dedicate much of your time to exploring many interesting places. The important places to visit on Sri Lanka one-day tour of the Madu river are,

  • Madu River estuary
  • Mask Museum
  • Spice garden
  • Sea turtle conservation centre
  • Moonstone mines

The 2 hours boat trip on the Madu River wetland is the most memorable part of the nature tour. This is a perfect opportunity for travellers, who value the natural beauty of trees, Pants, avian fauna species, and animals.  The heavy wildlife concentration along the river includes monitor lizards, monkeys, chameleons, crocodiles, snakes and a large number of birds. The trip has a fascinating blend of nature, culture, history and wildlife.

Why you should book Sri Lanka west coast tour with Seerendipity

Seerendipity tour is an entirely locally owned travel company with a head office in Colombo. The highly experienced local staff is a key strength of Seerendipity tours and they can plan your dream holiday to Sri Lanka.

Best price for your Sri Lanka vacation packages

When you book a tour with us, you directly book the tour with the local company, which means there are no middlemen and therefore you can guarantee the best price. Simply get in touch with us and let us know when you travel and what you like to see.

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