3 days in Dambulla & Kataragama Itinerary

3 days in Dambulla & Kataragama Itinerary

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3 days in Dambulla & Kataragama Itinerary

Start: Colombo
train:  2​h
1
Dambulla
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
2
Kataragama
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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hours
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Dambulla online tour itinerary planner .

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kataragama.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kataragama trip planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Kataragama by car takes about 5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kataragama

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Bundala National Park
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

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