40 days in Polonnaruwa & Kalutara Itinerary

40 days in Polonnaruwa & Kalutara Itinerary

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40 days in Polonnaruwa & Kalutara Itinerary

Start: Kalutara
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
— 35 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
— 4 nights
End: Kalutara


Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll get in some beach time at Passikudah Beach and Kallady Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polonnaruwa: Habarana (Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park, & more), Anuradhapura (Mihintale, Ritigala Forest Monastery, & more) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya Museum, Sigiriya, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, explore the striking landscape of Wasgamuwa National Park, delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, and steep yourself in history at Polonnaruwa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa online route planner .

Kalutara to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kalutara.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Habarana, Sigiriya, Batticaloa
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Polonnaruwa ©
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Uppuveli ©


Kalutara ©
A popular beachside getaway just an hour south of Colombo, Kalutara is as recognizable for its enormous white Buddhist stupa as for its inviting white-sand beaches.
Visit Kalutara Beach and Wadduwa Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalutara: Panadura Beach (in Panadura), Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery (in Kaduwela) and Avissawella (Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens & Leisure World Water Park). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, step into the grandiose world of Richmond Castle, see the interesting displays at City of Gem Museum, and make a trip to Kalutara Bodhiya.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kalutara route app .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Kalutara by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. October in Kalutara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalutara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Avissawella, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Wadduwa, Barberyn Island Lighthouse, Panadura Beach
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Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach
Panadura Beach ©
Panadura Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching