2 days in Gampaha & Matale Itinerary

2 days in Gampaha & Matale Itinerary

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Ja Ela
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Matale
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Ja Ela

— 1 day
Ja-Ela is a suburb of Colombo, located approximately 20km north of the Colombo city centre. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Guruge Nature Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ja Ela tour itinerary planner.

Colombo to Ja Ela is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In January, daytime highs in Ja Ela are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matale.

Things to do in Ja Ela

Theme Parks
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Matale

— 1 night
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
On the 15th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at International Spice Walk, deepen your understanding at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then admire the natural beauty at Ranweli Spice Garden, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knuckles Mountain Range.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Matale trip website.

Traveling by car from Ja Ela to Matale takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Matale are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Matale

Parks · Nature

Gampaha travel guide

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Theme Parks · Gardens · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gampaha is a major city in Gampaha District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is situated to the north-east of the capital Colombo. It is the sixth largest urban area in Western Province, after Colombo, Negombo, Kalutara, Panadura and Avissawella. Gampaha is also the second largest urban centre in Gampaha district, after Negombo. According to the facts of central index prepared by urban development authority (UDA), Gampaha develops around 95% although the population is less than in Negombo. Gampaha has a land area of 25.8 hectares and is home to the offices of 75 government institutions.NamesakeThe name "Gampaha" in Sinhala (ගම්පහ) literally means “Five Villages”. The five villages are known to be Ihalagama, Pahalagama, Medagama, Pattiyagama and Aluthgama. However, at present the location of Pattiyagama can no longer be identified within the town limits of Gampaha and remains disputed. Gampaha was also formerly known as Henarathgoda.HistoryDuring reign of Portuguese, the main route to the hill country had been laid through the Gampaha area and in the period of Dutch, this area was served as centre for the collection of cinnamon. But before year 1815, it is said that Gampaha was a dense forest. The 5th Governor of Ceylon, Sir Edward Barnes made a visit to Gampaha in 1825, on the way to observe the construction work of the Negombo-Colombo main road. When British built the “Moragoda” catholic church in 1828, Gampaha and surrounding areas slowly became inhabited.

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