3 days in Gampaha, Western Province & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

3 days in Gampaha, Western Province & Nuwara Eliya Itinerary

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Ja Ela
— 1 day
— 1 night
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo


Ja Ela

— 1 day
Ja-Ela is a suburb of Colombo, located approximately 20km north of the Colombo city centre. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka and then find something for the whole family at Guruge Nature Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ja Ela trip app.

Colombo to Ja Ela is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Ja Ela

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip


— 1 night
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 9th (Fri), stroll around Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and finally make a trip to Independence Square.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planning site.

You can drive from Ja Ela to Colombo in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Nuwara Eliya

— 1 night

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Western Province travel guide

Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gift & Specialty Shops
The most densely populated province in Sri Lanka, Western Province abounds with rich cultural heritage. Attractions in Western Province include serene Buddhist temples built on lake islands, Gothic-style Catholic churches, and numerous darghas. Facing the Laccadive Sea and enjoying a gentle tropical climate, the province offers a number of pristine beaches with yellow sand and palm trees. Nature and wildlife tours offer the opportunity to see rare animals, such as spotted leopards and baby elephants in a nursery, with plenty more wildlife waiting to be discovered. Strategically located and the former home of ancient kingdoms, as well as Portuguese, Dutch, and British occupation, the area's many ancient forts offer another reason to visit Western Province.