Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon is a tropical island nation surrounded by Indian Ocean, towards South of India.
Famous for – Pristine beaches, ancient ruins, UNESCO sites, lots of Elephants, surfer’s Paradise, hospitable & friendly people, affordable country, famous Ceylon tea and Spicy Srilankan cuisine makes Sri Lanka a favorite tourist destination.
This post is an overview of a short trip to Sri Lanka for 4 days and 5 nights. It covers Colombo – Negombo – Kandy – Colombo.
Recommended Itinerary :-
Day 1 – Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in morning. Proceed to Negombo. Negombo is typical styled fishing town with stunning beaches at a distance of approximately of 10 kilometers from International Airport. Overnight stay in beach resort in Negombo.
Day 2 – Breakfast in Negombo and then proceed to scenic hill city of Kandy. Kandy was ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is famous for tea gardens, Buddhist sites including temple of Tooth. On the way to Kandy, explore traditional spice farming at Spice Garden and Ceylon Tea factory.
In this tea factory you will get chance to witness whole process of tea making, like the process of plucking tea leaves from nearby tea gardens to processing and then packing them. You can also taste the tea and purchase tea from here. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 3 – After breakfast in Kandy, departure from Kandy and proceed to Colombo. In between go to Kandy Lake – a nice place for whole view of city and strolling around.
Then proceed to Royal Botanical Garden(also known as Peradeniya Botanical gardens). This garden is very beautiful and houses a wide collection of orchids.
After Botanical garden tour proceed to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This Elephant Orphanage is formed specially for injured & abandoned elephants. Feeding & Bathing of Elephants is worth watching them.
There are specific timings of feeding & Bathing which provides the best opportunity to see them very closely.
After this proceed to Colombo for night stay. Evening tour in Colombo is beautiful as Colombo is very vibrant and busy city. Colombo is largest and commercial city of Sri Lanka.
Day 4 – Colombo has large harbour & known to traders(trading activities) since 2,000 years ago. Stay in Grand Oriental Hotel for perfect harbour view and authentic styled Sri Lankan stay. I could not take photos of port from hotel, as photography of harbour is not allowed due to security reasons. In Colombo opt for city tour and shopping.
Sweet Short Tour ends and proceed to International tour.
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