Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon is a tropical island nation surrounded by the Indian Ocean, towards the South of India. In this post, I will take you on Sri Lanka Trip.
Famous for – Pristine beaches, ancient ruins, UNESCO sites, lots of Elephants, surfer’s Paradise, hospitable & friendly people, affordable country, famous Ceylon tea, and Spicy Sri Lankan cuisine makes Sri Lanka a favorite tourist destination. Therefore there are numerous beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka. Let’s go for an exotic Sri Lanka Trip
This post overviews a short trip to Sri Lanka for 4 days and 5 nights. It covers Colombo – Negombo – Kandy – Colombo. Before planning your tour, read some of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka with some important tips about everything you need to to know before going to SriLanka and some funny Sri Lanka Interesting Facts.
Recommended Itinerary for Sri Lanka Trip:-
There are many itineraries for Sri Lanka, like for 5 days, 7 days, and 10 days. I did for 5 days due to short time availability, but if you are looking for 10 days, then read this 10 day Sri Lanka Trip
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport in the morning. Proceed to Negombo. Negombo is the typical styled fishing town with stunning beaches approximately 10 kilometers from the International Airport.
Overnight stay in a beach resort in Negombo.
Breakfast in Negombo and then proceed to the scenic hill city of Kandy. Kandy was the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is famous for tea gardens and Buddhist sites, including the temple of Tooth. On the way to Kandy, explore traditional spice farming at Spice Garden and Ceylon Tea factory. If you are not going for Kandy, you can also proceed towards the East Coast of Sri Lanka and stay at Dambulla. Read about Sri Lanka East Coast Itinerary.
In this tea factory, you will get a chance to witness the whole process of tea making, from 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.
After breakfast in Kandy, a departure from Kandy and proceed to Colombo. Between going to Kandy Lake – an excellent place for the whole city view and strolling around. If you have more time in Kandy, a trip to Ella is recommended for hiking and beautiful tea plantations. If you are going to Ella, then Kandy to Ella Train ride is also fun.
Then proceed to Royal Botanical Garden(Peradeniya Botanical Gardens). This garden is very beautiful and houses a vast collection of orchids.
After the Botanical garden tour, proceeds to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This Elephant Orphanage is formed primarily for injured & abandoned elephants. Feeding & Bathing of Elephants is worth watching them. You can also purchase Udawalawe National Park Safari tours in advance.
Specific timings of feeding & Bathing provide the best opportunity to see them very closely.
After this proceed to Colombo for a night stay. Evening tour in Colombo is beautiful as Colombo is a very vibrant and busy city. Colombo is the largest and commercial city in Sri Lanka. You can also go on an enchanting Sigiriya and Dambulla day trip from Colombo by booking your tickets in advance.
Colombo has a large harbor & known to traders(trading activities) since 2,000 years ago. Stay in Grand Oriental Hotel for a perfect harbor view and authentically styled Sri Lankan stay. I could not take photos of the port from a hotel, as photography of the harbor is not allowed for security reasons. In Colombo, opt for a city tour and shopping.
- Sri Lanka has wonderful vegan or vegetarian food, so know more about the ultimate vegan vegetarian and drinks guide to Sri Lanka.
- For this itinerary, there are many tours available or you can drive in Sri Lanka by renting a car.
- Read about the cost of a holiday in SriLanka with kids. There are many Unique stays in Sri Lanka which are personal villa-styled stays or homestays.
- If you have 2 more days in your tour plan for Sri Lanka then go for Galle and then return to Colombo. I had less time, but Galle is recommended for 7 days itinerary for Sri Lanka Tour.
- For some nature adventure, you can opt to stay at hilltop cabanas and read more about Places to stay at East coast, Sri Lanka on the top of beach cabanas. This beautiful country has wonderful scuba diving sites and therefore read more about Scuba Diving in Sri Lanka. Read this for SriLanka itinerary with Galle.
Sweet Short Tour ends. Or you can go for Ultimate 8 – Day Backpacker’s Itinerary.
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