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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

Elephants of Sri Lanka
Elephants of Sri Lanka

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

If you want you to stay longer then check this 2-week plan for Sri Lanka Trip.

Day 1 

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.

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Sri Lanka trip
Tropical Beaches of Negombo
Tropical Beaches of Negombo

Day 2 

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.  

Tea Factory
Tea factory

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.


Day 3 

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. 

Kandy Lake
Kandy Lake

Then proceed to Royal Botanical Garden(Peradeniya Botanical Gardens).  This garden is very beautiful and houses a vast collection of orchids.

Royal Botanical garden
Royal Botanical garden
Royal Botanical garden
Royal Botanical garden

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

Elephants Bathing
Elephants Bathing
Elephant Feeding
Elephant Feeding

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

Day 4 

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. 


Colombo city
Colombo city

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Sweet Short Tour ends. Or you can go for Ultimate 8 – Day Backpacker’s Itinerary

International airport of Colombo
International airport of Colombo

There are 50 amazing things to do in Sri Lanka. Click here to read about them.

Discover more about SriLanka on their offical tourism website.  

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So, until then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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  1. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country to explore! We went there several years ago and maybe I should do a re-visit. I love this land of elephants, Buddha statues and spicy coconut curries!:-)

  2. I had a penpal from Sri Lanka when I was a kid, and really wanted to visit, but it had dropped off my radar now I see why it’s should be back on – it looks like a wonderful destination. It’s handy that there’s a good selection of vegetarian options too.

  3. Your article has woken up my nostalgia of this country! I visited SriLanka many years ago. Kandy was my favorite! I love your pictures of the Elephant orphanage. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. What a great itinerary for Sri Lanka. Due to the country’s recent tragedies, they need the tourism now more than ever! I love that you included the botanical gardens because that is one of my favorite spots. I didn’t visit the Elephant Sanctuary while I was there. Did you find that they obeyed and had ethical practices? I think that’s very important to note nowadays. If I return, I might visit the elephant orphanage, if they are ethical.

  5. SriLanka is so similar to Kerala in many ways ..from the beaches to the culture to the elephants…Everything is so lush and green! The botanical gardens look splendid and your photographs do complete justice to the beauty of such a place.

  6. By reading this post it’s easy to imagine why Sri Lanka is the top destination in 2019 by Lonely planet. The landscapes are so amazing. It’s good to see an elephant orphanage where the animals are not in chains. The Royal Botanical garden looks amazing

  7. I am local and very impressed with your knowledge about Sri Lanka. The advise you offer to would be visitors is authentic and helpful. If I have the power, I will appoint you as a Travel Consultant to the Tourism Authority in UAE – haha. Keep up the good work. We owe you.

  8. On the face of it, Sri Lanka, especially the landscape reminds me exactly of my home state, Kerala. Both places seem so similar. I’ve been itching to visit Sri Lanka for some time, and am going to copy atleast part of your itinerary when I do so. The baby elephants look great, and remind me of the Elephant Orphanage I visited in Nairobi.

    1. You can always copy my itinerary and take my suggestions whenever you visit Srilanka. Those baby elephants are really cute

  9. Sri Lanka looks like a great place to visit. The accommodations looks so awesome. And I really loved the botanical gardens and the elephant orphanage.

  10. Being an Indian, I wonder why I have not traveled to Sri Lanka yet. It is easy and cheap for an Indian to travel to SL. Loved the text and pictures you shared. You brought Sri Lanka alive.

  11. Sri Lanka has always been on my bucket list. This looks like the perfect itinerary. I would really love to spend some time with the elephants. I love them! Bookmarked for when I go.

  12. I loved Sri Lanka! This itinerary is similar to mine except I decided to skip Colombo and add a few additional stops along the way during my journey. Like you, I was only there for a short time, which is truly a shame because even though it’s a small country I think you need a minimum of ten days to really get around and explore!

  13. The Royal Botanical Gardens looks beautiful. I had a friend that went to Sri Lanka so I’m really wanting to go there someday. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I’d love to visit Sri Lanka, especially Kandy. It seems so green, lush and just a beautiful country in general. The Royal Botanical Gardens look amazing, and good for photo opportunities! It’s a given that I would like to see the elephants too.

  15. This is bringing back all the memories of my own trip to Kandy and Pinnawalla elephant sanctuary. It was such an incredible vacation but so long ago now that I don’t have many photos. Your trip looked amazing and I’m glad you had a great time there too!

  16. Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country with so much to see and do. I loved your suggested itinerary, will save it for future when I get a chance to visit.

  17. Wow, these tips will definetly help me a lot. I always wonder how you manage to take out time being a computer engineer for so much travelling. Please share tips.

  18. It looks like you had such a fun time in Sri Lanka. The accommodations looked great. And I really loved the botanical gardens and the elephant orphanage.

  19. Most of the time, it seems that Sri Lanka misses out on a lot of tourism promotion as most of the focus in the region seems to be directed toward India. However, I think Sri Lanka is a beautiful place from everything I’ve seen and I would love to visit one day. The itinerary you have outlined here looks lovely as well as your photos, but I would try to stay a bit longer to really get a feel for this country.

  20. So many Elephants, I never thought Srilanka as a tourist destination but I think I was wrong. Those green landscapes, elephants, spice gardens all look fascinating.

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