Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon is a tropical island nation surrounded by the Indian Ocean, towards South of India. In this post, I will take you to SriLanka 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. Let’s go for an exotic Sri Lanka Trip
This post is an overview of 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
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in the morning. Proceed to Negombo. Negombo is the typical styled fishing town with stunning beaches at a distance of approximately of 10 kilometers from International Airport. Overnight stay in a beach resort in Negombo.
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. If you are not going for Kandy then you can also proceed towards East Coast of SriLanka and stay at Dambulla. Read about SriLanka East Coast Itinerary.
In this tea factory, you will get a chance to witness the 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.
After breakfast in Kandy, departure from Kandy and proceed to Colombo. In between going to Kandy Lake – a nice place for the whole view of the city and strolling around. If you have more time in Kandy, then 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(also known as Peradeniya Botanical gardens). This garden is very beautiful and houses a wide collection of orchids.
After Botanical garden tour proceeds to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This Elephant Orphanage is formed especially for injured & abandoned elephants. Feeding & Bathing of Elephants is worth watching them. You can also purchase Udawalawe National Park Safari tours in advance.
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 a very vibrant and busy city. Colombo is the largest and commercial city of Sri Lanka. You can also go to enchanting Sigiriya and Dambulla day trip from Colombo by booking your tickets in advance.
Colombo has large harbor & known to traders(trading activities) since 2,000 years ago. Stay in Grand Oriental Hotel for perfect harbor view and authentic styled Sri Lankan stay. I could not take photos of the port from a hotel, as photography of harbor is not allowed due to security reasons. In Colombo opt for a city tour and shopping.
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 home stays. If you have 2 more days in your tour plan for SriLanka then go for Galle and then return to Colombo. I was having less time, but Galle is recommended for 7 days itinerary for SriLanka 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.
So, until then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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