Although Sri Lanka is a small island ,it offers visitors some
of the widest variety of things to see and do like any other large country in the world.
Whether your are planning simply a classic island tour, or whether you
are interested in adventure, nature and wildlife,cultural sites, wonderful food
in great luxury hotels, or merely want to relax on a beautiful tropical beach, Sri Lanka will
be your perfect destination for all this.
These suggested itineraries listed here will help you
in planning your tour to sri lanka to explore almost all the attractions in the country .
Here we have put together what we consider the highlights of any trip to Si Lanka. Along with descriptions
and travel information for each location.
start from Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayaka.
Whether you arrive at Colombo International Airport in the morning or in the evening
You would find it very comfortable to stay your first day in Colombo or Negombo which are nearest to the
Airport.It only takes 20 minutes to reach Negombo and 30 minutes to Colombo.
But We recommend you should stay in Colombo and make Negombo your last destination of the tour as you will have a good time to relax in a beach resort while shopping in the town and eventually get easy access to the Airport for your departure.
spend one or two nights in Colombo city so that you can
explore this busy and energetic city.
In city and suburbs you will find huge impressive colonial-style
buildings and big parks and lakes, beaches ,museums and busy areas with narrow streets packed with people
shopping for almost everything .
Consider hiring a tuk tuk as it will be comfortable to travel short distances withing the city.Click to see Colombo city attractions
Where To Stay In Colombo
The following hotels are situated in the heart of the Colombo city.Most visitors choose to stay in these hotels as they find it very easy to explore the city.
It is worth giving yourself a day to visit Galle ,the capital city of
Southern province of Sri Lanka and a world heritage site as well. It is located 199 km from Colombo .
You can take a train to Galle and this is the easiest and cheapest way to get there.This is a beautiful
train trip along the coast of South-East Sri Lanka with stunning sea view.
take CTB or privet bus to travel to Galle depending on your choice.Click to read more
On your way to Galle you would find Hikkaduwa beach which is very popular for coral sanctuary enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi colored corals. It is a beautiful beach where you can relax, enjoy the sun and have the option of surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving.
Where To Stay In Hikkaduwa
Check out some hotel in Hikkaduwa.
Galle has become one of most important places
in sri lanka being a world heritage site . Its natural harbor was a famous port built first
in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards.
wander around the old churches, colonial buildings, museums
and walk the ramparts admiring the views out to sea.
There are many unique artistic shops and galleries, many nice cafes and restaurants.If you go for an afternoon walk on the city wall surrounding Galle Fort, you can enjoy the sunset and scenic view of the ocean.
Where To Stay In Galle
Click to see the pricesGalle Heritage Villa
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From Galle you can move on to Mirissa or Unawatuna where you find very beautiful
sandy beaches with hassle free atmosphere.If you are interested in whale watching and surfing we recommend
you stay in Mirissa.
During the season, Mirissa is the most reliable site in the world for seeing the
difficult and desired Blue Whale.
Mirissa is a lovely coastal village on Sri Lanka's south coast
situated between the Galle and Matara. It is approximately a 40 minutes' drive from Galle
and 4 hours' drive from Colombo city.It may also be the best place for seeing Sperm Whales,
Large Baleen Whales and Toothed Whales.
Whale Watching at Mirissa can be easily arranged
as a day trip from all resorts of the South West Coast. Most of the whale-watching boat
trips start at 6:30 am in the morning.
Whale watching season starts in November
and ends in April. Ocean is warm and calm during these months.
You can also hire a dive operator who can arrange dives along the coast.
Where To Stay In Mirissa
Click to see the pricesSri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa
Tangalla is another popular destination among tourists who seek to relax
in a hassle free wide and long sandy beach where they find the place less crowded.It is only two hours from Galle
you can hire a taxi or tuk tuk.
a calm and quiet beach side town known to be a less-busy holiday destination that you could relax in solitude.
Tangalle can also be a good jumping-off point to visit the Yala National Park .
Where To Stay In Tangalle
Click to see the pricesAnantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
From Tangalla 2 hours ride takes you to Yala National Park that is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka.Here you can see animals like wild elephants, plenty of deer, crocodiles, buffaloes,leopards, wild pigs, monkeys,and lots of colorful birds.Your hotel will arrange your safari trip with driver/ guide, to the National Park.
Where To Stay In Yala
Click to see the pricesJetwing Yala
After you enjoyed the wild safaris in Yala Nation Park
you can travel to Nuwara Eliya or Ella.Most visitors choose to Travel directly to Ella instead going to Nuwara
Eliya.But as Nuwara Eliya is a must in visiting Sri Lanka, our suggestion is to travel to Nuwara Eliya where
you enjoy the sight of graceful waterfalls,Botanical Garden,mountains and valleys
With lush green tea plantations and dazzling lakes and reservoirs.It takes 3 and half hours to reach there.
The climate in Nuwara Eliya is different from other places in Sri Lanka.Very cool! One or two-day visit would be enough.
In Nuwara Eliya you can visit tea plantations and tea factories .Best thing is to hire a tuk tuk to visit plantations, tea factories, viewpoints and a waterfall.Don not forget to visit Ramboda water fall.
Gregory Lake, this is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the visitors come here and spend some time by the lake and relax. Graory lake gets crowded during the April tourist season.You can also enjoy boat ride on this lake.
Haggala Botanical Garden,Galway's Land Bird Sanctuary, Queen Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya Golf Club ,British Tombs,and Horton Plains are main tourist attractions in the area.
Where To Stay In Nuwara Eliya
Click to see the pricesAraliya Green Hills Hotel
From Nuwara Eliya you can take a taxi to travel about 56 km to reach Ella witch has been a favorite stop of almost every traveler to Sri Lanka.Ella is pure natural beauty, with its waterfalls, greenery, mountains giving fabulous opportunities for trekking and hiking.Do not forget to go for hikes in the mountains, and get the chance to visit one of the many tea factories and plantations in the area.
Where To Stay In Ella
Click to see the prices98 Acres Resort & Spa
After you get down at Kandy Railway station, find a good hotel nearby the Temple of Tooth Relic witch is one of the Eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
Visit Dalada Maligawa, Temple of Tooth Relic,witch is located to the north of Kandy Lake and is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Kandy and have a walk round the Kandy Lake enjoying the sight of numerous fish, birds, lizards, and tortoise spotting.You can also go on a boat ride on the lake.
Explore the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya which is situated about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy. Take a stroll through the country's largest garden that is home to 4,000 different species of plants and over 10,000 trees. Here you will find a beautiful collection of orchids, cannonball trees, coconut palm trees, a spice garden, giant bamboo,and rubber trees. These gardens annually attract nearly 2 million visitors.
Where To Stay In Kandy
Click to see the pricesThe Grand Kandyan
From Kandy take a taxi to Pinnawala to see The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which has become one of the most popular excursions and tourist destinations.Make sure you get there in the morning so that you can get the chance to feed baby elephants with huge milk bottles and then watch so many elephants together in bathing on the River.
Where To Stay In Pinnawala
Click to see the pricesHotel Elephant Bay
Dambulla cave temple is one of the most visited destinations in Sri Lanka.
Distance from Pinnalanda to Dambulla is 80km and it takes about 2 hours to reach there.
is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and it is the biggest and best-preserved cave temple
complex of Sri Lanka.
Inside the cave you will find amazing and wonderful ancient paintings and statues of Lord Buddha and his life.You have to climb a mountain to get there so take extra bottle of water.Enjoy the Natural Scenery and wildlife while climbing the mountain.
Where To Stay In Dambulla
Click to see the pricesRangiri Dambulla Resort
One of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka is Sigiriya which
a gigantic rock (200 meters high) located in the middle of the jungle and Surrounding the Lion Rock
is the beautiful royal gardens, including water gardens, an extensive network of fortifications, ponds,
canals, alleys and fountains.
This ancient palace has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year.Halfway up the rock you will find the frescoes depicting nude females and are considered to be either the portraits of Kasyapa's wives or Apsaras (celestial nymphs)performing religious rituals.On the top of the rock are ruins which is believed to be the king's palace.
Where To Stay In Sigiriya
Click to see the pricesFresco Water Villa
Ancient city of Polonnaruwa is another world heritage site in Sri Lanka. From Sigiriya ,take a taxi or tuk tuk to get there.It is only one and half hours from Sigiriya. This ancient city is packed with old temples and ruins located in the middle of a jungle. The largest man made reservoir and fascinating ancient ruins are among its attractions.
Where To Stay In Polonnaruwa
Click to see the pricesEkho Lake House
Anuradhapura is located 105 km away from Polonnaruwa and it takes about 2 hours
to get there by taxi.You can hire a tuk tuk depending on your choice.
The city of Anuradhapura is
a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been the center of Theravada Buddhism for several centuries.
You will find four major monumental stupas (Jetavana, Ruyanvelisaya, Mirisavati and Abhayagiri)
in this sacred city of Anuradhapura .
There is a abundance of ancient ruins and man made reservoirs. We also suggest hiring an English-speaking tour guide so that you can get a complete knowledge of the historical value.Tour guides are available at the entrance to the city.
Where To Stay In Anuradhapura
Click to see the pricesDiamond Lake Tourist Rest
When you visit Anuradhapura don not forget to make day trip to Mihintale which is another Buddhist pilgrimage site.It is approximately 13 kilometers east of Anuradhapura. There is abundance of ancient stone architecture surrounding the many Stupas, monastic complexes and other sacred places. A wide stairway consisting of 1840 ancient granite slabs, leads majestically up the hill side.
Negombo would be the last destination of almost every visitor before their
departure allowing themselves sometime to relax after a long trip.
Another good reason is that Negombo
is closer to the airport than Colombo and located only 20 minutes from Colombo International Airport.
Negombo is full of decent hotels , restaurants and churches.
There are also local handicraft sales on the beaches and the shops near the town.If you plan to stay at least two days in Negombo do not forget to go a boat ride on Negombo lagoon.It is also a traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka and you can make a visit to the fishing town.
Where To Stay In Negombo
Click to see the pricesJetwing Blue