Sri Lanka is a beautiful country filled with culture, history and wonder, however, planning and navigating your way through can be a tedious task. Thinking of where to start? We’ve broken down the ultimate guide for 5 days and 4 nights in Sri Lanka that offers a mix of culture, history and modern fun to help you on your way! Check out the Sri Lanka itinerary below:
Day 1: Arrival
- Check into your lodging of choice and take the day free and easy.
- Explore your local area for food and see what’s around to get familiarized.
Day 2: Negombo – Dambulla
St Mary Church
Make your way to St. Mary’s Church, a historic Roman Catholic cathedral erected in 1924 that’s one of the largest in Sri Lanka. It is specially painted a unique light pink shade and is one of the must-sees in Negombo.
Address: Main Street, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Best known for its huge statue of Buddha and its meticulously decorated dragon entrance, the Angurukaramulla Temple is another cool place to visit! Find yourself in the presence of one of the most majestic statues of Buddha, spanning over 6 meters and covered in gold
Address: Temple Rd, Negombomaristhala, Sri Lanka
The Dambulla Cave Temple a.k.a The Golden Temple is truly a sight to behold! The caves within are painted and decorated with 160 statues featuring Buddha, Sri Lankan Kings and other gods and goddesses.
Address: Kandy – Jaffna Hwy, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
You can also choose to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on the same day!
Day 3: Sigiriya – Kandy
Sri Lanka is known in the ancient world for their riches in spices. Immerse yourself in a slice of history and visit one of the many spice gardens found in Sri Lanka. The one that we recommend is near Sigiriya: luscious greenery filled with a multitude of different spices to learn and experience.
Address: Inamaluwa, Sri Lanka
Get yourself to Kandy after, a large city in central Sri Lanka. Stroll along the Kandy lake and soak in the sights and sounds, enjoying a mix of beautiful waters and interesting architecture
Market Street, Kandy
If you’re looking for more to do in Kandy, wander around the market square and arts & crafts centre where you’ll be surrounded by good buys, traditional crafts and unique souvenirs, perfect for bringing a piece of Sri Lanka home with you.
Address: Market Street, Kandy, Sri Lanka
The Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum
The Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum is also a fascinating place to visit. Take a tour to see how gems formed, harvested and used to create beautiful jewellery, and even pick up a unique piece or two at the gift shop!
Address: 530, Colombo Road, Kandy 20442, Sri Lanka
Day 4: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Temple of the Tooth
One of the sites you can’t miss in Kandy is the Temple of The Tooth. This Buddhist temple houses one of the most important relics of Buddhism: the actual tooth relic of Buddha himself.
Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Pedro Tea Factory
No trip to Sri Lanka can be complete without a little spot of tea. The Pedro Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya makes high-quality Sri Lankan tea, making it a must-visit while you’re here. Take the tour and experience the tea fields, tea process and actual tea for yourself!
Address: Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
The Victoria Park
One of the country’s best-maintained town parks The Victoria Park in Nuwara Eliya. Manicured lawns make the way for a peaceful stroll, and is home to a number of hill-country bird species including the Kashmir flycatcher, Indian pitta and grey tit, making it a great place for bird watchers.
Address: PBC Hwy, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
New Zealand and Ambewela Farm
Get down and dirty with nature (okay, not really) and visit a dairy farm in the area. The New Zealand Farm and Ambewela Farm are a couple of kilometres away, both of which are surrounded by lush greenery and mist-shrouded hilltops. Take the time to observe and interact with the animals grazing on the farm, and maybe even see the milking of the cows if you’re lucky. Don’t forget to pick up some farm-fresh dairy products before you leave!
Address: New Zealand Farm, Nanuoya Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Colombo – Departure
The Cinnamon Garden
The Cinnamon Garden is an elegant tree-lined street with posh mansions, embassies, stylish cafes and shops, sports grounds and a cluster of museums and galleries which used to be cinnamon fields a century ago. Spend a little time snapping some shots or catching a delicious meal while you’re there.
If you’re looking for a little opulence and luxury to bring back home, check out an amazing amount of gold retailers at the Sea Street, Sri Lanka’s go-to-market for gold. Make sure you get a little bling before you head back to the airport for your flight home.
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