Venturing on a 3 day trip in Sri Lanka allows you to visit several interesting places on the island. You will not able to see the most number of interesting places within 3 days time, but you can visit several interesting places depending on the region you visit. However, with careful planning, you can visit a dozen of interesting tourist places and actively engage in interesting activities during the 3 days. In this article, you can read one of the most popular Sri Lanka 3 days trip, as well as the 11 best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days.
3 Day trip of Sri Lanka: how to plan it?
Are you planning to stay for 3 days in Sri Lanka? then there are many options that you can choose from if you like to see the island during your short stay. However, choosing the best program can be a bit tricky, because the options are endless.
3 days in Sri Lanka is a short period, however, with proper planning, you can make your stay a memorable holiday. I feel touring the island of Sri Lanka is the best way to explore this tropical destination and you can plan a 3 day trip in Sri Lanka for this purpose. It allows you to mingle up with the general folk and experience the life of Sri Lankans. As a tourist, you need to visit local families and drop into places such as schools, farmlands, and village temples in order to see the real Sri Lankan life. It certainly gives you the pleasure of learning the rhythm of Sri Lankan life.
Roads around the island are in good shape and traffic moves fast in most areas apart from the cities. Driving in Sri Lanka can be hazardous if you are not familiar with the unique driving pattern of the island. Don’ be surprised if your vehicle is overtaken from the left side, or drive over a red light. You will soon get used to it.
Sri Lanka 3 days trip as a transit tour
The 3 day trip in Sri Lanka also known as the transit tour, because most travellers who are in transit at Colombo international airport book this 3 day trip in Sri Lanka. Some are purposely extending their transit and make room for the 3 day trip in Sri Lanka trip.
The people who make business visits to Sri Lanka are also another segment of travellers who often book Sri Lanka 3 days tour. Some of them are visiting the island for conferences and seminars. The 3 day trip to Sri Lanka, is a perfect tour package organized by Seerendiopity tours to experience the essence of Sri Lanka within a short period of time.
Sri Lanka 3 days tour as a shore excursion from Colombo
Sri Lanka is a popular destination for cruise ships and a large number of cruise ships report to the Sri Lankan ports. Being the largest port on the island most of these cruise ships anchoring in the Colombo port, therefore, demand for Colombo shore excursions is very high and tour operators such as Seerendipity tours offers Sri Lanka day trips, Sri Lanka two days trips and 3 days Sri Lanka trip as a shore excursion to foreign travellers. If you are on a cruise ship and look for 3 days Sri Lanka trip below mentioned trip packages is very suitable options for you.
Sri Lanka 3 days trip as part of the beach holiday
Three days trip to Sri Lanka is available in many forms such as adventure tour, wildlife tour, cultural tour etc. A large number of travellers combine these three days tours with their beach holidays, therefore they can visit few important tourist places during their beach stay. A short trip like 3 days tour not only allow them to visit interesting tourist places in Sri Lanka but also enables them to breaks their monotonous lifestyle in the beach resort. Some travellers take their 3 days tour during the beach stay, however, some others are opting to have the 3 days tour before or after the beach holiday.
How to travel on 3 days Sri Lanka tour?
Sri Lanka has a well-maintained road network allowing you to reach any part of Sri Lanka, therefore, road travel is the best option for you to travel on this 3 days Sri Lanka trip. It is best to hire a car with a local driver/guide. With an experienced driver/guide you will not miss any tourist of the places mentioned in your itinerary, on the other their experience helps you to have an enjoyable tour within a short period of time. Travelling by private taxi is safe, affordable and most of all it saves your time, which is an important factor on a short trip like 3 days tour.
You may be thinking of public transport such as buses and trains as a viable option on your trip because it is very cheap to travel by public transport in Sri Lanka. But, unfortunately travelling by public transport might suck your time because they are behind the schedule most of the time.
5 Ideas for a Sri Lanka 3-day tours
- 1: 3-day itinerary Sri Lanka to Cultural Triangle
- 2: 3-day itinerary Sri Lanka with Beach
- 3: 3-day itinerary Sri Lanka to upcountry
- 4: 3-day itinerary Sri Lanka with adventure
- 5: 3-day itinerary Sri Lanka with Colombo
Variety of 3-day trips in Sri Lanka
You can find many variations of 3 days tours in Sri Lanka and it is up to the tourist to choose the best Sri Lanka 3 days tour by carefully considering the inclusions of the trip. You can explore a fraction of the tourist attraction available on the island during the 3 days. Usually, most 3 day tours start in Colombo, some of the variation of 3 days tours as below.
1: 3 Days tour of Sri Lanka to the cultural triangle
This 3 day trip in Sri Lanka allows you to explore fascinating tropical Sri Lanka within a short period of time. Cultural triangle 3 days tour takes you to the tourist attractions in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. It includes the most important tourist places in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka namely Sigiriya, Dambulla cave temple, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.
You will not only be able to see the most interesting places in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. But chances are there to see a few interesting places such as wildlife parks, during your short vacation, if you plan your Sri Lanka 3 days tour properly. Seerendipity tours is a truly Sri Lankan company and we are able to help you to plan the best tour package with our expertise in Sri Lankan tourism.
2: 3 Day trip in Sri Lanka to mountains
This tour takes you to Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and several other tourist attraction in the mountains such as tea garden, tea factory, waterfalls. This 3 day trip in Sri Lanka is concise but packed with many important tourist attractions and experiences.
Upcountry 3 day trip in Sri Lanka is a very popular Sri Lanka road trip especially among the travellers from Indian, Maldives, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Pakistan. There is a big demand for this 3-day trip because it includes the central mountain range of Sri Lanka with green-capped mountains, tea gardens, waterfalls, rivers and many other natural attractions.
This is the only Sri Lanka 3 days trip that includes important Ramaya sites. The tourist, who book this trip able to visit Seetha Amman temple, hanuman temple, Ashok Vatika and many other tourist places in Nuwara Eliya.
3: 3 Days southern Sri Lanka tour with wildlife
This tour mainly a wildlife exploration trip and includes few wildlife reserves such as Udawalawe national park and Yala national park. The trip also includes whale watching in Mirissa. Even though it can be described as a wildlife trip, it also includes many ancient monuments such as Galle Fort as well as popular beaches such as Hikkaduwa beach, Unawatuna beach. During the 72 hours, travellers can cover many interesting tourist attractions in southern Sri Lanka. This is one of the Sri Lanka tour packages that can be easily customized because this tour package is offered as an individual Sri Lanka tour. Travellers can easily make twists and turn to the tour itinerary to accommodate cultural sites, historical places, adventure activities and many other interesting experiences.
4: 3 Days Sri Lanka adventure tour
This 3 days tour includes many interesting activities such as whitewater rafting, rainforest exploration, bird watching, and safari. The kicks off from Colombo and head on to Kitulagla on day 1 and later proceed to Udawalawe. On the last day of the trip, the guests proceed to Colombo via Galle and Bentota and explore the tourist attraction in southern Sri Lanka such as Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary, Boat trip at Madu estuary, visiting mask museum, jeep safari at Udawalawe national park, and beach hopping in Bentota.
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Sri Lanka 3 days tour to southern Sri Lanka
Day 1: 07.00 AM leave for southern Sri Lanka port city of Galle and En-route visit Hikkaduwa beach, Bentota beach, Sea turtle conservation project, Madu River estuary. Your day windup with the guided walking tour of Galle Fort, where you witness hundreds of 17th-century Dutch-built houses and mansions. Most buildings are now have been converted to hotels, guest houses, restaurants, galleries, museums and shops, which are selling a wide range of products such as batik, lace, gem, jewellery, Tea, spices and hand-made souvenir. Overnight stay Galle
Day 2: After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama, the remote village by Tissamaharama lake, which is the gateway to Yala national park. you will be accommodated in a hotel near the Yala national park. Afternoon set off on the Yala safari. Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.
Day 3: On the last day of the 3 days tour, there are not major activities planned. However, you will travel via Rathnapura, which is the city most famous for Gems and jewellery in Sri Lanka, where you have the option to visit a gem museum and a Gem lapidary.
Sri Lanka 3 days tour to ancient cities
Day 1: 07.00 AM leave for Kandy via Pinnawala. The first stop on the trip is at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, and which is an important tourist attraction on this 3 days Sri Lankan trip. Afterwards continue to Kandy and you will be stopping at teh spice garden a few kilometres before Kandy. Later drive to Kandy and continue with the Kandy city tour. During the city tour of Kandy, you will be visiting the gem museum and lapidary, Kandyan cultural show and tooth relic temple. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 2: On the second day of the three days tour, you will be picked up early morning from your hotel in Kandy. Because you will be visiting 3 iconic tourist attractions in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. The journey takes place via Sigiriya and Dambulla. The first stop of the day will be in Dambulla in view of visiting the golden cave temple, the second stop will be at Sigiriya to witness one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and to see Sigiriya frescos. Afterwards continue to Polonnaruwa ancient city and see the ruins. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Day 3: Early morning leave for Anuradhapura to visit the oldest city of Sri Lanka and to witness a large number of ancient structures such as Dagobas, temples, Buddha statues, palaces, gardens and museums. Later in the day continue to Colombo.
Sri Lanka 3 days tour -hill country
These 3 days Sri Lanka tour with hill country is one of the most popular short trips on the island. The trip includes many important tourist places such as Kandy tooth temple, Nuwara Eliya, Kitulgala etc. This is an ideal trip for nature lovers as it includes rainforests, a botanical garden, te plantations, waterfalls and many other natural attractions.
Day 1: 07.00 AM leave for Nuwara Eliya via Kitulgala while taking a glimpse into the beautiful tea carpeted hill country. Sri Lanka tea country is one of the most scenic regions on the island with cascading waterfalls, green-capped mountains, terrace rice fields and patches of forests. You will be taking part in a Nuwara Eliya city tour in order to visit Seetha temple, Gregory lake, Victoria park, and downtown Nuwara Eliya. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 2: After breakfast leave for Kandy vis Ramboda plateau, En-route visits Peradeniya botanical garden. Kandy is one of the most popular cities on teh island and most tourists make a visit to Kandy during their trip to Sri Lanka. Kandy harbours many interesting tours attractions such as temples, garden, shopping, tea plantations, museums and many more. In the afternoon Kandy city tour and visit Kandyan cultural show and tooth relic temple. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 3: After exploring Kandy, you will be visiting another 2 UNESCO world heritage sites today, located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya and Dambulla golden temple. Die to the distance to cover today you will be picked up early morning leave from your hotel in Kandy and drive to Sigiriya and trekking the Sigiriya rock fortress, later visit the Dambulla golden temple before heading to Colombo.
How to book a 3 day trip to Sri Lanka?
- You can book a 3-day tour at the travel counter of your hotel
- You can book Sri Lanka 3 days tour with local tour operators
- It is possible to book a Sri Lanka 3 days tour through booking portals
- Sri Lanka 3 days tour can be done as a solo trip
11 Best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days
- Colombo-undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days as it is the economic hub of the island. It offers a wide range of places for shopping, dining and recreational activities.
- Kandy-is also the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days due to its historical monuments and natural attractions. The 3 days tour to Kandy will be a busy program due to a large number of tourist attractions to visit on the trip.
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage– one of the most popular tourist attraction on the island and we have included it under best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days. The orphanage is conveniently located on the Colombo-Kandy main road giving easy access to all the travellers heading to the cultural triangle as well as the central mountain range.
- Peradeniya botanical garden-located near Kandy is another tourist hotspot on the island
- Udawattekele sanctuary – Another tourist hot spot to see a large number of avian fauna species and trees and plants
- Tooth relic temple-Most sacred Buddhist temple on the island and which is a UNESCO world heritage on the island.
- Gregory Lake-A wide expanse of water in the city of Kandy is a perfect place to engage in various interesting activities such as boating, fishing, rowing.
- Nuwara Eliya-the city nestled among the green-capped mountains of Sri Lankan upcountry. Nuwara Eliya is one of the tourist hot spots and attracts a large number of travellers. The healing climate of Nuwara Eliya is the main reason for its popularity among travellers.
- Tea plantation / factory-Visiting tea factory is on the card of every Sri Lanaknvisitors, in fact, Sri Lanka produces the best tea in the world under the brand of “Ceylon Tea”.
- Cultural triangle-visiting the cultural triangle allows you to see a large number of historical monuments and resides in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy and Dambulla.
- Yala national park-this southern Sri Lank tourist hot sport is a real attraction for wildlife lovers. Yala national park attracts the most number of wildlife enthusiast of Sri Lanka. Yala is one of the best places to spot leopards in the world. A full day safari at Yala ended up mostly with the opportunity to see leopard, crocodile, bear, elephant, jackal, wild buffaloe, monkeys and many other animals and bird species.
When is the best time to visit above mentioned 3 day trip places in Sri Lanka?
Generally, the best time to travel in Sri Lanka swing between the south-west monsoon (from April to November) and the north-west monsoon (from November to April). Therefore, the best time to travel largely depends on the region you plan to explore in your Sri Lanka trip. E.g if you hit the island from April to November, the east coast is the best places to travel. If you travel to the south, west and central part of Sri Lanka, plan your Sri Lanka trip from November to April.
From November to April, is the peak holiday season in Sri Lanka and during this period, Sri Lankan resorts see a large influx of foreign travellers, mainly from western countries. Travelling in Sri Lanka from November to April can be very expensive due to the high demand.
Above mentioned 3-day trip places are located on the south coast, west coast or in the central mountains, which means these places are largely spared from the north-west monsoon. Therefore above-mentioned places have bright, sunny, warm weather from November to April. During this period above mentioned 3 days trip places rarely coming under the heavy rain. However, the trip places mentioned above see often, heavy, sudden rain from April to November, suggesting these places may not very suitable for outdoor activities from April to November.
What includes in 3 day trip in Sri Lanka?
This article is about a 3 day trip in Sri Lanka that revolve around upcountry or better known as tea country, which is packed with many tourist hot spots like Kandy, Tooth relic temple, pinnawala elephant orphanage, Nuwara Eliya, Tea gardens, Gregory lake, waterfalls, Sita temple and many more.
Are you looking for some activities to make thing happening during your 3 days tour to Sri Lanka, you are on the right track, keep-on reading this article helps you to plan a very interesting 3 day trip in Sri Lanka and turn your 3 days in Sri Lanka into a memorable holiday experience.
Best 3-day trips in Sri Lanka for short vacationers
Are you live in India or Maldives and look for a short holiday from your home country? Look no further Sri Lanka is the best and most convenient place to reach. Pristine beaches, hot Ramayana sites, adrenaline-pumping thrilling activities, interesting wildlife, and many fun-filled activities, Sri Lanka is one of the most alluring holiday destinations within easy reach of most leading Asian countries.
Sri Lanka is a cultural melting point and shelters people of many ethnic groups and religions such as Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Chinese, Indian, Burghers, Europeans, Africans…Many ethnic groups, many religions but all live in peace and harmony.
Delicious seafood, old-world charm, rich shopping experience, fine arts, you can find all of this and many many more here. Here’s a Sri Lanka 3 days tour package allowing you to experience the best of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka 3 days trip from India
You can book an India to Sri Lanka flight from Many Indian cities. Every week there are many direct flights from Mumbai to Sri Lanka, Chennai to Sri Lanka, Delhi to Sri Lanka and several other cities. Book your flight and try to reach Sri Lanka early, therefore you can use the short time available for your Sri Lanka 3 days tour package to the maximum. Same times book your return flight late evening and make use as much time as possible to explore some interesting places near the airport such as Colombo city, Negombo beach area or Ramayana sites in Chilaw.
Sri Lanka 3 days tour features on this article in a nutshell
Day 1: leave for Kandy-En-route visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage, spice garden, tooth relic temple, Kandyan cultural show, Kandy city tour.
Dat 2:Leave for Nuwara Eliya-En-route visit Royal botanical garden, tea garden, trek to Ramboda waterfalls, Gregory lake, Seetha Amman temple, Udawatteklele sanctuary and Nuwara Eliya city tour.
Day 3:Leave for Colombo-En-rote white water rafting and river bath in Kitulgala and later Colombo city tour.
Map of Sri Lanka 3 days tour
Day 1 of 3 day trip in Sri Lanka
Today is the first day of your Sri Lanka 3 days tour package and we assume your Sri Lanka 3 days tour package begins in Colombo (Katunayake international airport), as for most foreign tourists. Head into Kandy on day one of your Sri Lanka 3 days tour package to explore the most popular destination among the foreign tourists in Sri Lanka. Kandy is the cultural heart of the island and dotted with shops, colonial buildings, eateries and religious sites, Kandy has a neighbourhood with rich ethnic diversity.
Tooth relic temple-places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days
Kandy has the most prominent religious monument for the Sri Lankan Buddhists known as the temple of the tooth relic. And this a hot attraction is included almost in every Sri Lanka road trip. Tooth relic temple is the palace of Kandyan King and one of the most popular landmarks in the city. The temple is pouring with devotees during the pooja hours for religious observances.
Kandy walking tour
The best way to explore Kandy is by taking a walking tour around the city. If you come across the city by coincidence with the Kandy Esala ceremony, you have a lot to experience from a cultural perspective other than the usual historical and natural attractions. The main roads are lined-up with a large number of shops selling clothing, souvenirs, paintings, handicrafts, gems and jewellery. They are selling modern designs as well as products with typical Sri Lankan designs.
If you are hungry and need to choose a good place to eat among restaurants in Kandy, then, don’t think twice head to the silk garden restaurant for lunch. This is a modern trendy restaurant with a large variety of food in its buffet and a la carte menu. The Lunch Buffet is packed with a large variety of local and foreign food items.
Don’t forget to have a boat tour of Kandy lake and experience the rich biodiversity around the lake. The lake is surrounded by thick green foliage and next to the lake is the tooth relic temple. The royal botanical garden of Peradeniya is just a few minutes away from Kandy and should be part of Sri Lanka 3 days tour package. in fact, Peradeniya cannot be missed out if you visit Kandy. Peradeniya botanical garden is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.
Kandyan cultural show
You can wind up the day by witnessing the acrobatic rhythmic movements of Kandy dancers. Kandyan cultural show, which is a unique show performed only in Kandy, kick-off at around 5 pm every day. There is no better place to experience the typical Sri Lankan dancing and musical performances on the island.
Usually, the day in Kandy is long due to a large number of things and places to explore and you might be also exhausted due to a long day. Fortunately, there is a large number of Kandy hotels due to the high demand, you can find a place to rest with ease. Most of Kandy hotels are concentrated in the city area giving easy access to most of the places mentioned above. If you need to find budget hotels in Kandy still you have plenty of opportunities. Try your luck in the upper lake area, where you get a large number of the middle class and cheap Kandy hotels.
Day 2 of 3 day trip in Sri Lanka
Visiting Udawattakele sanctuary
It is well worth investing time on a trek in the Udawattekele sanctuary, which is a rainforest that includes many Sri Lanka 3 days tour packages. Travellers walk through the lush vegetation of the rainforest, where the travellers can spot a large number of birds, butterflies and animals as well as many species of tropical tree and plants.
The forest is located towards the southern end of Kandy city, just behind the temple of the tooth relic. It will be difficult for you to believe the existence of a rainforest in a busy city like Kandy. So don’t forget to step into this patch of rainforest and see the rich fauna flora of Sri Lanka. The forest is open to the public daily from 6.000 am to 6.00 pm.
Visiting Nuwara Eliya- places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days
A most important part of today’s program is the exploration of Sri Lankan mountains including the “city of light”, Nuwara Eliya. Many Ramayana sites are scattered in the city of Nuwara Eliya, Seetha Amman temple, Hanuman temple are 2 popular places that can be added to your Sri Lanka 3 days tour package without any additional cost. If you wish to visit Ashok Vatika, it is also located in Nuwara Eliya. But the entrance fee is US$ 10 per person.
April to May is the festival time here with Wasantha Udanaya, the annual carnival in the city. The annual even kick-off parallel to the start of the flowering season in the mountains and colours sweep the city of Nuwara Eliya, through the beautifully landscaped garden, parks and lawn around the Gregory lake.
If you want to enjoy the beautiful mountains, waterfalls, patches of forests, and tea plantations, you can join a group tour organized by Seerendipity tours or you can have your own tailor-made Sri Lanka 3 days tour package if you love to have privacy during the tour.
Day 3 of 3 day trip in Sri Lanka
Visiting pettah market
Today is the day for the Colombo city tour and shopping tour during this 3 days Sri Lanka tour package. Colombo, Sri Lanka’s busiest city for the best shopping experience in Sri Lanka. Here you find high-end shopping malls with leading multi-national branded products. Pettah is the corner for thrifty shoppers with a large number of products at various prices. Pettah shopping area is clearly demarcated according to the variety of goods sold and avenues. Textiles, leather goods, electronic equipment, Ayurveda medicine, vegetable and many other things available here at an affordable price.
On the other side of Pettah is the modern part of the city with high-rise buildings, apartments, hotels, night-clubs, cafes, restaurants, casinos and discos. Here you find the old parliament building built after Roman architecture, today it houses the presidential secretariat.
Colombo sightseeing tour
Galle face green just south of the old parliament is also worth a visit. Galle face green has an about 2 kilometres long beach promenade and offers many activities, especially for kids. Later in the day head to Sri Lanka’s most visited Zoo, located just outside of Colombo, near Dehiwala. This is the number-one spot in Sri Lanka to spot animals.
Dehiwala zoological garden-places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days
Dehiwala zoo offers night visit as well. Have a walk in the zoo or choose a tram car and have an easy ride, you can choose the most convenient way. If you go for a tram car you need to pay for the ride and tram cars available only during the night. If you have timing constraints you can visit the Zoo at night and it is open for the public till 22.00 hrs every day. But I would suggest a daytime walk at the Zoo because I feel you see more animals during the day.
You can easily make your Sri Lanka 3 days tour a culinary adventure because there are so many nice restaurants to eat at across Colombo from high-end European restaurants to small wayside eateries.
Dining in Colombo
If you are a food lover and like to experience authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, Colombo is one of the best places to pamper your taste buds. Colombo is also one of the best places to experience fine dining. From traditional Sri Lankan food to contemporary food items as well as many international recipes are awaiting you here. A large number of top restaurants in Sri Lanka resides here and simply you can’t afford to neglect this opportunity.
Victoria park-Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days
Make room for victoria park during your 3 days in Sri Lanka shot vacation, try to make it to Victoria Park after some sightseeing and shopping in the city, Victora park is the largest inner-city park of Colombo and located at the heart of Colombo. The park is a colonial heritage, which is lavishly decorated with trees, plants and waterholes. More than half of the park is occupied by trees and plants native to Sri Lanka. Taking a free guided walk is the best way to explore this green oasis in a busy metropolis.
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