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Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days

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Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 3 days

6 Sri Lanka 3 day tour ideas for your vacation of 3 days in Sri Lanka

  • 3 days in Sri Lanka Cultural triangle tour through Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla
  • Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka Extension 3 days tour to Polonnaruwa, Pinnawala, Dambulla and Sigiriya
  • 3 days in Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour with Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla
  • 3 days Sri Lanka vacation package – upcountry
  • 3 days in Sri Lanka tours with the twist of adventure and Adams peak
  • 3 days in Sri Lanka tours with Yala, Galle and whale watching
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Pristine beaches of Sri Lanka are popular places for leisure holidays and can be added to your Sri Lanka 3 day tour packages.

No 1.  Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka Extension, 3 days in Sri Lanka cultural tour through Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla

These programs planned for 3 days in Sri Lanka vacations and all these 3-day tours start from Colombo or any other resort on the west coast of Sri Lanka and the ending places are the same as the starting point. With visits to important historical places, this 3 days tour takes you through Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Dambulla all are UNESCO world heritage sites. 3 days in Sri Lanka cultural tour is a private tour and the package includes accommodation in a hotel, as well as an expert guide, driver, transport in a private vehicle and more.

Places to visit in these 3 days in Sri Lanka itinerary

Sigiriya

Sigiriya is of the most visited tourist hotspots on the island and visited by thousands of travellers every day. Sigiriya showcases a 5th-century palace complex built by King Kashyapa, which comprised of landscaped gardens, pools, ponds, fountains, the remnant of a palace, paintings and many other ancient constructions.

Dambulla

Dambulla golden cave temple is another tourist hot spots on the island and located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. The temple is a UNESCO world heritage site and features a large number of Buddhist paintings and Buddha statues. The history of the temple goes back to the 1st century BC and one of the oldest Buddhist temple in the world and still in very good condition.

Pinnawala

Pinnawala elephant orphanage is a conservation and research centre dedicated located near Kandy. The Pinnawala elephant orphanage was started in 1975 in order to rescue the orphan, sick and injured animals found in the jungle, later it was developed to a research centre. Now it is carrying much important research in view of the conservation effort of the wild elephants in Sri Lanka.

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is the most historical city on the island that dates back to 3rd century BC. Anuradhapura is an archaeological zoo, where the visitors wee a large number of ancient monuments such as temples, palaces, stupas, image hoses, lakes, parks, gardens and many other ancient constructions.

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Ruwanveli seya dagoba or stupa, which is a historical monument dating back to 2nd century BC is one of the most visited prehistorical sites in Anuradhapura

The program of the 3 days tour

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 3 days tour

On the first day of the 3 days tour you will leave for Anuradhapura, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, the distance from Colombo to Anuradhapura is 200 km and the time taken for the journey is roughly 4 hours half. After the Anuradhapura, sightseeing tour proceeds to the hotel in Sigiriya, distance to cover on this leg is 70km and the time taken for the journey is 1 hour.

Day 2 of Sri Lanka 3 days tour

Next day of the tour you will be visiting Sigiriya rock fortress in the morning and visit Dambulla golden cave temple in the afternoon, later in the day optional jeep safari at Minneriya national park, Overnight stay in Sigiriya. All major attraction that you visit today located near the hotel and it takes 30 minutes maximum, to reach any of the places (Sigiriya rock, Dambulla golden cave temple, Minneriya national park) from the hotel.

Day 3 of the tour

Last day of the tour proceeds to Colombo after the breakfast, en-route visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The distance from Sigiriya to Pinnawala elephant orphanage is a00 km and it takes 2 hours 30 minutes reach the elephant orphanage fro your hotel.  Pinnawala elephant orphanage is located on the way to Colombo from Sigiriya, however, there is a small detour that lasts about 15 minutes as the orphanage is located away from the main road. After visiting the Pinnawala orphanage leave for Colombo and you will reach the city in 3 hours time.

End of the 3 days tour

No 2. Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka Extension (Original), 3-day exploration tour through Polonnaruwa, Pinnawala, Dambulla and Sigiriya

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Golden cave temple of dambulla, an UNESCO world heritage featuring thousands of Buddha statues God figures and many thousands square meter of ceiling and wall paintings.

This is a private tour and starting city and the ending place is highly flexible. However, if you start the tour from Colombo there will be no additional charges for the transport. If the pick-up and ending point are far away destinations from Colombo there could be additional charges, please inquire. 3 days in Sri Lanka tours take you through 3 UNESCO world heritage sites namely Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla as well as Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Important places of the 3 days in Sri Lanka trip

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Pinnawala

Polonnaruwa

If you opt for this tour as you spend 3 days in Sri Lanka, you have the opportunity to see one of another important UNESCO world heritage sites on the island, namely Polonnaruwa. You will be visiting 4 major UNESCO world heritage sites on this trip including Polonnaruwa.  Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka after Anuradhapura and this ancient city harbours a large number of monuments such as temples, palaces, image houses, stupas, lakes, ponds, gardens, and many other ancient structures.

The program of this 3 days Sri Lanka tour

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 3 days tour

On the first day of this 3 days tour you will start the journey in Colombo and proceed to hotel in Sigiriya vial Kegalle, en-route visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage and Dambulla golden cave temple. The journey will last around 5 hours with the visit to Dambulla golden cave temple, the distance to cover is 175 km.

Day 2 of Sri Lanka 3 days tour

Day 2 of the trip visit Sigiriya rock fortress in the morning and visit Polonnaruwa historical city in the afternoon, overnight stay in Sigiriya. The drive to the Sigiriya rock fortress from your hotel lasts only a few minutes as it is located very close to the hotel, however, the Polonnaruwa historical city, which will be visited is about 75 km from the hotel and journey takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Day 3 of Sri Lanka 3 days tour

On the last day of the trip, you have the opportunity to take a jeep safari at Minneriya national park and see Sri Lankan wildlife. Later return journey to Colombo.

End of the 3 days tour of Sri Lanka

No 3. 3 days in Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour with Kandy

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Eiffel tower -France, Taj mahal-India, Liberty statues-USA, Big Ben – England what is the iconic monument of Sri Lanka? It is none other than Sigiriya rock fortress

Start and end in Colombo! However, the pick-up location and endpoint can be varied depending on the client’s requirements. Please write to us if you need to change the pick-up and drop-off location. In these 3 days in Sri Lanka tour you can visit 3 major tourist host spots namely Kandy tooth relic temple, Dambulla golden cave temple, Sigiriya rock fortress, Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Tea Gardens, and Kandyan cultural show. The package includes accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, transport and more.

Places to visit in this 3 days trip in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Tooth relic temple

Tooth relic temple is another major tourist attractions on the island due to its historical and religious importance. The temple of the tooth relic is the most important tourist attraction on the island and is considered to be the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island. The temple is major pilgrimage site and attracts thousands of local devotees every day. You will be visiting the temple during the evening ceremony.

spice garden

Spices are a major export product on the country and it is one of the most important foreign exchange earners for the economy. The spice of Sri Lanka is exported to many countries around the world. Aty the spice garden the visitors are able to see a large number of plants and trees that produces spices, same times the visitors are educated about the economical benefits of spices and how they are been used in the preparation of Ayurveda medicine along with other herbs.

The program of this 3 days tour

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

On the first day of the trip, you will be visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage and tea garden as you drive to Kandy, later in the day visit tooth relic temple and Kandyan cultural show, overnight stay in Kandy. On the first day of this Sri Lanka 3 days tour, the takes place in the direction of the central mountain range and the distance to cover is 115 km. The journey takes around 3 hours including the visit to Pinnawala elephant orphanage. The pinnawala elephant orphanage is located about halfway down the journey and which is the only major place to stop on the journey. In the afternoon sightseeing tour of Kandy, which includes many interesting places to visit such as tooth relic temple, Kandy market, Kandyan cultural show etc

Day 2 of Sri Lanka 3 days tour

The day second day of the tour starts after the breakfast and you leave for Sigiriya via Dambulla, en-route visit Spice garden, Dambulla golden cave temple and optional safari at Minneriya, overnight stay in Sigiriya. Today you drive deep into the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and visit another 2 major UNESCO world heritage sites on the island namely Sigiriya rock and Dambulla cave temple. The distance from Kandy to Dambulla and Sigiriya is 90 km and the journey lasts around 2 hours.

Day 3 of Sri Lanka 3 days tour

Last day of the tour starts after the breakfast and visit Sigiriya rock fortress, later proceed to the hotel in Colombo via Kurunegala. The journey lasts around 5 hours.

End of the 3 days tour of Sri Lanka

No 4. 3 days in Sri Lanka tours with upcountry

Tea estate nuwara eliya
Well maintained tea gardens are very appealing to the eve, they are spreading far and side across the mountains in the higher elevated areas of Sri Lanka and included in most Sri Lanka 3 day trips.

The tour starts on the west coast of Sri Lanka near Colombo and takes you through the countryside of semi-mountainous areas of Sri Lanka. In these 3 days in Sri Lanka tour, you experience the rich historical, natural and cultural value of Sri Lanka Mountains. You will be visiting tooth relic temple, tea country of Sri Lanka better known as Nuwara Eliya, Sita temple, waterfalls, Gregory Lake and Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Places to visit in this 3 days trip in Sri Lanka

Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Tooth relic temple, Spice garden

Tea factory

Making a visit to a tea-factory is customary to every traveller, who visit this tea country,  where the world-famous CEYLON tea is manufactured. At the tea factory, the visitors are able to witness the tea manufacturing process and sip a freshly brewed cup of Ceylon tea.

Nuwara Eliya

Nicknamed as “Little England”, Nuwara Eliya had been the most popular holiday destination among the British citizens, who lived on the island from 1796 to 1948. Today it is still a major tourist hotspot and visited by a large number of local as well as foreign travellers. Unlike in other places on the island, there is an acute shortage of historical monuments in Nuwara Eliya, however, it harbours a large number of many other interesting places such as parks, gardens, golf course, racecourse, Gregory lake with water sports, trekking sites, and national parks.

Ramboda Falla

One of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island located halfway on the track from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.

Gregory Lake

The lake is located near the city of Nuwara Eliya and one of the most beautiful places to explore.

The program of the 3 days tour

Unlike the other 3 days in Sri Lanka programs that we discussed already, this 3 days tour includes the breathtaking mountains of Sri Lanka.

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

The tour starts from Colombo and proceeds to the hotel in Kandy, en-route visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage and spice garden, later in the day visit tooth relic temple and Kandyan cultural show. The journey from Colombo to Kandy last around 4 hours with 2 visits to Pinnawala elephant orphanage and spice garden. Later in the day Kandu sightseeing tour which is a hop-in and hop-out last around 3 hours, you will be sitting about 15 minutes in the vehicle during the city tour.

Day 2 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

On the second day of the 3 days tour starts after the breakfast and you will be making a day trip to Nuwara Eliya where you visit waterfalls, tea plantations, Gregory Lake, tea factory, Nuwara Eliya city, and Sita temple. Nuwara Eliya, which considered to have the best healing climate on the island is surrounded by mountains and valleys.

The uphill journey starts from Kandy at 500 meters above sea-level and the elevation rises up to 1800 meters as you reach Nuwara Eliya. The drive lasts around 4 hours with a visit to the tea plantation and factory. The uphill journey also includes a few casual stops in order to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that you encounter on the way. You will trek t the Ramboda fall on the way so be prepared with good pare of shoes.

Day 3 of Sri Lanak 3 day tour

Last day of this 3 days trip you leave for Colombo Kitulgala en-route optional white water rafting Kitulgala. The distance to cover on today’s journey is 165 km and it takes around 5 hours. You will encounter many waterfalls, tea plantations, patches of forests and green-capped mountains during the journey.

End of the 3 days tour of Sri Lanka

No 5. 3 days in Sri Lanka tours with the twist of adventure and Adams peak

Sri Lanka road trip, Kithulgala Water Rafting Package

The tour starts in Colombo and ends in Colombo, however, if you live in a hotel close by we can arrange the pickup without any additional charge.

Places to visit in this 3 days trip in Sri Lanka

Kandy, Tooth relic temple, Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Kitulgala

Kitulgala is a laid back village which is surrounded by a rain forest while in the backdrop is huge mountains. The lazy city is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The river of Kelaniya that spit the village into 2 parts if the lifeblood of Kitulgala and the river provide the essential water to sustain the evergreen forest. The forest hides many places such as trekking sites, mountains, caves, birds and a large number of mammals species.

Adams peak

Adams peak is the third highest mountain of Sri Lanka, which is a popular pilgrimage in the country, believed to have the footprint of Buddha. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims of all ages make the hike every year in order to worship the footprint. Adams peak trek lasts around 8 hours (upward and downward journey) and reward of the difficult task are the gorgeous view of the sunrise and the breathtaking scenery around the jungle.

The program of the 3 days tour

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

On the first day of the tour, you drive to Kitulgala via mountains and take apart in white water rafting session, kayaking and rain forest trek. Kitulgala is most popular on the island for adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, canoeing, rainforest trek, caving, mountain climbing, trekking and the nature activities available is quite understandable with its nickname “Adventure Playground of Sri Lanka”. The journey from Colombo to Kitulgala lasts around 3 hours and the journey cut the beautiful countryside, patches of forests, rubber plantation, coconut plantations and laid-back small cities like Avissawella.  After the thrilling adventurous activities Overnight stay in Kitulgala.

Day 2 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

Next day continues with the journey to Hatton and makes the Adams peak hike, later proceed to hotel in Kandy, in the afternoon visit tooth relic temple and make a sightseeing tour of Kandy, Overnight stay in Kandy. The first leg of today’s journey lasts about 2 hours, which is about 50km but lasts almost 2 hours due to the badly maintained road. the second part of the road trip (Adams peak to Kandy) lasts about 3 hours.

Day 3 of Sri Lanak 3 day tour

Last day of the tour stars after the breakfast at the hotel and leave for Colombo, en-route visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage, tooth relic temple, Tea Gardens, and Pinnawala elephant orphanage, later departure transfer to Colombo via Kandy and Pinnawala. The downhill journey takes place between the picturesque mountains and valleys, to the beach areas. The distance to cover is 1215 km however it lasts about 3 hours due to the traffic.

End of the 3 days tour of Sri Lanka

No 6. 3 days in Sri Lanka tours with Yala, Ella and whale watching

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Sri Lanka is a whale watching hub in Asia and one of the best places to spot whales

Places to visit in this 3 days trip in Sri Lanka

Galle

Galle id the southern capital of Sri Lanka, which lies bordering the southern coastal belt. Galle is a city with the coastal city with old-world charm and it is the home to the best-preserved ditch Fort in the regions. This 15th century Fort is a huge city that showcases palaces, hotels, galleries, guardrooms, cafes, galleries and many other structures required for cosy life in a city. The city was occupied by Cutdh administrators in the old days, today the city attracts a large number of travellers and they take refuge in the Fort, which is a fantastic hideout for a peaceful and quiet holiday.

Madu river estuary

Madu river estuary is a Ramsar wetland and large water body expanse over many square miles is a heaven for nature lovers. Boating is the most popular activity in the estuary and slow boat ride along the river gives toy the opportunity to witness a large number of bird species, animals such as crocodile, water monitor, monkey and a fascinating collection of mangroves.

Bentota

Bentota is the most popular beach resort on the island and earned the nickname “Golden Mile”, due to its gold colour, palm-fringed beaches. The beach attracts a large number of beach holiday lovers and it is customary to encounter hordes of foreign travellers especially from November to April.

Whale watching

Sri Lanka has become a whale-watching hotspot over the last few years and today a large number of travellers heading to southern Sri Lanka in vies of taking part in a whale watching trip. Unlike most other whale watching destinations, Sri Lanak suitable for whale watching at the time fo the year and can witness few blue whales without any hardships. It is very rare that you miss a whale on a whale watching trip in southern Sri Lanka.

Yala national park

Yala is the most popular national park on the island and about half of the wildlife enthusiasts, who do jeep safari choose Yala as the venue of their event. Yala is the best wildlife reserve in the world to spot leopards, due to the high concentration of leopards in the park. The leopard population is considerably goe up in the past due to the abundance of game and lack of competition for superiority in the jungle.  Leopards are the biggest carnivore in the park, however, spotting leopard is a bit more difficult than spotting wild elephnats, wild buffaloes, jackal, bear and crocodile.

The program of the 3 days tour

The tour starts in the west coast of Sri Lanka as usual, however, this 3 days tour also has the maximum flexibility from start to the end as it is a private tour. You will encounter picturesque southern coastal tourist attractions as well as experience the rich wildlife of Sri Lanka.

Day 1 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

On the first day of the tour you will drive to Mirissa via Galle and Bentota, today you can do boating in the Madu estuary, explore coral reefs in Hikkaduwa, visiting Bentota beach and see the fascinating medieval construction at Galle fort, Overnight stay in Mirissa. The journey takes place along the beautiful coastal belt with several stops at Madu river, Bentota and Galle fortress. The journey from Colombo to Mirissa lasts around 5 hours will all sightseeing mentioned above. There are several optional stops on the way such as Mask museum,  Saeturtle farm, Hikkaduwa beach and moonstone mines.

Day 2 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

On day 2 of the 3 days in Sri Lanka tour you will board a whale-watching boat in order to see blue whales, sperm whales and dolphins. Afterwards, leave for Yala, Overnight stay in Yala. You will leave on the whale watching rip warly morning and the trips last between 2-5 hours. Later in the day leave for Yala and again you continue along the southern coastal belt, the 150km journey lasts around 3 hours.

Day 3 of Sri Lanka 3 day tour

On day 3 leave for Colombo via Kandy, en-route visit tooth relic temple, Tea gardens, Kandy city and Pinnawala elephant orphanage. Early morning leave for Yala national park jeep safari, which lasts between 3-4 hours, afterwards leaves for the hotel in Colombo, the journey lasts around 5 hours.

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