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6 Days In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the smallest countries in the world, measuring only 65610 sq km, however, what Sri Lanka lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur. The beautiful rural villages, rolling hills, snow-white sandy beaches and picturesque tea gardens with the green-capped mountain in the backdrop make these 6 days in Sri Lanka unforgettable.

6 Days In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the smallest countries in the world, measuring only 65610 sq km, however, what Sri Lanka lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur. The beautiful rural villages, rolling hills, snow-white sandy beaches and picturesque tea gardens with the green-capped mountain in the backdrop make these 6 days in Sri Lanka unforgettable.

Sri Lanka is where land and sea collide on your dining table in culinary delight. The island is full of fertile farmland and produces a wide range of agricultural products such as rice, vegetable, fruits, tea, coffee and many more.  These farmlands and catch from the sea provide a palate-pleasing experience. The rich culinary experience is only a part Sri Lanka holiday experience, for some, it takes the centre stage, there is so much more to experience within 6 days in Sri Lanka, in this blog about 6 days in Sri Lanka, I will discuss a number of important facts for you to consider.

Air transportation is the main source of travel for most foreign travellers and 90 per cent of visitors of Sri Lanka enter the island through the international airport of Colombo. The airport of Colombo is located in the western province of Sri Lanka near Colombo city. Only a few travellers arrive the island by cruise ships, the travellers, who arrive the island by cruise ships lands either west coast (Colombo port) or Galle port of southern Sri Lanka, which are the widely used ports of Sri Lanka today.

If you are coming from far away countries like the UK, Germany and have a long flight, no doubt you having a rest is the most important thing just after landing. The beach town of Negombo is just around the corner, which is just 30-minute drive from Airport to Negombo and it could be the best bet for you. A large number of hotels that are categorized under many different categories sits along with the Lewis place, which is a narrow road, runs parallel to the beach. Here you can grab something to eat and drink, it is also very suitable for an overnight stay.  

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Everyone likes to get the maximum from every penny they spend on holiday packages. That’s why the travellers are very concerns about choosing the destination and time to be their dream holiday destination. If you happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, you will not be able to have the best holiday. In fact all your effort, time and money are in vain.

Unlike many other destinations, Sri Lanka is a destination suitable for holidays at any time of the year. But depending on the time, the places you need to travel can be different, mainly it is either east coast or west coast. Travelling in Sri Lanka between November and April might be the best time for a holiday in Sri Lanka. Most travellers book their tours to Sri Lanka during this period. Rest of the year, the number of travellers on the island drops sharply making an acute shortage of customers for people engaged in the tourism industry.

Still, European travellers make a considerable impact on the Sri Lanka tourism industry with a large number of tourist arrival. Most of the European travellers book tours to Sri Lanka from November to April. Even though Sri Lanka is largely forgotten in the European countries as a holiday destination during the summer (April to November), there is a considerable upbeat of tourist arrival in the months of July and August. This sudden change is triggered by the school holidays and Esala ceremony.

What should be included on the 6 days tour to Sri Lanka

There are many reasons why you should travel to Sri Lanka. Beaches, Fascinating wildlife, spectacular underwater world, primaeval rainforest, thousands of years old historical cities… and the list goes on. By far the beaches are the most prominent attraction in the island, therefore a large number of travellers make tours to Sri Lanka in order to enjoy pristine Sri Lankan beaches, most of these beach holiday lovers gather some knowledge of some other valuable aspects of Sri Lanka too. Unfortunately, some of the travellers have forgotten all the other attractions other than beaches in the country and spend their entire holiday around beach resorts. If you plan tours to Sri Lanka, try to organize a holiday package with several sightseeing tours because Sri Lanka offers much more than sun, sea, sand as a holiday destination.

Diversity of sights in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical country with an amazing diversity of natural and man-made attractions. Thousands of kilometres of sublime beaches bordering the Indian Ocean and geographic features such as coves, bays, rocks, lagoons, and wetlands are the major attractions along the coastal belt. The sudden upheavals of earth form the mid-elevated areas and high elevated areas of the country. These mountains are shrouded in mist and clouds creating some fantastic unique scenery.

The beauty of Sri Lanka is most evident in the countryside of this tropical island. Sri Lanka, the most popular holiday destination in the Indian subcontinent is bestowed with a large number of forest reserves and national parks. Different elevation of the island shows a totally different climate, vegetation, and scenery. The attractions in the lowland of the country are dominated by palm-fringed beaches while mid-elevation areas of the country are attractive due to the beautiful countryside. Higher elevated areas of the country rise more than 1400 metres above the sea level and dominated by mountains, escapement, large rock formation, escapements, ravines, and waterfall. Following are some of the areas I believe that should be included in tour packages from Sri Lanka.

Visiting pristine beaches a part any Sri Lanka tour

Sri Lanka shows a tremendous diversity of nature, culture, landscape, and climate across the country. This tiny island is one of the most beautiful tropical islands in Asia. It is surrounded by pristine palm-fringed beaches, which attracts hundreds of thousands of holiday lovers. Beaches are the leading attraction for foreigners in Sri Lanka and almost every road trip of Sri Lanka includes beaches. Be it a 2 weeks Sri Lanka tour package or a 4 days Sri Lanka tour package most of Sri Lanka tour itineraries include Sri Lankan beaches. Sri Lanka beaches provide a warm, sunny climate that can be used for holidays throughout the year. Depending on the monsoon it can be either South-West coast or North-East coast. Consult your travel agent before coming to the country and find out the best beaches to have holidays.

Effect of monsoon and beach tour

West coast beaches are not suitable for beach holidays during the months of July and August, due to the monsoon. But East coast can be used as an alternative. The weather on the eastern coast is most favourable for holidays during these two months. The sea off the east coast is calm, clear and very shallow from April to November. Therefore, the east coast is the destination for sun worshippers during this period.

Exploring the underwater world on you 6 days Sri Lanka tour

Sri Lanka is on the radar of diving enthusiasts for many hundred years. A large number of silver coins were recovered from the seabed, off southern Sri Lanka in the early 1800s. Since then many numbers of shipwrecks are discovered by divers along the Western and Southern coastal belt. Shipwrecks, Coral reefs, sea plants, and exotic fish species are the major attractions of the underwater world of the coastal belt of Sri Lanka. There are many diving hot spots around the country; most of them are located along the southern and western coastal belt.

Climate Zones

Another major attraction of Sri Lanka is the diversity of natural resources across the country. Due to the different weather conditions of the wet, dry and arid climate zones, one can see a big difference across the major climate zones. Forests, landscape, agricultural products, humidity, temperature are some of the most evident differences between these climate zones.

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Day 1 of 6 Days in Sri LankaColombo to Sigiriya

From the airport and Negombo, head east, toward cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Along the way stop by:

Cashew nut village- (as the name suggest the small hamlet is popular for cashew nuts and here you can buy fresh cashew nuts at any time of the year, in the month of April, May, June the prices reduces due to the main harvesting season).

Pinnawala elephant orphanage-this safe house for elephant keep you busy for many hours. It is a safe house for elderly, wounded and orphan elephants found in the jungle. This is a place with a number of elephants that need the support of human to survive, here you can have a closer look into these jumbos but they are always under the supervision of caretakers and visitors are not allowed to have any form of contact with the animals.

From Pinnawala elephant orphanage head to further inland on Colombo-Trincomalee main road, passing Kurunegala and Dambulla to Sigiriya, where you have the first overnight stay on these 6 days in Sri Lanka trip.

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Day 2 of 6 Days in Sri LankaSightseeing Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

If the previous night was your first overnight stay, it could have been the rest you wanted to have after the long flight. Sigiriya had been a laid-back city in the past; however, it had turned into a touristy locality with the opening of many hotels, guest house, restaurants and many shops selling textiles, souvenir, and artefacts. Today it is a popular hideout for foreign travellers and you will encounter hordes of tourist throughout the year, especially from November to April.  

Sigiriya rock fortress is the most important tourist attraction in Sigiriya and almost every traveller that head on to cultural triangle of Sri Lanka visits the rock.  Perhaps travellers can miss the historical places like Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura but they never fail to visit Sigiriya and Dambulla. Some travellers make long trips from destinations like Bentota beach and Galle in order to witness this 5th-century palace complex.   

After hiking the rick fortress make a rest in a nearby restaurant before heading to Dambulla golden cave temple, which is the next activity for the day and the trip takes around 30 minutes.  The hike at Dambulla is not as strenuous as the hike at Sigiriya, the hike at Dambulla lasts only about 30 minutes, depending on your age and fitness. Later proceed to hotel in Sigiriya.

Making a jeep safari in the Minneriya national park is also on today’s program and you will set off on the jeep tour after the lunch. The safari tour lasts around 3 hours and you will be able to see a large number of wild animals including Elephnats, Jackal, crocodile, deer, wild buffaloe and bear.

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Day 3 of 6 Days in Sri LankaSigiriya to Kandy

As you have visited Sigiriya rock and Dambulla golden cave temple, which are the most popular tourist attraction in the area, today you are heading to Kandy. However, it is highly recommended to visit Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa historical cities if you can find some additional time for your 6 days trip. Because Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are important UNESCO world heritage sites and dates back to 3rd century BC.  

Kandy is the cultural hub of the island and one of the most visited cities on the island. This picturesque city is surrounded by a ring of mountains and it sits in flat terrain. The city is surrounded by dozens of tourist attractions; however, due to the time constraints, we talk about only a few places in this article.

Tooth relic temple-Most sacred Buddhist temple on the island, which is dedicated to Buddhism.

Royal Botanical garden-Most popular and most visited botanical garden on the island with more than 4000 of trees and plants well maintained and picturesquely located along the Mahaweli River is a major tourist attraction in Kandy.  

Udawattekele sanctuary- Udawattekele sanctuary sits behind the tooth relic temple and harbours a large number of trees and plants. This tropical forest is a popular sanctuary, where you can observe many native avian fauna species.

Kandy Lake- A few hundred meters away from tooth relic temple and Udawattekele sanctuary is the lake, better known as Kirimuhuda (Milk Sea), which is another popular attraction in the city. Take a walk on the bank of the lake; it gives you the opportunity to see many animals such as turtles, water monitors, ducks, kingfisher, cormorants and many other animals and bird species.

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Day 4 of 6 Days in Sri LankaKandy to Nuwara Eliya

Today the journey continues deep into the interior of the island and you will visit the beautiful city of Nuwara Eliya that wits 1800 meters above sea level. Nuwara Eliya is the most popular health resort on the island which is the most visited city in the mountains.

Nuwara Eliya is also known as the tea country, where the tea is a most dominating agricultural product, and the tea industry keeps millions of people busy every day. Visiting a tea factory and plantation is a unique experience for most travellers. Green capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, a large tract of tea gardens, perennial waterways, isolated forests are main ingredients of breathtaking scenery in the mountains.

If you make an overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya you may consider doing a horse ride or pony ride, young people are providing horses and ponies for riding and you can get and a horse for an hour or two, and it is a perfect way to explore the fantastic city of Nuwara Eliya.

Make horse ride along the Gregory Lake and take a glimpse of the picturesque tea plantations and vegetable plots. The view of the Pidurutalagala Mountain, which is the highest mountains of Sri Lanka, is simply fantastic.

There are many other parks such as Victoria park to explore around the city and often festival and farmers market to explore and the best way to do it on foot.

You can also do kayaking, paddle-boating, motor-boating, house-boating, angling in the Gregory Lake, which occupies a plot of land the city overlooking the gorgeous Victorian-styled mansions built by wealthy British planters in early 18s.  

After exploring Nuwara Eliya it is time to take a ride downhills to Nanuoya, where you take the train to make the rest of the journey. The train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella lasts around 1 hour and is considered being one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. This fascinating train journey takes you between mountains, valleys, patches of forests, tea plantations while circling around the jagged mountains.    

Ella is a popular holiday destination, however less touristy compared to Kandy, Sigiriya and Nuwara Eliya. Ella is an eco-holiday destination, where the visitors can enjoy many thrilling adventures like mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, waterfall abseiling and many other adrenaline-pumping activities.

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Day 5 of 6 Days in Sri LankaNuwara Eliya to the west coast beach

Today you are going further down the hills, leaving the chilly mountains and ended up in the warm, tropical coastline. You will encounter a few beautiful waterfalls on the trip, while tea plantations and mountain forests make the beautiful scenery.

If there is one thing you have to do on the trip today, it is the whitewater rafting in Kitulgala. There are many other activities to do in Kitulgala such as rainforest trekking, kayaking, bird watching, waterfall abseiling, mountain climbing, and mountain climbing. You will be enamoured by this area and will want to spend half a day here, so if you like to engage in few other thrilling adventures, plan an overnight stay in Kitulgala and head to the beach next day.

However, we have planned to drive to Beach on the 5th day of this 6 days tour and enable you to explore the fabulous beaches in the south, in the beaches, you will want to not rush. The beauty is so awe-inspiring, and the setting, so peaceful.

Day 6 of the 6 days in Sri Lanka Bentota to Colombo

Usually, the travellers are allowed to stay in the rooms until noon, and if you stay a few more hours the guests need to pay and supplement room charges. So plan your day accordingly, if you have time you can have a calm and quiet rest on the beach.  You can spend many days on the beach still not bored because there are many interesting activities on the beach that can keep you entertained. Water sports, boating, snorkelling, diving, whale watching, are some of the popular activities here.  


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