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10 Best-One Day Outing Places in Sri Lanka

10 Best-One Day Outing Places in Sri Lanka

I decided to craft this blog post on “10 Best-One Day Outing Places in Sri Lanka” due to many reasons. One reason being the high demand for Sri Lanka one day outing among the travellers, especially among the foreign travellers.

Sri Lanka, the Beautiful tropical island in Southern Asia has become the hottest holiday destination in the region. The island is blessed with an astonishing diversity of natural as well as historical attractions. The holidaymakers in Sri Lanka undoubtedly visit most of these historical and natural attractions.

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Baby elephants at Udawalawe national park

What to explore on a day tour in Sri Lanka

Even though Sri Lanka is a small country it offers a countless number of interesting places to explore. Sri Lanka is heaven for nature lovers, many dozens of wildlife reserves has a large stock of wildlife. Rainforests, mangrove forests, mountains escapements and rivers, lake and lagoons are also harbouring a wide range of Fauna and Flora.

Being a small country, a large number of interesting places are packed into 65610 km² of land and can be easily reached within several hours of drive. Local travel companies such as Seerendipity Tours provides a convenient way of visiting the most tourist attraction on one day trip, Sri Lanka, allowing them to explore interesting places within short Sri Lanka trip. Following are some of the demanding one day trip Sri Lanka ideas.

What are the top 10 places for Sri Lanka day outing?

  1. Colombo
  2. Galle Fort– 126 km from Colombo-2 hours drive
  3. Rathnapura
  4. Kitulgala
  5. Kanneliya
  6. Matara, Mirissa
  7. Udawalawe National park
  8. Kandy
  9. Nuwara Eliya
  10. Sinharaja rain forest

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Sri Lanka day outing tour: Colombo

Colombo city tour is a very popular one day trip Sri Lanka and booked by a large number of foreign travellers. Colombo is the most populated city on the island and located on the west coast of Sri Lanka. It has a unique and interesting blend of the old & new. Colombo is the commercial centre of the island and heart of the Sri Lankan economy since the early 1800s. It was the capital of Sri Lanka during the British colonial ear.

The city was developed under the British administration. The old colonial charm still remains in the city and a large number of Colonial buildings stands together with modern high-rise constructions. Colombo is a good place for shopping even designer label, handloom and cotton clothing & linen, leatherwear, gems & jewellery. Colombo is the home for many historical places such as Kelaniya temple, Gangarama temple, Simamalaka and Viharamahadevi Park.

Colombo is the largest city in the country with fifteen administrative regions; Colombo 1 to Colombo 15. Colombo provides many attractive places within its borders. There are many Buddhist and Hindu temples that are dating back to many 100s of years. There are many monuments built during the Colonial era too.

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Visiting galle on a day trip from Colombo

Day outing tour Sri Lanka: Galle one day outing

Drive along the beautiful western and southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka and visit the colonial city of Galle and best preserved Dutch fort in Asia. The Dutch fort is dating back to 17 century, showcases typical Dutch style constructions. Shop for exquisite handmade lace, en-route many beach hotels for a break at Kalutara, Beruwala, Bentota (popular for water sports), Hikkaduwa (Famous for corals), Ambalangoda (masks and batiks).

Galle is the largest city in southern Sri Lanka with nearly one million populations. Galle is one of the world heritage sites on the island owing to the Galle Fort. Galle Fort is the best-preserved fortified city built by Europeans in Asia. Some of the other attractions in southern Sri Lanka are Turtle hatchery, Gemstone mining in Meetiyagoda, mask factory, Hikkaduwa coral reefs and stilt fishermen.

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Sri Lanka day outing trip: Rathnapura

The “city of Gems”, here is the most valuable gemstones are being discovered on the island. The city is not only rich in gems but also history and nature. Ratnapura is the venue of many interesting places for travellers such as Saman Devala, Gem museum, Sinharaja rain forest, Maduwanwela Walauwa and Udawalawe national park.

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Day outing tour Sri Lanka to Kitulgala

Kitulgala famous for its primaeval rain forests and natural beauty is one of the best places for adventure holidays in the country. Kitulgala 2 hours drive from Colombo was the place where the award-winning film Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, mountain walking, mountain biking are some of the adventures can be performed in the area.

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Sri Lanka day outing trip-Kanneliya Rain Forest – the bio-diversity hotspot

One of the oldest forest cover on the island. Excursion in Kanneliya Forest Reserve allows you to walk around the reserve in the buffer zone. Forest reserve located in Galle more than 100 km from the commercial centre of the island (Colombo). Even though Kanneliya is not as big as Sinharaja rain forest, it’s richness in Bio-diversity compared to be similar to Sinharaja rain forest.

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Sri Lanka day outing trip: Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka

The excursion usually starts early morning and after 2-4 hours journey with a comfortable vessel, you come to the whaling protected area in the Indian Ocean. Apart from whales, one can see the dolphin and a large amount of coral while passing the great reef.

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Sri Lanka safari day outing: Udawalawe

Udawalawe national park is one of the best places for elephant safari in Sri Lanka. Udawalawe national park sits on Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka and it takes around 4 hours to reach the national park from Colombo.

The tour is also available from beach hotels on the western and southern Sri Lanka. The one day trip to Udawlawae national park starts early morning from Colombo (at 05.00 AM) and the tour ends at around 05.00 PM.

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Sri Lanka day outing tour to Kandy

One of the most beautiful cities, which is located about 500 meters above sea level. The picturesque city is full of green and the home for the biggest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. The city hosts a large number of constructions dating back to many centuries from Present. 

Kandy is regarded as the cultural centre of the country, where the culture and tradition of Sinhalese best preserved. Dalada Maligawa is the most important religious site for Buddhist in the country is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every day. Here you have the opportunity to visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic, Botanical gardens, shop for gems, jewellery and traditional handicrafts and Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Kandy being the cultural centre of the country is a must visited the place. Kandy is one of the most picturesque cities in the island with Temple of the tooth. Temple of the tooth considered to be the most sacred temple for the Buddhist in Sri Lanka. Elephant orphanage, tea factory, spice garden, botanical garden, Gadaladeniya, Embekke being considered as other important places around the city.

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Sri Lanka day outing: Kandy -Nuwara Eliya tour

Thie tour can be booked as a one-day outing, however, it is highly recommended to make it 2 days Sri Lanka tour due to the time required for travelling and sightseeing. This is a perfect program to see the picturesque tea country of Sri Lanka. The travellers can have a trek in a Tea plantation and visit a tea factory and afterwards sip a freshly brewed cup of best Ceylon tea. Nuwara Eliya, nicknamed as “Small England”,  which located 1900 m above the sea level is a place for a one-day outing in Sri Lanka and very popular. Kandy being the cultural centre of the island contains many historical places.

Sri Lanka day trip: Sinharaja forest reserve

This is a one-day outing in Sri Lanka with the twist of nature and this activity is booked by a large number of foreign travellers, this UNESCO world heritage site is a place not to be missed by the people, who love nature. This primaeval forest harbours a large array of Fauna and Flora with and has the highest biodiversity.

The forest reserve harbours a large number of animal, vertebrate, bird, amphibian and fish species. This is a perfect one-day outing in Sri Lanka that can be used as an alternative program to the Sinharaja adventure tour. The track leads you through the picturesque natural vegetation, waterfalls, streams and mountains.

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