One Week in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya rock fortress

One Week in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka being a small country, you will be able to see a large number of top sights in the cultural triangle and on the island in seven days or less. You also can have a bit of rest while visiting the sights. You will be able to get a lifetime of memories and experiences by visiting places such as the temple of the tooth, Sigiriya rock fortress, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa historical cities. Enjoy the rants life of people in Colombo and Kandy.

You may think that it is difficult to have a holiday in Sri Lanka, but little respect for the culture and tradition of Sri Lankan people you will be enchanted.  You will be surprised by the guest treatments of Sri Lankan people. You will take by surprised the majestic history of the island and the engineering marvels of the ancient Sinhalese civilization.  Some of the buildings and monuments such as Jetawanarama (5th century), Abhayagiriya (1st century BC) are great engineering feats even for the modern civilization. You can cover up most of the important attractions in the cultural triangle within three days of time. But if you wish to spend more time, still you will be able to find many other attractions within the borders of the cultural triangle. The cultural triangle is packed with thousands of lesser-known historical attraction.

Travelling in Sri Lanka is very simple for people, who can speak English. All the signboards and roads are written in the English language. Apart from the easiness to find the proper direction, Sri Lanka has a well-developed road network and transport system. You will get plenty of trains, buses, taxis, inland flights to reach any destination in the country. Driver options and guiding personals are readily available to have a hassle free tour in the country.

Mulgirigala Buddha statue, 7 days Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Itinerary

Itinerary for One Week in Sri Lanka

Day 1 – Arrive in Colombo and city tour in the commercial centre of the country. Colombo is an ethnic melting point with many numbers of religions, languages and ethnic identities. Enjoy the historical and cultural sites in the city while indulging you with some shopping.

Day 2 – set off for Anuradhapura and arrives in the most historical city in the island. You will cross the climate zone borders from wet-zone and enter the dry-zone by early noon. You will be in a middle-class hotel for the lunch break. Visit the historical city in the afternoon and see the enchanting palaces, temple, reservoirs and many other attractions. You drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes about one hour, where you spend overnight stay.

Day 3 – Today you start after the breakfast at about 8 o’clock. Today you are going to visit the Sigiriya rock fortress. It is one of the seven world heritage sites in the island. Afternoon enjoys the beautiful countryside during the village tour. In the evening a trek through the Sigiriya nature reserve and the bird watching tour. Optional activities elephant back ride and safari at Minneriya national park.

Day 4 – Set off for Kandy, the cultural centre of Sri Lankan people. This beautiful city is situated about 500 meters above the sea level and one of the most beautiful cities in the country. You will definitely enjoy the trek in the spice gardens, Udawattakele forest reserve and botanical gardens. Optional activities visit the temple of the tooth and Kandyan cultural show.

Day 5 – after the breakfast leave for Knuckles mountain range. Knuckles forest reserve is the biggest forest reserve in central Sri Lanka and one of the most valuable patches of forests in the country. You will have the opportunity to see a large number of fauna and flora of Sri Lanka here. This will be a lifetime experience for you and it takes about 3 hours.

Day 6 – after the breakfast back in the car for a scenic drive through the mountains. There are frequent stops to take photos of beautiful vistas, waterfalls, plantations etc. Today you come across the tea country and sip a cup of typical Ceylon Tea. Make a visit to well maintained and beautiful tea plantation. You will see the highest elevated city on the island. Nuwara Eliya a small town which is enchanting and one of the traveller’s favourites on this route. Afternoon visit to the Victoria Park and Haggala botanical gardens.

Day 7 – today you drive to the southern part of the country, another beautiful corner of the country, which is very rich of patches of forests. The journey will take about 4 hours to reach Tissamaharama, where you have the lunch. Today you drive through the Yala national park and enjoy the scenery along the way. There is a high possibility of witnessing wild jumbos along the way. In the afternoon safari tour in the Yala national park.

Day 8 – leave for Colombo airport or selected other destination to continue with your holiday. Enjoy the beautiful southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka with pristine beaches. Today you will visit the second biggest natural fountain in the world along the way. Optional activity whale watching tour.

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