22 places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days

22 places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days

If you are looking for a couple of places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days? are you looking for a Sri Lanka itinerary 5 days. Believe me, it will be a daunting task to choose the best Sri Lanka itinerary for 5 days and the places to visit, especially if you are travelling with someone else with a different choice. However, we have crafted this blog post with 22 places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days and a few Sri Lanka 5 days tour itineraries. The main selection tool in choosing the places was the reviews of our past customers. The island is a beautiful country and there are hundreds of places to visit within 5 days in Sri Lanka. Wildlife reserves, crumbling historical monuments, temples, parks, bustling cities, mouth-watering dishes, spellbinding scenery, tropical fruits… the list goes on.

Are 5 days enough in Sri Lanka?

“What is the best Sri Lanka 5 day tour?“, “what are the places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days?“, “what are the best 5 days Sri Lanka itinerary?” are a few questions we get often via emails. If you also wondering if 5 days enough in Sri Lanka, my answer is NO…NO, because there are so many places to visit in Sri Lanka, with a 5 days Sri Lanka trip you can only scratch the surface, you will be able to barely scratch either the northern or southern Sri Lanka and you will not see much of the island in a Sri Lanka 5 day tour.

If you are looking for a couple of places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days, believe me, it will be a daunting task to make the selection, especially if you are travelling with someone else with a different choice. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and it offers a lot to its visitors. The number of places to visit exceeds many dozens making it difficult to choose the places to visit within 5 days.

If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka and do a 5 days Sri Lanka trip, this article can be very useful to you. After considering the customer reviews that we received from our past customers, we have lined up the below mentioned 22 places to visit during your upcoming Sri Lanka tour. You may not be able to all places within the 5 days but you can cover at least some of them.

What are the 11 best to do in a Sri Lanka 5 days tour?

  1. Sri Lanka jungle tours/ Visiting wildlife reserves
  2. Visiting Crumbling historical monuments
  3. Visiting Temples, parks
  4. City tours and Shopping
  5. Sampling Mouth-watering Sri Lanka cuisines
  6. Enjoying Spellbinding scenery
  7. Exploring tropical forests
  8. Trekking through the Mountains
  9. Visiting waterfalls
  10. Swimming in Rivers, Lakes
  11. Visiting palm-fringed beaches…the list goes on and on

Sri Lanka 5 days tour: What can we see?

You might be wonder, how to do all those things in 5 days in Sri Lanka. Visiting all these places in a Sri Lanka 5 day tour! NO WAY! After all, you need to have some leisure during the trip too; otherwise, it will not be a holiday. Therefore you have to choose a few places to see on your 5 days Sri Lanka tour. So, now you are in a dilemma when it comes to choosing places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days, that’s why I thought of writing this blog post.

So you have to make a choice with regards to the places that you visit on your Sri Lanka 5 days tour, that’s difficult. Many travellers contact us at this stage and ask for our help to choose places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days, sometimes they want us to plan a 5 days Sri Lanka itinerary, with the best places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days. We do not turn them down and make a good Sri Lanka trip package for them, it is free, most importantly we do not expect them to book the trip with us.

22 Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days

  1. Colombo-The Commercial capital of Sri Lanka, the most populated city and offers a shopping experience, historical places, parks, beaches, and vibrant nightlife.
  2. Elephant orphanage Pinnawala- one of the very popular day outing places in Sri Lanka in 5 days, which attracts a large number of travellers every day. Pinnawala elephant orphanage is a place to see the largest herd of tamed elephants in the world, located near Kandy,
  3. Sigiriya rock fortress-the iconic tourist attraction is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days. Sigiriya rock fortress is the most popular historical site and UNESCO world heritage site with landscaped gardens, ruined palace, pools, paintings, fountains and moats and walls, dates back to the 5th century AD.
  4. Dambulla golden cave temple-UNESCO world heritage site, one of the oldest temples on earth, dates back to the 1st century BC. The place to see 150 Buddha statues and a large number of religious paintings.
  5. Minneriya national park-Wildlife reserve in the north-central province of Sri Lanka to do a jeep safari and spot a large gathering of wild elephants.
  6. Tooth relic temple-Most sacred Buddhist temple, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Tooth relic temple is the not popular tourist place in Kandy.
  7. Royal botanical garden Kandy-The biggest Botanical garden in Sri Lanka featuring more than 8000 trees and plants located near Kandy on the bank of the Mahaweli river.
  8. Kandyan cultural show-The evening show takes place in the city of Kandy and features traditional Sri Lanka dancing and musical performances.
  9. Tea garden-You will encounter a tea garden in the tea country better known as the Sri Lanka mountains. Healing climate, rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, breathtaking scenery and tea plantations are the main features here.
  10. Tea factory – See the entire process of tea manufacturing
  11. Sita Temple-Closely connected to Ramayana, this is the temple believed to be the place, where Sita lived as she was under the captivity of Ravana.
  12. Gregory Lake-Located 1800 meters above sea level in the city of Nuwara Eliya. Activities available here are boating, walking, trekking, pony riding…
  13. Sinharaja rain forest-one of the oldest patches of forests. A place to live with nature.
  14. Madu river estuary-Explore the mangrove forest which is diminishing fast along with hundreds of avian Fauna species.
  15. Moonstone mines-Semi precious stones found only in Sri Lanka, which believed to have health benefits. You have the opportunity to see a traditional gem mine
  16. Sea turtle conservation project-These are privately managed turtle conservation projects, you can see the animals belong to 5 species of endangered sea turtles.
  17. Galle fortress-medieval time city built by Dutch featuring hundreds of structures with old Dutch architecture.
  18. Whale watching Mirissa,One of the best opportunities to spot blue whales and sperm whales.
  19. Yala wildlife reserve-Leopard spot is the best activity and most memorable for travellers, who set off on a jeep safari at Yala. elephant, crocodile, bear, jackal and many other animals are on the list too.
  20. Kitulgala -better known as the adventure playground of Sri Lanka offers a wide range of adrenaline-pumping activities like Whitewater rafting, kayaking, rain forest trekking, mountain climbing, waterfall abseiling…
  21. Adam’s peak-nicknamed the temple in the sky is located well over 2300 meter above sea level. It attracts thousands of pilgrims every day during the pilgrimage season from Nov-April. To Non-Buddhist this is a place to have a light adventure and opportunity to breathtaking scenery.
  22. Udawalawe national park-Another popular national park for Sri Lanka wildlife tours, to see a large gathering of wild elephants.

3 popular Sri Lanka travel itinerary for 5 days

In this blog post, we discuss mainly 3 Sri Lanka 5 days trip packages. These 3 trips are very popular among the travellers of Sri Lanka, especially they are very popular among foreign travellers. The tour itineraries are carefully crafted to cover 3 major areas and serve as a leisure tour package, a nature tour package of adventure trip.

  • Culture cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days
  • Nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days
  • Adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days

According to my experience, 5 days is not enough to explore the island, even with a two weeks tour you can just scratch a part of the island (either south or north). I have worked for many leading tour operators in the world such as TUI, Neckerman, Firs choice, ITS, Thomson in the capacity of the interpreter and most of them offer 5 days tours in many forms.

Sri Lanka itinerary 5 days : transport

If you are wondering, what is the best mode of travelling during your Sri Lanka 5 days trip? A private taxi with a local driver is the best bet for you. This principle can be applied to local as well as foreign travellers. Travelling by taxi is safe, and most importantly it saves you valuable time. Hiring a private vehicle allows you to explore the island at your own pace and gives you maximum privacy. The cost of a taxi is a bit expensive compared to public transport but on the other hand, it is cheaper than air transport. Travelling by taxi is the most sought after travel option among travellers in Sri Lanka.

On a 5 days trip mentioned in this blog post, we expect that you stick to a private taxi and thereby move swiftly between cities. Saving time on this 5 days trip is very important for the success of the tour. You have to travel over 1000 km during the trips while visiting many dozens of important tourist places during the trip. Another benefit of using a private vehicle is the ability to reach tourist places at every nook.

Sri Lanka itinerary 5 days with public transport

If you use public transport, you are required to use shuttle buses or any other transport mode to reach most tourist places as public buses ply on the main roads. You have to face the same scenario if you plan to use domestic air transport as the airports are located only in major cities.

Every Sri Lanka trip package that we discuss in this article includes many hours of travelling and you will travel at least 1000 km in every trip package. Travelling in Sri Lanka can be a daunting task and it could uncomfortable and drain your valuable time if you do not stick to the best transport mode.

Sri Lanka itinerary 5 days with TUK TUK, is it a viable option?

With regards to some travelling options, it can be a bit unsafe Eg. Travelling by TUK TUK on long-distance trips can be uncomfortable and involve with lack of safety. TUK TUK is a very small vehicle, which has 3 small wheels while the passengers inside are covered with a leather sheet. Despite there being an iron frame in the passenger compartments, still, it considered being unsafe as it is made of small iron pipes.

How much does it cost for Sri Lanka 5 days trip?

The cost of the trip depends on various factors such as the hotel category and the number of persons in the group. If the number of people in your group increases it can considerably lower the per person rate. E.g the cost for a single person tour is about 50% higher than the cost per person based on 2 persons. The accommodation is also a reason for the soaring price of your trip.

The cost of the trip increases dramatically as you go for a higher category of hotels such as 4-star and 5-star. However, the cost of the 5 days Sri Lanka trip with comfortable accommodation cost around US$ 500 per person. If you need to find the exact rate for a Sri Lanka 5 days trip please write to us at admin@seerendipitytours.com.

Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour

Big players in the tourism industry like ITS offer “Beauty of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 5 days tour”, which include many interesting places to see in Sri Lanka. This 5 days tour primarily cover historical and cultural sites such as Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Tooth relic temple. Three days of the 5 days tour is dedicated to exploring important cultural sites on the island.

Sri Lanka 5 days tour: nature cocktail

Some tour operators offer “Nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days“, which also includes many places to see in Sri Lanka, however, most of them are natural attractions such as wildlife reserves and rain forests. These 5 days tours touch unspoilt and little-visited places to tourist attractions which are pouring with travellers such as Yala national park. The tour covers about 900km of road from the beginning to the end and hence you will be travelling more than 100km almost every day. The tour revolves mainly around southern Sri Lanka, which is one of the greenest parts of the island.

Sri Lanka 5 days tour: Adventure trip

5 days Sri Lanka adventure tour also cover many interesting places to see in Sri Lanka, however, they are featuring activities such as trekking, hiking, water rafting etc.  

I have mentioned only a few 5 day Sri Lanka tours above and there are so many other variations of 5-day tours that can be booked on the island. I would like to discuss mainly those 3 Sri Lanka 5 day tours that I mentioned above.  I feel it is going to serve the mass because it helps you to choose the 5 days Sri Lanka itinerary that suit you best, broadly under 3 categories Nature tour, adventure tour or a cultural tour, make sense, Right!.

Sri Lanka trips are categorized broadly under Nature, Culture or Adventure

99 per cent of Sri Lanka tour itineraries are coming under those 3 categories or a combination of them. Hereunder we discuss three 5 days Sri Lanka itinerary and all of them can be twisted to meet your exact requirement. For instance, if it is a cultural tour you can add a little bit of beach stay and adventure to it, if it is a nature tour you can add a bit of adventure to it, likewise you can add a little bit of culture to your 5 days Sri Lanka trip that revolves around nature. 

Do I have time to relax on the Sri Lanka 5 days tour?

If you are in the mood to have a relaxing, leisurely holiday then you should be heading to the beach. Very recently I sent a tour itinerary to a traveller in the UK, which was predominantly a cultural tour; however, I have includes a few adventure activities as well as a jeep safari in a national as optional activities.

It was a 7 days Sri Lanka tour itinerary with 1 overnight stay on the beach. I feel it was a well-balanced tour program because he was interested in culture. But the customer turned back asking for changes to his tour itinerary. The client wanted to make further changes to the tour itinerary and wanted to add more time for leisure, more beach time. After a few more changes, the tour itinerary converted to a beach holiday package with 3 one day tours.

If you are also the kind of travellers that cherish leisure and need time to relax on your 5 day trip to Sri Lanka you better book a 5 days Sri Lanka beach holiday and organize a few day tours to important tourist attractions with your resort guide. If you are in a position to add a few more days to your plan you can make a 5 days Sri Lanka tour and beach stay separately. Usually, most travellers that come to Sri Lanka spend 10 to 14 days on the island, the first half of the trip they make a tour while towards the end of the trip they spend time on the beach while relaxing.

Sri Lanka travel itinerary 5 days what you need to know?

Now it is time to jump into my main point, hereafter I discuss Sri Lanka 5 day trips that I mentioned above. All these tour packages are planned with important places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days.

Each tour itinerary covers many places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days. There are many Sri Lanka 5 day trips with beach stay but in this article “places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days”, I’m not going to make a lengthy discussion on the beach holidays. You read about many places that are coming under “places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days”, in this article I’m not going to give a lengthy description of these places. Because, I have already written separate articles (dedicated to each site) on all of them, giving a complete picture of each place. So, if you need a much clearer picture and a full description of sites please head on to the attached URL.

Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour

This tour revolves around cultural sites and includes many historical places to see in Sri Lanka in 5 days. It covers many important tourist attractions such as Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla cave temple, Polonnaruwa ancient city and Kandy tooth relic temple, all these places are located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

The tour also includes white water rafting and jeep safari in Minneriya national park as optional activities. This is a Sri Lanka itinerary expanded 5 days, which begin in Colombo. Even though the tour starts in Colombo it does not include a Colombo city tour and shopping, however, Kandy sightseeing tour with shopping is covered in the program.

Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour in a nutshell

  • Day 1 – Colombo/Sigiriya
  • Day 2 – Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa
  • Day 3 – Sigiriya / Kandy
  • Day 4 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 5 – Nuwara Eliya / Colombo

Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour and places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days

  • Colombo
  • elephant orphanage Pinnawala
  • Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Dambulla golden cave temple
  • Minneriyan national park
  • Tooth relic temple
  • Royal botanical garden
  • Kandyan cultural show
  • Tea garden
  • Tea factory
  • Sita Temple
  • Gregory Lake

Accommodation on the beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour

This 5 days Sri Lanka tour mainly revolve around the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, this means you will be travelling to Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Kandy as well as Nuwara Eliya. There are 4 overnight stays on the trip; Sigiriya (2nights) and Kandy (2 nights). It will be very easy to find accommodation in both cities as there is a large number of hotels in both places. Every budget can get a suitable type of accommodations. The travellers can book cheap dormitory types of accommodation from 5-star to luxury boutique hotels, based on their requirements.

Map of Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour

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Map of Culture cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days

Day 1 of Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour-Colombo/Sigiriya

99 per cent of travellers touch the island in Colombo because the main international airport of Sri Lanka is located in Colombo.  Even you travel to Sri Lanka in a cruise ship you will be landing in Colombo because 99 per cent of cruise ships are docked in the international harbour of Colombo. Since you have only 5 days at your disposal, I don’t recommend a Colombo city tour.

Is it worth visiting Colombo?

Colombo is not an extravagant tourist attraction I feel it is wasting time to have a Colombo city tour on your Sri Lanka 5 day tour. If you need to see the city badly you can make time for a Colombo city tour on the last day of the tour, and you can have a half-day city tour. A half-day tour of the city is more than enough to explore Colombo. Further reading on Sigiriya

Supposedly you drive to Sigiriya right after your flight, it will take about 4 hours to reach the hotel in Sigiriya, of course, a small break is also included in today’s program. The distance to cover is around 175 km, however, it takes around 4 hours on the journey, Perhaps you can drive 200 km in 2 hours in your country but in Sri Lankan case it takes a bit more time than in your country. 

The duration of the drive is also highly unpredictable due to the heavy traffic in cities. But according to my experience, you can reach Sigiriya from Colombo in 4 hours time (without stops). If you land early morning (around 4.00 am) in Sri Lanka you will be able to reach Sigiriya in 3 hours time. However, there will be a processing time required for formalities at the arrival lounge and it can be 30 minutes to more than an hour.

Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Colombo is a coastal city near the beach and you will drive to the interior of Sri Lanka from here. The drive on the countryside road is very picturesque and you will encounter patches of forests, coconut plantations, rubber plantations and isolated villages at frequent intervals. Pinnawala elephant orphanage is the first stop of the day; however, you make a stop any time before that if you need a small break. Usually, most travellers opt to take a break in Kajugama (before Pinnawala elephant orphanage) and drink a Tea/Coffee. Read more on the Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Dambulla cave temple

The next stop on the 5 days Sri Lanka itinerary is the Dambulla cave temple, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and a main tourist attraction on the island. The distance between the 2 places is 98 km and it takes around 2 hours to reach Dambulla from Pinnawala. Further reading on Dambulla cave temple

After Dambulla golden cave temple it takes aroudn30 minutes to reach the hotels in Sigiriya and Habarana.

Day 2 of Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour -Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa

On day 2 you are going further deep into the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and visit the most popular iconic cultural and historical monument of Sri Lanka, the Sigiriya rock fortress. Later in the day, you visit end most ancient capital of Sri Lanka known as Polonnaruwa. You will not be travelling as much as you did on the previous day; however, there will be around 2 hours drive. Further reading on Polonnaruwa.

You will be able to find time for a jeep safari in Minneriya on day 2, usually, it takes around 2 hours for the Sigiriya hike and the visit to the Polonnaruwa historical city lasts around 3 hours.  Village tour with cooking, bird watching in Sigiriya is also optional activities that can be booked in Sigiriya; however, you have to arrange the time required for optional activities by adjusting the main ingredients of the itinerary. 

Day 3 of Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour –Sigiriya, Kandy

Today you will drive to Kandy, which is the heart of Sri Lankan culture and home to a large number of temples, gardens, museums, nature reserves and museums. However, you do not have much time in Kandy on this Sri Lanka 5 day tour. So, plan your trip with tooth relic temple, royal botanical gardens and Kandyan cultural show. You may also be able to time for some shopping if you need, as you visit those attractions.  Further reading on Kandy

Day 4 of Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour-Kandy, Nuwara Eliya

You are travelling to Sri Lanka’s tea country on the day of Sri Lanka 5 day tour. Nuwara Eliya sits 1800 meters above sea level and is home to many dozens of cascading waterfalls, rivers, lakes, patches of forests and many other natural attractions. You will be enjoying the overwhelming natural beauty for the entire day and make the overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya. Unlike other places you visited so far it can be really cool here, sometimes the temperature dips down to minus degrees after the sunset. Further reading on Nuwara Eliya

Day 5 of Beauty of Sri Lanka 5 days tour -Nuwara Eliya / Colombo

You will be travelling to Colombo from Nuwara Eliya today and the journey will last around 5 hours. You will be visiting 2 picturesque waterfalls today. Most importantly you have the opportunity to do water rafting as you come across Kitulgala today. As I told you if you need to visit important places in Colombo you can find time for it by leaving the hotel in Nuwara Eliya a little bit early.

Nature cocktail / trekking tour Sri Lanka 5 days in a nutshell

  • Day 1 – Colombo/Sinharaja / Galle / Mirissa
  • Day 2 – Mirissa/Yala
  • Day 3 – Yala / Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 4 – Nuwara Eliya / Kitulgala
  • Day 5 – Kitulgala / Colombo

11 Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days nature tour

  1. Colombo
  2. Sinharaja rainforest
  3. Madu river estuary
  4. Moonstone mines
  5. Sea turtle conservation project
  6. Galle fortress
  7. Whale watching Mirissa
  8. Yala wildlife reserve
  9. Sita temple
  10. Tea factory
  11. Kitulgala

As with most Sri Lank trip packages, this 5 days Sri Lanka itinerary starts in Colombo and ends in Colombo. As the name suggests the tour mainly revolve around ecological tourist attractions. The tour includes whale watching in Mirissa, a Full day Safari at Yala national park, trekking in Sinharaja rain forest, a boat tour at Madu river estuary, Horton plains national park. The tour also includes Galle Fort as well as the Ceylon tea trail.

The initial part of the trip takes place along the southern and the western coast of the island you will visit many tourist attractions in the region. After visiting Yala national in southern Sri Lanka you drive to the mountains of Sri Lanka, where you encounter Horton plains national park.

Finding accommodation on the 5 days Sri Lanka nature cocktail tour

The tour is planned primarily to explore southern Sri Lanka. Southern Sri Lanka is one of the best places to see the natural beauty of Sri Lanka, therefore, this tour package is ideal for nature lovers. The tour revolves around beaches, wildlife parks, rainforests and picturesque Sri Lanka’s hill country. The tour includes 4 overnight stays in Mirissa (1 night), Yala (1 night), Nuwara Eliya (1 night) and Kitulgala (1 night). Finding accommodation will not be a matter of concern in all places except Kitulgala.

Map of nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days

Map of nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days
Map of Nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days

Day 1 of nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Colombo, Sinharaja, Udawalawe

You will be travelling to Sinharaja and Udawalawe via Kalutara from Colombo. The journey will take place along the western border of the island along beaches, and the sea view is dominating throughout the trip. The first stop on the trip is the Sinharaja rainforest. The journey from Colombo to Sinharaja rainforest lasts about 2 hours and then you set off on guided trekking of Sinharaja rainforest. Further reading on Sinharaja

Sinharaja Forest

According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the rainforest of Sinharaja is one of the last remaining primaeval rainforests on the island. This natural jewel harbours a large number of flora while more than 60% of the vegetation (trees, plants, veins and orchids) are endemic to Sri Lanka, many of them are considered rare. Endemism among the fauna is also considerably high in Sinharaja and it is estimated that 50% of Sri Lankan endemic species of animals (especially butterflies, amphibians, birds, snakes and fish species) are living here. Most importantly the forest is considered to be one of the best places for birds and it is home to 95% of endemic birds.

The virgin forest of Sinharaja has a large tract of hilly areas as well as a lowland rainforest, both are considered as important ecological areas of the forest. The valuable ecological environment of Sinharaja is largely intact over the last thousands of years. Sinharaja rainforest is a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978. This virgin rainforest is declared as a UNESCO world heritage site by the world body in 1988.     

Due to the high density of trees and plants in Sinharaja, it may not be the best place to spot animals, however, the Sinharaja rainforest is one of the best places to experience the unique atmosphere in a rainforest while enjoying the sights of many dozens of bird species. According to the naturalists, there are 3 elephants and about 15 leopards are living in the forest. The purple face langur is the frequently seen animal in the Sinharaja rainforest, which is also endemic to the island.

Usually, the sighting of a flock of birds in the canopy and the upper canopy is very common and therefore you need to have a binocular to have a clear view of them.  Sri Lanka Crested Drongo and the noisy orange-billed babbler are often seen here. Out of 26 endemic bird species, 20 species of endemic birds of Sri Lanka occur here including some of the rare species such as red-faced malkoha, Green-billed coucal and Sri Lanka blue magpie. The rainforest harbours a large number of amphibian species including a large number of tree frogs. Among the reptiles that can be seen here are endemic green pit viper and hump-nosed vipers. Invertebrates include the endemic common birdwing butterfly and leeches.

Udawalawe national park

Udawalawe national park is located at the foothills of the central highland of Sri Lanka, bordering Sabaragamuwa and Uva province. The park was established under the Udawalawe multi-purpose project, under which a large tract of the jungle was cleared to establish a new settlement. The sanctuary was created to provide a safe home for the displaced animals due to the new settlements and the expansions of the Udawalawe reservoir.  

Udawalawe attracts a large number of tourists every year and it is one of the best places to spot wild elephants. This open elephant habitat has many unique features such as grasslands and Udawalawe reservoir allowing the jumbos to thrive. One of the most interesting features of the park is the Udawalawe reservoir, which provides plenty of water to the jumbos even during the drought. The number of resident elephants in the park is estimated to be around 250.  

Sri Lankan leopard, rusty-spotted cat and fishing cat can also be spotted here, but rarely. Sri Lankan sloth bear, which is endemic to Sri Lanka also living here but very rarely seen by visitors. Sri Lankan sambar deer, Indian muntjac, Sri Lankan axis deer, wild boar, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain and water buffalo are among other mammal species. Golden jackal, toque macaque, Asian palm civet, grey langur and Indian are also residing in the park. It is found that 5 species of mice species can be spotted in Udawalawe. The endemic Ceylon spiny mouse, known from Yala National Park, was recorded in Udawalawe in 1989. Indian bush rats and three species of mongoose are also recorded in the national park.

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Day 2 of nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days Yala

Day two of the 5 days trip is reserved to explore the Yala national park. The chances of spotting animals are high in the early morning, especially leopards. The full-day Yala national park safari starts early morning and you will be taken to the park by your personal driver/guide. You will be able to spot many animal species such as leopard, elephant, crocodile, monitor etc.

Day 3 of nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Yala, Ella

You will start day three of Sri Lanka 5 day tour (nature cocktail tour) with a drive to Sri Lanka’s hill country. As you head to Nuwara Eliya, en-route visit waterfalls and tea plantations and a tea factory.  Few temple visits are also in the program; however, you can omit them if you wish. Further reading on Yala

Day 4 of nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days- Ella, Horton plains, Kitulgala

Day 4 of Sri Lanka 5 day tour (nature cocktail tour) you will be heading to Horton plains national park with a packed breakfast and make a 2 hours trek through the breathtaking cloud forest. This is a natural jewel of Sri Lanka one of the last remaining cloud forests on the island. The forest has unique in many ways. Here you see a different kinds of trees and plans that you cannot see elsewhere in Sri Lanka; the vegetation is adapted to withstand the cool climate and unceasing wind. Further reading on Kitulgala

Day 5 of nature cocktail tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Kitulgala, Colombo

Kitulgala is very popular among adventure enthusiasts and it offers many adrenaline-pumping activities such as Whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, waterfall abseiling, mountain biking. Kitulgala is also a laid-back village with an extensive green cover, here you will be doing a rainforest trek in the morning. Afternoon heading to Colombo and the drive take around 2 hours.  Further reading on Colombo

Adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days in a nutshell

  • Day 1 – Colombo/Kitulgala
  • Day 2 – Kitulgala / Adam’s peak
  • Day 3 – Adam’s peak / Udawalawe
  • Day 4 – Udawalawe / Mirissa
  • Day 5 – Mirissa / Colombo

Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 5 days on the adventure tour

  • Colombo
  • Kitulgala
  • Adam’s peak
  • Udawalawe national park
  • Mirissa
  • Galle Fort
  • Madu river estuary
  • Sea turtle conservation project

Sri Lanka is a leading beach holiday destination in the world, maybe because Sri Lanka is an island. Still, a large number of travellers plan beach holidays without knowing the existence of other interesting places such as wildlife reserves and adventure sites. Therefore only a few travellers ask for adventure tours in Sri Lanka.

Map of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days

map of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days
Map of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days

Day 1 of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Colombo, Kitulgala

On the first day of this Sri Lanka 5 day tour, you will be heading to Kitulgala, in view of giving your tour a flying start. The distance from Colombo to Kitulgala is 100 km and it takes around two hours to reach the Kitulgala water sports centre. You will be escorted to the adventure sports centre by your driver. There will be three activities planned for today white water rafting, Kayaking and rain forest trekking. 

Day 2 of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Kitulgala, Adam’s peak

After breakfast leaves for Adam’s peak and takes a rest in your hotel. You will take the most magnitude hike on the island that lasts 5 hours (only the upward journey), many people undertake this venture due to religious reasons but for tourists, this is a wonderful place to experience rich natural wealth with a twist of adventure.

If the best walks are the oldest – the pilgrim trails and the ancient ways – then the most delightful of all is the drovers’ paths, their contours forgiving, their prospects timeless. This 5 days Sri Lanka trip includes the hike of Adams peak, along with the ancient track believed to be existing for many thousands of years.

Adams’ peak is the 3rd highest mountain on the island (2300 meters above sea level). The hike starts with the fall of the night and you will be at the summit before the sun-rise, which means you are here to witness the sunrise. Adam’s peak is considered to be one of the best places to see the sunrise. You will finish the hike in the morning and make a small rest and breakfast at your hotel in Adam’s peak. Further reading on Adam’s peak

Day 3 of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Adams peak, Udawalawe national park

After the hike head to Udawalawe national park and take a rest in the hotels that sits near the national park. In the afternoon make a jeep safari at Udawalawe national park to see wild animals such as elephants, crocodiles, jackals, monkeys, buffalo etc. 

Day 4 of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Udawalawe national park, Mirissa

On the 4th day of the 5 days Sri Lanka adventure tour, you will be heading to Mirissa, in the afternoon leisure in the beach resort. Further reading on Udawalawe safari

Day 5 of adventure tour Sri Lanka 5 days -Mirissa, Colombo

Early morning leave for a whale watching trip off the southern coast and later leave for Galle, en-route visit Galle fortress and sea turtle conservation centre and make a boat tour at Madu river estuary.

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