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Places To Visit In Sri Lanka In 7 Days

Places To Visit In Sri Lanka In 7 Days

Sri Lanka being a small country, you will be able to cover a large area of the country within a period of 7 days, and you will be able to see a large number of top sights in the cultural triangle, Sri Lanka mountains, southern Sri Lanka and coastal belt during a Sri Lanka 7 day trip. This blog post is about 38 best places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days. On this 7 days tour in Sri Lanka, you will be travelling about 1300km.

The article includes 38 tourist attractions that you encounter during the Sri Lanka trip. The tourists are able to visit most of them during the trip. However, the tourist should be prepared to leave out some of them from the toru itinerary due to the time constraints.

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3 most popular routes for Sri Lanka 7 day tour

1. Colombo-Anuradhapura-Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya-Yala-Galle-Bentota

This is the most popular route for 7 days tour in Sri Lanka. The trip includes a fascinating blend of the historical site, cultural site, mountain scenery, nature, wildlife and beaches. The best time of the year to venture on this Sri Lanka trip is from November to April, due to the absence of rain on the south and west coast.

2. Colombo-Bentota-Galle-Yala-Nuwar Eliya-Kitulgala-Colombo

This program for a 7 days tour in Sri Lanka mainly includes natural attractions as well as adventure activities. The tour is very suitable for adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts. The best time of the year to venture on this trip is from November to April, due to the absence of rain on the south and west coast.

3. Colombo-Anuradhapura-Sigiriya-Trincomalee-Kandy-Colombo

The best time to undertake this Sri Lanka 7 day tour is from April to November. During this time the east coast beaches are dry and free of wet weather. The sea is also very suitable for diving, snorkelling, swimming and other water sports.

38 Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days

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Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka

Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days -Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and located west coast of Sri Lanka. Colombo is a popular one day trip location for travellers, who stay in beach resorts. Most Sri Lanka tours start in Colombo as the most tourist of Sri Lanka lands in the Colombo international airport. Here is a list of most important 6 places that include in most Colombo city tours.

1. Old Parliament

2. Pettah

3. BMICH

4. Wolvendaal Church

5. Independent Square

6. Viharamahadevi

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Jetawanrama temple is a sacred Buddhist temple and visitors need to stick to the proper dress code.

Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days -Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is the most ancient capital of Sri Lanka and dates back to 3rd century BC. Anuradhapura is one of the most important sites on the 7 days tour in Sri Lanka. Today Anuradhapura is a UNESCO world heritage site with thousands of historical monuments. Here is a list of 6 places included in most Anuradhapura city tours.

7. Srimaha Bodhi

8. Ruwanweliseya Dagoba

9. Jetawanarama Dagoba

10. Abhayagiri Dagoba

11. Twin Pond

12. Samadhi Buddha

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Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days-Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is one of the important historical city of Sri Lanka that is included in the 7 days tour in Sri Lanka. It was the capital of, Sri Lanka, from 10th century AD to m11th century AD. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa hides many hundreds of well preserved historical monuments. The city tour of Polonnaruwa lasts around 4 hours and includes below-mentioned places and many others.

13. Archeological Museum

14. King Parkramabahu Palace

15. Audience Halla

16. Galviharaya

17. Hatadage/Vatadage/Thuparama

18. Rankoth Vehera

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Sigiriya rock fortress is a popular Sri Lanka 2 day trip location in the cultural triangle Sri Lanka.

Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days-Sigiriya

Iconic tourist attraction of Sigiriya is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and a popular UNESCO world heritage site. Sigiriya rock climb is the most important activity here and every tourist undertakes the adventure. It is a trip to the 5th century AD to see ancient paintings, historical construction and one of the oldest landscaped gardens. The below is a list of 3 other important places to visit along with Sigiriya rock.

19. Sigiriya Rock Fortress

20. Pidurangala Temple– This quite unpopular, off the beaten track historical site in the cultural triangle Sri Lanka.

21. Sigiriya Museum

22. Minneriya National Park

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Dambulla golden cave temple, that can be visited on the one-day trip from Colombo is a popular historical site in Sri Lanka.

Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days – Dambulla

One of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world dates back to the 1st century BC, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The Golden cave temple of Dambulla hides more than 150 states. Most of the statues are Buddha statues while some others belong to kings and Gods. The inner wall and the ceiling of caves are hidden with murals, most of them are depicting scenery from Buddha’s life.

22. Dambulla Golden Cave Temple

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Tooth relic temple Kandy

Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days -Kandy

Kandy is the cultural hub of Sri Lanka and the city has a fascinating blend of history, cultural, nature and colonial heritage. Tooth relic temple is the most important tourist attraction in the city, which attracts many thousands of travellers every day from all around the world. There are many other tourist attraction in Kandy along with the tooth relic temple, below is some of these important places.

23. Tooth Relic Temple

24. Royal Botanical Garden

25. Kandyan Cultural Show

26. Udawattekele Sanctuary

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Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days- Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is the capital of Sri Lanka hill country, which is also popular as little England. Nuwara Eliya has a unique healing climate which shows a big contrast against the low-land hot weather.

Nuwara Eliya sits 1800 meters above sea-level and surrounded by picturesque green-capped mountains, tea plantations, and patches of forests. Nuwara Eliya is best described as a holiday destination with a healing climate to see nature while engaging in adventure activities such as trekking, hiking and mountian climbing.

27. Tea Factory/Tea Plantation

28. Gregory Lake

29. Ramboda Falls

30. Victoria Park

31. Seetha Amman Temple

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Leopards at Yala national park

Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days – Yala

Yala is the most popular wildlife holiday destination on the island and sits in the southern corner of Sri Lanka. Yala is rank among the best places to spot leopards. The visitors of Yala can see a large number of the animal during the Yala safari such as leopard, crocodile, jackal, bear, elephant, mungo and many other animals.

32. Yala National Park

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Places to visit in Sri Lanka in 7 days -Bentota

Bentota, also known as the golden mile of Sri Lanka’s west coast is by far the most popular beach holiday destination on the island. A large number of sun-worshippers of Sri Lanka (foreign and local) take refuge in the beaches of Bentota. Here is a list of places to visit during your beach holiday in Bentota.

33. Visiting Galle fortress

34. Mask Museum

35. Sea Turtle Conservation Project

36. Hikkaduwa Beach

37. Bentota Beach

38. Madu River Estuary Boat trip

Cultural and historical experience

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.

Introduction to Sri Lanka 7 day tour

Sri Lanka being a small country, you will be able to see a large number of top sights in the cultural triangle, Sri Lanka mountains, southern Sri Lanka and coastal belt during Sri Lanka 7 day tour. Tourists will be travelling about 1300km in one of our comfortable modern vehicle during this one week in Sri Lanka.

This Sri Lanka 7 day tour is organized by Seerendipity tours and all the activities are on a private basis. If you need more information or like to book the trip please write to us at admin@seerendipitytpurs.com

7 days trip to Sri Lanka in a nutshell

  • Day 1 of 7 days trip to Sri Lanka: Airport/Colombo
  • Day 2 of 7 days trip to Sri Lanka: Colombo/Anuradhapura/Sigiriya
  • Day 3 of 7 days trip to Sri Lanka: Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa/Dabulla
  • Day 4 of 7 days trip to Sri Lanka: Sigiriya/Kandy
  • Day 5 of 7 days trip to Sri Lanka: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 6 of 7 days trip to Sri Lanka: Nuwara Eliya/Yala
  • Day 7 of 7 days trip to Sri Lanka: Yala/Bentota

Map of Sri Lanka 7 day tour

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This one week in Sri Lanka is memorable for most travellers, who ventured on this holiday package with us. This is a private tour, therefore you can have the maximum privacy during this one week in Sri Lanka, there will be no intruders in your vehicle.

According to our experience as a local tour operator, who organize Sri Lanka tour packages, one week in Sri Lanka is quite enough to plan a leisurely and memorable Sri Lanka tour, of course with proper planning.

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Pristine beaches of Sri Lanka

During this one week in Sri Lanka, 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.

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  • Highlights-Water rafting, Boat tour, Rainforest trek, Visit temples, Jeep safari
  • Duration-4 Days
  • Places- Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Kithulgala, Tooth relic temple, Sinharaja forest, Udawalawe national park, Mirissa, Galle Fort, Bentota
  • Start/End-Colombo
  • Transport-Private vehicle
  • Accommodation 3-star hotel
  • Meals-Breakfast and Dinner
  • Availability-From Nov 2019 to Nov 2021

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Itinerary for One Week in Sri Lanka

Day 1 Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days

Usually, most travellers start the Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days from the airport, however, there are some other travellers, who request a pick-up from beach hotels on the west coast and southern Sri Lanka.

Most importantly, this one week tour is a private tour and therefore there is no hard and fast rule with regards to the starting location or pick-up time, they are highly flexible and can be adjusted to the requirement of the participants.

According to the plan, the first event of the one week in Sri Lanka package is to get familiar with Colombo in Colombo city tour, Colombo is the commercial capital and which is a bustling metropolis. However, there are many important places to visit in the city and carry historical, cultural and religious importance. 

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. At the end of the city tour, you will move to the hotel in Colombo for dinner and overnight stay.

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This is how it looks during the ceremony hour at the Tooth relic temple, this one hour is the busiest time of the temple with a large number of local as well as foreign tourist

Day 2 Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days

After breakfast at the hotel, 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. After the sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura, you leave for the hotel in Sigiriya/Habarana, and you will be staying 2 night in the hotel.

Sigiriya/Habarana is centrally located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and provide easy access to the most important tourist hot spots in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

You will be visiting Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla cave Tempel and Polonnaruwa historical city from your hotel in Habarana, all three places are UNESCO world heritage sites including Anuradhapura. The drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes about one hour, where you have dinner and overnight stay.

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Dambulla golden cave temple

Day 3 of 7 days tour in Sri Lanka

Day 3 of the Sri Lanak tour, you start after breakfast at about 7 o’clock. First visit Sigiriya rock fortress, which is only a few minutes away from the hotel. The hike at Sigiriya will be strenuous and it is highly recommended to start the hike early morning to escape from the scorching heat. The mid-day hike would be very difficult due to the steep hike amidst the heat.

The round trip hike at Sigiriya will last around 2 hours for most travellers, however, it could be more than 2 hours pr less some times, all depends on the age and physical fitness. It is highly recorded to wear a light cotton t-shirt and a short as you visit Sigiriya, same times don’t forget to have a pair of shoes suitable for the hike.

After the hike at Sigiriya, it is time to have free time, you can ask our guide to stop at a restaurant in order to have lunch or a drink, before proceeding to Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO world heritage site and an important site on this one week in Sri Lanka holiday package. There are many palaces, temples, stupas to visit in Polonnaruwa featuring rich architectural and engineering skills of ancient engineers, and artisans of Sri Lanka.

After visiting Polonnaruwa, return to the hotel in Sigiriya/Habarana, and en-route safari at Minneriya national park. Minneriya is one of the most popular wildlife reserves on the island and a place to spot a large number of animals such as elephants, wild buffalo, crocodile, jackal and many other animals along with many species birds, vertebrates, and insects. However, the safari is an optional activity and also highly subjected to the availability of time. Overnight stay in Hotel Sigiriya

Day 4 of Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days

On the day 4 of Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days, you will visit tourist attraction in Kandy, which is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka. This beautiful city is situated about 500 meters above 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.

In the afternoon you will visit Tooth relic temple which is the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island, the temple is visited by thousands of devotees and a large number of foreign travellers. The visit to the tooth relic temple is a highlight for most travellers, where the visitors see a large number of statues, paintings, and many other artefacts.

After the tooth relic temple, you have the opportunity to witness the Kandyan cultural show, where many young male and female dancers perform to the tune of drummers and flautist. The fire walking, the walk on the burning coal is a highlight for most travellers, who visit the Kandyan cultural show and the Kandyan cultural show is a rare opportunity to see the typical Sri Lankan dance performances. Overnight stay in a hotel Kandy

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Kandyan Cultural show is also a part of the One-week Sri Lanka tour itinerary and you will be witnessing the authentic Sri Lankan dance forms and music performances.
  • Highlights- Yala national park, Galle fort, pinnawala elephant orphanage, Spice garden, Tooth relic temple, Tea factory and plantation, Bentota beach, Galle, Madu River Estuary, Sea Turtle Conservation Center
  • Duration-8 Days
    Places- Yala, Galle, Kandy, Mirissa, Bentota, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya
  • Start/End-Colombo
  • Transport-Private vehicle
  • Accommodation 4-star hotel
  • Meals-Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 5 of Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days

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 along the way. Today you come across the tea country and sip a cup of typical Ceylon Tea.

Make a visit to a well maintained and beautiful tea plantation. You will see Nuwara Eliya, which lies at the elevation 1800 metres above sea level. Nuwara Eliya a small town, which is enchanting and one of the traveller’s favourites on this route. Afternoon visit to Victoria Park and the Nuwar Eliya town.

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Visiting Yala national park is one of the highlights of the one week Sri Lanka itinerary and you will be doing Yala jeep safari on the day 7 on the tour. Your safari will last around 3 hours and there is a chance for spotting leopards, bear, elephants and many other interesting creatures during your safari.

Day 6 of 7 days tour in Sri Lanka

Today you drive to the southern coast of Sri Lanka, another beautiful corner of the island, which is surrounded by lush green forest. The journey will take about 4 hours to reach Tissamaharama, where you have lunch check-in the hotel. The guests will be staying in a hotel in Tissmaharam, and spend one night in Tissamaharama.

In the afternoon set off on a jeep safari at Yala national park. The Safari of Yala national park is one of the most popular activities that allow the guests to see a large number of animals and bird species.

Today the guests drive through the Yala national park and enjoy the scenery along the way. There is a high possibility of witnessing wild elephants on the safari.

There is a good chance of spotting leopards as well, and Yala national park is one of the best wildlife reserves to spot leopards in the world, due to the large number of leopards that concentrated to Yala. After safari return to the hotel in Bentota for dinner and overnight stay.

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Galle is a UNESCO world heritage site and which is the best-preserved Durch fort in Asia. Upon entering the 16th century built Fort, you will feel like being to an old European city.

Day 7 of Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days

After a leisurely breakfast departure transfer to your hotel in Colombo or to the airport to take the onward flight. You will drive along the southern and western coastal belt, means that there are many opportunities to catch nice scenery and experiences along the way, such as Hikkaduwa beach, Galle fortress, Bentota beach, Madu river estuary.

You will encounter another unpopular natural attraction of Sri Lanka, which is located is located along the way, which known as Hummanaya or blowhole, which is the second biggest natural fountain in the world.

End of 7 days tour in Sri Lanka

Why you should book Sri Lanka itinerary 7 days with Seerendipity Tours

Seerendipity tour is a fully locally owned travel company with the head office in Colombo. The highly experienced local staff is a key strength of Seerendipity tours and they can plan your dream holiday to Sri Lanka.

Best price for your Sri Lanka trip

When you book a tour with us, you directly book the tour with the local company, it means there are no middlemen and therefore you can guarantee the best price. Simply get in touch with us and let us know when you travel and what you like to see.

Local expertise and personalize service

Our staff make a personalized program for you, which you can change until you find the best package for you. You can also browse our existing tour packages for inspiration; all our ready-made tour packages are customizable and can be tailored to meet all your expectations. Write us on admin@seerendipitytours.com