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What are the top 10 places for Short Sri Lanka Tours?

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As a holiday or a long weekend approaches or simply, there is an itch to find obscure places for short trips from Colombo and hang around and forget about the routine life in the city or take off with friends to some adventure experience. But, your budget may hold you back, but don’t worry even you just have only a few thousands of rupees in your wallet, choose one of the Sri Lanka budget tours mentioned hereunder, that you can think of. If you wish to visit any of these places, seerendipity tours can help you to organize a budget road trip to any of the places and more.

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What are the top 10 places for Short Sri Lanka Tours?

Sri Lanka offers many dozens of suitable places for short Sri Lanka tours. Here are 10 places for short Sri Lanka tours, which can be conveniently reached from most cities, especially from Colombo and west coast. Therefore, it is perfectly matched for a short trip of Sri Lanka such as 1 day Sri Lanka tour, 2 days Sri Lanka trip etc.

  1. Galle
  2. Belihuloya
  3. Badulla
  4. Kataragama
  5. Haputale
  6. Bandarawela
  7. Udawalawe
  8. Hatton
  9. Anuradhapura
  10. Colombo

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What are the best short trips to visit southern Sri Lanka?

How to travel on short Sri Lanka tours?

Choosing the best transport mode is very important in every short trip in Sri Lanka because you have only limited time for the trip and everything should be covered such as exploring important sites, travelling, dining etc withing the allocated tie period. It means you have no time to lose on the road, therefore, public transport (buses, trains) cannot be recommended for this type of activities. They tend to delay most of the time and can jeopardise your short trip.

Hiring a taxi with a local driver is the best way of travelling on your short trip. It not only saves you time but also comfortable and safe too. Usually, the short trips are booked by travellers, who stay on the island for a short period of time, such as travellers looks for Colombo shore excursions, visitors on seminars, trade shows and meeting as well as travellers on transit in Sri Lanka.

1. Short trips from Colombo to Belihuloya

Recommended duration of stay for this Sri Lanka short tour: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport: Travel by bus from Colombo to Belihuloya and back LKR 300.

Food: LKR 150 per meal per person.

Stay Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room per night or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room per night.

A tour to Belihuloya tops the list among the Eco-holiday destinations with light adventure activities. Same times this is one of the most popular Sri Lanka budget tour packages. You can visit many important tourist attraction on this Sri Lanka tour such as the Horton plains national park, Adam’s peak, Rainforests in Kitulgala etc.

Hill stations such as Bandarawela, Haputale and Nuwara Eliya is also not far away destinations from Belihuloya. Belihuloya, unpopular hilly countryside with plenty of opportunities for adventure lovers, is popular for the verdant hills, untamed wilderness, beautiful countryside, rivers, lakes, mountains and the waterfalls. Belihuloya is one of the best places to enjoy nature. There are many trekking paths here allowing you to experience the rich natural vegetation in a typical laid back countryside.

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Galle Fort, which is the best-preserved Dutch fort in Asia is included in most south coast trips like 5 days Sri Lanka southern tour.

2. Short trips from Colombo to Galle: duration 1 Days

Recommended duration of stay for the Galle tour: 1 Day

Recommended duration of Sri Lanka short tour to Galle is 1 Nights/2 Days

Transport: Train travel from Colombo to Galle and back LKR 350.

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: LKR 150 per meal per person

Boat tour: Madolduwa boat tour LKR 3000, so split it up among members of the group.

For travellers, who look for a Sri Lanka budget tour package, undoubtedly Galle one day tour is one of the hot favourites; and Galle is a popular destination among the backpackers too. Get lost in a pristine palm-fringed beaches, Dutch colonial heritage, Dutch fort, markets and beautiful countryside villages. Take a walk in the best-preserved Dutch colonial city in Asia and wander through the cobblestoned alleys, while enjoying the edifices erected in the bygone era.

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3. Short Sri Lanka tours from Colombo to Badulla: 2 days 1 night

Recommended duration of stay for this Sri Lanka short trip: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Train travel from Colombo to Badulla and back LKR 640

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: LKR 150 per meal per person.

Best way to travel to Badulla is considered to be the train because the train journey from Kandy to Badulla considered as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. The train is the cheapest option with regards to the transport between Colombo and Badulla.

Badulla is one of as the most popular tea-producing towns on the island but it is not a popular holiday destination. And therefore the things that travellers need not as expensive as in Nuwara Eliya, which is the busiest holiday destination in the mountains. Limited supply but still low demand helps the travellers to get the best rates for their accommodation, meals and transport.

Head on to Badulla and make it your base, you can explore the places in the mountains with a very limited budget. make short trips to Ella, Bandarawela and Nuwara Eliya to explore the rivers, waterfalls, historical sites, temples (Visiting a Sri Lanka Buddhist temple here are 9 rules to consider), tea factories and city life in the mountains.

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4. Short Sri Lanka tours from Colombo to Kataragama: Duration 1 day

Ideal duration of the short tours to Kataragama: 1 day

Transport cost: Colombo to Kataragama and back by bus: LKR 700

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: Plenty of eating options at an affordable rate at LKR 300 for two per meal

Yala safari entrance: LKR 500 per person (this is the local rate and the foreign rate is around LKR 3000 per person with taxes)

Cost for the jeep: LKR 4000, so split it up among members of the group.

If you wish to have some peace and tranquillity without ripping off your wallet choose Kataragama for your Sri Lanka Budget tour package. With proper planning, you can have one of the very affordable Sri Lanka Budget tour packages to Kataragama.

Kataragama is a place where you see a large number of local travellers and you will not encounter many foreigners, because Kataragama is the most popular religious site in Southern Sri Lanka and attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees every year. Therefore for hotels, meals and all other services are mainly for local travellers and therefore you can avoid the touristy price easily.

There is a large number of places to visit during the tour in Kataragama such as Yala national park, Kataragama temple, Wedihitikanda, Kirinda, Yatalatissa dagoba.

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5. Short Sri Lanka trips from Colombo to Haputale

Ideal duration of the short tours to Kataragama: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 500

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: there are many local restaurants to serve travellers. and the food is affordable.

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the mountains, where you can plan a Sri Lanka Budget tour package. Haputale is one of the most popular health resorts in the mountains. The weather is loved by most Sri Lankan travellers, due to its mild temperature, Weather in Haputale has a notable contrast to the low country warm weather.

The cool climate in Haputale results mainly through the elevation. Thre are several important places to visit in Haputale such as Adisham bungalow, Tangamale nature reserve. Haputale is popular as a place to have a peaceful holiday while enjoying the cool climate.

Short Sri Lanka tours to Nuwara eliya

Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka with many waterfalls, river, patches of forests and tea plantations

6. Short Sri Lanka tours to Bandarawela

Ideal duration of the Sri Lank tour: 2 Nights/3 Days

The cost of transportation for Sri Lanka short tours from Colombo and back by bus: LKR 600

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: there are many local restaurants to serve travellers. and the food is affordable.

This is one of the best places to plan a Sri Lanka budget tour package because it offers a plethora of activities in the form of hikes, many waterfalls, popular religious places and delicious food. Most importantly, Bandarawela is the best alternative to the overpriced holiday destination, Nuwara Eliya. Bandarawela most popular as a city that produces best Ceylon tea and tourism is not given as much importance as in Nuwara Eliya.

Due to the high demand, the prices of accommodation, meals, transportation and all other services required by travellers are very expensive in Nuwara Eliya but planing you tour to Banadarawela allows you eliminate the touristy price while enjoying the upcountry salubrious climate. There is a large number of archaeological sites such as Dova cave temple, Divurumpola temple near Bandarwela. Places like Ella and Badulla also can be visited with a short drive from Banadrawela and in order to spice up your cultural, historical and experience of rich nature.

Bandarawela is the gateway to one of the most popular trekking sites in the mountain known as Lipton seat. With plenty of activities, Sri Lanka budget tour package to Haputale makes a lasting impression on all travellers heading to this beautiful laid back village.

Short Sri Lanka tours to Udawalawe

7. Short Sri Lanka tours from Colombo to Udawalawe

Ideal duration for Sri Lanka short tours to Udawalawe: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 500

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: there are many local restaurants to serve the travellers and the food is affordable.

Travel via Ratnapura, apart from the scenic drive, you can even visit the Udawalawe elephant orphanage and visit the elephant museum. The tea plantations in the mountains of Rathnapura are its hallmark, but you can even have a safari at Udawalawe national park in this Sri Lanka budget tour package. Try to use the other route via Galle and Matara to experience some different sites on the return journey.

Udawalawe is a place where you encounter a large number of foreign travellers because Udawalawe national park is one of the best wildlife reserves to enjoy the elephants in action. Here you can see a large number of elephants during the safari no matter what time you do it.

Usually, the mid-day is not suitable for safari and you don’t see animals but it is not applicable to Udawalawe national park, here you can witness wild elephants during the whole day. Elephants are the most occurring animal here and crocodile, monkey, deer, wild boar, wild buffaloes are some of the other wildlife you will encounter at Udawalwe national park.

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8. Short Sri Lanka tour from Colombo to Hatton/Dik Oya

Ideal duration of Sri Lanka short tours to Hatton: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 550

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: There are many local restaurants to serve the travellers and the food is affordable.

Chugging up to Hatton/Dickoya from Colombo will be a once in a lifetime experience. This chilly upcountry twin city gives the pleasure of enjoying the healing climate at an elevation of 1200 meters above sea level.

Hatton is one of the least explored holiday destinations in the country and you will not encounter foreign travellers here. Hatton is one of the best places for a Sri Lanka budget tour package. As you reach the hills, just inhale the refreshing salubrious air, sip a cup of Ceylon tea, rise early and take a glimpse of the rising sun.

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9. Short Sri Lanka tour to Anuradhapura

Ideal duration of this short Sri Lanka tour to Anuradhapura: 2 Nights/3 Days

Transport cost: Colombo to Haputale and back by bus: LKR 550

Stay: Comfortable middle-class hotel LKR 2000 per double room or budget hotels at LKR 1000 per room in a budget hotel

Food: There are many local restaurants to serve the travellers and the food is affordable.

Anuradhapura, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the central province and a place to experience the cultural flavour of Sri Lanka. We have discussed many dozens of time about Anuradhapura on this blog but still, we repeatedly talking about it, why? because it is one of the holiday hotspots in Sri Lanka.

Anuradhapura is a place that should not be forgotten if you are interested in learning the rich historical past of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is a historical and cultural hotspot in one of the key archaeological sites with hundreds of temples, palaces, lakes, museum, and many other important places. It has a fascinating collection of ruins built by Sri Lankan engineers, artisans and craftsmen over the many centuries starting from 3rd century BC to 1061 AD.

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10. Colombo city tour

Ideal duration of short Sri Lanka tour to Anuradhapura: 1 Day

Travel Calculation: Approx. USD 120

Colombo is a cultural melting pot, consisting of many ethnic groups such as Sinhalese, Tamil, and Burghers etc. Colombo is the busiest city on the island with busy roads, shopping malls, hotels, street markets. Colombo offers great bargains giving you the opportunity to buy a wide range of products such as leather products, textiles, gems and jewellery, electronic equipment at an affordable rate.

Same times there is a much historical attraction in Colombo that deserves your attention. Wolvendaal Church, Gangarama temple, Viharamahadevi, Independent square, Pettah, Galle face and BMICH are some of the noteworthy places.

Transportation: Having private transportation is the best way to do your Colombo sightseeing tour. The tour lasts around 4 hours and you have allocated some extra time for shopping as you wish. Many tour operators provide Colombo city tour and there are few tour operators organize Colombo city tour in a TUK TUK as well as in a Double Decker bus allowing the travellers to have a novel experience.

Accommodation: The accommodation might be a bit costly in the city centre. But a few kilometres from the city (Mt.Lavinia, Dehiwala) you get plenty of opportunities have affordable accommodation.

Places to Eat: There are many places to eat in Colombo; here you get plenty of street food too. If you could drop-into one of the food courts such as the majestic food court you can have plenty of choices to sample Sri Lanka specialities as well as foreign dishes.

Places to Visit: Colombo is a place for a day tour to most travellers who spend holidays in Sri Lanka. A large number of travellers who spend a beach holiday in the west, southern and east coast take part in Colombo day tour. Colombo is also included in most Sri Lanka road trips. Either way, don’t forget to explore interesting places such as Colombo Zoo, Colombo Museum, Pettah market, Gangarama temple.

Interesting Tips: Avoid the city tour at rush hour to curtail the time spent on transportation. If you visit the city on weekends and holidays you can explore the city with more peacefully as the chaos in the city is at its lowest.

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