Sri Lanka, school holidays are around the corner and lot of people are at the initial stage of planning their August, family trips. Most families plan a Sri Lanka 7 day tour or similar during the school holidays.
Sri Lanka 7 day tour
The places to visit on this Sri Lanka 7 day tour
- Arugam Bay
Distance to cover on the 7 days Sri Lanka trip
- Day 1. Colombo to Anuradhapura 215 km, duration 4 hours 30 minutes
- Day 2. Anuradhapura to Jaffna 200 km, duration 3 hours 30 minutes
- Day 3. Jaffna to Nilaveli 238 km, duration of the trip 4 hours
- Day 4. leisure in the beach resort Nilaveli
- Day 5. Nilaveli to Arugam bay 260 km, duration 5 hours
- Day 6. Arugam bay to Kandy distance to cover 215 km and the duration of the trip 5 hours
- Day 7. Kandy to Colombo, distance 115km and duration of the tour 4 hours
Sri Lanka 7 days tour in August
Sri Lanka, August school holidays are around the corner and lot of people are at the initial stage of planning their August, family trips. Most Sri Lankan families make around 7 days Sri Lanka trip during the school holidays.
Also, there is an upbeat about the arrival of foreign travellers during this time, because Sri Lanka weather in August is very suitable for outdoor activities, and another reason is the Esala ceremony. Therefore we thought of making a note on a Sri Lanka 7 day tour.
During the month of August, we get a lot of inquiries for Sri Lanka 7 day tour from foreign customers (Foreign travellers are the most important market segment for us). Foreign travellers are well aware of the Esala ceremony, which took place in the month of August. Most travellers visit the island mainly to see the Esala ceremony while exploring the other attractions in other places in the country. Therefore we see an upbeat of inquiries for Sri Lanka tours and beach holidays for the month of August.
Best time to travel to sri Lanka
Sri Lanka weather, Sri Lanka rain season in August is also in favour of travellers with less frequent rain and showering sun rays, even though it is still monsoon on the west coast. All in all the month of August breaks the deadlock of the diluted holiday vibe on the island, mainly due to the rainy conditions in May, June, July.
According to the usual pattern of tourist arrival in Sri Lanka, there is a sharp increase of travellers in the country from November to April and the number of travellers shows a sharp decrease during the 5 months starting from May, May marks the beginning of monsoon (south-west monsoon). In fact, November to April is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka due to the less rainy conditions and super good conditions for beach holidays in the west and southern coast.
The number of tourists in the country hit the rock-bottom level in the month of May, June and July. But the number of tourist in the island again increases sharply in the month of August, this is temporary upbeat of tourist arrivals and there is a downward trend in tourist arrival in the month of September and October again.
Dry Sri Lanka weather in August, Esala ceremony, School holidays, are the 3 important reasons to the increased holiday activities in the month of August, therefore we decided to write this blog post on a Sri Lanka 7 day tour. This is a Sri Lanka 7 day tour itinerary to consider for families, who look for a nice tour in unexplored territory. In this comprehensive Sri Lanka 7 day tour we discuss the northern and eastern Sri Lanka route, which is one of the least explored routes in the country.
The best route for Sri Lanka 7 day road trip
We suggest you put aside the planes and trains for this Sri Lanka 7 days tour, suggest you take an old school road trip. This Sri Lanka 7 days tour is a perfect opportunity to leave behind the all hustle and bustle of busy Colombo and look into the beautiful countryside of North-East Sri Lanka. This is a perfect tour itinerary with less stress, activities for kids and more plenty of leisure during the trip. Sri Lanka 7 days tour has a mix of time on the sightseeing and beaches.
You might be knowing that Sri Lanka weather in August is warm, especially in the dry part of the country (north and east Sri Lanka), and you should be brave to meat the oppressive heat as you make through the north and east. But travelling in an air-conditioned vehicle makes life easy for you. So, here we go.
Day 1. Colombo – Anuradhapura – Jaffna
Day one of this Sri Lanka 7 day tour, you leave for Anuradhapura from Colombo and later push yourself further northward from Anuradhapura, the journey is pretty straightforward without any major detours. There are 2 major routes that you can take to go to Anuradhapura from Colombo they are:
Route 1. Colombo – Anuradhapura via Thalawa
A distinct feature of this route is less traffic and therefore the travellers can save time. It will take around 4 hours to reach Anuradhapura from Colombo on this route. But keep your eye on the speed limit, you naturally tend to give more gas, because the road is empty and road with the super good driving condition, a large number of traffic cops are eying on the speeding vehicle on this route. Cops are stationed in regular interval, especially in the last leg of the route between Thalawa and Anuradhapura. You will encounter several good restaurants and hotels along this route in Chilaw, Thalawa, Negombo, Marawila etc. There is plenty of places to stop for a tea break or a toilet break on this route, presumably this is the trip with kids.
Route 2. Colombo- Anuradhapura via Dambulla
This is the most popular route to drive to Anuradhapura from Colombo and has a large number of important places to stop. You also can make regular stops for a tea break, or toilet break since there are many restaurants on the way. The journey will take around 5 hours on this route and heavy traffic conditions can be expected in major cities such as Dambulla, Kurunegala, Giriulla. Both routes are similar in terms of road conditions but the time taken on this route is more than the other route (Colombo-Talawa-Anuradhapura) there are few differences with regards to the attractions too.
Anuradhapura, the First stop on Sri Lanka 7 day tour
Anuradhapura is a destination worth a visit because of the rich historical past of Sri Lanka is very much evident here. I would like to say it is an archaeological zoo, thousands of old structures, dating back to 2nd century BC lying in a heavily green area. The most structures here are pompously done and have solid foundations. It is a reason to marvel to see how much they accomplished more than 2 thousand years ago without high-tech equipment, but they had the know-how.
Anuradhapura is a place to see gigantic reservoirs, huge pagodas/dagobas, multi-storied palaces, temples, intricately carved decorations, and statues. Anuradhapura is a UNESCO world heritage, definitely, worth the attention of the travellers, the city has its own rights as a place of cultural and historical importance (The Disney’s documentary film “Monkey Kingdom” was filmed in Anuradhapura along with Polonnaruwa).
However, this Sri Lanka 7 day tour does not include an overnight stay in Anuradhapura, it includes just as a stopover to relax while exploring some important historical places. If you feel that you need more time to explore Anuradhapura or need to have more time in the city, there are a number of good hotels to stationed at.
If you leave Colombo in early hours, one can easily reach Anuradhapura for the lunch break, there are a large number of good hotels and restaurant here. There are plenty of places to stop for a break between Anuradhapura and Colombo but beyond Anuradhapura, the chances are much scarce.
The journey from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes around 4 hours and the distance to cover between these two cities is 198 km, the journey takes place along the A9 main highway, which is quite busy now with a large number of people making trips to Colombo and vice versa. The commuters were allowed on this route under strict rules and supervision of Sr Lanka army during the north-east war, which ended in 2009. Today people are free to move along A9 without any fear or restriction.
It is worth to make a stop at Murikandy Pillayar Shrine that you encounter after Vavuniya, this is a Hindu temple survived from the civil war and it was spared during the rebuilding of the A9 main road too. A large number of travellers make a stop here to make a donation and ask for blessings of the god. After Vabvunoya you will encounter the remnant of the devastating war more often than before. There are no sightseeing in Jaffna planned in this Sri Lanka 7 days tour, on the first day. After the long drive, the guests are exhausted and have no appetite to explore the cultural and historical sites. On the other hand, there is no time to visit sightseeing as you arrive late evening at the hotel.
Day 2. Jaffna city tour
Jaffna, capital of northern Sri Lanka has many historical and religious places to explore. Majority of people in Jaffna are in Hindu origin and speak Tamil language, Jaffna is a big city and very busy, there is a large number of shops in Jaffna, allowing you to buy anything available in Colombo. Some of the main attractions to explore in Jaffna are;
a. Jaffna library- located near the Jaffna city.
b. Nagadeepa temple- this is a well known Buddhist temple located in Nagadeep, believed to be visited by Buddha.
c. Jaffna fort- the Portuguese build and Dutch re-built fort are located near the city.
d. Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil-is the most popular Hindu temple in the city and takes only a few minutes from the city centre.
e. Jaffna archaeological museum-located within the city limit.
f. Ruins of Royal palace-the site is located in the city of Nallur.
g. Keerimale hot spring-located in Kankasuntharai close to the Naguleswaran temple.
h. Subramaniam Children’s park- located near the city with many activities for kids.
i. In Jaffna, you get a large number of local restaurants serving typical Hindy/Indian dishes such as butter dosa.
j. Many restaurants are serving vegetarian food while some other starting to meat lovers as well.
Day 3. Jaffna – Nilaveli
On the day three of this Sri Lanka 7 day tour, it is time to go to the east coast of Sri Lanka, where you encounter some of the best beaches of Sri Lanka, such as Nilaveli, Kalkudah, Pasikudah and Arugam Bay. The journey takes places in the southward direction from Jaffna via Mullaitivu. You will encounter a lot of war-ravaged areas along the way. If you happen to travel to Mullaitivu and Pudikudiruppu, you will be able to see vastly devastated areas, towards the end of the war, there are a large number of building and trees with scars of bullets of gunfire or shelling. The infrastructure is in the minimalistic condition in the area.
Nilaweli is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka for a beach holiday, therefore we suggest 2 nights stay in Nilaweli during this Sri Lanka 7day tour. It will be evening or late evening when you arrive at the hotel in Nilavei, but don’t worry there is one more day for you to relax on the pristine beaches of Nilaveli.
Day 4. leisure in Nilaveli
If you do not wish standstill all day long, there are many activities here to keep you busy such as diving, snorkelling, whale watching etc. even you can make a half-day sightseeing tour to explore some of the important attraction in Trincomalee. important places to visit in Trincomalee are;
a. Hotwells Kinniya- hot wells are located in a remote area Kinniya, there are several natural pools with waters of varying temperatures.
b. Lovers leap
c. Gokanna Buddhist temple
d. Fort Fredric
e. Koneswaram Hindu temple – all these places located in the city of Trincomalee and can be explored while based in Nilaveli or Trincomalee.
Day 5. Nilaveli-Arugam Bay
The fifth day of Sri Lanka 7 day tour, the journey takes place along the beautiful beaches of the east coast of Sri Lanka. You will encounter several popular beach holiday destination such as Kalkudah and Pasikudah along the way. You can plan your overnight stay for the day at any of these places. All are nice beaches with the best weather for beach holidays, in fact, this is the best time to travel to the east coast of Sri Lanka. You will encounter a large number of foreign as well as local travellers on these beaches because these are the best beaches for your beach holiday in the month of August. The warm, sunny beaches and sea off Arugambe are calm and clear like a swimming pool, wide sandy beaches in Arugambe are also another reason, why so many travellers heading to Argambe over and over again
Day 6. Arugam Bay – Kandy
It is time to heading to Colombo after exploring the northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The journey takes place towards inland to Kandy, and therefore you will be able to explore some of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the island such as the tooth relic temple, Pinnawala elephant orphanage and Peradeniya botanical garden. In order to explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Kandy, it is best to plan an overnight stay in Kandy. The drive from Arugambe to Kandy takes around 6 hours, hence you can allocate only a few hours for the sightseeing in Kandy. Usually, most travellers visit tooth relic temple in the late evening during the ceremony in the temple and therefore you can include Kandyan cultural show and the tooth relic temple to the itinerary today.
Day 7. Kandy-Colombo
The last day of Sri Lanka 7 day tour, the journey continues in the westward direction from Kandy via Kegalle. The journey will take around 3 hours without sightseeing. But there are several important places that you can’t miss along the way such as Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Royal botanical garden Peradeniya, tea factory and tea garden. With visits to all these places, the journey might take between 6-7 hours to reach Colombo from Kandy, but it largely depends, how much time you spend at each site.
This tour covers north, east as well as several important places of Sri Lanka’s upcountry. You will cover the distance of around 1600 km in this Sri Lanka 7 day tour. Based on travellers review, this is a well worth road trip, in which you a see a total different part of the country in terms of vegetation, climate, culture. This is a perfect opportunity to explore some of the best pristine beaches of Sri Lanka and you will be able to sense the effect of devastating war.
What you need to carry
Mosquito nets for kids, because only the main beds are provided with mosquito nets in the hotel and the supplement beds are not provided with mosquito nets, it is best to carry mosquito nets for kids.
The restrooms you may encounter may not have the best hygienic conditions. Still, the number of travellers going to these areas is very low and owners are not spending much to upgrade their properties. It is best to carry soap, tissues, toilet papers, and hand sanitizers.
Take a suitable sunscreen in order to avoid sunburns, in the month of August the weather in the east and north Sri Lanka is warm and sunny, there is a high chance of occurring sunburns if you expose the skin to the direct sunlight.
Sri Lanka weather in August is dry but it is highly advisable to apply some mosquito repellent in order to avoid mosquito bites.
There is plenty of possibilities for accommodation in all the places mentioned above (Jaffna, Trincomalee, Arugambe, Kandy). Kandy will be the best station with most possibilities of accommodation facilities. Possibilities are endless, here you get extremely luxurious boutique hotels to the very cheap dormitory type of accommodations.
Even though there are not as many options as in Kandy, you can find a nice place to stay, without much trouble in all other places too. But since this is the main holiday season on the east coast and Sri Lanka weather in the east coast is very suitable for holidays, it is advisable to book your hotels in advance in order to make sure you get the best rate for your accommodation and you get a nice place to stay. The accommodation cost rises in the east and northern parts of Sri Lanka in the month of July and August due to the high demand. The rates of accommodation normalize again once the high demand is over in August.
The accommodation cost in Kandy also rises in the months of August and July. Some hotels impose a supplement charge during the Kandy Esala ceremony and it is around USD 50 per room per day. The cost of the supplement is directly attributed to the annual Kandy Esala ceremony that draws more than 500000 visitors to the city. During the 10 days of Esala ceremony, the customers are compelled to pay the room-supplement charges.
How do I book accommodation for my Sri Lanka 7 day tour
You might be wondering how to make room reservations in for your Sri Lanka 7 day tour, my answer is there are many options. But the best option is to book the room with a local tour operator. Because the local tour operators get a specially discounted rate from hotels, which is not published on the internet (They are not allowed to publish it on the internet). Tour operators pass the discount to the travellers in order to be competitive against the foreign tour operators and online booking portals.
Sri Lanka weather in August -west, southern coast
Sri Lanka weather in August is normally dry and sunny in most parts of the country. Therefore Sri Lanka weather in August is very suitable for travelling around the country. Even though there is a reduction of rainfall over the west and southern coast of Sri Lanka, the sea remains rough and not suitable for sea bath in many parts of the west and southern Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka weather in August is it good to travel around Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka weather, Sri Lanka rain season in August is very favourable for travelling, especially, in northern and eastern parts of the island, most places in North and east coast of Sri Lanka is dry and sunny while the sea is also very calm and clear making it suitable for beach holiday activities.
Here you get top-rated diving and snorkelling sites such as Nilaveli marine sanctuary, Arugambe, Kalkudah. If you happen to travel to the east coast in the month of August don’t forget to make a whale watching trip, this is the best time to do a whale watching trips in the east coast.