Sri Lanka Itinerary 6 Days, trip of Kandy

Sri Lanka Itinerary 6 Days

What includes in the Sri Lanka Itinerary 6 Days 2021?

  • Colombo
  • Sigiriya UNESCO world heritage site
  • Dambulla UNESCO world heritage site
  • Minneriya safari
  • Polonnaruwa UNESCO world heritage site
  • Kandy tooth relic temple UNESCO world heritage site
  • Kandy
  • Spice garden
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Bentota
  • Madu River estuary
  • Sri Lankan beaches on the west coast

6 Days Sri Lanka tour in a nutshell

  • Day 1: Colombo
  • Day 2: Colombo-Sigiriya
  • Day 3: Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa
  • Day 4: Sigiriya-Kandy
  • Day 5: Kandy-Bentota
  • Day 6: Bentota-Colombo

Venturing on Sri Lanka Itinerary 6 Days

Sri Lanka’s rugged beauty and historical delight by road trip, with a Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days from Colombo to Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya. Exploring Sri Lanka by road is the most popular way to see a natural beauty and ancient marvels of the island while taking a chance of enjoying some thrilling adventure-filled activities. On this Sri Lanka, 6 days trip you are well on your way to see a fascinating blend of rugged scenic beauty and historical delight.

Whether you are aiming at an urban city past time, take part in adrenaline-pumping activities, sunbath on a pristine beach or sampling delicious local food and drinks. 6 days is not a lot of time but it is enough to hit the highlights – by venturing on a Sri Lanka road trip.

Sri Lanka has a well-connected bus network and the travellers can easily reach most big cities with the train, however travelling in Sri Lanka by public transport is not recommended as they tend to waste a lot of time, the buses and trains are behind the schedules most of the time and it can suck your time. Having a private car with a local driver/guide car gives many benefits such as saving time and enabling a conformable journey.

With a private vehicle avail of yourself, you will be able to stop for those breathtaking scenery or the warm glow of a welcoming country pub. This 6 days Sri Lanka road trip lead you on a memorable Sri Lanka trip.

When is the best time for the 6 days Sri Lanka tour?

The below mentioned Sri Lanka 6 days tour, mainly revolve around the southern circuit and scratch the southern, western Sri Lanka as well as the central hill country of the island. The regions covered by the 6 days tour mainly affected by the southwest monsoon from April to October. The southwest monsoon is the main rainy season on the island, during this period, the places covered by this 6 days tour usually receive a lot of rain. During the rest of the year from October to April parallel to the northwest monsoon, most part of Sri Lanka remains dry including the places mentioned in this Sri Lanka 6 days tour. Therefore, if you are wondering what the best time of the year for the 6 days tour on the southern circuit, it is from October to April.

8-hour layover in Colombo International airport: Colombo city tour
Pitakotu open market is the biggest bazaar in Sri Lanka it offers virtually everything that you can get hold of Sri Lanka. This Sri Lanka trip for 6 days also includes a visit to the Pettah market.

On day 1 of Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days

Begin with a day in elegant Colombo to revel in the modern and historical architecture and explore the Dutch built Wolvendaal church, which broods calmly over the densely populated city from its craggy perch.

Take a walk-up Galle Face green for great views and as a rehearsal for the longer treks yet to come. Once you have soaked up atmospheric Colombo, head to Kelaniya Buddhist temple to tour one of Colombo’s most historically significant temples, it has been said the whoever worship once at the temple can wash off all the sins committed in the life. The temple also significant because it has the finest collection of modern Buddhist paintings on the island, which came to be due to one of the most talented painters on the island, George Keyt.

The Buddhist community of Colombo has much pride over the Kelaniya temple, it has been one of the few places, where Buddha presented himself on one of his three visits to the island in 6th century BC.  Therefore, the Kelaniya temple is one of the most sacred Buddhist temples on the island and one of the 8 places that every Buddhist should visit during the lifetime.

From the stone’s throw away from Colombo city centre, there are many interesting places like wetlands, rivers, parks, ancient monuments and lakes. Colombo is a Ramsar wetland city and hides a large number of lakes and wetland as well as a labyrinthine of canals connecting all these water resources. According to the estimation of about 20 Sq. km of commercially important area is under wetlands.

It is just a short journey to Muthurajawela wetland from Colombo, where you can do boating, cycling and walking amidst lush green vegetation. Muthurajawela is one of the best birds watching spots near Colombo and it attracts a large number of bird species due to the large tracts of wetland that suitable for breeding. Animals such as crocodile, Mongoose, Monitor lizards and Monkeys also can be witnessed here on a boat trip.

Stay overnight at a bed and breakfast for a taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality.

cultural triangle temple
Buddha statues of Dambulla golden cave temple. The temple of Dambulla is comprised of 5 natural cave and accommodate about 150 Buddha statues, god figures and statue of a King.

On day 2 of Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days

After a hearty breakfast, continue northeast through picturesque countryside, dominated by coconut plantations, rubber plantation and small cities. The road is getting less and less populated as you keep driving and the environment gets more greenish while the rural characteristics get more obvious. The journey ends with arrival to the cultural triangle, one of Sri Lanka’s most important tourist attractions with many hundreds of ancient monuments.

The cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is the birthplace of Sri Lankan culture, where it flourished for many thousands of years. Today the grandeur of this advanced civilization is turned merely into stupendous historical monuments. It seems that the advanced technology and the knowledge that ancient people possessed is untimely disappeared and it is unfortunately not handed down to the modern generation.

This ancient civilization possessed the know-how of one of the most advanced water management systems in the world, they had invented huge tanks in size of many football fields, they carried water from one tank to another on systematically built canals that expand for many hundreds of kilometres with very low gradient, some of their construction are as big as pyramids in Giza while the paintings were drawn by ancient artisans and coloured with natural colours still have the original flow.

  • Sigiriya frescoes
  • Mineriya tank

The cultural triangle reads the first chapter of Sri Lankan history starting from the 3rd century BC to the medieval period. Most of the important evidence of Sinhalese culture is restricted to the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and it is home to 5 UNESCO world heritage sites of Sri Lanka namely, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy.

Monuments are scattered over a huge area and it is easy to find beautiful walks at each ancient site, some of the ancient cities even have museums with a historical collection pertaining to that particular site.

Stay overnight in Anuradhapura after the tour of Anuradhapura, which is the most historical city and biggest ancient site that demands many hours of exploration.

Day tours from Kandy: Visiting Sigiriya
The Sigiriya rock fortress and it’s garden.

Day 3 of Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days

After breakfast rush to the Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa through Ritigala forest in order to see the ancient city of Polonnaruwa as well as the 5th century-built rock fortress of Sigiriya. Keen hillwalkers can enjoy the day with the climb at Sigiriya rock fortress (3 hours) and the walk at Polonnaruwa ancient city (2 hours). The monolithic rock of Sigiriya was converted to the permeant residence of the King with swimming pools, palaces, guardrooms, moats, fountains and landscaped gardens and which was abode by King Kashaya. Sigiriya rock fortress is an engineering marvel and had some similarities to hanging cities of Mesopotamia.

Polonnaruwa 

Polonnaruwa tucked away 216 km from Colombo and located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is one of the most popular tourist sites on the island and visited by thousands of travellers every day. Polonnaruwa was the ruling capital of Sri Lankan kings during the medieval time from 10th to 11th century AD.

During its heyday, Polonnaruwa was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks, and gardens, while many religious sites built within its borders such as Stupas, Dagobas, temples, meditation centres, Ayurveda hospitals as well as many other Hindu religious shrines. The city was equipped with a sophisticated water management system in order to guarantee an uninterrupted water supply to the city. The sea of Parakrama or better known as Parakrama Samudra provided the water required to the city as well as surrounding farmlands.

Parakrama Samudra

Parkarama Samudra is a gigantic man-made lake built by King Parakramabahu in the 12th century.  The lake spread over an area of 5940 hectares, which is one of the biggest irrigations works carried by ancient Kings.

Royal citadel

The citadel housed the administrative building of King Parakramabahu and his official residence, which was comprising of 7 stairs and consisting 1000 rooms. King Parakramabahu was one of the most pious Kings in Sri Lanka, who ruled the country in the 12th century. The King had contributed immensely to the development of the country, by renovating dilapidated irrigation network, building new lakes, canals, building Buddhist temples. The King had built a rampart around the citadel, which was more than a meter thick. The rampart was decorated with stone carvings.

The royal bath is located just outside of the citadel towards the eastern corner of the city, which should be reached on a flight of steps. The bath was beautifully decorated and it was consisting of stone with a small pavilion, which believed to be used as the changing room.

Gal Vihara

Gal Vihara or better known as Uttararama is located toward the northern borders of the city, which is s Buddhist temple that consist of 4 gigantic rock Buddha statues. This 12th-century Buddhist temple had been built in the 12th century AD by King Parakramabahu.

Vata-Da-Ge

A circular relic chamber built enclosing a Dagoba that had been a popular architectural style in ancient Sri Lanka, which was constructed under the reign of King Nissankamalla. Hatadage is the relic chamber built by King Parakramabahu to house the sacred tooth of Buddha.

 

On day 4 of the itinerary 6 days

Start with a 75-km scenic drive along the A9 main road from Sigiriya to Kandy to the hill country of Sri Lanka, stopping at Dambulla golden cave temple to see many hundreds of Buddha statues and paintings that reside in 5 natural spacious caves. The temple marks the spot, where King Walagambahu took refuge during the troubled period in the 1st century BC due to a south Indian invasion. The monks that lived in the jungle hideout protected the King from invaders. Later the temple was developed under the patronage of the King as he regained his throng.

The rest of the day is reserved to explore the beautiful city of Kandy, where many important tourist places spread over a large area. Tooth relic temple, Kandy lake, Royal botanical garden are the most important places in Kandy and includes in most Kandy city tours.

Sri Lanka Kandy Trip With Scenic Upcountry Train Journey-2 Days
The hill country rail trip of Sri Lanka is considered being one of the best most scenic rail journey in the world

On day 5 of the Sri Lanka tour for 6 days

Drive westward from the hill country until it reduces to zero elevation from the sea level. Head back to the west coast via picturesque tea gardens and spend a day while exploring the beautiful beaches. Driving through the magnificent mountain scenery of Sri Lanka’s hill country, sandwiched between Nuwara Eliya and the Indian ocean will be a memorable experience. The journey is filled with breathtaking views through St. Clair’s tea plantation and Devon fall, then continue westward on Nuwara Eliya-Colombo road, to stop for lunch at Eco resort of plantation hotel.

Keep winding along the steep, narrow road that connects western low land with central hills, to make it time for a leisurely sunbathe and turn your skin colour to beautiful tan colour.

Take a seaside stroll on the palm-fringed, pristine beaches of Bentota, then sample a delicious mixed seafood platter accompanied by a glass favorite drink of Sri Lanka’s working community, Arrack. Spend the rest of the leisurely on the snow-white sand beaches while dipping into the torques waters of the Indian ocean.

Walking opportunities abound here with a large tract of forested land, mountain peaks and small hamlets, just a little inland from the beach. The water lovers can secure a thrilling and adventurous time with Kayaking, surfing, boating, diving, snorkelling and many other water sports.  The beaches are also a heaven for leisure seekers, suitable for a relaxing pursuit; visit a beach bar for an arrack cocktail or dine on local seafood and shop for local handicrafts, souvenir, clothing, Gems and jewellery.

Day 6 of Sri Lanka trip 6 days

Leisurely breakfast at the hotel and leave for Colombo. On the last day of the trip, no important activities are planned. However, the guests can visit the Galle fortress and Hikkaduwa beach as well as have a boat trip at Madu estuary if time permits them. The guests, who have an early departure from Colombo or Mattala can opt for an early transfer to the airport.

Why you should use Seerendipity for your 6 days trip

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.

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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.

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