Sri Lanka Itinerary 6 Days, trip of Kandy

Sri Lanka Itinerary 6 Days

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Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days is one of the perfect tour packages of Sri Lanka to see the beautiful island, especially it is highly recommended for first-time visitors of Sri Lanka. There is high demand for Sri Lanka 6 days tour packages among international travelers. These 6 days Sri Lanka tour allows you to visit Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, and wildlife safari in one of the leading national parks, Sri Lanka hill country while having some leisure on the beach.

Six days is relatively a short time for a holiday, especially if you are coming from a European country Therefore we can not expect to cover all important tourist attractions within 6 days in Sri Lanka. Whether you are aiming at an urban city past time, take part in adrenaline-pumping activities, sunbathe on a pristine beach or sample 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. However, with correct planning and an experienced driver/guide, you are able to scratch a large number of places in your 6 days Sri Lanka tour package. Planing is the most critical component that decides how much you cover during your 6 days Sri Lanka trip.

Variations of Sri Lanka 6 days tour

Sri Lanka 6 days tour itinerary comes in many flavors such as Si Lanka six days cultural tour, 6 Days Sri Lanka adventure tour, Sri Lanka nature tour 6 days, Sri Lanka south coast 6 days tour, Sri Lanka bird watching tour, Sri Lanka 6 days beach tour, etc. Therefore, the travelers who, book Sri Lanka 6 days tour should be very clear about their requirements and should choose the most suitable tour itinerary for them. Most Sri Lankan tour operators offer customized Sri Lanka tour itineraries to their customers, which means that you are able to get a tailormade Sri Lanka tour itinerary with help of those tour organizers.

Can I combine my beach tour with Sri Lanka 6 days trip?

Yes, you can easily combine your Sri Lanka beach tour with this 6-day Sri Lanka trip. In fact, this is one of the most very popular inquiries that many travelers make with us. Because a large number of travelers wish to do a trip around Sri Lanka to visit important cultural, historical, and natural attractions while allocating some time for leisure on the beach. If you plan this type of Sri Lanka trip, 6 days trip to Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka beach tour goes as 2 different separate units. However, depending on the place that chooses for your beach tour package, this Sri Lanka six days tour may have to plan either in a clockwise direction or anti-cock wise direction.

It could be difficult for anyone to give a straightforward answer to the question. However, by far Sri Lanka tour itinerary with beaches, cultural triangle, and hill country is the most popular Sri Lanka 6 days tour itinerary, and Sri Lanka 6 days tour on the southern circuit includes all these com[ponenets, therefore, the six days Sri Lanka trip on the southern circuit is the most popular Sri Lanka six days trip. There is a big demand for this tour itinerary, especially from foreign travelers. This Sri Lanka 6 days tour has an interesting blend of historical monuments (UNESCO world heritage sites), Buddhist temples, museums, wildlife parks, tea plantations, Sri Lanka hill country as well as beaches. In this article, we discuss this tour itinerary in length to give a more clear picture of this tour.

What are the places included in the Sri Lanka Itinerary 6 Days 2022?

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

What are the main activities included in the Sri Lanka six days trip?

  • Colombo city tour
  • Trek to the Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Visiting Dambulla golden temple
  • Hop-on hop-off car tour of Polonnaruwa ancient city
  • Guided tour of tooth relic temple
  • Kandy Buddhist museum
  • Kandyan cultural show
  • Kandy sightseeing tour
  • Guided walking tour of Peradeniya botanical garden
  • Guided walking tour of a Spice garden
  • Nuwara Eliya city tour
  • Gregory Lake esplanade
  • Tea plantation and garden
  • Guided walking tour of the Tea factory
  • Madu River safari
  • Leisure on the west coast beach

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 the 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 seeing a fascinating blend of rugged scenic beauty and historical delight.  

Sri Lanka has a well-connected bus network and travelers can easily reach most big cities by train, however traveling in Sri Lanka by public transport is not recommended as they tend to waste a lot of time, and 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 to you, you will be able to stop for those breathtaking scenery or the warm glow of a welcoming country pub. This 6-day 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 revolves around the southern circuit of Sri Lanka and scratches the southern, and western Sri Lanka as well as the central hill country of the island. The regions covered by the 6 days tour are 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 north-west 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 is, it is from October to April parallel to the winter season in the northern hemisphere.

On day 1 of the 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 that whoever worships once at the temple can wash off all the sins committed in life. The temple is 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 the 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 his lifetime.

From a stone’s throw away from Colombo city center, 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 wetlands 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 bird-watching spots near Colombo and it attracts a large number of bird species due to the large tracts of wetland that are suitable for breeding. Animals such as crocodiles, Mongoose, Monitor lizards, and Monkeys also can be witnessed here on a boat trip.  

Stay overnight in a hotel in Kandy on day 1 of the Sri Lanka itinerary for 6 days.

On day 2 of the Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days

After a hearty breakfast, continue north-east through picturesque countryside, dominated by coconut plantations, rubber plantations, 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 at 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, and they carried water from one tank to another on systematically built canals that expand for many hundreds of kilometers with very low gradient, some of their construction are as big as pyramids in Giza while the paintings were drawn by ancient artisans and colored with natural colors 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 the biggest ancient site that demands many hours of exploration.           

Stay overnight in a hotel in Sigiriya on day 2 of the Sri Lanka itinerary for 6 days.

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 into the permanent residence of the King with swimming pools, palaces, guardrooms, moats, fountains, and landscaped gardens and which was an abode by King Kashyapa. Sigiriya rock fortress is an engineering marvel and had some similarities to the hanging cities of Mesopotamia.


Polonnaruwa has tucked away 216 km from Colombo and is 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 is visited by thousands of travelers every day. Polonnaruwa was the ruling capital of Sri Lankan kings during the medieval time from the 10th to 11th century AD.

During its heyday, Polonnaruwa was fortified with three concentric walls and beautified with parks, and gardens, while many religious sites were built within its borders such as Stupas, Dagobas, temples, meditation centers, 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 for the city as well as surrounding farmlands.

Parakrama Samudra

Parakrama 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 irrigation works carried out by ancient Kings.

Royal citadel

The citadel housed the administrative building of King Parakramabahu and his official residence, which was comprised 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 the dilapidated irrigation networks, building new lakes, and canals, and 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 was 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.


A circular relic chamber was 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.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Sigiriya on day 3 of the Sri Lanka itinerary for 6 days.

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 travelers will be making a guided walking tour in a spice garden after Dambulla golden temple, in order to learn about the valuable spice grown on the island. You will also be able to visit one of the important Hindu temples as you make the journey in the direction of Kandy from Spice garden. After those few stops, our driver-guide takes you to the hotel in Kandy, where you spend the night. The travelers will be able to have lunch in the hotel and make a brief rest before heading to Kandy city for the city tour.

The rest of the day is reserved to explore the beautiful city of Kandy, where many important tourist places are spread over a large area. The first activity in the afternoon is watching a Kandyan cultural show and followed by a visit to the temple of the tooth relic. Tooth relic temple, Kandy lake, and Royal botanical garden are the most important places in Kandy and includes in most Kandy city tours.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Kandy on day 4 of the Sri Lanka itinerary for 6 days.

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 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 the 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 leisurely sunbathing and turn your skin color to beautiful tan color.

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. Water lovers can secure a thrilling and adventurous time with Kayaking, surfing, boating, diving, snorkeling, 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, souvenirs, clothing, Gems, and jewelry.  

Stay overnight in a hotel in Bentota on day 5 of the Sri Lanka itinerary for 6 days.

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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, this optional southern Sri Lanka tour cost US$ 75 p.p. The guests, who have an early departure from Colombo or Mattala can opt for an early transfer to the airport.

End of Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days

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