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 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 a car gives many benefits such as saving time and enabling a conformable journey.

With a private vehicle avail on 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.

8-hour layover in Colombo International airport: Colombo city tour
Pitakotu open market is the biggest bazaar in Sri Lanka it offers virtually everything what 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, 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, 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 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

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 cultural triangle, one of Sri Lanka’s most important tourist attractions with many hundreds of ancient monuments.

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 to 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
  • Minerita 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

Day 3 of Sri Lanka itinerary 6 days

After the breakfast rush to the Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa through Ritigala forest in order to see the ancient city of Polonnaruwa as well as 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.

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.

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

On day 5 of Sri Lanka tour for 6 days

Drive to 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 to 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 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 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 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.

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.

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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

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