Dreaming of taking a holiday in Sri Lanka! Not sure how to plan? Sri Lanka may be a tiny country, but it is, above all else, an intensely beautiful one. This round tour itinerary will focus on some incredible places you should make an effort to see during your visit.
With so many options, it can be mystify where to go first, when visiting Sri Lanka. We don’t want you to miss anything! Which is why we’ve created this itinerary. It will show you all the best attractions and activities that Sri Lanka has to offer.
Structure of the Round Tour Itinerary
We’ve designed this itinerary, starting from the capital city of Colombo. If you’re flying into Sri Lanka, you’ll almost certainly arrive in the capital city of Colombo. It is only a 45 minutes drive from CMB airport.
While we start in the capital city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s most beloved cultural sites are on the top of this itinerary. Then, passing through the central highlands, and all the way down to the south coast beach, before twirl back to Colombo. If you want to enjoy some nature along the way, you can stop in one of the national parks. Either in Minneriya, Udawalawa, Yala or Bundala.
This itinerary is very busy and be aware that it will be fast paced with quite a lot of driving. Naturally, you are welcome to take the itinerary and adjust it to meet your own interests and pace.
Detailed Round Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Sri Lanka
We’ll have your flight details ahead of time and have a driver-guide to meet you at the airport. After picking up your luggage, please look for a signboard with your name. From here, you’ll immediately transfer to the hotel. Have a good rest, leaving your second day to explore Colombo.
Day 2 : Colombo
Today is yours to get to know on Colombo life. After having leisurely breakfast, meet up your driver-guide at the hotel lobby.
Colombo is a really fun city, full of bustling cafes, shops and interesting sights. You can easily take in the major central sights in a half-day or so. If you really want to learn about Sri Lankan culture, be sure to stop at Pettah market. Go a little further and take in some of the other sights, like Buddhist temples, Hindu kovils, Catholic Shrines and mosques.
Right after Pettah, you’ll be able to stop at the city’s famous Dutch hospital and ocean-facing Galle Face Green. While you’re there, be sure to check out for handicrafts, tea and gems at reasonable prices.
If you don’t have a time to hit all the places you’d like in Colombo today, don’t worry–this round tour itinerary will twirl back to the Colombo before you leave home.
Days 3 & 4 : Sigiriya
Having explored Colombo, we’ll head to the interior of the island. There are also some fabulous places to visit, not to mention that on the way from Colombo you can stop off at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – one of the Sri Lanka’s ex-situ conservation facility.
From here you are also well located to take in the important UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Our passionate driver-guide has the most interesting stories and facts to share with you about the local life, culture and tumultuous history. Experience the city’s past and present and find out what makes Sri Lanka such a fascinating place.
Day 5 : Sigiriya to Kandy
From Sigiriya, we’ll heading up in to Kandy. It’s a wonderfully walkable city, and you can easily take in the major sights in a day or so. What better place to start your Kandy sightseeing than with a visit to the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy.
Days 6 & 7 : Nuwara Eliya
From Kandy, we’re going to head up to Nuwara Eliya by train. On the way through, you’ll be passing some of Sri Lanka’s stunningly beautiful landscapes. Because the train journey is so long and there’s so much to see, it’s recommended you spend two days exploring Nuwara Eliya.
Day 8 : Wildlife
Driving across the island from central highlands to south-east make quite the adventure! Our country is filled with an amount of beautiful places. But perhaps none shine quite as brightly as our national parks. If you’re exploring the southern part of Sri Lanka, Yala national park is always lingering somewhere nearby. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. Board a safari jeep in the afternoon to Yala wildlife park.
Days 9, 10 & 11 : Beach stay
In southern-coast you will arrive either at Koggala or Unawatuna – both excellent places for beach stay. Find a lounge chair, or simply spread out a towel and unwind all day!
Day 12 : Departure from Sri Lanka
Moving from south to west along coastal stripe, there’s no shortage of attractions. At least need to see Galle’s old town – built by the Dutch. On arrival at the CMB airport, for your flight home, your itinerary comes to a close.
Round Tour Itinerary – Notes
- This tour can be experienced year round. Generally, for this round tour which covers west, central highlands and south-coast beaches, the best time for weather wise is between mid November to end April.
- If you’re travelling more on a budget, then be aware that hotel rates will be higher between mid December to mid January.
- Also, be aware of the entrance tickets to major attractions. Basically, for this tour, you may allocate around USD 110 per person.