7 Days in Sri Lanka: Our Recommendations


Sri Lanka has become South Asia’s tourist magnet for all the right reasons: the country has a rich history coupled with alluring cultural heritages set in a landscape that is lush green and tropical. Given its size, spending around 7 days in Sri Lanka allows for a multitude of distinct experiences, ranging from exploring awe-inspiring ancient citadels and hiking through rolling hills covered with tree plantations to spotting a variety of wildlife. Plus, the splendid coastal landscapes of the island blended with its warmer climate makes Sri Lanka a great place to unwind and relax. Below is our list of three Sri Lanka trips that last from seven to eight days and take you through every nook and corner of the island. Check them out for more inspiration.

7 days in Sri Lanka: Fascinating tour of Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is known for its tea plantation.
Also known as 'Little England' due to its british feels, Nuwara Eliya is a calming tea hill station in Sri Lanka.
Day 1 Arrive in Colombo airport and transfer to Kandy
Day 2 Visit Peradeniya’s Royal Botanic Gardens
Day 3 Head for Nuwara Eliya, discover tea plantations and colonial bungalows
Day 4 Travel to Tissamaharama, drive through Yala National Park
Day 5 See the Dutch fort of Galle
Day 6 Enjoy a city tour in Colombo
Day 7 Transfer to the Colombo airport for your flight back home

Starting and ending in Colombo, this Sri Lanka itinerary of seven days is a well-rounded trip that takes you through the main highlights of the country. Embark on your journey from Kandy. Discover the grandeur of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and soak up the beauty of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Next, head for Nuwara Eliya and relish its misty climate while you step into lush tea plantations and colonial bungalows. Transfer to Tissamaharama after that and enjoy a jeep tour in Yala National Park where you can discover a variety of wildlife. Then soak up the beautiful Dutch architecture of Galle before returning to the capital city. See tour.

8 days in Sri Lanka: Adventurous Sri Lanka tour

Udawalawe National Park  is known for its safaris and tourism.
Explore the Udawalawe national park, which was created as a sanctuary for all the wild animals.
Take train from Ella to Kandy and enjoy the scenic view of green hills
Bask in the view of the peaceful green hills while you enjoy your train ride to Ella.
Day 1 Transfer to Waskaduwa
Day 2 Enjoy boat tour in Madu River, trek through the woods of Sinharaja
Day 3 Visit Udawalawe National Park, spot water birds and wild elephants
Day 4 Go out on game drive in Yala National Park
Day 5 Transfer to Ella and discover its highlights
Day 6 Drive to Horton Plains, reach World's End
Day 7 Enjoy rafting down Kelani River, go cycling in Kitulgala
Day 8 Transfer back to your hotel or airport

This eight-day itinerary takes you through Sri Lanka’s popular biodiversity hotspots and gives you the opportunity to discover an array of animal and plant species. Get transferred to Waskaduwa on arrival and kick start your journey with an enticing boat ride down the Madu River. Go out on a trekking adventure in Sinharaja Forest Reserve and explore Udawalawe National Park. Continue your journey to Yala National Park, where a game drive awaits you. Adore the soothing beauty of the Rawana Waterfalls and undertake a walking tour in the Horton Plains. End your Sri Lanka adventure with a whitewater rafting experience on the Kelani River. See tour.

8 days in Sri Lanka: Major Sri Lankan highlights tour

Aerial view from above of Sigiriya or the Lion Rock, an ancient fortress and a palace with gardens, pools, and terraces atop of granite rock in Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Day 1 Arrive in Colombo
Day 2 Visit Dambulla’s cave temple
Day 3 See the rock fortress of Sigiriya, explore the ruins of Polonnaruwa
Day 4 Transfer to Matale and visit a spice garden
Day 5 Discover tea plantations around Kandy
Day 6 Spot wildlife in Yala National Park
Day 7 Relax on a beach in Galle
Day 8 Head back to the airport for your flight home

Get the most out of your vacation by spending more than one week in Sri Lanka. This eight-day tour takes you through a bevy of destinations and covers top landmarks of the country including several Unesco World Heritage sites. Start your trip from Colombo and head towards the rock-cut Buddhist sanctuary of Ridi Viharaya. Head for Dambulla’s cave temple after that. The ruins of a royal citadel on top of Sigiriya along with Polonnaruwa’s Gal Viharaya are sure to mesmerize you. Also included is a visit to the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya. Relish the charm of Ella, see a variety of wildlife at Yala National Park and soak up the majesty of the Dutch fort in Galle. See tour.

Spending 7 days in Sri Lanka is enough to cover the top attractions on the island. For more ideas, browse through our 7-day itineraries in Sri Lanka. Not sure about the duration? Check out our guide on how many days to spend in Sri Lanka. For a bespoke travel plan contact our travel experts in Sri Lanka

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