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I want to travel to Sri Lanka, I have only 7 days can you suggest an itinerary.

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The two suggested routes for people that are interested in Heritage Sites:

BIA/ Kandy/ Kandalama/ Dambulla/ Sigiriya/ Anuradhapura/ Polonnaruwa/ Colombo/ BIA

Day One - Bandaranaike International Airport - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Temple of the Tooth Relic - Kandy

Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on the way. then visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. While in Kandy you can then take in a show or a concert, plenty in the area.

Day Two - Kandy/ Peradeniya Botonical Gardens/ Kandy/ Dambulla/ Kandalama

Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and head to Dambulla temple, Spend the night in Kandalama on the banks of the Kandalama Reservoir.

Day Three - Kandalama/ Sigiriya/ Anuradhapura

Spend the early morning on the banks of the Kandalama Wewa enjoying the rich bird life through a bird watching trip. Then Sigiriya a rock fortress and a pleasure garden, then head to Anuradhapura.

Day Four - Anuradhapura City Tour

Tour the ancient city of Anuradhapura including the visit to the Ruwanweli Maha Seya, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi,see the sacred fig tree, then visit Samadhi Buddha Statue spend the evening at waters of Kala Wawa.

Day Five Anuradhapura/ Polonnaruwa

Commence exploring one of the better kept ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa and end the day with a boat ride in Parakrama Samudraya.

Day Six - Continue exploring the city of Polonnaruwa and head to Minneriya Wildlife Reserve neighbouring Kavdullah National Park.

Day SevenPolonnaruwa/ Colombo/ BIA

Tour the city of Colombo including a visit to the National Museum and to the Antiquities replica sales Centre at Museum premises, return to Airport.


Route : BIA/ Colombo/ Pottuvil/ Ampara/ Kudumbigala/ Okanda/ Kumana/ Yala/ Kataragama/ Galle/ Colombo/ BIA

Day One -
Bandaranaike International Airport/ Colombo

Spend the rest of the day following your arrival in touring the city of Colombo and enjoying the diverse colours and sounds of Sri Lanka’s capital. 

Day Two - Colombo/ Pottuvil

Stop off at Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary and the Magul Maha Viharaya in Lahugala, Spend the evening at Pottuvil beach.

Day Three - Pottuvil/ Deegawapiya/ Kudumbigala/ Okanda or Pottuvil

Head to Deegawapiya, an ancient monastery then head to Kudumbigala, a forest hermitage, situated amidst the Kudumbigala Wildlife Sanctuary. From Kudumbigala proceed to Okanda Devalaya, a Hindhu temple near Okanda Beach spend the night here or back to Pottuvil.

Day Four - Okanda or Pottuvil/ Kumana/ Yala

Visit the Kumana Bird Sanctuary and archaeological sites scattered over the sanctuary. Try a camping experience at Yala for the night.

Day Five - Yala/ Kataragama

Spend the day within the Yala Wildlife Reserve in pursuit of Elephants and illusive leopard and head to Kataragama sacred city for the night.

Day Six - Kataragama/ Galle

Visit the sacred Kataragama temple after morning preys head to Galle, Investigating the Dutch Galle fort.

Day Seven
Galle/ Colombo/ BIA

Spend the day visiting the Colombo museum followed by shopping at Colombo town, then head towards the airport.

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One week is not a long time to spend in a country, even one as small as Sri Lanka. The problem is traveling between destinations.

The following itinerary can be done with a driver and car miss out a *place if you are running out of time:










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This is a suggested route for people that are interested in Wrecks, Whales and Reefs:

Route: BIA/ Negombo/ Hikkaduwa/ Mirissa/ BIA

Day One

Route : Bandaranaike International Airport/ Negombo

Recover from the jet lag with a stroll around the Negombo town.

Day Two: Negombo/ Kalpitiya/ Negombo

Take a two hour ride from Negombo leads to the Kalpitiya Dutch bay, where Whales and Dolphins can be stopped. Large pods of Spinner Dolphins could be found within a just one hour boat ride from Kalpitiya harbour while Sperm whales and blue whales are found in large pods near the Bar reef between the Months of April to November.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the country’s largest coral reef, situated off the Dutch Bay.

Day Three: Marawila/ Negombo

Spend the morning diving and exploring around the wreck of a Royal Air Force fighter bomber, which despite crashing over fifty years ago is in great form. It is common to sight large moray eels, as well as marine life.

Leave the evening dive for the third reef. A twenty meter dive, where there is no sigh of civilization just calm waters and coral reefs. It is a favourite site to spot different species of rays including marble rays while divers are greeted by pods of dolphins playing away.

Day Four: Negombo/ Colombo

Spend the morning cruising along the colonial Dutch canals and head for Colombo for a night of shopping, partying or a quiet fine dining experience.

Day Five: Colombo/ Hikkaduwa

Approx a two hour drive brings you to Hikkaduwa and another series of exciting wreck diving sites.

  • One of the first oil tankers of the Shell Company which sank in 1903 after hitting the Akarta rock. Diving depth: 14.22 m. Travel time by boat: 20 minutes.

  • Wrecks of Ship Earl of Shaftsbury - This four mastered British ship wreck sank back in 1893 and are home to stingrays, schools of snappers, barracudas, lion fish and blow fish. Diving depth: 15 m. Travel time by boat: 15 minutes.

Other Diving Sites of Hikkaduwa Include,

  • Seenigamagala Rock - A site covered with beautiful and uniquely formed corals and a habitat of barracudas, moray eels and rays. Diving depth: 12-22 m. travel time by boat: 10 minutes

  • Kiralagala – A beautiful rock complex filled with exotic fish. The precipitous rock wall is covered with hard and soft corals creating a marine town filled with domino damsels, angel fish, basslets, butterfly fish and the deeper oceans filled with Trevally, fusiliers and triggerfish. Diving depth: 40 m. Travel time by boat: 25 minutes

  • Diyamba Gala or Deep rock - A multilevel rock complex consists of underground caves. Diving depth-22 m. Travel time by boat: 20 minutes.

  • Off Coral Gardens – A coral formation with coral caves and valleys, home to moray eels, puffer fish and blow fish. Diving depth: 13 m. Travel time by boat: 10 minutes.

  • Black coral point –A deep dive site covered with black corals and abundant of macro marine creatures. Diving depth: 30 m. Travel time by boat: 10 minutes.

  • Goda gala - The multi-level rock complex spreading over a large area is home to variety of sea creatures including Moray Eels, Hawk fish, small Crabson Acropora Coral, Antheas and other reef fish.

  • Sunil Gala – Another multi-level rock formation with varying depths from 4-18 meters. A challenging dive due to the relentless surge caused by its proximity to the shore, the site offers reef fish like Angelfish, Boxfish & Surgeonfish. Diving depth: 18 m. Travel time by boat: 20 minuets

Day Six: Hikkaduwa/ Galle/ Mirissa

Begin the day with dives at decided locations. Start for Mirissa after lunch with a stop at the Dutch Galle Fort and Galle maritime museum.

Day Seven:
Mirissa/ Colombo/ BIA

Head out to the middle of the ocean with the day break in search of gentle giants of the ocean. Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, bottle nose dolphins, common dolphins and spinner dolphins grace the waters of Southern Seas from Weligama to Mirissa and can be found within just eight to ten nautical miles from Mirissa harbor. Return to Airport.

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Day 1-2 - Dambulla is a large town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it is the centre of vegetable distribution in the country.


Day 3 - Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It's set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city's heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling.


Day 4-5 - Tissamaharama is a town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka.


Day 6-7 - Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shoppingmalls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

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