Sri Lanka, the island nation situated in the Indian Ocean is a great place to visit. Tour to Sri Lanka offers a diversity of rich rainforests, arid plains and highlands to sandy beaches. If you wish to visit Sri Lanka for four days then you can plan this short trip by visiting these two cities – Colombo and Kandy.
Day 1: Airport to Colombo and Colombo day tour
On arriving to the Bandaranaike International Airport, you can travel to the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo. The city will charm you with it’s fast growing skyscrapers and it’s luxurious shopping malls. Not just this but you will also get to see its ancient charm. As well as the 100 year old clock tower or the several British built colonial buildings.
You can pick a Colombo city day tour package which would approximately cover all the important places to visit in approximately six hours. Here are few things to do in Colombo in a Day:
- Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a Buddhist temple is one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka.
- Gangaramaya Budhist temple is another one of the most important temples of Sri Lanka. It is unique as it’s a fusion of modern architecture and cultural essence.
- The old fort areas of Colombo city is the commercial hub of the city. You can explore the Old Colombo Lighthouse, Beira Lake, World trade centre, the Last King’s Jail Cell and also this impressive architectural marvel – The Sambodhi Chaithya.
- Independence square or Torrington Square (as what was known in the previous days). The column and the pillars of the square are decorated with traditional Sri Lankan designs and also displays statues of lions and many national heroes who contributed to fight for freedom against the British Empire.
- The old parliament house.
Colombo has various luxurious shopping malls such as the Dutch hospital shopping precinct, Crescat Boulevard mall, Liberty plaza, Beverly Street and many more. Sri Lanka is a country where the economy heavily relies on the garment industry, so to find good quality, affordable clothes is very easy. You can go back to the hotel and proceed to stay for the night.
Day 2: Travel to Kandy city
After breakfast, you can travel to Kandy. En route you can visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. The Elephants here are either abandoned or orphaned, so the name Elephant Orphanage came into existed. The wildlife authorities have the responsibility to feed and care for them. One of the best times to visit is during the feeding time for the Elephants when you can see the marvellous sight of the baby elephants being bottle fed. Also you can awe at the sight of the elephants spraying around water during their bathing time.
When you reach Kandy at evening you can visit the Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which itself is located in the royal palace complex with several temples and museums surrounding it. The golden roofed temple is supposedly home to one of the tooth of Buddha and you can also see the gold casket in which it is guarded.
Day 3: Day tour of Kandy and travel to Negombo
Visit the Kandy Lake which provides a serene beauty to the Tooth Complex. There are many legends & folklore associated with lake. Likewise, the island in the middle of lake for the King’s bath.Also, he built a secret tunnel to palace. You can enjoy a stroll around the lake looking for the Secret Tunnel..
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden offers deliciously smelling plants in Kandy’s spice gardens from pepper and nutmeg to cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. The Royal Botanical Garden is located just a few kilometres outside the city. It has more than 4000 different plants species ranging from medicinal plants, orchids to palm trees. There are several market around where you can buy spices at really affordable cost. However, it is best to double check the prices before buying them.
Kandyan Art Association is an arts and craft centre in Kandy where art lovers willhave a memorable time and also explore the Gem Museum and lapidiary.
Dalada Maligawa Museum is unique as it is the only museum of showing a Buddhist exhibition at such a large scale. The museum provides an insight into the simple teachings of Buddha, the systems and groups of followers across the globe. Dalada Maligawa Museum is not just for the followers of Buddhism but also for those who wish to learn more about the culture and roots of Sri Lanka.
Esala Perahara is an annual procession in which the sacred tooth relic of Buddha is paraded through the streets. If your trip coincides with the months of July and August. Henceforth, then be sure to check out this historical event with several colourful and decorated elephants, local dancers, drummers and fire plays.
By evening you can travel to Negombo city on the west coast of Sri Lanka. And stay the night at a hotel or resort.
Day 4: Stay at Negombo and travel to airport
Wake up at your leisure hour in the morning. And then you can visit a few of the below listed places in Negombo:
- Negombo Beach and Negombo Beach Park – You can enjoy a lovely stroll along its sandy beach or go swimming either.
- Hamilton Canal – Built by the Dutch these canals are nowhere as marvellous as any other canal in Sri Lanka. The canals extend all the way north to Puttalam and south to Colombo, around a total distance of 120 km. You can rent a bicycle and leisurely paddle the canal side paths of the Hamilton Canal to enjoy the picturesque views.
- Dutch Fort – It is an old ruin in Negombo displaying Dutch architecture. The fort ground is now part of prison in Negombo, so viewing inside is prohibited.
- Fish Markets – Negombo is a fishing town so it is only necessary to explore the fish markets and savour the rich fish delicacies.
Finally, depending on your itinerary, you can return to the airport after having enjoyed your four day Sri Lanka trip.