There is certainly something about the timeless beauty of Sri Lanka. Breathtaking beaches, historical ruins, captivating temples and so much more await you in this wonderful country. For those interested in art and history, this island country has to be on their travel list. Bandana and her family had the same thought when they were deciding on a destination for their upcoming family trip. Read on to see how they made the most of their 7 days in Sri Lanka.
My family and I had been planning to visit a new country for some time now, and while considering our options, we landed upon Sri Lanka. The country is the perfect blend of history and natural beauty! It is a great place to take your kids and spend a few days away from the bustling city. As we finalized our destination, we started browsing for itineraries online and came across TravelTriangle. After a little research, we decided to go for it and we have not regretted it since. We had an amazing time in Sri Lanka and created some everlasting memories on our trip. But before I go ahead, here are a few details on my trip.
Details Of My 7 Day Trip To Sri Lanka
Trip Type: Family Trip
No. Of People: 3
Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days
Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Airport Transfer, Sightseeing, SIM Card
Exclusions: Lunch, Entry Fee, VISA, Airfare
Our 7 Days In Sri Lanka Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival In Kandy and sightseeing
Day 2: Transfer to Dambulla
Day 3: Sightseeing in Anuradhapura
Day 4: Drive to Nuwara Eliya
Day 5: Boat ride in Bentota
Day 6: Transfer to Galle and sightseeing
Day 7: Visit to museums in Colombo
Weather In Sri Lanka In May
We planned to spend 7 days in Sri Lanka and May seemed like quite a good time for a week long vacation. This is the off season, so we got some pretty sweet deals on hotels and accommodations. The weather was fairly humid while on a few days it was cloudy. All in all, we enjoyed our visit to most and did not face any obstacles, weather wise.
Top Places We Visited In 7 Days In Sri Lanka
An authentic mix of culture, beauty and charm, Sri Lanka had us at first sight. The people were so welcoming and didn’t make us feel like we were in a foreign country. And oh the cities are simply beautiful! We made a stop at quite a few places throughout our trip and enjoyed every bit of 7 days in Sri Lanka.
1. Kandy – Mesmerizing City
On our very first day of 7 days in Sri Lanka, we were received by our driver at the airport and then transferred to Kandy. It is one of the bigger cities in the country and has so much to offer, from tea plantations to museums. Our first stop was the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where we saw a baby elephant playing on its own. Melted our hearts in a second. We spend some more time here and then headed to explore some other attractions.
We visited the famous Tooth Relic Temple which is known to house a tooth of the Buddha. Another great place to spend time with the family is the Kandy Botanical Garden, kids will certainly enjoy their time here. Our last two stops for the day we’re the Kandy Gem Museum and Spice Garden both of which were definitely worth a visit.
2. Sigiriya & Dambulla – Popular World Heritage Site
Onto the next day, we started our drive to Sigiriya which is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its dramatic past. Here we made a stop at the rock fortress before continuing our journey to Dambulla.
On the way to the Dambulla Cave Temple, we comes across a shy yet friendly lizard (Bengal Monitor). It was huge and of course a great poser for our pictures! Later in the day we took a village tour before checking into our resort. The house dogs at the resort were so friendly and added to the fun!
3. Anuradhapura – A Historical Spot
As the sun came up it was time for another drive, and this time we were visiting Anuradhapura. If you are a history buff, I would certainly recommend adding this place to your Sri Lanka 7 day tour. Full of timeless ruins, we visited quite a few places in the city. Thuparama, Ruwanwelisaya and Jethawanaramaya were some of the temples and stupas that we visited on our trip.
We also happened to come across senior Army officer at Anuradhapura who offered us Sri Lankan Tea and biscuits. After a small conversation and a few pictures, we were on our way again.
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4. Nuwara Eliya – A Quaint Place
Of all the places to visit in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is one that you just cannot miss, especially if you are a nature enthusiast. The picturesque landscapes make you feel like you’re inside a painting. While we were there we visited the Ramboda Waterfalls, Victoria Park as well as the green tea plantations. We also made a stop at the Seetha Temple to collect our blessings.
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5. Bentota – Filled With Panoramic Views
Our 7 days in Sri Lanka itinerary included a boat ride so, the next day we woke up early in the morning for a scenic boat ride to Bentota. It was a cloudy day and the weather was extremely pleasant. We passed the mangrove forests and took it some truly spectacular sights. We witnessed Kosgoda turtle hatchery, which we found really interesting. The kids will enjoy watching the turtles for sure!
6. Galle – Window Shopping
Our 7 days tour in Sri Lanka included a pit stop at the colourful Galle. This is a great place to indulge in shopping and pick up souvenirs for your loved ones. In Galle we paid a visit to the famous Lighthouse and Galle Fort. after capturing some great shots there, we went to another museum, Maritime Museum. We saw some very captivating ship models and underwater ruins. There are many things to do in Sri Lanka, however visiting the museums has to top that list.
7. Colombo – Explore Rich History
It was our last day in Sri Lanka so we spent it in the capital. We visited a few more museums such as the National Museum of Colombo and The Dutch Museum. Sri Lanka has a rich history and a trip to the country would certainly be incomplete without taking a glimpse into it.
And with that, our 7 days tour in Sri Lanka had finally come to an end and it was time to rerun home with a bundle of memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Shopping In Sri Lanka
In my opinion, Bentota, Galle, and Kandy are the best places if you are looking to shop in Sri Lanka. From jewelry to room decor as well as some wonderful handicrafts can be found in the local markets. One can definitely go for tea, gems and herbs which are authentic and fairly priced. You will also find little trinkets and souvenirs in these markets. Pedlar Street is one of the Galle markets that you must surely visit!
Food In Sri Lanka
When in Sri Lanka, you can not miss out on the delicious local food. We tasted local seafood like carp, salmon, prawns and more while the rice noodles and coconut spice were simply mouth-watering. You can also indulge in some of the curries and street food varieties which are just as tempting. Fish and chicken curries along with rice is the staple diet and can be found easily at various restaurants.
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Some Sri Lanka Tips We Would Like To Pass On!
- Do your research! If you want to cover all the historical sites, do your research beforehand
- I would recommend hiring a guide if you want some more insights about each attraction
- Follow the dress code for religious sites and look up the web beforehand
- For Anuradhapura, hire your own vehicle as the area cannot be covered by walking
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
It was excellent! We barely faced any hassles on our trip and were constantly in touch with our tour operator. All the hotel bookings were handled smoothly and our agent took regular follow-ups. We had a great time and will be planning another trip soon as we had the best 7 days in Sri Lanka with family.
Answering Your Basic Queries
Q. What is the best safari in Sri Lanka?
We couldn’t fit in a safari in out itinerary but we heard quite a lot about the Yala and Udawalawe Safari. You can see the animals up close and it is definitely a great experience for the kids!
Q. How do you get around in Sri Lanka?
We opted for private cab transfers however, there are modes to travel as well. Buses and trains are easily available as well and quite cheap if you are looking to save a few bucks.
Q. How many days are enough for Sri Lanka?
If you want to cover all the major cities, then you would need at least a week. We spent 7 days in Sri Lanka and found it enough with time to relax in-between as well. If you are covering so many cities, it is good to have 1 or 2 leisure days as well.
Q. Is food and drink expensive in Sri Lanka?
Well, we did find the food to be slightly on the higher side. However, during our stay in Dambulla, we really enjoyed the food at our resort which was fresh and unlimited as well!
Sri Lanka will surely surprise you with it’s mesmerizing natural beauty, rich culture and intriguing history. It is a great place to enjoy with your family and especially kids! If you too have this beautiful country on your bucket list, cross it off with TravelTriangle and plan your trip to Sri Lanka now!