Five Sri Lanka Itinerary Ideas to Inspire you
Sri Lanka is indeed a precious pearl of the Indian Ocean. If you are in the process of planning your next getaway, make sure a Sri Lanka itinerary is on the top of your list. Sri Lanka itineraries include a visit to popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka including beautiful cities like Passikudah, Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Kandy, Kalpitiya, Yala and more. You can add adventure and excitement to your holiday with Sri Lanka itinerary ideas such as white water rafting, climbing the Adam’s Peak, trekking on the Knuckle’s Range, train journeys, air taxi experiences; the inspiring possibilities are many!
Let us discuss a few of the best Sri Lanka holiday itineraries.
1. Sri Lanka Beach Itinerary
For a beach tour of Sri Lanka, you need at least two weeks to make sure you’ve got all the beaches covered. From the north to west to east to south, every beach has its own specialty. Sri Lanka itinerary ideas for a beach tour would include a visit to places like Negombo, Kalpitiya, Passikudah, Arugam Bay, Yala, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Bentota and of course, Colombo.
Some of the activities that you will come across in an island-wide beach tour include whale and dolphin watching, surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, kite surfing, stilt fishing and turtle watching. Don’t miss out on these fascinating water sports as they will add valuable memories to your already exciting beach holiday.
Looking for a sample beach holiday itinerary? View our sample Sri Lanka Beach Itinerary.
2. West Coast Sri Lanka Itinerary
The west coast of Sri Lanka is very westernized and well developed compared to other parts of the country. The international airport is also easily accessible from the west coast. All time favorite beaches of Sri Lanka lie in the west coast in towns such as Hikkaduwa, Galle, Negombo and Kalpitiya.
Hikkaduwa beach has been visited by tourists from the time tourism began in Sri Lanka. Glass bottom boat rides are popular here for those who want to take a look at the underwater scenery in Hikkaduwa. Galle has a fine beach and a well preserved Dutch Fort that attracts the attention of all visitors. Turtle Farms are also available along the south-western coastline for those interested in observing the life of abandoned turtles. In Negombo, the golden sandy beaches, the fishing industry and the friendly people are what attracts tourists.
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Kite-surfing and Kalpitiya go hand in hand along with other activities such as dolphin watching, eco-friendly camping and jet skiing.
While touring the west coast, you can add spice to your Sri Lanka holiday itinerary by visiting the Wilpattu National Park and explore the wildlife while on a jeep safari.
See a sample West Coast Sri Lanka Itinerary.
3. East Coast Sri Lanka Itinerary
Whitish golden sands, bright sunshine and clear waters are what the east coast beaches have in store for you. Visiting at least one of the east coast beaches should be on your Sri Lanka itinerary ideas as the unique beauty of Passikudahh and Arugam Bay cannot be found elsewhere. These beaches are very much swim safe, and Arugam Bay is particularly known as the best beach for surfing. Ultra luxury accommodation is also something that you should try out in Passikudah.
Trincomalee and Batticaloa are two other cities you could visit on your east coast Sri Lanka holiday itinerary to explore some historical sites, the popular trading port and the ruins of the thirty year civil war in the country.
Interested in visiting the East Coast. View a sample East Coast Itinerary here.
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4. Sri Lanka Wildlife Itinerary
Visitors are thrilled with the wildlife experiences that Sri Lanka has to offer. National Parks are scattered in all corners of the country; the most popular ones being in Yala, Minneriya, Wilpattu and Udawalawa. Budgeted to luxury camping opportunities are also available at Yala National Park. A jeep safari is a must at every nature reserve you visit because that is when you get to see the big animals of the wild: bear, leopard, elephant, deer, jackal, crocodile and more.
Sinharaja Rainforest is a biodiversity hotspot and should be a must visit spot on your wildlife Sri Lanka itinerary ideas list as there is a huge chance of finding some unique species while on a nature trail. Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya is another breathtaking nature trail that should not be missed when preparing your Sri Lanka itinerary.
Experience the Sri Lankan Wildlife like never before with this sample Sri Lanka Safari Itinerary.
5. Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks
Instead of focusing your Sri Lanka holiday itinerary on just one part of the country, you can choose to explore a variety of landscapes that this beautiful country has to offer. Three weeks is sufficient to cover most of the beach destinations, hill country, wildlife and nature trails, and also to explore the history and culture of Sri Lanka.
In a three week itinerary of Sri Lanka, you can begin with the south western coastline (Hikkaduwa, Galle, Mirissa), explore those beaches and indulge in exciting water sports.
Then move on to Yala for a unique wildlife and camping experience. Next you can head towards the hill country and spend 4-5 nights exploring culture and tradition in Kandy, breathtaking beauty and luscious tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya and Ella. After this cozy retreat, you can move towards the central province to towns like Sigiriya, Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to explore Sri Lankan history and its ruins in great detail. Then head on to the east coast for a completely different beach experience to what you saw in the south western coast.
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Places like Passikudahh and Arugam Bay are absolutely swim safe and ideal for surf lovers. You can then wrap up your trip with a few nights in Kalpitiya and Negombo on the west coast.
See a sample Sri Lanka 3 Week Itinerary.
If these Sri Lanka itinerary ideas were appealing to you, get in touch with us and we can prepare a customized itinerary for you based on your travel period, duration, dates and number of passengers travelling. We have successfully catered Sri Lanka holiday itineraries for tourists from UK, Canada, USA, Europe, Switzerland, Africa, Singapore, India, Thailand, Dubai and many more countries. We could also prepare an itinerary with a combination of the above ideas to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.