Since the time I traveled to Sri Lanka, I have made uncountable number of itineraries customizing to people’s preferences, number of travel days and so many other choices. Sri Lanka has undoubtedly so much to offer in terms of culture, natural beauty and traditional food. So, if somebody wants to see entire Sri Lanka in a week or 2 weeks, it won’t be possible. Hence, I decided to jot down a relaxed 7 day itinerary in order for you guys to see the main attractions of west coast of Sri Lanka. In case, you are looking for a 2 week itinerary, please read Sri Lanka Itinerary 2 Weeks
Day 1 – Travel to Kandy from Colombo Airport
After landing in Colombo, travel straight to Kandy to get a slice of gorgeous mountains of Sri Lanka. Kandy is also counted among the world heritage sites by UNESCO. Kandy offers a plethora of tourist attractions like the famous Temple of Tooth Relic, Old Royal Palace and many more. It will be best that you take it slow on Day 1 and roam around the Kandy Lake and soak the vibe in of this small cozy hill station after the hectic travel from your country to Sri Lanka.
Day 2 – Visit Kandy
Start your day with the most popular tourist attraction of Kandy which is Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The temple is known to house the sacred tooth of Gautam Buddha and the tooth relic became a symbol of status denoting the right to ascend the throne, and later kings in the kingdoms of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambadeniya built temples for the relic, close to the royal residences.
National Museum of Kandy is located right next to the Temple of tooth relic in part of the former Royal palace of Kandy. The museum has over 5000 artifacts consisting of jewelry, utensils, weapons and other artifacts from Kandian times. Royal Botanical Gardens are lush green gardens sprawling with pretty flowers and a huge variety of plants. It is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens of Asia and the orchid house within the premises is highly renowned for a variety of orchids.
There are a lot of tourists spots like Royal palace of Kandy, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue, World Buddhist museum in the vicinity of Temple of tooth relic. These can be explored through the day in Kandy.
Day 3 – Visit Bentota
Sri Lanka is a delight when it comes to nature. After spending a day and more among the gorgeous hills of Kandy, it’s time to get sun soaked in the beaches of Bentota.
Hit the famous beaches like Ventura beach and Moragalla beach this day with a variety of water sports to be done in Bentota. You can’t miss the Turtle hatchery at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and get to know the life and journey of the sea turtles. Indulge in a boat ride on the river Madu Ganga which also takes you to two unique locations of Bentota. Your visit to Bentota will not complete if you don’t get a natural fish therapy done in the river.
Day 4 – Visit Galle
Galle is a beautiful cobbled town founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century which boasts of a fortified old city called Galle fort and mind-blowing architecture which has traits of Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. With a plenty of tourist attractions like Dutch Reformed Church, National Maritime archaeology Museum, Historical Mansion Museum, Galle fort Light House and Sea Turtle Hatchery Center.
The stone boundaried sea looks is bound to give you goose bumps at the hour of sunset. The locals chilling at the sea-side pavement gives such an old school vibe that it’s difficult to move away from the sight.
Day 5 – Visit Unawatuna
The country which is an island has the sort of beaches which can give any country their run for money. The southern part of Sri Lanka has the most magnificent beaches and one cannot get enough of those. Hence this day should be kept only to soak enough of the lovely beaches and eat around in the most quirky cafes.
With a plenty of beaches like Unawatuna beach, Dalawella beach, Jungle beach, Mihiripenna beach, Koggala beach and many more, you could either pick a beach and laze through the day or hop though the beaches and spend the day. There are other attractions like Japanese Peace Pagoda, sea turtle hatchery and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya which you can check out if you get time.
Day 6 – Visit Colombo
Colombo being the capital of Sri Lanka is mostly a commercial city, has many skyscrapers and shows the world the progress Sri Lanka has seen. I would suggest to keep a day for the city tour. The places like Gangaramaya Buddhist temple, Independence square, Viharamahadevi Park, Old Parliament building, The colombo lighthouse, Galle Face green and street art are bound to give you a flavor of city life in Colombo. Also, don’t miss to shop from Odel while you are there.
Day 7 – Relax at the hotel and travel back to your country
After loads of back to back travel in Sri Lanka, take this day a little slow and chill in the resort you are staying at. Prepare for the travel back to your country.
There are tonnes of itineraries floating around the internet for Sri Lanka but I thought of putting all the famous tourist attractions in one place for your first trip to Sri Lanka. The country is blessed in many ways and surely needs to be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Please let me know in comments if you have more places to add-on this route in Sri Lanka and I will be happy to edit the post.