This Sri Lanka 5 day tour ties together 6 classic locations that focus on Sri Lanka’s history, culture, wildlife, mountain scenery and the beach. Includes four UNESCO World Heritage sites: Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sri Dalada Maligawa. Visit a tea plantation, Spice Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, plus enjoy a scenic journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.
- Trip Outline
Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour
Some of Sri Lanka’s most alluring, charismatic and most popular tourist attractions are just a short hop away from Colombo international airport, including the Sigiriya rock fortress, the Bentota beach and the primaeval rain forest, Sinharaja. So, if you are not in the mood to go clubbing or discos, take a break and venture on 5 days Sri Lanka trip to visit some of the most exciting places outside of Colombo.
This 4-night private tour offers the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to Sri Lanka. Your customizable itinerary includes four UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) in Kandy.
Visit a tea plantation, Spice Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, plus enjoy a scenic journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Includes round-trip private transport from Bandaranaike International Airport or your hotel in Colombo, Mount Lavinia or Negombo.
Is this trip right for you?
- The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeings), only you and your associates take part in the trip.
- This 5 days trip packs a lot in. It’s one of the most popular Sri Lanka tours, we run in our Original style, perfect for those, who look for a one week trip and a desire to do the most with it. If you are after a more leisurely trip in Sri Lanka or shorter trip please check our other tour itineraries.
- Sri Lanka can get extremely hot in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours, city tours early in the morning or afternoon, when it’s cooler, remember to keep water on you and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
- Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip and to enter them you must have clothes that cover to wrists and below the knee. Same times you have to remove the head covers and shoes upon entering the temple. Please click here to know more about the rules and regulations pertaining to Sri Lanka temple visits.
Why you'll love this trip
- Wander through the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, which houses one of Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relics – a tooth of the Buddha
- Explore the palm-tree beaches and streets of the west coast, perhaps even stopping for a massage along the way
- Walk around the perimeter of the grassy Galle Fort, check out the gorgeous views, and grab an icy ginger drink at a cafe in town
Places you visit on this trip
- Colombo, read more about Colombo.
- Polonnaruwa ancient city (UNESCO world heritage site). Read more about Polonnaruwa.
- Sigiriya rock fortress (UNESCO world heritage site). Read more about Sigiriya rock fortress.
- Golden temple Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site). Read more about Dambulla golden temple.
- Temple of sacred tooth relic temple (UNESCO world heritage site). Read more about Tooth relic temple.
- Minneriya national park (Safari). Read more about Minneriya safari.
- Royal botanical garden (1 hour 30 minutes walk in the garden). Read more about the botanical garden.
- Sri Lanka Tea plantations tour. Read more on Sri Lanka tea plantation tour.
- Trek to the Ramboda waterfall and take a closer look into the mighty waterfall. Read more about Ramboda.
- Spice gardens.
- Nuwara eliya. Learn more abour Nuwara Eliya.
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
- Sri Lanka hill country (lakes, waterfalls, green-capped mountains). Read more on Sri Lanka hill country.
- Touring Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.
- Colombo Sightseeing and shopping tour.
- Experience Sri Lanka’s historical and cultural heritage while visiting thousands of years old monuments.
- Cycling through the ancient monuments in Polonnaruwa.
- Take a 360-degree panoramic view from the summit of Sigiriya rock fortress.
- Trek to the Ramboda plateau and have a closer look into the mighty Ramboda waterfall.
- Walking through the Spice Garden while learning about herbal trees and plants and spices.
- Walk in the Tea plantations and Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya, Gregory lake, Vitoria park and many more.
- Attend the cooking class and learn to cook a delicious Sri Lankan meal.
- Explore the breathtaking Sri Lankan mountains.
- Visit the world's first foster home for orphan elephants in the world, Pinnawla elephant park.
- Wildlife safari at Minneriya national park to see wild animals.
- 4 nights accommodation in tourist hotels (Gimanhala hotel-Sigiriya (2 nights), Ganga Addara hotel (2 nights)-Kandy)
- Meal plan H/B basis (daily breakfast and dinner included at hotel)
- Entire ground transportation in an air-conditioned, luxury, private vehicle
- Pickup and drop-off at the airport or local hotels
- All sightseeing tours as per the tour itinerary
- Service of an English-speaking chauffeur/guide for the entire tour (please inquire for other languages)
- Mineral water during sightseeing tours and overland trips
- Entrance fees and activity cost for below,
- Sigiriya rock fortress
- Dambulla golden cave temple
- Tooth relic temple
- Royal botanical garden
- Polonnaruwa historical site
- Victoria Park Nuwara Eliya
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Safari jeep and entrance fees to Minneriya national park
- All current taxes
- Daily Breakfast at hotel (4), starting from day 2.
- Daily Dinner at the hotel (4), starting from day 1.
COVID-19 Special information
- All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
- Social distancing is maintained in vehicles
- To reduce crowds, all tours are private
- Masks are required, please bring your own
- You must fill out a travel information form
- Temperature checks are mandatory
- You must book this activity online, as the ticket office is closed
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Reserve your tour now and pay when you meet us. Send us the duly filled tour booking form, we will arrange your tour and you can make the payment as you meet us on the first day of the trip.
Best price guaranteed
We guarantee the best price. If you find the same tour package at a cheaper price elsewhere, we do match the price of other tour packages and furthermore add a further 10% discount to it.
No hidden fees and Taxes
The price you see on the product pages is the exact same rate that you see in the final stage of the trip booking. There are no hidden fees and taxes such as GST, BTT, service charge, nation-building tax, hotel tax etc.
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats, available
- Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
Time : 6:00 am
COLOMBO / SIGIRIYA
You will be met and warmly greeted by your personal chauffeur guide at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (or hotel) and driven to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 hours drive),
Stop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage
Pinnawala elephant orphanage is one of the tourist hotspots on the island, featuring biggest tamed elephant her on the island. You will be visiting the Elephant bathing place where dozens of elephant gather to daily schedules bath.
Spend Overnight in Sigiriya
Time : 8:00 am
SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA
After leisurely breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya.
Early morning visit Sigiriya rock fortress
Climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and visit rocky abode and water gardens, a UNESCO world heritage and one of the Wonders of the World).
The hike at Sigiriya rock takes around 2 hours, however, it can be prolonged up to about 3 hours on crowded days.
Afterward: Visit The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage site) with approx. 2 hours drive
Polonnaruwa hides many dozens of crumbling historical monuments and you need to spend about 2 hours while exploring the ancient marvels.
Safari at Minneriya national park
Minneriya national park is one of the best places to spot wild elephants. Jeep driver takes you to the Minneriya lake where hundreds of Elephants gather to feed and drink water every day. Spotted deer, monkey, jackal, crocodile, wild buffaloes and many other animals, as well as dozens of avian fauna species, are also on the display.
Overnight stay hotel in Sigiriya
Breakfast and Dinner included
Time : 7:00 am
SIGIRIYA / KANDY
After the breakfast leave for the hotel in Kandy, En-route,
Stop At Dambulla Cave Temple, and Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden, where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka, duration: 2 hours,
Dambulla cave temple
Morning: Visit the cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden, where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka. duration: 2 hours.
Later visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Afternoon: You will do the city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, duration: 1 hour.
Stop At: Kandy Lake
You will also do an upper lake drive and visit the market square, gem lapidary and more.
Overnight stay hotel in Kandy
Breakfast and Dinner included
Time : 9:00 am
KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA / KANDY
After the breakfast leave for a sightseeing tour of Kandy, and proceed to Nuwara Eliya En-route,
Stop At: Royal Botanical Gardens
Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in Asia, duration: 2 hours.
Stop At: Ramboda Waterfall, Pussellawa Sri Lanka
Visit Ramboda waterfalls and enjoy the beauty of nature, duration: 30 minutes. The Ramboda waterfalls are located in the Ramboda plateau and this cascading waterfall makes a sight to behold, especially during the rainy season. You will have to make a downhill march with your tour guide to take a look into this beautiful waterfall.
Stop At: Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
On completion of this visit, you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a tea plantation and tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced, duration: 2 hours
Nuwara Eliya sightseeing
The beautiful city of Nuwara is a popular place in the upcountry due to its healing climate. There are dozens of places to visit in Nuwara Eliya and Gregory lake, Seeta temple, victoria park, racecourse and golf course rank among the best places to visit.
After completion of sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya return to hotel in Kandy, duration 1 hour.
Overnight stay hotel in Kandy
Breakfast and Dinner included
Time : 8:00 am
KANDY / COLOMBO
After a leisurely breakfast at hotel leave for Colombo. the drive takes between 3-4 hours.
En-route colombo sightseeing tour to visit major tourist attraction in Colombo such as Victoria park, BMICH, Wolvendaal church, Gangarama, Independence square. The Colombo sightseeing tour lasts around 2 hours. Thereafter, proceed to the hotel, check-in and leisure.
Overnight Stay hotel in Colombo
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Sri Lanka 5 day tour
Some of Sri Lanka’s most alluring, charismatic and most popular tourist attractions are just a short hop away from Colombo international airport, including the Sigiriya rock fortress, the Bentota beach and the primaeval rain forest, Sinharaja. This unique agenda is crafted after long research. This Sri Lanka 5 days private tour ties together 6 classic locations that focus on Sri Lanka’s history, culture, wildlife, mountain scenery and the beach.
5 places to visit on Sri Lanka 5 day tour
This Sri Lanka 5 days trip starts at the Colombo airport, where most travellers enter the island. However, this is a private tour, which means that the pickup location can be adjusted to suit the individual need of the travellers.
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Why this Sri Lanka 5 day tour stand out from the crowd?
This Sri Lanka tour package has a fascinating blend of culture, history, nature and leisure. The interested parties can extend their beach stay on the west coast or the southern coast of Sri Lanka. While some adrenaline-pumping activities such as whitewater rafting, hiking, trekking or rainforest trekking can be mixed with the existing tour program with a slight adjustment. This 5-day trip is crafted mainly to serve the luxury seekers and includes luxury accommodation in 5-star hotels while transport in one of our luxury vehicles on a private basis.
Why is this a private tour package?
This Sri Lanka trip package is meant mainly for the luxury seekers that wish to have a Sri Lanka trip at their own pace. The tour is equipped with a dedicated vehicle and a driver/guide, having a private trip means the participant of the trip package have the maximum privacy and the flexibility to do the activities as they wish.
What are the 6 best places to visit on Sri Lanka 5 day tour?
- Sigiriya rock fortress
- Dambulla golden cave temple
- Polonnaruwa ancient city
- Nuwara Eliya
- Bentota Beach
What are the 10 best things to do on this 5 days Sri Lanka trip?
- Visiting historical monuments in Polonnaruwa
- Trekking to Sigiriya rock fortress
- Exploring Dambulla golden temple
- Safari at Minneriya national park
- Trekking through the spice garden Matale
- Taking a glimpse into the gopuram of Matale Hindu temple
- Visiting Tooth relic temple
- Walk around the Kandy lake
- Exploring Sri Lanka’s mountains
- Visiting tea plantation and factory
5 optional activities available on Sri Lanka 5 day tour
- Whitewater rafting in Kitulgala
- Bird watching Kitulgala
- Rainforest trek
- Bird watching
- Kayaking in Kelaniya river
Sri Lanka 5 days tour in a nutshell
- Day 1: Arrive at Colombo airport, meet and greet by Seerendipity tours representative and proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya, En-route visit Dambulla golden temple.
- Day 2: In the morning-visit Sigiriya rock fortress and in the afternoon-visit Polonnaruwa ancient city and in the evening safari at Minneriya national park.
- Day 3: Leave for Kandy after the breakfast, en-route visit spice garden. In the afternoon Kandy city tour with visits to Kandyan cultural show, Kandy Lake, Kandy viewpoint and tooth relic temple.
- Day 4: Leave for Nuwara Eliya after breakfast, visit a tea plantation and factory En-route. In the afternoon walking tour of Nuwara Eliya.
- Day 5: After the leisurely breakfast proceeds to the beach on the west coast while taking a glimpse into the picture-perfect mountain scenery backed by small hamlets, tiny towns, green-capped mountains, waterfalls, and tea gardens.
The map of Sri Lanka 5 days trip
Exploring Dambulla golden temple: 5 day trip to Sri Lanka
The first stop of the trip is Dambulla golden temple, which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples on the island, dating back to 1st century BC. Dambulla golden temple sits in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and serves as a Sri Lanka one day trip place. However, Sigiriya and Dambulla one day trip is a very popular activity among the local and foreign tarvellers. Seerendipity tours offer daily one day trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla from Colombo. More information on this Sri Lanka day trip you can contact them on email@example.com.
This ancient Buddhist temple is a UNESCO world heritage site and hides many hundreds of Buddha statues within its 5 natural caves. A large extent of the inner wall of the caves is hidden by religious paintings.
After visiting Dambulla cave temple head to Sigiriya via the A9 main road that plays an important role in Sri Lanka’s economy even today, which is the main link between the northernmost city of Sri Lanka and the rest of the island. Sigiriya is one of the most popular tourist sites in Sri Lanka and one of the most popular places in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. The first 2 nights of Sri Lanka 5 days tour you will be staying either in Sigiriya or Habarana.
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Where to stay in the cultural triangle
Most tourists choose either Sigiriya or Habarana as their base during the trip to Cultural triangle Sri Lanka because both cities are centrally located within cultural triangle, means all important monuments are located within easy reach of these cities. Therefore, Sigiriya and Habarana are the 2 best places to study local history and share insight into the surrounding ancient cities with fellow travellers.
From the moment the travellers step into the cultural triangle, Sigiriya, Dambulla golden temple and Polonnaruwa are in the bucket list of every traveller, due to its historical importance. All crumbling cities represent some of the most dominant pieces of the island’s history.
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Exploring Sigiriya rock
The glory days of Sigiriya rock fortress goes back to 5th century AD, which had been the capital of the king of Kashyapa. This glorious 5th century landscaped garden with a fortified city is where a glimpse of 5th-century engineering skills of ancient people showcased. Fountains constructed following modern hydraulic principles, landscaped garden with protruding principals of trigonometry, Sigiriya paintings that forecast in-depth knowledge of arts by then predecessors of Michael Angelo are few main reasons why hordes of tourists are heading to Sigiriya rock fortress.
Sigiriya believed to be like the hanging city of Babylon, where there had been building and gardens on different layers. However, it has been very difficult to ascertain the exact picture of this ancient fortified royal residence due to its dilapidated condition. A large number of ancient constructions are strewn in a large boulder rich area while in the middle a huge granite monolith rock rises up to 300m meters from the surrounding area. The palace of the king was at the top of the rock and the entire complex was surrounded by moats and a water ditch to concrete the safety of the king. Today the visitors can climb the rock on a rock-hewn stair and enjoy the 360° picture-perfect scenery that the king enjoyed from the top of the rock.
The nature of Sigiriya hike
The visitors enter the ancient complex from its western main gate and need to take a walkabout 500 meters until the manmade stairs show up. There are many ancient structures to study as you walk in the garden such as the parts of the landscaped garden, fountains, swimming pools, caves with ancient paintings etc.
The visitors come to the steep part of the climb passing the landscaped garden, which starts with man-made granite steps. Now the climb gets steeper and steeper as you go up, it elevates you up to 500 meters above sea-level at the end of the climb. Fresco pocket, lion’s paw, the foundation of king’s palace and the mirror wall are 4 major points that visitors encounter on the climb. One distinct characteristic of the steps at Sigiriya is its size, which is about half of the size of modern steps. There are 1200 steps from top to bottom.
When is the best time to climb Sigiriya?
Sigiriya rock is located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, where the temperature hovering around 35°C while humidity measured to be around 90%. Scorching heat backed by high-humidity can cause you to have extensive sweating and cause you to dehydrate.
Taking the Sigiriya climb early morning, around 07.00 am, before the sun blast in its full force and taking enough fluid during the trek is the best way to have a trouble-free and enjoyable sightseeing trip to Sigiriya. Having comfortable shoes is also highly recommended and Walking stick can be handy too, for elder travellers. Sigiriya rock climb cannot be recommended for travellers with heart diseases, walking abnormalities and spinal disorders. The Sigiriya rock climb may last between 2 hours 3 hours depending on your physical fitness.
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Polonnaruwa ancient city
The glory day of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa starts in the 10th century AD and it was the capital of Sri Lanka for about a century of years subsequently. Polonnaruwa is an ancient city where a glimpse of the ancient temples, palaces and many other ancient structures are practically an everyday occurrence.
From the 10th century palace of King Parakramabahu to priceless pieces of sculptures such as Galviharaya, the visitors at Polonnaruwa ancient city are surrounded by history, myths and legends, making Polonnaruwa, the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka, is one of the most coveted archaeological sites for local as well as foreign travellers.
Visiting Polonnaruwa museum on Sri Lanka 5 day trip
Separated into 6 spacious compartments, Polonnaruwa museum showcases some of the priceless artefacts found at the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. The museum is located next to the great irrigation work of Parakrama Samudra and commands a beautiful view over the lake. “The museum is visited by a large number of travellers. Most visitors are from European countries such as England, France and Germany but now there is a rise in the number of travellers from countries like India and China,” said Nissanka, a freelance guide working at Polonnaruwa.
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Wildlife safari amidst crumbling historical monuments
The wealth of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle is not limited to its cultural and historical assets but for pristine forests and untamed wildlife. Minneriya national park, eco-park, Kaudulla wildlife reserve, are 3 major spots for wildlife safari on the island. These places are some of the best national parks on the island to see wild elephants due to the high concentration of the jumbos. Fortunately, all these places are located only a dozen kilometres from Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa and it means the tourist can venture on a wildlife safari based on one of these national parks during this Sri Lanka 5 days trip.
As per the tour itinerary, you will be visiting the national park after the Polonnaruwa ancient city. Most probably you will be starting the jeep safari at around 3 pm and drive through the park for about 3 hours while exploring fascinating Fauna and flora.
Visiting Kandy on Sri Lanka 5 days tour itinerary
After scratching few most important historical monuments in the cultural triangle (Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa), the tour proceeds toward the interior of the country via Matale. Kandy is one of the most visited cities in Sri Lanka with a large influx of foreign travellers. Tooth relic temple, Royal botanical garden and Kandyan cultural shows feature the main activities in Kandy on the 5 days Sri Lanka trip. There will be a brief stop as you drive to Kandy from Sigiriya to Kandy in Matale to visit a spice garden.
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Sri Lanka upcountry on 5 days Sri Lank trip
On the 4th day of Sri Lanka 5 days tour, after visiting tourist places in Kandy, you will be leaving to Nuwara Eliya, which will be one of the most scenic road trips in Sri Lanka. The steep climb accompanied by sharp bends demands more time on this route than usual. However, the time lost is duly compensated with picture-perfect scenery at every minute you pass.
There will be a few stops during the 90 KM journey, which lasts around 2 hours, at Ramboda waterfalls, Tea plantations, tea factory and a few other places to enjoy the beautify scenery. In the afternoon leisure stroll passing Gregory lake, Victoria Park and Nuwara Eliya city.
Drive to the beach from the mountains
Last day of the 5 days trip to Sri Lanka takes you to the west coast beach or Colombo airport depending on your choice. However, this 5-day trip is planned with a beach tour package towards the tail end of the 5 days’ vacation. The participants can decide on the duration of the beach stay; however, it is not compulsory to book the Sri Lanka beach tour package.
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When is the best time for a 5 day trip to Sri Lanka?
This 5 days Sri Lanka trip is based on the southern route and you mainly touch the west coast of Sri Lanka and the central province of the island, therefore November to April is the best time to venture on this Sri Lanka trip. Based on the weather pattern, these regions experience the best weather conditions for outdoor activities from November to April, parallel to the north-east monsoon.
November to April considered being the best time of the year to travel to Sri Lanka due to the dry weather prevailing in most part of the island except north and east. If you plan a beach holiday on the southern and western coast, November to April is the best time for your beach tour package.
How to travel on a 5 day trip to Sri Lanka?
There are many possibilities with regards to transportation on Sri Lanka 5 days trip such as air transport, travelling by public transport (bus and train) as well as a private vehicle. Travelling by air transport is a viable option on the Sri Lanka trip, however, it cost a lot of money, moreover, it might be difficult to visit tourist places as the inland airports are located far from some tourist attractions.
Private transport on Sri Lank five days trip
Most widely used transport mode on Sri Lanka trips is private transport with a local driver/guide. It enables you to visit all major tourist places along the way. Travelling by private vehicle is comfortable, saves time, safe and gives you the maximum value for money.
Using public transport in Sri Lanka 5 day tour
Travelling by public transport also can be considered as a viable option to travelling in Sri Lanka but it is not recommended to this Sri Lanka 5 days Sri Lanka trip, which has a limited time to explore a large number of tourist places. Travelling by public transport in Sri Lanka definitely save a lot of money for you but on the other hand, you tend to lose a lot of time on the road. Usually, the public buses and trains are behind the schedule and suck your time.