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Sri Lanka 6 Day Itinerary (Gardenia) – 5 Nights 6 Days

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Tour Details

Start your Sri Lanka 6 day itinerary with a pick-up from the airport or your hotel in Colombo. This 6-day tour package is a great way to see some of the highlights of Sri Lanka, including the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and the Dambulla Cave Temple.

You’ll also have the chance to explore the cold central highlands of Sri Lanka and experience the local culture. The tour is fully customizable, so you can choose to focus on history, culture, or nature. You can also add on extra activities, such as a cooking class, a wildlife safari, or a visit to a tea plantation.

No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to have a memorable time on this 5 nights 6 days Sri Lanka tour.

Private air-conditioned vehicle
Private English-speaking driver for the entire journey
Accommodations* (bed & breakfast)
Guidance to locations
All government taxes
All travel expenses are covered, including highway tolls, fuel, and parking
Sightseeing entrance charges
Train tickets
Guide/driver tips


Day 1: Negombo, Pinnawala to Dambulla (5 Nights 6 Days Sri Lanka Tour)

First, we go to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is part of your Sri Lanka 6 day itinerary. There, you will be able to see the baby elephants being fed.

After that, you will proceed to Dambulla to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. In addition to the cave temple, you can also visit the nearby Dambulla Golden Temple, which is a newly built replica of the cave temple.

After visiting the Dambulla temples, our driver will drop you to the hotel for the night.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala elephant orphanage is a perfect place to see over hundreds of elephants. Furthermore, this is an orphanage, a nursery and breeding ground of Asian wild elephants. Pinnawala orphanage cares every elephant well. In addition, you can see elephants feeding and bathing here. Pinnawala elephant orphanage was started in 1975. Area of Pinnawala elephant orphanage is over 10 hectares. You can feed the baby elephants if you like.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple is on a rock mountain and the temple is under a rock cave. This temple is one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. Because of the importance of this archaeological site, UNESCO named Dambulla Cave Temple as a World Heritage Site in 1991. History of Dambulla Cave Temple dates back to the first century BC. Visitors have to climb about 160m hike up to visit this ancient place. This temple has 153 Lord Buddha statues.

Dambulla Golden Temple

Dambulla Golden Temple is the newly built temple related to main Dambulla Cave Temple. This temple is located at the foot of the mountain. You can see a huge Buddha statue here.


Day 2: Dambulla to Anuradhapura back to Dambulla (5 Nights 6 Days Sri Lanka Tour)

On the second day of your , after breakfast, you will proceed to Anuradhapura, an ancient city.

You will visit Sri Maha Bodhi, Lovamahapaya, Ruwanweliseya Stupa, Abhayagiri Dagoba, Jetavanaramaya Stupa, Mirisaveti Dagoba, Isurumuniya, Twin Ponds, Samadhi Statue and many other places.

Then you will proceed to the hotel for an overnight stay in Dambulla, marking the end of your second day in Sri Lanka.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is one of the most worshipping shrine of Buddhists. This is a tree comes from the root of the tree which gave the lord Buddha the shade during his enlightenment in India. Therefore people worship this tree.

Ruwanwelisaya Stupa

This stupa is one of the tallest historical monuments of the world. This was built by the king Dutugemunu in 140 B.C. Height of Ruwanweliseya stupa is 103m and the circumference is 290m.

Abhayagiriya Stupa

Abhayagiriya was a Buddhist monastery with a large number of monks. It was one of the largest monasteries in Sri Lanka, and it was home to over 5,000 monks at its peak. The monastery was founded in the 2nd century BCE, and it was destroyed in the 12th century CE. Today, the ruins of Abhayagiriya can be seen in the Mahavihara complex in Anuradhapura.

Samadhi Statue

The Samadhi Statue of Lord Buddha is one of the finest examples of Buddhist art in Sri Lanka. It is 8 feet high and carved from granite. The statue depicts the Buddha in the Dhyana Mudra, the posture of meditation. The statue is believed to have been created in the 4th or 5th century CE. It is located in the Mahamevnawa Park in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Twin Ponds

The Twin Ponds of Anuradhapura, also known as Kuttam Pokuna, are a pair of ancient bathing tanks located in the ancient city of Anuradhapura. The larger pond is 132 feet long and 51 feet wide, while the smaller pond is 91 feet long and 51 feet wide. They are connected by a underground duct. The ponds are believed to have been built during the reign of King Aggabodhi I (575-608 CE).


Day 3: Dambulla to Polonnaruwa back to Dambulla (5 Nights 6 Days Sri Lanka Tour)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Polonnaruwa, the second ancient capital of Sri Lanka.

You will visit the many tourist attractions in this ancient city, such as the Royal Palace, Quadrangle, Lankathilaka Temple, Thuparamaya, Shiva Temple, Nissanka Latha Mandapa, Watadage, Statue of King Parakramabahu, Gal Vihara and Parakrama Tank

In the afternoon, you will go on a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park, where you can see elephants, water buffaloes, and other animals.

You will then be taken back to Dambulla and stay overnight there.

Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It was built by King Parakramabahu I in the 12th century and it flourished for over 200 years. The city was a major center of Buddhism and it is home to many important religious monuments. The ruins of Polonnaruwa are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they are a popular tourist destination.

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is located in the Polonnaruwa District, North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The park is famous for its large elephant gathering, which is one of the best animal experiences in Asia. The park is home to a variety of other animals, including water buffalo, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild boar, sloth bear, leopard, and crocodiles. The park is also home to a variety of birds, including peacocks, storks, eagles, and owls.


Day: Dambulla, Sigiriya to Kandy (5 Nights 6 Days Sri Lanka Tour)

On the third day of your 6 days in Sri Lanka, our driver will pick you up early in the morning to watch the sunrise from Pidurangala Rock, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will climb Sigiriya Lion Rock.

Then, drive to Kandy, stopping at the Matale Hindu Temple and Nalanda Gedige along the way.

In Kandy, take a city tour and watch a traditional dancing show in the evening.

Stay overnight in a hotel in Kandy.

Sigiriya Lion Rock

Sigiriya is a 5th-century CE fortified citadel built on a massive rock in the Matale District of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. The citadel was built by King Kashyapa, who ruled Sri Lanka from 477 to 495 CE. He built Sigiriya as a secure fortress, and it was surrounded by a moat and a complex system of water channels.

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is adorned with frescoes of beautiful women. These frescoes are considered to be some of the finest examples of ancient art in Sri Lanka. They are located on the western face of the rock and are thought to have been painted by the wives and concubines of King Kashyapa. Sigiriya is a fascinating and mysterious place that is full of history and beauty. It is a must-see for any visitor to Sri Lanka.

Pidurangala Rock

Pidurangala Rock is a massive rock located near Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka. It is about 1.5 km (0.93 mi) from Sigiriya and is about 180 meters (590 ft) tall. Pidurangala Rock was once used as a monastery by Buddhist monks during the 5th to 14th centuries CE. The rock has a number of caves and shelters that were used by the monks, and there is also a Buddhist temple on the summit of the rock. Pidurangala Rock offers stunning views of Sigiriya Rock and the surrounding area. It is a popular tourist destination and is a good alternative to Sigiriya Rock if you are looking for a less crowded place to visit.

Nalanda Gedige

Nalanda Gedige is a complete stone temple near Matale, and its original site is considered the geographical center of Sri Lanka. The building was constructed between the 8th and 10th centuries with Dravidian architecture (Pallava style) and is believed to have been used by Buddhists. A pillar inscription of the 9-10th century A.D. that was unearthed from the site revealed Nalanda Gedige was a Buddhist monastery. Recorded in the Sinhala language, it includes a code of regulations made for the temple.

Matale Hindu Temple

The Sri Muthumariamman Temple, also known as the Matale Hindu Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Mariamman, who is the goddess of rain and fertility. The temple is thought to have been built in the 18th century and is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus from all over Sri Lanka.

Temple of the Tooth

The Temple of the Tooth, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is a Buddhist temple located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka and houses the sacred relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha. The temple was built in 1595 AD and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kandy City Tour

Kandy City Tour is a popular way to see the highlights of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. The tour typically takes 3 to 4 hours and takes in some of the city’s most important landmarks, including the Kandy Lake, the Royal Palace, the Bahirawakada Temple, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the English Market, and the Old Bogambara Prison.

Traditional Dancing Show

This is an evening show of beautiful Kandyan dancing. This is a cultural heritage show and the duration is about 1 hour.


Day 5: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (5 Nights 6 Days Sri Lanka Tour)

After breakfast in the morning, you will visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden, the last royal garden of the kings, which is still well-maintained.

Then, you will start your journey to Nuwara Eliya.

On the way, you will stop to see a tea factory and tea plantation, as well as the Ramboda waterfall.

In Nuwara Eliya, you will take a city tour, visiting Victoria Park and the Horse Race Course.

You can also take a boat ride on the cold Gregory Lake.

This is the end of the day 5 of Sri Lanka 6 day itinerary.

You will stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

Royal Botanical Garden of Kandy

Royal botanical garden is located at Peradeniya near the city of Kandy. This was created by the last king of Sri Lanka in around 1750 AD. Here you can see a great beautiful landscaping. Various kinds of plants. Royal botanical garden is situated along the Mahaweli River. Mahaweli is the longest river in Sri Lanka. Area of the Peradeniya botanical garden is 59 hectares. Guests can see a wonderful Orchid collection here. Garden has over 4000 species of plants, including very rare and endemic plant species.

Tea Plantation

Sri Lankan up country tea is one of the best tea in the world. Furthermore, guests can participate tea leaf plucking, the Tea Plantation in Nuwara Eliya. Then we provide you an explanation tour to a tea factory. Hence you can see how the Sri Lankan tea is processing for exporting.

Ramboda Waterfall

Ramboda waterfall is 109m high and this is the eleventh highest water fall in Sri Lanka.

Nuwara Eliya City Tour

The Nuwara Eliya City Tour takes you to the most popular places in the city, including Gregory Lake, Gregory Park, Nuwara Eliya Race Course, Victoria Park, Old Fruit Market, and Old English Post Office. You can also choose to do some optional activities, such as taking a boat ride on Gregory Lake or going horse riding at the Nuwara Eliya Race Course.


Day 6: Nuwara Eliya – Kitulgala to Negombo/Colombo (5 Nights 6 Days Sri Lanka Tour)

On the last day of your 6-day Sri Lanka itinerary, you will wake up early in the morning and have breakfast.

Then, you will drive to Kitulgala, a popular destination for white water rafting.

After a day of rafting, you will return to Negombo or Colombo, where your tour started.

Kitulgala Water Rafting

Kitulgala is a small town in Sri Lanka that is known for its white water rafting. The Kelani River, which flows through the town, is home to some of the best white water rafting in the world. The rapids range from Class II to Class IV, making it a suitable destination for both beginners and experienced rafters.

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