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Top 7 Best Destinations for a 7 Day Tour of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world.  That is why many tourists choose Sri Lanka for their vacation.  The uniqueness of this place is that you can travel in a few hours from the beautiful beaches to the cold mountains and from there to the arid region full of ancient heritage.  In addition, as different ethnic groups and races live in Sri Lanka, different cultural features, clothing, and food can be seen in Sri Lanka.  In this article, we are going to show you some of the best places to visit in 7 days for a first-time visitor to Sri Lanka.

01. Sigiriya and Dambulla

pidurangala sri lanka
pidurangala sri lanka

Arriving in Sri Lanka from the Katunayake International Airport, you can relax at a hotel in Colombo or Negombo for the first day of travel.  The next day you can start your trip refreshingly.  If you are planning to visit Sigiriya and Dambulla, this is the place for you.


Sigiriya is considered to be one of the most ancient palaces in Sri Lanka.  It has two folk beliefs and one group says that it was built by the Kasyapa kings who ruled the Anuradhapura kingdom about 2400 years ago.  Others say that it is one of the palaces of kings called Ravana who is believed to have ruled the country about 5000 years ago.  However, this ancient and amazing creation has become a major tourist destination in the world today.  The main attraction here is the stone tablet with artificial pools and water fountains in the past, colorful paintings and notes of the people who visited it later.  You can also visit the nearby Pidurangala Rock.  Sigiriya, the most famous place in the world, is photographed from that place.
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Sigiriya - Sri Lanka
Sigiriya – Sri Lanka

Dambulla Cave Temple

This cave temple can be described as another tourist paradise and a place of special value in Buddhist history.  These caves were built by kings and nobles to house the monks who lived in the country in the past.

2. Kandy

Kandy lake
Kandy lake by SL Traveller

If any tourist in the world is asked what is their favorite city in Asia, most of them answer ‘Kandy’.  The city of Kandy has become so world-famous.  The immediate reason for this is the mild weather in Kandy.  The city of Kandy has an environment where one can clear one’s mind.  Most tourists who visit Kandy visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.  The Tooth Relic of the Supreme Buddha is preserved here.  In addition, many people love the Kandy Lake Circle.  There are many photos and videos taken near the Kandy city lake on Instagram.  In addition, you can walk in Kandy and explore the Udawatte forest.

03. Nuwara Eliya

Horton plains
Horton plains

Nuwara Eliya is the dream city of many foreign tourists visiting Sri Lanka.  It is one of the coldest weather districts in Sri Lanka.  The British imperialists who came to Sri Lanka built many of their houses in this area.  They can still be seen today.  Arriving in Nuwara Eliya, you will have the opportunity to visit many famous tourist attractions such as Gregory Lake, Single Tree Hill, Lovers Leap Falls, as well as beautiful tea plantations and pine forests.  Horton Plains – You can visit the world’s End.  But you have to set aside a full day for that.  If you can book a few days in Nuwara Eliya, you can add a few more places like Horton Plains and Bomburu Falls to your tour.

04. Ella Town

Nine Arch - SL Traveller
Nine Arch – SL Traveller

Ella is the most visited city in the country.  Although Kandy and Nuwara Eliya have more European tourist attractions, Ella can be seen attracting more tourists from any country.  When you look at the photos on Instagram, you can see many photos taken around the city of Ella.  The best example of this is the photo taken near the Nine Arches Bridge, which is still at the top of the Instagram trending list.  If you visit here you can see many beautiful places such as the Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Rock, Little Adams Peak, Dunhinda Falls, Diyaluma Falls, Ravana Falls, and Lipton Seat.

05. Matara

Mirissa Beach
Coconut Tree hill

South Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.  Meanwhile, the Matara beach is very famous.  This beach is often used by European, Russian and American tourists for sunbathing.  In addition, tourists come to use the beaches of Matara for surfing sports.  Among the Matara beaches, there are many tourist attractions around Matara such as Mirissa Beach, Coconut Tree Hill, Polhena Beach, Matara Beach, Thalalla Beach, Matara Fort, Pigeon Island, and Madiha Beach.  Also, there are a large number of photographs of Matara city among the tourist photographs in the world.

06 Galle

Galle Fort
Galle Fort

Galle, the capital city of the Southern Province, is also a major tourist destination in Sri Lanka.  In addition to the beautiful beaches, the city also has a number of ancient heritage sites.  Among them, Galle Fort is the main one.  Built during the colonial period, this fort is a major tourist attraction.  If you can visit here in the evening you can enjoy its beauty to the fullest.  In addition, the Galle International Cricket Stadium, one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, is also located nearby.  You can also visit Jungle Beach, Rumassala, Lighthouse, Museums, Unawatuna Beach, and Pitiwella Beach, the main tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, around Galle.  Unawatuna Beach is also one of the top travel photo destinations for Instagram users.

07 Colombo

Jetwing Colombo 7
Colombo 7

In Colombo, the commercial city of Sri Lanka, you can also visit many popular tourist destinations.  The sites created around Colombo Fort are strong examples of this.  You will also find a number of popular tourist hotels here.  Even world-famous personalities use these hotels while on holiday in Sri Lanka.  It is a city famous for its nightclubs and entertainment.  In addition, you will be able to see the Gangarama Temple, Galle Face, Independence Square, the Red Mosque, the National Museum, and many other places around Colombo.  As you are leaving Sri Lanka via the Katunayake International Airport, it is best to end your trip in Colombo. 

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