If you are wondering how to spend 4 days in Sri Lanka, then we’ve got good news! For those who are looking for a short economical holiday, T2 Travels Sri Lanka offer a great itinerary.
You definitely need to spend more than 4 days in Sri Lanka to get the real taste but we will give you the best ever experience during your short stay.
This is the T2 Travels Sri Lanka version of how to spend 4 days in Sri Lanka and we know you are going to enjoy it! which includes where to go and what to do.
We offer different itineraries for short stays in Sri Lanka. Here we highlight one of the most favoured tour schedules on our list.
We take you to the charming city of Kandy from there to the coolest city in the hill country while your third day will be spent enjoying the beautiful beaches and you can wrap up in – Colombo!
4 Days in Sri lanka Itinerary Summary
- Day 1 – Kandy
- Day 2 – Nuwara Eliya
- Day 3 – Mirissa
- Day 4 – Colombo
Day 01 – Kandy
You will be welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport by the T2 Travel staff, from there we head to the hill capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kandy.
After checking in to the hotel, you can relax and get ready for the tour!
Temple of the Tooth
DaladaMaligawa or Temple of the Tooth is at the heart of the city. It is one of the most revered Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka since it houses the sacred tooth relic of Buddha.
The sacred relics are well guarded in a golden stupa shaped casket and visitors get a chance to see this casket thrice a day.
The temple is located in the former royal palace complex. The grandeur of the building is evident with the pristine white walls, vibrant circular roof, carvings, and a moat that surrounds the complex.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
This is one of the most scenic places to visit in Kandy. Dating back to the 14th century when the country was ruled by kings, the botanical was built on the banks of the Mahaweli River.
The garden is sprawled on 150 acres of land and there’s much to see in this beautiful green space.
The garden was once confined to the royal family members and friends but once the British colonized the area, the garden was open to the public.
There are smaller garden spaces within the botanical garden. The orchid patches, spice gardens, bamboo tree paths, and the palm tree avenue are some of the highlights of the location.
At the far end of the garden, there is a hanging bridge that connects the garden with the Gonnoruwa School of Agriculture. The bridge runs across the longest river in the country – Mahaweli River.
The British constructed the bridge in 1930 and today it remains as one of the highlights.
Visit a carpentry workshop
Woodcarving is very popular in Kandy and is a traditional art form in Sri Lanka. You must take the time to visit one of the workshops where you get beautiful ornaments, furniture, and masks made by creative craftsman.
Gemstone workshop tour
Take a tour of a gemstone workshop when you are in Kandy. The tour covers the complete process of refining the glistening stones from the time they are mined.
The tedious process of creating a sparkling jewel is not the easiest thing to do. You can even buy yourself a precious jewel once you are done with the tour!
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Day 02 – Nuwara Eliya
On your second day of the tour, we take you to (literally) the coolest city in the charming hill country.
This wet and rainy town is beautifully green. Home to extensive tea plantations, it is one of the best places to enjoy a quiet holiday exploring a unique part of Lanka.
Visit a tea plantation
Tea drinkers may already know that Ceylon Tea (Sri Lanka was formerly known as Ceylon) is famous around the world.
Sri Lanka is one of the highest tea producing countries in the world and NuwaraEliya is where the majority of the local tea is planted and produced. In NuwaraEliya not only can you visit the tea gardens but also learn the process of tea making.
You need not be a tea drinker to fall in love with the acres and acres of perfectly manicured green tea bushes, which are stimulants to your eyes.
You can snap pictures of the female tea pickers that carry baskets on their backs while carefully picking the best leaves out of the lot.
Once you are done admiring the greenery, you can head inside to the tour of the factory.
These tours are free of charge but include a staff member who will be your guide. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy a refreshing cuppa that is served complimentarily.
Explore the waterfalls
NuwaraEliya is home to more than thirty waterfalls. If you enjoy hiking and chasing waterfalls, then this is your place. Lover’s Leap, Ramboda Falls, St. Claire’s Falls, and Devon Falls are few of the popular ones.
You will see people swimming in some of these waterfalls but it is not recommended since the water pressure could rise and cause unnecessary accidents.
Enjoy from the outside and if you’re tempted, simply soak your feet. You need to be extra careful during the monsoon season cause that’s when the water pressure rises.
Walk around Gregory Lake
The British built the Gregory Lake during the 18th century as a way of providing electricity to the town.
The initiative to build the lake was taken by a British Governor name William Gregory, hence the name of the lake. It’s very peaceful around the lake and you can take a stroll, go fishing or boating.
There is a lot of greenery around the Gregory lake where families enjoy time with children picnicking, playing games, and pony rides. A
Explore the NuwaraEiya town
A short drive from Gregory Lake will take you to the NuwaraEliya town. Here, you will realise why NuwaraEliya is fondly referred to as ‘Little England’.
The Victoria Garden named after Queen Victoria of England is one of the must-sees here. The NuwaraEliya post office is a two-story Tudor style building that depicts colonial architecture.
You will also see cottage style houses that’ll make you feel like you are in an old English village.
Day 03 – Mirissa
On your third day in Sri Lanka, we take you on a long drive to reach one of the best beaches in the country – Mirissa!
Jet across the glittering Indian Ocean on a speedboat or go down under to explore the enchanting sea world, even better simply lay on the beach sipping your favourite cocktail.
Mirissa has plenty of surprises to make your holiday a fabulous one so make sure you experience the best of what it offers.
Mirissa is a place hard not to love. Located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, it’s definitely one of the top beach getaways in the country.
Mirissa was once a very quiet town but over the years it has grown to become of the most sought after coastal towns.
The best thing about Mirissa is that the town’s growing popularity doesn’t make it too touristy so you don’t need to worry about crowded beaches or brimming tourists in every corner.
Whale and Dolphin watching
Mirissa ranks among the top five places in the world for whale and dolphin watching. You find over twenty species of these magnificent sea creatures around the island.
Spinner dolphins are a common sight here; however, spotting a mighty blue whale during a tour is not surprising.
The feeling of excitement when a magnificent whale surges through the water is an indescribable experience make sure you include this in your list of things to do! The whale-watching season in Mirissa runs from November to April.
The peak season for sighting blue whales in March and April. You need to avoid May and June due to the monsoons.
You can decide at what time of the day you prefer to go out to sea whether it’s at sunrise, sunset or during the day – it’s your choice! Fishing in the aquamarine waters of Mirissa can be an adventurous experience.
You can set out to sail on a full range charter fishing boat. However for a more localized experience head out to sea on a local fishing boat which is a traditional wooden boat, usually controlled and owned by local fishermen.
The best part of fishing in Mirissa is that you will not be disappointed since you are sure to catch some type of fish during your trip.
The warm Indian Ocean surrounding Mirissa is one of the most cherished diving spots in the country.
The breathtaking underwater scenery will just blow you away; with hundreds of species of fish and other marine creatures, your time underwater will definitely be unforgettable.
One of the best snorkeling spots in Mirissa is Turtle Bay. As the name indicated you have a chance of snorkeling with sea turtles. The best time to swim with these beautiful creatures is at dawn!
Taste the food
Mirissa offers some great seafood restaurants and the local food is to die for.
If you are craving for some western food or prefer healthy or vegan options then Mirissa has some great next-level pasta, fruit bowls, and avocado toasts! Try the local coffee and teas!
Day 04 – Colombo
On your final day in the country, we take you to the largest city in Sri Lanka – Colombo! Some visitors tend to skip Colombo since they assume it’s too commercial for a holiday.
It is the commercial capital and the business hub of Sri Lanka but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for visitors to do here.
Many visitors who stay or live in Colombo fall in love with the city! Living here is completely different from simply visiting.
The laid back lifestyle, trendy dining, easy access to beaches and the friendly people are all very appealing.
Many who come here for long stays, decide to move permanently since Colombo has this captivating vibe that makes you feel at home.
Since you’ve got only a short period to explore Colombo, here’s what we recommend.
Wander the streets of Fort
When Colombo was under the colonial ruling, Pettah served as the administrative centre of the country. This resulted in the city filling up with neoclassical architectural buildings.
Fort still remains as the administrative centre and most of the old buildings are restored to its former grandeur. Take a stroll around the streets of Fort.
Relax at the Galle Face Green
Located on the heart of the city, the Galle Face Green is a very popular open space in Colombo. The seafront promenade overlooks the top five-star hotels in the city.
This is where families go and fly kites over the sea breeze, have picnics, enjoy playing and young lovers spend time whispering sweet nothings.
Go up the Lotus Tower
Towering high on the city of Colombo, the Lotus Tower is the tallest structure in South Asia. You can get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the tower.
There is an observation deck and a rotating restaurant to check out if you want to do something interesting on your last day.
The Gangaramaya is a sacred Buddhist Temple located in centre of Colombo. The temple is more than a century old and is ornately decorated with all kinds of statues, murals, and artifacts related to Buddhism.
The temple houses a museum and shrine room with every corner filled with artifacts mostly which are donated from devotees and well-wishers.
When you are in Colombo it’s an easy commute to reach the Bandaranaike International Airport.
If you are still unsure about how to spend 4 days in Sri Lanka, remember that T2 Travels Sri Lanka offer customised packages.
Our tour packages offer visitors a chance to enjoy their trip within a stipulated budget. Drop us a message or call us for more details on a 4-day tour package to Sri Lanka.