Sri Lanka in 7 days! Know where to go, what to do and how to travel smartly

Sri Lanka, a country in the southeast tip of India, is famous for all the right reasons. From long stretches of sandy beaches to undulating mountain terrains, from lush green tea plantations to crystal clear lakes, this small island nation has it all.

Covering the entire island in 7 days is not possible. To help you get all the flavours of this country in such a short span of time, here is an amazing itinerary for you.

Important: $20 USD (approx. Rs.1400) is the visa fees for Indians. Pay using Mastercard for a hassle-free transaction.

Day 1: Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport | Stay at Colombo

Colombo, the largest city of Sri Lanka, is home to a rich colonial heritage. From ancient churches and temples to an effervescent nightlife, this city marks a perfect start to a wonderful vacation.

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This seaside city also offers a plethora of water sport activities for adventure seekers.

Time Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)
Places to Visit: Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, National Museum of Colombo and Beira Lake
Must Do: Witness the exuberant nightlife
Tips: Weather in Colombo remains hot and humid as compared to other parts of the country. Carry light summer clothes and flip flops.
Where to Stay: One of the finest five-star hotels located in-between Galle Face Green, the World Trade Centre and the Dutch Hospital Precinct, The Kingsbury Colombo is an ideal place to stay. Book with your Mastercard and enjoy a 15% savings on the best available rate on higher category rooms. Also, Mastercard card holders can receive a savings of 20% at the Senses Spa.

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Day 2: Move towards Dambulla

Dambulla is most famous for its rock cave temple, which is a recognised World Heritage Site. Under an overhanging rock lies five caves statues and paintings related to Gautam Buddha. It is a sight to behold.

Time Duration: 4 hour (approx)
Places to Visit: Dambulla Cave Temple

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Day 3: One day stay at Sigiriya

Formed from the magma of an extinct volcano, Sigiriya never fails to amaze visitors. Other than offering sensational views, it is also famous as an interesting historical site. Ruins of an age-old palace, ponds, canals and alleys can be found at the top of the rock.

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Time Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)
Entry Fees: 2000 per person (Indian Nationals)
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and use a good sunblock to prevent sunburn.
Where to Stay: Jetwing Vil Uyana is indeed the best place to stay in Sigiriya. Mastercard cardholders can enjoy 15% savings on room rates at Jetwing Vil Uyana.  

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Day 4: Sigiriya to Kandy | Stay at Kandy

Passing through beaches, mountains and historic ruins, it is now time for the lake city of Kandy.  

This city of imposing colonial-era and Kandyan architecture is a delight for your eyes. Explore the Temple of the Tooth and spend some time meditating in the peaceful temple premises.

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Time Duration: 2 hour 36 minutes (approx.)
Must Do: Go for a evening stroll near the lake
Tips: Best place to indulge in souvenir shopping. Enjoy shopping with your Mastercard to avail exciting offers. Paying through your Mastercard is indeed the safest way to pay when on an international vacation.

Day 5: Head towards Wadduwa

Wadduwa with a vast stretch of golden sand beaches is one of the most sought-after destinations in Sri Lanka. The surrounding waters of Wadduwa are ideal for water sports like Windsurfing, parasailing and much more.

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Time Duration: 3 hours 50 minutes
Recommended: Indulge in water sport activities
Where to Stay: Amaya Resorts and Spas is the best place to discover ancient charms, rich cultures and warm hospitality of this beautiful island paradise. This resort located in the most scenic and historic location provide you with a chance to fall in love while enjoying an unforgettable experience.

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Day 6: One day Stay at Galle

Along the mighty Indian Ocean is the scenic coastal town of Galle. Other than a beautiful coastline, Galle light house and Galle Fort are few of the major attractions here.

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Time Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes (approx.)
Must Do: spend some leisure time sun basking at the beach.
Tips: Carry an extra pair of clothing
Where to Stay: Aditya is the perfect place to relax in peace as you indulge in invigorating spa treatments in the privacy of your own suite – a specialty of the resort – or at our serene purpose-made Spa. You can also feel the burn at the fitness center, enjoy a purifying Yoga session in the bracing sea breeze, and delight in the books and movies at our well-stocked library.

Travellers can save upto 20% on your room booking at Aditya Luxury Boutique with Mastercard.

Day 7: Return flight from Bandaranaike International Airport

It is time to say goodbye to the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka.

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