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Places to Visit in Sri Lanka in 5 Days With Family

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An island country which is home to countless spiritual places where you can meditate for hours, enthralling beaches where you can unwind, and the wildlife which is worth mentioning – Sri Lanka is a treasure trove for travellers

Its eternal natural beauty is something that lures oodles of tourists from every nook and corner of the world. The landscape in Sri Lanka is so diverse that a single visit to this popular travel destination is not enough to explore its every aspect. 

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For those who have just planned a 5-day Sri Lanka holiday, below is a list of top places to visit in the country to make your short vacation a memorable one. This post will cover the top places to visit on a 5-day Sri Lanka sightseeing tour, but before that let’s talk about the country’s climate. 

Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

The climate of the country remains moderate. Whereas, the temperature differs for both the highland areas and coastal regions. In highland areas, the temperature varies between 15 and 18 degrees celsius. On the other hand, in coastal regions, the temperature ranges from 25 to 30 degrees celsius. 

The weather in Sri Lanka is dictated by two monsoon seasons – South-Western and North-Eastern. 

  • South-West Monsoon: As the name itself suggests, the season affects just the south-western region of the country with the rain showers. The season commences in the month of May and ends in September. The ideal time to visit the south-west region in Sri Lanka is between the months of December and March
  • North-East Monsoon: Starts in the month of October, the season affects the northeastern region of the country. It ends in January. The ideal time to visit the North-East region is between December and March. 

January to March is the best time to visit the other regions of the country. 

Top Places to Visit in Sri Lanka


Often touted as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka is blessed by tropical rainforests that are inhabited by countless wild animals. 

The mountain ranges, acquiring a height of 500 metres from the sea level, make this place even more charming. Besides exotic nature and rich historical past, the city is also famous for its culture. The intriguing markets and alluring eateries truly reflect the rich culture of the region.

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Another popular UNESCO World Heritage Site, Polonnaruwa is a beautiful island of Sri Lanka. It is known for its pristine beaches and exotic sceneries. Not just for beach and nature lovers, the town is also dotted by oodles of history and architecture lover. 

The much-famous Lankathilaka Temple and the imposing effigy of Lord Buddha lie here. 


Your 5-day Sri Lanka tour is incomplete without a visit to Colombo. With glitz and glamour of city life and cosmopolitan culture, Colombo is an internationally-known tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. 

The culture of the city boasts a perfect blend of Dutch, British and Portuguese influences. This port city is known for its pleasant weather, affluent nature, gorgeous coastlines, urban parks, and vibrant street markets that together make your Sri Lanka trip indelible. 

The city also has a number of intriguing shopping malls and laid-back restaurants that serve the delectable Sri Lankan cuisine

See Colombo by Tuk Tuk with a local guide

People along street in Colombo


From Colombo, a mesmerizing train ride takes you to the beautiful city of Galle. You must have heard of the famous Galle Fort. But, that’s not just the sole attraction of this popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Located at a distance of 124 km south of Colombo, Galle is a historical hideout in the country

The city tourism includes consist of churches, grand museums, and mosques. Catching the surreal view of the sunset at the seashore is one of the must thing to do while on a visit to Sri Lanka. Galle has a major Portuguese influence that can be seen in every nook and corner of the city. 

Book a day tour to Galle & Benota from Colombo

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Yala National Park

If wildlife is your thing, then Yala National Park is an ideal haven to quench your evergreen thirst of capturing sight of spotted deer, wild boar, elephants and leopard. The park is located on the south coast of the country, and hence, parts of it reaching to the Indian ocean. 

The wildlife trails of the park lure a lot of wildlife buffs. The other wild creatures you can expect to see here are wild water buffalo, golden palm civet, fishing cat, toque macaque, Sri Lankan flying snake, hawksbill turtle, Indian cobra, mugger crocodile, and more. From Yala, you can also plan a trip to Udawalawe National Park (if you have time). 

Book a day tour to Yala National Park from Ella

Yala national park elephant

Nuwara Eliya

A day trip away from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya is a small city in the tea country hills of Sri Lanka. It is often renowned as Little England. 

Nuwara Eliya is home to the oldest tea estates in the country. Nuwara Eliya is a paradise for nature admirers. The cool climate and the colonial architecture is what gives an old-world charm to this place. 

There are plenty of things to do in Nuwara Eliya. Take a boat ride on Gregory Lake, a leisurely stroll in Victoria Park, shopping at Winter Market, taste succulent strawberries at Adam Agro Farm, or walk around the tea estates. 

Nuwara eilya


Well, Bentota is not much-famous by its name but by Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery located in the city. This exotic resort town is named after a demon, Ben – who once ruled the town. Apart from the turtle hatchery, the place is also famous for its pristine beaches and Galapatha Raja Temple. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery serves as the dwelling land of the rare albino turtles

Sri Lanka is a humble abode of an abundance of natural beauty. Therefore, don’t be get surprised if you find 5 days too short for a Sri Lanka trip. But this 5-day Sri Lanka travel guide will give you a chance to make the most of your vacation.

Author bio: We are Jimmy & Tah, American and Thai Millennials who left our careers in the military and finance to become full-time travelers.

The best places to visit in Sri Lanka with family - 5 day sri lanka itinerary