The magnificent coastline of Sri Lanka has plenty to offer travelers, whether you're in the mood to relax under a palm tree or engage in active pursuits. This 7-day tour offers both. You'll spot blue whales on a whale-watching tour off the coast of Mirissa and spend a full day cycling around Galle, exploring a 17th-century Dutch fort and learning how tea is produced at a tea factory. But the itinerary also features several days to relax on the beaches of Bentota and Mirissa, trying water sports or just dozing on a beach blanket.

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful beaches of Bentota and Mirissa
  • Go whale-watching on a boat tour off the coast of Mirissa
  • Enjoy a cycling tour around the Dutch fort and rural plantations of Galle 
  • Sightsee and shop for handicrafts in the capital city of Colombo

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Enjoy the Beaches of Mirissa Mirissa
Day 2 Whale-watch off the Coast of Mirissa Mirissa
Day 3 Go on a Cycling Tour Around Galle Mirissa
Day 4 Relax on a Beach in Mirissa Mirissa
Day 5 Continue Along the Coast to Bentota Bentota
Day 6 Take it Easy on a Beach Day in Bentota Bentota
Day 7 Depart Sri Lanka   

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Enjoy the Beaches of Mirissa

Mirissa Beach
A beautiful beach in Mirissa

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Start the trip in Mirissa. A fishing village surrounded by rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples, spice gardens, natural sanctuaries, and exotic wildlife, this destination is famous for its long whale-watching season. Mirissa's stunning crescent beach is a paradise for anyone who loves the sun and the sea. Check into your hotel and take some free time in the afternoon to relax before the next day's whale-watching tour.

Day 2: Whale-watch off the Coast of Mirissa

A whale breaching off the coast of Mirissa

The south coast of Sri Lanka is one of the world's very best places to see blue whales. From November to April, when the whales are on their annual migratory route from the Horn of Africa up to the Arabian Sea, they can be easily seen in the waters around Mirissa. Sperm whales and various kinds of dolphins may be spotted, too, on your whale-watching boat ride off the coast. You'll start the day early, taking a packed breakfast with you on the excursion, to maximize your chance of spotting whales. In the afternoon, take it easy on the beach — you might need a siesta under the palm trees!

Day 3: Go on a Cycling Tour Around Galle

The 17th-century Galle Fort

Today you'll enjoy a full day cycling tour around Galle and experience the wonders of the historical town and its surroundings. The first stop is at the tea factory at Kahanda Kanda, which offers an overview of how tea is processed, from lush green leaves to teacup. Then pedal by Koggala Lake, dotted with hundreds of tiny islands. Take a break for a boat ride around the serene marshland scenery, spotting rare birds during the trip. Next, the tour will take you through paddy fields and plantations dedicated to coconut, rubber, and cinnamon plantations. You'll pause in Unawatuna, famous for its pristine beaches and coral reefs. Then you will continue to Galle Fort, built in the 17th century. Sample street food before cycling back to the village of Miliduwa, where the cycling trip ends. Head back to Mirissa for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4: Relax on a Beach in Mirissa 

Dining on the beach in Mirissa

You'll have a day at leisure at Mirissa today. Go surfing — you can take lessons if it's your first try — or relax on the quiet sands of Secret Beach. Rent a motorbike to explore the coastline, or go for a ride in a colorful tuk-tuk. If you're especially interested in wildlife, you could go out on a boat for more whale-watching, see cobras at a local snake farm, or detour to nearby Polhena Beach (also known as Turtle Beach) to swim in a calm bay and look for the turtles who live here. Go for a seafood dinner in one of Mirissa's many restaurants before turning in for the night.

Day 5: Continue Along the Coast to Bentota

Swimming in the Indian Ocean 

After breakfast, transfer to Bentota to experience another Sri Lankan beach resort. Bentota is a prime beach destination on the southwestern coast. From November through April, the calm seas and golden sands set the perfect scene for snorkeling, diving, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, and deep-sea fishing on a traditional outrigger canoe. The afternoon is yours to relax on the beach or try your hand at more active pursuits. 

Day 6: Take it Easy on a Beach Day in Bentota

Sunrise over the water in Bentota

Today is yours to enjoy in the resort town of Bentota. Opt for sunbathing and water sports on the beach, venture to beautiful Paradise Island, or go diving at Canoe Rock. Nearby, on Bentota River, visit the large Buddha statue at Galapota Temple. Or just relax at the resort on your last full day of the trip, sampling Sri Lankan cuisine and taking it easy before the next day's travels.

Day 7: Depart Sri Lanka 

Galle Face Green
The colorful coastline of Colombo

Take some time today to explore Colombo, a lively city rich with cultural sights and Buddhist temples. Take a drive through the city's commercial center, where grand colonial-era buildings stand alongside modern hotels and office structures. Explore the vibrant markets and bazaars in Pettah to pick up some last-minute souvenirs. Then it's off to the airport to catch your flight out. Safe travels!

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