Immerse yourself in the spirit of Sri Lanka with its rich Buddhist heritage, and let friendly locals welcome you with a warm smile. Explore colonial hill stations, tea plantations and ancient, lost cities. Afterwards, it’s time to relax on the beach!

Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2ColomboGeoffrey Bawa Architecutral Excursion, Temples and Mosques, Independence SquareHavelock Place Bunglow, Kingsbury
2 - 4Nuwara EliyaColonial Hill Station, Tea Plantations, Asia’s Oldest Golf CourseGrand Hotel, Heritance Tea Factory
4 - 6KandyTooth Temple, Magnificent Hills, Tea Plantations, Kandy Lake, Traditional Dance PerformancesClove Villa, Theva Residency
6 - 8SigiriyaUNESCO World Heritage Site, Rock Fortress, Rock Paintings and FrescoesThilanka Resort & Spa Dambulla, Sigiriya Village
8 - 11TrincomaleeNatural Harbors, Breathtaking Beaches, Windsurfing, DivingChaaya Blue, Jungle Beach Resort
11 - 13AnuradhapuraHuge Bell-Shaped Stupas, World’s Oldest Tree Sri Maha Bodi, Art and ArchitectureAnuradhapura, Palm Garden Village, Forest Rock Garden
13 - 14NegomboBeach, Relaxation, Buzzing Bars, Al Fresco DiningThe Tamarind Tree, Jetwing Blue Oceanic

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  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 $ 2,685 /person
  • Option 2 $ 3,165 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 13 nights.
  • All activities as listed :
    • Colombo: City Highlights of Colombo
    • Nuwara Eliya: Horton Plains
    • Nuwara Eliya: Bird Watching (if you stay at Tea Factory)
    • Nuwara Eliya: Pluck your tea (if you stay at Tea Factory)
    • Kandy: City Highlights of Kandy
    • Kandy: Kandy Loop and Temples
    • Sigiriya: Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
    • Sigiriya: City Highlights of Sigiriya
    • Polonnaruwa: City Highlights of Polonnaruwa
    • Anuradhapura: City Highlights of Anuradhapura
    • Anuradhapura: Anuradhapura Wilpattu Safari
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested English-speaking Chauffeur Guide except during your stay at the beach
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, when accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Colombo

1 Day

Colombo, the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka, has something for everyone! A strategic port on the ancient Spice Route, the city is a potpourri of colonial influence, from the British to the Portuguese and Dutch.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Colombo
Tour of the teeming, colorful and fascinating city of Colombo. Visit historic and interesting landmarks of Colombo including the exciting Pettah bazaar area, temples and mosques, town hall, residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, Independence Square, Old Parliament and the sea front at Galle Face Green.

Hotel Options

Havelock Place Bunglow – Opt 1
RoomHavelock Place Bungalow - Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryMid-range
Kingsbury – Opt 2
RoomKingsbury - Superior Ocean Vw
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
Day 2 - 4

Drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya (180 km, 5.5 hrs)

Nuwara Eliya

2 Days

Nuwara Eliya, which translates as the city of lights, is a beautiful city within the hill country of Sri Lanka’s Central Province that overlooks its rolling lush green vegetation.

Included Activities

Horton Plains
Adventure seekers can go hiking at an altitude of 2,134m to the ‘World’s End’ – a sheer 1,000 feet vertical escarpment, a unique feature of Horton Plains. The scenic beauty impresses even the most discerning traveler. If lucky, catch a glimpse of the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Magpie, Black-throated Munia, Black-napped Hare and Giant Squirrel.

Bird Watching (if you stay at Tea Factory)
Heritance Tea Factory follows a strict green philosophy and does much to conserve nature. The lovely tea gardens are home to several rare species of birds and flora. Feast your eyes on the myriad colors of this avian paradise and marvel at the 50 varieties of migratory birds that come from as far away as Europe and Siberia. You can also observe the yellow-eared bulbul and the Sri Lanka white eye that are endemic to this region.

Pluck your tea (if you stay at Tea Factory)
The areas around Nuwara Eliya – the favourite hill station of the British who tried to create a typical English Village – provide the main output of tea in Sri Lanka, and so trip to the highlands is incomplete without witnessing the age-old traditional tea plucking and sipping a cup of ‘Ceylon Tea’. Guests can pluck their own tea leaves and bring to the mini Tea Factory for processing. Learn the art of and experience the process of making Tea firsthand.

Hotel Options

Grand Hotel – Opt 1
RoomGrand Hotel - Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategoryMid-range
Heritance Tea Factory – Opt 2
RoomSuperior
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategoryDeluxe
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy (75 km, 2.5 hrs)

Kandy

2 Days

Kandy was established in the 14th century and was the last independent city and capital of the Singhalese kingdom.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Kandy
Explore Kandy, the last royal capital and a major city in Sri Lanka. Located at an altitude of about 500 m above sea level, the valley of Kandy is surrounded by magnificent hills, aromatic tea plantations, and is set by a lake. Visit the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalda Maligawa) housing the most sacred Buddhist relic, a tooth of Lord Buddha. A pleasant way to spend a few hours is to take a leisurely stroll around Kandy Lake, a protected lake where fishing is banned. Enjoy traditional dance performances that capture the imagination and connect audiences to the tribal roots of the performers.

Kandy Loop and Temples
Situated at an altitude of about 500 m above sea level lies Kandy, one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka. The valley of Kandy offers visitors a rich collection of ancient temples which can be viewed during a pleasant Kandy Loop. The Loop takes you to three 14th century Hindu-Buddhist temples and back, via the Perdeniya Botanical Gardens. See the Embekka Devale, Lankatilake and Gadaladeniya Temples. Visit a batik factory to see fascinating traditional and contemporary motifs and colors.

Hotel Options

Clove Villa – Opt 1
RoomClove Superior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryMid-range
Theva Residency – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryMid-range
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya (98 km, 3 hrs)

Sigiriya

2 Days

Sigiriya is the ideal location if you wish to venture back in time! Unearth this UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back 5,000 years to the Mesolithic period.

Included Activities

Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
The Dambulla rock caves are the largest, best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, dating back to the 1st century B.C., converted into residential quarters for monks, thus becoming a Buddhist temple. Be amazed by 5 caves (converted into shrine rooms) under a vast overhanging rock, containing images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses. One of the most important centres of Buddhist pilgrimage in Sri Lanka, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

City Highlights of Sigiriya
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient city of Sigiriya dates back over 5,000yrs to the Mesolithic period. Sigiriya (Lions Rock), lies on the steep slopes and summit of a granite peak standing 180m high (‘Lion’s Rock’- dominating the jungle on all sides). In the 5th century AD, King Kassapa I left Anuradhapura for Sigiriya to build a palace and city modelled on the mythical abode of ‘Kuvera’- God of Wealth. Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress..identified uniquely by its shape, recognizable from great distances. See the Sigiriya Rock Paintings or Frescoes of Sigiri Damsels, locally called ‘Sigiri Apsaras’, painted on the western rock face cavity, 100m above the rock base. See the Mirror Wall here, covered in graffiti from the 7th-10th centuries.

Hotel Options

Thilanka Resort & Spa Dambulla – Opt 1
RoomThilanka Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
CategoryMid-range
Sigiriya Village – Opt 2
RoomStandard
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
Day 8 - 11

Drive from Sigriya to Trincomalee (101 km, 2 hrs)

Trincomalee

3 Days

Tricomalee is home to one of the world’s largest natural harbors and great opportunities for snorkeling, windsurfing, surfing and diving.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa..the Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka, was the second capital of the country after the destruction of the ancient city of Anuradhapura in 993 (from 10th-12th century AD). Observe ancient Sri Lankan architecture from the 12th Century..see Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas and the monumental ruins of the garden city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. Visit the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, the Royal Pavilion, the Vatadage Relic House, Kiri Vehera and Gal Vihare; see Art, Architecture and Sculpture at Gal Viharaya,Thuparamaya Image House and Lankatilaka Image House.

Hotel Options

Chaaya Blue – Opt 1
RoomChaaya Blue Superior Rooms
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleBeach Resort
CategoryUpmarket
Jungle Beach Resort – Opt 2
RoomJungle Beach Resort - Lagoon Cabin
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
CategoryUpmarket
Day 11 - 13

Drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura (111 km, 3 hrs)

Anuradhapura

2 Days

Declared a world heritage city by UNESCO, the sacred city of Anuradapura is considered Sri Lanka’s first known kingdom and the Island’s capital for many centuries.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Anuradhapura
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura is a sacred city with an over 1,000yr old illustrious history..once the ancient Sri Lankan capital. Explore this secret city portraying an amazing picture of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilization. An important Buddhist pilgrimage centre, it has some of the largest Dagaba

Anuradhapura Wilpattu Safari
Wilpattu National Park is one of Sri Lanka

Hotel Options

Anuradhapura, Palm Garden Village – Opt 1
RoomAnuradhapura, Palm Grdn Village - Standard
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
CategoryMid-range
Forest Rock Garden – Opt 2
RoomForest Rock Deluxe HB
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleResort
CategoryMid-range
Day 13 - 14

Drive from Anuradhapura to Negombo (168 km, 4.5 hrs)

Negombo

1 Day

Negombo is a bustling beach town with plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation! Nestled on the rim of Negombo Lagoon, the town boasts a long stretch of buzzing yet beautiful beach, and is located close to Colombo.

Hotel Options

The Tamarind Tree – Opt 1
RoomThe Tamarind Tree - Standard
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
Jetwing Blue Oceanic – Opt 2
RoomJetwing Blue-Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
CategoryDeluxe

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