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Receive a welcoming introduction into Asia with this curated trip of Sri Lanka. Explore architectural treasures of historic temples and colonial culture. Home to the renowned Ceylon tea, your private Sri Lanka vacation is incomplete without visiting the hillside plantations where the tea is grown and manufactured!


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2NegomboBeach, Relaxation, Buzzing Bars, Al Fresco DiningHeritance Negombo, Villa Hundira
2 - 4SigiriyaUNESCO World Heritage Site, Rock Fortress, Rock Paintings and FrescoesThe Paradise Resort & Spa, Aliya Resort & Spa
4 - 6KandyTooth Temple, Magnificent Hills, Tea Plantations, Kandy Lake, Traditional Dance PerformancesOzo Kandy, Theva Residency
6 - 8Nuwara EliyaColonial Hill Station, Tea Plantations, Asia’s Oldest Golf CourseTea Plant, Grand Hotel
8 - 9Galle FortPortuguese and Dutch Heritage, Beach, Watersports, Diving, Local DancesFort Printers
9 - 10ColomboGeoffrey Bawa Architecutral Excursion, Temples and Mosques, Independence SquareOzo Colombo, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Transfer from Airport to Hotel


1 Night

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.

Included Activities

Dutch Canal Boat Ride
Enjoy the sights and sounds of life in Sri Lanka with a boat ride along the Dutch-made Hamilton Canal. Once a supply route for the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villages, this 100km long still used Dutch Canal running through the town, is an ideal way to gain insight of the area from a different perspective. Along the way, see water monitors, crocodiles, monkeys, varieties of fish and birds. Visit Muthurajawela and take a nature trip to Negombo lagoon in a small boat.

Hotel Options
StyleBeach Resort
Villa Hundira – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 2 - 4

Drive from Negombo to Sigiriya (156 km, 4 hrs)


2 Nights

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

Highlights Of Sigiriya
Sigiriya, which translates to Lion’s Rock, is aptly named as it juts out of a granite peak, standing tall at 180 meters and dominating the surrounding dense jungle. Witness Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is uniquely shaped and can be seen from great distances. You can also discover the fascinating rock paintings and frescoes of Sigiri apsaras (mythical dancing damsels), painted inside the cavity of the western rock face. Discover the style of 7th to 10th century graffiti by visiting the Mirror Wall! Kindly note that this activity requires a good level of physical fitness due to the steep steps to reach the fortress.

Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit
Encounter the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka during this one hour visit! Dating back to the 1st century, the Dambulla rock caves became a Buddhist temples when they were converted into residential quarters for monks. You will be amazed by the five caves that sit under a vast overhanging rock. Each one now acts as a shrine room and contains numerous images of Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses. Mural paintings line the walls, depicting Buddha’s journey to enlightenment and his teachings. Throughout the centuries, this has been a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

Day Trip To Polonnaruwa (From Sigiriya)
Polonnaruwa..the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, was the second capital city of the country after the destruction of the ancient city of Anuradhapura in 993 (from 10th-12th century AD). Note 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
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast and Dinner)
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy (96 km, 2.5 hrs)


2 Nights

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

Included Activities

Highlights Of Kandy
Delve into regality as you explore the last royal capital. Venture to Dalda Maligawa, the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth, which houses the most sacred Buddhist relic, a tooth of Lord Buddha. Observe the many pilgrims conducting pujas (prayers) throughout the temple complex. Surrounded by aromatic tea plantations, magnificent hills and set by a lake, you can also enjoy some wonderful scenic views. Take a leisurely stroll around Lake Kandy, a protected lake where fishing is banned. Sip up the history of tea drinking pioneers like Lipton and Taylor at the Ceylon Tea Museum, a 1920s vintage tea factory. Enjoy traditional dance performances that capture the imagination and connect audiences to the tribal roots of the performers.

Half Day Visit To Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (From Kandy)
Spend a half day at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a three hour drive (80km) from Negombo. Witness the biggest herd of captive pachyderms in the world who journey to the river twice a day to bathe. Managed by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department, Pinnawala encourages both breeding and aiding the recovery and release of injured wild elephants back into the forest. The little jumbos, orphaned as their parents were victims of poachers/accidents, also splash about. Learn how they are tamed, reared and trained by their human keepers (known as mahouts) who bottle feed and bathe them.

Half Day Kandy Temples Tour
Explore a Sri Lankan jewel! Located at an altitude of almost 500 m above sea level, the ancient capital city of Kandy offers a rich amalgam of ancient wonders. Visit centuries-old famous temples and architectural marvels on a pleasant Kandy loop, past three 14th century Hindu-Buddhist temples and back through Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Embekka Devalaya, Lankatilaka Vihara and Gadaladeniya Temples are among the other famous sites in the city. Discover fascinating traditional and contemporary motifs and colors during your visit to a local batik printing factory, before you return to your hotel.

Hotel Options
Ozo Kandy – Opt 1
RoomSleep Room (Double)
Theva Residency – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 6 - 8

Train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

2 Nights

Sri Lanka’s very own “Little England”, this is decidedly a trip to a surrealistic hill station with swirling mists and tumbling waterfalls!

Included Activities

Bird Watching
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.

Half Day Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantation Tour
Tickle your tastebuds with a cup of world-renowned brew! A cup of delicious Ceylon tea is so much more when you discover the history and process of making the blend. Embark on an hour-long tour of learning at one of Nuwara Eliya’s famous tea factories, accompanied by an expert. Observe the process of harvesting, manufacturing and quality control – including an insightful look into the tea leaf grading techniques. End your visit with your own well-deserved fresh brew – right at the source!

Hotel Options
Tea Plant – Opt 1
RoomSt. Coombs
Grand Hotel – Opt 2
RoomGrand Hotel - Deluxe Room
Day 8 - 9

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Galle (290 km, 5 hrs)

Galle Fort

1 Night

Galle offers a unique historical and cultural perspective into the development of Sri Lanka during its colonial era.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Galle Fort
Unearth history and glance into what life in a 16th century port city would have been like as you experience the legends and myths of Galle Fort as you amble around. There are many archaeological artefacts on display at the Maritime Museum, including 800 year old items salvaged from shipwrecks. Witness how today’s locals live within this colossal Dutch fortress and UNESCO World Heritage site. There is an abundance of chic and boutique shops, where you can purchase gems, handmade lace and antiques. Unwind in pretty garden and terrace cafés, and admire the coastal beds of pure blue ocean and coral reefs.

Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Tour (Galle Fort) 
Enjoy an experience of some amazing architectural highlights of one of Sri Lanka’s highly celebrated architects

Hotel Options
Fort Printers – Opt 1
RoomFort Printers Arts
Day 9 - 10

Drive from Galle Fort to Negombo (157 km, 4 hrs)


1 Night

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
Venture out to explore the interesting and historical landmarks of this colourful and teeming city. Wander the exciting Pettah area where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of the bazaar. Religions peacefully co-exist in this neighborhood and you can discover many temples and mosques. Discover the affluent residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and take a trip to the town hall, located close to Independent Square and Old Parliament. If you get tired of the urban jungle, the sea front awaits you at Galle Face Green. As Colombo strives to join the cosmopolitan chic clique, there are an increasing number of stylish eateries and boutique galleries for you to indulge in.

Hotel Options
Ozo Colombo – Opt 1
RoomSleep Room (Double)
RoomDeluxe Lake View Room

Transfer from Colombo Hotel to Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 2,590 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 2,790 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

    • Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights
    • Meals as indicated
    • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
      • Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
    • All activities as listed :
      • Negombo: Dutch Canal Boat Ride
      • Sigiriya: Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit
      • Sigiriya: Highlights of Sigiriya
      • Sigiriya: Day Trip to Polonnaruwa (from Sigiriya)
      • Kandy: Highlights of Kandy
      • Kandy: Half Day Kandy Temples Tour
      • Kandy: Half Day Visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (from Kandy)
      • Nuwara Eliya: Half Day Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory Tour
      • Nuwara Eliya: Bird Watching at Tea Factory (if you stay at Tea Factory)
      • Galle Fort: Highlights of Galle Fort
      • Galle Fort: Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Tour (Galle Fort)
      • Colombo: Highlights of Colombo
    • All airport and hotel transfers
    • A high-quality air conditioned, safety-tested vehicle with an 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
    • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
    • Insolvency insurance
    • Fees and taxes
What our guests say about this trip

We had a well-planned itinerary, with the ability to quickly modify elements as per our request. We felt safe and unhurried – the trip unfolded at our own pace. The country and its sites were well presented.

We greatly enjoyed ourselves!

– Monique Sonnenfeld
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Simply Sri Lanka: Temples and Tea

10 days $ 2,590 / person

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