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!
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.
Highlights of Colombo Discover the cosmopolitan capital on this leisurely walk through shaded boulevards, spotting heritage buildings and iconic landmarks. Excursions to various parts of Colombo are possible depending on the time available to you. Explore the Fort with its distinctive colonial architecture, before ambling down to the lively local markets at Pettah. If the streets are crowded, worry not! Your car is available to transport you to the varied attractions so you can avoid the rush. You can stroll along Sea Street or stop by Hindu temples and Muslim mosques that stand next to each other in this neighborhood. There is also the option of visiting the city’s landmark Town Hall and Old Parliament buildings, near Lipton Circle and Independent Square, for a better understanding of the history of this island nation. Take in the city’s posh neighborhoods around Cinnamon Gardens if you have time, or head straight for the beaches along the waterfront at Galle Face Green. (TOTAL DURATION: 4.5 hrs; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1 hr; TIMINGS: 08:00 hrs- 17:00 hrs).
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.
Highlights of Anuradhapura Uncover an ancient world with your tour of what was once a sacred capital city over one thousand years ago. Observe some of the largest bell-shaped dagobas (Buddhist stupas) in the country, made of small sundried bricks. There are also ancient drinking water reservoirs, various sculptures, palaces and temples to explore. Witness the sacred Bo (Bodhi) tree, that was grown from a sapling of the very tree that Lord Buddha sat under when he attained enlightenment 2,5000 years ago. Today it’s recorded as the oldest tree in history! Visit Isurumuniya Vihara, a temple and monastery, where you can admire fascinating stone carvings of lovers, elephants and a royal family. There’s also a reclining Buddha that has been cut from the rock. This culturally-rich is generously surrounded by lakes, paddy fields and undulating rocks. (DURATION: 4 hrs: DISTANCES: 205 kms North of Colombo; ACTIVITY TYPE: Must do / Private; IDEAL FOR: Culture + History Traveler; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 20 mins; TIMINGS: 08:00 – 16:00)
Jeep Safari in Wilpattu National Park Wilpattu National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest wildlife parks. Enjoy a jeep safari over varying natural habitats with the possibility of spotting animals such as Elephants and Leopards. See unusual species of birds like Asian Open-bills, Whistling Teals, Eurasian Spoonbills, Kingfishers and Water Monitors. If you are lucky you might even spot a Mugger Crocodile. See colorful Butterflies like Great Eggfly, Glad-eye Bush-brown, Blue Mormon and Crimson Rose flitting. (Duration – Each of the safaris last for about 3 -4 hours for Morning and Afternoon Safari ; Times (if specific):6-10hrs (Morning), 14-18hrs (Afternoon), 6-18hrs (Full Day) and 12 hours for full day safari; Fixed time – Yes; Private Activity ; PrivateTransfer)
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.
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.(Duration – 1 hr Activity Type excluding drive Timings; Private Activity Type ; Private Transfer)
Highlights of Sigiriya Rock 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. (TOTAL DURATION: 5 hrs; Private Activity; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1 hr; TIMINGS: 08:30 hrs – 16:30 hrs; NOTES: The climb is rather difficult with lots of steep steps.)
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. (DURATION: 4.5 hrs ; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1 hr ; TIMINGS: 08:00 hrs – 16:00 hrs; )
Half Day Jeep / Elephant Safari in Minneriya Park (from Sigiriya) Set out to observe wild elephants and birds in their natural habitat at Minneriya Park, ideal for the ‘off season’ safari enthusiast. Situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka betwixt four ancient cities, it spans 8,889 hectares and offers visitors the chance to observe animals from a suitable distance without disturbing the natural environment. Spot large herds of over 100 elephants and look out for birds like the Sri Lanka Jungle-fowl, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot; mammals like Sambar, Spotted Deer, Leopard, Sloth Bear. You might also spot endemics like the Toque Macaque and Purple-faced Langur. (NOTE: En route activity between Sigiriya & Pollonaruwa. Only 1 Safari per day and jeep is per unit per day)
Kandy was established in the 14th century and was the last independent city and capital of the Singhalese kingdom.
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. (TOTAL DURATION: 5 hrs;TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 30 mins;TIMINGS: 08:30 – 16:30; Private Activity; NOTES: During Kandy Perhera Festival Temples will be closed in the Evening(JUL – AUG))
Sri Lanka’s very own “Little England”, this is decidedly a trip to a surrealistic hill station with swirling mists and tumbling waterfalls!
Half Day Hike to 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. (DURATION: 6 hrs;TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1.5 hrs;TIMINGS: 06:30 – 10:30; Private Activity; NOTES: Best time to visit is in the morning / Guest must be physically fit because lot of walking is involved.)
Bird Watching at Tea Factory (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.
Half Day Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory Tour Fancy a cup of fragrant Ceylonese tea? You could take this interesting and informative half day tour to the Pedro Tea Factory at Nuwara Eliya for a fascinating insight into the island’s tea industry. The Ceylon Black Tea is perhaps the most well-known of teas around the world. Accompanied by your local guide, enroute stop, visit the tea plantation and factory to find out how tea leaves are plucked and processed for the best cuppa. Learn the subtle differences between high and low grown teas from the your guide, and watch plantation workers hand pluck the tender tea leaves against a verdant background of rolling hills. Test your newfound knowledge at a tea tasting session at the factory, trying out cups of honey golden to burgundy brown brews with their own distinct aroma and flavor! (Half Day including drive timings; Time of Day: Morning; Duration of the activity: 1-2 hrs; Shared Activity; Meal: Cups of Tea; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes). Sunday & Holiday tea pluckers do not work
Udawalawe National Park lies southeast of Colombo and rests at the feet of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. There are believed to be 250 wild elephants who have made Udawalawe their home, with a further 200 who roam around.
Udawalawa National Park -Private Safaris Head out on an exciting jeep safari into Udawalawe National Park with up to six other guests to witness the large herds of Asian elephants that grace the park. With your experienced naturalist and chauffeur on hand to assist you with locating the wildlife, there are also chances of spotting an array of other mammals, including the rusty-spotted cat, the fishing cat, and the Sri Lankan leopard. If you are lucky you may even see the rare Sri Lankan sloth bear. Several species of deer, the spotted chevrotain, wild boar, golden jackal, the Asian palm civet, and the water buffalo also wander around. Monkeys such as the tufted grey langur monkey and the toque macaque are generally curious about human guests. It’s an ideal location for bird watching, and you can spot various endemic and migrant species.(Morning / Afternoon Half Day Shared Activity & Transfer. Private safaris can also be arranged; Fitness Level: Easy; Suitable all year.)
Yala National Park is a sprawling natural paradise teeming with wildlife, in southeastern Sri Lanka.
Half Day Private Jeep Safari in Yala National Park Safari in style with an unforgettable adventure on a morning or evening jeep safari through the forests of Yala National Park. You can enjoy an upfront and close encounter with the abundance of wildlife who live here. There are about 44 species of mammals, including elephants and deer, and many reptiles and lagoon fauna. If you enjoy birdwatching then there are 125 bird species to be spotted, particularly around the wetlands where waterbirds and waders have made a home. The park is home to the endangered subspecies of the Panthera Pardus Kotiya, which is only found in Sri Lanka. Kindly note that Yala sometimes closes during the months of September and October for maintenance. (DURATION: 5 hrs; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 3 or 4 hrs only for the Safari. Consider the time taken to reach the safari shot from the hotel; ACTIVITY TYPE: Must do/ Private; TIMING: Best to be done (Before Breakfast) or (by Sunset)CLOSED: Mid Sep – Mid Oct Park will be closed due to rainy season; NOTES: Only 1 Safari per day)
Mirissa and Weligama are small towns known for their famous stilt fishermen and dolphins, located on the southern coastal tip of Sri Lanka, just 200 kms from the Equator.
Half Day Whale Watching Experience (Shared) Sri Lanka is a global top spot to see Blue and Sperm whales. 27 species of marine mammals can be found on the island’s coast. Be amazed by Blue whales, the largest animals on earth, who feed on krill, and Sperm whales, the largest carnivore mammals, who feed on squid and octopus. Killer whales, pilot whales and dolphins can also be spotted in action during a whale watching trip in one of the deep-sea fishing boats off the east coast.(Duration – 4hrs; Times (if specific): 6:30am; Time of Day : Early Morning; Shared Activity; Shared Transfer; Fitness level:Moderate)
Galle offers a unique historical and cultural perspective into the development of Sri Lanka during its colonial era.
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. (TOTAL DURATION: 2 hrs; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: Walking; Private Activity; NOTES: Activity in walkable distance. Avoid afternoon since this is the walking tour and afternoon it gets hot. )
Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Tour (Galle Fort) Enjoy an experience of some amazing architectural highlights of one of Sri Lanka’s highly celebrated architects
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.
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.
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.
Accommodation in one double room for 16 days / 15 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
All activities as listed :
Colombo: Highlights of Colombo
Anuradhapura: Highlights of Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura: Jeep Safari in Wilpattu National Park
Sigiriya: Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit
Sigiriya: Highlights of Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya: Day Trip to Polonnaruwa (from Sigiriya)
Sigiriya: Half Day Jeep / Elephant Safari in Minneriya Park (from Sigiriya)
Kandy: Highlights of Kandy
Nuwara Eliya: Half Day Hike to Horton Plains
Nuwara Eliya: Bird Watching at Tea Factory (if you stay at Tea Factory)
Nuwara Eliya: Half Day Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory Tour
Udawalawe National Park: Udawalawa National Park -Private Safaris
Yala National Park: Half Day Private Jeep Safari in Yala National Park
Mirissa/Weligama: Half Day Whale Watching Experience (Shared)
Galle Fort: Highlights of Galle Fort
Galle Fort: Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Tour (Galle Fort)
Negombo: Dutch Canal Boat Ride
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with English-speaking chauffeur-guide for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your 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