Your journey begins at Colombo, the lively capital of Sri Lanka where East meets West and the old and new coexist to create interesting cultural contrasts. Travel onward to the famed cultural triangle, where impressive testimonies of ancient civilizations await you on this private luxury tour of Sri Lanka.
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights
Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 11 nights.
Economy flights for all sectors : Hatton – Tangalle
All activities as listed :
Negombo: Highlights of Negombo & Fish Market
Sigiriya: Highlights of Sigiriya
Sigiriya: Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit
Sigiriya: Half Day Jeep / Elephant Safari in Minneriya Park (from Sigiriya)
Kandy: Highlights of Kandy
Kandy: Elephant Walk & Bathing Experience (3 Hours)
Kandy: Half Day Kandy Temples Tour
Hatton: Half Day Hatton Tea Plantation Tour
Tangalle: Galle Fort Visit
Colombo: Morning Cookery Class with Mohara Dole
Colombo: Colombo City Walk with Mark Forbes
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
Fees and taxes
Day 1 - 2
Transfer from Negombo Airport to Hotel
Experience the VIP Enchanting Service, which includes a fast track personal airport meet and greet facility for your international arrival and departure, airport lounge access, and complimentary premium beverages (including beer) and snacks during your car journeys.
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.
Highlights Of Negombo & Fish Market Negombo boasts several buildings dating back to the days of Dutch and Portuguese presence in the country. The beautiful sea shore and the ocean are dotted with catamarans. The Negombo lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns. The seafood auctions on the beach are a must-see on this half day excursion. Pretty canals built by the Dutch still buzzing with activity snake their way through this fishing village. Other highlights of the city are the Dutch Fort and historic Catholic Church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elephant Walk & Bathing Experience (3 Hours) Experience time with gentle Asian elephants who have been given a second chance at life thanks to Millennium Elephant Foundation, a local animal charitable organization. A personalized guide will be with you throughout your tour of the verdant 15 acre estate, and will be able to show you the facilities. Learn about how the organization medically assists these gentle giants. Take a tour of the on-site museum, which highlights the history of these elephants and the organization since it was first founded in the 1960s by the Samarasinghe family. This private experience offers you a 30 minute walk through the grounds with an elephant, where you can assist with the pachyderm’s bathing in a local river. If you would like the elephant to give you a shower from his trunk, then he may just oblige! You can also tour the Maximus Elephant Dung Paper Factory, an income-generating project of the organization. If you wish to stay longer, a three course lunch (with refreshments) can also be arranged in advance.
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.
Hatton, or the ‘City of Lights, is perched 1900 meters above sea level, amidst lush vegetation.
Half Day Hatton Tea Plantation Tour Tea lovers welcome! The renowned pure Ceylon tea awaits you in Hatton. Embark on an insightful hour-long visit to discover more about the history and methods of cultivation at a local tea factory. Learn how tea is processed, right from the leaf to brew, and observe the grading techniques employed to make the finest blends. For tea enthusiasts, this is the perfect chance to shop for the world-famous blend. Naturally, no visit is complete without tasting a quality cup yourself.
If you just want to enjoy the sun and the sea in calm serenity, then this is the place for you.
Galle Fort Visit While traveling from South West Beaches, Colombo, to Tangalle visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. Relive the past with a visit to the 16th century port city of Galle and its colossal Dutch Fortress, which is living heritage site. Admire the coastal beds with pure blue oceans and coral reefs; enjoy legends and archaeological artifacts, and see the only Sri Lankan port that provides facilities for pleasure Yachts.
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.
Morning Cookery Class With Mohara Dole True foodie delight! If you’re looking for authentic flavors, a half day tour (morning – afternoon) exploring Colombo’s cuisine is just for you! Join the lovely Mohara Dole at her home on a culinary adventure – Cooking by Color! Inspired by her Malay heritage, and Sinhalese and Tamil traditions, Mohara has transformed curry-making into an art! Sample delicacies from her repertoire of rice-based food, curries and salads whilst you cook with her. Savor the results of your labor at lunchtime. Before you leave, check out the authentic spices available for purchase, and don’t forget to collect your recipe booklet!
Colombo City Walk With Mark Forbes Enjoy a personalized walk through the City of Colombo with Mark Forbes and see the city come alive through his love for Colombo’s rich culture and heritage. The amazing architecture which the Dutch and English left behind, combined with your introduction to words ‘borrowed’ from the Portuguese vocabulary, will show you a side of Colombo that few experience first-hand. With his knowledge and easygoing, friendly nature, Mark invites guests to enter into this world he has embraced wholeheartedly and reveals what being ‘Sri Lankan’ is really about. Best experienced in the evenings (but also fun during the mornings), this 3-4 hour walk will have you explore the ‘wind-down’ time that is an essential part of Sri Lanka’s island culture, and gently familairize you with the humid climate. ‘Before and after’ photographs of grand old buildings that Mark possesses will leave you breathless, and the exquisite architecture will certainly make you ‘shutter happy’!