Sri Lanka’s Heritage Cities and Unspoiled Landscapes
15 Days from $ 5,090 / person
Unspoiled natural beauty, fascinating wildlife and ancient heritage – discover the best of Sri Lanka, far away from the beaten track. Spend time in remote national parks and on pristine beaches, and also see famous architectural and cultural gems in the heritage cities of Kandy and Galle.
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.
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 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. (Private Activity; Duration: 5 hrs; Travel time to activity: 1 hr; Timings: 0830 hrs – 1630 hrs; Notes: The climb can be challenging with lots of steep steps.)
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 Bodhisattva, 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; Private Activity ; Private Transfer)
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. (Duration: 5 hrs; Travel time to activity: 30 mins; Timings 0830 – 1630 hrs; Private Activity; Notes: During Kandy Perahera Festival from July – Aug, temples will be closed in the Evening)
Taste of Sri Lanka at Thotupola Residence Meet Sulochana, your host for an authentic Sri Lankan cooking class. Set at Thotupola Residence, on the banks of the tranquil Mahaweli river in the outskirts of Kandy, Sulochana will take you through the flavors and aromas of Sri Lankan cuisine using only the purest ingredients and the most traditional processes. Begin the day by shopping for daily produce with a trip to the neighborhood market. Combining an assortment of local spices and fresh ingredients, try your hand at making Sinhala curry powders and coconut cream from scratch. Learn traditional methods of food preparation such as cooking in clay pots on woodfired stoves, and using only handmade coconut shell cutlery! Listen to your host’s childhood experiences that include yesteryear memories of cooking with her grandmother and how family recipes were passed down through generations. Around noon, sit down with the family in their dining room overlooking a garden recounting the day’s lessons, sipping on refreshing beverages, and savoring an authentic Sri Lankan meal served on earthenware plates. (Half Day; Time: 1100 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Lunch included)
Experience the charming feel of life on a Sinhalese hill station at this tiny hill country town. Enjoy the sweeping views of rolling, emerald green valleys and velvety tea plantations on little hikes.
Experience Planter’s Life Through Bungalow Hopping at Dickoya by Jetwing hotel Become a tea planter for a day! This unique field experience allows you to venture amid the lush tea plantation and hop from one colonial tea bungalow to the next, with an experienced naturalist at your side to guide you. You can learn some hidden facts about the lives of British colonial planters who made tea their lifestyle. Stop at a stream or in a tea garden to enjoy a packed picnic snack. Discover the stunning British architecture that has heavily influenced the region, from bungalows and tea factories to rail and road networks. Finish up with a tea tasting where you can enjoy the completed product: the world renowned Ceylon tea. This activity can be enjoyed all year around, but note that during rainy season, leeches are more prevalent in the gardens. (Morning, Half Day Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate as includes some walking.)
Half Day Old Ceylon Tea Planters Trail at Tea Trails Bungalow Follow the century-old trail of the Emerald Island’s tea planters at the Ceylon Tea Trails in Hatton. Learn from the hotel’s resident tea planter how planters of old Ceylon journeyed through highland forests in search of the best spots for setting up tea plantations. Watch teams of deft tea pluckers at the estate plantation pluck two leaves and a bud with practiced ease. Walk over to the adjoining factory to follow the fascinating process that goes behind creating your favorite cup of tea. You will notice that the machinery at the factory date back to the British colonial era, pointing to the delightfully artisanal manner of ‘making’ tea at the estate. End your tour with a lovely tea tasting session where you try out grades of the aromatic and refreshing brew. (Half Day; Meals included: Tea; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes. Please note that the plantation work is stopped on Sundays and public holidays).
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.)
Located 80 km south of Colombo – a scenic two hour drive via a coastal road, Balapitiya offers an authentic Sri Lankan experience. This small traditional fishing village, with golden beaches, remains relatively unaffected by mass tourism.
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 15 days / 14 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Sigiriya: Highlights of Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya: Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit
Kandy: Highlights of Kandy
Kandy: Taste of Sri Lanka at Thotupola Residence
Hatton: Experience Planter’s Life Through Bungalow Hopping at Dickoya by Jetwing hotel
Hatton: Half Day Old Ceylon Tea Planters Trail at Tea Trails Bungalow
Udawalawe National Park: Private Safaris
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, 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