Itinerary Highlights

  • Climb the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya Rock Fortress for outstanding views
  • Admire the Buddha images inside the Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Wander around the scenic Kandy Lake and observe the local life
  • Enjoy the beautiful Orchid House in Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Best time to travel July - September

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Private Transfers
  • Breakfast
  • English Speaking Guide
  • International Flights
10 nights from £3,486 per person

Kelsey

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect Indian Ocean holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

A fabulous insight into the interior of fascinating and enchanting Sri Lanka. This private guided tour includes sights such as the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, the Dambulla Cave Temple, and a visit to intoxicating spice gardens. 

Beginning in the capital city of Colombo and ending on the golden shores of Habaraduwa, this 10-night itinerary is a fantastic introduction to the soulful South Asian country of Sri Lanka.

Embark on a Minneriya Safari in Dambulla and watch a centuries-old phenomenon as hundreds of elephants descend on the reservoir. Seek spiritual enlightenment in the city of Kandy by visiting a temple that houses the relic of Buddha’s tooth. And relax on the palm-fringed sands of Negombo beach.

Do Sri Lanka in complete style and comfort with handpicked accommodations in some of the loveliest hotels available. Stay in an ex-tea estate in Ellerton and dive into its infinity pool overlooking the dense jungle. Later, unwind in the colonial-style boutique hotel, KK beach, and gaze out over the Indian Ocean from your plush suite.

Great for adventurous couples and honeymooners, this tour can be tailored to suit you with the option of a beach extension at one of our favourite coastal hotels. Alternatively, we can offer beach extensions in the Maldives for an added touch of luxury.

Speak to one of our travel specialists for a bespoke quote on your preferred destinations, hotels, and dates.

 

Itinerary

Negombo
After your arrival in to Colombo you will be met by one of our representatives and You will be transferred to your first destination in Negombo. (Approx 35 minutes). Relax and unwind after your flight, preparing yourself for the adventure ahead.
Dambulla
After breakfast, you will drive towards Dambulla. (Approx 4.5 hours) Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle offers plenty to fire both mind and body over the next two days. Optional Activity: Minneriya Safari - Each year, as they have for centuries, hundreds of elephants descend on this reservoir making this one of the best elephant migrations in the world. The elephants migrate from time to time to nearby parks and therefore depending on where the elephants are at, at the time of your arrival, the trackers will take you to either Minneriya, Kaudulla, or Eco Park.
Sigiriya
After an early breakfast, climb UNESCO Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the 'Lion's Rock', which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site. This afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel or join an optional excursion to the medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa.
Staying at   Amaya Lake
En route to Kandy (Approx 3 hours), you will pause on your journey to discover the homeopathic remedies of the East at the Matale Spice Gardens. You will have the opportunity to dabble in the homeopathic remedies of the East! Next, you will visit the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple. Finally arrive in the city of Kandy - a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, the time has not affected. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth which is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.
Staying at   Ellerton
This morning after breakfast visit Millennium Elephant Foundation; Walk with an Elephant is an amazing experience where you will be walking next to an elephant while one of the Volunteer managers and the mahout escorts you and explains how the elephants live in Sri Lanka and what the foundation is doing to help them. This is once in a lifetime opportunity where you will be able to go down to the river to bathe the elephants. This afternoon visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, established in 1374 as the Kings' pleasure garden and later added to during British rule. Spread over 147 acres the Gardens boast more than 4,000 species of trees and plants; the spice garden and Orchid House are particularly popular.
Staying at   Ellerton
Habaraduwa
Today you will be transferred to one of Sri Lanka's beach destinations for a relaxing beach extension for the next couple of days. This transfer would be a long one of approximately 6 hours. You might want to stop by for refreshments on your way. Optional: You might want to catch the scheduled domestic flight from Kandy to Koggala. ( Flight duration: 1.5 hours)
Staying at   KK Beach
Habaraduwa
Spend a few days of well deserved relaxation and pampering at the beach or explore the region further on a variety of excursions including our Galle City Tour or Cooking Demonstration including a hosted meal.
Staying at   KK Beach
Today your tour ends, you will be transferred to Colombo Airport (Approx 2.5 hours) for your onward flight.

Kelsey

Travel Specialist

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10 nights from £3,486 per person

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