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A tour of the southern-coast of Sri Lanka is an experience that will leave beach bums enamored. One is spoilt with choice, as each destination has its own unique beaches and surf, across the sleepy coastal cities that have dotted the coastline. As you depart Colombo and head down south, stay at some of the finest beach hotels in Galle, Unawatun...
A tour of the southern-coast of Sri Lanka is an experience that will leave beach bums enamored. One is spoilt with choice, as each destination has its own unique beaches and surf, across the sleepy coastal cities that have dotted the coastline.
As you depart Colombo and head down south, stay at some of the finest beach hotels in Galle, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa, Matara, and Dickwella.Each destination has its ownuniquegolden sandy beaches and turquoise waters reaching into to the expanse of the Indian ocean.Spend the day unwindingat the beach at your own star-class hotel, or try-out activities like surfing, snorkeling and boat tours to witness marine mammals such as the mighty blue whale in their natural habitat, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to try out some of the mouth-watering seafood specialties prepared by world-class chefs while you enjoy sundowners by the beach. Don’t forget tohave a taste of an authentic Sri Lankan coconut beverage (alcoholic).
On route to and from the southern tip of Galle, various destinations offer water-sports and boat rides to view corals in glass-bottom boats, dolphin and whale watching tours in Mirissa, as well as visits to turtle hatcheries.Don’t missthe ramparts of the 17th century Galle Dutch fort(UNESCO world heritage site), as you enjoy some rare photography moments along the paved streets within the walled perimeter of the fort.
- Visit the 17th century Galle Dutch Fort
- Party the night away in Unawatuna
- Visit a turtle hatchery in Koggala
- Soak up the sun & surf at Unawatuna and Mirissa beach
- Go whale and dolphin watching at Mirissa
- Try out surfing in Weligama
- Witness the iconic stilt-fishermen in Weligama
- Try out scuba diving in Dickwella
A country so rich in cultural heritage, a world of discovery awaits the eager tourist keen to journey into the past and walk in the footsteps of the ancient kings predating the common era. The central cities of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla (Kandy included) make up the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Within just a couple of hours...
A country so rich in cultural heritage, a world of discovery awaits the eager tourist keen to journey into the past and walk in the footsteps of the ancient kings predating the common era. The central cities of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla (Kandy included) make up the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka.
Within just a couple of hours journey from the airport by road, visit King’s country “Anuradhapura”. The city “Rajarata” as it was formerly known, was the first capital of Sri Lanka’s ancient Sinhalese civilization, dating back to the 5th Century BCto its first king who ruled over Sri Lanka between 437 to 367 BC.Tour the well-preserved ruins of Kingdoms past and religious monuments such as “Ruwanweliseya” built by King Dutugemunu in 140 BC. The stupa is the tallest ancient man-made monument in the world. Also located in the sacred city of ruins, a must-see when visiting Anuradhapura, is the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, said to be a living branch of the oldest planted sacred Bodhi Tree (meaning tree of awakening) under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
The second most ancient Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa was the seat of the Chola dynasty in the 10th century AD and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. It is also important to the country’s ancestry as it was the second capital of Sri Lanka under King Parakramabahu in the 11th century. Typical visit to the ancient city involves a cycle tour visiting the ruins of ancient temples, irrigation tanks still in operation today and palaces of the golden era of the Kings who once ruled the land.
Next stop is the city of Sigiriya and Dambulla, where the most iconic monolith of Sri Lanka “the Lion’s Rock” stands. Considered the 8th Wonder of the World, and a UNESCO world heritage site, the climb up to the summit, takes you to the palace of King Kashyapa (5th century AD). An absolute must-do on every tourist itinerary.
- Visit the ruins of Anuradhapura, including the “Atamasthanaya”, the eight holy places revered by Buddhists in Sri Lanka where the Buddha visited such as Abhayagiri Dagaba, Ruwanweliseya and Jetavanarama stupas
- Visit the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi (Bo Tree) – living branch of the oldest planted tree in the world
- Visit the ancient remains of the Ritigala forest monastery& “Kuttam pokuna” or Twin Baths, “Sandakada pahana” or Moonstone and the “Samadhi” Buddha statue
- Ranmasu Uyana - an ancient garden of the Kings, home to ancient ponds and other ruins
- Visit to Kekirawa and awe at the Aukana Buddha statue
- Visit to Mihintale rock (where Buddhism first began in the land 3rd century BC)
- Cycle tour of Polonnaruwa ancient city and scour the ruins of palaces and temples
- Parakrama Samudhra ancient irrigation tank and Polonnaruwa museum
- Minneriya & Kaudulla Elephant Safari by jeep
- Climb the Sigiriya “Lion’s Rock” fortress
- Visit the Dambulla Golden Temple and caves housing ancient murals and statues of Buddha
Welcome to arguably the most serene and picturesque locationsinSri Lanka. The south-central part of the island is commonly referred to as the hill country which has a localized climate much cooler than the flat land regions and coastal cities. The highland plateau of Nuwara Eliya commonly known as “little England” by tourists visiting the i...
Welcome to arguably the most serene and picturesque locationsinSri Lanka. The south-central part of the island is commonly referred to as the hill country which has a localized climate much cooler than the flat land regions and coastal cities.
The highland plateau of Nuwara Eliya commonly known as “little England” by tourists visiting the island, is the coldest region in Sri Lankawith a mean annual subtropical temperature of 16oC. It is a town overlooked by the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka “Pidurutalagala” and also an ideal base for visiting the Horton Plains a UNESCO world heritage site.
A short drive from Nuwara Eliya takes you to Hatton which is yet another town in the hills famous for the world-renowned Heritance Hotel Tea Factory. The train station in Hatton is a popular destination for tourist wishing to visit the sleepy little town of Ella, to begin their journey by train. This is arguably the most iconic train ride in the country and makes for some memorable photography opportunities as you wind through the hills and tunnels bored through the mountains and over rivers flowing beneath the valleys. The scenic beauty will leave you with nostalgic memories of a tropical holiday in paradise.
Ella is by far the most contemporary tourist hotspot in the island. The mountains region iscovered by cloud forests and a cool climate year-round, and if hiking is your thing, the most scenic mountain treks andclimb up little Adams peak will be definitely an awe-inspiring adventure to be cherished. Explore the history of the land as your guide leads you to the Ravana Ella waterfall and caves and explain its symbolism as you discover some of the natural monuments of the ancient kingdoms’ past with evidence of human inhabitation 25,000 years ago.
Other popular destinations in the hill country include the towns of Bandarawela, Haputale & Balangoda which offer their own unique experiences while on tour. En route, visit Bambarakanda waterfalls in Haputale, the tallest waterfall in the country, the Balangoda caves, location of the discovery of earliest origin of homo sapiens “the Balangoda man” dating back 28,000 BP, and the Belihuloya falls.
- Nuwara Eliya city tour, Victoria Park and Hakgala botanical gardens, Gregory’s lake, Seetha Aman temple and a visit to a tea factory
- Trek through the Horton Plains and visit Baker’s falls and the iconicWorld’s End
- Ramboda falls situated on the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya
- Stay at the Heritance Hotel Tea Factory in Hatton
- Take a train ride from Hatton to Ella
- Mountain treks and climb little Adam’s peak in Ella
- Visit the Ravana Ella falls and caves
- Visit to Adisham monastery in Haputale and Lipton’s seat
- Bambarakanda waterfall
- Explore the Balangoda caves, Bopath Ella falls and Belihuloya
The western coastal belt of the island of Sri Lankacomprises ofsome of the finest beach destinations south of Colombo CBD up to Galle in the south. The coastal cities of Beruwala, Bentota, Kosgoda, Ahungalla, Balapitiya, and Hikkaduwa are idyllically set over a span of 136 km’s from Colombo towards the south within just a couple of hours drive by...
The western coastal belt of the island of Sri Lankacomprises ofsome of the finest beach destinations south of Colombo CBD up to Galle in the south. The coastal cities of Beruwala, Bentota, Kosgoda, Ahungalla, Balapitiya, and Hikkaduwa are idyllically set over a span of 136 km’s from Colombo towards the south within just a couple of hours drive by road along the coast.
A common holiday choice for tourists as well as local holiday-makers due to its close proximity to Colombo, the individual destinations have carved out their own unique niche as a preferred beach destination based on some unique highlights and offerings for visitors wishing to spend an activity-filled day on the beach at some of the finest beach hotels that have dotted the coast.
While browsing through a selection of some of the luxurious star-class beach hotels on offer to spend your holiday at, take the time to select your destination based on some of the activities and excursions on offer that may interest you.
The western coast which has been visited by the Portuguese and Dutch from the 17th Century is known for its Cinnamon trade and handicrafts which are still commonly sold along the coast at souvenir shops and make for some interesting shopping for tourists.Visit turtle hatcheries at Kosgoda and learn how the locals protect the endangered sea-turtles caught in nets or the eggs laid by spawning mothers on the beach at tourist friendly conservation centers. Enjoy a day at the luxury beach hotels on offer in Bentota while you take part in fun-filled water sports like Jet skiing, Boat rides, water-skiing and many more.
Do not miss out on a lagoon boat-ride at the city of Balapitiya as you survey the mangrove forests and Cinnamon island by boat on a 2-hour journey along the Madhu Ganga. The final destination on the western belt takes you to the vibrant beach destination of Hikkaduwa. Popular amongst budget as well as individual travellers, the destination has a lot to offer. From pristine beaches ideal for snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides to survey the corals and marine life, the city has some of the finest restaurants that serve up some mouth-watering seafood dishes as well as local delights like chocolate rottis. Usually attracting the younger tourists, this hip beach destination promises more than sun & sandas it comes alive at night while you party the night away at some of the beach-side pubs that do not sleep.
- Pristine beaches, snorkeling and sun-bathing
- Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda
- Water sports and boat rides in Bentota
- Madhu Ganga lagoon boat ride in Balapitiya
- Glass-bottom boat rides in Hikkaduwa
- Experience Hikkaduwa’s bustling night-life
Ideally the best time to visit the East Coast of Sri Lanka is during April to September when the rest of the island is experiencing the South West monsoon rains. Arugam Bay which is the most popular surf destination in Sri Lanka enjoys a rather short season from June to August only. However, as the island is situated on the warm shores of the India...
Ideally the best time to visit the East Coast of Sri Lanka is during April to September when the rest of the island is experiencing the South West monsoon rains. Arugam Bay which is the most popular surf destination in Sri Lanka enjoys a rather short season from June to August only. However, as the island is situated on the warm shores of the Indian ocean in the tropics, the country enjoys a year-round tourist season.
The blue waters and sandy beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli and Marble beach makes Trincomalee the most popular beach destination on the east coast further north of the island. The east coast by and large is fast becoming a hot-bed for visitors as the white sandy beaches are largely untouched and unlike the popular beaches of the south, they are not overly commercialized with traders selling handicrafts and fairs at the popular beach spots. Amongst others activities and sight-seeing opportunities, the east coast beaches in Trinco are popular for scuba diving, snorkeling and its natural harbour (which has attracted sea farers as early as 500 BCE) making it a destination ideal for either a day at the beach or exploring the towns rich heritage.
Short day tours to Fort Fredrick, a fort built by Dutch invaders in 1660 and the Koneswaram Temple also known as “the temple of a thousand pillars” built in 205 BC during the reign of the Chola dynasty are also regular to-do’s when visiting Trincomalee.
Nilaveli is the most popular NE coastal village in Trincomalee and its white sandy beaches is synonymous with other South Asian destinations like the Maldives. Take the time to visit Pigeon Island, a marine national park just 1km off the coast.
Just south of Nilaveli along the east coast, Pasikudah bay is a popular up-market beach destination. Known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow reef line in the world, Pasikudah is popular amongst locals and foreign tourists alike and has seen huge investment and growth in recent years from foreign resort chains.
Arugam Bay SE coastal city, is well known as a popular surf holiday destination, and hosts International surfing events and attracts large crowds making it a vibrant little town during its short season.
To put a spin on the coastal bliss, Kumana National Park is an eco-tourism destination just 35kms from Arugam Bay, having over 255 species of birds at this sanctuary. Partly due to the Kumana Villu, a 200-hectare natural swamp, birds are attracted to its wetland terrain. Kumana has grown in popularity as a site for bird-watching with pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and cormorants having been spotted.
- Trincomalee – Nilaveli beach, Marble Beach, Pigeon island and Trinco harbour
- Whale & dolphin watching
- Snorkeling and scuba-diving
- Pasikudah bay hotel promenade
- Arugam Bay surfer’s paradise
- Kumana National Park
The central hill city of Kandy, is the seat of Buddhism and home to the last monarch of Sri Lanka HM King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1798-1815), before surrender of the entire island to the British colonialists. Kandy, home to the Sri Dalada Maligawa or “Temple of the Tooth” as its commonly known, houses the most sacred relic of Lord Buddha and is ...
The central hill city of Kandy, is the seat of Buddhism and home to the last monarch of Sri Lanka HM King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1798-1815), before surrender of the entire island to the British colonialists. Kandy, home to the Sri Dalada Maligawa or “Temple of the Tooth” as its commonly known, houses the most sacred relic of Lord Buddha and is a place revered by Buddhists the world over.
Kandy “Nuwara” as it is referred to in the local dialect, is one of the most popular destinations in the island on every tourist’s calendar. Just 120 km from the capital Colombo, the beautiful scenery of the hilly surroundings, the neo-colonial buildings and busy shopping precinct of the city coupled with the religious places of interest to visit, offers an interesting holiday destination for the family spoiled in relaxation& immersed inthe blissful surroundings of hills and valleys.
The sacred city, yet another UNESCO world heritage site, is built up around the Bogambara lake situated right in the heart of the town and is famous for the Kandy Perehera, a two week-long festival paying homage to the relic of Buddha usually held in July each year. Be treated to a traditional “Kandyan dance”, a purification ritual, commonly performed at the 1700-year-old Kandy Perehera.
Pay a visit to 14th century temples within an hours’ drive from Kandy, not forgetting a visit to the Royal botanical garden – Peradeniya (built in 1843) which boasts over 4000 species of plants including orchids, medicinal plants and palms.
- Kandy city tour
- Evening cultural dance
- Royal botanical garden - Peradeniya
- Visit the temple of the tooth “Sri Maha Bodhi”
- Arthur’s seat view point
- Short trips to visit Mahiyanganaya/Lankathilaka Temple/Gadaladeniya Temple/Embekka Temple
- Round of Golf at the beautiful Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Digana
The capital city and business hub of Sri Lanka, Colombo metropolis is the first destination for most tourists on visit to the island. Located just 30 kms from the Airport, Colombo is easily accessible by road and within an hours’ drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport - Katunayake, you arrive at the CBD, the heart of the tropical parad...
The capital city and business hub of Sri Lanka, Colombo metropolis is the first destination for most tourists on visit to the island. Located just 30 kms from the Airport, Colombo is easily accessible by road and within an hours’ drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport – Katunayake, you arrive at the CBD, the heart of the tropical paradise.
The somewhat busy metropolis is strewed with luxury star-class city hotels, high rise buildings and office complexes, modest shopping malls, all of which keep the economy rolling while the city is geared towards sustaining its back-bone of tourism. Colombo is also home to some popular religious places of interest such as the Gangaramaya & Kelaniya Temple, Hindu Kovils and Cathedrals which gives testament to the island’s religious heritage.
Witness the rich history of the island as you take the time sight-seeing some of the neo-colonial buildings that still stand today in the heart of the CBD with origins from the Portuguese, Dutch,and British Colonialists. Sample the street food at the Galle-face green, in close proximity to many of the fantastic city hotels and indulge in fine dining at some of the islands most chic restaurants that cater to different pallets. Party the night-away at some of the popular clubs and bars in and around the city or visit the Mount-Lavinia beach if a sun downer at the city’s closest beach destination is something that you prefer when visiting the busy metropolis.
A typical day tour of the CBD could take 5 hours and can be organized from your hotel in Colombo, if it is your first port of call.
- Colombo city tour
- Visit the busy Manning market and Dutch archaeological museum
- Visit Colombo City Centre, One Galle Face and other shopping precincts
- Sample street food at the Galle face promenade or sip on some cocktails by the beach at Mount Lavinia beach
- Visit the Gangaramaya Temple and Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya
- Visit the National museum, BMICH and Independence Square
North of the Colombo CBD and located just 15 minutes from the Bandaranaike International Airport, is the coastal city of Negombo. A popular tourist destination, Negombo is a beach destination on the west coast that is ideal to begin your tour of the island or as a final port of call before departure. The golden sandy beaches, and shopping strips on...
North of the Colombo CBD and located just 15 minutes from the Bandaranaike International Airport, is the coastal city of Negombo. A popular tourist destination, Negombo is a beach destination on the west coast that is ideal to begin your tour of the island or as a final port of call before departure. The golden sandy beaches, and shopping strips on the popular beach road are filled with luxury beach hotels and some of the finest restaurants serving up some mouth-watering dishes that is not to be missed. The old town of Negombo is an ideal base to explore life of the fishing community as you visit the fish markets and witness the catamarans that have populated the harbours. After a relaxing holiday on the beach your journey takes you up North along the west coast to Kalpitiya.
Travelling by road towards the coastal town of Kalpitiya for your next activity-filled beach stay, the cities of Chillaw and Puttalam are popular spots to break your journey and visit some ancient Hindu temples that have roots to the Indian epic the “Ramayana”. Kalpitiya, is famous for its white sandy beaches, dolphin and whale watching boat rides from December to April and is popular amongst activity junkies for Kite surfing.
To change gears on your coastal journey, Wilpattu, within an hours’ drive north of Kalpitiyais a wildlife sanctuary popular for camping out in the wilderness. The Wilpattu National Park is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka in extent of 1300 sq. kms and is popular for nature lovers for spotting sloth bears, the elusive leopard and Asian elephants in their natural habitat.
At the Northern tip of Sri Lanka is the untouched beaches of the Mannar basin. It is the location of the Adam’s bridge that once linked the island to India. Mannar is also famous for bird watching as the migrating flamingos are a popular site along the canals and waterways in and around the coastal town. Jaffna situated at the Northern tip of Sri Lanka is the home of the Tamil minority. It is a destination popular for tourists from India and for the avid tourist who are keen to discover the place that was once the center of the 30-year long conflict. Visit Casuarina beach and the Keerimalai hot springs as well as the popular Nallur Kovil (Temple) built in 948 AD which was the ancient capital city for the Jaffna Kings.
- Negombo’s golden sandy beaches, lagoons, canals and colonial churches
- Dolphin and whale watching in Kalpitiya
- Kite surfing Kalpitiya
- Jeep safari and camping at Wilpattu National Park
- Visit Adam’s bridge Mannar
- Visit Casuarina beach, Keerimalai hot springs and Nallur temple in Jaffna
Just over a 3-hour drive from the capital city of Colombo, visit the Sinharaja National Park a UNESCO designated biosphere. Popular amongst tourists and locals for the popular nature trek through lush rainforests, witness wildlife up-close and survey some of the endemic vegetation unique to this sanctuary. Treks through thepark vary from 5 to 7 hou...
Just over a 3-hour drive from the capital city of Colombo, visit the Sinharaja National Park a UNESCO designated biosphere. Popular amongst tourists and locals for the popular nature trek through lush rainforests, witness wildlife up-close and survey some of the endemic vegetation unique to this sanctuary. Treks through thepark vary from 5 to 7 hour and involves negotiating some rough terrain, and as it is situated in a wet zone, be prepared with appropriate protective clothing. Sinharaja is home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s species of mammals, amphibians, birds, insects and butterflies and there have been sightings of Leopards and even Elephants within the park.
The city of Kitulgala is an ideal destination for eco-adventure set within the expanse of the mighty Kelani river that flows from the central foot hills through the sleepy little town. Being amongst the wettest regions in the country, Kitulgala is a very popular destination for adventure-junkies with sports like white-water rafting, rain forest trekking, canoeing, water-fall abseiling and camping in the wetlands. Mountain treks and bicycle tours are also popular activities when visiting the destination. For white-water rafting, guests are equipped with necessary safety gear by experienced instructors and accompanied on their adventure.
- Nature trek through the Sinharaja National Park
- White-water rafting
- Water-fall abseiling
- Bicycle tours and camping
Tissamaharama commonly referred to as Tissa (short-form)is a town in the southern province along the East coast. The town is mainly popular as it is the main access point for tours to the sacred city of Kataragama and visits to the Yala National Park. The ancient stupas built by the Sinhalese rulers of the Kingdom of Ruhuna dating back to 3rd centu...
Tissamaharama commonly referred to as Tissa (short-form)is a town in the southern province along the East coast. The town is mainly popular as it is the main access point for tours to the sacred city of Kataragama and visits to the Yala National Park. The ancient stupas built by the Sinhalese rulers of the Kingdom of Ruhuna dating back to 3rd century BC and the famous Tissa Weva (irrigation tank) built by King Kavantissa are still standing today and a popular item on any travel itinerary to the south.
Kataragamais a sacred town revered by the Buddhist majority of the island as well as Hindus alike. Muslims and the indigenous people (Veddas) too are known to visit the site as each religion has some roots to the sacred city.Kiri Vehera Dagobahas evidence of been built as early as 3rd century BC and is the main attraction along with the jungle shrine at Kataragama, built by the famous Sinhala warrior-king Dutugemunu(2rd Century BC) who was the son of Kavantissa. The shrine was built to pay homage to God Kataragama, a powerful deity who is said to answer prayers of devotees for favours in life and business and war.
Kataragama, meaning Village in the desert, is a popular pilgrimage destination for devotees of all faiths and hosts the Kataragama Perehera (religious festival) between July and August each year in honour of Skanda the warrior-god of Kataragama.
Yala National Park – the most visited national park in Sri Lanka has roots dating back to the1900’s when it wasfirst designated as a wildlife sanctuary. It is the second largest wildlife reserve in the country nearly 1,000 sq. kilometers in area. The park boasts a variety of animal species, across different terrains including wetland marshes, rocky terrain and aquatic habitats and is bordered by a sea-shore line along its southern perimeter. Two safaris run daily and it is advised to spend a couple of days in Yala and take full advantage of the migration patterns and get up and close to see the elusive Leopards, Asian elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears, deer, wild boar and many more mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds that are a common sight at Yala.
Udawalawe National Park is the 5th wildlife park in Sri Lanka and 3rd most visited safari park in the island. Spanning over 30,000 hectares, Udawalawe is another popular site for nature-lovers as this park is unique for its vast expanse of flatland and large reservoir which is the main reason Elephants are always spotted in large numbers at the park. As it is a dry zone the best times to visit this park is between May and September when animals gather by the reservoir for a drink.
- Tissamaharama and Tissa Vewa
- Kiri Vehera Stupa &Kataragama temple
- Udawalawe National Park
- Jeep Safari & camping at Yala National Park
Sri Lanka has been known to have the largest population of blue whales in the world and are often seen just off the coastal cities of Mirissa, Kalpitiya and Trincomalee. Try out the boat tours at eachdestination depending on the time of your visit, noting however that the best season for whale watching is November to April. Do not miss out on whale & dolphin-watching as well as giant sea turtles when planning your Sri Lankan holiday tour.
start a camp fire and camp the night out underneath the stars as you surround yourselfwith wildlife. Sri Lanka in the south-Asian subcontinent is an island with a variety of tropical landscapes and surrounded in wilderness. Set camp in one of the many wildlife sanctuaries such as Wilpattu, Yala or Udawalawe. Yala National Park, the most visited wildlife park in Sri Lanka and Wilpattu National Park are the two largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka and is popular amongst naturalists and nature lovers for spotting sloth bears, the elusive leopard and Asian elephants. Udawalawe is the 5th wildlife park in Sri Lanka and 3rd most visited safari park in the island opened in 1972 with an area of over 30,000 hectares. When visiting Nuwara Eliya in the hill country, stay ata UNESCO world heritage site “Horton Plains”. Camp out on the plains and trek the entire 4 km path as you cross over Baker’s falls and arrive at worlds end, one of the most iconic places in Sri Lanka to visit. TheKnuckles rangesis another favourite site for camping amidst lush greenery and cloud forests having over 30% of all Sri Lankas endemic flora in the 9 mountain peaks that makes up the ranges.Enjoy a relaxing day with your partner as you soak-up the beauty of the forests and cloudy peaks that surround you.
Specifically designed to give visitors a realistic experience of life in rural Sri Lanka, Hiriwadunna is an idyllic village that takes you on a stroll along a bund, a boat ride on an “oruwa” and bullock cart ride through this village.Witness the way of life of Sri Lankanvillage folk as you disconnect from modern life. Finish off the tour with a mouth-watering, authentic Sri Lankan village cooked lunch to end your journey when visiting the central region of Dambulla and Sigiriya.
Kitulgala located in the south-central foothills, is the sleepy little town through which the mighty Kelani river flows through.Coupled with the shallow rapids, it is the ideal setting for experienced adventure junkies or novices to enjoy white water rafting along theriver and wetlands. Canoeing, water-fall abseiling, rain forest trekking, hiking, and bird watching are some of the other attractions that nature has to offer at Kitulgala. For white-water rafting, guests are equippedwithmodern rafts and necessary safety gear to ensure well-being at all times making it a truly unforgettable experience. Kitulgala is also the site at which the Academy award winning film, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed in 1957.
The most iconic beverage of Ceylon, tea has put Sri Lanka on the map and is one of the most famous exports of the country. Visit a tea factory in the hill-countrywhile on tour and sample some of the finest home-grown teas whilst walking through a tea plantation and observe the lady tea pluckers labour through the mountain slopes and tea plantations to provide the world with Sri Lanka’s finest authentic teas.
Take an unforgettable city tour of Colombo by tuk-tuk. The iconic three-wheeler tuk-tuks are a popular sight around the country while on tour. The colourful little machines are the preferred choice of transport to whizz through the traffic in the busy metropolis. Inquire from SLTD on the recommended service providers to book your own personal tuk-tuk tour as you survey the sites and places of interest in the city.
This particular destination in the southern rainforest of the Sinharaja Biosphere is number one on a nature lovers’ itinerary. Trek through the lush green rain forests as you come close to natureand witness wildlife and endemic birds and plants whistling in the breeze protected from human encroachment. Sinharaja boats a large variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies & insects, some of which are endemic to the forest reserve.Over 215 species of birds can be observed in their natural habitat while taking a 5-hour trek, negotiating moderate to steep climbs on uneven terrain as well as across streams in the park. Be sure to wear protective socks, boots and bring along rain protection as it is an extremely wet zone and the weather can be unpredictable.
Popular attractions for nature lovers when visiting the island’s many national parks are the jeep safaris. Journey through some of the largest wildlife parks in Sri Lanka, where you could see Asian elephants, deer, buffaloes, birds, crocodiles, the South-Asian leopard and sloth bears amongst other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Visit Yala the most popular national park in Sri Lankain the south or Wilpattu National park, the largest National Park on the western coastal belt. Stay at a star-class hotel or eco lodge, or better yet, camp out in the wilderness and don’t miss the early morning safari as well as a second evening safari at these popular destinations to get the best opportunity of spotting wildlife while they migrate to and from their natural habitats in search of food and water. Enjoy some rare photography opportunities at the designated rest areas within the sanctuaries.Other popular destinations for jeep safaris are at Kaudulla, Minneriya, Bundala, Udawalawe, Kumana and Wasgamuwa National parks.
Marvel at the largest gathering of wild Elephants when on tour in the central provinces of Dambulla & Sigiriya. Located just over 40 kms from the central city of Dambulla, safari toursjust after mid-day get you to the Elephant sanctuary made popular by an irrigation tank/water-hole built by an ancient dynasty in 3rd century AD. Large herds of Asian elephants gather around the water hole for a drink year-round around mid-day and this has made the Minneriya park popular when visiting Sigiriya and Dambulla.
Uniquely Sri Lankan,is our gastronomy and style of cooking rice and curry, the most popular cuisine to try out when in Sri Lanka. Village cooking classes in traditional settings make for a unique culinary experience to be remembered as you learn the fine art of making tasty south-Asian food while on tour in Colombo or the southern-coast.
The hill-country; Nuwara Eliya, Hatton& Ella are best known for the most memorable train journeys popular amongst tourists when visiting Sri Lanka. The scenic beauty of the hills carpeted with tea bushes and the tunnels that travel through mountains and valleys is what is so unique about travelling by train in Sri Lanka. Train rides from Hatton to Ella and Kandy to Nuwara Eliya are most common on tourist’s travel itinerary as well as the famous 9 arches bridgein Ella is popular amongst tourists for iconic photoopportunities when visiting beautiful Ella.
amongst the many beautiful landscapes and picturesque hillsides and plateaus covering the central and southern foothills and plains, Sri Lanka is blessed with unique geographical land masses and waterfalls that each have their own unique scenery and beauty. Trek up Adams Peak in the Ratnapura district and mini Adams peak in Ella not forgetting the Ravana Ella falls and Ravana caves that dates back almost 25,000 years. Traverse the cloud forests of the Knuckles ranges as you enjoy picnic by the streams and waterfalls hidden in the mountain sides. Trek through the Sinharaja biosphere and the Horton plains which are UNESCO world heritage sites. Take the four (4) hour trek through the plains and arrive at world’s end precipice and Baker’s falls while on tour in Nuwara Eliya. Visit Ramboda falls, the 11th tallest fall in Sri Lanka, Bopath Ella falls and Balangoda falls in the south-central areas of the island.
This 15-day tour package encompasses the most geographical coverage of the entire island as you make your way from the Airport along the western coastal belt engaging in Kite surfing and wildlife spotting to the Northern tip of Sri Lanka – Point Pedro. The journey then takes you down to the central province to Sigiriya where you visit the 8th wonder of the world and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa with a day spent in the first capital city of Anuradhapura scouring the world-famous ruins of kingdoms past. From Sigiriya, you travel up the hills into the sacred city of Kandy and then into the Ella mountains via Nuwara Eliya.Finally, heading down to the southern beaches in the coastal cities of Mirissa & Galle, spend the days by the beaches and embark on whale watching boat tours before returning up the coast to Colombo as you bid farewell to Sri Lanka.
This truly is an activity packed itinerary that encompasses travel from coast-to-coast on a journey of discovery of the religious and cultural heritage of the land immersed in fun filled activities and sight-seeing in nature.
Day 01: Arrival / Negombo
Your guide will welcome you at the Airport and a 15min transfer takes you to the coastal city of Negombo. Relax & unwind on the beach and enjoy an authentic Ayurveda massage in the evening.
Day 02: Negombo / Anuradhapura
Morning Negombo city tour including visit to the fish market. Leave to Anuradhapura to visit thewell-preserved ruins before settling in for the night.
Day 03: Anuradhapura / Wilpattu (morning safari) / Jaffna / Charty Beach
Morning Jeep Safari at Wilpattu National Park. Proceed up north to Jaffna (3-hour drive). Once in Jaffna check in to the hotel, have lunch and proceed to Charty beach for some fun and a BBQ lunch.
Day 04: Point Pedro
This morning visit Point Pedro - the northern tip of Sri Lanka. Return to Jaffna and explore Jaffna city and visit Keerimalai hot springs and Nallur Kovil (mot famous Hindu Temple).
Day 05: Jaffna / Sigiriya / Hiriwadunna Village tour
Leave for Sigiriya from Jaffna (4.5-hour drive). Once in Sigiriya, enjoy an authentic village tour at Hiriwadunna and witness life in rural Sri Lanka.
Day 06: Sigiriya (morning climb) / Polonnaruwa cycle tour
Climb Sigiriya early morning to witness the sunrise on top of the Lion’s Rock fortress. Afternoon visit to Polonnaruwa Ruins and back to Sigiriya for the overnight stay.
Day 07: Sigiriya / Dambulla Cave Temple / Kandy
Sigiriya to Kandy,en route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. Once in Kandy enjoy the Kandy cultural dance in the evening.
Day 08: Kandy (city tour)
Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic “Sri Dalada Maligawa” and take a city tour and visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.Visit a wood carving shop and a Gem museum.
Day 09: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Tea factory & plantation / Ramboda falls
Leave to Nuwara Eliya and visit a tea factory. Stop off at Ramboda Falls& have lunch overlooking the waterfall. City tour of Nuwara Eliya.
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya to Ella (by Train)
By far the most iconic train journey in Sri Lanka, make the 3-hour journey by rail via Hatton as you make your way up to Ella across mountains & valleys covered in cloud forests. Explore Ella.
Day 11: Ella / Mirissa
This morning leave to Mirissa on the southern coast. Once in Mirissa relax on the beach.
Day 12& 13: Mirissa
Embark on an early morning whale watching excursion by boat. Return to shore and enjoy some water sports activities. Relax on the beach.
Day 14: Mirissa / Galle (Dutch Fort) / Colombo
Leave to Colombo. En route, visit the Galle Fort. Once in Colombo, explore Colombo city (approx. 2-hour tour).
Day 15: Departure from BIA
Leave Sri Lanka with fond memories as we transfer youto Bandaranaike International Airport for departure.
This city is in the northern part of Sri Lanka is the cultural center of the Tamil people in the country. Explore Jaffna city as it is a place rich in history, culture, great cuisine and is home to the northern most point of Sri Lanka, known as Point Pedro. Visit the Jaffna library, Nallur Kovil and Casuarina beach and do not miss out on the Jaffna market and Dutch fort. There is plenty to see in this important little town.
A short 20mins drive from Jaffna city centre and you arrive at Charty Beach. Take a short speed boat ride into the middle of the ocean and jump in to the sea where the water is waist high. Break open a few beers and watch the sun go down. Return to Charty beach for a Sea Food BBQ.
The first capital of ancient Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura (400BC) and Polonnaruwa (10th century AD) the second capital are strewn with well-preserved ruins dating back centuries. Awe at magnificent Stupas and the oldest naturally planted tree in the world, the Sri Maha Bodhi “Bo tree” under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Visit the 8th wonder of the world, the Sigiriya “Lion’s Rock” fortress (450AD) and the cave Temples of the Dambulla Golden Temple. The city of Kandy a UNESCO heritage site is home to the Temple of the Tooth relic.
En route to Anuradhapura, visit the Wilpattu National Park. The largest National park in Sri Lanka. Take a jeep safari as you drive through the wilderness and forests and spot Asian Elephants, wild boar, deer, Sloth bears, the elusive Leopard and many more mammals, amphibians and reptiles in their natural habitat. Enjoy some rare photography at the designated rest sites. Whilst in the southern coastal city of Mirissa, take a boat tour to witness the mighty blue whales and dolphins swimming just off the coast.
Specifically designed to give visitors a realistic experience of village life in Sri Lanka, take a stroll along a bund, boat ride and bullock cart ride through this village and witness life in rural Sri Lanka when touring the central province of Sigiriya and Habarana. Cap it off with a mouth-watering, authentic Sri Lankan village cooked lunch to end your tour.
This week long tour takes you from the western coastal city of Negombo to the central hills of Kandy a UNESCO heritage site whilst stopping off at the famous Elephant orphanage en route to Kandy. A scenic train ride through gorgeous mountainous landscapes and tea plantations gets you to Nuwara Eliya, the coldest city in Sri Lanka. End your journey with a relaxing stay at the stunning Bentota beach in the southern coast with a brief visit to the Colombo CBD to end your journey.
Day 01 – Arrival / Negombo
Your guide will welcome you at the Airport and a 15min transfer gets you to the coastal city of Negombo.
Day 02 – Negombo / Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage / Kandy
Take a 3-hour road journey to the central hills of Kandy while you break journey at Pinnawala to visit the Elephant orphanage and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Day 03 – Kandy
Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic “Sri Dalada Maligawa” and take a city tour and visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Day 04 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Embark on one of the most famous train journeys when visiting Sri Lanka. A 2.5-hour journey from Kandy via Nanu-Oya takes you through the tea-slopes to Nuwara Eliya.
Day 05 – Nuwara Eliya / Bentota
Head to the southern coast by road (5.5-hour drive) to Bentota beach for a break from the cooler climate of the hill-country.
Day 06 – Bentota
Enjoy a relaxing day sun bathing or engulf yourself in an activity-filled day of water sports at Bentota.
Day 07 – Bentota / Colombo / Departure
Make your way to the busy metropolis and take a quick 2-hour tour of the Colombo CBD if time permits before you bid farewell to the island.
Pinnawala in Kegalle en route to Kandy, is an elephant orphanage run by the Department of Wild-life Conservation caring for orphaned or injured elephants. Elephants are generally free to roam in the nearly 25-acre sanctuary. The feeding and elephant bathing usually happen twice a day and is the main tourist attraction.
Embark on a train ride through the most picturesque mountains and valleys in Sri Lanka. The 2.5-hour Kandy to Nuwara Eliya train ride is one of the most common journeys by rail amongst tourists. Passing through the town of Nanu-Oya, gaze out at the green slopes carpeted in tea bushes as you view the plantations that produce the most world-famous - Ceylon Tea.
Visit the Colonial Churches and the fish market of the Negombo lagoon. Negombo was a coastal city under the Portuguese invaders in 16th Century and a major port of the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka for trading the world-famous cinnamon. Kandy the most scared city for the Buddhist majority in the central hills is home to the Temple of the Tooth which houses the last remains of the Buddha.
Nuwara Eliya also known as “Little England”, is the tea capital of Sri Lanka and the coldest part of the country. Travelling by train or driving up the windy hills on approach to Nuwara Eliya, gaze at the scenic beauty of tea plantations and all the colourful flora that adorns the hill sides. There is plenty to see and do in Nuwara Eliya.
South of Colombo within an hours’ drive, is the coastal holiday destination of Bentota. The golden sandy beaches and lagoonsmake for ample water sports at some of the most exquisite beach resorts. This makes Bentota a top destination for tourists who enjoy lazy days by the beach and fun-filled water sports at the same time.
Unravel the beautiful island-paradise as you embark on a fortnight of discovery. This tour package is carefully designed to let you experience the many wonders of Sri Lanka. Witness magnificent wildlife, as you embark on jeep safaris across some of the largest wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.Discover the rich cultural and religious heritage of the country as you journey through ancient cities and visit the ruins of kingdoms past. The iconic Sigiriya “Lions Rock” monolith (built in 450AD) is a must see when passing through Dambulla.
Cap it off with some sun and surf as you shuffle across a variety of coastal destinations en route and take the opportunity to get your tan on as you sun bathe on some of the finest beaches in the island. Do not miss out on whale and dolphin watching tours whilst you soak up the sun and warm sea breeze of the Indian ocean amidst the azure skies of the coastal cities.
Day 01 – Arrival / Negombo
Your guide will welcome you at the Airport and a 15min transfer gets you to the coastal city of Negombo.
Day 02 – Negombo / Galle / Mirissa
Explore the coastal fishing city of Negombo and visit the famous fish market and lagoon before you head to the southern coast city - Galle. Visit the Dutch fort and settle in for the night at Mirissa.
Day 03 – Mirissa / Yala
Enjoy the turquoise waters of beautiful Mirissa beach and if time permits, go whale and dolphin watching before making your way further south along the coast to Yala National Park for an evening Jeep safari.
Day 04 – Yala / Buduruwagala / Ella
After an exciting jeep safari spotting wildlife, take the 5-hour road trip and visit Buduruwagala on route to the mountains of Ella.
Day 05 – Ella / Nuwara Eliya
After spending the night in the cool climate amidst the backdrop of the picturesque mountains, embark on an iconic 3-hour train journey from Ella to the tea-country in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 06 – Nuwara Eliya / Kandy
Depart Nuwara Eliya town and make your way through the picturesque hills to the sacred city of Kandy.
Day 07 – Kandy
Invoke blessings at the Temple of the Tooth Relic “Sri Dalada Maligawa” and take a city tour and visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Day 08 – Kandy / Dambulla / Sigiriya
Departing Kandy, a 2-hour road trip gets you to the central city of Dambulla. Visit the cave temple a UNESCO site and end your day with an evening jeep safari at Minneriya National Park.
Day 09 – Visit Polonnaruwa / Evening Sigiriya Rock to watch the sunset
Just over an hour’s drive from Sigiriya gets you to the second capital of ancientCeylon.Take a cycle tour and scour the ruins of Polonnaruwa. Head back to Sigiriya to watch the sunset atop the Lion’s Rock fortress.
Day 10 – Sigiriya / Trincomalee
Your journey now takes you to the NE coastal city of Trincomalee where you can spend the next couple of days relaxing on the beach. Be sure to spot the mighty Asian elephants along the way.
Day 11 & 12 – Trincomalee
Discover the coastal town of Trincomalee while you enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and whale watching at some of the many beaches in Trincomalee bay.
Day 13 – Trincomalee / Anuradhapura / Wilpattu Park in the evening
Head from the coast to the first capital of ancient Sri Lanka. Tour the well-preserved ruins of the sacred city of Anuradhapura. End the day with an evening visit to the Wilpattu National Park.
Day 14 – Anuradhapura / Chillaw
Departing Anuradhapura, head down the west coast to Chillaw for your final day of relaxation at your hotel by the coast.
Day 15 – Chillaw / Departure
A 1.5-hour journey gets you to the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Whether journeying down south, the central cities of Dambulla & Sigiriya or the west coast, you are never too far from some of the most exotic wildlife at the many national parks. Visit Yala in the south, or Wilpattu on the west coast and go on a jeep safari as you spot Elephants, wild Boar, Crocodiles, Deer, Sloth Bears, large species of birds and the elusive Leopard. Witness the Elephant gathering at the Minneriya National park when visiting Sigiriya.
Arguably the most iconic train journey when visiting Sri Lanka,the train ride from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, takes you on the most scenic 3-hour journey across hill sides carpeted with tea bushes, and tunnels and bridges through the mountains and over valleys. The cool climate of the hill-country and the beautiful vistas surrounded by cloud forests makes this one of the most unique journeys by rail you will ever witness.
The first capital of ancient Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura (400BC) and Polonnaruwa (10th century AD) the second capital, are strewn with well-preserved ruins dating back centuries. Awe at magnificent Stupas and the oldest naturally planted tree in the world, the Sri Maha Bodhi “Bo tree” under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Visit the 8th wonder of the world, the Sigiriya “Lion’s Rock” fortress (450AD) and the sacred city of Kandy a UNESCO heritage site as you visit the Temple of the Tooth relic. Also do not miss out on a visit Buduruwagala meaning “rock of Buddhist sculptures” a 10th century Buddhist temple in the south.
The cool climate, cloud forests and scenic beauty of the hills draped in water-falls andgreenery of tea plantations that spread across the slopes make this a picture-perfect setting for a truly blissful holiday surrounded by breath-taking views of valleys and stunning vistas.Avail yourself withunique photographic opportunities. Do not miss the famous 9-arches bridge for a rare photo-op which is a hot-pick amongst tourists and trekup mini-Adam’s peak when in Ella. Nuwara Eliya also known as “Little England”, is the tea capital of Sri Lanka and the coldest part of the country. Travelling by train or driving up the windy hills on approach to Nuwara Eliya, gaze at the scenic beauty of tea plantations and all the colourful flora that adorns the hill sides. There is plenty to see and do in Nuwara Eliya.
Mirissa is one of the most sought-after beach destinations in southern Sri Lanka. The turquoise blue waters beneath azure skies and the golden sandy beaches coupled with its swimmable beaches makes it a beach-bums paradise. Mirissa has the largest population of mighty blue whales in the world. The Trincomalee harbour has origins dating back 2500 years ago.Visit Fort Fredrick built in 1660 by Dutch invaders, and Koneswaram “Temple of a thousand pillars” built in 205BC.Indulge insome water-sports and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Nilaveli, Uppuveli & Marble beach. Just over 50km’s from the main Bandaranaike International Airport is the coastal city of Chillaw, your last stop in paradise.
This ten (10) day tour is designed specifically for lovers of Golf. Enjoy driving and putting in the warmth of the tropics on some of the elegant Golf clubs in the CBD and shift the mood to the cool climate and picturesque central hills as you enjoy rounds of Golf at the Victoria Golf Course – Kandy and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. Colombo and Nuwara Eliya are the oldest Golf courses in the country with the latter been built in 1889 by the British Colonialists.
For your last round of Golf, make your way down the south-eastern coast, to Hambantota. Stay at the luxurious Shangri-La Resort and Golf Course, the newest course to be built in Sri Lanka by renowned golf-course architect Rodney Wright.
Day 01 – Arrival / Colombo
Pick-up from Bandaranaike International Airport, and check-in to your hotel. 1st round of Golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Course.
Day 02 – Colombo / Pinnawala / Kandy
On route to Kandy, visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala and the Temple of the Tooth Relic “Sri Dalada Maligawa” in Kandy. Take a city tour, shopping and sight-seeing and visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Day 03 – Kandy
2nd round of Golf at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Digana overlooking the Victoria Reservoir on the outskirts of Kandy.
Day 04 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Journey through the hills to “Little England” as your reach the city on the plains. Visit Ramboda falls, trek through a tea plantation and visit a factory and soak in the sights of beautiful Nuwara Eliya city.
Day 05 – Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a 3rd round at Golf at Nuwara Eliya Golf Club.
Day 06 – Nuwara Eliya / Hambantota
Make your way down from the hills (4-hour drive) to the southern coastal city of Yala for an evening jeep safari in the wild at Yala National Park.
Day 07 – Hambantota
Finally, 4th and last round of Golf at Shangri-La Golf Resort on the southern coast.
Day 08 & 09 – Hambantota / Galle / Bentota
Journey from the south-eastern coast along the coastal belt to the famous city of Galle and visit the 17th century Dutch fort. Break journey in Bentota. Relax for 2 nights by the beach.
Day 10 – Bentota / Departure
Make your way from the south coast to the Bandaranaike International Airport (1.5-hour drive) as you bid farewell to the island.
The oldest Golf Club in the country established in 1880, was given the Royal charter by King George V in 1928. Enjoy your first round of Golf at the 18-hole Royal Colombo Golf club in the capital city of Colombo.
Journey to the central hills to the beautiful Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Digana. Thisluxurious resort and Golf course is located just over 20kms from Kandy.Voted the best Golf course in Asia in 2005,it is said to be amongst the top 100 Golf courses in the world.
Your 3rd round will be at the 18-hole golf course at the 19th century Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. Initially built for British soldiers in 1889 who were stationed in the city, it is located in the coldest city in Sri Lanka known as “Little England”. As this round will be at high altitudes be sure to wear appropriate warm clothing as it could get chilly.
Your last round of Golf in the tropical paradise will be at the newest 18-hole golf course at the luxurious Shangri-La Golf Resort in Hambantota. The course designed by world-renowned golf course architect Rodney Wright is located on a 58-hectare resort across a landscape of coconut palms, sapphire quarries, lakes and sand dunes with the view of the mighty Indian ocean in the horizon.
On the final day of your Golfing tour across the island of Sri Lanka, you will visit the Colombo metropolis where you could get a sense of life in the CBD and enjoy some modern activities and entertainment. Kandy and Nuwara Eliya sees you through the Central hilly regions blessed with a year-round cool climate and some of the most stunning views of picturesque landscapes. Along the south-eastern coast, the Shangri-La Golf Resort is yet another contrasting spectacle as you enjoy Golfing amidst the warm sea breeze and beautiful beaches of Hambantota.
This tour package is crafted with adventure junkies in mind. The 2-week long tour of the island of Sri Lanka begins on the west coast in Negombo. From Negombo, moving further north along the west coast a wonder awaits at the divine beaches of Kalpitiya in Puttalam district. Famous for its dolphin & whale watching tours, Kalpitiya is also a popular beach for kite and wind surfing. Travel inwards for an action packed few days of wildlife and wilderness. Go on a village tour in Hiriwadunna and witness life in rural Sri Lanka and climb the Sigiriya “Lion’s Rock” Fortress. Enjoy hot air ballooning if the weather holds up and hike through the 9-peaks of the Knuckles rain forest. Visit Mahiyanganaya and Ella and discover some historic places of interest as you soak in the beautiful scenery and cool climate of the mountains and plains and mini-Adam’s peak. Engage in some fairly rigorous water sports in the mighty Kelani river at Kitulgala and cap it all off with a relaxing day by the beach in Bentota with the option ofsome exhilarating water-sports on the river as well.
Day 01 – Arrival / Negombo
Your guide will welcome you at the Airport and a 15min transfer gets you to the coastal city of Negombo. Relax & unwind on the beach.
Day 02 & 03 – Negombo / Kalpitiya
From Negombo, move north to Kalpitiya. Enjoy kite surfing on the white sandy beaches and go on a whale & dolphin watching boat ride.
Day 04 – Kalpitiya / Habarana
A 3-hour journey by road takes you to Habarana in the central part of the island. Evening tour through Hiriwadunna village.
Day 05 – Habarana (Hot Air Balloon Ride – Seasonal) / Evening Climb Sigiriya for the Sunset
Depending on the weather conditions, take a hot-air balloon ride over the forests of Habarana and Sigiriya andclimb the Lions Rock in the evening to watch the sunset.
Day 06 – Sigiriya / Knuckles
Within an hours’ drive from Sigiriya, enter into the misty Knuckles mountain ranges and hike through the hills and across streams and waterfalls and enjoy a picnic lunch by a waterfall.
Day 07 – Hike in Knuckles Mountain Range
Take a guided hiking tour through the ranges and visit some villages along the nature trails.
Day 08 – Knuckles / Mahiyanganaya
In just under 3-hours by road, visit the plains of Mahiyanganaya in thecentral region and visit the indigenous Vedda community.
Day 09 – Mahiyanganaya / Ella
Departing Mahiyanganaya, arrive at the beautiful mountain city of Ella and trek up to the little Adam’s peak which is a popular look out point in the hills.
Day 10 & 11 – Ella / Kitulgala
Make your way down to the central foothills and get immersed in an activity filled holiday of water sports in the rapids of the Kelani river in Kitulgala. Go kayaking, canoeing, waterfall abseiling and hike or mountain bike the popular nature trails.
Day 12 – Kitulgala / Mirissa
Head back down to the southern coast and spend the day by the beautiful coastal beach destination - Mirissa.
Day 13 – Whale watching / Bentota
Take a boat tour while in Mirissa to see whales and dolphins before departure up the south coast to Bentota beach.
Day 14 – Bentota
Immerse yourself in water-sports like banana boat rides, water-skiing, jet-ski or paddle boats in the Bentota river.
Day 15 – Bentota / Colombo (City Tour) / Departure
Make your way to the busy metropolis and take a quick 2-hour tour of the Colombo CBD before you bid farewell to the island.
Kalpitiya a popular destination on the west coast, is famous for its white sandy beaches and dolphin watching boat rides from November to April. Also popular amongst beach bums and tourists for the activities such as Kite surfing, Kalpitiya is unique in that, unlike beaches to the south, this destination is not overly commercialized so you get to soak in the sun and surf in relative tranquility.
The 9-peaks which make up the Knuckles ranges looks like a clenched fist and hence it gets its name. This is a UNESCO world heritage site, with over 30% of all Sri Lankas endemic flora only found in these mountain forests. Take a hike along some of the nature trails through the cloud-covered mountain forests with a professional guide, passing by flowing rivers and water falls and even stop off at a local village on the way. Take the time to enjoy a quick bathe in the tranquil waters of the rivers and waterfalls.
Mahiyanganaya which means “flat land” in Pali is home to the Aborigines of the land “the Veddas”. The main economic activity in the area is paddy cultivation, but it isan important part of the island’s heritage as it harbours the last settlements of the indigenous people of the country.The arrival of Lord Buddha to the city to settle a dispute between two ancient tribes the “Yakkas” and “Nagas” was his first visit to Lanka and thus makes it an important place for Buddhists.
As an island in the Indian ocean, blessed with tropical weather and eco-friendly conservation policies that foster a booming tourist industry, the waters off the south coast in Mirissa and Kalpitiya on the west coast has been a kind habitat to marine life. Whale-watching tours are a popular tourist spectacle as the waters off the island’s coast has been known to have the largest population of blue whales in the world. Whales can be seen just off the coast of cities like Mirissa, Kalpitiya and Trincomalee. Shuffle between the destinations for a boat tour depending on the time of your visit. Mirissa & Kalpitiya seasons is from November to April, March being the best month for spotting whales, while whale watching in the East coast is typically from June to August.
100kms from the Colombo CBD in the south-central foothills lies the city of Kitulgala. This destination is popular amongst foreign and local adventure junkies for eco-adventure set within the mighty Kelani river that flows through it. Being amongst the wettest areas in the country, Kitulgala is a very popular destination for sports like white-water rafting, kayaking, rain forest trekking, canoeing, water-fall abseiling and camping in the wetlands. If a day of fun-filled activity and adventure sports is your cup of tea, Kitulgala is the destination for you. For white-water rafting, guests are equipped with necessary safety gear by experienced instructors and accompanied on their adventure.
Sri Lanka a land like no other, is truly a romantic paradise in the Indian ocean. The tiny south-Asian island is one of the most popular tropical holiday destinations in the world. Blessed with beautiful beaches all around its coastal border and varying geographical landscapes, the country is overflowing with fauna and flora and vast expanses of vegetation and wildlife in designated sanctuaries. The island enjoys varying climates depending on the altitude of the region visited with cooler climates in the central hill-country, and wet weather in the southern foothills. Most coastal cities enjoy a warm breeze courtesy of the mighty Indian ocean. Largely blessed with year-round sunny weather, it is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway spoilt in relaxation.
Day 01 – Arrival / Negombo
Your guide will welcome you at the Airport and a 15min transfer gets you to the coastal city of Negombo. Relax & unwind on the beach and enjoy an authentic Ayurveda massage in the evening.
Day 02 – Negombo / Elephant Freedom Project / Sigiriya
Depart Negombo and head to the Sigiriya Lions Rock to watch the evening sunset. En route, make a detour to Kegalle and visit the Elephant Freedom Project and enjoy the night stargazing with a bottle of champagne/sparkling wine at your hotel.
Day 03 – Authentic Sri Lankan village tour / Bicycle ride along the Habarana bund / Minneriya Park visit in the afternoon / Candle lit dinner at the hotel
Today you will be immersed in rural life as you visit the Hiriwadunna Village. Cycle along a bund and experience life in rural Sri Lanka. Elephant gathering at Minneriya and candle-lit dinner at hotel.
Day 04 – Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandy – Traditional dance in the evening
Depart Sigiriya and stop off at the Dambulla rock to visit the Cave Temple in Dambulla en route to Kandy (2.5-hour drive).Enjoy a traditional Kandyan purification dance in the evening.
Day 05 – Kandy / Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic “Sri Dalada Maligawa” and take a city tour and visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Day 06 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Gregory’s Lake visit in the evening
A scenic 2.5-hour drive takes you up the hills to Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea factory and walk through the plantations and visit the beautiful Gregory’s Lake in the heart of Nuwara Eliya town.
Day 07 – Nuwara Eliya / Ella
After spending the night in the cool climate amidst the backdrop of the picturesque mountains, embark on an iconic 3-hour train journey to Ella via Hatton.
Day 08 – Ella
Spend a relaxing day amidst the cloud forests in the mountains of the beautiful village of Ella. Trek through the green hills and across valleys and enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location.
Day 09 – Ella / Yala
Head down from Ella to the south coast and arrive at the islands most famous National Park - Yala Wildlife Sanctuary for an evening jeep safari.
Day 10 – Yala / Galle / Down South
Leaving the Yala wildlife park, head down along the southern coast to Galle. Visit the 17th century Dutch fort and spend the night at a hotel down south.
Day 11 & 12 – Down South
Spend a couple of days relaxing by the beach and soaking up the sun and surf with a romantic candle-lit dinner at a luxurious beach resort.
Day 13 – Down South / Colombo
Journey by road from Galle on a 2-hour drive to the Colombo metropolis. Enjoy an authentic Ayurveda couples massage at a well-reputed spa.
Day 14 – Colombo / Departure
Transfer to Airport for Departure at Bandaranaike International Airport.
This holiday package is designed for a romantic 2-weeks for couples mixed with sight-seeing and activities. Enjoy candle-lit dinners at your Hotels in Sigiriya and down-south. Spend the nights in Sigiriya stargazingover a champagne after an activity filled days of bicycle rides, authentic village tours at Hiriwadunna, picnic lunches in Ella mountains and the most relaxing authentic Ayurvedic massages in Colombo.
The Elephant Freedom Project is a small family run set-up where guests get to see how the mahout feeds and bathes his 2 elephants who are been cared for. The Minneriya National Park is situated close to the Sigiriya Rock and guests can witness the largest gathering of Asian elephants around an ancient irrigation tank every afternoon as they come in search of water. Yala to the south is the most visited and oldest National Park in Sri Lanka. See wild-boar, crocodiles and other reptiles, Elephants, sloth bears in their natural habitat as well as the largest population of Leopards is found at Yala.
Arguably the most iconic train journey when visiting Sri Lanka,the train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, takes you on a scenic 3-hour journey across hill sides carpeted with tea bushes, and tunnels and bridges through the mountains and over valleys. The cool climate of the hill-country and the beautiful vistas surrounded by cloud forests makes this one of the most unique journeys by rail you will ever witness.
Home to the 8th wonder of the world, visit the ancient Kingdom of King Kashyapa (450AD) at the top of the Lion’s Rock – Sigiriya. Visit the Colonial Churches and the fish market of the Negombo lagoon. Negombo was a coastal city under the Portuguese invaders in 16th Century and a major port of the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka for trading the world-famous cinnamon. Kandy the most scared city for the Buddhist majority in the central hills is home to the Temple of the Tooth which houses the last remains of the Buddha.
The cool climate, cloud forests and scenic beauty of the hills draped in water-falls and tea plantations that spread across the slopes make this a picture-perfect setting for a truly blissful holiday surrounded by breath-taking views of valleys and vistas. Avail yourself with stunning photographic opportunities. Do not miss the famous 9-arches bridge for a rare photo-op which is a hot-pick amongst tourists and trekup mini-Adam’s peak when in Ella. Nuwara Eliya also known as “Little England”, is the tea capital of Sri Lanka and the coldest part of the country. Travelling by train or driving up the windy hills on approach to Nuwara Eliya, gaze at the scenic beauty of tea plantations and all the colourful flora that adorns the hill sides.
For the avid tourists keen on unravelling the historical origins of the land and the exploring the mythological sites that tell the tale of Rama, Sita and the demon king Ravana of Lanka, follow the Ramayana package and walk in the footsteps of King Rama of India who is said to have walked this earth in his human life-form some 869,000 years ago.
The Ramayana is an Indian epic written by Valmiki, an ancient scholar who wrote the tale of the Kings in 500BC and is the world’s largest ancient epic of world literature that tells the tale of the King Rama, his wife Sita, the monkey warrior-God Hanuman and the capture of Sita by Ravana king of Lanka.
Day 01 – Arrival / Negombo
Your guide will welcome you at the Airport and a 15min transfer takes you to the coastal city of Negombo.
Day 02 – Negombo / Chillaw / Kandy
From Negombo, journey up through the coastal city of Chillaw and visit Manavari and Munneswaram Hindu temples, and on arrival in Kandy take a city tour.
Day 03 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Journey through the hills to Nuwara Eliya and en route visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman (monkey-God) and visit Seetha Amman Kovil, where Ravana kept Sita captive.
Day 04 – Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Bandarawela
Take a scenic 3-hour train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella and visit Divurumpola where Sita is said to have performed the Fire (Agni) Test to prove her purity after been rescued by Rama. Gayathri Peedam located in Bandarawela is a site where Ravana’s son paid homage to the God’s.
Day 05 – Bandarawela / Kataragama
From Bandarawela, visit the Ravana falls and caves before proceeding by road on a 2.5-hour journey to the holy city of Kataragama on the south-eastern coast.
Day 06 – Kataragama / Ussangoda / Rumassala in Galle / Seenigama Temple Hikkaduwa / Sri Anjaneyar Temple Colombo
Visit the sacred Kataragama temple and make your way along the coast to Colombo, whilst visiting Ussangoda and Rumassala in Galle. Also en route, stop of at the Seenigama temple in Hikkaduwa and finish the day off with a visit to Sri Anjaneyar temple in Colombo.
Day 07 – Colombo / Departure
Transfer to Airport for Departure at Bandaranaike International Airport.
Munneswaram and Manavari Hindu Templeslinks to the “Ramayana” as they were said to have been visited by the God King of India – Rama after his defeat over Ravana (great King of ancient Lanka). The Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, built by the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka in reverence to Hanuman is the site where he searched for signs of Sita from the tops of the Ramboda hills ultimately leading to her rescue. The Seetha Amman Kovil,is the place where Sita was held captive by Ravana. Gayathri Peedam temple, an important location on the Ramayana trail, was chosen as a holy site by revelation to the Goddess Gayathri, where Ravana’s son paid homage to the Gods, Vishnu, Siva and Brahma. Divurumpola Temple, one of the most historically important locations in Sri Lanka is the place where Sita took the legendary “Agni Test”. Ravana falls and Ravana Ella caves, is famous in history for the tunnel network leading behind the water fall which is said to have been built by Ravana, where he hid Sita from been discovered by Hanuman and Rama. The Gods offered protection to Lord Rama from the wrath of Ravana when God Skanda was ordered to join the battle in Kataragama. Ussangoda is the site where King Ravana was said to have built his airport for his “Pushpaka Vimana” meaning flying chariot. In Unawatuna, Rumassala mountain is said to be part of the Himalayan mountain dropped by Hanuman when he went back to India in search of a medicinal herbs to cure Lakshmana (Lord Rama’s brother and friend) injured in the epic battle. The Seenigama Temple in Hikkaduwa is rumored to be over 1000 years old where devotees invoke the blessings of God Devol for protection and vengeance against oppressors. The last stop in Colombo on the Ramayana trail is Sri Anjaneyar Temple, which happens to be the only “Panchamuga” or five faced temple built in honour of the monkey-warrior Lord Hanuman, there are statues of different Hindu Gods in the temple, which include the Pushpaka Vimana (flying chariot) of Ravana.
Arguably the most iconic train journey when visiting Sri Lanka,the train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, takes you on the most scenic 3-hour journey across hill sides carpeted with tea bushes, and tunnels and bridges through the mountains and over valleys. The cool climate of the hill-country and the beautiful vistas surrounded by cloud forests makes this one of the most unique journeys by rail you will ever witness.
Visit the Dutch fort, Colonial Churches and the fish market of the Negombo lagoon. Negombo was a coastal city under the Portuguese invaders in 16th Century and a major port of the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka for trading the world-famous cinnamon. Kandy the most scared city for the Buddhist majority in the central hills is home to the Temple of the Tooth which houses the last remains of the Buddha.
The cool climate, cloud forests and scenic beauty of the hills draped in water-falls and tea plantations that carpet the slopes make this a picture-perfect setting for a truly blissful holiday surrounded by breath-taking views of valleys and vistas. Avail yourself with some stunning photographic opportunities. Do not miss the famous 9-arches bridge for a rare photo-op which is a hot-pick amongst tourists andtrekup mini-Adam’s peak when in Ella. Nuwara Eliya also known as “Little England”, is the tea capital of Sri Lanka and the coldest part of the country. Travelling by train or driving up the windy hills on approach to Nuwara Eliya, gaze at the scenic beauty of tea plantations and all the colourful flora that adorns the hill sides. Visit the sleepy town of Bandarawela just a few kilometers south of Ella.
Colombo the commercial capital of Sri Lanka is packed with modern buildings and old colonial era structures alike.The crowded street bazars and busy metropolis is a multi-ethnic melting pot of cultures. Check out some of the luxury star-class city hotels and take the chance for some last-minute shopping at a shopping mall and visit some gem and souvenir shops. Time permitting, visit some of the religious and national heritage places of interest. One could also indulge in fine dining at a variety of restaurants that cater to different pallets in and around Colombo CBD.
This package is tailored for the adventurous travellers who want to get up close & personal with the locals and experience the beautiful scenery and landscapes of the island like the locals do. The entire nine (9) day package encompasses a blend of journeys by road mixed with train rides along the southern coastline’s beautiful beaches and turquoise waters of the south as well as up the most beautiful parts of Sri Lanka as you journey through scenic landscapesand into the central mountainous regions of the island.
There is no better way to experience the beautiful hill country and mountains draped in tea plantations and lush greenery when visiting the hill-country than by rail as you make your way nearly 6000 ft. above sea level. This tour by road and rail through the tropical paradise is a favourite for avid photographers as some of the most iconic photos of Sri Lankan holidays are captured by tourist while travelling by train through the mountains and passing numerous water falls covered by cloud forests and hilly peaks.
Day 01: By CAR – Arrival / Colombo
Warm welcome at the Bandaranaike International Airport and 45min drive to your hotel in Colombo.
Day 02: By TRAIN – Colombo / Kandy
Begin your journey by rail from Colombo to Kandy (approx. 4-hour ride). Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic “Sri Dalada Maligawa” and take a city tour.
Day 03: By TRAIN – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Journey through the hills on one of the most famous train journeys popular amongst tourists as you travel by rail to tea-country in Nuwara Eliya (3 to 4-hour ride).
Day 04: By TRAIN – Nuwara Eliya / Ella
By far the most iconic train journey in Sri Lanka, make the 3-hour journey by rail via Hatton as you make your way up to Ella across mountains & valleyscovered in cloud forests.
Day 05: By CAR – Ella / Yala
Head down from Ella to the south coast on a 2.5-hour drive as you arrive at the islands most famous National Park - Yala Wildlife Sanctuary for an evening jeep safari.
Day 06: By CAR – Yala / Mirissa
After departing Yala National Park, make your way further south along the coast on a 2.5-hour road trip to the turquoise waters of beautiful Mirissa beach and if time permits, go Whale and Dolphin watching.
Day 07: By TRAIN – Mirissa / Bentota
Journey up along the southern coast line by rail and break your journey in Balapitya for an evening lagoon boat ride along the Madhu Ganga lagoon. Visit a turtle hatchery and end the day at Bentota beach.
Day 08: By TRAIN – Bentota / Colombo
The last stop on tour is the Colombo metropolis. Say goodbye to the beautiful beaches of Bentota as you take a 2-hour train ride along the west coastal line.
Day 09: By CAR – Colombo / Departure
Transfer from Colombo to Airport for Departure at Bandaranaike International Airport.
The train journey from the Colombo CBD to Kandy could be a bit tiring at first as the humid climate of Colombo could prove tough for travellers not acclimatized to Sri Lankan weather. With the trains having air-conditioned 1st class cabins, and as this journey takes you up to the sacred city of Kandy on a 3-hour trip,the climate gets cooler and more scenic as you approach Kandy. Take a tour of the Kandy city and invoke blessings at the Temple of the Tooth “Sri Dalada Maligawa” which is said to house the tooth remains of the Buddha.
Embark on a train ride through the most picturesque mountains and valleys in Sri Lanka. The 2.5-hour Kandy to Nuwara Eliya train ride is one of the most common journeys by rail for tourists. Passing through the town of Nanu-Oya, gaze out at the green slopes carpeted in tea bushes as you view the plantations that produce theworld-famous beverage - Ceylon Tea.
This is the most popular train ride when visiting Sri Lanka. A popular pick for most tourists, this journey by rail takes just over 3-hours but is a longer journey down to Ella than by road. However, it is the scenic beauty of the hill sides carpeted with tea bushes, and the tunnels through the mountains and bridges over which the train makes its way, that is so unique about this leg of the journey.
This leg of the journey takes you on a nearly 2-hour train ride that hugs the coast line. Travel by rail from the southern beach paradise of Mirissa as you pass the popular city of Galle en route to Bentota. The sound of the surf and beautiful azure skies over the turquoise waters of the many beach destinations of the southern coastal belt is a soothing site as you traverse up towards the west coast. En route, take the 2-hour lagoon boat ride in Balapitya as you explore the Madhu Ganga mangroves and wetlands. Visit a turtle hatchery and see how the locals play their part in conservation of the endangered sea turtles.
The final leg of your tour in the paradise isle is the train ride from Bentota beach towards Colombo metropolis. This journey takes approximately 1-hour and is also a journey by rail that embraces the coast line. Pass through the beach destinations of Beruwala, Kalutara and Wadduwa, before entering into the busy capital of Colombo. The beaches along this belt are not as picturesque as the beaches of the south but one could enjoy a very different experience at every stage of the tour of the island by rail.