General

For such a small island, Sri Lanka is bursting at the seams with history, heritage, culture and wildlife. From the ruined fortress of Sigiriya, to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, one can experience the crucible of Sinhalese life from a bygone era at every turn.

What’s more, Sri Lanka is home to some of the best wildlife and birdlife experiences in the whole of Asia. On this leisurely route, not only will you visit key sights, but you’ll also stay in remote areas offering tranquil settings away from the heavily trodden path. Leave the bustle of Negombo behind as you travel to Anamaduwa.

A laidback lodge offers you the chance to immerse yourself in nature or just sway on a hammock with a good book. Using Habarana as your base, catch the first rays of light at the summit of Pidurangala, and although an early start, then enjoy breakfast served atop the rock with a view of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. As a region rich in agriculture, take a walk through the life of a farmer and enjoy lunch at his house, cooked lovingly by his wife. No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without climbing the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built by King Kashyapa as a result of a rivalry between two brothers. Still exploring within the Cultural Triangle, visit Polonnaruwa, enjoy a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, admire the Dambulla cave temples and get to know the intimate corners of Kandy by tuk tuk.

The last part of your journey is spent in Koggala. Observe village communities at work and then a cooking demonstration. Learn about Sri Lankan spices and how the slightest variations change into different tastes. From kitchen to the Kanneliya Rainforest, with your tracker, whose home is on the edges of the forest reserve, expect to see plenty of birdlife, perhaps a few monkeys, unique bugs and maybe even snakes. The grand finale of this tour is a visit to Galle Fort where Sri Lankan culture collides with colonial architecture.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
SUNRISE AT PIDURANGALA / LOCAL FARM VISIT / SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS VISIT / POLONNARUWA RUINS JEEP SAFARI AT MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK / DAMBULLA CAVES / KANDY TUK TUK TOUR / VILLAGE AND BICYCLE TOUR / COOKING DEMONSTRATION TREK THROUGH KANNELIYA FOREST / GALLE FORT EXPLORATION

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities & Locations Negombo / Anamaduwa / Habarana / Gampola / Koggala
Duration 12 Days / 11 Nights

Itinerary

This holiday is solely a suggested itinerary: it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your very own custom-made tour.


Day 1 Colombo - Negombo

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to your Negombo hotel.

Day 2 Negombo - Dambulla

This morning enjoy a city tour of Negombo before proceeding to Dambulla. Along the way, stop at the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

Day 3 Dambulla

Today enjoy a visit to the renowned Sigiriya Rock Fortress, further enhanced by the remarkable lion paws carved into the entrance, beautiful water gardens and Sigiriya frescoes. A Sri Lankan village tour also offers a unique perspective to daily life here.

Day 4 Dambulla - Kandy

Transfer to Kandy and take part in the ‘Three Temple Loop’ tour. Offering different stories to capture your imagination, visit Gadaladeniya Temple, Lankatilaka Temple and Embekka Temple.

Day 5 Kandy

Today enjoy an art and philosophy tour along with a Sri Lankan drum lesson. Well-known for dancing and artwork including religious frescos, Kandy has produced a marvellous group of artisans.

Day 6 Kandy - Colombo

Transfer to Colombo and enjoy a city tour. Take a peek into a handful of Colombo’s sacred spaces and lively streets.

Day 7 Colombo

Enjoy a tour dedicated to Geoffrey Bawa’s works.

Day 8 Colombo - Bentota

Transfer to Bentota with a stop at Lunuganga Estate along the way.

Day 9 Bentota

Spend the day at leisure. Bentota offers a great beach resort with soft sands and enchanting waters.

Day 10 Bentota - Galle

Transfer to Galle and enjoy a traditional mask making workshop with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11-12 Galle - Tangalle

Transfer to Tangalle and spend the next two days at leisure. This lazy fishing town is situated on one of the finest and largest bays of Sri Lanka. With a palm fringed bay, beautiful coves and vast golden beaches Tangalle is a tranquil alternative to the more vibrant tourist beaches.

Day 13 Tangalle - Colombo

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport where tour arrangements end.

Terms & Conditions

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Ancient Cities

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Kandy & The Highlands

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Sri Lanka

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