Ancient Kingdoms of Sri Lanka

10-day historical tour exploring Sri Lanka's ancient and modern capitals

Ancient Kingdoms of Sri Lanka

Trace the history of Sri Lanka through its ancient and modern capitals on this 10-day historical tour. Discover the origins of Sinhalese culture in ancient Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, before venturing to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s colonial-era capital. The tour ends with a visit to the highland town of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s tea region and a stay in a rainforest eco-lodge.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Colombo

    You will be met on arrival at Colombo airport and transferred to the Ramada Hotel, where you stay one night in a double room (inc. breakfast).

  2. Day 2: Colombo – Anuradhapura

    After breakfast at the Ramada, depart Colombo for Anuradhapura in a private vehicle (approx. 5 hours). On arrival, check into the Palm Garden Village for two nights (inc. breakfast).

  3. Day 3: Anuradhapura

    Meet with your guide after breakfast and embark on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura. This ancient city, now a picturesque ruin, was once the centre of Sri Lankan civilization, and provides a fascinating insight into early Sinhalese culture.

  4. Day 4: Anuradhapura – Sigiriya

    Depart Anuradhapura after breakfast in a private vehicle and journey south to Sigiriya (approx. 1 ½ hrs). Check into Aliya Resort & Spa for two nights (inc. breakfast).

  5. Day 5: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

    An early start today, as you set off for the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Often dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, this giant rock citadel is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular monument. Built in the 5th-century AD, during the reign of King Kasyapa, it’s an astounding feat of engineering, as well as a spectacular example of early Sinhalese art and iconography.

  6. Day 6: Sigiriya – Kandy

    Depart Sigiriya for Kandy (approx. 3½ hrs), travelling via Matale and the Dambulla Cave Temples.

  7. Day 7: Kandy

    This morning, embark on a tour of Kandy accompanied by an experienced local guide, continuing your tour of Sri Lanka’s history through its former capitals.

  8. Day 8: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

    Start the day with a tour of the Three Temple Loop of Embekke, Lankathilaka and Gadaladeniya. This trio of temples are among the most impressive examples of religious architecture in the Kandy region.

  9. Day 9: Nuwara Eliya – Sinharaja

    Depart Nuwara Eliya this morning and travel by road to Sinharaja (approx. 4½ hours). On arrival, check into the Rainforest Eco-lodge for two nights in a chalet (half board).

  10. Day 10: Sinharaja Rainforest

    After breakfast, embark on a guided walking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest accompanied by a naturalist guide.

  11. Day 11: Departure

    You will be collected from the lodge after breakfast and transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

Price guide

The price shown is based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation. Please see full itinerary for inclusions & exclusions. This is a private itinerary and can be tailored to your interests, and priced for families and larger group sizes.

11 days from £1195pp


11 days from £1195pp

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A wonderful trip. We have travelled extensively in Asia and this is one of our favourites.

Peter and Avis