Jewels of Sri Lanka

Discover Sri Lanka's 'cultural triangle', including Sigiriya, Kandy and Anuradhapura, as well as the highland tea estates of Nuwara Eliya, Uda Walawe National Park, and coastal Galle

Jewels of Sri Lanka

Experience the best of Sinhalese culture and hospitality on this 11-day overview of Sri Lanka. Starting with the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and ending in the modern-day capital of Colombo, you’ll travel the length and breadth of Sri Lanka on a journey through the island’s history.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Colombo

    Your driver will be waiting to meet you on arrival into Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo). After collecting your luggage, transfer to the town of Habarana, in central Sri Lanka, by private vehicle (approx. 4½ hours). Here you stay two nights at Galkadawala Forest Lodge for in a twin/double room (inc. breakfast).

  2. Day 2: Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Minneriya

    An early start today, as you drive to 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, 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.

  3. Day 3: Kandy

    Depart Sigiriya for Kandy (approx. 3½ hours), travelling via Matale and Dambulla.

  4. Day 4: Kandy

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

  5. Day 5: 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.

  6. Day 6: Nuwara Eliya

    Set off on a guided tour of Nuwara Eliya, a small city that forms the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea industry.

  7. Day 7: Udawalawe National Park

    Travel south to Udawalawe National Park (approx. 3½ hours by private vehicle). On arrival, check-in at the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort for one night in a deluxe room (inc. breakfast).

  8. Day 8: Galle

    This morning, pay a visit to the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. The Elephant Transit Home provides young and injured elephants with a safe environment and sufficient food and water, with the ultimate goal of seeing them released back into the wilds of Udawalawe.

  9. Day 9: Galle

    An early start, as you embark on a half-day whale watching cruise between Galle and Mirissa on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast. You'll be collected from your hotel in Galle in the morning and depart on a 50-foot vessel.

  10. Day 10: Colombo

    After breakfast, depart Galle for Colombo (approx. 3½ hours), where you check-in at Lake Lodge for one night (inc. breakfast.)

  11. Day 11: International departure

    Morning at leisure until your scheduled transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo) for your international flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation. Please see full itinerary (via "download itinerary") for inclusions & exclusions. This is a private itinerary and can be tailored to your interests, and priced for families or larger group sizes.

11 days from £1985pp


11 days from £1985pp

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