Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in Depth

Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle & Bentota

From $5400 per person in low season
From $6400 per person in high season

based on 17 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Wilpattu National Park, Yala National Park and Hill Country on an All Inclusive Basis

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on 2 people sharing.

Prices subject to peak season surcharges, over periods such as Christmas and New Year.

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At a Glance

  • We provide your own private driver/guide throughout who will show you around the sights, yet retain the flexibility to offer more unique highlights away from the crowds

  • Perfect for guests interested in covering plenty of ground as part of an active itinerary

  • Chance to visit two National Parks in Sri Lanka, with brilliant opportunities for wildlife sightings.

  • A hugely varied and interesting route that combines a superb mix of cultural sites, wildlife experiences and stunning scenery

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Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.

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Insider's View

Don't forget to visit Barefoot for some fantastic and well priced shopping, supporting the local community.

Take some tennis balls. Driving through some of the more rural areas there are lot of cricket mad youngsters who play with stones - the gift of a tennis ball to perfect their cricketing skills goes down a treat - and generally necessitates an impromptu game.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

This itinerary offers an exciting, varied and in depth tour of the best that the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka has to offer. Through the itinerary we have included safaris in two National Parks, a visit to the cultural center of the ancient Buddhist heartland, the beautifully scenic highlands and the stunning southern beaches.

  1. Days 1-2: Colombo

    Starting your journey in Sri Lanka, we have included one night to rest and recover from your international flight so that you can start your adventure with the best foot forward, having tackled any jetlag.

    Accommodation: The Wallawwa (1 night)

  2. Days 2-4: Wilpattu National Park

    Next it is on to Wilpattu National Park which will take just over three and half hours drive with your private chauffeur. Wilpattu is often overlooked in favour of Yala, meaning that there are much fewer visitors and is ideal for those that want a much truer safari experience. During your two nights you’ll have at least four safaris led by your expert naturalists, in the early morning and early evening. In classic safari style, you’ll be treated to sundowners and candlelit dinners.

    Accommodation: Leopard Trails - Wilpattu National Park (2 nights)

  3. Days 4-7: Sigiriya

    From here, you’ll then venture to the Cultural Triangle again expertly driven by your private chauffeur with a drive time of just under four hours. The Cultural Triangle holds the main focus of the island's Buddhist heritage, with the remains of various cities, temples and monuments dating back over 2,300 years and is a fascinating education into what has shaped this wonderful land. With your private guide, we have included visits to both Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya which demonstrate the sophistication of the past kingdoms and are both fascinating to explore.

    Accommodation: Vil Uyana (3 nights)

  4. Days 7-9: Kandy

    After three nights, you’ll be on the move again this time to Kandy with a stop at the Dambulla Cave Temples on the way. These five caves feature over 150 Buddha statues and paintings and are some of Sri Lanka’s most treasured pieces of religious art. As the complex is located about 160m above the road below, from here you’ll also be treated to beautiful views over the surrounding countryside and Sigiriya Rock in the distance, which you will have just visited the previous day. Upon reaching Kandy, where you will be spending the next two nights, we have included a guided tour of both the fabulous Botanical Gardens, the moving Commonwealth War Memorial as well of course a visit to The Temple of Tooth, which Kandy is famous for.

    Accommodation: The Kandy House (2 nights)

  5. Days 9-11: Koslanda and Haputale

    Next, on and up into the hills you’ll go so have two nights in the beautiful tea country. Many tea estates here offer beautiful accommodation, keeping with the heritage of the region, with a distinct colonial feel. This is a serene place to relax and walk and take in some of the most spectacular views Sri Lanka has to offer as well as being the region where Sri Lanka’s greatest export is grown. If you are interested you can take a tea experience here, where you learn all about the tea making process, from picking the tea right up to the packaging and exportation.

    Accommodation: Thotalagala (2 nights)

  6. Days 11-13: Sri Lanka's National Parks

    Moving south, you then drive just over 4 hours to Yala National Park where you will be spending the following two nights. Yala offers a fantastic safari experience and is one of Sri Lanka’s exemplary wildlife parks, especially well known for the possibilities of spotting leopards here. You’ll have an evening and morning safari here to enjoy this beautiful park.

    Accommodation: Kulu Safaris (2 nights)

  7. Days 13-15: Galle

    From Yala, you’ll transfer again by car, to Galle which is just two hours away. The historic city of Galle is full of lovely shops and fantastic restaurants and a fantastic way to explore is on foot. With an interesting history, there is something different around each corner from ancient churches and mosques to grand mansions and Dutch-colonial buildings. Of course there is also the Galle Fort and we have included a private tour of this with your guide during your stay.

    Accommodation: Galle Fort Hotel (2 nights)

  8. Days 15-18: South Coast

    Finally, not forgetting the coast, you'll finish this adventure with a stay in Bentota. A popular water sports destination with a beautiful wide and sandy beach, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a couple of days to relax after your jam-packed schedule.

    Accommodation: Rock Villa (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Anuradhapura Ancient City

    Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.

  • Colombo - Mark Forbes Walk

    Enjoy a guided tour of Colombo's hidden corners. Mark Forbes or one of his team will take you on a tour of the city's historic buildings before visiting the Pettah Market. This tour lasts around two to three hours.

  • Colombo Night by Bike

    Cycle through the charming city of Colombo at dusk, as you visit some of its most iconic landmarks.

  • Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car

    Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car is a fabulous way to explore this evolving city as the sun sets. Cruise around in your chauffeur driven vintage car and retrace Colombo's colonial past.

  • Dambulla Buddhist Caves

    Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.

  • Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle

    Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.

  • Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul

    During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.

  • Guided Tour of Kandy: Gods, Kings & Men

    Today head to the center of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colorful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.

  • Minneriya National Park

    The amazing Minneriya National Park is renowned for its elephant populations and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a safari drive in search of the Asian elephant, a highlight for many during their tour through this fascinating teardrop isle.

  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City

    The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.

  • Safari in Wilpattu National Park

    Head into Wilpattu National Park for a morning or evening safari to marvel at the range of wildlife.

  • Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park

    Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.

  • Sigiriya Rock

    The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.

  • Visit a Cinnamon Plantation

    Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.

  • Visit to an Artist's Home in Kandy

    Meet with Ranju the artist during an intimate visit to his studio in Kandy. Gain an intimate insight into Sri Lanka's budding art scene and the artist behind some extraordinary pieces.

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran

    On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.

  • Whale Watching by Private Speedboat

    Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.

Location

Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle & Bentota

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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