Epic Sri Lanka

Colombo, Kandy, Gal Oya National Park, Hatton, Galle & Balapitya
13 nights private tour from $4,300 per person

Enjoy the very best that Sri Lanka can offer on this carefully curated itinerary, taking in everything from the verdant Hill Country plantations, to the cobbled streets of Galle and the cultural sites of Kandy. With an interesting heritage, Sri Lanka offers beautiful boutique properties full of character and charm which you can enjoy throughout your trip. This itinerary is perfect for anyone visiting Sri Lanka for the first time and wants to explore this island in true epic style.

Epic Sri Lanka
At a glance
  • Sri Lanka is an endless treasure trove of offerings and this trip ensures you explore the very best in style

  • The cuisine in Sri Lanka is exceptional and with each area you visit you can enjoy an array of amazing dishes to tantalise the taste buds

  • Featuring the best of Sri Lanka's boutique hotels, you will enjoy stays at sister properties The Fort Bazaar and Kumu Beach

  • Embark on jeep safaris to awe at the majestic elephants in Gal Oya National Park

Journey highlights
  • Sri Lanka is an endless treasure trove of offerings and this trip ensures you explore the very best in style

  • The cuisine in Sri Lanka is exceptional and with each area you visit you can enjoy an array of amazing dishes to tantalise the taste buds

  • Featuring the best of Sri Lanka's boutique hotels, you will enjoy stays at sister properties The Fort Bazaar and Kumu Beach

  • Embark on jeep safaris to awe at the majestic elephants in Gal Oya National Park

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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May $4,300 $1,100 plan your trip
June $4,300 $1,100 plan your trip
July $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
August $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
September $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
October $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
November $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
December $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
January $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
February $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
March $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
April $5,300 $1,300 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $4,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,100
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $4,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,100
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
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Itinerary

Fly to Colombo
Day 1-2

Colombo

Starting in Colombo for one night, you will arrive at the charming Maniumpathy to begin your itinerary through Sri Lanka. Settle in to this luxurious and intimate hotel and relax before diving into the bustling city. With your guide you will visit The Dutch Hospital, the building itself is believed to be the oldest in the Colombo Fort area and dates back to the Dutch colonial era. You will then be whisked to Colombo's popular shopping and restaurant area which is abuzz with activity.

Accommodation: Maniumpathy ( 1 night )
Day 2-4

Kandy and the Hill Country

After one night in Colombo and some rest, you will travel by car to Kandy in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. Throughout the itinerary you will have a private guide and driver who will be driving you throughout your Sri Lanka itinerary while explaining the interesting history and culture as you go. A must for any visitor to Sri Lanka is the UNESCO Temple of the Tooth where thousands flock to every year. In the royal complex, which was home to the Sri Lankan kings, you will learn about the sacred tooth relic of Buddha which has a turbulent and long history.

You will also visit the colorful Kandy market where an exhaustive array of goods are available before finally ending the day with a brilliant tour around the Botanical Gardens with an expert on the flora and fauna of the region.

Accommodation: The Kandy House ( 2 nights )
Day 4-7

Sri Lanka's National Parks

From Kandy your journey will take you east to Gal Oya Lodge where you can indulge in a plethora of wilderness experiences in Gal Oya National Park. Enjoy the paired back luxury and laid-back feel here; the friendly rangers will make you feel right at home. A highlight is embarking on a jeep safari through the park to see the majestic elephants in all their glory, more often than not you will be able to watch as they bathe and play in the cool waters. For those who enjoy exploring by foot then we would encourage a walk with the local Vedda tribesmen and partake in the lodge's animal monitoring program. After long days of exploring tuck into a delicious hopper and fish curry while you regale the days adventures.

Accommodation: Gal Oya Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 7-9

Ella

After three nights of remote lodge living, your tour will then take you further inland and up to the cloud-laden hills of Ella, where you will be spending the next two nights. The drive to Hatton is just around three hours but it will be absolutely worth it. Nestled in the verdant tea plantations is Nine Skies, a stunning bungalow dating back to the colonial era. This boutique property is a perfect blend of old-world charm with modern additions making it the perfect place to base yourself before you set off each morning to explore this stunning area. 

Hill Country experiences are all about enjoying the great outdoors, whether that’s wandering through the tea plantations watching the pickers expertly collecting the leaves with both efficiency and care or swimming in the local waterfalls. The scenery really is breath-taking making it a photographer’s paradise every step you take. 

Accommodation: Nine Skies ( 2 nights )
Day 9-11

South Coast

Heading south to Galle, again by road, this is one of Sri Lanka's most iconic coastal towns. Galle Fort is one of the nation’s gems teeming with history and you'll be staying right at the heart of it. One of our favorite boutique hotels in Galle Fort is the ever-popular Fort Bazaar. With dappled courtyards, charming staff and beautifully decorated rooms you’ll struggle to leave. For your two nights here you can potter the cobbled streets, dine in one of the area's brilliant restaurants and we have included a private tour to learn about the history of this UNESCO protected town.

Accommodation: The Fort Bazaar ( 2 nights )
Day 11-14

Sri Lanka's West Coast

Your last stop before heading home is to Kumu Beach where you can spend your days enjoying beach time relaxing and feasting on fresh seafood under the swaying palm trees. Kumu Beach hotel is your third Teardrop hotel in this epic itinerary and we love that all these hotels have a small room inventory so you will be looked after exceptionally well. Here you will be spoiled for choice as to whether you spend your days at the azure infinity pool or on the pristine beach and to top off a truly exceptional vacation let us book you in for an indulgent spa treatment before you are dragged back to reality.

Accommodation: Kumu Beach ( 3 nights )
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 holiday.

Experiences included in this itinerary


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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.

Epic Sri Lanka
Epic Sri Lanka

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis 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.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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