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Sri Lanka Unplugged

15 days  |  Starts/Ends: Colombo  |  from USD $4,389

Private Tour.Experience the best of Sri Lanka. Colourful Colombo, ancient cities, Buddhist temples, colonial relics, an elephant orphanage, spice and flower gardens, tea plantations, wildlife, topped off with some blissful beach time in Kalutara!

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Day 1

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to hotel. Tonight, enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine at our Welcome Dinner.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Dinner

Day 2

Colombo. Highlights of our sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. We also visit the national museum (closed Friday).
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Buddhist Temple and Zoological Gardens

Colombo. At Kelaniya we visit the Raja Maha Vihara, a temple graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Continuing our sightseeing, we visit the zoological gardens at Dehiwela.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 4
Temple Ruins and Rock Fortress

Colombo - Dambadeniya - Anuradhapura. En route to Anuradhapura, we visit 13th century Dambadeniya, once a royal capital. Its principal surviving ruins are the Dalada Maligawa temple and the Dagoba, locally revered thanks to some corporeal relics of Buddha it is said to contain. We also visit Panduvas Nuwara which features a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa.
Overnight: Anuradhapura  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Anuradhapura.Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth. Later a visit to Mihintale.
Overnight: Anuradhapura  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Giritale via Dambulla

Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Giritale. En route to Giritale, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Then we visit ancient Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. We explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts 3 enormous Buddha figures.
Overnight: Giritale  |  Breakfast

Day 7
Sigiriya and spice gardens

Giritale - Sigiriya - Kandy. To Sigiriya – the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. At Matale, we visit an exotic spice garden.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 8
Elephant Orphange and Kandy

Today, we visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela, home to around 60 elephants. Continuing, we visit the ruined temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilleke and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, we visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. Tonight, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. After, we enjoy a cultural dance show.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10
Nuwara Eliya and Tea plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. Departing Kandy, we head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea plantations. Situated at 6,525 ft/1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest towns in the region. Today, we enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Hakgala Gardens. By jeep on day 10, we depart early for Horton Plains. Located on a high windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool and then return to Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Numara Eliya - Yala National Park. Continuing to Yala National Park, en route we visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and myriad birdlife.

Yala National Park is usually closed in September and early October. This is due to prevailing drought conditions. So if Yala is high on your priorities for your trip to Sri Lanka then avoid departures in September.
Overnight: Yala National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 12
Bundala National Park and Galle

Yala National Park - Kalutara. This morning, we visit Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We visit the town of Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. We then continue to Kalutara, an ideal tropical beach holiday with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.
Overnight: Kalutara  |  Breakfast

Days 13-14
Beach Time

At leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast. Optional excursion to Ratnapura, home of Sri Lanka’s famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a lapidary and the museum
Overnight: Kalutara  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 15

Kalutara - Colombo. Today we travel via the coast road to Colombo and onward departure transfer to the airport. End of arrangements.

Combine Sri Lanka with neighbouring India!

Just a short hop away from Sri Lanka is India, making perfect for a multi centre holiday. Consider extending your trip and experience the discover the wonders of India on one of our many exciting group tours or private journeys. From the fertile Himalayan foothills and the regal palaces of legendary Rajasthan, to the beautiful marble Taj Mahal and the palm fringed beaches of Goa, India cannot fail to captivate you!

Trip Highlights

Colombo - The Fort, Gamgarama Temple, National Museum
Dehiwela - Zoological gardens
Anuradhapura - Sri Lankan birthplace of Buddhism
Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
Matale - spice gardens
Pinnawala - Elephant Orphanage
Horton Plains
Yala & Bundala NP
Kalutara - laid back, beautiful palm fringed beach resort
Kelaniya - Buddhist Temple
Dambadeniya - 13th century city
Polonnaruwa - 11th century city
Dambulla - Rock Temple
Kandy & region - Temple of the Tooth, Botanical Garden
Nuwara Eliya - tea plantation, Hakgala Gardens
Galle - colonial town & fort


14 breakfasts
14 nights at standard accommodation (Superior and Deluxe also available)
Tea Plantation and tasting - Nuwara Eliya region
Airport arrival and departure transfer - included on day 1 and departing on day 15
Escorted by a professional English speaking chauffeur guide
All relevant transfers and transportation
Welcome Dinner
Elephant orphanage - Pinnawela
Jeep visit - Horton Plains, Yala NP, Bundala NP
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Entrance fees to all included sites

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: included
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

Single Supp.
Sri Lanka Unplugged - 15 days
USD $4389
USD $1629
Tour Details
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 14, Dinner: 1