PRIVATE TOUR: Wing your way to Sri Lanka... lush jungles, abundant wildlife, cool mountains and glorious beaches offer instant appeal to the traveller. Ancient cities steeped in Buddhist belief, remnants of the spice trade, tea plantations and elegant colonial hill stations, add history.
Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrival Colombo and included transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital, including; the Fort, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a viberant oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama Temple, Cinnamon Gardens and lastly today, Independence Square.
Colombo - Giritale. Departing Colombo, we drive to Giritale and check into our hotel. This afternoon we visit Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures, one reclining (it’s 44 ft/13 m long), one standing and one sitting. The statues are located in a cluster along a dirt road and are revered as being amongst the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka. There are
also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes. After our time exploring the site, we return to Giritale.
Overnight: Giritale | Breakfast
Giritale - Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy. Leaving Giritale, we drive to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa, where we view the stunning frescoes. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Next, we visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls, and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world.
Leaving Dambulla, the final stop of the day is Matale en route to Kandy. Sri Lanka is renowned for its spices and spice gardens are located all over the country. However, the biggest concentration of them can be found around Matale. With a guide, you’ll see first hand how cinnamon, cardamon, curry leaves, peppercorns, saffron and other exotic spices are grown in the wild and then processed for consumption.
Overnight: Kandy | Breakfast
This morning we explore the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, once only exclusively reserved for Kandyan royalty. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, we visit the lake, colourful bazaar, Ceylon Tea Museum and lapidary workshop. This evening, we tour the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Overnight: Kandy | Breakfast
Our holiday sadly comes to an end after breakfast and included onward transfer to the airport.
Extend your stay!
Consider spending some extra time exploring Sri Lanka's beautiful tropical coastline or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun with a good book. Alternatively, opt to head to one of the national parks to go in search of Sri Lanka's abundant wildlife. Extend your stay by a day, a week or even two! We offer a variety of hotels for you to choose from. Browse our best places to visit, Sri Lanka's best beaches or wildlife in Sri Lanka pages for suggestions on what to see and do on your holiday. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know so we can accommodate your request.
For information about visas, top travel tips, best time to travel and much more, take a look at our travel guide.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply. Should you wish to travel on a date not listed below, please contact us for a quotation.