Have the privilege to witness the beauties of the Paradise Island. Enjoy a train ride among the evergreen hills experiencing the scenic locations. Visit the City of Ruins, Polonnaruwa and the world famous Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Roam in the authentic scent of Spices in Matale and get the chance to taste freshly prepared food along with the spices. Spend an unforgettable time among the Gentle Giants in Pinnawala. Take your time to explore the Last Kingdom in Sri Lanka, Kandy and also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which houses the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.
Day 01 | Airport > Negombo
Arrive at Colombo International Airport and after the formalities proceed Negombo and check in to the hotel
Day 02 | Negombo > Pinnawala > Dambulla > Sigiriya (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Dambulla, en-route make a stop at Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage. Thereafter proceed to Dambulla and visit the Cave Temple. On completion, proceed to Sigiriya and check into the hotel.
Day 03 | Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya > Sigiriya (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Polonnaruwa and visit the Ancient Kingdom. Thereafter proceed to Minneriya and go on a lovely jeep safari in Minneriya National Park. On completion return back to the hotel.
Day 04 | Sigiriya > Sigiriya (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel explore the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Thereafter visit a local village and experience the authentic Sri Lankan Life Style. On completion return back to the hotel and relax.
Day 05 | Sigiriya > Matale > Kandy (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Kandy, en-route make a pause at Matale, visit a spice garden and do a guided tour of a spice and herbal garden. Thereafter continue to Kandy and check in to the hotel. Later go on technical tours and watch the Kandyan Cultural Show. On completion return to the hotel and relax.
Day 06 | Kandy > Kandy (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel, go on a temple run tour on this day. On completion return back to the hotel.
Day 07 | Kandy > Nuwara Eliya (B)
After an early breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Kandy Railway Station to catch the train to Nanu Oya. At Nanu Oya Rail Waystation your chauffeur will pick you up and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. On arrival to Nuwara Eliya visit a Tea Factory and get a guided tour. On completion proceed to the hotel and check in and relax.
Day 08 | Nuwara Eliya > Horton Plains > Nuwara Eliya (B)
With packed breakfast proceed to Horton Plains and go on a lovely trek in the National Park. After the trek return to the hotel and relax. Later in the evening go on a scenic tour in Nuwara Eliya City.
On completion return to the hotel and relax.
Day 09 | Nuwara Eliya > Ella > Yala (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Yala. En-route make a stop at Ella and embrace the marvellous Ella. On completion proceed to Yala and check into the hotel and relax.
Day 10 | Yala > Yala (B)
With a packed breakfast go on a full day safari in the Yala National Park. On completion return back to the hotel and relax.
Day 11 | Yala > Galle > Unawatuna (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Galle and visit the Old Colonial City of Galle. On completion proceed to Unawatuna and check into the hotel.
Day 12 & Day 13 | Unawatuna > Unawatuna (B)
Spend the days leisurely enjoying the beach and the hotel facilities. One of these days go on a Whale Watching tour, visit Handungoda Tea Factory and Stilt Fisherman in Ahangama.
Day 14 | Ahangama > Balapitiya > Colombo (B)
After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Colombo, en route make a pause at Balapitiya and go on a boat safari in the Madu River. Thereafter continue to Colombo and check into the hotel and relax. Later go on a city and a shopping tour in Colombo City. On completion return to the hotel and relax.
Day 15 | Colombo > Airport (B)
After a relaxed morning and breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to the airport after spending a memorable time in this island.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat, located at Pinnawala village in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the best place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals! Today with 70 elephants herein, Pinnawela has become the home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.
Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the second major capital of Sri Lanka. Walk through the ruins of the city that flourished between the 10th to the 13th century AD. View important monuments such as Gal Vihara, Vatadage, the lotus bath, Lankathilaka Temple and the statue of King Parakramabahu whose reign was considered the golden age of Polonnaruwa. Get to know more about Sri Lanka’s ancient history.
Minneriya National Park
This safari takes you on a ride through the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the sight of over 150 elephants congregating in one place during the famous Great Elephant Gathering, which happens in the dry seasn between May to October. In addition to elephants, get a chance to also see many mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the scrublands, forests and other areas.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘ the Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.
Hiriwadunna Village Tour
Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Have a relaxing catamaran safari through a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch an enjoyable traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your taste buds with a home cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.
Matale Spice Gardens
Euphoria Spice and Herbal is located 12 km away from Matale (The spice capital of Sri Lanka). Enriched with herbs, spice groves and plants with fragrant greenery shading from the tropical trees that enlightens the unique aroma of each spice and herb. We give the opportunity for our visitors to explore and gain knowledge on Sri Lankan spices, herbs and the benefits of Ayurveda. The tropical climate in which our plants and herbs are grown helps them preserve its ancient originality. The educational tour around the garden, which we call “The Spice Tour”, let the visitors feel the sensation of the Sri Lankan spices and herbs which is demonstrated in different foreign languages to suit our customer need.
Later go on technical tours related to arts such as gem crafting, woodcarving and batiks. And watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colourful traditional dances and delightful music.
The Kandy Cultural Show gives an opportunity to experience some of the traditions of Sri Lanka. Enjoy this hour-long extravaganza as some of the most popular art forms of the island take to the stage. Get wowed by fire dancers and sword dancers. Watch the colorful Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming primal beat of the drums.
Temple Run Tour
Get amazed by the wood crafting masterpiece that is the Embekke Temple. Wander through the historic and beautiful Gadaladeniya Temple and view its wonderful paintings and sculptures. Visit the Lankatilaka temple that was quite architecturally advanced for its time. See awe-striking sight of the Degaldoruwa Cave Temple, the inside walls of which are covered in painstakingly restored paintings. Visit the internationally famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic with its palatial cream and gold interiors.
Train Ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya
The Kandy to Nanu Oya train journey takes you on a scenic ride through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka. Watch the brilliant greens carpets of the tea plantations. See the picturesque villages with misty mountain backdrops pass by. Peer through drizzle and mist to look at the magical landscapes of Hill Country. Enjoy the amazing sights of intimidating mountains, deep and dark woodlands, and magnificent waterfalls as they go by your windows. (Travel Time – 3 to 31/2 hrs)
Visit a Tea Factory and a plantation where you would see how the world’s famous “Ceylon Tea” is manufactured. In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. James Taylor was a British citizen who introduced commercial tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). He arrived to Sri Lanka in 1852 and settled down in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. Today even people who have never heard of Sri Lanka are familiar with Ceylon tea, which is known for its quality.
Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World’s End and the cooling sprays from Baker’s Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archaeological finds that were discovered in the area.
Visit the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make a memory in the old red-bricked postoffice as you purchase an inexpensive and colourful postcard to take home or send to your friends. Relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory.
Explore Ella’s most interesting places. Pass through bright green tea fields, and tough stretches of rock, and get to see the magical views of Little Adam’s Peak. Walk over the history seeped Nine Arches Bridge and listen to the story of its construction. End your hike at the Demodara Railway station with its unique loop-over track design. This tour gives you the chance to see the best sights of Sri Lanka
Yala National Park
This amazing Safari offers the opportunity to visit Yala National Park, the second largest in the island based off the Southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. Get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
Explore the secrets of Galle where the Portuguese and Dutch made their headquarters. Visit the Galle Fort which is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Asia. View the museums of Galle and the lighthouse. Walk through the cobblestoned streets with their Dutch names and listen to your guide tell their stories. Relax with a king coconut or a cup of tea caressed by a breeze of the tropics.
Enjoy the unpolluted white beaches of Ahangama. Tan in the golden sun as you relax under the palms, with the ocean breeze for company. Find all the most secretive spots of the beach and discover their attractions. Snorkel in the waters to view the underwater life. Dare to surf at the two perilous reefs in the area if you are skilled enough. Have a holiday filled with plenty of adventure.
Whale Watching Safari
This tour gives you an opportunity to see the biggest mammals on earth, the whales, in their natural habitat. Get a chance to see blue whales, sperm whales and fin whales as they swim in the waters to the south of Sri Lanka. Gain more knowledge about the whales as a species from a qualified naturalist and learn to identify them. This tour gives you a responsible whale watching experience with a minimal imprint on nature.
Handungoda Tea Factory
Visit Handunugoda Tea Factory which is also known as the Virgin White Tea Factory. Learn the history of the tea that this factory produces. Get to know how the famous Virgin White Tea is plucked and processed completely untouched by human hands. Engage in a tasting session with a delicious cup of tea and scrumptious chocolate cake. Get a chance to purchase some tea leaves as a souvenir.
Stilt Fishermen in Koggala
Watch the captivating sight of fishermen perched on stilts in the waters along the coast of Koggala. Hear the stories of how stilt fishing came to Sri Lanka, from the mouths of the fishermen who have practised the craft for generations. Learn how the stilt fishing is done in detail and marvel at the level of skill that goes into it. Get some amazing photographs of the fishermen silhouetted against the shoreline at sunset.
Go on a wonderful boat ride down the Madu River with its flourishing ecosystem. Pass through the secretive passages created by the mangroves. See the basking crocodiles and water monitors. Visit one of the small islands with its cinnamon harvesting natives. Enjoy the restorative qualities of the famous fish massage. Observe the water birds in their natural habitats.
Experience the colourful lights and bright life of Colombo, the Capital City of Sri Lanka. Visit historic monuments such as the Old Lighthouse, the Old Parliament, Galle Face Hotel, Galle Face Green, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum and more. Enjoy the malls of Independence Square or the Race Course. Visit boutique shops and designer stores. Enjoy the nightlife as you party till the morn.
- Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing Basis. Many accommodation options are available. Please speak to our travel experts in order to select the best fitting hotel for you.
- Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Meals can be added as required.
- Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers will always be included. (Note your tour chauffeur and airport transfers chauffeur may be different)
- Tours with local English-speaking driver guides in air-conditioned vehicles. (1 to 2 Persons / 2 Adults and 1 child in a Sedan / SUV | 3 to 5 Persons in a Mini Van | 6 to 8 Persons in a Large Van.)
- Entrances fees and/or boat, & jeep fees as stated in the program.
- Drinking water available in the vehicles.
- International Airfare.
- Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application.
- Cost of Beverages during meals.
- Expenses of a personal nature including telephone calls, laundry, beverages etc.
- Tips & Portages
- Price may be subject to change at time of booking.
Does this tour include International Flights?
No, the tour cost does not include International Flights.
Can this tour be booked for someone else?
Yes. You can book this tour as a gift for a friend or family. We can personalize it by giving a lovely little Sri Lankan gift on arrival.
Can I get VISA from Lakpura?
No. VISA can be obtained online via https://www.eta.gov.lk where the fees are nominal and quite easy to process.
Is this a group tour or a private tour?
This is a private guided tour.
Does this tour include International Flights?
No, we do not provide International Flights.
Where does the driver / chauffeur stay? Is their accommodation included?
Yes, drivers’ accommodation is included within this tour.
Can we buy Travel Insurance from Lakpura?
No. We recommend purchasing travel insurance prior to booking your holiday.
Can we see some pictures of the vehicle?
Yes, we can send you pictures of a vehicle make and the model. However keep in mind that the vehicle could change last minute due to unavoidable circumstances. We will however, ensure that the vehicle offered is of good quality and condition. All our vehicles are manufactured 2010 or newer.
Does the cost include sight admission fees
What if I have special medical requirements?
Special medical requirements can be accommodated. In fact, we require you to mention this to us at the time of booking. Please note that some requirements may not be options available in Sri Lanka. It is best to research before traveling. Speak to our experts for help.
What are our payment methods?
We recommend 2 payment methods. Credit Card (Online & Offline) and Bank to Bank Transfers. If both these options are not possible, speak to our travel experts for help.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
Refer: Terms & Conditions
During the tour, can we add more experiences?
Yes, more experiences can be added. Such requests are subject to availability and confirmation. You might be required to pay the necessary charges and / or administrative fee.
Can we extend our stay?
Yes, but subject to availability and confirmation. You will be required to pay the necessary changes and / or administrative fees.
If you are still in the stage of finalizing your tour, we recommend selecting the bespoke option and obtaining the help of our experts to create the perfect experience to fit your requirement.
Can I buy International Flight Tickets from you?
This itinerary can be booked for any period of the year. However, experience may vary. We request you to check with us about your experience. When booking with us, we request you to provide us the following details.
All our holidays can be tailored to your precise needs. If you would like to make any alterations, or even start from scratch, take a look at “Bespoke Tours“.