Starting from $2571 per person

This is a tour which covers entire Sri Lanka, from north to east and east to south with colourfull cultures of Jaffna, east coast and south coast beaches, mist filled central hills, historical sites, wildlife encounters and walking with local people to understand the interior villages. Throughout the trip you will be staying in tasteful small hotels with interesting hosts and taking part in authentic local experiences hosted by locals. This Sri Lanka Holiday itinerary can be customised to suite your budget, number of days available, period of travelling and to your choice of accommodation options.

Unique local experiences of this tour of Sri Lanka

Included

  • Accommodation in recommended small hotels on bed and breakfast basis (Unless otherwise stated).
  • Private transfers with an English-speaking chauffeur for the entire trip.
  • 2nd or 3rd class reserved tickets for Kandy to Nuwara Eliya train.
  • Fees for Catamaran sailing with fishermen, Morning safari in Wilpattu NP, Cycle trip in Jaffna with a villager and dinner, Cycle to Sigiriya Rock, Entry fees for Sigiriya Rock, and afternoon safari in Minneriya NP.

Excluded

  • Entrance fees for Anuradhapura ruins, Snorkeling in Pigeon Island and Temple of Tooth Relic.
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Day 1 & 2 - Negombo

Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our driver. You will be then transferred to Negombo, just 20 minutes’ drive away from Colombo International Airport. You will be staying in a small guest house in Negombo, very closer to the beach, restaurants and pubs. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure chilling out by the pool or by the beach.

On day two, our guide will pick you from the hotel to take part in exciting sailing trip with fishermen in the area in their traditional fishing catamaran in the lagoon where you would be able to witness the fishermen way of life, a buzzling fish market and village and also explore the tranquil Negombo lagoon. This is approximately 3 to 4 hours of experience which is very unique and authentic.

Rest of the day you could spend at leisure by the pool or by the beach.

Day 3 - Wilpattu

Stay a night in a small jungle lodge at the very heart of Wilpattu NP and take a gentle boat ride to a nearby island in the river which will be yours for this particular evening. Venture out to the jungle in early morning to see the Leopards in Wilpattu NP. Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s largest national park, home for over 30 verities of species such as elusive Leopards, Elephants, Spotted Deer, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles and many verities of migratory, resident and endemic birds. In our opinion, Wilpattu remains the most beautiful national park of Sri Lanka.

Day 4 & 5 - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, historically the most important cultural town of Sri Lanka is just one-hour drive away and you will be staying two nights in a small boutique hotel. Upon arrival, have a dip in the pool and spend a relaxing afternoon.

On day two, explore Anuradhapura ruins and Mihintale Monastery. Both are very important cultural sites of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura, no doubt the mother of all cultural sites of Sri Lanka, now a world heritage site. Anuradhapura was the capitol of Sinhala Kings from 4th century BC and lasted for 1300 years. After an invasion in 993 AD, Anuradhapura was lastingly abandoned. For centuries, the site lay hidden in the jungle. Rediscovered by the British in the 19th century, Anuradhapura became the heart of Buddhist pilgrimage site once again.

Mihintale, 30 minutes’ drive from Anuradhapura towards Trincomalee is the most important place of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, considered the cradle of Buddhism of this island. Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, it is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Day 6 & 7 - Jaffna

Stay two nights in Jaffna Peninsular in a small boutique hotel to understand and explore Sri Lanka’s northern culture, food and its people. Upon arrival in Jaffna, relax and chill out by the pool before setting out to explore the markets and towns on your own on the following day. In the afternoon, our guide will pick you from the hotel to set out for an interesting cycle ride though the town and nearby settlement to explore the important monuments of Jaffna followed by a home cooked Jaffna style dinner at a home.

If you visit Jaffna during the month of August and September, you could witness the spectacular festival of Nallur Kandasami Temple. During the annual festival days thousands of Tamil Hindu devotees used to visit here to worship Lord Murugan, Valli and Devanai Amman in the morning and in the evenings. Specially made chariots and traditional "Vaganangal" will be used to take the God during these days and used to come around the temple complex. Passionate devotees mortify themselves by driving skewers through their bodies in honour of the god and making their way to the shrine accompanied by drumming and piping, stopping periodically to dance en route. Even more extraordinary are the devotees who, using skewers driven through their backs, dangle themselves from poles.

Day 8, 9 & 10 - Trincomalee

Now it is time to hit the beach. Spend three nights in the east coast beach of Trincomalee in a cozy hotel closer to the beach. When not relaxing by the beach, venture out for an exciting boat trip to Pigeon Island to snorkeling adventure to explore the underwater marvels of Pigeon Island Marine Sanctuary.

There are many dive centres which offer gear rental, PADI certifications and dive boat trips for the keen diver to various dive sites in Trincomalee.

Day 11 & 12 - Habarana

Just under two hours from Trincomalee is Habarana, a small town situated centrally to some of the most important historical site such as Sigiriya, Dambulla and also Minneriya NP. Stay two nights in a simple lodge in Habarana and take part in exciting cultural and wildlife adventures.

Upon arrival, spend a relaxing afternoon chilling out by the pool and watching various birds and squirrels who visit the garden of the lodge. On day two, our specialist village guide will pick you to ride cycles through remote Sigiriya villages all the way to the foothills of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. During this cycle trip you would be able to witness the authentic village lifestyle of villagers, their paddy fields & farming fields, irrigation canals and even visiting a local house. When at the foothills you can climb all the way up to the summit of Sigiriya Rock to witness centuries architectural marvels of bygone era.

Sigiriya is perhaps the most visited tourist attraction of Sri Lanka. The fortress complex includes miscellany of a ruined palace, surrounded by a widespread network of fortifications, enormous gardens, ponds, canals and fountains. Since 3th century BC the rocky plateau of Sigiriya served as a monastery. In the second half of the 5th century king Kasyapa decided to construct a royal residence here.

In the afternoon, our specialist wildlife guide will pick you for a private safari in Minneriya NP to see Elephants in the wild. Amidst these world heritage sites, is the Minneriya National Park where one could see large herds of Elephants in the wild. During the months of July and August nearly 200 to 300 Elephants gather in these parks creating a natural phenomenon. Minneriya is also a good place to see migratory, resident and endemic birds of Sri Lanka.

Day 13 & 14 - Kandy

Stay two nights in an eco-lodge situated in the countryside of Kandy to explore the real beauty of Kandy, not just the highlights of Kandy. On your way from Habarana, visit <strong>Temple of Tooth Relic, the most sacred temple of Sri Lanka where Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic is now housed. After a relaxing afternoon at the eco-lodge on day one, venture out on day two with a specialist guide to explore the remote mountainous villages in the foot hills of Knuckles mountains followed by a waterfall bath. Interact with locals and visit their houses to understand the real Sri Lankan way of rural living. You would be able to explore the organic vegetable gardens at the eco-lodge when you feel doing so.

Day 15, 16 & 17 - Ella

Enjoy a scenic train journey from Kandy to Ella and stay three nights in a small hotel in Ella with panoramic views of Ella Gap.

We recommend one full day of relax, just by the pool and enjoying the views.

On day three in Ella, explore Ella's star attractions such as 9 Arch bridge and trek to Little Adam’s Peak for great views. Try some of the trendy local restaurants in Ella for great local food during your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Day 18, 19 & 20 - Galle

Now it is the beach time again to rap up your holiday in Sri Lanka with a relaxing beach getaway in Unawatuna, three nights stay in a beach side guest house in Unawatuna beach. After some relaxing time on the beach, head out on a fine morning to explore the historical Galle Fort to see to see the old town and fort built by the Portuguese, later occupied by Dutch settlers.

Unawatuna is popular for its seafood restaurants and nightlife.

Day 21 - Departure

Your tour in Sri Lanka comes to an end, transfer to Colombo International Airport for the flight back home.

End of tour

End of tour

This is a tour which covers entire Sri Lanka, from north to east and east to south with colourfull cultures of Jaffna, east coast and south coast beaches, mist filled central hills, historical sites, wildlife encounters and walking with local people to understand the interior villages. Throughout the trip you will be staying in tasteful small hotels with interesting hosts and taking part in authentic local experiences hosted by locals. This Sri Lanka Holiday itinerary can be customised to suite your budget, number of days available, period of travelling and to your choice of accommodation options.

Day 1 & 2

Negombo

Negombo

Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our driver. You will be then transferred to Negombo, just 20 minutes’ drive away from Colombo International Airport. You will be staying in a small guest house in Negombo, very closer to the beach, restaurants and pubs. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure chilling out by the pool or by the beach.

On day two, our guide will pick you from the hotel to take part in exciting sailing trip with fishermen in the area in their traditional fishing catamaran in the lagoon where you would be able to witness the fishermen way of life, a buzzling fish market and village and also explore the tranquil Negombo lagoon. This is approximately 3 to 4 hours of experience which is very unique and authentic.

Rest of the day you could spend at leisure by the pool or by the beach.

Day 3

Wilpattu

Wilpattu

Stay a night in a small jungle lodge at the very heart of Wilpattu NP and take a gentle boat ride to a nearby island in the river which will be yours for this particular evening. Venture out to the jungle in early morning to see the Leopards in Wilpattu NP. Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s largest national park, home for over 30 verities of species such as elusive Leopards, Elephants, Spotted Deer, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles and many verities of migratory, resident and endemic birds. In our opinion, Wilpattu remains the most beautiful national park of Sri Lanka.

Day 4 & 5

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, historically the most important cultural town of Sri Lanka is just one-hour drive away and you will be staying two nights in a small boutique hotel. Upon arrival, have a dip in the pool and spend a relaxing afternoon.

On day two, explore Anuradhapura ruins and Mihintale Monastery. Both are very important cultural sites of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura, no doubt the mother of all cultural sites of Sri Lanka, now a world heritage site. Anuradhapura was the capitol of Sinhala Kings from 4th century BC and lasted for 1300 years. After an invasion in 993 AD, Anuradhapura was lastingly abandoned. For centuries, the site lay hidden in the jungle. Rediscovered by the British in the 19th century, Anuradhapura became the heart of Buddhist pilgrimage site once again.

Mihintale, 30 minutes’ drive from Anuradhapura towards Trincomalee is the most important place of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, considered the cradle of Buddhism of this island. Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, it is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Day 6 & 7

Jaffna

Jaffna

Stay two nights in Jaffna Peninsular in a small boutique hotel to understand and explore Sri Lanka's northern culture, food and its people. Upon arrival in Jaffna, relax and chill out by the pool before setting out to explore the markets and towns on your own on the following day. In the afternoon, our guide will pick you from the hotel to set out for an interesting cycle ride though the town and nearby settlement to explore the important monuments of Jaffna followed by a home cooked Jaffna style dinner at a home.

If you visit Jaffna during the month of August and September, you could witness the spectacular festival of Nallur Kandasami Temple. During the annual festival days thousands of Tamil Hindu devotees used to visit here to worship Lord Murugan, Valli and Devanai Amman in the morning and in the evenings. Specially made chariots and traditional "Vaganangal" will be used to take the God during these days and used to come around the temple complex. Passionate devotees mortify themselves by driving skewers through their bodies in honour of the god and making their way to the shrine accompanied by drumming and piping, stopping periodically to dance en route. Even more extraordinary are the devotees who, using skewers driven through their backs, dangle themselves from poles.

Day 8, 9 & 10

Trincomalee

Trincomalee

Now it is time to hit the beach. Spend three nights in the east coast beach of Trincomalee in a cozy hotel closer to the beach. When not relaxing by the beach, venture out for an exciting boat trip to Pigeon Island to snorkeling adventure to explore the underwater marvels of Pigeon Island Marine Sanctuary.

There are many dive centres which offer gear rental, PADI certifications and dive boat trips for the keen diver to various dive sites in Trincomalee.

Day 11 & 12

Habarana

Habarana

Just under two hours from Trincomalee is Habarana, a small town situated centrally to some of the most important historical site such as Sigiriya, Dambulla and also Minneriya NP. Stay two nights in a simple lodge in Habarana and take part in exciting cultural and wildlife adventures.

Upon arrival, spend a relaxing afternoon chilling out by the pool and watching various birds and squirrels who visit the garden of the lodge. On day two, our specialist village guide will pick you to ride cycles through remote Sigiriya villages all the way to the foothills of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. During this cycle trip you would be able to witness the authentic village lifestyle of villagers, their paddy fields & farming fields, irrigation canals and even visiting a local house. When at the foothills you can climb all the way up to the summit of Sigiriya Rock to witness centuries architectural marvels of bygone era.

Sigiriya is perhaps the most visited tourist attraction of Sri Lanka. The fortress complex includes miscellany of a ruined palace, surrounded by a widespread network of fortifications, enormous gardens, ponds, canals and fountains. Since 3th century BC the rocky plateau of Sigiriya served as a monastery. In the second half of the 5th century king Kasyapa decided to construct a royal residence here.

In the afternoon, our specialist wildlife guide will pick you for a private safari in Minneriya NP to see Elephants in the wild. Amidst these world heritage sites, is the Minneriya National Park where one could see large herds of Elephants in the wild. During the months of July and August nearly 200 to 300 Elephants gather in these parks creating a natural phenomenon. Minneriya is also a good place to see migratory, resident and endemic birds of Sri Lanka.

Day 13 & 14

Kandy

Kandy

Stay two nights in an eco-lodge situated in the countryside of Kandy to explore the real beauty of Kandy, not just the highlights of Kandy. On your way from Habarana, visit Temple of Tooth Relic, the most sacred temple of Sri Lanka where Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic is now housed. After a relaxing afternoon at the eco-lodge on day one, venture out on day two with a specialist guide to explore the remote mountainous villages in the foot hills of Knuckles mountains followed by a waterfall bath. Interact with locals and visit their houses to understand the real Sri Lankan way of rural living. You would be able to explore the organic vegetable gardens at the eco-lodge when you feel doing so.

Day 15, 16 & 17

Ella

Ella

Enjoy a scenic train journey from Kandy to Ella and stay three nights in a small hotel in Ella with panoramic views of Ella Gap.

We recommend one full day of relax, just by the pool and enjoying the views.

On day three in Ella, explore Ella's star attractions such as 9 Arch bridge and trek to Little Adam’s Peak for great views. Try some of the trendy local restaurants in Ella for great local food during your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Day 18, 19 & 20

Galle

Galle

Now it is the beach time again to rap up your holiday in Sri Lanka with a relaxing beach getaway in Unawatuna, three nights stay in a beach side guest house in Unawatuna beach. After some relaxing time on the beach, head out on a fine morning to explore the historical Galle Fort to see to see the old town and fort built by the Portuguese, later occupied by Dutch settlers.

Unawatuna is popular for its seafood restaurants and nightlife.

Day 21

Departure

Departure

Your tour in Sri Lanka comes to an end, transfer to Colombo International Airport for the flight back home.

End of tour

End of tour

Included

  • Accommodation in recommended small hotels on bed and breakfast basis (Unless otherwise stated).
  • Private transfers with an English-speaking chauffeur for the entire trip.
  • 2nd or 3rd class reserved tickets for Kandy to Nuwara Eliya train.
  • Fees for Catamaran sailing with fishermen, Morning safari in Wilpattu NP, Cycle trip in Jaffna with a villager and dinner, Cycle to Sigiriya Rock, Entry fees for Sigiriya Rock, and afternoon safari in Minneriya NP.

Excluded

  • Entrance fees for Anuradhapura ruins, Snorkeling in Pigeon Island and Temple of Tooth Relic.
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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