December to March is known to be the best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country of Sri Lanka. If you wanna soak up the sun, engage in sightseeing, adventure and leisure, this itinerary was made just for you. We have hand-picked the accommodation choices for this tour so that you may experience the best while on tour and while at leisure.
On arrival, the clients will be met by a George Steuart Chauffeur Guide and transferred to Negombo.
Overnight stay at Negombo.
After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla. En-route visit Dambulla Cave Temple.
Dambulla is a world heritage site in Sri Lanka, located north of Kandy in Matale district the town of Dambulla is built around a large granite outcrop, concealing an impressive Buddhist cave complex, Raja Maha Vihara, dating from the 1st century BC. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
Evening explore the UNESCO World heritage site - Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Ancient Palace Complex.
Sigiriya Fortress - was built by "King Kasyapa” who claimed the throne by murdering his father and his elder brother who was the rightful heir to the throne. He built his fortress on this 182-meter rock to safeguard himself from his enemies. The infamous Sigiriya Rock Fortress is situated 19 kilometers North East of Dambulla and is one of Sri Lanka’s major tourist attractions.
Sigiriya showcases a ‘Mirror Wall’, which consists of poems and paragraphs engraved by visitors to the rock many years ago. The water garden and frescoes of shapely be-jeweled maidens are often compared to the Ajantha frescoes of India. Sigiriya is one of the best-preserved cities in Asia and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site and Eighth Wonder of the World.
Overnight stay at Dambulla
This morning, you’re given the option of embarking on a hot air balloon with packed breakfast from the hotel.
Hot Air Ballooning – float over some of Sri Lanka~s beautifully varied landscape including lakes, rivers, world heritage sites and urban homesteads. This adventure will commence at sunrise and will go on for three hours which will include everything from briefing to take-off to drop-off at the hotel. You will be able to witness the breathtaking scenery and the rays of morning sunshine making this one of your most memorable experiences in Sri Lanka.
In the afternoon, you will proceed to explore The Ancient Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa. If you’re up for it, you can explore the ruins by bike rather than a walking tour.
Polonnaruwa – is a well planned medieval city safeguarded by enclosed walls, graced by palaces, monasteries, shrines, pavilions, ponds, parks and irrigation lakes which boast of a glorious past. One of the key attractions of the city is the massive irrigation lake of 5940 acres aptly named after King Parakramabahu as "Parakrama Samudraya" or the sea of Parakrama. It was built with advanced engineering and construction skills prevalent during the early times.
Overnight stay at Dambulla.
For an authentic experience of the country, you will take a bullock cart ride followed by visit to a local village house to take part in cooking a typical local meal. Thereafter, you will proceed to the age-old city of Kandy.
Kandy - The Sacred City of Kandy is in the central province of Sri Lanka and lies amidst hills of rare botanical types. The Kandy Valley crosses an area of tropical plantations.
The monumental ensemble of Kandy is an example of construction that associates the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth. The Temple of the Tooth, the citadel complex and the holy city of Kandy are associated with the history of the dissemination of Buddhism. The Temple of Kandy is the product of the last peregrination of the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha and the testimony of a cult which continues to be practiced today.
Overnight stay at Kandy.
After breakfast, catch the train through the Hill Country (Expo or Rajadhani Super Luxury) from Kandy to Ella. (Journey of approx. 6 Hours)
Train Ride - The train journey from Kandy to Ella is one of the most famous train rides in Sri Lanka with break taking views through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it descends to reach Ella.
Thereafter, check-in at the hotel and be at leisure.
Overnight stay at Ella.
After breakfast, explore the Ella Gap and thereafter proceed to Yala. En route, you will witness the magnificent Ravana waterfalls which is approx. 82ft high and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop.
Ella - is everyone’s favorite hill-country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka. It is the one-stop destination for stunning views, weather, hikes and sights.
Overnight stay at Yala.
On this day, you have the option of conducting a half day safari at Yala National Park or you can choose to spend the entire day at the reserve to witness more sightings.
Special lunch arrangement at Chena Huts (optional).
Yala - situated on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka, Yala is one of Sri Lanka’s renowned national parks for wildlife viewing. Much of the reserve is grassland, but it also includes jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers. The latter zone is punctuated with enormous rocky outcrops.
Yala has the world~s highest concentration of Leopards, although seeing this largely nocturnal carnivore still requires some luck. You can witness herds of Asian elephants, wild boars, crocodiles, grey langurs and water buffalos amongst other large animals.
Overnight stay at Yala.
Day 08 - Day 11
After two nights in Yala, you will be transferred to Mirissa for your beach stay where you have the following optional excursions.
Whale watching in Mirissa
Release baby turtles at Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project
Observe stilt fishing in Ahangama
Four night beach stay at Mirissa
After brekfast you will proceed to Colombo en route making two stops at Galle for a cyling tour of the city and an optional stop at Balapitiya for a boat ride in Madu River through mangrove waterways.
Galle - Declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and being famous for its exclusive sights such as the lighthouse, Galle Fort, Dutch Reformed Church, Mosque, Old Dutch Hospital, Maritime Museum, Galle Fort Library and Anglican Church is often visited by locals and foreigners for numerous purposes.
Overnight stay at Colombo
After breakfast conduct a brief city tour of Colombo by Tuk Tuk. If time permits, you can do some last minute shopping as well.
Thereafter proceed to the airport in time for the connecting flight.
**This itinerary can be customised according to your preference**
Negombo - A Quaint Fishing Village
Sigiriya - The Rock Fortress
Polonnaruwa - Sri Lankas Medieval Capital
Anuradhapura - The City of the Ancients
Kandy - Cultural Center of Sri Lanka
Ella - Sri Lankas Southern Hill Country
Tissamaharama - Center of Culture in the South
Mirissa - The Shores for Whales & Dolphins
Galle - The Last Bastion of the Dutch
Colombo - Sri Lankas Commercial Capital