Classic Tour of Sri Lanka

  • The Cultural Triangle – Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya
  • Where Sri Lankan Civilisation Began
  • The splendour of Ancient Sri Lanka can be imagined from the ruins and remains of Stupas, hidden monasteries, the vast palaces and fortresses, and the hundreds of manmade lakes that are scattered around.
  • You will climb the magnificent rock edifice of Sigiriya and while in Polonnaruwa, you will visit;
  • The vast Parakrama Samudraya (An ancient manmade lake)
  • The Gal Viharaya (A temple made of Rock)
  • The Kiri Vehera (A stupa of the most perfect proportions)
  • Lankatilaka (The remains of one of the most splendid Buddhist shrines in Asia during the 12th century
  • Gal Potha (The book of stone)
  • Vatadage (A very rare relic house even in Sri Lanka)
  • The ancient statue of King Parakramabahu (The king who built the ParakramaSamudraya (The sea of Parakrama))
  • Experience a wild elephant jeep safari at the Minneriya National Park
  • Kandy
  • The Center of Buddhist Culture
  • The age old and picturesque city which was also the last capital of Sri Lanka’s Royal Kings beautifully set in a depression encompassed by beautiful and towering forested hills. It is noted to be one of the most beautiful cities in Asia and the epitome of Buddhist culture.
  • While in Kandy, you will visit;
  • The beautiful Temple of The Buddha’s Tooth
  • The extensive Peradeniya Gardens and Its amazing selection of orchids at the Orchid Houses
  • The very picturesque Train Journey through misty and cloud covered Hill Country
  • The delightful Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the feeding of baby elephants
  • The enigmatic Cultural Dance Show
  • A cooking demonstration at the Spice Gardens
  • The Hill Country
  • Lush tea carpeted hills and picturesque views
  • Beautifully laid out lush green tea gardens as far as the eyes can see and mist covered mountains and eerie and quiet highland plain with towering mountains and heights that one can see the seas from make up the hill country of Sri Lanka. A number of old towns are found here as well with the most famous one being Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is a quaint old colonial town with Tudor housing from the fading era of the British Raj.
  • Explore the colonial period town of Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit a tea factory to learn what makes Ceylon Tea world famous
  • Experience a stay at a Colonial Bungalow at a tea estate
  • Explore the eerie and silent Horton Plains National Park on foot
  • Experience the awe-inspiring views from atop mountain peaks during the Train Ride through the hill country
  • The South West Coast
  • Beautiful Beach Resorts, Lagoons and Tropical Beaches
  • Sri Lanka, blessed with miles of golden sanded beaches is a hotspot for visitors and Sri Lankans alike. Beautiful green and blue seas, sandy beaches, and the gently swaying coconut trees make the South Coast an ideal destination for those who wish to have an idyllic and relaxing holiday in a tropical atmosphere.
  • Tourists are spoiled for choice on where to spend their beach stays at;
  • Beach Resorts of Wadduwa And Kalutara
  • Beach Resort of Bentota
  • Beach Resort of Hikkaduwa
  • The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • Explore the Dutch period town within the ramparts of the Galle Fort
  • Choose between the amazing and happening beaches of Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and Mirissa
  • Depart on whale watching expeditions from Mirissa and Galle
  • Experience the excitement in river fishing and deep-sea fishing
  • Explore the Madu Ganga using a Boat
  • Tourists are spoiled for choice on where to spend their beach stays at;
  • Beach Resorts of Wadduwa And Kalutara
  • Beach Resort of Bentota
  • Beach Resort of Hikkaduwa
  • The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • Explore the Dutch period town within the ramparts of the Galle Fort
  • Choose between the amazing and happening beaches of Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and Mirissa
  • Depart on whale watching expeditions from Mirissa and Galle
  • Experience the excitement in river fishing and deep-sea fishing
  • Explore the Madu Ganga using a Boat
  • What to see and do on this tour
  • Visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and watch the feeding of baby elephants
  • Explore the Golden Cave Temples in Dambulla
  • Catch a glimpse of Polonnaruwa’s ancient splendour
  • Climb the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Learn the role that spices play in the daily lives of Sri Lankans
  • Witness the exciting Cultural Dance Show
  • Pay homage to the Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • See the extensive collections of Orchids at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Wind your way through the clouds in the hill country train ride
  • Relax on golden sanded beaches with
  • Highlights

    What’s included

    • Private tour in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking Chauffeur/Guide
    • All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary.
    • Jeep hires at national parks.
    • Meal plan as stated.
    • Train tickets from Kandy to Nanu Oya.
    DAY 01
    Colombo

    Upon your arrival in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, you will be met by our George Steuart Chauffeur Guide and will be transferred to Colombo. Being the business capital of the country, Colombo is the ideal location to relax upon arriving in Sri Lanka. Engage in a city tour in Colombo to witness a grand collaboration of colonial and modern architecture which makes the city an interesting attraction. You will also have the opportunity to relax with a cocktail and experience the wonderful sunset in Colombo.

    Overnight – Colombo
    DAY 02
    Dambulla
    Colombo – Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – Dambulla Cave Temple – Dambulla

    After breakfast, leave for Pinnawela. Depending on your time of arrival in Pinnawela, you may be able to obtain the unforgettable experience of the herd enjoying their river bath. Continue journey to Golden Cave Temple at Dambulla which has been carved out of the gigantic magma plug and host an awe-inspiring collection of sculptures, paintings and frescoes from throughout different periods of Sri Lanka’s history. Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation in Dambulla and stay overnight.

    Overnight - Dambulla.
    DAY 03
    Dambulla
    Dambulla – Minneriya – Sigiriya – Dambulla

    You will leave for a Jeep Safari through the Minneriya National Park (with packed breakfast) hunting for wild elephants. During the months of July and August, you may get to experience “The Gathering” which is the coming together of wild elephants during the drought at the banks of the lake. At times, you may see up to 200 elephants at the same time at the banks.

    Afterwards, you will visit the magnificent Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Easily the most impressive ancient ruins in Sri Lanka, it is set atop a 600-foot rock edifice and entails a climb. You will enter through the Royal Pleasure Gardens which is an amazing feat themselves. A series of ponds and landscaped terraces that are still watered by the ancient irrigation systems which is still unknown. Halfway up the rock edifice, you will come across the infamous cloud maidens. These frescos are Sri Lanka’s premier artistic treasure and is a must visit. The views from atop this rock is stunning and enlightening at the same time. Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation in Dambulla and stay overnight.

    Overnight - Dambulla.
    DAY 04
    Dambulla
    Dambulla – Village trek – Spice Garden – Kandy

    After breakfast, enjoy a village trek in an authentic Sri Lankan village. Here you will have the opportunity to witness a typical lively hood of a Sri Lanka village. Cross a lake in a catamaran and ride a bullock cart which the locals use as a mode of transport.

    Thereafter proceed to Kandy, on the way make a stop at a Spice Garden. The hills of Matale happen to be ideal for growing spices and herbs. You may be able to experience a cooking demonstration here and learn how to use spices such as pepper, cardamom, vanilla, cloves and nutmeg etc. You may want to buy some aromatic spices here to take away with you! Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation in Kandy and stay overnight.

    Overnight - Kandy.
    DAY 05
    Kandy
    Kandy – City tour – Temple of the Tooth – Kandy

    Home to graceful colonial buildings, unique music and dance, the island’s most sacred shrine and a refreshing highland location, Kandy is easy to like. Begin with a trip to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens (don’t miss the enormous orchid collection), then explore Kandy’s lakeshore, surrounding hills, markets, arts centres and museums.

    Finish with an evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth –allegedly home to one of Buddha’s teeth. Head to the Temple of the Tooth Relic in the evening in time for a “poojah” where you may make an offering of flowers. At 06:30 p.m., locals and tourists alike gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum to the backdrop of the temple drummers. This is indeed a magical experience.

    Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation in Kandy and stay overnight.

    Overnight - Kandy.
    DAY 06
    Kandy
    Kandy – Ramboda Falls – Nuwara Eliya City Tour - Nuwara Eliya

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and leave for Nuwara Eliya. On the way make a stop at Ramboda Falls to capture few pictures. Continue journey to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a Nuwara Eliya city tour in the evening. The great British Tea Planters of the colonial times recreated a little bit of England’s country life with manor houses, horse racing, high teas and golfing here as a reminiscence of their life back in England, giving Nuwara Eliya the name ‘Little England’. Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation in Nuwara Eliya and stay overnight.

    Overnight – Nuwara Eliya.
    DAY 07
    Nuwara Eliya
    Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Ella - Nine Arches Bridges – Ella

    Taking a packed breakfast, you will leave to the Horton Plains National Park. A very beautiful yet eerie highland plateau, Horton Plains offers one of the best trekking opportunities in Sri Lanka. The trail offers amazing sights such as Small World’s End, Big World’s End, Baker’s Falls and Chimney Falls views and runs roughly 09 KMS taking approximately 3.5 hours to complete fully. This trail is relatively easy with the exception of the part leading to Bakers Falls and the trek through the Cloud Forest. After enjoying your trek, take the scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. Visit Nine Arches Bridge in the evening. Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation in Ella and stay overnight.

    Overnight – Ella.
    DAY 08
    Ella
    Ella – Ella Rock (Optional) - Yala

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and leave for Yala. Depending on the time available, climb Ella rock on the way. Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation in Yala and stay overnight.

    Overnight – Yala.
    DAY 09
    Yala
    Yala National Park – Beach Stay

    Enjoy Yala National Park Jeep Safari with packed breakfast at 6.30 AM. Afterwards, proceed to your accommodation by the beach and stay overnight.

    Overnight – Beach stay at a preferred beach resort (South West Coast).
    DAY 10 - 13
    Beach stay (South West Coast)

    Melt into Sri Lankan beach-life. Dip in the sea and pool, book a massage, dine on exquisite curries and tamarind martinis. If you’re feeling more energetic, there are water sports aplenty or visit the nearby turtle hatchery where you can see the young rescued turtles and maybe even help release them into the sea.

    You will also have the opportunity to enjoy optional excursions to the Galle Dutch Fort, a Turtle Hatchery, a boat ride in Bentota or Whale watching in Mirissa.

    Overnight - Beach stay at a preferred beach resort (South West Coast).
    DAY 14
    Departure

    After a scrumptious breakfast, bid farewell to the sunny south coast and proceed to the airport in time for the connecting flight.

    Sigiriya – The Rock Fortress
    Polonnaruwa – Sri Lankas Medieval Capital
    Nuwara Eliya – Little England in Sri Lanka
    Kandy – Cultural Center of Sri Lanka
    Galle
    Ella – Sri Lankas Southern Hill Country
    With a simple lifestyle lay back in the village the people here make their living mainly from tourism. If you fancy a relaxing stay with a little adventure, Ella should be at the top of the list.
    Dambulla – Fascinating Buddhist Architecture
    According to chronicles, Dambulla was initially referred to as Jambukola or Jambukolalena. The most significant area of the city are the Dambulla Caves.
    Colombo – Sri Lankas Commercial Capital