Sri Lanka in Style

Sri Lanka is a teardrop shaped island brimming with green landscapes, ancient treasures and a large dose of friendly tropical warmth both in terms of weather, smiles, sunshine and palm-fringed beaches. Beautiful green interiors, taking in ancient sights, staying on a colonial tea plantation, immersing yourself in the Buddhist spirituality at temples and shrines or visiting historic coastal towns such as Galle is but a smidgen of what Sri Lanka offers. Its national parks offer innumerable opportunities for wildlife-spotting. Amazing opportunities to see leopards in the wild, colourful bird life, or whales off the coast. The beaches are stunning, and the cuisine which is a fusion of Portuguese, Dutch, British, Malay and Indian influences. Hoppers, Kottu rotti, Tamil crab, Lamprais and coconut sambal accompany the staple of rice and fragrant curry. Added to all this culture, Sri Lanka offers amazing value for money and a relaxed, friendly vibe. These are but a few of the reason as to why Sri Lanka is a hit.

  • Climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Stay in a colonial-style tea planter’s bungalow
  • Explore the old town of Galle Fort
  • Relax by Bentota’s beautiful beaches
DAY 01
Buddha Statues in Colombo

Arrival and transfer to Colombo. Colombo is a bustling city and has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes and was ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its spicy cuisine as well as its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls which make it an interesting place to explore.

DAY 02
Sigiriya from the Entrance Road

Leave Sri Lanka's capital for arguably its most magnificent site: the rock-top fortress of Sigiriya. It's a scenic drive through the countryside. Habarana is one of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka with its incredible lake and land vistas.

DAY 03
Cave Temple in Dambulla

Start at Sigiriya. In the fifth century, King Kashyapa built a palace atop a plug of volcanic rock sticking out of the jungle; the ruins can still be seen after an exhilarating climb, via staircases and ancient frescoes. After drinking in the views, visit the nearby Dambulla Rock Temples, first-century BC caverns crammed with over 150 Buddha images.

DAY 04
Ancient Ruins in Polonnaruwa

Head to Polonnaruwa to explore the well-preserved ruins of the island's medieval capital. There are hundreds of ancient structures here, from tombs and temples to stupas and an immense reclining Buddha, carved directly into the rock. The grasslands and forest of Minneriya National Park are nearby, where you can take a jeep safari. Look out for sambar deer, macaques, sloth bears and elephants at certain times, Minneriya is home to the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.

DAY 05
Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy

Nestled in verdant-green hill country, Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. It is now the island's cultural heart. Kandy House, a charming boutique hotel set amid lush gardens on the city outskirts, makes a relaxing base.

DAY 06
Royal Botanical Garden in 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.

DAY 07
Girl On the Train in Kandy

Ride the rails to Hatton, cutting through prime tea country –a riot of leafy green spreads from the train windows. Train rides through the hill country of Sri Lanka are considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's very own 'Little England'.

DAY 08
Tree Fields in Nuwara Eliya

Head out into tea country, by car or on foot –you have a car and guide at your disposal so your day is up to you. Or venture a little further afield, perhaps making the pilgrimage up sacred Adam's Peak (one of Buddha's foot-prints is said to reside on top) or enjoying a round of golf in cool, colonial-era Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 09
Lighthouse in Galle Fort

Drive down from Nuwara Eliya, along the south coast to Galle, passing many small fishing villages and beaches. Galle is a city with a colourful history and a Dutch colonial feel.

DAY 10
Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka

Take further leisurely strolls around the fort, stopping to try local snacks and peering inside the imposing churches. You could also take a cycling tour of the surrounding coast or, between November and April, sail out on a whale-watching trip –humpback and blue whales might be seen.

DAY 11
Beach Views of a Sri Lankan Beach

A short drive up the coast leads to Bentota, which is blessed with lovely beaches and sweeping bays. Set on the shore, make one of the many glorious beach resorts, your home for the next three nights.

DAY 12-13
Beach Views of a Sri Lankan Beach

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.

DAY 14
Beach Views of a Sri Lankan Beach

Return to Colombo airport for your flight home.

Sigiriya from the Pidurangala
Sigiriya – The Rock Fortress
Ancient Ruins in Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa – Sri Lanka’s Medieval Capital
Temple of Tooth Relic Kandy
Kandy – Cultural Center of Sri Lanka
Cave Temple in Dambulla
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.