Explore Sri Lanka with this fascinating seven-day round-trip starting in the capital, Colombo, and taking an inland loop that covers all the main historic, cultural and natural attractions of this magical island. Discover a world of lush landscapes, picturesque lakeside cities, historic temples and ancient citadels. Breathe in the fragrances of Sri Lanka at herb and spice gardens. Enjoy the lush green tea plantations spreaded through the hill county.
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital is both a historic city packed with colonial architecture and modern metropolis with soaring skyscrapers
Dambulla: An emblematic Buddhist cave temple carved deep into a mountain and decorated with frescoes, that deserves to be seen and admired
Kandy: This beautiful city is home to the outstanding Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and its associated palaces and gardens
Nuwara Eliya: View fascinating plantations in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country and admire the town’s Victorian architecture
Arrive at Colombo airport, where a representative will meet, greet, and transfer you to the selected hotel. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Evening Enjoy Colombo City & Shopping Tour (Optional): The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience - or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City - an offshore city - featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo's night life spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you're lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!
Overnight in Colombo
Colombo - Dambulla/Sigiriya (176 Kms - 3 Hrs)
Wake up and get ready for a transfer to Dambulla/Sigiriya. Evening Visit to Cave Temple (Optional): In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.
Overnight in Dambulla/Sigiriya
Dambulla/Sigiriya - Kandy (100 Km - 2.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, head towards the heart of Sri Lanka to reach Kandy. Home to the the country's most holy relic, the Sacred Tooth Relic and one of the most significant cultural and religious centers. Whilst contemporary Kandy is also famous for its tropical forest to tea and spice gardens.
En route Visit to Spice Garden in Matale (optional): An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden - into which you will be most welcome - and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.
Evening Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy: Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts center, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market.
Enjoy Cultural Show at Kandy(Optional): Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka
Overnight in Kandy
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (100 Km - 2.5 Hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya
En route Visit to Tea Factory (Optional): Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
Evening Enjoy a City Tour in Nuwara Eliya (Optional): Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.
Overnight in Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya – Beach
After breakfast at hotel proceed to South West Coast (5 Hours + Traffic)
Overnight in South West Coast
Breakfast at hotel
Visit Galle & Visit Fort: Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!
Overnight Stay at a Hotel in South West Coast
Departure South West Coast- Colombo
After breakfast proceed to Airport for departure (45 Minutes + Traffic)
Day 1 Colombo:
- Standard Hotel Category = Grand Oriental Hotel/ Earls Red or similar 3*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Cinnamon Lakeside or similar 5*
Day 2 Dambulla/Sigiriya:
- Standard Hotel Category = Sorowwa Resort & Spa/ Danawwa Resort/ Pelwehera Village or similar 4*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Heritance Kandalama or similar 5*
Day 3 Kandy:
- Standard Hotel Category = Oak Ray Regency/ Oak Ray Heritage/ Oak Ray City Hotel or similar 3*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Earl's Regency or similar 5*
Day 4 Nuwaraeliya:
- Standard Hotel Category = Oak Ray Summerhill Breeze/ Hotel Hiltop or similar 3*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Heritance Tea Factory or similar 5*
Day 5-6 South West Coast:
- Standard Hotel Category = Hotel J Unawatuna or similar 3*
- Deluxe Hotel Category = Araliya Beach Resort and Spa Unawatuna or similar 5*