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The Best of Sri Lanka

Explore a world of wonder, whose past dates back thousands of years and contains a saga rich with mystical spirituality, colonial rivalries, and a myriad of fascinating stories.

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15 Days

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Destinations
Colombo | Anuradhapura | Dambulla | Kandy | Nuwara | Ella | Yala | Galle | Colombo

Journey Highlights

Detailed Journey

Day 1

Colombo

Our representative will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. On the drive they’ll share social and cultural etiquettes with you so that you can integrate with the country and the people as best you can.

Day 2

Colombo

Colombo is one of the most captivating capital cities in the world. Known for its gorgeous beaches and cosmopolitan center, the city derives much of its vibrancy from its ancient spice trade, which first brought in European colonial powers. You will spend the day exploring the city and visiting some of the famous colonial buildings.

Day 3

Colombo – Anuradhapura

Leave the hustle and bustle of Colombo for the peace of the ancient city of Anuradhapura. And on the way we have a special treat, as we’ll stop at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where you’ll have the unique opportunity to play with and care for these gentle creatures.

Day 4

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is often called the soul of Sri Lanka. The city was once the capital of the country for over 1000 years and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your visit will take you to many ancient places, including the twin towns of Anuradhapura and Mihintale.

Day 5

Anuradhapura – Dambulla

A scenic drive will take you to Dambulla. Once we’re settled, we’ll head out on an excursion to the fascinating city of Polonnaruwa (another UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ancient capital and royal home of both the Chola and Singhalese kingdoms for three centuries.

Day 6

Dambulla

Today we’ll begin with a visit to one of the most majestic sites of the entire trip, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. We’ll take a hot air balloon ride to see the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding areas. Then we’ll move on to the enchanting Minneriya National Park.

Day 7

Dambulla – Kandy

On the way to Kandy we’ll stop at the Dambulla Cave Temples, which overlook a scenic vista of sprawling tea plantations. Then we’ll head to the holy Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

We’ll travel by train today, on an incredibly scenic 4 hour journey to Nanuoya. From there we’ll drive to Nuwara Eliya. Once there we’ll visit the Hakgala Botanical Garden and then explore the colonial area of the city.

Day 9

Nuwara Eliya

We’ll spend another day in Nuwara Eliya, as its scenic beauty is worth more than a short visit. This laid back town is best explored on foot. The highlight of the area is a walking tour of the serene tea plantations. You’ll get a unique opportunity to enjoy nature’s bounties and soak in the fresh forest air.

Day 10

Nuwara Eliya - Ella

Today we’ll take a trip to the enchanting colonial Demodara Bridge. Aftewards we’ll gaze at some incredible views at the Ella Gap. The day will be spent seeing some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful natural landscapes.

Day 11

Ella – Yala

Now it’s time to head east to the Yala National Park. A long but memorable journey, it will take the better part of the day but the gorgeous views will make it seem like it went by in a minute. In the evening we’ll go on a jungle safari and discover the radiant natural beauty of the place.

Day 12

Yala

Today is devoted solely to safaris. We’ll jump in a jeep for both a morning and afternoon excursion into the jungle. You are likely to see spotted deer, wild boar and herds of elephants, in addition to a wide variety of tropical birds. And the icing on the cake, with an average of one Leopard per square kilometer, Yala has the highest density of these majestic cats in Asia, making it the best place in the continent to spot one.

Day 13

Yala – Galle

Take a drive down the south coast towards Galle. You may see the iconic stilt fishermen plying their trade in the ocean. Upon arrival we’ll visit the historic Sithuvili Art Gallery, followed by a truly traditional dinner at the home of a local family.

Day 14

Galle

After an early morning visit to Mirissa we’ll spend the rest of the day roaming around the colonial area of Galle. Located on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, Galle is the most important port on the island. You’re free to explore the city however you’d like to.

Day 15

Galle – Colombo

The journey comes to an end. On your flight home, reminisce about the many magical moments you experienced over the last two weeks, and look forward to your next trip back to this incredible country.

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