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Sri Lankan Classics (Summer/Winter)

Day 01

  • Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our representative
  • Transfer to Colombo – 1 hour drive approximately
  • Welcome dinner at Galle Face Hotel
  • Overnight stay in Galle Face Hotel Colombo

Day 02

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Spend the morning at leisure in the Hotel
  • Colombo by Jeep afternoon (3 PM) tour of Colombo city covering historical colonial era British built buildings, a Buddhist temple and Pettah market in vintage open top jeeps
  • Overnight stay in Galle Face Hotel Colombo

Day 03

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Habarana – 4 to 5 hours drive
  • In the afternoon we climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sigiriya Rock Fortress was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century. Today you can witness the ruins of his castle on top of Sigiriya Rock, Swimming pools, ponds and gardens dotted with many ponds. This is an architectural marvel and one of the most photographed monuments.
  • Overnight stay in Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana

Day 04

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Take walk in a typical village near Sigiriya to photograph local village life, lakes, paddy fields, farming fields and village vendors. This is near Sigiriya Rock Fortress. We also go to ancient rock monastery of Pidurangala too.
  • Enjoy some chilled beer munching deep fried lake fish and home cooked rice and curry lunch
  • In the afternoon transfer to Polonnaruwa – 1 ½ hours drive approximately
  • Visit Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO world heritage site. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms which is now ruined and included many palaces and temples
  • Overnight stay in Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana

Day 05

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Anuradhapura – 1 ½ hours drive approximately
  • Explore the most important ancient capital of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. An UNESCO world heritage site once powerhouse of Sri Lankan ancient kingdoms, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization
  • Afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park from 3 to 6 Pm to see wild Elephants
  • Overnight stay in Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana

Day 06

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit another UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla Cave Temple, inhabited from 1st Century this largest cave complex is the best preserved cave in Sri Lanka. There are nearly 80 recoded caves in this complex but main attractions are in 5 caves where ancient paintings of Lord Buddha’s life are artistically painted.
  • Transfer to Kandy – 2 hours drive approximately. Kandy is the most venerated and visited city of Sri Lanka as it houses Lord Buddha’s tooth relic in Kandy Royal Palace, now a temple. Kandy is know the as the capitol of hill country of Sri Lanka.
  • Visit Tamil/Hindi Temple in Matale on the way to Kandy
  • Afternoon walk in historical city of Kandy to street vendors, Kandy lake and Kandy view point
  • Overnight stay in Cinnamon Citadel Hotel in Kandy

Day 07

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Morning visit to Kandy Temple of Tooth relic of Lord Buddha during the morning sermon
  • Visit a typical market in Kandy to source ingredients for a meal and take part in cooking a traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry meal
  • Overnight stay in Cinnamon Citadel Hotel in Kandy

Day 08

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Get on board the scenic train to Ella from Kandy at 8.30 AM. This is a very scenic train route where you could photograph the moving locomotive through tea plantation, villages and forests. The railway line was built by British’s during their colonial days to transport tea harvest to Colombo Port. We suggest you take the 2nd class (non AC) tickets to better experience an authentic train journey. Train is expected to arrive in Ella by 3.15 PM
  • You will be met by our representative in Ella train station and transfer to Nuwara Eliya – 1 ½ hours drive approximately.
  • Overnight stay in Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel

Day 09

  • Leave to Horton Plains National Park at 5 AM with a picnic breakfast – 1 ½ hours drive approximately. Horton Plains is a very important bio diversity hot spot in Sri Lanka which is very scenic and is vast grassy plains surrounded by a thick sub montane forest (Cloud forest). Horton Plains is also home for scenic Baker’s waterfall. Early morning photos of Samber Deer against a back drop of grassy plains is a nice shot.
  • Return to Nuwara Eliya
  • In the afternoon take a walk in Nuwara Eliya town to photograph British built bungalows and buildings in the town, town bazaar and market followed by visit to a Tea estate with a factory tour and tasting pure Ceylon tea.
  • Overnight stay in Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel

Day 10

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Yala – 4 hours drive approximately
  • Lunch at Yala Safari Camp
  • Do some bush walks in the late afternoon around Yala Safari Camp bordering Yala National Park and enjoy a sun-downer on a rock cliff overlooking the local jungles sipping local arrack cocktail chased with Ginger Beer
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Yala Safari Camp

Day 11

  • Full Day safari in Yala, Yala is the most popular national park of Sri Lanka due to its increasing Leopard density. Apart from Leopards you can see Elephants, Bears, Spotted Deer, Crocodiles and many verities of birds. Picnic breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • BBQ Dinner and overnight stay in Yala Safari Camp

Day 12

  • Breakfast at the Camp
  • Transfer to Galle – 3 to 4 hours drive
  • Visit The Stilt Fishermen in Galle, age old traditional way of fishing by sitting on a pole fixed to the shallow bottom of the sea where the fishermen sit to make their daily catch.
  • Do an evening walk in Portuguese built Fortress in 1500’s and it’s ramparts. Galle Fort is now home for many Boutique hotels and this is an architectural masterpiece. You can see many coffee shops, roadside bars, cafes and antique shops.
  • Overnight stay in Fort Bazzar Boutique Hotel

Day 13

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Take a walk in and outside the Galle Fort on your own to visit Galle Market and street fishermen in Galle and fruit market
  • Countryside cycling tour of approximately 2 to 3 hours goes at your own pace. Get off the beaten track with an easy 12 km (7.5 miles) ride from approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours (or more) depending on how comfortable you are and how fast you wish to cycle. The tour stays primarily on dirt and gravel tracks and shows you local industries, Lagoon and mangroves, fauna, flora and also meets the local people. You can also witness the process of catching crabs, making rope using coconuts and also visit an old Buddhist temple (built in BC 1794). If you wish to stay away from the touristy areas and experience the lifestyle of the locals while cycling, this is a perfect tour for you!
  • Overnight stay in Fort Bazaar Boutique Hotel

Day 14

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Negombo – 2 hours drive approximately.
  • Afternoon on your own. Take a leisurely walk in the seaside road in Negombo where you could photograph fishermen, traditional fishing catamarans, Old Catholic churches and Portuguese and Dutch architecture. There are many roadside bars in the seaside road in Negombo if you wish to have a Beer and do people watching.
  • Overnight stay in Negombo at Jetwing Beach Hotel

Day 15

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Take the mid day river cruise in the Hamilton canal and majestic Maha Oya to experience a tropical countryside boat trip to witness the riverine village life of fishermen, a Bamboo forest, and birds. Follow the historic route of the spice traders along the Hamilton canal and then cruise upstream on this spectacular Maha Oya River to experience a tropical countryside boat trip and witness the riverine village life of fishermen, a Bamboo forest, and birds. We can stop at a sandy beach for a swim in the fresh water. We then call in for a riverside or beachside restaurants for some chilled beer and lunch. This is approximately 3 hours boat trip and if you wish to stop for lunch it will be approximately 4 hours boat trip.
  • Relax in the rest of the day
  • Farewell Dinner with live music and overnight stay in Negombo at Jetwing Beach Hotel

Day 16

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Airport for departure – 20 minutes drive approximately

From US$ 3590

Per person on double sharing basis


We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation


The rate includes,

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels
  • Meals as per mentioned meal plans
  • Air conditioned transfers with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • All mentioned activities and park entrance fees

Prices may vary plus/minus depending on the season

Places of visit during this trip

  • Colombo by Jeep tour of Colombo city
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Anuradhapura
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Tamil/Hindu Temple in Matale
  • Temple of Tooth relic Kandy
  • Market in Kandy
  • Horton Plains National Park
  • Yala National Park
  • The Stilt Fishermen in Galle
  • Galle Fort
  • Hamilton canal
  • Maha Oya

Key highlights of this trip

  • Cultural and local experiences
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Scenic train journey
  • Leopards in Yala National Park
  • Elephants in Minneriya National Park
  • Sloth bears in Yala
  • Whale Watching in Mirissa
  • Stilt fishermen
  • Cycling in Galle
  • Boat ride in fishing village Negombo

Accommodation and meals during this trip (For 2 Adults)

  • Two nights in Galle Face Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Three nights in Cinnamon Lodge on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Two nights in Cinnamon Citadel on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Two nights in Jetwing St. Andrews on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Two nights in Ruhunu Safari Camping on all inclusive basis
  • Two nights in Fort Bazar on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Two nights in Jetwing Blue on Bed & Breakfast basis