Sri Lanka Classic Private Tour
06nights / 07Days:
Accommodation on DBL Sharing for 06 Nights from Breakfast on Day 02 to Breakfast on Day 07 at Hotels specified or at Hotels of Similar Standard.
Accommodation on BB Basis.
Train Tickets Subject to Availability
Transportation by Air-Conditioned Vehicle with an English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
Government Tax and Service Charge at all the Hotels
Colombo city tour
Visit Galle Face Green, old parliament, the lighthouse clock tower, Colombo harbour, Gangarama Temple in the Beira lake, Independence Square and the Viharamahadevi Park
Visit Minneriya National Park
Visit iconic rock fortress – Sigiriya
Boat ride and Bullock cart ride in Habarana
Dambulla Cave Temple
Matale spice garden
Visit The Sacred Tooth Relic Temple
Epic train ride to Nanu Oya (subject to availability)
DAY 1 : Arrive Colombo
Soon after you touchdown in Sri Lanka, our representative will welcome you at the airport. Here’s to an exciting tour ahead, and your first destination is Colombo – the commercial hub of Sri Lanka. En-route to Colombo, you will engage in a Colombo city tour which is optional.
The Colombo city tour from Fort and Pettah will cover all the commercial and residential areas of the city whilst sighting the key landmarks – Galle Face Green, old parliament, the lighthouse clock tower, Colombo harbour, Gangarama Temple in the Beira lake, Independence Square and the Viharamahadevi Park. After admiring the developing urban skyline with iconic skyscrapers, you can treat yourself with shopping when you visit Fort and Pettah, where you will find long streets filled with small shops on both sides. So, do not forget to bargain and get the best deals! Upon reaching your hotel followed by a delectable dinner, you will enjoy a relaxing stay at a cozy hotel in Colombo.
DAY 2 : Colombo - Minneriya - Habarana
Kick start your day with an early breakfast and you will be heading to Minneriya National Park for an adventurous evening jeep safari. On the way, you will be able to admire the distinctly varying landscapes and vegetation, whilst enjoying the scenic backdrops of beautiful fauna and flora. Take an occasional peek out of the window and you will see mountainous landscapes with small water pools, strolling wildlife, windy brown streets and an abundance of lush greenery with blooms. Capture as many pictures you can of the breath-taking panoramic views.
Upon reaching Minneriya, you will engage in an adrenaline-packed jeep safari that will take you into the wilds. The Minneriya national park situated 182 km away from Colombo in the North Central Plains of Sri Lanka, is home to a variety of fauna and flora. At the massive Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir, (the highlight of the park) you will witness the most awaited elephant gathering. This is a thrilling sight and experience, plus a memory to cherish for the rest of your life. The park is home to 24 species of mammals and over 170 species of birds, and out of the 25 species of reptiles recorded in the park 8 are endemic to Sri Lanka. After an exhilarating 3-hour safari in the wilds, you will head to Habarana to check-in at the hotel for dinner and enjoy an overnight stay in Habarana.
DAY 3 : Habarana - Sigiriya - Habarana
Your day starts early today, with the climb to the country’s most famous and iconic rock fortress – Sigiriya. Recognized from miles away, the soaring ‘Lion Rock’ is an archeological wonder and a testament of Sri Lanka’s city planning, water gardens, engineering and fortification in the 5th century AD. The rock peak is home to an incredible blue-green landscape with lush green gardens and advanced irrigation systems. Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO, you will be thrilled to see the beautiful frescoes and the fascinating mirror wall of the rock fortress. It is undoubtedly the most treasured historical monument in Sri Lanka. Once you climb down the rock fortress, you can enjoy your breakfast packet under a nice shady grove. After absorbing the majestic view, you will proceed to the ‘Hill Capital’ – Kandy.
Next, you will proceed to a nearby village to engage in an interesting village trek in Habarana which includes a boat ride and a bullock cart ride. You will enjoy the swaying ride in a bullock cart on an unpaved trail, nature walk through a scrub jungle, wading through a local stream, crossing a lake in an ‘oruwa’ – a traditional boat and spending time with a farmer harvesting crops. You will finally reward yourself with an authentic village lunch prepared by the farmer’s family with freshly picked ingredients cooked in clay pots over firewood. After enjoying a series of authentic Sri Lankan experiences, you will drive back to your hotel in Habarana for an overnight stay.
DAY 4 : Dambulla - Kandy
After breakfast, you will visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. Home to the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, the Dambulla rock towers over the surrounding plains with over 80 documented caves. The caves contain 153 statues and 2,100 square meters of murals of Gautama Buddha and his life. Dambulla is a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka and the popular cave temple complex dates back to the 2nd century BC and is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. After learning more about the historical past of this cave temple, you will proceed to Kandy.
En-Route to Kandy you will visit the Matale spice garden. Situated, just 25 km from Kandy, the spice garden is one of the best spots for spices on the island, and here you will be introduced to various spices and be shown how these spices are grown and processed much to your awe. In the evening you will witness a colourful cultural show with an exciting agenda of traditional Sri Lankan dances and pageantry. You will be captivated by the vibrant event filled with colourful costumes, graceful dances and oriental music, making it an unforgettable experience. After an in-house dinner, you can unwind into the night at a local pub (at your expense), where you can mingle with the locals and experience the local nightlife happenings first hand, followed by an overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 5 : Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Today you will embark on a city tour in Kandy (after breakfast) to visit The Sacred Tooth Relic temple – Kandy‘s key attraction and symbol of sovereignty enshrined in great splendour. The Esala Perahera held in August each year is a must-see, and this spectacular pageant honours the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. After visiting the tooth relic temple, you will drive around the iconic Kandy lake admiring the serene and stunning landscape merged with the beauty of nature.
Thereafter, you will take an epic train ride to Nanu Oya (subject to availability). The train journey weaving through the scenic hill country is one of the most beautiful explorations in Sri Lanka. From the edge of soaring mountains, you will oversee the branching valleys from the mist capped mountains, sloping lush green tea plantations, villages dotted with houses, thick forests and whooshing waterfalls. Continue the drive till Nuwara Eliya and once you reach the city engage in Nuwara Eliya city tour covering Gregory Lake.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country and is one of the most important locations for tea cultivation and is well known for its chilly climate and for being the coolest area in the tropical island. The city still preserves its ancient charm with its well-maintained colonial buildings and private homes with English-style lawns and blooming gardens. After absorbing the breathtaking landscape and the beauty of the iconic Gregory lake, you have dinner followed by a comfortable overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 6: Nuwara Eliya - Kalutara/Bentota
After breakfast, you will proceed to Bentota – a resort town on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast. Its long white sandy beaches and pristine waters with coral-rich dive sites make it an attractive destination for a beach getaway and to unwind by the beachfront. En-route to Bentota visit Devon Falls and St.Clair’s falls. Devon Falls also known as the ‘Veil of the valley’, is one of the most beautiful cascades of Sri Lanka located close to the Talawakelle town. It is named after a pioneer English coffee planter called Devon, whose plantation was close by to the waterfall. St.Clair’s falls is one of the widest falls in the country and is commonly known as the ‘Little Niagra of Sri Lanka’. These waterfalls are a striking sight to see and do not forget to capture as many pictures you can.
On the way, you will also visit the Bo tree and temple in Kalutara. The ‘Kalutara Bodhiya’ is an ancient Bo tree which was identified as one of the 32 saplings of the original Sri Maha Bodhi planted during the 2nd century BC in Anuradhapura. It remains a very important historical site to this day. After learning more about the history behind the temple, you will reach your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Bentota.
Day 7: Departure
Today is your last day on the paradise isle. Indulge in a lavish spread of breakfast before proceeding to the airport for departure.
This brings you to the end of an exciting, fun-filled and memorable adventure in Sri Lanka!