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Explore Sri Lanka

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Explore Sri Lanka

The perfect combination of culture and beach

This itinerary delves deeper into this fascinating and diverse country, revealing an abundance of sights and experiences. See Sri Lanka’s finest cultural spots, combined with historic and colonial highlights, as well as exploring some of the country’s finest wildlife areas.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • lighthouse galle sri lanka

    Galle, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Galle with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • elephants udawalawe sri lanka

    Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Udawalawe with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • view ella sri lanka

    Ella, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Ella with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Temple of the Tooth kandy sri lanka

    Kandy, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Kandy with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • lake habarana sri lanka

    Habarana, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Habarana with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Trincomalee with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Negombo, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Negombo with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days


Explore Sri Lanka

16 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Colombo

Take a scheduled flight from the UK to Colombo.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Colombo, Transfer to Galle

Arrive at Colombo International Airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation in Galle.

DAY 3 Galle

Enjoy a city tour of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. See the well preserved 90 acre fort and ramparts built in 1663, and continue to the New Oriental Hotel, built for a Dutch governor in 1684, a colonial gem now converted to the internationally renowned Amangalle Hotel. In the afternoon visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where conservation work is carried out to try to protect these endangered species.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Galle to Udawalawe

Today, leave behind Dutch architecture and drive to Udawalawe.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 5 Udawalawe

Visit the Elephant Transit Home, which caters for juvenile elephants that have been orphaned, and raises them until they are four years old, before releasing them back into the wild at Udawalawe National Park. Enjoy an afternoon safari. As well as being renowned for its large herd of elephants, the park is also known for several species of Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Jackal and very rare sightings of Leopard!

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 Udawalawe to Ella

This morning head to the hilly region of Ella, one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets. Ella is a remote hamlet amongst the mountainous peaks of the island’s central highlands, and has some of the best hikes the island has to offer. Views of mist and cloud covering the summits of the mountain range and the morning sunrise in Ella are spectacular scenes to behold

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 7 Ella

Climb the Little Adams Peak which takes around half an hour. The walk is enjoyable and clearly marked as you meander through tea plantations and take in breathtaking views of Ella Rock, Ravana Falls and the endless valley below. Afterwards, continue to the famous Nine Arches Bridge, then visit the Ravana Ella Waterfalls, one of the widest waterfalls in the country.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8 Ella to Kandy

Travel to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive around Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1806. In the evening you will visit the Temple of the Tooth in time for the “Pooja” ceremony. The temple is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. Experience an exhilarating show of traditional cultural dances.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 9 Kandy to Habarana

Transfer to Habarana, located in the Cultural Triangle of the island. The central plains area boasts an abundance of temple ruins and ancient cities combined with national parks and glistening reservoirs. Visit the Rock Cave Temples of Dambulla, one of the largest and best preserved cave temple sites in Sri Lanka. Located in the north central province, this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 1st century BC, and is an amazing complex of five caves.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 10 Sigiriya Rock Fortress

An early start today as you set off to climb to the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of Sri Lanka’s most recognisable attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, drive to Minneriya National Park (depending on the elephant movement, you may visit the nearby Kaudulla National Park or Eco Park instead). The 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consist of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favourites such as elephants and sambar deer.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11 Habarana to Trincomalee

Drive towards the east coast to Trincomalee, best known for its harbour, the biggest natural harbour in the world, which has seen the ships of the Portuguese, Dutch and British, among others. The rest of the day is at leisure, to perhaps relax on the beach.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12 Trincomalee

This morning, you will travel to Pigeon Island by boat, a great place for snorkelling and sun bathing. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Trincomalee. Visit the World War II cemetery and Fort Fredrick. Built in 1624, the fort remains formidable to this day. Continue to the famous Koneswaram Temple, built atop ‘Swamy Rock’, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 13 Trincomalee

Day at leisure to relax or explore the local area at your own pace.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 14 Trincomalee to Negombo

Transfer to Negombo, a fishing village and beach resort north of Colombo. The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 15 Negombo

Enjoy a full day at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 16 Fly to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras

Why not add a beach extension to your tour and spend a few days relaxing by the sea. If you’d like us to book you onto this, or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Fort Printers, Galle

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4★ Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, Udawalawa

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4★ 98 Acres Resort & Spa, Ella

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5★ The Golden Crown Hotel, Kandy

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4★ Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Habarana

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4★ Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, Trincomalee

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5★ Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • English speaking driver / guide
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours as stated
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

Price from £3,199
(Prices are for minimum 2 passengers, sole passenger prices on request)
Land only from £2,199
(excluding international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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