An island of national parks venerated temples, tea plantations, and rose-gold beaches: Sri Lanka
packs in plenty of experiences. Our Travel consultants can help you plan a Sri Lanka holiday that
encompasses your interests and shows you lesser-visited corners of the island.
A Sri Lanka adventure if you’re short of time, this one-week itinerary offers you the highlights of
Sri Lanka in a convenient 7-day trip. Offering balmy, equatorial temperatures, diverse wildlife,
dramatic landscape from fragrant spice gardens to central highlands and vibrant culture and
history, this is a place that will leave you wanting to come back for more. You will visit an
elephant orphanage, see a traditional Puja ceremony and visit a tea factory to see how pure
Ceylon tea is produced on this mini-adventure.
As always, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and
there. We can also discuss other hotel or villa options.
- Relax in the beautiful countryside.
- Explore some of Sri Lanka’s cultural treasures.
- Spot elephants on safari.
- Enjoy the sunset and moonrise.
- Drink tea surrounded by tea plantations.
Day 1 : Airport / Negombo Approx. Travel time 35 min without stops
On arrival into Colombo you’re met by your private chauffeur guide and driven to
your hotel near the airport.
After a leisurely breakfast you will be collected from Negombo and driven over to
Sigriya in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. On arrival you will have the rest of the day to
enjoy the countryside and perhaps wander over to the local village.
Day 3 : Sigiriya
This morning you have time at leisure – it’s a good opportunity to use the hotel’s
pool. In the afternoon you have a Jeep safari in one of the three national parks in
the area; the specific one will be chosen on the day so you have the best chance of
seeing the wildlife, which includes elephants, sambar deer and monkeys as well as a
wide variety of bird life. (Minneriya National Park, Kadulla National park or Eco
Day 4: Sigiriya
This morning you will visit Sigiriya Rock a UNESCO site accompanied by your
chauffeur guide, who will be able to provide you with the history of the rock as you
admire the views on the top. On your return you will visit the Dambulla caves,
which date back to the 1st century a UNESCO World Heritage site. All of the caves
contain varying sizes of statues of Buddha. Additionally, several of the caves have
impressive ceiling frescos.
This morning after breakfast you will leave to the east coast and your chauffeur guide will first accompany you to Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s second capital. The ancient city ruins have a mix of both Buddhist and Hindu influences, and are a great place to learn more about the history of Sri Lanka. After exploring Polonnaruwa you will then drive on for your next three nights by the coast.
Day 6 : Passikuda
Today is free to enjoy Sri Lanka’s east coast. The calm sea is ideal for swimming for you might like to test out the hotel pool.
Day 7: Passikuda
Another day free to enjoy the coast. You might like to simple relax on the beach, or enjoy some of the spa facilities. The hotel also offers excursions to a local fishing village if you would like to see some local culture.
This morning after breakfast you drive passes rice paddies and farmland through the most remote areas of Sri Lanka to arrive in Ella / Haputale the Southern Highlands and perfect climate to cool down after sunny beach vacation. Haputale and Ella are picturesque and allows one to explore much including Lipton’s Seat, best visited in the morning. Enjoy the tea experience with a walk through a tea plantation and a visit to a tea factory. There are also several picturesque waterfalls to be explored.
Day 9: Ella / Haputale /Koslanda
After breakfast head to Lipton’s seat lookout is one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive viewpoints (unless it’s misty and cloudy of course, which is why early morning is the best time to visit). The Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here, and today it’s said you can see across emerald hills and tea estates to no fewer than seven different provinces. We could arrange a tuk tuk ride to the location the last 5 km will be lovely experiences. (Optional)
After noon you could pend time enjoying time at the hotel or go explore a water fall with our chauffeur driver who will be happy with prior notice.
If your based in Ella you have the option to go on the adventurous zipline of Flying Ravana, Sri Lanka’s first ever zip-line, located amidst the luscious green estates of Ella. The two-wire zip-line stretches for more than half a kilometre, slides at 80kmph and offers a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful hills of the island.
Ella to haputale/ Koslanda approx. travel time 1 hrs
The drive from Southern hills to Yala will take around 2.5 hrs southeast to the serene and tranquil town of Tissamaharama, which was the capital of the ancient Ruhunu Kingdom in the 2nd century B.C. Tissa is dominated by lakes and gigantic Buddhist Dagobas (temples), lush green paddy fields and lotus-filled lakes attracting many species of water birds including cormorant, purple heron, Caspian tern and the painted stork.
You also have the option to stay closer to the Yala National Park with upgrade hotel options from our selections. For family with toddlers we would recommend to travel deep south for accommodation at the famous Shangri La Hambantota which is another 1 hrs further drive from Tissa or Yala. Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is a 300-bedroom hotel located in Hambantota offering a host of fun filled activities ideal for family holidays.
Day 11: Tissamaharama / Yala / Hambantota
Time to relax in the morning and enjoy the hotel facility. PM you have the option to explore one of the National Parks. (Yala National Park / Bundala National Park / Weheragala /Lunugamvehera National Parks)
Yala covers an area of approximately 500 square miles and is located in the south eastern corner of the island. Its northern boundaries border the Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary. The terrain ranges from open parklands to dense jungle. Watering holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams provide water for the animals and birds. Notable inhabitants are the leopards, sloth bears, diverse birdlife, sambar deer and mongoose. (Yala is closed in Sep / Oct)
Head along the south coast to Galle where you will stay your final two nights at Sri Lanka southern coast with different types of Accommodation to suite your taste from Inland villas, beach guest houses to Luxury high end resorts.
We also recommend a visit to the historic city of Galle and its 17th century Dutch Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the old Fort, a small walled city with about 300 homes and an old-world feel, still remain with its well-preserved bastions, public buildings, churches, lighthouse and a maze of narrow streets
Day 13: Galle
After breakfast you may relax by the pool or Sink into the gentle pace of country life on a cycling tour of the lagoon, mangroves, and villages around Unawatuna, Galle. Spend the morning or afternoon pedaling to keep the day active with the kids.
Day 14: Galle / Airport
You can make a fairly leisurely start for the drive to Colombo airport, a 2.5 hrs journey from Galle. Here you will be met by the airport representative and directed to the correct check in areas, ready for your flight.
Accommodation options in Negombo
|Wattura Resort & Spa (Luxury Boutique)||http://watturaresortandspa.com/|
|Jetwing Beach (Luxury)||https://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingbeach/#gref|
|Heritance Negombo (Luxury)||https://www.heritancehotels.com/negombo/|
|Arie Lagoon (Mid-Range)||http://www.arielagoon.com/|
|Goldi Sands (Mid-range)||http://www.goldisands.com/|
Accommodation options in Sigiriya
|Water Garden Sigiriya (Luxury Boutique)||https://www.watergardensigiriya.com/|
|Heritance Kandalama (Luxury)||https://www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/|
|Signature by Amaya (Luxury)||https://www.amayaresorts.com/amayasignature/|
|Sigiriyana by Thilanka (Mid-range)||https://sigirianaresort.com/|
|Elephas Resort Sigiriya (Mid-range)||http://www.elephassigiriya.com/|
Accommodation options in Passikuda
|Uga Bay (Luxury Boutique)||https://www.ugaescapes.com/ugabay/|
|Anantaya Passikudah (Luxury)||https://www.anantaya.lk/passikudah/|
|Anilana Pasikudah (Luxury affordable)||http://www.anilana.com/pasikuda/index.html|
|Sunrise by Jetwing (Mid-range)||https://www.jetwinghotels.com/sunrisebyjetwing/#gref|
|Amethust Passikudha (Mid-range)||https://www.aitkenspencehotels.com/amethyst/|
|Amaranthe Bay Resort and Spa (Mid-range)||https://amaranthebay.com/|
Accommodation options in Ella / Haputale / Koslanda
|Living Heritage Koslanda (Luxury Boutique)||https://koslanda.com/|
|Thotalagala Bungalow (Luxury Boutique)||https://www.thotalagala.com|
|98 Acres Ella (Luxury)||https://www.resort98acres.com/|
|Melheim Resort Haputale (Mid-range)||http://www.melheimresorts.com/|
|Kelburne Cottages Haputale (Mid-range)||http://www.kelburnemountainview.com|
|Flower Garden Ella (Mid-range)||http://www.ellaresort.com/|
Accommodation options in Yala / Tissa / Hambantota
|Chena Huts Yala (Luxury boutique)||https://www.ugaescapes.com/chenahuts/|
|Wild Coast Lodge Yala (Luxury Boutique)||https://www.resplendentceylon.com/wildcoastlodge-yala/|
|Leopard Trails Luxury camping||https://www.leopardtrails.com/|
|Jetwing Yala (Luxury)||https://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingyala/#gref|
|Cinnamon Wild (Luxury)||https://www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamonwildyala|
|Tamarind Lake (Mid-range)||http://www.tamarindlake.lk/lavendish-tamarind-lake.html|
|Chaarya Resort Tissa (Mir-range)||http://chaaryaresorts.com/|
|Shangri La Hambantota||https://www.shangri-la.com/hambantota/shangrila/|
Accommodation options in Galle
|Apa Villas (Boutique)||https://www.apavillathalpe.com/|
|Tamarind Hill Galle (Boutique)||https://www.asialeisure.lk/tamarindhill/|
|Light House Galle (Luxury)||https://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwinglighthouse/#gref|
|Fortress Koggala (Luxury)||http://www.thefortress.lk|
|Marriot Hotel Weligama (Luxury)||www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cmbmc-weligama-bay-marriott-resort-and-spa/?|
|Calamander Beach Unawatuna (Mir-range)||http://www.unawatunabeachresort.com/|
|Lady Hill Galle (Mir-range)||http://ladyhill.lk/|
|Garden House (Mid-range)||http://www.thegardenhousesrilanka.com/|
- In-destination transfers with and English-Speaking chauffeur driver (vehicle available for all excursions on the tour)
- All accommodation on Bed and Breakfast
- WIFI available in the vehicle throughout the tour
- 01 litter of mineral water for each guest on all transfer days
- Sigiriya Rock fortress, Dambulla cave temple, Polonnauwa ancient site,
- Entrance fees & jeep hire for National Park visit in the Cultural triangle (Minneriya / Kadulla or Eco park) & Yala National Park.
- Dinner and Lunch throughout the tour
- Beverages, soft drinks during meals
- Medical expenses
- Tipping and porter charges
- Expenses of personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Visa charges – current charges
- Boat excursions on the east coast for Delphine / Whale watching
- Jeep safari to Yala, Bundala Weheragala /Lunugamvehera National Parks
- Cycling in Galle with adventure guide
- Zipline adventure in Ella
- Tuk tuk ride in Haputale
- Meet & assistance at the Airport on arrival / departure by company representative
- Standard check in time is 1300hrs and check out is 12noon at all hotels.
- All prices are quoted in USD inclusive of all taxes.
- Meal times at hotels – Breakfast 07.00am to 10.00am / Lunch 12.45pm to 2.30pm at hotel / Dinner 7.30pm to 10pm
- Rates are subject to change in the event of any charges to statutory government taxes.
Cancellation & refund policy
- 10% of the total value of the booking will be charge if canceled 31 days prior to arrival.
- 50% of the total value of the booking will be charge if canceled 14 days prior to arrival.
- 100% of the total value of the booking will be charge if canceled less than 14days prior to arrival.
- However certain Villa booking cancellations will change from the above.