Our classic 2 week tour of Sri Lanka is a great starting point when planning a trip. Perfect for anyone wanting to combine the country’s main cultural and scenic highlights with a stay on the beach. This itinerary is well paced and offers plenty of flexibility. You will stay in a mixture of four and five star boutique hotels and be accompanied by a private driver until you reach your beach hotel. Please note that cheaper hotel options and likewise upgrades are available. We can also alter all of our tours in any way you see fit.
Day 1 - Arrive in Colombo
Land at Colombo International Airport and meet your private English speaking driver. Your driver will drive 20 minutes to The Wallawwa where you can rest and acclimatise. The Wallawwa is a smart boutique hotel that has successfully combined traditional Sri Lankan architecture with stylish contemporary interiors.More Info
Day 2 - Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Your driver will return first thing in the morning and transfer you to the Cultural Triangle. On route you can stop at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and enjoy lunch while watching the elephant’s bath time (optional at client’s discretion). Your hotel for the night will be Vil Uyana, a collection of stilted villas surrounded by paddy fields, water and forest.More Info
Day 3 - The Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Wake early to climb the Sigriya Rock Fortress. The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on top of a granite peak standing some 180m high, which dominates the jungle from all sides. In the afternoon enjoy some relaxation and pampering at your hotel.
Day 4 - Polonnaruwa Ancient City
Today your driver will take you to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Here is a very good museum, but we also recommend hiring a specialist site guide to make the most of your visit. Bicycle hire can also be arranged should you wish to explore the complex on two wheels.
Day 5 - Local Village Excursion & Kandy
Start the day with a village tour. Explore the paddy fields on a bullock cart and canoe to a local community where you can enjoy a lunch prepared using traditional cooking techniques. After lunch, make your way down to Kandy where you will spend two nights at Villa Rosa.More Info
Day 6 - Kandy City Tour
Once in Kandy visit the Botanical Gardens, Temple of the Tooth and Commonwealth War Cemetery. In the evening we recommend a drink at the outrageous Helga’s Folly. Former guests of this eccentric abode include Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and more recently the Stereophonics who wrote ‘Madam Helga’ following their stay.
Day 7 - Scenic Railway to the Tea Fields
From Kandy you can catch the scenic railway up into the hill country and tea plantations. Your driver will follow the train with your luggage and transfer you to The Ceylon Tea Bungalows after you disembark at Nanu Oya station. The scenery here is breathtaking with beautiful walks and waterfalls.More Info
Day 8 & 9 - Colonial Relaxation
While in the tea country you can visit a local tea factory, enjoy a guided walk through the tea fields and visit the tea picker’s long houses. You could also tackle a more challenging bicycle ride or hike, visit the charming hill town of Ella or just relax in the hotel grounds with a good book.
Day 10 - Transfer to Yala National Park
From the hill country you can make your way to Yala National Park, where you can hope to see elephants, leopards, crocodiles, sloth bears, wild boar, pythons, birds of prey etc… You can spend the afternoon you arrive by the pool at Yala Jetwing and then do a half day safari the following morning.More Info
Day 11 - 14 - Galle & The South Coast
After a morning in Yala National Park make your way to the south coast where you can spend your last four nights relaxing on the beach. Dine and shop inside the 16th Century UNESCO Galle Fort, photograph the stilt fishermen in Weligama, go whale watching of the coast of Mirissa, scuba dive in Unawatuna and enjoy the string of pretty bays that run from Thalpe to Midigama.More Info