The island has seen a profusion of exclusive hotels at various locations that offer some of the highest standards of comfort and service to be found in South Asia. This is a Sri Lanka tour using the best luxury hotels in Sri Lanka to stay while having enough time to explore the main highlights of the island.
This itinerary is an idea and just a starting point; our destination experts will assist you designing a tailor-made itinerary completely to suit your aspiration and budget. Our local support team give you the flexibility and freedom to make your holiday an experience and memorable.
Day’s 1 & 2: NEGOMBO
Upon arrival you will meet your chauffer guide and transferred to Negombo, Check in at The Walauwwa, a splendid beautiful boutique hotel close to the international airport. The Walauwwa one of the most ancient manor houses in Sri Lanka. A beautifully manicured garden, Z spa, swimming pool under the shades of huge trees provides the perfect ingredients for a relaxing and memorable stay.
Day 3: NEGOOMBO > SIGIRIYA
Today your tour begin with an epic journey through the island’s rural villages take you to the ancient capital Cultural Triangle to visit some of the county’s fascinating sites. En-route you will stop at Millennium Elephant Foundation where you can walk and wash an elephant, or optional visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage the home to the largest group of orphaned elephants in the world. The sight of herds of elephants splashing and playing in a river has charmed countless visitors.
Check in at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure or explore the surrounding
Day 4: SIGIIRYA ROCK & POLONNARUWA RUINS
After an early breakfast head to the Sigirya and climb this amazing rock fortress, the ancient rock fortress and palace of Sigiriya is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. The fortress was used as a rock shelter mountain monastery, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha.
Afternoon visit the medieval capital of Sri Lanka Polonnaruwa and explore the ruins of this royal capital of Sri Lanka. The 3 huge rock-cut images of Buddha are the highlights and one of the world’s great artistic treasures.
Return back to the hotel for overnight stay, on the way to the hotel if you are lucky you will see wild elephants roaming around the main road. Rest of the day at leisure
Day 5: SIGIRIYA > KANDY
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, en-route explore the beautiful and decorative ancient Golden Cave temples at Dambulla which consist more than 150 statues and about 1500 paintings in 5 separate caves in a gigantic boulder.
On the way to Kandy stop at a Sri Lankan’s spice & herbal garden for an educational tour of how Sri Lankan’s spicing things up. On reaching Kandy check in at the hotel, in the late evening your driver will take you to the temple where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. We strongly recommend you to participate in the evening pooja for a magical experience.
Day 6: ACTIVITIES IN KANDY
Today you will discover Kandy with a city tour including a walk around the lake, bazaars of Kandy and the royal family’s botanical garden and the orchid house. After lunch at a local restaurant you are free to explore Kandy at your own pace or take a dip in the hotels swimming pool or take a boat ride on the Mahaweli River.
Day 7: KANDY > HATTON
After breakfast your driver will drop you at the Kandy station, head out of Kandy by train through the tea covered hills and mountains into the nations tea-growing highlands of Haputhale. This train journey considered as one of the lovely trips in the world hence getting a seat is a difficult task but most of tourists enjoy this trip as locals in the 2nd or the 3rd class carriage. Your driver will pick you from the Hatton station and take you to your hotel. Haton is the home to Ceylon Tea, a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Day’s 8 & 9: ACTIVITIES IN HATTON
Ceylon tea trails a wonderful collection of former British planter’s bungalows in the hills. Relax among tea plantations of the hill country or experience the “Tea” which involves a visit to a tea plantation to observe the first hand process or enjoy few high teas and games of croquet on the perfectly manicured lawns.
The four Tea Trails bungalows are scattered around the Bogawantalwa valley which is one of the most beautiful locations in the country and you are welcome to experience and dine at each bungalow while your stay.
Day 1O: HATTON > UDAWALAWE
After breakfast travel to Udawalawe, a small town popular for its wildlife. Late afternoon you can go on a private jeep safari to Udawalawe National Park to observe wild elephants in herds, raptors, crocodiles, peacock and variety of birdlife. This national park is popular for wild elephants numbering over 150 individuals.
Day’s 11 – 13: UDAWALAWE > TANGALLE
Today morning you can visit the Elephant Transit Home at Uda Walawa a rehabitation centre, a hospital, a healing centre for baby elephants and on completion you will be driven to the Deep South coastal area of Tangalle for the rest of your holiday.
Tangalle has perhaps the most beautiful area of coastline in the whole of Sri Lanka. Unspoilt with miles of deserted beaches and an ocean of the deepest shade of blue. You can choose to relax by the deserted beaches which stretch for miles on either side of the town.
You can add any number of beach nights you want, alternatively we have added 3 nights on the beach after the island wide tour of Sri Lanka to make a 2 weeks holiday in Sri Lanka.
Day 14: DEPARTURE
Today you will be dropped at the airport for your return journey