Sri Lanka Classic Tour Overview
Our Classic Sri Lanka Tour is always a good starting point when planning a trip to Sri Lanka. It covers pretty much all of what is on offer, but please note all of our tours are completely flexible so we can alter this in any way you see fit.
Day 1: Spend your first night in the rural outskirts of Colombo not too far from the airport, in order to rest and acclimatise after the flight. The Wallawwa is just 15 mins from the airport and mixes traditional Sri Lankan architecture with stylish contemporary interiors.
Day 2 & 3: From Colombo you can travel up to the Cultural Triangle via the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage & Millennium Foundation. Once in the Cultural Triangle spend the next couple of days exploring Sri Lanka's ancient ruins - Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. This can be completed either on foot, by bicycle or weather permitting in a hot air balloon (cost not included). The wildlife in this region is also superb, especially the bird life. At our recommended hotel Lake Lodge you will be able to observe much of this wildlife from the comfort of your sun bed.
Day 4 & 5: From the Cultural Triangle you can then head down to Kandy via the Dambulla Cave Temples. Once in Kandy a visit to the world famous Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a must, as are drinks at the outrageous Helga’s Folly. Former guests of this eccentric abode include Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Isabella Blow and more recently the Stereophonics who were inspired to write the song Madam Helga following their stay. Other possible activities include – The Temple of the Tooth, golf at the breathtaking Victoria Golf Club and trekking in the Knuckles Mountain Range. We recommend staying at Villa Rosa for a central location.
Day 6 & 7: From Kandy you can catch the scenic railway up into the hill country and tea plantations. The charming hill town of Ella is a great place to stay with several impressive waterfalls nearby, tea factories and lovely walks/mountain biking. Our recommended hotel 98 Acres has stunning views across the Ella Gap.
Day 8 & 9: From the hill country you can make your way to Yala National Park. Here you can hope to see elephants, leopards, crocodiles, sloth bears, wild boar, pythons, birds or prey etc... The newly renovated Chaaya Wild is a great option for where to stay.
Day 10 – 15: From the National Park you can make your way to the south/west coast. Most people like to be near Galle on the south coast because it is regarded as the most attractive stretch of coastal line and Apa Villa is a popular choice. While in Galle you can visit the UNESCO Galle Fort, enjoy Unawatuna or Mirissa Beach, go whale watching (Dec - April), learn to dive, bike ride through the paddy field to small local temples, go antique shipping, take a Sri Lankan cookery course etc...
- All hotel rooms are double en-suite and on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
- All necessary transport in a private a/c vehicle with driver is included, however entrance fees to the mentioned points of interest are not and your driver will leave on arrival at the coast, before returning to transfer you to the airport upon departure.