5 day suggested itinerary

Splendours of Sri Lanka Boutique Tour

A taste of Sri Lanka's heritage

Best known for its rich heritage and diverse landscape, we've created this 4 night itinerary to allow you to experience the heartland of Sri Lanka. It is ideal to be combined with a relaxing beach stay on the islands coastlines or onwards to the paradise of the Maldives or the diversity of South East Asia. 

Journey through time from the ancient cities and forts in the north to the colonial towns and plantations towards the south. We have found the most unique properties in each location to make your stay every bit as special as the destination itself. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Minneriya National Park Safari
  • Tea picking in Nuwara Eliya
  • Add on the expert botanist guide at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
5 days
Guide Price
£1,119 per person
Price based on
Based on 15 October 19, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Included
  • Half Board meal basis throughout
  • Entrance fees to Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya Rock , Temple of the Tooth Relic and Minneriya National Park
Not included
  • Lunch throughout
  • Additional tips and fees not specifically mentioned
  • Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth (can be arranged locally)

Itinerary Breakdown

Meet you guide from either Colombo International Airport or your hotel and proceed to Sigiriya (approx. 4 hours)

After checking in to your hotel, proceed to the infamous Sigiriya Rock Fortress and climb this iconic landmark.

Also know as the 'Lion Rock', it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Water Garden Sigiriya

Visit Polonnaruwa one of Sri Lanka's world heritage sites which was the 2nd capital city built in the 11th and 12th centuries.  Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera as well as the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Take a 30 minute drive to Minneriya National Park for an afternoon game drive. 

Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants - one by one - roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world - over 300 at a time - which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.

Return to Water Garden Sigiriya for dinner and overnight stay. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Water Garden Sigiriya

In the morning visit the Dambulla Rock temple, which was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and which is a World Heritage Site.  It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples.  The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world.  It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.

Thereafter transfer to Kandy ( Aprox. 2 ½ hours) via Matale. En-route visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed.

 Thereafter Proceed to Kandy.

Late afternoon you’ll visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, known locally as Sri Dalada Maligawa, the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka. This important shrine boasts intricate carvings and beautiful Sri Lankan art. During the evening ‘puja’ throngs of pilgrims visit the temple to line up to glimpse the golden casket said to hold the sacred relic and to make offerings of flowers. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Overnight Accommodation

  • King's Pavilion Kandy

Following breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Nuwara Eliya.(Approx 3.5 Hrs)

En route stop at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. First built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and expanded by the British, now stretching 147 acres it is host to an amazing variety of fauna & flora.  

Thereafter drive into Sri Lanka's rich heritage with a visit to a tea plantation (approx. 1½ hours drive) and tea factory set in a beautiful lush landscape. Learn about the cultivation of the tea leaves - one of Sri Lanka's most famous exports, walk through the manufacturing process and enjoying tastings to appreciate the difference in strength and flavor of the leaves. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Heritance Tea Factory

Following breakfast check-out and drive to next destination via Kitulgala

The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flowing through Kitulgala was the main location where the Oscar winning movie Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed.  On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large middens of shells from  some unknown civilization. Also you will be able to witness Devon and St Clair Water falls.

Drop off at either the airport or your chosen beach hotel.