This trip offers a superb combination of culture and nature. You will visit the fascinating ruins of great ancient cities and glorious Buddhist temples. The astounding beauty and diversity of the Sri Lankan countryside will overflow your senses throughout your trip.
In Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Colombo and Negombo you will see the rich history, both colonial and native that the country has to offer. You will discover the Portuguese coast, Indian Cholas in Polonnaruwa and perfectly maintained English Hill Station of Nuwara Eliya. The country will continuously challenge and entertain you with highlights such as the Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla Rock Cave temple, and spice gardens.
Sri Lanka has a staggering range of accommodation. From cheerful family guest houses to stunning jungle eco lodges and everything in between, there is accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.
The charms of Sri Lanka will ensure that this trip will live for a long time in your memory. The warmth of the people and varied and stunning landscapes will enchant all members of the family. Book customized Sri Lanka tours with Shanti Travel today.
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Visit Sri Lanka and discover this beautiful island and all it has to offer with this wonderful holiday. You will traveling from the west coast to the north, into central Sri Lanka and then to the south west coast, visiting incredible places and meeting wonderfully kind people. Book today and make your Sri Lankan holiday a dream come true!
Hello Sri Lanka!
As you touchdown in Sri Lanka you will be welcomed by a wave of heat and Sri Lankan charm. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Sigiriya where you will spend your first night in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the drive into northern Sri Lanka taking in the beautiful sites and lush greenery, and upon arrival at your hotel, relax and recuperate after your long day of travelling. Explore the local area or simply spend time at your hotel before turning in for the night.
Sunset Views at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
After spending the morning at your hotel in Sigiriya and enjoying the local surroundings and meeting the locals that work in the villages, you will visit the fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the remnants of a ruined palace before climbing a few flights of stairs to the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress to enjoy a stunning sunset over the sunken gardens and the surrounding countryside. After dinner in town your driver will escort you back to your hotel for the evening.
Discovering Central Sri Lanka
An early rise this morning to meet your driver after breakfast who will take you Polonnaruwa, stopping at Hbarana tank. In Polonnaruwa you can walk through the city of instead choose to cycle around and explore the royal city. After touring the city you will head to Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari round these untamed lands. This national park is home to herds of elephants, deer and even the endangered leopard, so be sure to keep your eyes open! Return to your hotel in the evening for dinner.
Exploring The Ancient City of Sri Lanka
After breakfast you will drive to the northern point of the Cultural Triangle towards Anuradhapura, another of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage Sites. You can explore the ancient city by foot or by bicycle, venturing around and discovering Sri Lanka’s history and charm down every path you take. Be sure not to miss the Sri Maha Bodhi and if you think you can manage it, climb the thousand steps to the top of the sacred hill of Mihintale. Return to Sigiriya for dinner before heading to your hotel for the night.
From The Dambulla Caves to Lush Green Kandy
Today you will begin travelling south into the heart of Sri Lanka. En route to Kandy you will stop at the legendary Dambulla Caves where your best companions will be the monkeys – though be sure to not let them snatch your belongings! After visiting the collection of Buddha statues and five caves, head onwards to Matale to visit a beautiful spice garden. From here you will continue your journey to Kandy where you will spend the next couple of nights. Enjoy a Sri Lankan dinner in town before turning in for the night.
Kandy is a beautiful city with much to offer, whether you are looking to relax or explore or discover. After breakfast your driver will take you to the famous Temple of Tooth which is a sacred Buddhist temple in the heart of Kandy. From here you will be able to explore Kandy and visit the countless galleries, museums and churches or if you prefer a visit to Pinawela Elephant Orphanage can be arranged or a visit to the beautiful botanical gardens of Paredeniya. Return to your hotel in the evening after dinner.
Authentic Train Travel
After breakfast spend the morning exploring Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom. You can stroll around the lake and enjoy the fresh air and misty mountains that surround this beautiful city, or visit the bustling markets. After lunch in Kandy your driver will take you to the local train station for an authentic train journey to Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver who will take you to you hotel in the middle of the tea country where you can enjoy a local dinner and spend the night.
Cruising Around horton Plains
Spend a leisurely morning at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya and enjoy your breakfast looking out over the beautiful landscapes, before being met by your driver who will take you to Horton Plains. Upon arrival at Horton Plains you will go on a private jeep safari tour of the national park and see some of the most beautiful landscapes Sri Lanka has to offer. Enjoy a late lunch at the national park before returning to Nuwara Eliya for the evening to have dinner in town and then onwards to your hotel for the night.
Travelling to The South West Coast
After breakfast your will be met by your driver who will take you to the South West Coast of Sri Lankan to Galle. You will pass through countless villages, beautiful landscapes and cities which, untouched by tourism, are a true reflection of authentic and charming Sri Lanka. Stop in Mirissa for lunch before heading north to Galle where you will check in to your hotel and then have the rest of the day at leisure to explore this coastal city or simply rest up before dinner in the city centre.
Sightseeing in Galle
After breakfast you will begin go straight to the Galle Fort which is in the Bay of Galle. The Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese and then worked on some more by the Dutch in the 17th century. Galle is a beautiful city that brings together European Architecture and South Asian charm, right on the seafront. Spend the afternoon visiting the beautiful churches or simply relaxing on the seafront, at one of the many spas, at a charming coffee shop or exploring the city further. After dinner in town, return to hotel for the night.
Transport to Airport for Departure
Depending on the time of your departure flight from the international airport in Colombo, you may be able to spend some time relaxing at your hotel in Galle after breakfast, spend some time in Galle or even visit Colombo for some last minute sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Your driver will transfer you to the airport where we will bid you farewell whilst you recount your favourite holiday stories, and we look forward to travelling with you on your next Asia adventure.
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