Sri Lanka Experience
Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, is an ancient rock fortress, that dates back to 5th-century A.D. The Sigiriya Citadel, built on a 200m-high rock, was the royal residence of King Kasyapa, protected by moats and ramparts. Its entrance guarded by a staircase with sphinx-like lions. Nearby, the Sigiriya Museum depicts Sri Lankan history, predominately during the reign of King Kasyapa. In the north of Sigiriya, Pidurangala Vihara, was occupied by monks for over two thousand years.
Beginning in Colombo, travel to the Cultural Triangle, and tour ancient Buddhist cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. It is known for historical and religious monuments and temples. Sigiriya Rock, an ancient rock citadel, with a 5th-century palace is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular site. At the heart of Sri Lanka is Kandy, its last royal capital known for The Temple of Tooth relic housed in Kandy palace. Visit Hill Country, where verdant tea plantations cover rolling mountains.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 7-DAY SRI LANKA TOUR…
And, experience its cultural triangle and verdant tea plantations in Hill Country.
Sri Lanka Experience Experience Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and visit verdant tea plantations in Hill Country.
(7 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country
This comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka is ideal for travellers who are short of time but like to experience the country’s highlights. The tour features Cultural Triangle with Kandy and the Hill Country. Highlights include riding an elephant, climbing the Sigiriya rock citadel, visiting the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and staying at a tea plantation in the Hill Country. This tour can easily be extended with Galle, Tangalle, Yala National Park and other popular destinations in Sri Lanka.
Begin in Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka, a city of contrasts. Opt to sleep in an elegant colonial mansion or a suite at the Hilton, feast at gourmet restaurants or on irresistible street foods, shop at chic boutiques or barter in chaotic Pettah market, pray at holy… you get it. The list goes on and on.
Next, explore the highlights of the Cultural Triangle, a region filled with fascinating monuments of the great Sinhala civilization. Tour the ancient Buddhist cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. See monumental stupas, ruined palaces and sculptures carved in stone. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist sites, a temple built around a sacred bo (bodhi) tree thousands of years old.
Visit Sigiriya Rock, an ancient rock citadel that is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular site. Also called ‘the Lion Rock’ and ‘the Rock Fortress’, it is a treasure trove of rare art. See the Sigiriya Damsels frescoes, which were painted on the rock walls and climb to the top of the rock to explore the ruins of a fifth-century palace and take in panoramic views over mountain valley below. Enjoy a private safari in a local wildlife preserve to look for wild elephants, colorful birds and other animals.
Continue to Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka that lies in a wooded valley deep in the hills, around an artificial lake. It is considered as one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka and is famous for The Temple of the Tooth, one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community.
Kandy truly comes alive in late July/August for Kandy Perahera, a 10 day festival where Buddha's tooth in a golden casket is paraded – one of the most spectacular in all Asia. Kandy is a good transit point to the cultural triangle to the north or hill country to the south.
Venture into the Hill Country, where verdant tea plantations cover rolling mountains. Stay at a luxurious Relais & Chateaux-affiliated hotel in a renovated tea planter’s cottage. Learn about tea picking and processing during a tour of a historic tea factory, and sample different types of high-quality Sri Lankan tea. During leisure time, hike through the tea fields or relax by the pool.
Day 1 – Arrive
Colombo Private transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon flexible private city tour.
Day 2 – Cultural Triangle
Pinnawala Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights with touring en route.
Day 3 – Cultural Triangle
Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa Full-day private tour.
Day 4 – Cultural Triangle
Dambulla – Kandy Private transfer to hotel for 1 night with private touring en route.
Evening private dance performance.
Day 5 – Tour
Hill Country Morning private tour. Afternoon private transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 6 – Tour
Hill Country Morning tea factory tour.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 – Depart
Hill Country Private transfer to airport.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There Sri Lankan Airlines flies twice daily from Heathrow to Colombo. Sri Lanka airlines and BMI fly direct to Colombo while other International carriers like Emirates fly via Dubai and Jet Airways via India. Direct flights take 10 hours. If your itinerary includes India, then you can take domestic carrier (Indian Airlines or Jet Airways), which operates daily flights to Colombo from a number of southern Indian cities. The airport Colombo airport is located 32 km north of capital. You should leave at least an hour and a half for the drive to/from the city centre.
When to go Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with a tropical climate. However, the best time to go is between December and April when there are less rains and the climate is cooler. It is also the peak time for whale-watching in the south of the island where both blue and sperm whales can be seen. Rains arrive in May and stay until September during which it is hot and humid in the cultural triangle and the west coast. However, the hill country around Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains and Bandarawela remains cooler. June is a good time to visit the eastern port of Trincomalee, where blue and sperm whales are observed closer to land. There can be rains between September and November.