Gems of Sri Lanka
Fr USD 863per person
From the beaches to the historical spots, this holiday takes you on a quick but wondrous journey. Visit the most famous cultural triangle, climb the eighth wonder of the world, spend a hearty time in a tea plantation and end your holiday by the wide sandy beaches of Sri Lanka.
Estimated Distance678 Kms
Estimated Footprint64 Kg CO2e
IncludeIncludes BreakfastEnglish Speaking DriverAirport TransfersGround TransfersFuel, Tolls & Road TaxesDriver’s AccomodationDriver’s MealsGovernment & Service Taxes
Not IncludedLunch & DinnerEntrance Charges at SightsInternational AirfaresAirport TaxesTravel InsuranceEarly Check In ChargesPersonal ExpensesTips & Other Expenses
Day 01 Negombo
Upon arrival at Colombo airport, you will be met with, and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. Your travel assistant will be with you from the time you enter Sri Lanka to the time you leave. Negombo was once heralded as the island's premier spice town. It then progressively evolved into the biggest fishing port, a centre of Roman Catholicism, and one of the original tourist resorts, thus crowning it the Little Rome of Sri Lanka. This town has a quaint atmosphere, with bustling little streets, delightful canals, interesting creeks, an extensive lagoon and interesting architecture all over the place. Enjoy watching the old world fishing crafts like the outrigger canoes and the catamarans that bring a variety of marine fishes such as seer, skipjack, pomfret and amber-jack. In the lagoon, lobsters and prawns are caught and served as delicacies in the restaurants.
In addition, the Negombo Fish Market is a must-visit, apart from the beach of course.
Hotel Rani Beach or similar (3 Star)
Hotel Jetwing Lagoon or similar (5 Star)
Day 02 Sigiriya
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and prepare yourselves to experience an exciting day tour in one of Sri Lanka's best-known historical cities; Sigiriya. Explore the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya, standing high above the ground from the surrounding plains. Sigiriya, built in 5th century A.D by King Kasapa, was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion's Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. It is world famous for its beautiful frescos. The murals of Sigiriya are treated as the oldest well-preserved drawings in Sri Lanka. Move to Minneriya National Park, located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa. The park covers an area of 8890 hectares park, and is an ideal place for elephant and leopard watching. The important feature of this park is that 3rd century built Minneriya Tank is located in the park. During the dry season Minneriya tank becomes the ideal place to observe its natural wild life.
Hotel Kassapa Lion Rock or similar (3 Star)
or Hotel Aliya Resort & Spa (5 Star)
Day 03 Kandy
Enjoy an energizing breakfast to get your day started. As per the itinerary, your day tour would be a visit to Kandy, the royal city of Sri Lanka. Stop by Dambulla on your way to explore the cave temples - a vast isolated rock outcrop that towers about 600ft above sea level. It stands bare and black exposed to the scorching sun, and very little of it sheltered by woodland. This is one of the oldest Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka and comprises five caves that have been converted into shrine rooms. Within these rooms is a collection of 150 statues of Buddha, and several other deities.
Kandy, which is located in the central hills, is just 115 KM away from Colombo. On entering Kandy, you will experience a genuine difference in this golden city. The city is very famous for Sri DaladaMaligawa where the remains of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha are preserved. While in Kandy, you will get to visit The Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri DaladaMaligawa); the old royal palace compound; Lankatilake and Gadaladeniya temples; Embekke Temple; The Royal Botanical Gardens, and also check out the local art and craft.
Head to your hotel in Kandy, Swiss Residence, Kandy or similar hotel and spend the night. Enjoy your dinner and prepare for tomorrow.
Hotel Sussie or similar (3 star)
Hotel Mahawali Reach or similar (5 star)
Day 04 Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, we proceed to Nuwara Eliya, where you get to visit the tea factory at Horton Plains. Nuwara Eliya, the 'heart' of the tea country, is located at an elevation of 1980 meters in the central highlands. It offers the best of both worlds' advantages - that of tropical abundance and pleasant cool mountain climate. This is where the British succeeded in creating a replica of the English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, a famous golf course, and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Nuwara Eliya offers many activities including visits to tea plantations, golfing, and horse riding, boating, hiking and of course exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens, waterfalls and plateaus. Visit Hakgala Botanical Garden. Enjoy the Gregory Lake boat safari and the surrounding area. Hire a boat if you like to do a day's rowing and sailing. The beautiful garden is laid around the lake providing great site for strolling, jogging and walking as well.
Hotel Heaven Seven or similar (3 star)
Hotel Araliya Green Hills or Similar (5 Star)
Day 05 Hikkaduwa
Enjoy your journey to Hikkaduwa of 3 hours and 30 minutes, and you'll witness many interesting places on the way. In the early 1960s, Hikkaduwa, a small fishing village was transformed into an unbelievable hub of international tourism becoming Sri Lanka's most sought after holiday destination along the western coast. Easy to reach within a short drive from Colombo, the beautiful white sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs and excellent surf attract people the world over. A ride in a glass bottomed boat through the shallow sea to view the colorful coral reef is one that both local and foreign visitors look forward to. Beach restaurants and bars, shops and nightclubs provide the background for a carefree stay. Plenty of laid-out breakfast and dinner tables offer a variety of tasty food. Spend some time relaxing on the beach.
Overnight stay at Hotel Hikkaduwa Beach or similar (3 star) or Hotel Chaaya Tranz or similar (5 star)
Day 06 Negombo
We move to Colombo after you're done with breakfast. While in Colombo you will be taken on a city tour and introduced to the shopping areas, before you're transferred to the airport for departure.
Your trail on map!
- Hotels are subject to be change according to the availability, but same star category of hotels shall be provided
- The rates are subject to change in the event government changes the tax policy
- Optional excursions and add-on services can be provided at additional cost
- The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1400 hrs & check-out time at 1200 hrs
- Early check- in / late check-out subject to availability from hotel and additional charges may be applicable
- Travel timing is approximate. Road Conditions, Traffic, etc need to be factored in