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Classic Sri Lanka

This classic tour of Sri Lanka takes in all the highlights that have made the island a travel hotspot including the historical magnificence of the ancient kingdoms in the 'Cultural Triangle', the adventure and beauty of the Hill Country, the coastal mecca of Galle and the southern beaches and wildlife safaris in some of the country’s best national parks as well as heading off the coastline seeking the Blue whale.

Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 1: Airport / Negombo

Airport – Negombo approximate travel distance and time | 10km, 30min drive

Negombo is a vibrant coastal city located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, not far from the Airport. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches and a network of picturesque lagoons. The city has a rich history, with Portuguese and Dutch colonial influences evident in its architecture and culture. 

Things to Do: 

  • Relax on Negombo Beach and enjoy the sunset 

  • Visit the Dutch Fort in Negombo for a glimpse into its colonial past

  • Discover the Negombo Fish Market for a bustling atmosphere and fresh seafood 

  • Explore the Muthurajawela Marsh for bird watching and wildlife spotting



Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 2, 3 & 4 : Habarana (Cultural Triangle)

Negombo - Yapahuwa approximate travel distance and time | 115km, 2 hours 30min drive
Yapahuwa – Habarana approximate travel distance and time | 90km, 2 hours drive

Travel to the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka the place to discover the magnificence & sophistication of the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka including several UNESCO world heritage sites such as the 11th-century city of Polonnaruwa which served as the capital of Sri Lanka for 150 years, the fortress monolith of Sigiriya 'Lion Rock' and the magnificent art & sculpture of 1st century Dambulla cave temple complex.

Things to Do;

  • Yapahuwa. A lesser-known gem. The magnificent ruins of a13th-century fortress

  • Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage). The well-preserved 11th-century capital of Sri Lanka

  • Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage). The 1st-century cave temple complex

  • Sigiriya (UNESCO world heritage). A 5th-century fortress known as Lion Rock

  • Minneriya National Park - home to the largest herds of elephants on the island.



Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 5 & 6 : Kandy

Harbarana– Kandy approximate travel distance and time | 250km, 2.5 hour drive

Kandy, the hill country capital situated by a lake surrounded by picturesque mountains it was the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka and has a rich history and tradition of arts, music, and dance.

Things to Do:

  • The Kandy Temple. The 16th-century sanctuary houses a relic believed to be a tooth of the Buddha, drawing pilgrims and visitors from around the globe.

  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden.  Established in the early 19th century, the garden spans a sprawling 147 acres along the banks of the Mahaweli River.Explore the Royal Palace of Kandy (The last kingdom of Sri Lanka)

  • Take a stroll around Kandy Lake and enjoy the serene surroundings

  • Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery

  • Watch a cultural show



Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 7 & 8: Gal Oya

Kandy – Gal Oya approximate travel distance and time | 55km, 5 hour drive

Gal Oya, located in the Eastern Province is a pristine wilderness area renowned for its untamed beauty and diverse ecosystems. Established in 1954, it stands as the country's oldest wildlife sanctuary, encompassing a vast expanse of lush landscapes, dense forests, and the expansive Senanayake Samudraya reservoir witness the spectacle of wild elephants swimming between islands in the reservoir. This unique behaviour sets Gal Oya apart,

Things to Do:

  • Boat safari on the Senanayake Samudraya

  • Hike up Monkey Mountain

  • Visit the local villages 


Gal Oya

Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 9 & 10: Ella (Hill Country)

Gal Oya - Ella approximate travel distance and time | 160km, 4 hours’ drive

Nestled amidst the lush hill country of Sri Lanka, Ella is a picturesque town that captivates visitors with its enchanting beauty and serene ambience. Surrounded by emerald, green tea plantations and embraced by misty mountains, Ella is a haven for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those yearning for a break from the heat and humidity of the low lands.

Things to Do

  • Little Adam's Peak a accessible trek offering breathtaking views

  • The Nine Arch bridge, a marvel of engineering and an icon of Ella

  • Hiking to Nil Diya Pokuna, Ella Gap and Ella rock

  • Visit a tea estate



Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 11 & 12: Yala

Ella - Buduruwagala approximate travel distance and time | 38km, 1 hours’ drive
Buduruwagala – Yala approximate travel distance and time | 108km, 3 hours’ drive

Yala, situated on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka, is primarily known for its renowned Yala National Park. One of the country's most iconic wildlife reserves, celebrated for its diverse ecosystems, including dense jungles, grasslands, and pristine coastlines. Yala is renowned for the high density of its Leopard population making it one of the best places in the world to see this magnificent cat.

Things to Do:

  • Buduruwagala. 10th century colossal rock carving

  • Yala. Safari in Yala National Park



Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 13 & 14: Galle & the South Coast

Yala - Galle approximate travel distance and time | 190km, 4 hours’ drive

Galle, the coastal city on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, is a captivating blend of history, culture, and scenic beauty. Steeped in colonial charm and surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that invites visitors to explore its living 17th-century Dutch fort with vibrant streets, cafes & restaurants.  Along with the beautiful beaches of the southern coastline, this is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka.

Things to Do:

  • Galle Fort.  The enigmatic 17th century fort with it vibrant streets, shopping and food scene

  • Mirissa. The best place in the world to see the Blue Whale

  • South Coast Beaches. Some of the most beautful in Sri Lanka



Sunset at Beach in Sri Lanka

Day 15: Airport Transfer

Galle – Airport approximate travel distance and time | 165km, 2 hours 30min drive

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the Airport in time for your departure flight.



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