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10 days Sri Lanka individual round trip for an overview with 32 excursions, 4 UNESCO sites, 2 safaris, train ride, bike tour, accommodation & private driver! Cultural highlights and the most beautiful tropical landscapes, alternating with everyday life.     

You will visit the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites in the island’s cultural triangle. We combined these with varied hikes to the most beautiful natural landscapes of Sri Lanka: imposing waterfalls, dense mountain forests, and breathtaking viewpoints.   

Explore mysterious caves, ancient royal cities & hidden monasteries and go on a stalk in the mysterious mangroves! 

Why this travel package? 

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10 days Sri Lanka individual round trip to the most exciting places from nature, culture & wildlife

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Cultural highlights alternate with excursions into the delightful tropical landscapes and to some hidden insider locations

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Ride in an air-conditioned vehicle with a licensed private driver

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Certified, German-speaking guide on request

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High-quality & quality-tested accommodations with breakfast

Itinerary: 10 days round trip     

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Starts in:

Colombo

National Park safari: 2

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep)

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Ends:

Airport/Hotel

Excursions: 32

(4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

Duration: 10 days

(With breakfast)

Places visited: 7

(9 nights)

Day 1: Airport - Colombo

Welcome to Paradise! 

Highlights 

  • Colombo Fort- Independence Memorial Hall- Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple – Town Hall – National Museum Colombo – Viharamahadevi Park – Pettah – Galle Face Green 

Your 10-day tour through Sri Lanka begins today. Your private driver will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport and take you to your hotel in the Colombo area in your air-conditioned vehicle. Here you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Relax from the long journey or take a guided tour of Colombo. 

Experience the eventful history of the capital with its impressive colonial buildings. Modern skyscrapers are evidence of Colombo’s recent development into a vibrant one 

Metropolis of Asia. Stroll through the winding streets of Colombo Fort and Pettah or take advantage of the many shopping opportunities. Experience the variety between the hustle and bustle of a colorful, oriental port city and oases of calm in the middle of the big city: quiet parks, temples, and beach promenades invite you to linger. 

Floating markets and food stalls lure with their exotic smells to get to know the delicious cuisine of Sri Lanka for the first time. 

Overnight and breakfast in Colombo 

THE KINGSBURY

Day 2: Colombo - Bentota - Galle

Crocodiles & Colonial Buildings – Experience Nature and History! 

Highlights 

  • Boat trip through the mangroves on the Bentota River 
  • Visit a turtle sanctuary 
  • Galle Fort by Tuk Tuk (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Tuk Tuk driving lesson 

Today you start in the coastal town of Bentota, where you explore the impressive mangrove forest with its mysterious atmosphere, its lush vegetation, and its exotic fauna by boat. The mangrove forest is home to various birds, including sea eagles, kingfishers, and pelicans. Macaque monkeys frolic in the trees, and crocodiles, lizards, freshwater snakes, and different fish and shrimp lurk in the water. Here you can get very close to monitoring lizards, crocodiles, and snakes! 

Then continue the panoramic road south. Always along the sea, the road leads through numerous coastal towns with beautiful beaches. Feel free to take a short swim! Let the dream scenery work on you! 

On the way, you will visit a turtle rearing station. To prevent the illegal sale of eggs laid on the beach, the employees collect the eggs immediately after they are laid and release the animals a few days after they hatch. You get an insight into the exciting work of the animal rights activists and can experience the animals up close. 

After a short drive, you will reach the historic port city of Galle with its colonial flair. Stroll over the walls of the well-preserved fortress and through the old town with its lovely shops and cafes. 

Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, Galle was the island’s main port and reached the height of its development in the 18th century during the Dutch colonial era. Magnificent buildings and the fortress around the old town bear witness to the eventful history of the historic port city. On the promenade in front of the lighthouse, snake charmers and cliff divers provide easy thrills! 

After a short driving lesson, you can take a quick tour behind the wheel of a tuk tuk. 

Overnight and breakfast in Galle 

TARU VILLAS

Day 3: Galle - Kirinda - Yala

Audience with the king of the jungle – visiting wild animals! 

Highlights 

  • Drive on the coastal road with a stop at the Dondra lighthouse 
  • Kirinda Vihara Maha Devi 
  • Jeep safari in Yala National Park 

This road trip on the panoramic road on the Indian Ocean leads through lively seaside resorts along the south coast of Sri Lanka. The most beautiful beaches on the island are lined up like pearls, one after the other. 

Stop and take in the views of the turquoise blue sea or take a dip in the refreshing ocean. At the end of the journey, you will reach the Yala nature reserve with its dry bush and grassland and the national park of the same name. 

The Kirinda Vihara Maha Devi Temple is located on a rock directly by the sea and is considered a special gem by the local population. A temple is said to have stood here since the 2nd century. The contrast between the wild roaring sea and the unshakable silence of the temple visits an impressive experience. 

The rocky beach is rough here and swimming is very dangerous because of the strong ocean currents. However, a short hike along the beach leads to a hidden natural pool in which you can swim safely. 

In the afternoon, your jeep safari through Yala National Park starts. This is an absolute wildlife highlight on your trip. With a bit of luck, you will see three of the “Big Five” Sri Lanka’s within walking distance: elephant, leopard, and sloth bear. In addition, 30 other mammal species and 130 bird species live in the extensive national park, characterized by savanna-like plains and monsoon forests, including crocodiles. 

Overnight and breakfast in Tissamaharama 

UGA CHENA HUTS

Day 4: Yala - Ella

Waterfalls & hikes – the day of beautiful views! 

Highlights 

  • Ravana waterfalls 
  • Ella Gap Valley 
  • Hike to Little Adam`s Peak 
  • Walkthrough Ella 

Today you leave the lowlands to drive over the winding mountain route towards the Central Highlands through the Ella Gap Valley. You will arrive at Ravana Ella Falls, where you can take a refreshing break. The famous Ravana Falls are among the widest waterfalls in the country. They were named after the legendary King Ravana. According to the story, the king kidnapped a princess and hid it in the caves behind this waterfall! 

Past colorful vegetable terraces and small villages, the road winds up into the enchanting mountains. Enjoy the panorama! After about 2 hours you will reach the mountain village of Ella, which has developed into a popular hiking paradise amid gorges, jungle forests, and caves. 

In the afternoon, take a short hike to Little Adam’s Peak. You walk through evergreen tea plantations, past waterfalls, and through the villages of the tea pickers. You reach the top of the mountain after about an hour’s hike and experience breathtaking views of the highlands. On the way back there is the possibility of having a “high tea” in a restaurant with a beautiful view over the mountains. 

Overnight and breakfast in Ella 

THOTALAGALA

Day 5: Ella - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

Temples & tea plantations – Experience the wide highlands and the cultural center of the island! 

Highlights 

  • Train ride 1st class from Ella to Nanu Oya 
  • Nuwara Eliya walking tour 
  • Tea plantations and tea picking 
  • Visit a tea factory 
  • Ramboda waterfalls 
  • Different viewpoints 
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage) 

The most beautiful train route in the world offers unique views of the charming hilly landscape with green tea plantations, colorful vegetable patches, and dense jungle forests. A seat in the panorama compartment of the first-class guarantees the best views on the big screen and unique photo opportunities. If you want to experience the hustle and bustle of the local population, you can travel in a 2nd or 3rd class carriage. 

You reach Nuwara Eliya, the “city above the clouds” in the heart of the highlands. The place surprises typical British colonial settlement in the Tudor style with a racecourse, golf course, and traditional telephone booths. Stroll through the town and feel transported to England in the Victorian era. 

You will then visit one of the traditional tea factories and learn everything there is to know about the cultivation and processing of the tea plant. On the tea plantations and in the tea factories, you can follow the entire process of tea production, which is still as devout and quality-conscious there today as it was 100 years ago, from planting to harvesting and processing to tasting. You also have the opportunity to pick tea yourself and learn about this hard work. 

During the “High Tea” that follows you will experience how different the teas taste! 

After a 3-hour drive and a few short stops at viewpoints or waterfalls, you will reach the old royal metropolis of Kandy. You will visit the Palace of the Sacred Tooth, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The Temple of the Tooth is the holiest site for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and, at the same time, the most beautiful Buddhist temple in the country. A Buddha’s canine tooth is kept as a relic in the main temple. According to tradition, the owner of the relic has the right to rule over Sri Lanka. The room with the shrine in which the tooth is kept is opened three times a day for pilgrims and visitors in a puja ceremony. Here you can offer flowers and light an oil lamp. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 6: Kandy - Peradeniya - Pinnawala

Elephants & ironwood trees – in the intoxication of colors and guests at a pool party! 

Highlights 

  • Stroll through the market and the old town of Kandy 
  • Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya with picnic 
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 
  • Cooking course “Flavors of Sri Lanka” 
  • In the morning, stroll through Kandy’s central market or walk around idyllic Kandy Lake. 

In the morning, you visit the impressive Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Asia. You stroll through the tropical park with avenues lined with coconut palms and cannonball trees. Here you will gain an excellent insight into the tropical flora: over 4,000 plant species and 10,000 giant trees grow here, including the ironwood tree mentioned above! Hundreds of fruit bats hang in the treetops, and hordes of monkeys romp through the park. 

At lunchtime, spread a blanket on the meadow in the shade and have a picnic in front of a tropical backdrop. 

Then drive to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On the way, you can stop to refresh yourself with coconut milk at one of the numerous fruit stands typical for the country, with a straw straight from the freshly picked fruit. Or you can try some of the lesser-known exotic fruits. 

In the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, you can get very close to small and large elephants. Injured and orphaned animals are cared for and raised here. You could watch the jumbos at their pool party, go for a walk with them, or watch the baby elephants being fed with the milk bottle. 

In the evening you will learn how to prepare a typical “Rice & Curry” in a private cooking studio. An experienced cook will introduce you to Sri Lankan dishes such as string hoppers, curries, rotis, and pittu, as well as exotic ingredients and spices. The family connection is guaranteed, and dinner is included. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 7: Kandy - Knuckles - Matale

Knuckles & Fish Therapy – On the way to the most beautiful landscapes of Sri Lanka! 

Highlights 

  • Drive into the Knuckles Mountain range 
  • Bambarakiri Ella 
  • A short hike through Pitawala Pathana to Mini Worlds`End 
  • Riverston Tower and Pitawala Pathana Lookouts with Picnic 

Today you leave the usual visitor route and get to know the untouched nature in the remote Knuckles, Bergland. Visitors rarely come to this dreamy area. Through expansive tea plantations and hilly landscape, it goes up to the Knuckles Mountains. The Knuckles Mountain Range is derived from the knuckle shape, formed by the five highest peaks between 1,500 and 2,000 m altitude. The landscape in this mountain range is an oasis of silence and deceleration. 

The Bambarakiri waterfall offers an exceptional amenity: fish therapy! Schools of small fish clean the feet. Pure wellness for free! Pools of water where the little medical helpers are waiting have formed on several steps. It is believed that the fish can stimulate acupuncture points and help regulate the nervous system, relax the body, and relieve fatigue. 

Riverston is one of the peaks in the Knuckles Mountains that rise above 1,000 m. From this vantage point, you have an incredible 360-degree view of the majestic landscape of the often mist-shrouded Knuckles Range and the grassland that spreads out in the middle of the hills. An ideal place for a picnic! 

A simple nature trail of about 0.75 km leads the visitor to the spectacular Mini World`s End, a steep slope that falls abruptly 300 m down on the Pitawala Pathana. From here you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the Knuckles Range and some of the valleys below. 

Overnight and breakfast in Madulkelle

MADULKELLE TEA & ECO LODGE

Day 8: Matale - Dambulla - Habarana

Grottoes & Spices – A colorful tour and a mysterious cave! 

Highlights 

  • Visit a spice garden 
  • Sri Muthumariamman Kovil 
  • Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Visit a farming village 

Today you continue in the direction of the Cultural Triangle, to the pilgrimage site of Dambulla. The traditional spice and herb gardens are located along the “Spice Road” between Dambulla and Kandy. Here visitors can see, smell, and feel how pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, or cocoa beans grow and how they are used in food or medicine. 

In Matale, there is also the sensational Sri Muthumariamman Kovil, a 300-year-old, colorful Hindu temple. At the back, you can take a look into the classroom of an elementary school. 

The rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its five caves, in which there are 153 statues of Buddha carved out of the rock and well-preserved paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. It is said that the water on the ceiling of the main cave flows uphill! 

The temple is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The focus is the giant resting Buddha in the first temple cave. From the viewing platform on the hill, you also have a beautiful view of the surroundings. 

The ox cart is now in a very authentic way to a traditional farming village. The farmers will guide you through the vegetable garden and across the fields, show you their daily handicrafts, and describe their problems with wild elephants and the consequences of climate change. 

The village women prepare a traditional lunch that is eaten in the farm workers’ hut. Young visitors can eat in the treehouse, which is used at night to spy on predatory elephants! You eat the banana leaf with your hands! 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 

JETWING VIL UYANA

Day 9: Habarana - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya

World Heritage & Wildlife – Visit an ancient royal city and meet wild elephants! 

Highlights 

  • Bike tour through the ancient royal city of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park 

The ancient royal city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka for about 200 years after the conquest of Anuradhapura in the 11th century. After the Sinhalese rulers gave up the city, the magnificent buildings were overgrown by the jungle and only rediscovered by the British in 1820. 

The imposing ruins of the formerly magnificent buildings are spread out over a wide area and are therefore easy to explore by bike. Between the main sights, the ruins of the monastery, and the impressive Buddha statues, a considerable population of monkeys has settled in Polonnaruwa, which provides free entertainment. 

A special kind of meet & greet awaits you in the Minneriya National Park: groups of up to 400 pachyderms gather in the afternoon to swim and drink at the reservoir. In the jeep, you get closer to the animals and see their companions up close: birds, monkeys, buffalo, crocodiles, and other wild animals. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 

JETWING VIL UYANA

Day 10: Habarana - Sigiriya - Arankele - Airport / Hotel

Cloud girls & forest monks – a visit to the lion rock and a journey into the silence! 

Highlights 

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Arankele Forest Monastery 
  • Transfer to the airport/hotel 

The 200 meters high Lion Rock is located in an idyllic, ancient garden, surrounded by the remains of a former palace complex. The fortress is Sri Lanka’s most important and most visited UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The history of this place dates back 7,000 years when King Ravana founded this amazing complex. Researchers suspect that the original palace lies undiscovered inside the rock. Allegedly one sees otherwise closed crevices open from time to time … 

The rock palace experienced a second heyday in the 5th century under King Kasyapa. The king’s son used the rock as a refuge from his brother and had elaborate buildings, a water supply that was groundbreaking for the time, and refined water gardens, which can still be seen today. 

Halfway up the ascent, you will reach the “Cloud Girls”: well-preserved, centuries-old wall paintings made of natural paint. Anyone who has made the narrow spiral staircase with 1,860 steps to the plateau will be rewarded with a pleasant cooling breeze and a fantastic view of the surrounding area. 

Those who do not dare climb the rock can walk in the surrounding gardens and irrigation systems of the palace or watch the monkey hordes cavorting at the foot of the rock and providing good entertainment. 

Arankele is a romantically situated forest monastery that has been inhabited by ascetic forest monks from the 6th century until today. Arankele is an insider tip: an oasis of silence and peace, in which hardly any visitor gets lost. 

In the hermitage, you can see the remains of ancient monk cells, a sick bay, and several water basins, which are believed to have once cooled the buildings. 

The paths on which the monks walked in deep meditation can still be seen. 

Now it’s time to say goodbye! An eventful Sri Lanka tour comes to an end. Hopefully, you will leave our beautiful island with many unforgettable impressions and memories! Get home well! 

Ayubowan! 

Or stay a few more days to relax and bathe on the coast! 

 

 

 

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Accommodation in a double room with breakfast 

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