Introduction 

14 days Sri Lanka combined round trip & beach holiday on the east coast for sun worshipers with 16 excursions, 2 safaris, bike tour, beach holiday east coast, accommodation & private drivers! An adventurous introduction to getting to know the diverse tropical island with its ancient cultural treasures, charming natural landscapes, and tropical beaches.      

7 days round trip to the famous sights from nature, culture & wildlife and to hidden locations that are undiscovered off the beaten track. Combine the eventful tour with a relaxing beach vacation: interrupt the tour for a relaxing break on the pristine east coast!   

Cycle back in time, feed baby elephants, save turtles, and relax on paradisiacal beaches! 

Why this travel package? 

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2 weeks Sri Lanka combined round trip & beach holiday for the summer

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7 days individual round trip to the most important sights and exciting locations away from the established visitor routes

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7 nights bathing stays on the pristine east coast

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

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Atmospheric accommodations & charming beach resorts with breakfast

Itinerary: 14 days combi with east coast       

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Startet in:

Colombo

National Park safari: 2

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep)

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Ends:

Airport/Hotel 

Sights: 28

(4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

Duration: 14 Tage

(With breakfast)

Places visited: 5

(13 nights)

Day 1: Airport - Pinnawala - Habarana

Welcome to Paradise! Meet two giants at once! 

Highlights 

  • Reception at Bandaranaike International Airport and drive inland 
  • Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 
  • Dambulla Cave Temple (UNESCO World Heritage) 

Your Sri Lanka private driver will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and start your tour with you in your air-conditioned vehicle. The first stage takes you to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. 

On the way you can already experience a little tropical feeling: Wide rubber plantations, lovely rice fields and the colorful market stalls along the road make the trip an entertaining trip. A stop at one of the stands with fresh fruit is expressly recommended to try exotic superfoods and sustainable soft drinks straight from the environmentally friendly coconut packaging! 

Injured and abandoned animals are cared for and raised in the elephant orphanage. You can watch the jumbos up close at their “pool party”, go for a walk with them, or to watch the baby elephants being fed with the milk bottle. 

Then marvel at the oldest monastery in the world: the rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its 5 caves, in which there are 153 Buddha statues carved out of the rock and well-preserved paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. The focal point is the famous huge, resting Buddha in the first temple cave. It is said that the water on the ceiling of the main cave flows uphill! 

In the evening you will arrive in the small town of Habarana. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 

JETWING VIL UYANA

Day 2: Habarana - Sigiriya - Minneriya

Cloud Girls & Wildlife – Visit Ancient It Girls and Wild Elephants! 

Highlights 

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Safari in Minneriya National Park 

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 that 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. On the summit plateau, the ruins of the extensive royal palace invite you to climb. The strenuous ascent over 1,860 steps is rewarded with a pleasant cooling breeze and a wide view of the surroundings. 

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 3: Habarana - Polonnaruwa - Passikudah

Temple ruins & dream beach – travel back in time by bike and with your feet in the sand! 

Highlights 

  • Bike tour through the ancient royal city of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Drive to the east coast 

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 ensures free entertainment. 

The east coast impresses with pristine beach sections, wide beaches sloping gently into the sea, and constantly warm temperatures in summer. Tourism is still in its infancy here, but a tourist infrastructure is emerging. Water sports enthusiasts can go diving, snorkeling, sailing, and surfing. 

Overnight and breakfast in Passikudah 

UGA BAY

Day 4 to 9: Passikudah

Sand & sun – relaxation on the heavenly east coast! 

Highlights 

  • Relaxation – bathing – lazing around – hammock – wellness – sunbathing – sport – water sports 

The places Passikudah and Kalkudah await sun-seekers with a spectacular white sandy beach on a wide curved bay with crystal clear, shallow water. Those in the know claim that some of the best beaches in the world are located here. In some places, you can walk up to half a kilometer into the sea without getting your knees wet! 

The offshore reef protects the bay and is home to a large variety of tropical fish. Shallow water invites you to swim and snorkel. 

Overnight and breakfast in Passikudah

UGA BAY 

Day 10: Passikudah - Heeloya - Kandy

Grasslands & Vegetable Beds – Hear the Silence and Enjoy the Simple Life! 

Highlights 

  • Drive to the Knuckles Mountain Range 
  • Waterfalls and viewpoints 
  • 18 Bent Road 
  • Tour in the mountain village of Heeloya 

Today you leave the usual visitor route and get to know the authentic life and breathtaking nature in the remote Knuckles Bergland. Wide tea plantations, hilly landscapes, and rushing waterfalls shape the landscape in the mountain range. 

The name Knuckles Mountain Range is derived from the knuckle shape, which is formed by the five highest peaks between 1,500 and 2,000 m altitude. The landscape here is an oasis of silence and deceleration. Visitors rarely come to this dreamy area. 

Along the way, you will also pass the famous Daha Ata Wanguwa (18 Bent Road) route. The route is 41 km in length, including 18 excitingly tight hairpin bends, and offers wonderful views of the deserted mountainous landscape. The road is known for being a spectacular aerial view. 

In the remote mountain village of Heeloya, you will experience sustainable rural life in Sri Lanka. Water buffalo plow through the pale green rice fields, colorful flower, and vegetable beds nestle against the rolling hills, and fruit and organic vegetables grow in lush gardens. Everything is still produced here in-house. 

The village community lives and works traditionally out of conviction and practices the local customs and traditions. You are cordially invited to help with the work, to visit the hospitable residents in their homes, and thus to come into casual contact with one another. 

A hike through the sleepy village and the surrounding area is rounded off by a sociable lunch prepared together in the village house. 

In the evening you will arrive in Kandy. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 11: Kandy - Ella

Landscape cinema in Lipton’s footsteps – with the retro train to the enchanting highlands! 

Highlights 

  • Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Visit a tea factory 
  • Ramboda waterfalls 
  • Train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella (1 st class) 

The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy 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 lay flowers like pilgrims and light an oil lamp. 

Now you can expect a spectacular drive into the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Passing rolling hills and tea plantations, rice fields, palm, bamboo, and eucalyptus forests, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape. 

On the tea plantations, you can follow the entire process of tea production, which is still as devout and quality-conscious today as it was 100 years ago, from planting to harvesting and processing to tasting. You also can pick tea yourself and learn about this hard work. 

Sri Lanka’s highlands are known for their rushing waterfalls. The 109 m high Ramboda Falls can be reached via a small path along the waterfall. You can take a bath in the natural water pool. After this short photo stop, you will arrive at Nanu Oya, from where you will continue your journey by train. 

Past a backdrop of tea plantations, waterfalls, and nostalgic train stations, the train squeals and rattles up into the enchanting mountains. After about 3 hours you will reach the mountain village of Ella, which has developed into a popular hiking paradise amid gorges, jungle forests, and hidden caves. 

Take a short evening stroll through the lively town. 

Overnight and breakfast in Ella 

THOTALAGALA

Day 12: Ella - Tissamaharama

Audience with the “King of the Jungle” – In a jeep to see elephants, leopards & Co.! 

Highlights 

  • Hike to Little Adams Peak 
  • Ravana Falls 
  • Jeep safari in Yala National Park 

In the morning you take a short hike to Little Adam’s Peak. The mountain peak protrudes from the tea plantations and offers an excellent panoramic view of the picturesque landscape. You walk through evergreen tea plantations, past waterfalls, and through the colorful villages of the tea pickers. 

Now you leave the mountains on the winding panoramic road through the Ella Gap Valley to the south. You will arrive at Ravana Ella Falls, where you can take a refreshing break. The popular Ravana Falls are among the widest waterfalls in the country. The waterfalls were named after the legendary King Ravana, in whose footsteps they were already on the way in Sigiriya. Legend has it that Ravana kidnapped a princess and hid it in the caves behind this waterfall. 

Go stalking in the afternoon! Yala National Park on the eastern south coast is Sri Lanka’s most popular national park. Here you can watch a variety of animals such as crocodiles, elephants, mongooses, and monkeys, but also one of the largest leopard populations on the island. 

Anyone who has decided to see the “Big Five” of Sri Lanka has the chance to see elephants, sloth bears, and leopards in front of the photo lens. 

Overnight and breakfast in Tissamaharama 

UGA CHENA HUTS

Day 13: Tissamaharama - Galle - Bentota

Colonial Buildings & Coconut Trees – The Most Beautiful Beaches and a Historic Harbor! 

Highlights 

  • Old town and Fort of Galle (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Visit a turtle sanctuary 

This road trip 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 here like pearls. You reach the historic port city of Galle with its imposing colonial buildings and tropical flair. 

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 past of the historic port city. 

When strolling over the walls of the well-preserved fortress and through the partly renovated old town with its beautiful shops and atmospheric cafes, visitors experience an unmistakable colonial flair. On the promenade in front of the lighthouse, daring cliff divers and oriental snake charmers provide easy thrills! 

The drive from Galle to Bentota leads along the coast through idyllic seaside resorts and sleepy fishing villages. The dream setting of turquoise blue water, golden yellow beaches, and emerald, the green jungle is unique. 

Visiting a turtle sanctuary helps animal rights activists to save endangered animals to prevent the illegal sale of turtle eggs deposited on the beach on the south coast, the employees of the protection stations collect the eggs immediately after they are deposited and release the cute animals a few days after they hatch. 

Enjoy the last few hours today with a sundowner on the beautiful Bentota Beach! 

Overnight and breakfast in Bentota 

SAMAN VILLAS

Day 14: Bentota - Airport

Transfer to the airport 

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

Get home well! 

Ayubowan! 

Services

Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Accommodation in a double room with breakfast 

Transfers and round trip in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking private driver 

Transfer to the airport / extension hotel 

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