Introduction 

14 days combined round trip & beach vacation on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast for sun seekers with 16 excursions, 2 safaris, beach vacation southwest coast, accommodation & private drivers! Perfect overview of the diversity of the tropical island with its spectacular cultural treasures, unique natural beauties, and dreamy beaches. 

Combine a 5-day individual round trip to charming sights from nature, culture, and wildlife with a relaxing beach holiday in 2 seaside resorts on the exotic southwest coast. 

Explore mysterious temple caves, encounter wild animals, learn to cook spicy food, and relax on exotic beaches! 

Why this travel package? 

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14 days combo Sri Lanka round trip & beach holiday

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5 days individual round trip to the most important sights

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9 days beach vacation in 2 seaside resorts on the exotic southwest 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 the southwest coast    

Day 1: Airport - Negombo

Welcome to Paradise! 

Highlights 

  • Reception at Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to the hotel 
  • Relaxation – bathing – lazing around – hammock – wellness – sunbathing – sport – water sports 

Your private driver will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and take you to your hotel in the Negombo area in your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Here you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Relax from the long journey to your hotel or enjoy the wonderful beach and the turquoise blue sea. 

Wide, long sandy beaches, a good tourist infrastructure and a wide range of water sports make Negombo an attractive destination for a relaxing beach holiday. 

Overnight and breakfast in Negombo 

TARU VILLAS

Day 2 and 3: Negombo

Wellness & Surfing – Relax on the exotic west coast! 

Highlight 

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

Overnight and breakfast in Negombo 

TARU VILLAS

Day 4: Negombo - Habarana - Minneriya

Village life & pachyderms – go on a country tour and meet wild elephants! 

Highlights 

  • Visit a farming village with lunch and tuk tuk ride 
  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park 

Today your jaunt through Sri Lanka starts with a drive to the small inland town of Habarana, where you visit a traditional farming village. 

You travel comfortably in the ox cart through travel fields and past reservoirs. 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 authentically eaten in the farm workers’ hut. Young visitors are allowed to eat in the treehouse, which is used at night to spy on predatory elephants. And a banana leaf is eaten with the hands! 

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 5: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Matale - Kandy

Spices, Grottoes & Graces – Explore mysterious caves and visit ancient It-Girls ! 

Highlights 

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Dambulla Cave Temple (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Spice garden in Matale 
  • Sri Muthumariamman Kovil Hindu temple 
  • Kandy 

Today you go on a journey through time: The 200 meter high Lion Rock is located in an idyllic, antique 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. 

In Dambulla you visit the oldest monastery in the world: the rock temple 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 focus is the huge resting Buddha in the first temple cave. It is said that the water on the ceiling of the main cave flows uphill! 

The traditional spice and herb gardens are located along the “Spice Road” between Dambulla and Kandy. Here you can see, smell, and feel how pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and 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. 

You reach the capital of the Cultural Triangle: Kandy. This is where the spiritual and religious center of Sri Lanka is located. The main attraction is the Temple of the Tooth, in which a Buddha’s canine tooth is kept. But also the pretty old town, the idyllic lake in the middle of the city and the bazaar invite you to stroll and go boating. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 6: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya - Ella

Landscape cinema & Lipton’s footsteps – With the retro train into the mountains! 

Highlights 

  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Tea plantations and tea picking 
  • Visit a tea factory 
  • Ramboda waterfalls 
  • Nuwara Eliya – city above the clouds 
  • 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. Three times a day the room with the shrine in which the tooth is kept is opened in a ceremony for the pilgrims and the visitors. Here you can lay flowers like pilgrims and light an oil lamp. 

Afterward, a spectacular drive awaits you in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Passing rolling hills, rice fields, palm, bamboo, and eucalyptus forests, you can enjoy an unforgettable, lush green backdrop. Strawberries even grow in this fertile area! 

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 refreshing dip in the natural water basin. 

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

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 have the opportunity to pick tea yourself and learn about this hard work. 

From Nanu Oya, you continue your journey by train on the most beautiful railway line in the world. Past tea plantations, waterfalls, and nostalgic train stations, the train winds its way up into the enchanting mountains. 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 hidden caves. 

Take a short evening stroll through the town. 

Overnight and breakfast in Ella 

THOTALAGALA

Day 7: Ella - Tissamaharama

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

Highlights 

  • Hike to Little Adam`s Peak 
  • Ravana Falls 
  • Jeep safari in Yala National Park 

Little Adam’s Peak rises above the tea plantations and offers an excellent panoramic view of the picturesque landscape. You will hike through evergreen tea plantations, past waterfalls, and through the tea picking villages. 

The popular Ravana Falls are among the widest waterfalls in the country. The waterfalls are named after the legendary King Ravana, whom you have already been on the trail of 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 Yala 

UGA CHENA HUTS

Day 8: Yala – 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 
  • Drive to Bentota 

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 city’s eventful history. 

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 green jungle are unique. 

Visiting a turtle sanctuary helps animal rights activists to save endangered animals. 

To prevent the illegal sale of the 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 animals a few days after they hatch. 

You will reach the second dream coast of your trip! Sri Lanka’s southwest coast is well developed for tourism and is known as a center for Ayurveda treatments. The cheerful town of Bentota awaits sun-seekers with palm-fringed dream beaches and long sandy beaches as well as numerous water sports on the Bentota River. 

Overnight and breakfast in Bentota 

SAMAN VILLAS

Day 9 to 13: Bentota

Sea, sand & sun – we wish you a good rest! 

Highlights 

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

In the vicinity of Bentota, beaches in Aluthgama and Beruwela beckon. Aluthgama is an insider tip because bathers can relax largely undisturbed on the long beach here on the peninsula between the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. The beaches of the neighboring towns of Beruwela and Bentota combine to form a kilometer-long, snow-white beach with shallow water. 

Enjoy water sports & wellness: surfing, snorkeling, Ayurveda, yoga & massages. 

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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