Introduction 

14 days combination Sri Lanka individual round trip & bathing for those looking for relaxation on the west coast with 19 excursions, 2 safaris, train ride, beach holiday west coast, accommodation & private driver! 7 days short round trip to the most important highlights from nature, culture & wildlife and 7 days beach vacation on Sri Lanka’s tropical west coast. 

Get to know the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the impressive natural beauties of the island: lush green tea plantations, rushing waterfalls, and dense jungle forests. 

Visit spectacular temple ruins, go stalking wild animals, pick tea, visit a giant and relax on heavenly dream beaches! 

 

 

Why this travel package? 

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14 days Sri Lanka combined round trip & beach holiday

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7 days individual round trip with a visit to outstanding sights

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6-night beach vacation on the tropical west 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 

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 
  • Cooking course “Rice & Curry” 

Your private driver will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo 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 testify to the recent development of Colombo into a pulsating metropolis in Asia. 

Stroll through the winding streets of Colombo Fort and Pettah or take advantage of the many shopping opportunities. Enjoy the change 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. 

In the afternoon, you can act yourself: experienced chefs will familiarize you with Sri Lankan dishes such as string hoppers, curry, rotis, and pittu. You will learn how to use spices and how to prepare a traditional “Rice & Curry” with you. 

Overnight and breakfast in Colombo 

THE KINGSBURY

Tag 2: Colombo – Pinnawala – Dambulla - Habarana

Highlights 

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 
  • Dambulla Cave Temple and Golden Temple (UNESCO World Heritage) 

After breakfast, drive to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Injured and orphaned animals are raised here. You can watch the Jumbos up close at their “pool party”, take them for a walk or watch the baby elephants being fed with the milk bottle. 

The rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its 5 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 huge resting Buddha in the first temple cave. From the viewing platform on the hill, you also have a beautiful view of the surroundings. 

Übernachtung und Frühstück in Habarana

JETWING VIL UYANA

Tag 3: Habarana – Sigiriya – Minneriya

Cloud Girls & Wildlife – Admire ancient it-girls and meet wild elephants! 

Highlights 

  • Sigiriya Lion Rock (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Village safari with catamaran and tuk tuk ride and lunch 
  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park 

In the morning you visit the 200 meter high rock “Sigiriya Rock”. 1,860 steps lead up to the ruins of the 1,500 year old, legendary Royal Palace on the Lion Rock. Many a spiral staircase is a real thrill! 

Halfway through the ascent, you will reach the Cloud Maiden: around 20 impressively well-preserved frescoes as evidence of ancient Sinhalese art. Once at the top, you will be rewarded for the arduous ascent with a fantastic view over the extensive gardens and the jungle of Sri Lanka. 

Those who do not dare to climb the rock can stroll in the surrounding gardens and irrigation systems of the palace or watch the lively monkeys that frolic at the foot of the rock and ensure good entertainment. 

Now you will experience the traditional Sri Lankan everyday life: You take an excursion in an ox cart to a village near Habarana. 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. 

Übernachtung und Frühstück in Habarana

JETWING VIL UYANA

 

Tag 4: Habarana – Riverston - Matale - Kandy

Hikes & waterfalls – a day with beautiful views! 

Highlights 

  • Drive to the Knuckles Mountain Range 
  • A short hike through Pitawala Pathana to Mini Worlds`End 
  • Riverston and Pitawala Pathana Lookouts with Picnic 
  • Bambarakiri Ella Waterfall 
  • Spice garden in Matale 
  • Sri Muthumariamman Kovil Hindu temple 
  • Kandy 

Today you leave the usual visitor route and get to know the authentic life and breathtaking nature in the remote Knuckles Bergland. Visitors rarely come to this dreamy area. 

Through wide tea plantations and hilly landscape, it goes up into the mountains. 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. 

Riverston is one of the peaks in the Knuckles Mountains that rise above 1,000 m. From this vantage point, you have a wonderful 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 breathtaking panoramic view of the Knuckles Range and some of the valleys below. 

The Bambarakiri waterfall offers a very special amenity: fish therapy! Schools of small fish clean the feet of the bathers. 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. 

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. 

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! 

The sensational Sri Muthumariamman Kovil is in Matale, a 300-year-old, colorful Hindu temple. At the back, you can investigate the classroom of an elementary school. 

After a long day in the beautiful nature, you will reach the lively city of Kandy. 

Übernachtung und Frühstück in Kandy

THE KANDY HOUSE

Tag 5: Kandy – Ella

Landscape cinema & Lipton’s footsteps – With the retro train to the enchanting highlands! 

  • Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Visit a tea factory 
  • Ramboda waterfalls 
  • Train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella (1st 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 in a ceremony for pilgrims and visitors. Here you can put 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 on the most beautiful train route in the world. Past 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, waterfalls, and hidden caves. 

Take a short evening stroll through the lively town. 

Übernachtung und Frühstück in Ella

THOTALAGALA

Tag 6: Ella – Buduruwagala - Tissamaharama

Audience with the king of the jungle – visiting wild animals and ancient giants! 

Highlights 

  • Ravana waterfalls 
  • Ella Gap Valley 
  • Buduruwagala Raja Maha Viharaya & Reservoir 
  • Jeep safari in Yala National Park 

Today you leave the mountains on the winding panoramic road through the Ella Gap Valley towards 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 are named after the legendary King Ravana, in whose footsteps you have already walked in Sigiriya. Legend has it that Ravana kidnapped a princess and hid it in the caves behind this waterfall. 

The Buduruwagala Raja Maha Viharaya Cave Temple is a typical example of the many hidden treasures in Sri Lanka. The seven Buddha statues carved into the rock on the temple grounds are around 1,000 years old and are an impressive example of the great art of stonemasons in ancient Sri Lanka. The sculptures were once brightly painted, as remains of paint show. 

On the way to the temple, make a stop at the idyllic Buduruwagala Reservoir and enjoy the swarm of water birds and the beauty of the surroundings. 

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. 

Übernachtung und Frühstück in Tissamaharama

UGA CHENA HUTS

Tag 7: Tissamaharama – Galle - Negombo

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

Highlights 

  • Galle Old Town and Galle Fort (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Visit a turtle sanctuary 
  • Boat trip through the mangrove forest on the Bentota River 

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! 

In the early afternoon, you will visit a turtle sanctuary. 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 interesting work of the animal rights activists and can experience the animals up close. 

In Bentota, you take a boat trip through the impressive mangrove forest with its mysterious atmosphere, its lush vegetation, and its exotic fauna. The mangrove forest is home to a wide variety of birds such as sea eagles, kingfishers, and pelicans. Macaque monkeys frolic in the trees and crocodiles, lizards, freshwater snakes and a variety of fish and shrimp lurk in the water. You get very close to monitoring lizards, crocodiles, and snakes and experience a real jungle feeling! 

Übernachtung und Frühstück in Negombo

TARU VILLAS – RIVA

Tag 8 bis 13: Negombo

Crystal blue water, golden yellow beaches, and coconut trees: these ingredients make tropical dreams come true! Sri Lanka’s west coast is well developed for tourism and is known as a center for Ayurveda treatments. 

Interesting excursion possibilities in the tropical hinterland and a wide range of water sports add variety to the tranquil beach life. On the long beaches and in the small bays, swimmers, snorkelers and surfers cavort in the warm sea. 

Negombo is originally the oldest fishing village in Sri Lanka. Life in the city is still determined by fishing today. The busy little port town with its colonial fortress and the colorful outrigger boats in the port was once the center of the cinnamon trade. The cityscape is reminiscent of the Dutch and Portuguese rule and offers a good impression of the lively life on the tropical island. The old town center with its narrow streets and a colorful fruit and vegetable market is well worth seeing. It is also worth making a detour to the fish market on the beach, which opens early every day. 

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

Enjoy water sports & wellness: surfing, snorkeling, Ayurveda, yoga & massages. We wish you a good rest! 

Übernachtung und Frühstück in Negombo

TARU VILLAS – RIVA

Tag 14: Negombo – 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! 

Transfer to the airport/hotel 

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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