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5 days Sri Lanka for travelers with 14 excursions, 3 UNESCO sites, safari, cooking course, train ride, accommodation & private driver!    

Experience the most important highlights from nature, culture, and wildlife. Perfect short round trip with a small but varied selection of the most famous sights, some hidden places, and unexpected encounters with the local population. Ideal for combining with a beach holiday.   

Visit spectacular temple ruins, get up close to wild animals and learn to cook spicy! 

Why this travel package? 

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5 days Sri Lanka individual round trip: Ideal for combining with a beach holiday

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Visit the most important sights and undiscovered 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: 5 days round trip  

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Starts in:

Colombo

National Park safari: 1

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep)

Ends:

Airport / hotel 

Excursions: 14

(3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites) 

Duration: 5 days

(With breakfast) 

Places visited: 3

(4 nights) 

Day 1: Airport - Colombo

Welcome to Paradise! 

Highlights 

  • Colombo Fort- Independence Memorial Hall- Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple – Town Hall – National Museum Colombo – Vihara Mahadevi Park – Pettah – Galle Face Green 
  • Cooking course “Rice & Curry” 

Your 5-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 bear witness to Colombo’s recent development 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 the chefs. 

Overnight and breakfast in Colombo 

THE KINGSBURY

 

Day 2: Colombo - Habarana - Minneriya

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

Highlights 

  • Village safari with catamaran and tuk tuk ride and lunch 
  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park 

The ox cart takes you to a traditional farming village in an authentic way. 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 you will have in the farm workers’ hut. Young visitors are allowed to eat in the treehouse, which is used at night to spy on predatory elephants! Here you can eat with your 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 3: Habarana - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

Cloud Girls & World Heritage Sites – Admire ancient It-Girls and visit a royal city! 

Highlights 

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • By bike through the ancient royal city in Polonnaruwa (UNESCO World Heritage) 

The 200-meter-high Lion Rock is 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 through 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 to climb the rock can walk in the surrounding gardens and irrigation systems of the palace or watch the numerous monkeys that frolic at the foot of the rock and provide good entertainment. 

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. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 

JETWING VIL UYANA

Day 4: Habarana - Pinnawala - Kandy - Bambaragala

Baby Elephants & Canines – Get up close to pachyderms and visit a sacred tooth! 

Highlights 

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 
  • Kandy old town walking tour 
  • Visit to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Bambaragala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya & Pettigala 

After breakfast, drive to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. A stop at one of the market stalls with fresh fruit along the street is strongly recommended to try exotic superfood and sustainable soft drinks straight from the environmentally friendly coconut packaging! 

Injured and orphaned animals are raised in the elephant orphanage. You could watch the jumbos up close at their “pool party“, go for a walk with themor to watch the baby elephants being fed with the milk bottle. 

The journey continues to the old royal metropolis of Kandy. Stroll through the pretty old town and the central market. In the afternoon you will visit the Palace of the Sacred Tooth, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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 put flowers like pilgrims and light an oil lamp. 

Then you leave the usual route of most visitors and get to know an extraordinary place: In the remote cave monastery Bambaragala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya, you can see rock inscriptions and wall paintings that are over 2,000 years old. The complex is one of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka. The priestly residence and the hermitages are well preserved. Hardly any visitor gets lost in this dreamy place. 

A visit to the temple should be combined with a detour to the Pettigala rock. After a short hike through the forest, you will reach the monolith. After an easy climb on the plateau, you will experience a fascinating 360-degree view of the charming surroundings, the Victoria reservoir, and the highlands. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 5: Kandy - Hatton - Airport / connecting hotel

Thundering water & tea trails – hikes to waterfalls and tea plantations! 

Highlights 

  • Train 1st class of Kandy by Hatton 
  • Laksapana Falls 
  • Tea trails 
  • Transfer to the airport/hotel 

During the train ride from Kandy to Hatton, you will be enchanted by the green of the lush green tea plantations. The rolling hills fly by like paintings. The section is one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world! 

The small town of Hatton is in the central highlands in the middle of dense tea plantations. The best tea in Sri Lanka grows in the area around Hatton: Maskeliya. The only teas to which this tea is added is honest Ceylon tea! 

The tea pioneers recognized early on that the various climatic conditions in Sri Lanka affect the tea’s style, taste, and quality. Depending on the growing district, a wide range of different teas has been created. 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 could pick tea yourself and learn about this hard work. 

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

Hatton is a popular starting point for climbing Adam’s Peak and for hiking and cycling through the highlands. Imposing waterfalls beckon as an excursion destination and the landscape is characterized by bizarre rock formations. 

The Laksapana Falls in the Maskeliya area is 126 m high, making it one of the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It is also considered the most beautiful waterfall in the country because of its majestic jet and can be reached after a 45-minute hike through dense forest. Many endemic plants grow here, and giant trees. On the way to the Laksapana Falls, you also come through the pretty village of the same name. 

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! 

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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