Introduction 

Seven days Sri Lanka individual round trip for beginners with 23 excursions, 4 UNESCO sites, two safaris, train ride, hike, accommodation & private driver!   

If you are travelling to Sri Lanka for the first time, this round trip is just right: You will visit the most famous sights of the island and some still undiscovered places. You will experience the breathtakingly beautiful landscape, you will go stalking wild animals and you will get to know the life of the local population.

Save baby turtles, admire ancient “It-Girls” and travel back in time on the train! 

Why this travel package? 

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7 days Sri Lanka individual round trip for beginners: Perfect to get to know the diverse tropical island for the first time

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All important sights and encounters with the local everyday culture

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

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Certified tour guide on request

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High-quality & quality-tested accommodations with breakfast

Itinerary: 7 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: 23

(4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

Duration: 7 days

(With breakfast)

Places visited: 5

(6 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 class “Rice & Curry”

Your 7-day tour through Sri Lanka starts today. Your private driver will pick you up 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 vibrant metropolis in Asia.

Stroll through the winding streets of Colombo Fort and Pettah or take advantage of the numberous shopping opportunities. Enjoy the alternation between the hustle and bustle of a colorful, oriental port city and oases of tranquility 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 get active yourself: experienced chefs will introduce you to 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 stay & Breakfast in Colombo

KINGSBURY

Day 2: Colombo - Pinnawala - Dambulla - Habarana

Lively Pachyderms & Reclining Statues – elephants to touch and visit to a giant!

Highlights

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

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

The rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its five caves, 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.

Overnight stay & Breakfast in Habarana 

VILUYANA

Day 3: Habarana - Sigiriya - Minneriya

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

Highlights

  • Sigiriya Lion Rock (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Visit a Farming Village
  • Jeep Safari in Minneriya National Park

In the morning, visit the 200-meter-high “Sigiriya Rock.” One thousand eight hundred sixty steps lead up to the ruins of the 1500-year-old, legendary Royal Palace on the Lion Rock. Many a spiral staircase is a real thrill!

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

Those who don’t dare to make the climb cavort at the foot of the rock and keep themselves entertained.

The bullock cart then takes you to a traditional farming village. The farmers will guide you through the vegetable garden and across the fields, show you their daily handicrafts, and tell about their problems with wild elephants and the consequences of climate change.

The women of the village prepare a traditional lunch that is eaten in the farm workers’ hut. Young visitors will eat in the treehouse, which is used at night to spot predatory elephants!

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 stay & Breakfast in Habarana 

VIL UYANA

 

Day 4: Habarana - Matale - Peradeniya - Kandy

Tooth Temple & Toothbrush Tree – Curious Plants and Holy Places!

Highlights

  • Spice Garden in Matale
  • Sri Muthumariamman Kovil
  • Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya with picnic
  • Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage)

The road trip from Dambulla to Kandy leads through the fertile landscape of the central province and into the center of the spice cultivation. Lovely rice fields, colorful vegetable gardens, and exotic spice plantations pass by, and the colorful market stalls along the road make the trip on “Spice Road” an entertaining journey.

A stop at one of the fresh fruit stalls is highly recommended to try exotic superfoods and sustainable soft drinks straight from the environmentally friendly coconut packaging!

The traditional spice and herb gardens are located along this route. 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 Muthumariamma  Kovil, a 300-year-old, colorful Hindu temple. At the back you can look into the classroom of an elementary school.

At the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Asia, you can stroll through the tropical park, whose avenues are lined with coconut palms and cannonball trees. You will get an excellent insight into the tropical flora: more than 4,000 plant species and 10,000 giant trees grow here. Hundreds of flying foxes hang in the treetops and hordes of monkeys cavort in the park.

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

After a short drive, 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 put flowers like pilgrims and light an oil lamp.

Afterwards, stroll through the central market and take in the colours and smells, or stroll around the idyllic Kandy Lake.

Overnight stay & Breakfast in Kandy

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 5: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Ella

Landscape Cinema in Lipton’s Footsteps – With the Retro Train to the Beautiful Highlands!

Highlights

  • Tea Plantations in Nuwara Eliya
  • Tea Factory and Tea Picking in Ramboda
  • Ramboda Waterfalls
  • Train Ride from Nanu Oya to Ella (1st class)
  • Ella Walk

Today, a spectacular journey into the central highlands of Sri Lanka awaits you. Passing rolling hills and tea plantations, rice fields, palm, bamboo and eucalyptus forests, you may enjoy the beautiful landscape.

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 booth. Stroll through the town and feel transported to England in the Victorian era.

Afterwards, visit one of the traditional tea factories and learn all there is to know about the cultivation and processing of the tea plant. Under expert guidance, you can also try your hand at picking tea yourself.

In the tea factory, you can taste different types of tea before the journey continues. After a short stop at the spectacular Ramboda Waterfalls, you will arrive at Nanu Oya, from where you will continue your journey by train.

Passing waterfalls and nostalgic train stations, the train winds its way up into the enchanting mountain world, creaking and rattling. Enjoy the panorama! 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 caves.

Take a short evening walk through the lively town.

Overnight stay & Breakfast in Ella

THOTALAGALA

Day 6: Ella - Buduruwagala - Yala

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

Highlights

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

Today you leave the hilly country 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 falls were named after the legendary King Ravana. According to legend, 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, stop at the idyllic Buduruwagala Reservoir and enjoy the flock of water birds and the beauty of the surroundings.

In the afternoon your jeep safari through Yala National Park starts. This is an absolute 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 to these, 30 other mammal species and 130 bird species live in the extensive national park, which is characterized by savanna-like plains and monsoon forests, including crocodiles.

Overnight stay & Breakfast in Yala

UGA CHENA HUTS

Day 7: Yala - Galle - Bentota

Crocodiles & Colonial Buildings – Tropical Dreams on the Indian Ocean!

Highlights

  • Stop at the Dondra Lighthouse
  • Bike Tour through Galle Old Town and Galle Fort (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Visit the Turtle Sanctuary
  • Boat Trip on the Bentota River through the Mangrove Forest
  • Transfer to the Airport/ Beach Resort

This road trip on the panoramic road on the Indian Ocean leads through lively seaside resorts along the south coast of Sri Lanka. The island’s most beautiful beaches are strung together 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 peak 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 jumpers provide gentle thrills! Explore the walls of the fortress and the narrow streets of the old town by bike.

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 exciting work of the animal rights activists and can experience the animals up close.

In Bentota, you will take a boat trip through the impressive mangrove forest with its mysterious atmosphere, lush vegetation and exotic wildlife. The mangrove forest is home to various birds, including sea eagles, kingfishers and sea eagles. Macaque monkeys frolic in the trees, and crocodiles, lizards, freshwater snakes and shrimp lurk in the water. Here you can get very close to observe lizards, crocodiles and snakes!

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 on our beautiful beaches!

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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