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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 coming to Sri Lanka for the first time, this round trip is just the thing: you will visit the island’s most famous sights and some yet undiscovered places. You experience the breathtakingly beautiful landscape; you go stalking wild animals, and you 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 for getting 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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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: 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 – Viharamahadevi Park – Pettah – Galle Face Green 
  • Cooking course “Rice & Curry” 

Your 7-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 you. 

Overnight and breakfast in Colombo 

KINGSBURY

Day 2: Colombo - Pinnawala - Dambulla - Habarana

Lively pachyderms & reclining statues – elephants to touch and a visit to a giant! 

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 could watch the jumbos up close at their “pool party,” to go for a walk with them or to protect the baby elephants being fed with the milk bottle. 

The rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its five 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 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 and 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, you visit the 200-meter-high rock “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 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 that frolic at the foot of the rock and provide good entertainment. 

The ox 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 describe their problems with wild elephants and the consequences of climate change. 

The village women prepare a traditional lunch that is eaten in the farm workers’ hut. Young visitors can eat in the treehouse, which is used at night to spy on 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 and 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 stands with fresh fruit is expressly 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, smelland feel how pepper, cinnamon, vanillaand 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 look into the classroom of an elementary school. 

In the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, one of Asia’s most beautiful botanical gardens, you can stroll through the tropical park with avenues lined with coconut palms and cannonball trees. You will gain an excellent insight into the tropical flora: over 4,000 plant species and 10,000 giant trees grow here. Hundreds of fruit bats hang in the treetops, and hordes of monkeys romp through 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. 

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

Overnight and 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) 
  • Walkthrough Ella 

Today you can expect a spectacular drive into the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Passing rolling hills and tea plantations, rice fields, palm, bambooand eucalyptus forests, you can 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. 

You will then visit one of the traditional tea factories and learn everything there is to know about the cultivation and processing of the tea plant. You also could try your hand at tea-picking under expert guidance. 

In the tea factory, you can try 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. 

Past 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, waterfallsand caves. 

Take a short evening stroll through the lively town. 

Overnight and breakfast in Ella 

THOTALAGALA

Day 6: Ella - Buduruwagala - Yala

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 mountainous 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, make a stop at the idyllic Buduruwagala Reservoir and enjoy the swarm 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 and 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/hotel 

This road trip on the panoramic road 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 like pearls, one after the other. 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 history of the historic port city. On the promenade in front of the lighthouse, snake charmers and cliff divers provide easy 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 take a boat trip through the impressive mangrove forest with its mysterious atmosphere, lush vegetation, and exotic fauna. 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 monitoring 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 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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