About This Trip
This 7-day trip will be excellent for those seeking a cultural experience in Sri Lanka. Starting and ending in Colombo, this tour will showcase some of the country's most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, the Dambulla Cave Temples, the sacred city of Kandy, and the colonial city of Galle. Furthermore, you will also have a fun time with adorable elephants in Pinnawala and enjoy a traditional Kandyan dance show in Kandy.
- 1 - 2ColomboIndependence Square, Gangarama Temple, National Museum
- 3PinnawalaElephant Orphanage
- 4SigiriyaLion Rock, Jeep Drive or Tuk Tuk Ride to Countryside
- 5Dambulla, Kandy
Dambulla: Cave Temple
Kandy: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandyan Dance
- 6KandyRoyal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya
- 7Galle, Colombo
Galle: Dutch Fort, Ancient Town Walking Tour
Day 1: Arrival, Colombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean! On arrival at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you're met by your private chauffeur-guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2: Colombo, City Sightseeing
Enjoy your leisure time at your hotel and recover from your long journey.
In the afternoon, take a guided city tour to explore Colombo's colonial legacies, including Independence Square, Gangarama Temple of Colombo, the mile-long promenade of Galle Face Green and Colombo's National Museum, etc. Stop to take pictures when driving by the former British Administrative Center.
Day 3: Colombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya
Be prepared to Pinnawala (approx. 2.5 hours) where you can visit the Elephant Orphanage and get up close with these lovely guys. After lunch, head to Sigiriya (about 3 hours' drive), home to the Lion Rock Fortress, and an ideal base for exploring the many natural wonders and historical sites in this charming area. On the way, you will have the opportunity to visit a local Sri Lankan family for a coconut break.
Day 4: Sigiriya, Highlights Exploration
The first stop will be the Landmark of this country, the 5th-century legendary sky citadel of "Lion Rock", definitely the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Despite the steep climb is requested, the story behind the monument and the panoramic view of Dambulla seen from the top are worth your effort.
In the afternoon, continue to explore the rural village of Hiriwadunna. Travel the lush Sri Lankan countryside by a jeep or a tuk-tuk, alongside paddy fields and rural vegetable plantations. At dusk, hop on a catamaran and sail to the other side of a lake to enjoy the fantastic sunset view and look out for birds, butterflies, as well as the villagers fishing or washing clothes by the lake.
Day 5: Sigiriya - Kandy
Today, get started with the famous Dambulla Cave Temple, home to many magnificent Buddha images and rock painting dating back to 2nd century BC. Then head for Ceylon's old capital of Kandy, en route stop for an interesting visit to learn a wide range of spices at one of spice garden, whose 15-minute complimentary Ayurveda Massage is recommended.
After arriving in Kandy (approx. 3.5 hours), appreciate a vivid and traditional cultural dance (Kandyan Dance) before walking to the nearby Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka's most sacred Buddhist shrine, the Puja Ritual held in the temple with all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and brightly colored Monks definitely shows you how special and spiritually important the temple means to Sri Lanka.
Day 6: Kandy - Galle
You can visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden in the morning. In there, you will immerse into the beauty of more than 300 orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.
Afterward, drive to Galle (approx. 6 hours), a Dutch colonial town on this tropical country anchored by a World Heritage-listed fort.
Day 7: Galle - Colombo, Departure
Today, your guide will show you the colonial Dutch Fort of Galle. It is regarded as one of the best-preserved fortresses in Sri Lanka, where you will find some small museums and magnificent Dutch churches.
After that, you will be escorted to CMB Airport (2 hours' drive) for your home-bound flight.
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