ColomboThe Cultural TriangleKandyThe Tea CountryYala National Parkgalle

This itinerary perfectly introduces Sri Lanka and explores the country’s incredible variety, including historical sites, local culture, spectacular scenery and picture-perfect beaches. Start your trip by exploring the capital – Colombo, before heading north to the awe-inspiring cultural triangle home to a staggering seven Unesco World Heritage sites. Continue your journey by travelling through central Sri Lanka, visiting picturesque Kandy and lush Nuwara Eliya in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country. Go one Safari in Yala National ParkYou will also spend a few days in historical Galle before ending your Sri Lankan adventure with a relaxing break at one of the stunning south coast beach resorts.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Learn about the history of The Cultural Triangle
  • Go on safari in Yala
  • Explore Fort Galle
  • Sample the world’s best teas
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites

What’s included

  • Private tours for most included activities
  • Meet & greet airport service
  • Luxury or boutique accommodation at your chosen level
  • Expert guides in each destination


This is an example itinerary. It is fully flexible; you can add or detract days and include hotels at your chosen budget. It departs daily.



Price Guide

$4000 – $7700 pp

Our quotes are bespoke for your customised trip. The prices displayed are indicative only, read more

Day 1

Fly to Sri lanka

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Day 2


Today, choose to explore this laidback beach town on your own, or this morning, take a boat cruise in the cool of the morning when the birds are most active and fishing boats are returning from the sea. The lagoon’s shores are buzzing with activity as hundreds of fishing families deliver their catch to the fish markets and wash their nets along the beach.

Day 3-5

The Cultural Triangle

Your private English-speaking chauffeur guide will meet you this morning for your transfer to Kandalama in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. En route, you will visit Dambulla Rock Temple, one of Sri Lanka’s most Impressive cave temples and a World Heritage site.

Over the next few days, you can choose to visit several historical and cultural sites within the Cultural Triangle region. Enjoy a city tour of Anuradhapura, home to two World Heritage Sites. There is plenty to explore, including Maha Bodhi – the sacred Bodhi tree over 2200 years old, The Brazen Palace and Ruwanweliseya, the most famous of all the dagobas. Continue to the temple complex at Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka.

Visit Sigiriya Rock; we highly recommend climbing to the top, as the views are truly spectacular. The climb is quite strenuous, but there are plenty of rest stops along the way.

Head to Sri Lanka’s medieval capital – Polonnaruwa, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have plenty of time to explore the ruins of the Royal Palace and other highlights, including the Shiva Temple and the remains of the former Temple of The Tooth.

Day 6


Kandy in central Sri Lanka. En route, visit a non-touristy spice garden in Matale, where you will be introduced to the different spices grown in the area and shown how they are processed. Enjoy a wonderful home-cooked lunch, and then head on to Kandy. On arrival, you could enjoy an orientation tour, which will take in the bazaar, arts and crafts centre and gem museum. In the early evening, visit the legendary Temple of the Tooth relic or enjoy a cultural show before returning to your hotel.

Day 7-8

The tea Country

You will be transferred to Kandy train station this morning for the exceptionally scenic rail journey to Nanu Oya in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country. This afternoon, you can visit a local tea plantation and factory to see firsthand how some of the world’s best tea is produced.

Day 9-10

Yala national park

Leaving tea country behind, today’s journey will take you to Yala National Park, one of the best places in the world to spot a leopard in the wild. The park is also home to sloth bears, elephants and crocodiles. Embark on morning and afternoon jeep excursions in Yala National Park, searching for leopards and other wildlife. You will have plenty of time between safaris to relax at your boutique accommodation and enjoy the resort facilities.

Day 11-12


This morning, head to the historic city of Galle, where you can enjoy a guided city tour around the fort. Explore the history of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site as a merchant trading spot right up to the present day, as a hip city full of boutique shops and trendy cafes.

Day 13


This morning, enjoy a personalised walk through the city of Colombo with your private guide. Experience first-hand the historical influences of the Portuguese and the amazing architecture the Dutch/English left behind – all while learning and experiencing what being “Sri Lankan” is all about.

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Day 14

Fly home

A note on price

The prices outlined above are a rough guide to give you an idea of costs and enable you to budget for your trip.

Guide prices are generally for private arrangements based on twin share, in well located, good quality accommodation (excluding international flights).

Please note costs are indicative and may vary due to a number of factors such as; travel date, hotel choice, room category, number of people travelling and prevailing exchange rates.

Price Guide $4000 – $7700 per person

When to travel

jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Travel to Sri Lanka is possible at any time of year as the rains affect different areas at different times, however some months offer more predictable good weather throughout the country than others. There are generally two annual monsoons, the North-East monsoon which brings rains to that part of the country from October to January and the South-West monsoon rains from May to July. There is also a period from October through to the first half of November, when rain and thunderstorms can occur across the island. Temperatures are constant and average around 30 degrees centigrade on a year round basis throughout the country except for the cooler Hill Country, making it perfect to visit all year round. The driest seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west coast, the south coast and the Hill Country, and from April to September for the ancient cities region and the east coast.

Add on’s

There are a multitude of add-on holiday options to this Sri Lanka itinerary, for example, you could Spend a few days on the south beaches Mirissa is one of the best beach towns in the country.

Vietnam is also easily accessed by the main flight hubs of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, or maybe a few days in The Maldives making city stopovers or beach extensions on Asia’s fabulous sandy shores easy to arrange.

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