A Glimpse of Sri Lankan Culture and Heritage

Experience Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage

A Glimpse of Sri Lankan Culture and Heritage is an ideal holiday experience that will allow you to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the the Island’s rich cultural heritage dating back over Two Thousand years.

What to Expect

15 Nights / 14 Days

This itinerary has been carefully designed to give you a taste of the exciting, endless possibilities and can be tailored to suit your exact preferences.

Day 1 : Route – Airport / Negombo

Drive Time – Approximately 20 Minutes

Accommodation – Jetwing Beach

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast Basis

Arrive in Sri Lanka in the style you deserve, greeted by your chauffeur guide and transferred directly to Negombo where you can relax and unwind on one of the island’s world-class beaches. Start your journey at a luxurious setting in our beachside accommodations to bask in the sun, splash in the water, and let the waves wash over your feet.

Stretch back in a hammock with a drink in your hand to shake off the jetlag and adjust to the new time zone. Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean and marvel at its rich pinks and ambers while you wriggle your toes in the white sands of the beach and prepare yourself for the exciting days ahead.

Day 2 : Route – Negombo / Pinnawela / Dambulla / Sigiriya

Drive Time –  Negombo to Pinnawela Approx. 2 hours / Pinnawela to Sigiriya Approx. 1.5 hours / Sigiriya to Dambulla Approx. 0.5 hours /

Accommodation – Jetwing Vil Uyana

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

After a good night’s sleep and an early breakfast, set out from your beach oasis and into the quiet green inland to explore Dambulla and the island’s ancient highlights of the Cultural Triangle. On your way, you’ll stop by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to get your first introduction to Sri Lanka’s most celebrated inhabitants.

After your visit to Pinnawela, continue to your hotel in Sigiriya, check-in and enjoy some down time.

Depart in the late afternoon to see the sun set from one of the Sri Lanka’s most magical Buddhist treasures – the spectacular cave temples of Dambulla.

Day 3 : Route – Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

Drive Time – Approx. 1.5 hours

Accommodation – Jetwing Vil Uyana

Meal Basis – Half Board

Depart early morning with a packed breakfast to climb one of the island’s most spectacular sights – the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya.

Relax at the hotel, have a swim in the pool, and in the evening explore the wonderous ruins and monuments of the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa.

Return to the hotel and spend the rest of your evening at leisure.

Day 4 : Route – Sigiriya / Elkaduwa

Drive Time – Approx. 1.5 hours

Accommodation – Hunas Falls by Amaya

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast Basis

Journey south today out of the arid dry-lands and up into the lush green jungle to Elkaduwa (Kandy) – the Hill Capitol of Sri Lanka and the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kingdom.  En route, visit one of the hillside spice gardens and stop by to view the local craftsmen at a Batik factory in Matale.

Day 5 & 6 : Route – Kandy

Drive Time – N/A

Accommodation – Hunas Falls by Amaya

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

Enjoy a City Tour of Kandy in the next day.. get up wash..

During your first day in Kandy, pay a visit to the Temple of the Tooth and join the Buddhists who, dressed in all white, offer puja while catching a glimpse of the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. Spend the evening in the city center close to the temple watching an unforgettable show of Traditional Kandyan Dance with its vibrantly colorful dancers and muscians.

Awake on your second day in Kandy and spend it at your leisure, exploring the charming streets of Kandy.

Day 7 : Route – Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Drive Time – Approx. 3 hours

Accommodation – Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

After an early breakfast, today you will travel up those verdant green hills that surround Kandy and venture further into Sri Lanka’s most beautiful and magic region – the Hill Country – proceeding to the quiet town of Nuwara Eliya.

With its cool air, magnificent waterfalls, and thriving tea culture, the enchanting allure of these hills has to be seen to believe. The drive to Sri Lanka’s “Little England” is a highlight of any trip to Sri Lanka. You will take winding roads through the gorgeously lush plantations past tea bushes trimmed by regular picking that look like green sculptures stretching up and down the misty hills as far as the eye can see. Enjoy your journey – this is the complete experience.

Arrive in Nuwara Eliya greeted by your chauffeur guide and continue to your hotel to check-in.

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure with a cup of tea in your hand, enjoying your surroundings and the pleasant change in temperature.

Day 8 : Route – Nuwara Eliya

Drive Time – N/A

Accommodation – Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

Today you can truly soak up the beauty of this magical place or simply rest and relax.

An extra day here gives you a perfect opportunity to play a round of golf, visit to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, take a walk through the unbelievably beautiful tea plantations, or stop by a Tea Factory to sample some of Ceylon’s finest. Nuwara Eliya is another thrilling destination to view on foot with one of our resident naturalists.

Day 9 : Route – Nuwara Eliya to Yala

Drive Time – Approx. 4 hours

Accommodation – Jetwing Yala

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

After a couple civilized days in the tea country, you may be ready to explore the island’s wild again. Today you will descend the hills and head south to the dry-zone and into Yala home to Sri Lanka’s most gratifying wildlife reserve, Yala National Park.

After your scenic journey rest and decompress with a dip in our luxurious (and enormous!) pool and a walk down the beach.

Day 10 : Route – Yala

Drive Time – N/A

Accommodation – Jetwing Yala

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

Because sunrise is the best time to view Yala National Park’s wild residents, rise early and set out with a packed breakfast for a morning safari. This is your best chance to see leopards and is the golden hour for bird watchers to catch their prey in the highest numbers.

While Jetwing Yala is conveniently adjacent to the National Park, it also sits on a particularly beautiful stretch of untouched, secluded beachfront. After exploring the wild, spend some time relaxing between the beach and pool at your leisure.

Day 11 : Route – Yala National Park to Galle

Drive Time – Approx. 4 hours

Accommodation – Jetwing Lighthouse

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

After enjoying an early breakfast, with a camera full of wildlife photos, today you will head out of the jungle and into the charming town of Galle, one of Sri Lanka’s most alluring sea-side retreats.

Arrive at your hotel, check-in and spend some time at leisure. Galle Fort is a wonderful place to wander, soak up its rich history, and do some shopping while the area also boasts some fantastic beaches and opportunities for surfing or other water sports.

Day 12 : Route – Galle

Drive Time – N/A

Accommodation –Jetwing Lighthouse

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

Today, spend some time exploring this beautiful fort town and its rich history. Bicycle through Galle Fort’s sleepy, cobblestone streets and into its neighboring villages and markets to experience the quiet, peaceful lifestyle of Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Spend the day at your leisure.

Day 13 : Route – Galle

Drive Time – N/A

Accommodation –Jetwing Lighthouse

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

If you haven’t gotten your fill of wildlife, today you can go on a whale-watching excursion or tour the mangroves with one of our skilled naturalists. Galle’s southern location is positioned closely to the continental shelf, just south of the island, which makes it one of the best places in the world to view blue whales where they ascend from the deep and breach the surface to feed on krill. Blues Whales, the biggest of earth’s mammals, along with Sperm Whales, Orcas, Spinner Whales, and dolphins are among the species that can be viewed daily from the shimmering blue waters just off the coast.

Day 14 : Route – Galle

Drive Time – N/A

Accommodation –Jetwing Lighthouse

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

Spend your last day pampering yourself on one of the area’s glorious white sand beaches. Whether you want to catch a wave and surf, soak up the sun with your toes in the sand, or just meander through the coconut groves and collect seashells in the tide pools, the beaches around Galle offer countless ways to enjoy your last day in Sri Lanka. After a busy week of traveling, you’ll enjoy the slow pace of this fort town as you reflect on your time in Ceylon and watch your last glorious sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Day 15 : Route – Galle / Airport

Drive Time – Approximately 2.5 hours

Though it will be difficult to say goodbye, all good things come to an end. Your representative from Jetwing Travels will meet you on time at the hotel lobby to return you by way of a scenic drive to the international airport for your departing flight and a safe journey home.

Where to Stay

Learn more about the luxurious properties available for your trip.

Situated at the foot of the Hunasgiriya Mountain, the hotel has 31 rooms and suites, featuring dazzling views.

The hotel lies nestled among the palm trees, along a beautiful sunkissed beach in the coastal town of Negombo.

A true lifestyle hotel that embodies the ultimate in eco friendly luxury. Inspired by the local, rural traditions, the buildings blends into the landscape.

Add-on Experiences

We have many activities to keep you busy during your stay. See our destination pages for more information.

Visit the home to injured and abandoned elephants, and get your first introduction to Sri Lanka’s most celebrated inhabitants.

Known as the Dalada Maligawa, this site is a must see for culture and heritage lovers, where the sacred Tooth Relic is kept.

Wild residents, rise early and set out with a packed breakfast for a morning safari.

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