The Beauty of Ceylon Experience

Visit Sri Lanka’s unique and colourful destinations

Few places in the world showcase the kind of geographical diversity that Sri Lanka can. With UNESCO World Heritage Sites at every turn, this itinerary features a whirlwind tour of the island’s best, most unique and colorful destinations.

What to Expect

7 Nights / 8 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 / Colombo

Drive Time – Approximately 45 minutes

Accommodation – Cinnamon Lakeside

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

Arrive in Sri Lanka in the style you deserve, greeted by your chauffeur guide and transferred directly to Colombo – the island’s urban center where your journey begins.

On arrival in Colombo take your time to check-in to your hotel and spend some time at leisure. In the evening explore the wonders of Colombo and its unique historical sites.

Day 2 : Route – Colombo to Pinnawala, Sigiriya

Accommodation – Colombo to Pinnawala – Approx. 2 hours / Pinnawala to Sigirya – Approx. 2.5 hours

Meal Basis – Aliya Resort & Spa

Drive Time – Half Board

After a good night’s sleep and an early breakfast, set out from the noise and chaos of the capitol and into the quiet green inland to explore Sigiriya 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. Leave early to catch sight of the elephants’ feeding.

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

Depart in the late afternoon around 3:30 pm to see the sun set from the island’s most spectacular sight – the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya.

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

Day 3 : Route – Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa, Minneriya

Drive Time – Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa – Approx. 01 hour / Polonnaruwa to Minneriya – Approx. 30 minutes

Accommodation – Aliya Resort & Spa

Meal Basis – Half Board

Having gotten your first taste of Sri Lanka’s wondrous history in Sigirya, today you will make the short trip to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa for a look at some of the island’s most dazzling ruins.

Shifting from past to present, you will next move on to an unforgettable safari and some of Sri Lanka’s best wild elephant watching at Minneriya National Park.

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

Day 4 : Route – Sigiriya to Dambulla, Kandy

Drive Time – Sigirya to Dambulla – Approx. 0.5 hours / Dambulla to Kandy – Approx. 2 hours

Accommodation – Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

Meal Basis – Half Board

By way of the spectacular cave temples of Dambulla, journey south today out of the arid dry-lands and up into the lush green jungle to Kandy – the Hill Capitol of Sri Lanka and the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kingdom.

Enjoy a City Tour of Kandy once you arrive.

In the evening, tour the Temple of the Tooth and end with an unforgettable show of Traditional Kandyan Dance nearby.

Day 5 : Route – Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Drive Time – Kandy to Nanu Oya – Approx. 05 hours / Nanu Oya to Nuwara Eliya – Approx. 15 Minutes

Accommodation – Heritance Tea Factory

Meal Basis – Half Board

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 by train. It is recommended that you take the morning train.

With its cool air, magnificent waterfalls, and thriving tea culture, the enchanting allure of these hills has to be seen to believe. A ride by local train to Sri Lanka’s “Little England” is a highlight of any trip to Sri Lanka. Your family will clacketty-clack through dark tunnels on winding tracks, 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. While on board you will encounter food vendors with their offerings of “short eats” and local musicians who will sing at the top of their lungs for a few rupees. 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 and enjoy some time of leisure.

Day 6 : Route – Nuwara Eliya to Yala

Drive Time – Approximately 4 hours

Accommodation – Jetwing Yala

Meal Basis – Bed and Breakfast

After a civilized day 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 Sri Lanka’s most gratifying wildlife reserve, Yala National Park.

Day 7 : Route – Yala to Galle

Drive Time – Approximately 4 hours

Accommodation – Galle Fort Hotel

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.  After a busy week of traveling, you’ll enjoy the slow pace of this fort town as you reflect on your last night in Ceylon and watch a last glorious sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Day 8 : Route – Galle to 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 properties available for your trip.

This luxury hotel overlooks the tranquil Beira Lake and offers elegant, comfortable rooms.

An ideal retreat for those seeking relaxation and an experience in the ancient city of Kandy.

Located in close proximity to Yala National Park, this Jetwing property offers a truly one-with-nature concept.

Add-on Experiences

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

Author, Historian, photographer Juliet Coombe takes you through the vast maze that is the Historic Galle Fort.

Experience the scenic landscape as you travel to Sri Lanka’s hill capital by train.

Walk through the tea plantations and get hands on experience in producing Ceylon Tea.

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