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Sri Lanka Heritage Trail Tea Jungles & Beaches

  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail

Take 10 unforgettable days to discover the exceptional island country of Sri Lanka! Discover UNESCO wonders, visit tea plantations, search for elephants and discover a unique part of the world so few get to see

This life-changing adventure catapults Sri Lanka’s bounties to such a level, it cannot be touched!  Discover a utopia of UNESCO wonders, a land where a love potion seeps through the ground and is soaked up by the people who embrace their culture with deep affection, but above all life itself!

Visit Pannawala Elephant Orphanage and find your own peace at the Dambulla Cave Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress, its past chapter of ancient kings bookmarked by two lion paws. Stroll through the Matale Spice Garden and ride through Minneriya National Park in search of elephants. Head to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy and take a train ride through the misty slopes around Nuwara Eliya.  Final stop Koggala promises clear waters and golden sands – the perfect end to Sri Lanka!

Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as the finest island of its size in the world when he arrived here in 1265 and his bold claim still holds true. As Lonely Planet so perfectly sums up; “Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, fun trains and famous tea describe Sri Lanka”. And we’ve added even more wow factor with excursions, hotels, transfers and dances!

What's Included:

All tours, transfers and monument fees

  • We take care of Return International Flights
  • Airport welcome with assistance during stay
  • Enjoy Private Chauffer Airport & Tour Transfers
  • Jet setters travel in style via air conditioned car
  • Service of an English Speaking chauffer & guide
  • One Night accommodation at a hotel in Negombo
  • 2-Night accommodation at a hotel in Sigiriya
  • One Night accommodation at a hotel in Kandy
  • 2-Night accommodation at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya
  • 3-Night accommodation at a hotel in Koggala
  • Breakfast & Dinner throughout the tour
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Vehicle to stay in touch with friends
  • Feel the thrill of being up close to Baby Elephants at Pinnawala
  • Unwind with lunch overlooking the elephants bathing area
  • Awe-inspiring Private Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park
  • Indulge in a sublime head and shoulder Massage in Matale
  • Day 3 enjoy a Bullock Cart Ride through the village paths 
  • Soak up the local culture with a Cooking Demonstration  
  • Day 4 lunch like the locals at the Spice Gardens, Matale
  • Mouthwatering Sri Lankan cooking demonstration, Matale
  • Enjoy fantastic atmosphere at a Dance Show in Kandy
  • Entrance Fees to Dambulla temple, Temple of the Tooth & Sigiriya
  • Train Ride to Nuwara Eliya with lunch on board
  • Explore a factory & plantation of Nuwara Eliya with Tea Tasting 
  • See Endangered Baby Turtles scamper across the beach to the ocean!
  • Hotel service charge & government tax 


Holiday Highlights:

Take in the marvels of Sri Lanka, with a beach stay at the end to relax

  • Experience the beauty of Sri Lanka with hand-picked hotels
  • Delve into the history of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Discover the blockbuster gem of the Lion Rock in Sigiriya
  • Unearth the many treasures of Dambulla Cave Temple 
  • Take in the exotic aromas of the Spice Gardens in Matale 
  • Visit Sri Lanka’s Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Enjoy atmosphere at the Cultural Dance Show in Kandy
  • Unleash your wild side at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Drive through scenery lifted straight out of the Lost World
  • See baby turtles scamper across the beaches of Koggala
  • Lay back on Koggala's beaches and watch the world go by! 

Accommdation

Paradise Beach Hotel

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If it’s a tropical sunny beach, extremely friendly locality, great food and stunning view of the sea that you dream of, Paradise Beach Hotel is your ultimate tropical escape. Paradise Beach hotel is a 62 roomed charming hotel by the Negombo beach. The hotel offers affordable beachfront accommodation on the golden sands of Negombo Beach. Hotel Paradise Beach is a 5-minute drive from the lively Negombo Market and historic Dutch Fort.

The hotel has 62 beautifully appointed air conditioned rooms with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Each room has Satellite TV offering international channels and all local channels, Tea making facilities, Electronic Safety Deposit Lockers and Mini fridges.

Lazy afternoons await on loungers by the beach. For leisure, guests may play a game of table tennis or arrange for a day trip to cultural attractions at the tour desk. Enjoy a selection of Asian and Western dishes as well as hearty buffets at Paradise Beach’s open-air restaurant.

Along with the Negombo beach and the hospitality of the Paradise Beach Hotel you are sure to feel like a new person at the end of your stay.

Kassapa Lion Rock Resort

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An ideally located hotel situated facing the magnificent Sigiriya rock in the midst of a small village named Digampathaha .The,"Travellers Choice Award", by tripadvisor winning property is located just 20 minutes from the beautiful and ever famous town of Dambulla.

“Kassapa Lions Rock” is an ideal base from which you can explore the many picturesque sites famous for its historic and cultural importance, such as Anurahapura, PoIonnaruwa, SigIriya, Dambulla and Ritigala.

National parks which are famous for wild elephants such as Minnariya, Kaudulla and Eco park are located in close proximity to the hotel.

If you are on your way to the east, (TrincornaIee, BatticaIoa etc.) or you are in the vicinity visiting renowned cultural sites, just drop in for a moment of relaxation and enjoy a drink, have meal or take a swim in the blue waters surrounded by a peaceful environment.

Kassapa Lions Rock takes you back to an era of lavish grandeur offering calm and serenity … amidst a peace and quiet village… all set to make you relax and enjoy

Hotel Topaz

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The propertys accommodation is stylish and comfortable would be an understatement. These rooms and suites feature calming atmosphere that can already induce one to relax.

All 73 guestrooms are fitted with modern comforts like air-conditioning, satellite TV, plush bedding, Wi-Fi Internet access, and wide windows. Rooms also have private balconies from which resplendent views of lush mountains and hills can be seen.

Hotel Topaz features an outdoor tennis court and an outdoor pool. The resort offers a coffee shop/café. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the resort's bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge.

Avian Breeze Hotel

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Overlooking beautiful landscaped gardens, Avian Breeze offers a peaceful retreat. Avian Breeze will make you feel like you never left home. The impeccably furnished place of abode was named as 'Avian Breeze' after considering its beautiful location and the feather light feeling that every guest experience during their stay.

The property offers comfortable and elegant standard rooms and a lavish suite all which are well equipped. All guestrooms consist of modern facilities and comfortable settings that will aid you in enjoying a peaceful stay. Amenities include Wi-Fi facilities and cable TV. The dining room is set to suit your moods with a cosy atmosphere and delicious cuisine. The staff is there to assist you at any given time of the day.

Hotel Avian Breeze consists of a dining area that can comfortably accommodate up to 25 guests. The chefs offer you eastern and western cuisine and a number of mouth watering local dishes. Guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Lake Gregory, Lake Gregory Water Sports, Keels super market. At Hotel Avian Breeze, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable by providing them best of services and amenities.

This is a place to revive yourself, seek the meaning of life and tap into the green life which we are all belong to. With all its facilities and services, this hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Nuwara Eliya.

The Beach Cabanas Retreat & Spa

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Situated in Koggala Beach, The Beach Cabanas is the perfect place to experience Unawatuna and its surroundings. It is the perfect beach getaway for discerning guests looking for a luxury holiday that provides complete indulgence. The luxury beach cabanas are located on the golden sands of the Koggala Beach with the echoing waters of the Indian Ocean that gently laps the beach. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At The Beach Cabanas, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. The star class accommodation immediately relaxes our guests as they are wrapped up in calming luxury.

At The Beach Cabanas you will find entertainment staff, water sports facilities and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, fishing and diving. The swimming pool is centrally located in The Beach Cabanas is centrally located and is the ideal place to enjoy lazy laps, a refreshing cocktail and completely relax.

For true pampering guests staying at the Beach Cabanas have access to the Spa Margossa which with its professionally done treatments will leave you relaxed, refreshed, rejuvenated.

The Beach Cabanas is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Unawatuna. This is the place to experience a true beach front holiday as the cabanas are in complete harmony with the surroundings excluding a sense of well being and peacefulness.

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL NEGOMBO

Your journey of a lifetime begins in Negombo. Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport, where you’ll be met by the representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in, spend the rest of the day at leisure immersing in Sri Lanka’s top holiday destination.

Few places on the island combine culture, history and escapism to such dazzling effect as charming Negombo – the sprawling and vibrant beach town. The roar of life begins at dawn as huge wooden catamarans, powered by the wind in their sails make their way back to the shore. Bill Crosby’s song “Red Sails in the Sunset” could easily have been inspired by such a romantic scene. The small port contrasts with the Dutch canal, establishing the town as an important commercial centre. On this journey you will scratch the surface and discover a land sprinkled with the dazzling gems of Sri Lanka’s legacy.

OVERNIGHT IN NEGOMBO

Day 2 NEGOMBO – PINNAWALA - SIGIRIY

After breakfast, you will start your adventure by driving to the medieval capital of Sigiriya (Lion Rock). Your stop along the way is equally spectacular with a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. 

Pinnawala is unique as it is the only established elephant orphanage in the world to have a nursery for young elephants. Established in 1975 by the Wildlife Department, the park is also a captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants, through which more than twenty five elephants have been born since 1984. Here you see these beauties splashing around in the river or  lifting their trunks in delight, as they suckle on bottles of milk. Also included is lunch at a restaurant in the stunning village of Pinnawala.

Continue to Dambulla to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple to observe the five caves dating back to the 1st century BC, Buddhist murals and more than 150 Buddha statues. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most impressive complexes in Sri Lanka. Continue to Sigiriya for hotel check-in.

Day 3 SIGIRIYA - MINNERIYA

After breakfast, travel in a jeep safari vehicle on your morning drive to Minneriya National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Sri Lanka to get close to free-ranging elephants. Bordering the Minneriya tank and the Giritale tank, the 7,529 hectare park attracts hundreds of elephants during the dry season, as surrounding water source dries up. Watching them travel in herds of 10 to 20, it is impossible not to be impressed with the sheer bulk of a fully grown adult, but equally spectacular is seeing how they interact. There is also a host of water birds, both large and small, so keep your eyes open for delicately hued storks, slender and elegant grey herons, and great white pelicans.

Want to try something traditional and completely different? A delightful evening bullock cart ride is just the ticket, which will take you to some of the nicest places on the island. It’s pretty unconventional and definitely an adventure. Riding in the shade of the forests, you will see the country’s historic sites and some of the lovely scenery as well. What makes this ride exceptional is that you will visit a Sri Lankan village and enjoy a cookery demonstration and home-cooked meal from the local women and then top it off with a canoe ride across a beautiful lake! This tour will make your holiday that much more unforgettable! 

OVERNIGHT IN SIGIRIYA

Day 4 SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY

After breakfast, explore the Lion Rock fortress soaring above the jungle like a prehistoric island. The complex was built by King Kashyapa after killing his father and stealing the throne from his brother. It was here in 477 AD where Kashyapa held court and oversaw excessive architectural projects until he was defeated by his brother’s army in 495 AD. Once guarded by a giant sculpted lion, today only its paws lay in the jungle like the “vast and trunkless legs” of Ozymandias. Walk up the steps to the palace to behold the remarkable frescoes and the wall once decorated by a large mirror.

Travelling further south to Kandy, stroll through the Matale Spice Gardens to see the different types of flavours the island is famous for and how they are grown. Lunch and a cookery demonstration at the Spice Garden will make you appreciate just what a feast for the senses Sri Lanka can be.

A drive from Matale will bring you to Kandy – the second largest city in Sri Lanka. Kandy is the last capital of the Sri Lankan monarchy which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and Dutch for three centuries. It is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO and known for the golden roofed temple “Sri Dalada Maligawa”. Your evening sightseeing will include a drive around Kandy Lake and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth that safe keeps Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic. After you will enjoy a Sri Lankan show and watch the local dances. Return to the hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN KANDY

Day 5 KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast, proceed to Nanu Oya station for an unforgettable train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Sit back in the comfort of the air-conditioned train, where every seat has its own picture window, so you can catch jaw-dropping views as the train powers up through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels. The railway in Sri Lanka was first introduced by the British Colonial government in 1864, to transport tea from places like Nuwara Eliya to the capital, Colombo.

Nuwara Eliya is a city tucked away within the hill country of the Central Province. The town is renowned for its lush tea plantations, waterfalls, red-roofed English country style houses, a golf course and a manmade lake. Nuwara Eliya is nicked named “Little England” because it was established by the British in the 1840s as a base for the colonists and still retains some distinctive English features, like the red post box and the Queen’s Cottage. Check into your hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN NUWARA ELIYA

Day 6 NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing day at leisure. Feel free to trek the stunning Victoria Park with its swathes of pristine lawn, beautiful ornamental gardens and heavily wooded interiors. Alternatively, take a stroll through New Bazaar Street, the centre of modern Nuwara Eliya with its procession of shops and markets. See the Tamils dressed up like English farm labourers in padded jackets and woolly hats, carting around heaps of vegetables – one of the town’s characteristic sights. 

OVERNIGHT IN NUWARA ELIYA

Day 7 NUWARA ELIYA – KOGGALA

After breakfast, travel through the twisting roads of a tea plantation and factory where you will see the women, mainly of Tamil origin, at work in the plantations. Here you will see all the stages of the tea-making process and can also enjoy a cup of pure Celyon tea in the factory.

It is then onto the beautiful village of Kitulgala; with forest-covered hills plunging down to the wild waters of the Kelani Ganga, astounding waterfalls and towering trees, the scenery is particularly dramatic. Kitulgala’s original claim to fame is as the location for David Lean’s 1957 film “Bridge on the River Kwai”. Nowadays, Kitulgala is best known as the site of Sri Lanka’s best white water rafting with grade two and grade three rapids some 5km upriver from the village. 

After lunch we then head for the paradise beaches of Koggala. En route we visit the town’s Turtle Hatchery. Kooggala is one of Sri Lanka’s most important breeding spots for the endangered Sea Turtles.  The sandy beaches serve as sanctuary for several types of marine turtles including Loggerheads and the Leatherback Turtle. The small turtle hatchery first opened in 1996, in an effort to promote responsible tourism and conservation. The hatchery buys turtle eggs off fishermen, in an attempt to discourage them from poaching and selling the eggs. You will be educated on the importance of protecting turtle life, via the hatchery’s facilities that care for new born turtles until they are ready to be released back into the ocean, an experience that you may even have the opportunity to do yourself first-hand!  Continue to hotel. 

OVERNIGHT IN KOGGALA

Day 8 KOGGALA

A relatively unknown when it comes to beach escapes, Koggala is authentic, captivating and entirely without guile and location-wise it doesn’t get much better than this. The small coastal town stretches across the south coast of Sri Lanka and has one of the island nation’s longest beaches, where you can explore the reef straight from the beach. A stay here takes your Sri Lanka adventure to an altogether different level, bringing together the exceptional and beautiful in one special paradise. 

After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing day at leisure. Your beautiful hotel is set beside the sublime sands and coconut palms of Koggala Beach.Take a walk along the coast to look out for turtles wading in the shallows. Retire to the serenity of the spa for a soothing treatment or lounge beside the outdoor pool and be pampered. Nearby to the historic city of Galle, its famous fort is a site you will not once to miss and between November and April feel free to join a whale-watching excursion at nearby Mirissa.  

OVERNIGHT IN KOGGALA

Day 9 KOGGALA

End your holiday in this very beautiful and relaxing part of Sri Lanka by reclining on the golden sandy beaches or sipping cocktails overlooking the sunset. If you keep your eyes open you might even see the Green Flash! A sudden short pinprick of green that happens as the sun sinks towards the horizon. 

OVERNLIGHT IN KOGGALA

Day 10 KOGGALA– ONWARDS DESTINATION

After breakfast, check out from the hotel. If there’s time discover the meaning behind Sri Lanka’s affectionate nick name “Ratna-Dweepa” which means Gem Island. At the local bazaar you will find the world’s finest sapphires, topazes and many other beautiful jewels. It is time to head home via private transfer to the international airport to connect with the departure flight.

END OF TOUR

  • Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
  • Bars, Clubs or similar entertainment is prohibited during “Poya” Days. As such
    liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time.
  • Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400 hrs and check out is at
    1200 noon.
  • All transfer times are subject to variation due to road conditions, weather &
    traffic.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified
  • above.
  • Optional excursions to Polonnaruwa, Horton Plains, Yala and Madu River
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Early Check in / Late Check out.

Get a closer insight into Sri Lanka with our below optional tours!

Discover the Jewels of Polonnaruwa  

Roam the grand temples built by the kings of the 11th to 13th centuries. Savour the beauty of the Royal Palace and at Gal Vihare and the Temples of Shiva gaze at the exquisite paintings and superb statues. 

Mountains & Lakes of Horton Plains 

Lying in the lap of the central highlands, the beauty of the Horton Plains is unsurpassable – dotted with lakes of ice-cold waters, montane forests, rocky outcrops and tumbling waterfalls. The experience is enhanced with a visit to “World’s End” for mind-blowing views.

Wilderness of Yala National Park 

This tour is a fantastic opportunity to explore the country’s oldest and most popular nature reserve – Yala National Park, a prime place for spotting leopards. Feel the thrill of being up close to some of nature’s most stunning and elusive creatures - home to the sloth bear, elephants and prolific bird life.                                                                                          

Cruise the Beautiful Madhu River 

Immensely beautiful and deeply vital to those who call its banks home, the Madhu River is a must-see destination. Take this rare opportunity to sail pass dozens of islets and get a closer insight into local life.

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