(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Galle
This private Sri Lanka tour features in-depth cultural touring of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a private Sri Lankan curry cooking lesson and other activities that reveal local traditions, an opportunity to see Sri Lanka’s wildlife during a private safari, and time to relax at top resorts.
Begin in Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka. Stay in the former mansion of Sri Lanka’s most famous political family, and tour the city’s historic sites, bustling markets and interesting neighborhoods.
Next, explore the highlights of the Cultural Triangle, a region filled with fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. En route, visit a private elephant sanctuary, where you can ride an elephant and even help bathe it in the river. Then, tour the ancient Buddhist cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. See monumental stupas, ruined palaces and sculptures carved in stone. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist sites, a temple built around a sacred bo (bodhi) tree thousands of years old. At Mihintale, see a beautiful water garden, abandoned monasteries and centuries-old stone staircases shaded by frangipani trees. During leisure time, relax at your luxurious resort.
Visit Sigiriya, an ancient rock citadel that is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular site. See the Sigiriya Damsels frescoes, which were painted on the rock walls centuries ago, and climb to the top of the rock to explore the ruins of a fifth-century palace and take in panoramic views over farmland, forest, lakes and mountains. Enjoy a private safari in a local wildlife preserve to look for wild elephants, colorful birds and other animals. In nearby Dambulla, tour impressive cave temples filled with Buddhist sculpture and vibrant religious paintings.
Continue to Kandy, a former royal capital in the hills. En route, visit a spice plantation to learn how different spices—including Sri Lanka’s renowned cinnamon—are grown and harvested. In Kandy, see a puja (religious ceremony) at the Temple of the Tooth, a UNESCO site dedicated to a sacred relic of the historical Buddha. Enjoy a private performance of traditional Sri Lankan dance and fire walking. Also, visit a local market, and tour the Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya.
End in Galle, an ancient fortified port and UNESCO site with a colonial-era atmosphere and unique mix of cultures. Stay in the heart of the Galle Fort historic district at Amangalla, one of the finest and most romantic luxury resorts in Sri Lanka. During private touring, visit local museums, explore evocative backstreets, walk on the sea walls to the lighthouse, look for reminders of the Dutch and British colonial years, observe daily life, and browse local shops, some of the best in Sri Lanka. One morning, take a private market tour and cooking lesson to learn to prepare traditional Sri Lankan curry and rice. Also, enjoy flexible private excursions to regional highlights such as a sea turtle hatchery, a traditional mask workshop, a lace-making workshop, a folk museum dedicated to preserving Sri Lanka’s traditions, and the private country estate of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most acclaimed modern architect.
This tour can easily be extended with time in the Hill Country, Tangalle, Yala National Park and other popular destinations in Sri Lanka.
We can easily combine our private Sri Lanka tours with destinations in the Maldives, India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman.
Private transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon flexible private city tour
||Colombo – Cultural Triangle
Private transfer to Ulagalla for 2 nights with flexible touring en route, if desired
||Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura & Mihintale
Full-day private tour
||Cultural Triangle: Polonnaruwa
Full-day private tour. Transfer to Kandalama for 2 nights
||Cultural Triangle: Sigiriya & safari
Private excursion to Sigiriya. Afternoon safari in local wildlife preserve
||Cultural Triangle: Dambulla – Kandy
Private transfer to hotel for 1 night with private touring en route. Evening private dance performance
||Kandy – Galle
Morning private tour. Private transfer to resort for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour
Morning private cooking lesson. Afternoon private tour or at leisure
||Galle & environs
Full-day private flexible tour of the region
Private transfer to airport
||Stone House or Kandy House
||Per person (double occupancy)