Classic Tour of Sri Lanka

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An evergreen tour which is traditionally popular among first-timers who wishes to have a first hand experience of the island. Ideal for visitors who wish get a an insight to the culture, heritage, landscape, scenery and wild-life of Sri Lanka. Highly recommended tour for anybody who wishes to have an all-round experience of the island.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, History, Jungle, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Classic Tour of Sri Lanka.

Classic Tour of Sri Lanka
11 Nights / 12 Days

Day Route Places Visited Over Night
1 Airport – Colombo City tour of Colombo Colombo
2 Colombo  – Anuradhapura Aukana, Anuradhapura Ruins Anuradhapura
3 Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa Mihintale, Polonnaruwa Ruins Habarana
4 Habarana – Kandy Sigiriya, Dambulla, Spice Garden Kandy
5 Kandy Elephant Orphanage, Kandy Temple, Cultural Dance Kandy
6 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya Train Ride, Botanical  Gardens, Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
7 Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya city tour, Botanical Gardens Nuwara Eliya
8 Nuwara Eliya – Haputale Horton Plains Haputale
9 Haputale – Yala Buduruwagala Yala
10 Yala / Bentota Yala Safari, Galle Fortress Bentota
11 Bentota  Leisure at the beach Resort Bentota
12 Bentota – Airport

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis.
  • Meals on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)
  • Air-conditioned private transport
  • Entrance fees at Locations
  • English speaking chauffeur-guide
  • Government tax and service charge
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Tour does not include:

  • Any extra beverages, lunches or snacks,
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.
  • Any activities which are not mentioned on itinerary.
  1. Day1 Airport - Colombo

    Arrival at the Katunayake Airport and Transfer to Colombo. (Transfer Duration – 1 hour)

    Proceed to Colombo & Check in at hotel in Colombo. Later visit the city for a sightseeing and shopping excursion.

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe. In Colombo, the needs of the leisure travellers can be fulfilled with the range of activities available in the city. Great shopping arcades, luxury hotels restaurants, Karaoke Bars, Casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities available within the city limits.

    Return to hotel in Colombo for dinner and overnight stay.

  2. Day2 Colombo - Anuradhapura

    After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura on the way visting the gigantic Aukana Buddha Statue. Upon reaching Anuardhapura, commence a sight seeing tour visiting the ancient ruines.

    ANURADHAPURA, the first ancient capital of Sri Lanka, is a “City of Ruins” and home for “The Sri Maha Bodhi” or the “Tree of Enlightnement”, is not only one of the most sacred places for the Buddhists but also a great Tourist destination. This city has so much to offer to the Pilgrims and Tourists alike. Among the important sites are the great white and fine Ruvanweli Seya (Dagoba), the small but important Thuparama dagoba, Huge 75m high Abhayagiri Dagoba, Jetavanarama Dagoba which is 70n high, this vast area that has been hidden away in the thick jungle for a long time and now turned into one large garden, has ruins of so many Temples, Palaces, Monasteries, Monuments and other important places of interest to be seen.


    Check-in at hotel in Anuradhapura for overnight stay.

  3. Day3 Anuradhapura to Habarana visiting Polonnaruwa and Mihintale

    Morning proceed to visit the Mihintale Rock Temple complex and later proceed on to Polonnaruwa, the ancient mediaeval kingdom.

    It was at this beautiful hillock called MIHINTALE that, the Arahat Mahinda Thero, the son of the Great King Dharmasoka of India, appeared before the Sri Lankan King with the message of Buddhism in the year 243 BC. This hillock in the jungle, which became the World’s First Wildlife Sanctuary is now converted into a beautiful and serene garden with a Temple at the summit. The approach path to the summit which is over 30ft wide, is one gigantic stairway made of solid stone stairs, making the climb an experience itself. The serenity and soothing effect in the environment is vastly enhanced by the fantastic panoramic view we get from this rock at the summit.

    POLONNARUWA belongs to the Medieval Kingdom from the 11th to the 13th century which contains Buddhist and Hindu Temples and many other ruins located in the same complex.  The Palaces, Huge granite sculptures and the massive tanks and complex irrigation systems such as the Parakrama Samudraya built by the Great Parakramabahu, conveys the extent of development that existed in this medieval period of history. Among the important ruins we come across in Polonnaruwa are, the Royal Palace, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the Statue of king Parakramabahu and the famous Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ’Upright’, ’Sedentary’ and ’Recumbent’ postures are carved out of rock, marks a very important land mark and a highlight in rock carving. These four separate large statues out of which, the upright statue is 7m tall and the recumbent statue is 14m long are all carved out of one large slab of rock.

    After the sight-seeing at Polonnaruwa proceed to Habarana.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Habarana

  4. Day4 Habarana to Kandy visiting Sigiriya and Dambulla

    After breakfast, depart to Kandy en route visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Dambulla Cave Temples.

    The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982.  It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.  Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates the entrance through which visitors begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’).  Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself. This amazing rock rises incredibly over 600ft up from the scrub jungle and what is more amazing is that its flat top has an area of over 3-1/2 acres where the palace of the Renegade King Kasyapa was built which was served as his hideout. The amazement is not over; not wanting to be second to the Nature’s creation, the King had used this space in its entirety to create a swimming pool on the summit of this rock and a fortress complexes including a pleasure garden with water pools and fountains in the flat area leading onto the rocky outcrop. Looking at the present ruins one could only imagine the existence of this enchanting citadel.


    Proceed to visit the Dambulla Cave Temples a short distance away.

    DAMBULLA is known for its beautiful ancient Cave temples and a huge modern Buddha statue. The history of the 5 caves, containing over 150 images of Buddha, goes back to 1st century BC when king Valagambahu took refuge here. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. Three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha’s first sermon.

    Proceed to Kandy en route visitng a Spice Garden close to Matale (lunch optional)

    Upon reaching Kandy check in at Hotel.

    KANDY was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka where the famous Dalada Maligawa – another world heritage site – is, is a very important place to visit. The Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth  houses the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.

    Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

  5. Day5 Kandy at leisure

    Stay in Kandy at leisure with a brief city tour of the town and market and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens.

    After breakfast stay in Kandy at leisure or visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens (Optional) and/or Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (transfer time approximately 1 hour)

    PERADENIYA BOTANICAL GARDENS – This is 147 acres in extent started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the kings of Kandy There are more than 500 species of trees and plants. Some are rare & endemic as well as flora from the tropical world. Spice Garden on Orchid House is more popular with tourist.

    Proceed to Pinnawela to visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in time for the feeding time at 13.15 hrs, (Optional)

    PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE –  See baby jumbos wondering around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards Kandy is the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless. Started in 1972 the Elephant Orphanage was relocated to at the present site in 1975 Bathing time at Ma Oya just in front of the orphanage is sharp at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Feeding time is about and hour earlier.

    In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth and witness a cultural dance.

    Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

  6. Day6 Scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

    After early breakfast depart Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train to Nanu Oya. Your vehicle will be there to pick you up from the Nanu Oya station and transfer you to Nuwara Eliya.

    NUWARA ELIYA is the highest town in Sri Lanka and  has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC. This is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called “Little England”. The Victoria Park in the center of Nuwara Eliya, is a beautiful place to visit.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

  7. Day7 Stay at leisure in Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast stay in Nuwara Eliya at leisure or visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens (Optional). (Transfer time approximately ½ hour).

    HAKGALA BOTANICAL GARDENS – is one of the three Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka and is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. It lies under the Hakgala Peak, between 5000-6000 feet in elevation – the highest set Botanical Gardens in the world. It boasts 100-year-old Monetary Cypress trees from California, Japanese Cedars, Himalayan Pines and English Oak.

    In the afternoon visit a Tea Factory and be guided through the process of Tea manufacture. Later in the afternoon visit the Victoria Park, the Golf Course and Lake Gregory.

    Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Hotel – Nuwara Eliya

  8. Day8 Nuwara Eliya to Haputale through Horton Plains

    With a packed breakfast depart an early morning excursion with trekking at Horton Plains and view the panorama at World’s End.

    Nature walk in HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK, which is approximately 10,000 Hectares in extent, is haunted by Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild HaIr, Porcupine, and a variety of Migratory birds, unique to this region. According to a recent count there are 16 Leopards in Horton Plains. If you are very lucky you may get a glimpse of a Leopard during your sojourn in the Horton Plains.  You will first visit the Baker’s falls and then arrive at the World’s End cliff covering approximately 3km. To get to the Baker’s Falls, you have to deviate from the main trail and go approximately 500m on a very difficult downward path.  (Most of the day both small and big “World’s Ends” are covered with mist and clouds. So, one must have patience to wait at these points for clouds to clear up to get a glimpse of a steep drop and a tea estate beneath World’s End. The big World’s End has a sheer drop of 3700 feet.)


    By mid-day proceed on to Haputale for a stay in a Tea plantation bungalow.


    The HAPUTALE tea estate bungalow you will be staying is reminiscent of the English colonial period when the estates bungalows were inhabited by the colonial masters, who read a novel, while sipping a rich cup of Tea while being spoilt by well clad butlers. . The bungalow will be situated in a scenic location in the middle of an fully-operational Tea Estates.


    Dinner and overnight stay at the estate bungalow in Haputale

  9. Day9 Haputale to Yala via Ella Gap

    Morning leave Haputale for Yala en route witnessing the stunning views of the Ella Gap and the Ravana Water Falls.

    Also visit the BUDURUWAGALA ROCK TEMPLE which literally means the “Rock of Buddhist Culture” The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha’s right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort-Tara.

    By late afternoon reach Yala for dinner and overnight.

  10. Day10 Yala to Beach destination with safari and visit to the Galle Fort

    Early morning set off to the YALA NATIONAL PARK (with a packed breakfast) to do a game safari of Park.

    Yala (Ruhuna) National Park is now well recognized as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. The park covers an area of over 100,000 hectares and is divided into five blocks. Block one is easily the most visited part of the sanctuary as it contains the highest density of leopards in the park. However other areas of Yala such as Yala East are only now just re-opening and it will take some time to research leopard numbers in these less visited areas. Yala West consists of scrub jungle, brackish lagoons and stunning rock monoliths scattered throughout the park.


    Late afternoon return to hotel; check-out and depart to your down south beach hotel on the way visiting the Galle Fortress.

    Considered as the southern capital (116 km from Colombo), Sri Lanka’s fourth biggest town, GALLE is the most historically interesting living city. Its modern towns were gradually built separately from the ancient one.  Its main attraction is the Fort called ’ Santa Cruz’ that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1619 and subsequently expanded and developed by the Dutch and the British the one time colonial masters of the island. What now remains is mostly the work of the Dutch and the British.


    Afterwards proceed to your beach destination for your relaxing beach stay.

  11. Day11 Brief relaxation by the beach

    Enjoy your short beach stay on Half Board basis at a popular coastal resort down south.

    Sri Lanka’s southwest consist of most of the tourist resorts and has the most popular beach resorts which have traditionally offered the visitors the sun, sand and surf to enjoy the typical beach holidays that they aspire.

  12. Day12 Leaving to the Airport

    Checkout from hotel to proceed to airport for your departure flight (you need to arrive at least 3 hours prior to flight departure time).

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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