Sri Lanka - The Classics

Sri Lanka · West Coast Sri Lanka · Negombo
Sigiriya Rock
Safari in Minneriya National Park
Temple of the Tooth & Kandy Dancers
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Discover the Classics of Sri Lanka

The Lion Island of Sri Lanka – a kaleidoscope of tea plantations, rubber forests, cinnamon bushes, coconut palms, and vast rice fields. A mosaic of dreamy coasts, rugged mountain ranges, deep river valleys, countless villages, and small towns. A place where Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians live together in religious harmony. A cultural richness that is unparalleled. A grand adventure in a comparatively small space.

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Sri Lanka - The Classics in Detail

Tour 7 nights / 8 days

Day 1: NEGOMBO

Welcome and pick-up from the airport in Negombo (approx. 40 kilometres north of the capital Colombo) and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, explore the Dutch garrison town founded in 1672, with the remains of the famous fort. In the evening, enjoy a drink at sunset by the sea in one of the numerous beach restaurants. Overnight in Negombo. (No meals)

Day 2: NEGOMBO - SIGIRIYA

(approx. 190 km, about 5 hours)

Pick-up from the hotel and drive to Sigiriya. Upon arrival, climb the world-famous "Sigiriya Rock" – also known as "Lion Rock". Secured steel paths lead along the rock face past the "Cloud Maidens" – colourful frescoes of female beauties – up to the 200 m high plateau, where the remains of King Kassapa's fortress built in the 5th century AD can be explored. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view down onto the surrounding hillscapes and forests. Overnight in Sigiriya. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: SIGIRIYA

Early morning drive to Minneriya National Park. There, you will switch to a jeep for a safari. Track through the park on narrow paths to spot not only birds and deer but especially the freely roaming elephant herds, which can number up to 50 animals. In the afternoon, you will reach the ancient royal city of Polonnaruwa from the 12th century AD. We visit the archaeological park with countless remains of residential buildings, palace and park facilities, as well as partially well-preserved stupas, temples, and the four Buddha statues carved into rock at Gal Vihara, including the "sleeping Buddha". Overnight in Sigiriya. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: SIGIRIYA – KANDY

(approx. 90 km, about 3 hours)

On the way to Kandy, visit the rock caves of Dambulla, which are accessible by a gentle climb at about 160 m height. This former retreat of King Walagama houses countless Buddhist frescoes and sculptures. Then, continue to Kandy, the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom until 1815. On the way, visit the enchanting spice garden of Matale, where there is also the opportunity to buy local products in a small shop. Upon arrival at your hotel, visit the "Tooth Temple" Sri Dalada Maligawa, which houses a tooth of Buddha in a golden shrine. This site is still a pilgrimage site and monastery today. With some luck, you can see the shrine during a ceremony, but the tooth is never visible. In the evening, attend a performance by the Kandy Dancers. Overnight in Kandy. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA

(approx. 80 km, about 3 hours)

In the morning, stroll through the markets and merchant halls of the city centre along the typical colonial buildings and the winding alleys between the clock tower and the Tooth Temple, which is located directly on "Kandy Lake". Then, visit the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, dating back to 1371, where, among other things, flying foxes and probably the second-largest tree in the world, a Javanese fig tree covering about 1600 sqm of ground, can be seen. From here, drive to Nuwara Eliya, also known as "Little England". Visit this typical English colonial town with the old post station, the Country House Hill Club, where countless hunting pictures and fish trophies can be seen. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6: NUWARA ELIYA – UDAWALAWE

(approx. 130 km, about 3 hours without train ride)

In the morning, visit a tea factory and the nearby tea plantation. Then, drive to Nanoya and take the famous "Toy Train" in second class to Ella. Upon arrival, the driver will be waiting to take you to Udawalawe National Park. A long, eventful day comes to an end. Overnight in Udawalawe. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: UDAWALAWE – GALLE

(approx. 150 km, about 4 hours)

After breakfast, start your approximately three-hour safari in Udawalawe National Park. Around noon, depart along the coastal road around the southern tip of Sri Lanka to Galle, the old Portuguese garrison town. In the 16th century, Galle was the most important port city of the island until the British took over in the 18th century. Stroll through the old town with its many small shops and restaurants, wander through the market district, and be impressed by the imposing Galle Fort. Wide views over the sea and the city are sure to amaze you. Overnight in Galle. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 8: GALLE – NEGOMBO

(approx. 160 km, about 3 hours)

After breakfast, departure to Colombo Airport or to your hotel on the west coast or the start of your extension programme. (Meals: Breakfast)

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Sri Lanka - The Classics
Sri Lanka, West Coast Sri Lanka, Negombo
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (CMB)
approx. 128 km / 154 min

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