08 Days Private Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Discover The Diverse Landscape Of This Island Nation
Colombo, Kandy, Yala National Park, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Pinnawala, Ella, Mirissa, Galle
Explore the lush green tea gardens, chirpy environment, golden beaches and emerald forests in Sri Lanka on this 8-day private guided tour. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and all the popular attractions while you are here.
Colombo / Pinnawala/ Dambulla
Pick up from Bandaranaike International Airport or your hotel.
Hop into your private air-conditioned vehicle and start the drive to Pinnewala. (3 hours)
Reach Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in time to see the orphaned baby elephants being bottle-fed. You can also feed and pet them.
Have lunch at the restaurant overlooking the river, where the elephants – both young and adults – can be seen bathing and playing.
Proceed to Dambulla to reach the UNESCO World Heritage cave complex.
Climb up to the world-renowned cave temples and admire the fascinating interiors with vibrant décor and impressive Buddha statues. The guide will tell you all about the history and stories about these caves.
Get back on the road to Sigiriya later in the evening. (1-hour drive)
Check-in to the hotel in Sigiriya.
Dinner and overnight in Sigiriya.
Sigiriya / Kandy
Have an early breakfast at the hotel and head straight to the Sigiriya Lion Rock. This is the ideal time to beat the heat and crowds at this popular tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage rock fortress.
Make your way up the “Lion Rock” to the ancient citadel on top, taking in the breath-taking scenery around you.
Climb down and explore the Royal water gardens at the base and take stunning photos of the rock.
Proceed for lunch, followed by the drive to Kandy.
Visit a Spice & Herb Garden, the Nalanda Gedige and the vibrant Hindu Temple in Matale. (3-5 hours drive)
Reach Kandy by evening and check-in to the hotel.
Overnight in Kandy.
Kandy / NuwaraEliya
Visit the world-famous “Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.” Join the devotees to get a glimpse of ‘Buddha’s tooth’.
Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kandy or go on a shopping spree. Kandy is well-known for gemstone shopping. Ceylon tea, batik textiles and local crafts can also make for good souvenirs.
Have lunch and get back on the road for the drive to Nuwara Eliya. On route, see tea plantations and spectacular views including those of waterfalls. (4 - 6 hours drive).
Reach “Little England” in the evening and enjoy the change of scenery as well as the weather, which is a welcome relief from the sweltering cities.
Overnight at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
NuwaraEliya / Ella / Yala
Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya.
Choose to go boating on the Gregory lake, take a stroll in Victoria Park, visit the Post Office operating in a colonial Tudor Manor or the Hakgala Botanical Garden; explore the markets, farms and tea plantations.
Head to Nanu Oya Railway Station to catch your train to Ella.
Enjoy one of the most sought-after train journeys in the world – though it is only a short distance, the train meanders through tea plantations, hills and simply untouched nature, giving you about 3 hours uninterrupted picturesque views.
De-board at Ella and meet your driver outside the station.
Begin the drive towards Yala and reach by evening. (3-hours drive)
Overnight in Yala.
Yala / Mirissa
Go on a game drive in Yala National Park.
Have breakfast and get back on the road to Mirissa. (3 hours)
Reach Mirissa by afternoon.
Enjoy the untouched beauty of this quaint beach town for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Mirissa.
Mirissa / Galle
Go on a Whale Watching tour. (Price not included in tour cost – optional)
Spend the day on the beaches of Mirissa and enjoy activities like diving and snorkelling.
Drive to Galle in the evening. (2 hours drive)
Overnight in Galle.
Galle / Colombo
Wake up in the beach town of Galle, have breakfast and set out for a full-day sightseeing tour.
Visit the UNESCO Heritage-listed Galle Fort - a Portuguese-built and Dutch-fortified 16th-century fort. You will also see the lighthouse here.
Take a walk through old town Galle and the Dutch Hospital – now home to a myriad of upmarket boutiques and restaurants.
Have lunch at the Dutch Hospital.
Head over to the Flag Rock at the southernmost end of the Fort. You might see daredevil locals leaping into the waters below.
Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery on the way to Colombo and see how they are attempting to raise the survival rate of sea turtles. You will see tiny turtles in tanks and learn about their lifecycle. (30 minutes tour) or catch the sunset at the Flag Rock.
Hop back into the car for your drive along the coast to Colombo. (3 hours drive)
Reach Colombo late in the evening.
Overnight in Colombo.
Have a relaxed breakfast at your hotel.
Go on a sightseeing tour of Colombo.
See the colonial buildings, National Museum, Independence Memorial, Gangaramaya temple and other attractions.
Take a stroll in Viharamahadevi Park or go boating in Beira Lake.
Go on a shopping tour of Pettah for good bargains or enjoy the local cuisine on the streets or at a good restaurant by the beach.
Drop off at the international airport for your onward journey.
Full-time A/C vehicle with experienced English speaking Chauffeur/guide.
Cost of Fuel.
Driver's salary, his food and accommodation.
Airport charges and public parking charges.
All government tax and VAT.
Pre-paid Dialog Mobile IDD SIM card for you to use during your stay in Sri Lanka.
Expenses of your accommodation.
Cost of refreshments during the tour.
Entrance fee for special sites.
Cost of Camera and Video permits at special sites.
Tips and portage charges.
Hotel accommodation can be arranged at your request.