tourhq

Connecting travellers to guides around the world

tourhq
9-Day Sri Lanka Highlights Tour From Your Arrival To Departure
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, History, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English

Description

Explore Sri Lanka -The Resplendent Isle 

On this tour you will get the opportunity to visit Hikkaduwa , Weligama , Yala national park , Ella , most beautiful train journey , Nuwara Eliya Gregory Lake  , tea plantation drive , tea factory , water falls , Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic  , Royal Botanical gardens , Dambulla cave temple , Sigiriya lions rock , Minneriya national park and Negombo .       

Highlights
  • Sigiriya lions rock / Safari in the Minneriya national park /  Dambulla cave temple 
  • Kandy the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic / The Royal botanical gardens 
  • The most beautiful train journey in Sri Lanka / Ella / Yala national park    
  • Day 1: Arrival to Sri Lanka expand_more
    • Will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge and then drive you to Hikkaduwa for your first hotel .

    Overnight stay in Hikkaduwa .

  • Day 2: Weligama expand_more
    • After breakfast drive to Weligama through an excretion to the historical Fort of Galle .  

      However modern history of  Galle dates back to 16th century . Portuguese navigators arrived in Galle in 1505 with Lourenco de Almeida and they fortified the city to  defend the peninsula on the northern landside . But they were overthrown by the Dutch who arrived in Galle in 1640 . Galle saw the pinnacle of its development in the 18th century , before the arrival of the British . Most famous for its centuries old fort , Galle which is a UNESCO world heritage site under " cultural category " declared in 1988, today stands as a city of splendour attracting thousands of local and foreign tourists . Galle represents a perfect blend of European architectural styles and south Asian traditions . 
    • While you are driving to Weligama you will get a chance to see a Sea Turtle Hatchery , Stilt Fishing  .
    • Weligama is yet another tourist hotspot in the south , Weligama is a unique bay beach and popular for scuba diving and surfing . 
    • Overnight stay in Weligama .    
  • Day 3 : Yala national park expand_more

    After a late breakfast around 11.00 am drive to Yala for an afternoon safari , the number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44 , and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world .

    Overnight stay in Yala . 

  • Day 4 : Ella expand_more

    After breakfast drive to Ella a picturesque countryside which is a small village of quaint beauty ,safely tucked-in amidst the towering peaks of Sri Lanka's central highlands of the Uva  province . If the view alone wasn't good enough , Ella is also surrounded by hilly countryside perfect for walks , through tea plantations to ancient temples and water falls .The most hotspot is the Little Adam's Peak ,the nine arch bridge .

    Overnight stay in Ella .    

  • Day 5 : Nuwara Eliya expand_more

    After breakfast drive to the station to catch the train to Nuwara Eliya which is the most beautiful train journey in Sri Lanka , once you are in Nuwara Eliya a city of leisure and pleasure . Nuwara Eliya is one of the cities that lie at the highest altitude of Sri Lanka and is popular as a paradise holiday destination . Nuwara Eliya is a classic example of climate diversity of Sri Lanka . It is also a city where the influence of the British-Colonial architecture is visible .

    Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya . 

  • Day 6 : Kandy expand_more

    After breakfast you will get the opportunity to drive through tea plantation , visit a tea factory and water falls , and once you are in Kandy you go on a city tour of Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic .

    Overnight stay in Kandy . 

  • Day 7 : Sigiriya expand_more

    After breakfast you will get the opportunity to visit the Royal Botanical gardens in Kandy and then drive to Sigiriya and on the way visit the Dambulla cave temples . One of the eight world heritage sites in Sri Lanka . There are several cave temples scattered in two clusters facing the south and the west at the Dambulla rock site which is located near the geographical centre of the island standing  about 180 meters from the surrounding plain. The cave temples that date back to the 1st century BCE are one of the eight world heritage sites of Sri Lanka .

    Overnight stay in Sigiriya .

  • Day 8: Sigiriya expand_more
    • After breakfast proceed to yet another UNESCO world heritage site in Sri Lanka - Sigiriya. It is a wonderful ancient palace built atop a 660 feet tall rock column. This wonderful rock castle is a creation of King Kassapa (AD 477-495). It is also one of the biggest attractions of Sri Lanka and attracts people with its stunning frescoes. Then after you are back if you wish to go on a village tour and have a small meal with the village people .

    • In the afternoon around 2.30 pm head for a safaris to the Kaudulla National Park or Minneriya National Park, which is home to hundreds of wildlife elephants.

    Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

  • Day 9 : Negombo expand_more

    After a late breakfast you will drive to Negombo for your last hotel before departure , and take a break for the rest of the day in the beach .

    Overnight stay in Negombo . 

  • Day 10 : Departure expand_more
    • Depending on your flight for departure time , you will be driven to the airport departure lounge for your flight back home . 

    End of tour.

What's Included
  • A air-conditioning car from your arrival to departure and will include my food and accommodation while on tour . 
What's Excluded
  • Entry fees to historical sites , temples , safaris  & other sites


Know before you go

I will help you to organize all your activities and help you to buy the train tickets .

Meeting Point

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), Canada Friendship Rd, Katunayake, Sri Lanka

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
The group size and price
1 To 3USD 450 Per Group

This is a private tour

Tour Reviews
  • DANA

    He is such a kind tour guide. His english is so good! And can guide you to places based on your preferences. He is knowledgeable with the history and places of Srilanka. I highly recommend him 

  • Harry

    We arranged our trip to Sri Lanka and found Charles via Tourhq. From the outset charles was the total professional, giving us advice on our itinery and offering help before we set off. He was in constant contact before we set off, ensuring that tickets for our railway trip were sorted in advance and even visiting our first hotel before our arrival to ensure that everything would be okay.

    Once we were in Sri Lanka, Charles was able to suggest extra things to do, and his input really made a difference to our experience.

    Little things, like phoning ahead to our next hotel, ensured that everything ran so smoothly. 

    Charles arranged a fabulous seafood dinner for us with his contacts.

    I would thoroughly recommend Charles Andrew to anyone considering a trip to Sri Lanka, his knowledge and professionalism will ensure a fabulous experience.

  • Gennadii

    I made an excellent trip to Sri Lanka in February 2020. Sri Lanka left very good memories in my memory. It was one of my best travels around the world. I have something to compare with Sri Lanka since I visited more than 40 countries of the world.The trip was excellent, including thanks to the work of the local guide Charles AndreevWe were always under his care and guardianship. We saw everything that we planned.I advise all tourists who want to see the wonderful nature to visit Sri Lanka.When you plan your tour, book a guide Charles AndreevYou will be pleased with his work.

  • Darren

    Wow where do we start! First of all Sri Lanka is an AMAZING country! We were so lucky to have booked with Charles. He actually ended up not being available and connected us with his Brother In Law who's also named Charles! Our new Charles became completely indesposable to us. Not only was he the safest and most careful driver I've ever experienced, he walked every temple, climbed every rock, and navigaed this wonderful country all without a GPS. He was always on time and was very easy to communicate and adjust our tour whenever we wanted. We felt so comfortable and safe in his hands and would not have had the same experience without him. Thank you Charles and Charles for everything you did for us. I can't wait to send some more Americans your way! 

  • Nivethitha

    We had a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka and that was largely down to Charles. He always stayed in touch, offering his advice and support prior to the trip and was very accommodating to our requests during the trip. Cannot recommend him enough! 

  • Mari

    We took two weeks trip all around SL. Andrew was always on time and he was telling so many things about SL and Sri Lankan people. We learned a lot. He is a good driver and know places all over SL. I'm sure we experienced lot more with him than just by our own. He reserved train tickets to us. And said best times to go different places. Even when he left us to our next location, he said that just call me if You need anything during rest of Your trip. Simply the best.

  • thomas

    Absolutely satisfied.Charles is extremely kind and had ensured comfort through out the trip.I found him passionate and punctual. He is indeed friendly and trustworthy.His Honda Fit shuttle is greatly comfortable and spacious too.Great person to be with and his dedication will be experienced once you choose him.This trip was far more amazing than we expected and thanks to Mr Charles.

    I strongly recommend him for the visits to Sri Lanka

  • Janani

    Thank you so much for a memorable trip! This could not have been possible without our amazing guide, Mr. Charles! Even though we had a back-to-back itinerary, Mr. Charles had guided us and brought us to all places without us feeling tired or hectic! BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER! RECOMMENDED TO ALL!! 5 Stars!

  • Deb

    What can I say, Charles is excellent in every way. We (2 adults 2 boys aged 8 &10) traveled to Galle Sri Lanka with Charles for a 5 night stay. He was always on time, organised and super helpful. He helped us negotiate prices and suggested activities in addition to taking us to the ones I had read about. We did an awesome safari one day, turtles and river cruise another day, Tea plantation and boys went up fishing poles Sri Lankan style on a 3rd day. We explored Galle fort and relaxed at our second villa accomodation right on Hikkaduua beach. We will recommend and travel with Charles again

  • Steve

    We had the good fortune of booking Charles as our tour guide for our 12 day holiday in Sri Lanka and, thanks to his excellent service, we all agreed that it was the best holiday we'd ever had (including our teenage children....and that's even compared to Disney World!). 

    Even before we arrived, Charles surpassed our expectations with his offers of assistance over email to make sure we had the best time and that continued throughout the holiday. Nothing was too much trouble and he arrived on time each day with great positivity and an beaming smile.  He has excellent knowledge of the whole island, and we felt very comfortable and safe in his air conditioned 8 seater van, providing chilled bottled water everyday. 

    Charles seems to have contacts for any type of activity we wanted to do and we had a great time touring Kandy and Ella, including a visit to a tea factory where he pursuaded the owners to allow us to pick some tea leaves, dolphin watching and snorkelling - he even managed to take us into the signal box at Nuwara Eliya while we waited for the train to see the 150 year old switches that are still used to control the points before he drove with our luggage to meet us off the train at Ella! He also arranged a superb safari in Kumana National Park, on which we saw a lot of animals up close and in their natural habitat (and invariably with no other vehicles alongside us), including water buffalo, deer, elephants, the elusive leopard and one of only 12 rare black-necked storks in Sri Lanka. 

    On days that we had planned some time to relax with the children, Charles was happy to leave us to do our own thing but was always on hand if we needed him to take us to a different beach or restaurant in another town.

    Initially, I considered hiring a car for our holiday but I'm so glad I didn't as Charles is so much more than a driver - he's a fixer. There are a lot of guides that have good reviews but Charles certainly deserves his amazing feedback as he definitely gave us a perfect holiday and made it one that we will never forget. Thank you Charles.

  • BOGDAN

    Don't hesitate to ask for his help  !!! Best tour guide ever ! From all points of view  ! Definitely our only option for the next vacation is Sri Lanka !!!

  • Ekaterina

    Очень здорово, что во время нашей 2-дневной экскурсии в Канди и Нувара-Элия нашим водителем-гидом был Чарльз. Он очень внимателен, без сомнения - хороший водитель, очень тактичен!! Чарльз хорошо знает маршрут и может дать Вам какие-то рекомендации по осмотру достопримечательностей. Отлично подбирает места для "технических" остановок, дает хорошие рекомендации, где можно перекусить/пообедать. Машина всегда была вовремя и в отличном состоянии. Интересно было также пообщаться с ним на общие темы. Я очень рада, что мы выбрали для нашего небольшого путешествия именно его. Рекомендую Чарльза!

  • Yvonne

    We enjoyed our Sri Lanka trip tremendously and a big part of that was because of Charles. His attention to detail, organisation, warmth, service and knowledge was truly first rate. His energy levels and enthusiasm never waned once throughout our 8 day trip, and he is extremely efficient at what he does. Charles promised at the start of the trip that we should just ‘relax and let him take care of everything’, and we can safely say that he managed to achieve this superbly :)

  • Andrew

    We have just finished a 30 day tour of Sri Lanka with Andrew.

    And as the title says  - Great service , great driver... Great person

    He was always very punctual and had car prepared for us and has a nice friendly manner chatting away with us as if we had known each other for years.

    He is a very good confident driver ( which you need to be in Sri Lanka).

    He is very knowledgeable in all the areas of Sri Lanka and helped plan our tour with meticulous timing to avoid crowds, crowds at the ticket booths and to get the best of the attraction at the right time.

    He was always happy to go that extra mile ensuring that we could really enjoy our tour with out any worries or stress and ensuring that we were reguarly fed and watered ! 

    He is well known and respected around the county and is very proud of Sri Lanka and this shows in how he loves to ensure that we see the best.

    We are so lucky that we chose Andrew and are more than happy to recommend him as a driver.

    It was actually quite sad to leave him after the 30 days as we had become quite close and leave Sri Lanka with a new friend.

    Thank you so much Andrew

  • Birgitta

    Charles Andrew helped us to realize our plans and dreams during our fifth visit to Sri Lanka. We  saw a lot, learned a lot and laughed a lot during our more than two weeks around in Sri Lanka. Review by Birgitta

  • Marie-Amina

    We spent 10 days with Andrew travelling in Sri Lanka. Andrew is not only a driver, he is the best driver and an amazing guide! He loves his country and knows how to share all his knowledge! 

    Thanks to him, our trip in Sri Lanka was really nice and not only on classical touristic sites.

    Many thanks Andrew for your kindness!

  • Guenael

    We are a French family and we’ve been to Sri Lanka for the 2nd time this year and always with Andrew.

    He knows very well his country, was very kind with us and our three young daughters.

    He gave us perfect advices but also always negotiated tickets, food ….on our behalf and did everything possible to make our journey memorable.

    A perfect and nice guide.

  • Jason

    We were a group of 8 travellers over 4 days and had a great time travelling with Andrew. We provided him with a rough itinery and he was able to meet all the requirements and even add some bonus items for us. He was extermely proffesional, friendly and patient. In addition to this, Andrew was able to inform us of things we had not prepared for, such as booking train tickets, places to eat along the way, and the safari tour. Everyone in the group was extremely happy with the service he provided for us, so we would definately recommend Andrew if you are looking for a tour guide. 

  • Jean-Christophe Imbert

    We had a 3 weeks road trip in Sri Lanka last summer, in August with my family. Andrew picked us up at the airport and drove us all around with the minibus. He was endlessy resourceful, showing and telling all about his country but also booking visits or safari on the way. In addition to his genuine courtesy, he was always on time, planing carefully and yet open to any last minute changes we would ask for. I highly recommend Andrew to any visitors who want to spend a good time in Sri Lanka. Keep it up Andrew, you're the best !!

  • Dean

    My wife and I have had the most amazing and fun-filled trip on our recent honeymoon to Sri Lanka. It was a remarkable trip that we will never forget, and it's mostly down to having Andrew as our guide. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with much to offer but it was the personal touch that Andrew brought to it that made our trip whole. Andrew is very welcoming, genuine, knowledgeable, informative and overall, an outstanding guide. We have had guided trips in the past across other countries but none come close to the excellent trip we have had with Andrew. We highly recommend Andrew as anybody's tour guide while visiting Sri Lanka, which we have done to many of our friends. We hope to return to Sri Lanka in the future and if/when we do, we will be requesting Andrew to be our guide

Starting From

Fromss

see details
USD 450 / group

Copyright © 2014 Tour HQ. All Rights Reserved

View full site