Discover the ancient wonders during the Classic Sri Lanka Tour; including historical monuments, fortresses; religious sites and palm-fringed beaches. Start your journey in Dambulla, famous for its lion rock of Sigiriya. Continue to Kandy were traditions remain undisturbed. The Royal Palace, now known as the “The Temple of the Tooth Relic’’ (of Lord Buddha), situated right beside the Kandy lake, gives a magical beauty to the city. Onwards to Nuwara Eliya before reaching the famous beach stretches of Bentota.
At a glance
Sri Lanka is an island off the southeast coast of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Adam's Bridge used to link Sri Lanka to the Indian mainland. However, it is now submerged due to past violent storm or cyclones.
Ancient Buddhist sites
Ancient Buddhist sites in Sri-Lanka include Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Panduwasnuwara, and Yapahuwa. All sites contain the remains of a great civilization. It grew through the centuries under the influence of Buddhism, a gentle faith still preserved in Sri Lanka in its purest form.
Arrival in Sri Lanka - Dambulla
- On arrival at the Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport; you will be warmly received by a representative.
- You will then be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to Dambulla the starting point of an idyllic vacation.
- Dambulla; located in Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle; offers plenty to fire both mind and body over the next four days.
- Explore some of Sri Lanka's fascinating UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites - the lion rock of Sigiriya; a royal capital city built in 477 AD; the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa; which was Sri Lanka's royal medieval capital between the late 11th - 13th centuries.
- You might also consider a safari at Minneriya National Park when you visit Polonnaruwa or an adventurous elephant safari at Habarana.
- Things to do:
- Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Take an exciting elephant back ride.
- Overnight stay at a Hotel in Dambulla
Dambulla - Kandy (B)
- Travel to Kandy a World Heritage city.
- Traditions and culture remain undisturbed by European influence in the colonial era.
- The Royal Palace; now known as The Temple of the Tooth Relic (of Lord Buddha); situated right beside the Kandy lake gives a magical beauty to the city.
- Kandy is also home to one of the largest botanical gardens in South East Asia.
- The Gardens date back to the 14th century and boast over 4000 species of plants and many trees with significant histories.
- Visitors from the UK will be particularly interested in the Cannonball Tree planted by King George V. The tree is bent with its fruits; which resemble cannonballs hence the name.
- Things to do:
- Visit the Cave Temples in Dambulla en route to Kandy
- Enroute also consider a visit to a spice garden in Matale.
- Kandy join devotees at the Temple of the Tooth Relic
- Witness a cultural show after the visit to the Temple
- Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
- Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kandy
Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (B)
- Travel to Nuwara Eliya; the emerald city of Sri Lanka; also known as Little England for its cool climate and colonial style architecture.
- It is located at an altitude of 1;868 m (6;128 ft) above sea level which enables the plantations to produce the finest tea in the world.
- Things to do:
- Visit a Tea Plantation and be amazed at how the mountains have been tamed into carpets of tea
- Enjoy a scenic city tour of Nuwara Eliya
- Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 6 Nights’ Accommodation (3*- 4*) in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Chauffeur Guide
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Sri Lanka visa fee
- Optional tours – local Guide and Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 JAN and 31 MAR 19
Seasonal supplements may be applicable
Sri Lanka cuisine
Sri Lankan standard foods are spicy and approach the curries with caution. Many vegetables, fruits, meats and seafood are also on offer. Continental, Chinese, Indian and Japanese menus are available in Colombo and other touristic places. The specialty is a basic curry made with coconut milk, sliced onion, green chilies, aromatic spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, saffron and aromatic leaves.
Why is Sri Lanka unique?
It is without a doubt one of the most scenic places on the planet well worth a visit. It’s world-renowned for thick, tropical jungles, tea gardens, elephant orphanage, perfect beaches and an entire calendar of colorful festivals.
The Classic Sri Lanka Tour is probably the oldest and most traveled tour. But it is still one of the most popular tours for many visitors to the country. The Classic Tour is an extremely interesting 6 nights and 7 days journey visiting among others: Ancient Cities, Cultural Sites, Scenic Routes and Wildlife.
Our Classic Tour is a great starting point when planning a trip. Perfect for anyone wanting to combine the country's main cultural and scenic points of interest with a stay on the beach.