Sri lanka in 18 days - Particularly relaxed
3/4 * HOTEL with ACCOMMODATION and BREAKFAST
All visits and safaris on the tour are included
4-person group reference rate: 1720 USD per person
2-person group reference rate: 1950 USD per person
Particularly relaxed in 18 days
Detailed day by day circuit with all visits and activities
day 1. Airport – Hikkaduwa beach
(Approximate transfer duration: 2 hours)
Reception at the airport by our representative and transfer to the accommodation in Hikkaduwa to rest after the long flight.
Beach on the southern coast of the country, 134 km from Colombo.
day 2/3/4 Hikkaduwa - Beach
- We will start the tour with several days of rest on the famous Hikkaduwa beach.
- Two beaches to enjoy the sun in Hikkaduwa: Hikkaduwa Beach and Narigama Beach, south of the city, 1.5km away.
In Hikkaduwa you can see giant sea turtles, as well as a magnificent coral reef, one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka.
day 5. Hikkaduwa – Galle Fort – Weligama: Stilt fishermen – Tissamaharama
(Hikkaduwa - Tissamaharama approximate transfer duration: 3 hours and a half)
Galle is the third most important city after Colombo and Kandy.
It was a Portuguese city in the 16th century and a Dutch city in the 18th century, the British also lived in the 19th and 20th centuries.
All these colonisers left an imprint, which is why it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We will stop in Weligama to observe the fishermen their famous stilts, the curious way of fishing similar to parrots nestled on the water.
day 6. Tissa – free morning – Safari: Yala National Park – Tissa
Yala National Park has the highest concentration of leopards in the world, as they have no predators.
In addition, you will be able to observe many elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes, black bears and many other animals.
day 7. Yala – Ella: excursion Little Adam’s Peak – free afternoon
(Yala- Ella approximate transfer duration: 2 hours)
Once we arrive in Ella, we will ascend to Little Adams Peak. It is a simple 30 minute walk around the tea fields, to enjoy the immensity of the mountains in this part of the island.
Rest of the afternoon free
day 8. Ella: visit to a tea factory and Nine Arch Bridge
- Tea factory.
This visit will allow us to learn about the process of tea production, from its production to our tables and the different types of tea that are produced in Sri Lanka.
- Bridge of the nine arches. It is an easy and pleasant walk on the train route (barely there are trains).
It is a very captivating photo of the train passing over this nine arch bridge built by the British in 1921.
Rest of the day off
day 9. Ella – Train from Ella to Nanu Oya – Nuwara Eliya – Ramboda waterfalls – Kandy
(Ella - N.Eliya Train: Approximate transfer duration 3 hours, Nuwara Eliya - Kandy 2 hours)
Travel by train from Ella Station to Nanu Oya in Nuwara Eliya.
It’s more than 3 hours of a winding road in the tea plantation mountains.
The Sri Lankan railway network started operating in 1864 and the old trains from that time are still preserved and run perfectly.
The train is subject to availability
Once in Nuwara Eliya, we will take a tour of Lake Gregory and the city to see British-influenced buildings.
On the way to Kandy we will observe extensive tea plantations and stop for a moment to see the Ramboda waterfalls.
day 10. Kandy – Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – free afternoon
In the morning we will walk through the the Royal Gardens.
The Botanical Garden of Peradeniya (14th century) is considered one of the best visits to mythical Ceylon.
It is a huge park that runs along the Mahawelli River where we will admire the beauty of ancient trees, palm trees with strange shapes, Ayurvedic plants and the famous orchids collection.
Kandy, called the capital of the mountains, was the last kings capital of Sri Lanka and is the second most important city, after Colombo.
For the rest of the day, we will discover the city of Kandy with its bustling centre and its market.
day 11. Kandy – Tooth relic Temple – Kandy free afternoon
In the Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple we will find the relic of the Buddha’s tooth.
For this reason we will always meet Buddhist pilgrims with flowers and offerings.
Since ancient times, this relic has played a very important role in the life of Sri Lanka, as it was believed that whoever possessed it wielded power.
Kandy, called the capital of the mountains, was the last capital of the kings of Sri Lanka and is the second most important city, after Colombo.
In the afternoon we will be able to walk around the city and the lake surrounding the Temple of the Tooth, visit the market, etc.
day 12. Kandy – Matale: Spice Garden – Dambulla Golden Temple – Sigiriya
(Kandy-Sigiriya: Approximate transfer duration 2 hours and a half)
Then we will have the opportunity to get to know a Spice Garden on the way to Kandy.
On this visit we will get to know the plants and trees with which the different spices are produced and we will discover their use in cooking and in the ancient natural medicine of Ayurveda
Note Spice Garden :
This visit is optional and free, we will find an attached shop that no one is obliged to buy
Sri Lanka Eden Travels does not endorse purchases in this or any shop.
In the afternoon we will visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla
This complex of caves converted into a temple where inside we will encounter a rich decoration of statues and frescoes on the life of Buddha, of ancient Sinhalese kings and of Hindu Sinhalese deities still revered today with flowers, incense and oil lamps …
day 13. Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa old city by bicycle– traditional cooking class – Sigiriya
(Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa: Approximate transfer duration 1 hour and a half)
Visit by bicycle to one of the ancient capitals of the country, Polonnaruwa.
Among the ruins of Polonnaruwa (10th – 13th century AD) We will find gigantic sculptures of Buddha and Kings up to 15 meters high, old ponds and remains of what was once the royal palace.
All this enlivened by friendly macaques playing in the jungle that has always surrounded the old temples of Sri Lanka.
Founded in the 10th century AD, Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka and remained active until the beginning of the 13th century.
Then we will participate in a traditional cooking demonstration with food included.
day 14. Sigiriya – Roccia di Sigiriya – Massaggio Ayurvedico – Sigiriya
(Approximate transfer duration 30 min)
We will claim to Sigiriya fortress
This huge magma rock hides the ruins of noble buildings and a breathtaking view on the top
We will pass through the Lions Gate and admire the state of conservation of the frescoes on the walls of the cave
Then an Ayurvedic massage session, a Sri Lankan practice that dates back 4,000 years.
Rest of the day free.
day 15. Sigiriya – Mihintale – Anuradhapura – free afternoon
(Sigiriya - Anuradhapura : Approximate transfer duration 1 hour and a half)
Then we will visit Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. According to ancient chronicles, Buddhism entered Sri Lanka through Mihintale in 237 BC. At the top of this mountain we will find a stupa with incredible views.
day 16. Anuradhapura – Anuradhapura city and archaeological sites – Anuradhapura
We will start this exciting tour with a visit to one of the ancient capitals of the country: Anuradhapura (IV century BC – X AD).
In addition to ancient temples and stupas, we will see, how Sri Lankans visit and venerate this sacred sites, how they make their offerings to the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date (Bo tree) and much more!
day 17. Anuradhapura – morning free – Safari: Wilpattu National Park – Anuradhapura
(Approximate transfer duration 1 ora)
We will dedicate the afternoon to participate in a safari through Wilpattu National Park.
It is the largest National Park in extension of Sri Lanka.
The peculiarity of this park is the existence of “Willus”, natural lakes in the local language, about 60.
In this park you can see, in addition to the leopard, elephants, wild buffaloes, bears, deer, different types of herons, ducks and endemic birds such as the jungle rooster.
Among the reptiles we can meet crocodiles, aquatic monitors and different types of turtles.
day 18. Negambo: visit to the fishing port and market – Airport
(Anuradhapura - Negombo :Durata approssimativa del trasferimento 3 ore)
Transfer to Negambo.
If we have time available before the transfer to the airport, we will make a short visit to the village of Negambo (very close to the airport).
Visiting the port and the fishermen’s market in this part of the country, famous for its curious boats which can be observed across the bay.
Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport at the appointed time, where we will arrive 3 hours before our departure flight
- Bed and Breakfast in the selected Hotels
- Private transport with guide/driver english speaking
- Welcoming at the Airport on arrival and escorting service in all Tour till departure
- All the tickets to entry monuments, temples and safari of the itinerary
- Customer support 24/7 for all the Tour duration
- Soft drinks and water, lunches and dinners
- Visits or activities not covered in the Tour
- The International flight
- Travel insurance and PCR
- Visa entry fees for Sri Lanka ETA
to obtain it follow the link and the steps described in our article in Travel Guide > Visa and Passport
- Payment is 10% or 20% depending on the season (low or high), by bank transfer.
- The remaining 90% or 80% is always paid in cash or by credit card upon arrival in Sri Lanka or by bank transfer.
Up to 30 days before the start of the trip, 100% of the deposit is refunded if a trip cancellation occurs,
withholding the amount of $100 per person for agency fees.
Between 29 days and 15 days before the start of the trip there is a penalty of 50% of the deposit amount.
In case of cancellations in the 14 days preceding the trip, no deposit will be refunded.
Note on cancellations:
- All cancellations have an additional administrative cost of 100 USD per person.
- In case of cancellation due to COVID-19, cancellations will not suffer any penalty.