On this 9-day Explore Sri Lanka tour, you will get the chance to help design your itinerary and reserve your accommodation to suit your needs. You will explore some of the country’s most famous tourist places. This tour will bring you a variety of thrilling activities, fully submerge you in the local culture, and expose you to the history of Sri Lanka.
Our representative tour guide will be waiting at the Airport, to warmly welcome you and take you comfortably to your hotel in Polonnaruwa. The first day allows you to relax and refresh at the hotel in Polonnaruwa before the start of your adventure.
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Polonnaruwa
Visit Polonnaruwa during the morning hours, which was the capital of Sri Lanka for about 200 years. The kingdom was transferred to Dambadeniya when Polonnaruwa was conquered by Indian King Kalinga Magha.
You can visit the archeological museum, royal palace, audience hall, swimming pool, sacred quadrangle, shiva devale, pabalu vehera, rankot vihara, kiri vihara, Buddha statue at lankatilaka, Buddha figures at gal vihara and so much more! It will take roughly 5/6 hours to visit the entire kingdom in Polonnaruwa, as there are so many incredible sites to be seen. Then you will be driven to Sigiriya.
Polonnaruwa Kingdom Tour
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Sigiriya
An early start, en route to the Eighth Wonder of the World, which has huge walls, water canals, security guard rooms, natural stoned arches, mirror stone and world-famous Sigiri paintings. It is an isolated rock kingdom more than 200m in height providing beautiful views.
Your second destination is Dambulla Cave Temple, the largest and the best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. The caves were converted into a temple complex by King Walagamba during the 1st century. There are about 153 Buddha statues and murals, which cover 2100 square meters.
Later, travel to Kandy to enjoy some authentic Kandyan dancing in the evening and spend the night in Kandy.
Rock Kingdom Visit
Dambulla Cave Temple Visit
Kandyan Dancing Event
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Kandy.
Starting early in the morning at 7 a.m., you will head to Knuckles Valley for hiking, passing tea estates, waterfalls, and panoramic views as you approach the peak. Additionally, you can watch many bird species and animals interact. You will spend the night in a jungle camp and enjoy a traditional BBQ for dinner.
Knuckles Valley Hike
Accommodation - Jungle Camp
After your exciting and unique jungle camping experience, you will begin your descent. Climb downhill through tea plantations, and sparkling waterfalls to enjoy (or even take a refreshing dip in) as you go. You will be dropped back at your hotel in Kandy in the evening, time to relax and relish in your Knuckles Valley adventure.
Knuckles Valley Decent
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Kandy.
Soon after breakfast, you are taken to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, is a World Heritage site situated in Kandy. The most sacred molar tooth of the Lord Buddha is placed in seven golden caskets, under a golden ceiling.
You can see the Royal Palace of the last king, who ruled Sri Lanka until 1815. There are four Hindu Temples, and the Buddhist and archaeological museums are also situated at the Maligawa premises. Then go to the Ambuluwawa tower, which stands at the height of 48 meters, on an isolated mountain. Later, begin your drive to Nuwara Eliya, passing waterfalls, high-grown tea plantations and world-reputed tea factories.
Temple Of The Tooth Relic Visit
Royal Palace Visit
Ambuluwawa Tower Visit
Tea Estate & Tea Factory Visit
Ramboda Waterfall Visit
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Nuwara Eliya.
The journey begins from Nuwara Eliya (Nanuoya) Railway station in the morning. It takes nearly 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach Ella. It's the iconic scenic train journey in Sri Lanka. The train takes you along greeny hills of tea plantation, lovely old tunnels, waterfalls, stunning landscapes and traditional village life while traveling. Then drive to the hotel in Ella. In the evening, walking for about 30 minutes towards the train track you can see nine arch bridges. Overnight in Ella.
Scenic Train Journey
Nine Arch Bridge
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Ella
It begins at 5.00 a.m. and drives straight to Lipton's seat to catch up with the sun-rising scenery that covers the five provincial highest viewpoints in one place. The path drags along the tea estates, with busy tea pickers in the morning.
The next destination would be Yala. By lunchtime you can join a Yala Safari, it is interesting and one of the most popular activities among tourists.
This is because Yala is the second largest wildlife reserve in Sri Lanka. It contains a higher density of leopard population than any national park in the world! So if you are lucky you can spot these incredible wild cats during your safari. After your exciting safari adventure, you will be driven back to your hotel where you can spend your evening as you wish.
Lipton Seat Visit
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Tissamaharamaya.
Begin your day, after breakfast, with a drive to the Hummanaya blow hole. Hummanaya blow hole pumps seawater up to 40feet into the sky. The final stop is the turtle conservation project at Habaraduwa. Share a helping hand at this incredible turtle hatchery before finally driving back to your hotel in Unawatuna or the nearest beach resort.
Hummanaya Blow Hole
Turtle Conservation Project at Habaraduwa
Accommodation - Hotel of your choice in Unawatuna