Your day-by-day itinerary

Homemade Sri Lankan curry

Days 1-3

At Home in the Curry Kitchen

Get a real taste of Sri Lanka during a comfortable homestay experience, where you can learn to cook up a storm at home in the curry kitchen. You’ll stay in your own private room and after a good night’s sleep, explore the local area before heading to the market to do the shopping for your lunch. Learn the secrets to making an authentic curry and how to use herbs to enhance the flavour. Delicious!

Amazing view at the mountains with clouds and sunset

Days 3-4

Adam's Peak

Watch the sunrise atop mighty Adam’s Peak, ascending the 5,500 steps in time see the sun’s rays peek over the misty horizon. This unforgettable trip will make you feel like you’re on top of the world as you join a pilgrimage dating back centuries. You’ll check into a cosy hotel in the rural town of Maskeliya, before rising early to join a mix of excited locals and travellers at the base of the mountain.

You’ll follow a twinkling pathway of lights which seem to wind their way high into the clouds, and there are around 5,500 steps to navigate. After 2-4 hours, when you reach the peak, you’ll be rewarded with magical views of the golden sunrise burning through the morning mist, illuminating the valleys below. After descending, you can have a little rest in your hotel before continuing your journey.

View at Nuwaka Eliya town

Days 4-5

Tea Hills and Winding Trails

With the unmistakable air of a quintessential English town, Nuwara Eliya is affectionately known as ‘Little England’ and it won’t take you long to see why. Colonial style buildings, rose scented flower gardens, red telephone boxes and even a church, all surrounded by a blanket of rolling tea plantations; this is a totally different side of Sri Lanka. You’ll stay in a centrally located hotel right in the heart of the country. Watch tea pickers in the fields, visit an old English tea factory and walk along the picturesque plateau at Horton Plains to take in the sweeping views of World’s End.

sri-lanka-ella-transport-train-rural-view

Days 5-7

Explore the Emerald Valleys of Ella

Ella is a peaceful village nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill-country, with fresh air, some lovely places to eat and a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll travel here via an iconic train journey through the lush countryside, before settling into your cosy hotel for the next couple of nights. All around Ella you’ll find tea plantations, temples, waterfalls and green hills. At Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock there are some truly spectacular viewpoints too. You can pack a day-bag and explore this wonderful part of Sri Lanka to your heart’s content, or just find a comfy chair and take it all in with a nice cup of tea.

2 young people on Sri Lanka safari

Days 7-8

The Wild Heart of Yala National Park

Yala National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in Sri Lanka. During this trip, you’ll head out on a jeep safari where you can spot a kaleidoscope of colourful birds, monkeys, crocodiles, buffaloes and of course, elephants. If you’re really lucky, you might even spot a leopard sneaking past, so make sure you have your camera ready! After an exciting day of wildlife spotting, you’ll head back to your simple yet unique accommodation, located on the edge of the park. Your comfortable tent comes equipped with a bed, toilet and sink! In the evening, you can fall asleep to the sounds of the wild- an experience to make your Sri Lanka wildlife trip complete!

Sri-Lanka-Tangalle-beach-trees-beach

Days 8-11

Cosy Cabana at Paradise Beach

Spend a few days at the quiet beach resort of Tangalle. You’ll find pretty bays, quiet palm fringed sands and tropical lagoons; perfect for relaxation. Stay in a cosy bungalow in a picturesque palm grove, wake up to views of the Indian Ocean from your veranda and enjoy a famous ayurvedic massage.

Galle fort and promenade in Sri Lanka

Days 11-13

Uncover Galle's Colonial Past

A beautifully preserved historic port, Galle is well known for its Dutch, Portuguese and British heritage and its iconic Dutch fort cutting into the Ocean. You will stay in a charming colonial-style hotel right in the heart of the old quarter, with cafes and restaurants on your doorstep. Galle is well-known for its emerging art scene, so why not pop into a few galleries and art shops?

Sunset in Galle, Sri Lanka

Next day, enjoy a walk through the old city with the local guide who will tell you all bout Galle’s cultural heritage and colonial past. In your free time, wander around the town, sample local delicacies and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere! Over the weekend, head over to the Flea Market – with pop-up stalls, cafes and live music it’s a great place to visit!

White building and tuk-tuks on the street

Days 13-14

Just One More Thing...in Colombo!

The time has come to explore the colonial capital of Sri Lanka. During this trip, you’ll enjoy a traditional British high tea and spend the night in a stylish hotel in Colombo. The city itself probably won’t be the highlight of your holiday, but it’s an interesting and convenient way to end your Sri Lankan adventure if you’re flying early the following day.

Talk to David!

Speak to David, our Sir Lanka Travel Specialist, and start planning your dream holiday to Sri Lanka today.

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