two ladies cooking homemade curry in Sri Lanka

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!

Colours of Jaffna

Days 4-6

Colours of Jaffna

Only opened up to tourists in recent years, the northern city of Jaffna is a melting pot of cultures, religions and cuisines. Take a walk along the battered ramparts of Jaffna Fort and sneak a peek into a Hindu temple. Let the hubbub of Jaffna market envelop you then visit a local home to see palmyrah being made. With a distinctive culture all of its own, Jaffna is sure to leave you enchanted.

Boats and palm trees on the beach

Days 6-8

Secluded Shores of the East Coast

It’s time to unwind on the secluded beaches of the east coast as you head to Trincomalee to relax on palm fringed sands, swim in clear waters or simply enjoy a good book. It’s an ideal spot to visit in the summer months when the south west of the island is experiencing more rainfall.

Local men and children leaning on a boat at the beach

The shores of the east coast are known as some of Sri Lanka’s finest and its quiet pristine beaches, blue seas and swaying palms make this pretty hard to argue with! During the day, you can relax on the beach or take a trip to the paradise shores of Pigeon Island to explore a colourful world underwater as you snorkel among the coral reefs. You’ll stay in a comfortable hotel right on the beach.

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Days 8-10

Elephants in Buddha's Garden

From crumbling ruins to majestic elephants, this trip will take you on a discovery of Sri Lanka’s fascinating Cultural Triangle. You’ll begin by climbing Sigiriya’s mighty rock fortress before spotting wild elephants on a jeep safari. Next, you’ll arrive at the ancient capital, Polonnaruwa.

Customer in the ruins of a temple

Here, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time as you wander through the ancient stone city, where towering stupas, age-old wall paintings and royal stone baths are just waiting to be explored. During this cultural experience, you’ll stay in a charming hotel in Polonnaruwa and round your trip off with a visit to Dambulla’s rock cave temple, which lies high up in the hills.

local sri lankan man with buffalo

Days 10-12

Life amongst the Rice Paddies

Although only an hour from the hustle and bustle of busy Kandy, Digana and its surrounding villages feels like a million miles away. From lush jungle to tumbling rice paddies, the only sounds you’ll hear are those of the wildlife and perhaps the occasional swish of a scythe. You’ll spend 2 nights in a basic eco-lodge and take a hearty walk through one of the nearby villages.

Amble along Negombo's Canals

Days 12-14

Amble along Negombo's Canals

Today you’ll arrive in Negombo, a modest beach town on the palm-fringed west coast, not far from Colombo. During your time in Negombo, you’ll stay in an elegant villa with a swimming pool and gardens. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please; why not relax by the pool with a good book or take a stroll along the beach. The following day, you can soak up the sights and sounds of the town with your driver. Explore the fascinating colonial history, wander through the vibrant bazaar and watch the fishermen bring in their morning catch at the market.

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If you choose to travel In Style, you’ll be upgraded at various destinations throughout this itinerary. In Polonnaruwa you’ll stay in a cosy cottage with it’s own unique open-air garden bathroom with an outdoor shower so you can enjoy the experience of a shower under the stars! Next you’ll head to the coast to a beach resort on Nilaveli beach. Finally, you’ll end your trip in Negombo where we’ll upgrade you to a boutique eco resort.

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