A 16 night trip that takes you to some of the wildest, remote parts of the island, whilst staying in some of the most beautiful and luxurious boutique hotels that the country has to offer. It combines experience with comfort, and gives the opportunity to see some of Sri Lanka’s best wildlife, culture, jungles, mountains, cities and beaches.
- The Wallawwa for 1 night – Half board – Wallawwa Bedroom
- Leopard Trails Wilpattu for 2 nights – All inclusive – Luxury Tent
- Jetwing Vil Uyana for 2 nights – Half board – Garden Dwelling
- Gal Oya Lodge for 3 nights – Full board – Bungalow
- Ceylon Tea Trails Castlereagh for 3 nights – All inclusive – Luxury Room
- The Last House for 3 nights – Bed & Breakfast basis – Cinnamon Hill Suite
- The Fort Printers for 2 nights – Bed & Breakfast Basis – Geography Room
Day 1: ARRIVAL INTO SRI LANKA
You’ll be met in the arrivals hall by your driver and transferred by car to your hotel, just a 15 minute drive away. It may be close to the airport but The Wallawwa is set in a quiet, rural setting, surrounded by beautiful gardens and tropical plants and is a very relaxing place to unwind after a long journey.
Accommodation: The Wallawwa for 1 night
Days 2-3: NEGOMBO – WILPATTU (approx. 4 hours)
After breakfast your driver will pick you up and head north to Wilpattu National Park. You’ll be staying at Leopard Trails Luxury Tented Camp, which is located just a short drive from the entrance to the park. Leopard Trails are Sri Lanka’s premier safari company, led by a team of passionate naturalists who will spend the next couple of days guiding you around the park in search of leopard, bear, elephants and many more amazing wild animals.
Accommodation: Leopard Trails for 2 nights.
Days 4-5: WILPATTU – SIGIRIYA (approx. 3 hrs)
After breakfast you will drive inland to the Cultural Triangle, with a picnic lunch on route in Anuradhapura. You’ll have the next 2 days to explore this fascinating part of central Sri Lanka, visiting ancient cities, fortresses, temples and ruins at Dambulla, Sigiriya, Pidurangala and Anuradhapura. You’ll be staying at Vil Uyana, in one of their beautiful garden dwellings, surrounded by nature, gardens, water and paddy fields.
Accommodation: Vil Uyana for 2 nights.
Days 6-8 SIGIRIYA – GAL OYA NATIONAL PARK (approx. 4 hrs)
It’s a beautiful drive across the mountains and then dropping down to Gal Oya Lodge in time for lunch. Or alternatively stopping for a picnic on route. Gal Oya Lodge is a stylish 10 bedroom lodge, built into the edge of the jungle bordering the national park. You’ll have the next 2 days to explore the vast wilderness, incredibly scenery, diverse habitats and the wildlife that lives here. We’d highly recommend the jungle drive with picnic, boating safari, vedda and bird walks and the jungle cooking class. There is also a swimming pool which is great for the kids.
Accommodation: Gal Oya Lodge for 3 nights.
Days 9-11 GAL OYA – HATTON (5 hrs)
Heading off after breakfast you’ll head south-west, through remote towns and villages before heading up into the hill country. The scenery is stunning. You’ll break the drive up with a stop for picnic lunch on route, surrounded by mountains and tea plantations. You’ll arrive after afternoon and have the next couple of days to enjoy Colonial Tea Plantation life in it’s grandest fashion. Ceylon Tea Trails Castlereagh features in Relais & Châteaux Sri Lanka Collection, and for good reason, it is a truly spectacular setting complimented by exquisite service.
Accommodation: Ceylon Tea Trails Castlereagh for 3 nights.
Days 12-14 HATTON – TANGALLE (5 hrs)
Today you’ll catch a domestic flight from Hatton to Hambantota on the south coast. Your driver will meet you here and drive you down the coast to your beach hotel near Tangalle. The Last House is a beautiful manor house, which has been stylishly renovated and offers direct access, through a lovely garden, onto one of our favourite beaches in Sri Lanka. We love it because a lot of Sri Lanka’s south coast has been extensively built up, whereas here you can stroll down the beach and barely meet another soul.
Accommodation: The Last House for 3 nights.
Days 15-16 TANGALLE – GALLE FORT (2.5 hrs)
Today is a gentle drive across to Galle Fort, originally built in 1588 by the Portuguese and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a lovely place to explore for a couple of days in the shops, galleries, gem stores, museums, cafes and restaurants. The Fort Printers is a trendy, very comfortable hotel in the heart of the town and is a great base to explore from.
Accommodation: The Fort Printers for 2 nights.
Day 17 Transfer back to Colombo Airport (2.5 hrs)
Best time to visit
December to April – Whilst you could do this itinerary at any time throughout the year, the best time for weather for this itinerary is between December and April when the weather across central, western and southern Sri Lanka tends to be more consistently dry and hot. December can see more rain than the other months. The south-east monsoon means that the winds are hitting the east coast at this time of year and the west and south coasts tend to be calmer and less windy.
In June to October, you could easily amend the beach part to the east coast, rather than the south.
The cost, based on 4 people (2 adults and 2 children), is from:
$12,930 ($6,465 per person) – high season prices
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Dambulla Caves Temple
- Pidurangala Temple
- Jungle drive and picnic at Gal Oya Lodge
- Boating safari at Gal Oya Lodge
- Walk with the Vedda Tribe at Gal Oya Lodge
- Activities at Ceylon Tea Trails
- Welcome and assistance on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport
- Mineral water in the vehicle.
- Entrance fees to the sites mentioned.
- Schedule flight from Hatton to Hambantota
- Air-Con Car with English Speaking Chauffeur Guide for the tour, except at the beach.
Price does not include:
- Airfare & Visa.
- Tea/Coffee, soft drinks, alcohol or any other beverages.
- Meals not specified.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Services other than those specified.
- Tips and gratuities.