EAST COAST TOUR
12 nights/ 13 days
If you're planning to travel to Sri Lanka between April and May, this itinerary is ideal for you. It combines historical sites, breathtaking natural landscapes, and the stunning beaches of the east coast, which are particularly enjoyable during the dry season.
Vibrant developing city of Colombo
Anuradhapura ancient city
Cooking class in local family
Dambulla Caves & Sigiriya rock fortress.
Kandy, the story of Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka
Tasting tea in tea factory
Trek in tea trails
Scenic train trips around Nuwara Eliya
Elephants in Minneriya national park
Beach stay on the east coast - Trincomalee
Snorkeling in Pigeon Island
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL DAY - COLOMBO
Our driver guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer to Colombo. Afternoon Colombo city tour. Visit Gangarama Temple, Galle Face Green and famous Pettah market. Dinner in Ministry of Crab or some other famous restaurant. Overnight stay in Colombo
DAY 2 | ANURADHAPURA
After breakfast we will drive to Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura, an enchanting city located in the heart of Sri Lanka, beckons travelers with its rich historical legacy and captivating cultural treasures. As one of the ancient capitals of the island, Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the remnants of a glorious past. Embarking on a city tour through Anuradhapura allows visitors to step back in time and witness the grandeur of Sri Lanka's ancient civilization
Discover ancient wonders like the Sacred Bodhi Tree, Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, Jetavanaramaya, and Thuparamaya in Sri Lanka's historic capital.
Afternoon drive to Sigiriya area.
Experience the breathtaking sunset from the summit of Pidurangala Rock, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes in a tranquil and awe-inspiring setting.
Overnight stay in Sigiriya or Dambulla - 2 nights
DAY 3 | SIGIRIYA | BEACH STAY
After early breakfast ,proceed to Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of the most iconic monuments in Sri Lanka. It's located in the center of the cultural triangle, and was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century AD. The king used the rock to build his fortress as a way to provide him with ultimate protection against an attack. He built himself a palace at the top of the rock along with a village for his followers at the bottom of the rock decorated with water gardens containing baths and fountains that still work to this day.The site is also famous for its frescos which depict "Damsels of Sigiriya", which date back to 5th century AD.
Village safari tour; Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore traditional rural communities, interact with friendly villagers, and witness their way of life. Engage in activities like farming, cooking, and crafts, gaining a deeper understanding of authentic Sri Lankan village traditions.
Afternoon drive to Trincomalee or Passikudah for beach stay.
DAY 4-7 | RELAX ON THE BEACH
Discover the pristine beauty of Sri Lanka's east coast beaches, where turquoise waters and golden sands await. Dive into an underwater paradise with snorkeling at Pigeon Island, encountering vibrant coral reefs, exotic marine life, and the sheer wonder of exploring this protected marine national park.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, Koneswaram Temple in Trincomalee is a sacred Hindu shrine that exudes a serene and mystical atmosphere. Discover intricate architecture, ancient sculptures, and breathtaking ocean views as you immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of this revered temple.
Overnight stay in Nilaveli beach or Passikudah
DAY 8 | MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK
In the morning enjoy beach, after lunch leave to go back to Sigiriya.
Embark on an unforgettable safari in the breathtaking Minneriya National Park. Witness the incredible gathering of elephants during the annual "Elephant Gathering," as herds congregate near the Minneriya Tank. Experience the thrill of spotting diverse wildlife, including leopards, deer, crocodiles, and a myriad of bird species, in their natural habitat.
Overnight stay in Sigiriya or Dambulla.
DAY 9 | DAMBULLA | KANDY
In the morning visit Dambulla cave temple.
The majestic Dambulla Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site in Sri Lanka. Explore the five cavernous rock temples adorned with intricate murals and over 150 statues of Buddha, immersing yourself in the rich history and spiritual aura of this sacred place.
Drive to Kandy, on the way stop in Spice garden.
Discover the aromatic wonders of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and more. Engage your senses as you learn about their cultivation, traditional uses, and the secrets behind Sri Lanka's renowned spice trade. Experience the rich flavors and intoxicating scents that make Sri Lankan cuisine truly remarkable.
Overnight stay In Kandy
DAY 10 | KANDY
Embark on a captivating city tour of Kandy, nestled amidst lush hills in Sri Lanka. Explore the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage site that houses a revered tooth relic of the Buddha. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, home to a stunning collection of flora. Witness a cultural spectacle with a traditional Kandyan dance performance. Marvel at the architectural beauty of the Royal Palace of Kandy and enjoy panoramic views from the Bahirawakanda Temple. Immerse yourself in the bustling markets, sample local delicacies, and soak in the charm of this historic city, known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 11 | NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast leave Kandy, drive to Nuwara Eliya. On the way visit Ambuluwawa Tower, Ramboda waterfall and tea factory.
Rise to new heights at the Ambuluwawa Tower, an iconic landmark near Gampola, Sri Lanka.
Savor the authentic taste of Ceylon tea by visiting a tea factory in Nuwara Eliya. Witness the tea-making process, learn about different varieties, and enjoy a delightful tea tasting experience in the heart of tea country.
Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as "Little England," is a picturesque city nestled amidst lush hills in Sri Lanka. Its cool climate, colonial-era charm, and breathtaking landscapes make it a popular destination. Take a city tour to explore its highlights, such as the picturesque Lake Gregory, where you can enjoy boat rides or leisurely walks. Admire the colonial architecture of buildings like the Grand Hotel and the iconic post office.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
DAY 12 | SCENIC TRAIN TRIP | KITULGALA RAFTING
After breakfast, proceed to Nanu Oya train station.
Embark on a breathtaking train journey from Nanu Oya to Hatton in Sri Lanka. Wind through lush tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, and mist-covered mountains as the scenic landscapes unfold before your eyes. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and enjoy a truly memorable experience on this picturesque train ride.
Experience the thrill of white water rafting in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka's adventure capital. Navigate through exhilarating rapids, surrounded by lush rainforest and breathtaking scenery. Whether you're a seasoned rafter or a first-timer, Kitulgala offers an unforgettable adrenaline-pumping experience that combines excitement, natural beauty, and pure adventure.
Transfer to your beach hotel in Negombo for your final night of this itinerary. Evening is at your leisure.
DAY 13 | AIRPORT TRANSFER
Transfer to Colombo International Airport for your onward flight Or spend more days on the beach at your preference
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