Sri Lanka is a small but diverse country with plenty of charm; from pristine beaches and incredible wildlife to famous tea and ancient ruins, there is something for everyone on this island. We will be delighted to personally craft itineraries to suit your requirements.

Itinerary

Welcome to Sri Lanka!

Your journey with Euro Asia Travels begins today as you arrive in Colombo.

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative of Euro Asia Travels with signage and a fresh garland of flowers. You will then be transferred to your accommodation in Colombo and assisted with check-in. Relax and unwind after your flight, preparing yourself for the adventure ahead.

Overnight stay in Colombo

Keep yourself busy with live cookery demonstrations or enjoy a fascinating walking tour around old Colombo with a well-known Dutch story teller.

Experience a delightful afternoon wandering the streets of Colombo, the commercial city of Sri Lanka.

Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s bustling commercial hub, is located on the country’s west coast which is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as the most developed. Add exciting shopping, delectable dining and happening nightlife into the mix and it is easy to see why Colombo is such a popular tourist destination

Overnight stay in Colombo

Leave for Sigiriya to climb the rock citadel, a monolith converted into a secure fort by king Kashyapa.

The 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, which is a world heritage site, was built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD) and served as a royal citadel for more than 18 years. The place becomes more astonishing with every step you climb. Aside from the ruins, with an unparalleled 360-degree view of the surrounding jungle and hills, it will not be just be the climb that takes your breath away.

Overnight stay in Sigiriya

Today, it is all about culture and heritage. Proceed to Polonnaruwa, one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, and a standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers.

Polonnaruwa which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD is today a world heritage site. Look out for the famous Gal Viharaya or “Rock Temple” where you will see four colossal statues of the Buddha cut into the stone, reflecting peace, serenity and strength. Polonnaruwa also boasts ruins of ancient palaces, intricately carved moon stones and royal baths.

Embark on an afternoon game drive at Minneriya National Park to witness the famous elephant gathering.

The ‘Gathering’, the largest concentration of Elephants in Asia, happens when over 300 gather on the grassland that sprouts on the receding shores of Minneriya Lake. Featuring a good consistency of wetlands, montane forests and scrublands, Minneriya is arguably one of the most visited national parks in Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay in Sigiriya

Embark on an excursion to discover Dambulla’s cave paintings and Buddha statues that emphasise the artistic talent of ancient days.

Covering the rock ceiling is the largest collection of paintings in Sri Lanka within a cave temple, and surrounding you is the highest number of Buddha statues found in one single place. Though there are more than 80 documented caves in the area, the most significant are spread over five caves, which comprise of statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha and his life.

Proceed to Kandy.

Overnight stay in Kandy

Set out this morning to visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, the most sacred site for Buddhists the world over.

Built during the 16th Century, the Temple of the Tooth is one the most important temples for Buddhists as it houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. The Relic of the Tooth is kept in a two-story inner sanctum. The ‘Thevava’ or auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic takes place three times a day at pre-set times and a visit during this time is quite an experience.

This afternoon visit Peradeniya to see the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Originally created in the 14th Century as a pleasure garden for the Queen, the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya is located in the city of Kandy. The garden is home to over 4,000 species of plants, ferns, shrubs, palm trees, spices and medicinal plants, all complemented by an array of butterflies and bird species.

In the evening, view the cultural performance in Kandy. This offers the opportunity to see a few traditional Kandyan dances at one of the city’s cultural performance centres. A team of dancers, accompanied by drummers, will give you a spectacular display which will leave you mesmerised.

Overnight stay in Kandy

Today is dedicated to the natural beauty of Sri Lanka.

Board the train bound from Peradeniya to your hill country destination, an area with tea covered hills, gushing waterfalls, and scenic beauty. You will take in the unmistakable aroma of pure Ceylon tea as you pass through the lush green tea estates, the mist-covered mountains, and the scenic waterfalls.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend the next two nights.

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka is synonymous with “Tea” and produces arguably the best tea in the world. Visit a tea factory where you can follow the leaves from the moment the tea-pluckers bring in their baskets. From here the leaves are withered, rolled, fermented, fired/dried and sorted. In many factories, much of the heavy machinery still dates back to the British period.

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Leave for Yala gazing at the breathtakingly beautiful Ella Gap and passing the cascading Rawana Ella Water Falls.

Overnight stay in Yala

This morning, you will be taken on a morning safari at Yala National Park which is also known as one of the most celebrated wildlife parks in Sri Lanka simply because it is indeed the best place in the world to spot leopards.

Be on the lookout for leopard cubs seeking refuge on a tree, or an adult leopard quenching its thirst at a water hole. We recommend an early morning or late afternoon game drive to elevate your chances of spotting the most animals.

Overnight stay in Yala

Head down-south to the coastal town of Galle. En route make a stop to see stilt fishing; termed ‘ritipanna,’ it is a traditional fishing method practiced by fishermen along the Southern coast.

Continue to Galle.

Overnight stay in Galle

Morning at leisure.

Galle Fort is now comprised of a maze of narrow roads lined with small houses, restaurants, shops, villas and boutique hotels and is an utterly enchanting place to explore. Wander along the ramparts of Galle Fort exploring the various art galleries, shops and eateries.

Overnight stay in Galle

Bid farewell to this little paradise as you are transferred from your hotel to the airport to board your homebound flight.

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