This 14-day taste of Sri Lanka takes you from Colombo to the cultural triangle, to Kandy, with its sacred relics, and up into the highlands of tea country. From the highlands you drop down to the ocean and Galle, where you can enjoy some of the best the ocean has to offer and explore the Portuguese heritage in the country. Then you head north to Jaffna, a bit more primitive than other parts of the country, before returning to Colombo and home.
Along the way, you will visit the home of Ena de Silva, the studio of one of the country’s finest artists, have tea with an expert, tour Galle with the author of a book on the fort, and wander Colombo with a long-time resident and writer about the capital. This is a trip where the experts are your guides to the very special country of Sri Lanka.
Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)
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ITINERARY at a Glance
Arrive Colombo. Drive to Wallawwa for the night. Welcome dinner.
Visit coconut plantation. Drive to cultural triangle. Lunch at Saraketta (not included). PM visit to Sigiriya.
AM visit to Polonnaruwa. Lunch at Deer Park with optional luncheon swim. PM Game drive in Minneriya.
AM visit to Dambulla Cave Temples. Drive Kandy with lunch at Ena de Silva’s private residence. Stables. Temple of the Tooth and evening dance.
Botanical Garden Visit. Guided walk through Kandy, meeting with artist Raju.
Drive Peradeniya to see station and catch Tea Train Afternoon to explore.
Option 1: Tea Trails – Visit to Tea Factory with planter. Explore Tea Trails and views of Adams Peak. Option 2: Mas Villa – Visit Tea Factory. Continue to Nuwara Eliya. PM Visit villages, homes, school, market and ridge for views of Adam’s Peak.
Drive to Galle Fort, stopping at Kelani River (Optional – Enjoy white water rafting and/or canoeing). Afternoon free.
AM – whale watching (Oct.–Apr.). Lunch at Cinnamon Plantation. Evening tour of fort with local resident.
Drive Colombo via Lunuganga, Geoffrey Bawa’s house. Afternoon free for wandering or shopping. Dinner at Gallery Café – a Bawa property – (not included in cost).
Fly Jaffna. Cooking lesson. Afternoon bike ride through Jaffna and evening puja at Nallur Kovil.
Chartered boat to Delft Island. Morning and lunch with local resident to see island. PM return to mainland and Margosa.
Fly back to Colombo. PM walk with Mark Forbes. Farewell dinner at Ministry of Crab.
Transfer to airport for flight home.