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Wonders of Sri Lanka



FROM £$ 9396

Private Tour Highlights

  • Negombo: Explore colonial architecture, bustling markets, and golden beaches in Negombo, the "Little Rome" of Sri Lanka.
  • Dambulla Cave Temple: Marvel at ancient Buddhist cave art in Dambulla, home to over 150 stunning statues.
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City: Discover sacred ruins in Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka.
  • Safari at Minneriya NP: Witness herds of elephants in Minneriya National Park on a thrilling safari.
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress: Climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock for panoramic views of lush landscapes.
  • Train to Nuwara Eliya: Enjoy scenic train journeys through tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya
  • Whale Watching in Mirissa: Spot majestic whales off Mirissa's coast.
  • Exploring Galle Fort: Wander through Galle Fort's cobbled streets and historic landmarks.
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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of Sri Lanka, where every corner tells a story of ancient civilizations, rich traditions, and breathtaking scenery. Your journey unfolds from the coastal charm of Negombo, meandering through the cultural marvels of Dambulla, Anuradhapura, and Kandy, before culminating in the tranquil beaches of Weligama and the vibrant cityscape of Colombo. Uncover the island’s hidden gems, from mysterious cave temples nestled in lush jungles to the mist-clad highlands carpeted with emerald tea plantations. Whether on thrilling wildlife safaris or serene beach retreats, Sri Lanka promises an unforgettable adventure filled with discovery and wonder.

• Accommodation sharing a Double room at the above-mentioned hotels.
• Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
• Garlanding on arrival.
• 2 x 500ml bottled water per person per day.
• Cost for the mentioned entrances/ activities and excursions on the itinerary.

Visa fee for Sri Lanka.
• International or domestic flights (unless specified).
• Expenses of personal nature.
• Early check-in or late check-out depending on the flight timings.
• Cost for below mentioned entrances/ activities and excursions (per person):
- Tea Factory Tour: USD 50.00
- Horton Plains National Park: USD 75.00
- Authentic Sri Lankan Cooking experience: USD 85.00
• Video and camera permits (where necessary).
• Any other services not specified above.

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Package Price: From £$ 9396

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary


Welcome To Sri Lanka - Negombo

You will be greeted by our Yampu Tours Representative at Colombo Airport and escorted to your vehicle for the transfer to Negombo for an overnight stay (approximately a 15-minute drive).

Negombo: This sunny coastal town is just 20 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport, making it the perfect spot to start or end your Sri Lankan adventure. Known as ‘Little Rome,’ Negombo offers a range of attractions including medieval churches, a bustling fish market, fresh seafood, and some of the island's most picturesque beaches. The town's rich history, heavily influenced by Dutch heritage, is visible throughout. Check-in at your hotel and unwind.

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Negombo - Dambulla – Anuradhapura

Early morning visit to the Negombo fish market, locally known as “Lellama” (approximately a 15-minute drive).

Negombo Fish Market: Once a fishing village, Negombo continues to host fishermen selling their catch on the sandy shores. Visitors can observe fish spread out on coconut fiber mats for sun drying, a traditional preservation method in Sri Lanka. This dried, salted fish is then distributed across the island and is a staple in local cuisine.

Afterwards, proceed to the cultural city of Dambulla (approximately a 3.5-hour drive).
Upon arrival in Dambulla, visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.

Dambulla Cave Temple: This stunning Royal Rock Temple complex is situated about 160 meters above the road in the southern part of Dambulla. The complex consists of five separate caves containing approximately 150 magnificent Buddha statues and paintings, representing some of Sri Lanka's most significant and evocative religious art. Buddha images were first created here over 2000 years ago, and over the centuries, subsequent kings have added to and embellished the cave art.

Upon completion, proceed to Anuradhapura to check in at the hotel (approximately a 1-hour drive).

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In the morning, take a 30-minute drive to visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapura Ancient City: Known as the 'Garden of Dagobas,' Anuradhapura is located in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. Dating back to the 4th century BC, it was the island's first kingdom and played a crucial role in making Buddhism the national religion. The city is dominated by the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya and features numerous temples and ruins. You can explore this historical marvel on foot or by cycling.

Return to the hotel and relax in the afternoon.

In the late afternoon, enjoy visiting a less-explored site.

Nachchaduwa Experience: This unique drive takes you off the beaten path, weaving along earthen tracks through rural countryside dominated by rice paddies. You'll often spot birds, buffalo, and other wildlife, including elephants, especially as you reach the picturesque Nachchaduwa Lake, a vast reservoir surrounded by dense forests and distant hills. This location is perfect for enjoying sundowners before heading back to the hotel.

Afterwards, return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

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Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Anuradhapura

Today, you will travel to Polonnaruwa (approximately 2-hour drive).

Polonnaruwa Ancient City: Located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle, Polonnaruwa is the island's second established kingdom. It became the capital in 1056 AD and remained the administrative center until the 14th century when it succumbed to constant Chola invasions from India. Today, numerous vestiges, including places of worship, monuments, and royal relics, are scattered throughout the city.

Next, proceed to Minneriya National Park for an afternoon safari (approximately 30-minute drive).

Safari at Minneriya National Park: Embark on a jeep safari through Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks for an unforgettable elephant encounter. Listen for trumpet calls as herds cross dusty roads, protecting their calves. Witness the protective nature of elephant parents and their interactions with their young. If lucky, observe the herd's dynamic behavior, including trunk gestures resembling a group handshake.

After the safari, return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

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Anuradhapura - Sigiriya – Kandy

Start your day by ascending the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (approximately 1 hour drive).

Sigiriya Rock Fortress: Rising dramatically from the central plains, this enigmatic rocky outcrop is perhaps Sri Lanka's most striking landmark. Its near-vertical walls lead to a flat-topped summit, home to the ruins of an ancient civilization that is believed to have been the center of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa. Early morning views reveal spellbinding vistas across mist-shrouded forests.

Afterward, proceed to Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese kings (approximately 2.5 hours drive).

Kandy: Often enveloped in mist, Kandy’s hills encircle a beautiful central lake, giving the city a picturesque appearance even in the rain.

Upon arrival in Kandy, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Temple of the Tooth Relic: This golden-roofed temple houses Sri Lanka’s most significant Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. The tooth itself is not visible, as it is kept within a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six progressively smaller dagoba caskets.

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Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Today, embark on a scenic train ride to the charming "Little England," also known as Nuwara Eliya.

Kandy to Nanu Oya Rail Journey: Travel from Kandy, celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, to Nanu Oya, enjoying breathtaking views along the way. This journey through the Central Highlands reveals lush tea plantations and cascading waterfalls. Nanu Oya is a tranquil town set amidst the stunning hill country landscape.

Nuwara Eliya: Known as the "City of Light," this central province gem is Sri Lanka's premier tea production area, boasting the coolest temperatures in the country, ranging from 10-21 degrees Celsius. Discover the elegance and vintage charm of Sri Lanka's Little England by exploring its tea estates, lakes, picturesque landscapes, and historic buildings.

Reconnect with your chauffeur guide at Nanu Oya railway station, who will escort you to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya

Spend the day at your leisure or choose from a variety of available experiences.

Optional Experiences:

• Tea Factory Tour: Goatfell is surrounded by vast tea plantations that have produced some of Sri Lanka's finest upcountry teas for nearly a century. Take a guided tour of a historic local factory, featuring century-old machinery, and learn about the withering, rolling, and sorting techniques. The tour concludes with a tea-tasting session and an opportunity to purchase tea. Enhance your tour with a local guide for an additional fee.

• Horton Plains National Park: Located in Sri Lanka's Central Highlands, Horton Plains National Park features wild montane grasslands, cloud forests, waterfalls, and misty lakes. The park’s plateau, reminiscent of the African savannah, ends dramatically at 'World's End,' an 880m cliff. Visitors can enjoy scenic hikes in the shadows of Kirigalpotta and Thotupola Kanda, Sri Lanka's second and third-highest peaks.

• Authentic Sri Lankan Cooking Experience: Join the Goatfell Chef for a hands-on Rice and Curry cooking demonstration. Learn about the use of spices and traditional clay pot cooking methods. Choose from fish, chicken, or seafood curry, accompanied by dhal and seasonal vegetable curries. Prepare authentic rice accompaniments, participate in tasting sessions, and enjoy a lunch featuring your culinary creations along with a Sri Lankan dessert.

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Nuwara Eliya – Yala

Today, you'll travel to Yala, with an approximate drive time of 5 hours.

Yala: Yala is renowned for housing the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park offers a rich tapestry of lush greenery and diverse wildlife, interspersed with ruins from ancient civilizations. This combination provides a unique experience that blends human history with nature. Embark on a scenic safari to observe the area's endemic wildlife and explore the remnants of ancient civilizations. The wild side of Sri Lanka awaits.

Upon arriving in Yala, check in at the resort and relax.

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Embark on an early morning or afternoon safari at Yala National Park.

Yala National Park Safari: Yala National Park, the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka, awaits your exploration. The park comprises five blocks, with two open to the public, along with adjacent areas like Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park, also known as 'Yala East'. Situated in the southeastern region, spanning Southern Province and Uva Province, it covers 979 square kilometers (378 sq mi) and is approximately 300 kilometers (190 mi) away from Colombo. Yala was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and became one of Sri Lanka's first national parks, alongside Wilpattu, in 1938. Known for its diverse wildlife, it plays a crucial role in the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, and various aquatic bird species.
After the safari, return to the hotel to relax and enjoy its amenities and services.

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Yala – Weligama

Today's journey will take you to the sunny shores of Weligama on the south coast (Approximate drive time: 3 hours).

Weligama: Weligama, a charming coastal town in Sri Lanka, translates to 'sandy village', reflecting its expansive golden beaches. Over the years, Weligama has evolved from a quaint fishing village into a bustling tourist hotspot, now renowned as a premier surfing destination.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and soak in the captivating vistas and myriad experiences.

Stay overnight in Weligama.

Today's journey will take you to the sunny shores of Weligama on the south coast (Approximate drive time: 3 hours).

Weligama: Weligama, a charming coastal town in Sri Lanka, translates to 'sandy village', reflecting its expansive golden beaches. Over the years, Weligama has evolved from a quaint fishing village into a bustling tourist hotspot, now renowned as a premier surfing destination.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and soak in the captivating vistas and myriad experiences.

Stay overnight in Weligama.


Weligama - Mirissa – Weligama

Begin your day with an early morning excursion to encounter the majestic marine life in the waters of Mirissa.

Whale Watching at Mirissa: Venture into the serene waters of Mirissa on a tranquil cruise to witness the awe-inspiring creatures beneath the shimmering ocean surface. Mirissa offers an excellent opportunity for observing whales and dolphins from November to April, as the ocean transforms into a playground for various whale and dolphin species. Common sightings include sperm whales, killer whales, Bryde's whales, and short-finned whales, while playful pods of bottlenose dolphins and striped dolphins are often seen around the boats. Keep an eye out for the magnificent blue whale, the largest animal on Earth! This experience is perfect for nature enthusiasts who delight in exploring the open sea. The best time to start your adventure is at dawn, with most boats departing by 6 am. Upon request, aerial whale watching can also be arranged.

Return to your hotel and unwind for the remainder of the day.

Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at the resort (we recommend booking at least 24 hours in advance) or simply enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings while savoring delicious culinary delights.

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Weligama - Galle - Weligama

Start your day with a relaxed breakfast at the resort before heading out to explore the UNESCO-listed heritage city of Galle, just a 45-minute drive away.

Galle, originally constructed by the Portuguese and later fortified by the Dutch and British, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander along the ancient ramparts of Galle Fort and discover its historic monuments. The town itself exudes an old-world charm, resembling a European village with its cobblestoned streets lined with cafes, bistros, and boutique shops. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through this picturesque gem.

In the afternoon, embark on a cycling excursion through the paddy fields.

The cycling trail takes you on a gentle loop starting from and returning to Wijaya Beach. Passing through the Eluvila Bird Sanctuary and scenic paddy fields via local paths and quiet roads, this ride offers a glimpse of rural life. You'll have a refreshing stop halfway through for king coconuts in a private jungle garden.

After your explorations, return to the hotel and unwind by the beach.

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Weligama – Colombo

Head towards Colombo, the commercial hub of Sri Lanka, approximately a 3-hour drive away.

Colombo, the bustling commercial capital of Sri Lanka, boasts a rich history and a plethora of attractions, from ancient temples to modern skyscrapers, lush parks, and significant national monuments. The city is a melting pot of cultures, religions, and ethnicities, making it incredibly diverse within the island
Upon arrival in Colombo, check-in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour aboard classic jeeps.

Exploring Colombo in open-air jeeps offers unobstructed 360-degree views, perfect for capturing photographs and videos while sightseeing. The tour starts from Galle Face Green and covers approximately 20 archaeological and tourist sites, including the Aththidiya Bird Sanctuary. Guests can also enjoy self-driving experiences within the sanctuary. Complimentary photographs and video clips of the tour will be provided to guests.

After the tour, return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
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International Flight Home

Check-out from the hotel well in advance and proceed towards the airport to connect with your departure flight home.

Check-out from the hotel well in advance and proceed towards the airport to connect with your departure flight home.

Negombo, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Hatton, Sri Lanka

Yala, Sri Lanka

Weligama, Sri Lanka

Galle, Sri Lanka

Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Places You'll See

  • Negombo

    Negombo is a vibrant coastal city located just north of Colombo, known for its sandy beaches, fishing industry, and colonial-era architecture. The city’s bustling fish market, scenic lagoon, and Dutch Fort are popular attractions, offering visitors a glimpse into both local life and historical significance. Negombo’s proximity to Bandaranaike International Airport makes it a convenient starting point for travelers exploring Sri Lanka.

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    See some of the greatest and well preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lanka civilization in the city of Anuradhapura. See a cutting from the original Bodhi tree which Buddha sat underneath at the Bodhi Tree Temple. Visit the Archeology Museum or the Citadel. Purchase trinkets from the shops and market, or see the rock carvings at Isurumuniya Vihara.

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    Experience Sri Lanka’s culture and cuisine in the beautiful city of Kandy. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s most holy shrines, the Temple of the Tooth, home to a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. Take a walk through downtown and purchase local treats from the numerous bakeries. See elephants roam freely at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.

  • Nuwara Eliya

    Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as “Little England,” is a picturesque town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Renowned for its cool climate, colonial-era buildings, and lush tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya offers a refreshing escape from the tropical heat. Visitors can enjoy scenic boat rides on Gregory Lake, explore beautiful botanical gardens, and tour some of the country’s finest tea estates.

  • Hatton

    Hatton is a small town nestled in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, serving as a gateway to the famous Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) pilgrimage site. Surrounded by verdant tea plantations and stunning mountainous terrain, Hatton is a scenic and serene locale. It’s an ideal base for trekking adventures, tea estate tours, and experiencing the region’s unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

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    Yala National Park

    For the best place to see wild elephants, and for the best chance of seeing wild leopards, visit Yala National Park. It has the highest concentration of leopards in the world, though still only has about 35 in the whole park. There are several other species to see, as well as a large bird population. Take a guided tour through the park and see how many creatures can be spotted.

  • Weligama

    Weligama, translating to “Sandy Village,” is a charming coastal town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, famous for its sandy beaches and stilt fishermen. It is a popular surfing destination, offering consistent waves suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers. Weligama also features a variety of beachfront accommodations, vibrant local markets, and historical sites such as the ancient Kushtarajagala statue.

  • Galle

    Galle is a historic city on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, known for its well-preserved colonial architecture and the iconic Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort, built by the Portuguese and later fortified by the Dutch, encloses quaint streets lined with museums, galleries, cafes, and boutique shops. Galle’s rich history, charming seaside views, and cultural vibrancy make it a must-visit destination.

  • Tangalle

    Tangalle is a tranquil beach town located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and relaxed atmosphere. It is an excellent spot for swimming, sunbathing, and exploring nearby attractions such as the Mulkirigala Rock Temples and the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary. Tangalle’s serene environment and natural beauty make it a perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful coastal retreat.

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    The vibrant city of Colombo is a common gateway to Sri Lanka, but is also a wonderful place to stay. Visit one of the museums or galleries such as The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre. For breathtaking sunset views, visit the Galle Face Green Promenade. Spend some time the Turtle Conservation Villa to learn the importance of protecting endangered turtles.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Negombo : Jetwing Blue

Anuradhapura : Rajarata Hotel

Kandy : Amaya Hills

Nuwara Eliya : Araliya Green Hills

Yala : Cinnamon Wild

Galle : Radisson Blu -Galle

Colombo : Ramada Colombo

5 Star Properties

Negombo : Sentido Heritance Negombo

Anuradhapura : Forest Rock Garden

Kandy : Earl’s Regency

Nuwara Eliya : Grand Hotel – Nuwara Eliya

Yala : Jetwing Yala

Galle : Le Grand – Galle

Colombo : Shangri-La Colombo

Luxury Properties

Negombo : Uga Riva

Anuradhapura : Uga Ulagalla

Kandy : Kandy House

Nuwara Eliya : Goatfell

Yala : Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Weligama : Cape Weligama

Colombo : Uga Residence



Traveled August, 2012

Had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka

Had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and no small amount was due to my driver/guide Lankesh Peiris. He was knowledgeable, fluent in English and attentive to my needs and safety. His stellar driving skills were a marvel and so necessary in the Asian traffic dance! The cultural and wildlife experiences exceeded my expectations and perhaps most important was the hospitable, kind and gentle nature of the Sri Lankan people. As always Yampu has provided a first rate travel experience. Thanks!

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Lucy and John

Traveled April, 2012

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination!

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination! The hustle of India is exciting, but also overwhelming so including Sri Lanka toward the end of our itinerary was an amazing way to relax and unwind! In India we were blown away by the service at the Deluxe hotels, and even the 4-star hotels. The hospitality in India is incredible with everyone working to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We loved the Oberoi hotels, the rooms were beautiful and the service was immaculate. The sites in India were truly amazing and we loved the elephant safaris and interactions were we were able to bathe and paint these gentle giants! During our long transfers in India our driver was pleasant, providing us with interesting facts but not overwhelming us with too many details or idle chatter. In Sri Lanka we absolutely loved the Temple of the Tooth, the atmosphere is so humbling and spiritual; absolutely a must-see! We loved the ancient site of Polonnaruwa and the lying down Buddha and the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. We also really enjoyed climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress, although its not the best option for those who are scared of heights!

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