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Sri Lanka Heritage Tour

The natural beauty of Sri Lanka’s tropical forests, beaches and landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage, makes it a world famous tourist destination.

Sri Lanka offers miles of unspoilt palm-fringed beaches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites dating back thousands of years. Together with hill stations offering lush panoramic views of the surrounding tea plantations and fascinating wildlife in its many national parks. Enjoy 8 Nights of Sri Lanka Heritage Tour with a wealth of attractions waiting to be explored.


  • Stand in awe at the world heritage site of Dambulla caves and the largest rock painting of the Buddha found in the world.
  • Visit Kandy,a UNESCO world heritage site encircled by hills, and the site of the renowned “Temple of the Tooth”.
  • Have fun at the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage with the world’s largest land mammals!
  • Game drive in the famous Yala National Park, which has the highest density of leopards.
  • Spend time on Sri Lanka’s Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.
  • Best time to visit Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is a warm all year-round destination. December to March being the most popular time. There are 2 monsoon seasons – between April and June and October and November.

    Arrive Colombo
    1 Night Bed and Breakfast in Colombo
    2 Nights Bed and Breakfast in Habrana + excursions
    2 Nights Bed and Breakfast in Kandy + excursions
    2 Nights Bed and Breakfast in Yala National Park + game drive
    1 Night Bed and Breakfast in Negombo
    Depart from Colombo Airport

  • Glimpse of Sri Lanka

    A culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, Sri Lanka has nine World Heritage Sites (the oldest dating back to the 3rd Century BC); 86 species of mammals (including elephant and leopard) and more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics); a colorful array of flowering plants and trees, and a Hill Country famous for tea; 14 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government; and an Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.

    Accommodation choices range from boutique resorts and luxurious romantic retreats to family-friendly and more budget conscious options. Contact us for your choice of Sri Lanka Paradise.

  • Sri Lanka’s Beaches

    With nearly 1600 km of of palm fringed coastline surrounding the country, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for rich heritage and wildlife tours to a beach holiday. Activities range from windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, water skiing, scuba diving to just lazing around for the perfect tan, Sri Lanka offers it all.

    Sri Lanka’s West and South Coasts have surf-able and gorgeous beaches along the coast from Negombo in the north to Hikkaduwa in the south. Accommodation ranges from luxurious beach hotels to atmospheric colonial-era villas.

  • Glimpse of Sigiriya

    Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century, Sigiriya or Lion Rock is an astonishing feat of engineering, art and construction. The most striking portion of Sigiriya, a terracotta and grey core of rock set in the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, rises a sheer 200 meters above a forested plain, its flattened summit sloping gently. A series of moats, ramparts and water gardens — remnants of an ancient city — spread out on two sides of the rock.

    The remains of a pair of giant stone lion’s paws are guarding the staircase that leads to the summit.

  • Glimpse of Dambulla

    Dating back to the First Century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the center of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave Monastery, home to Buddhist monks, is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life of Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 meter long reclining Buddha. Vividly colored frescoes on the walls and ceiling make this the largest antique painted surface in the world.

  • The Kandy Excursion:

    This is the Capital of the hill country steeped in cultural heritage and natural beauty, set amidst historic monuments, enchanting forests, great rivers and breath-taking vistas of picturesque mountains and valleys. Enjoy a city tour of Kandy listed as World Heritage Site and the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala King, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit Kandy Town and its bazaar, followed by the arts and crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary. Your evening concludes with a traditional Sri Lankan dance show.

  • Sri Lanka entry requirements

    Nationals from all countries require a visa, or “ETA” (Electronic Travel Authorisation) to visit Sri Lanka. These can either be obtained online before you arrive or on arrival at the airport. The fee for a tourist visa is currently $20 if bought in advance online. The visa is valid for 30 days and for two entries. Passports must be valid for six months after arrival.
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    With just a short flight of 2hrs from Sri Lanka, the Maldives Islands is the perfect beach add-on to your Sri Lanka Heritage Tour. Spend a few days on the beautiful Maldives Islands for a truly memorable experience: The Maldives Beach Holidays


Day 1 – Arrive Colombo Airport

You will be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle, with an English-speaking driver-guide.

In the evening explore the commercial city of Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and the largest city with the highest population, Colombo is situated in the Western Province. It is a fascinating town which has a blend of eastern and western cultures where all colors of the island are drawn together. Many visitors appreciate the city’s colonial heritage and enjoy the vast range of fine shopping and dining outlets that can be located within the rush of its urban buzz.

Accommodation: As selected

Day 2:Colombo – Pinnawala – Habrana

After breakfast leave for the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (Approx Transfer time: 2- 2 ½ Hrs).
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the home for young Elephants who have been displaced or lost from their natural habitat. Today with 70 elephants herein, Pinnawela has become the home to the largest captive group of elephants in the world. Feeding time at 1:15 pm. Enjoy an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals!

Thereafter proceed to Habrana and check into your hotel (Approx Transfer time: 2- 3 Hrs)
Overnight: Habrana

Day 3: Habrana – Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Habrana

After breakfasts at the hotel proceed to Sigiriya, where you may climb the 1200 steps and admire the fabulous frescoes on the walls of the ancient rock fortress. (Approx Transfer time: 30 – 40 mins).

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice.

The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory.

Thereafter Explore the Ancient city of Polonnaruwa on Bicycles. (Approx Transfer time: 1- 1 ½ HRS)

The architect of this lovely city is known to be King Parakrama Bahu – The Great. The remains of the Royal Citadel council chamber, prince’s bathing pool and the Gal Vihare, a stone temple with its colossal sculptures of the Buddha in a quiet grove of trees as well as the still functioning ParakramaSamudra, a man made reservoir, larger than the Colombo harbor, are on easy distance from each other. The new museum has an excellent scale model of the ancient city as it was.

On completion return to hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Habrana

Day 4: Habrana – Dambulla – Matale – Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy en route visit Dambulla Cave Temple – (Approx Transfer time: 30 – 40 Mins).

A vast isolated rock mass- it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceiling found here are over 2000 years old. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.

Thereafter proceed to Matale (Approx. Transfer time: 1 – 1 ½ Mins)
Matale is famous for its batik production and spice gardens. Batik has been an ancient art of painting cloth and today Sri Lanka is among the world leaders in the design of batik. Batik galleries and factories offer batik from simple single-colored designs to intricate multi-colored masterpieces. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s celebrated exports.

After your exciting tour of Matale and its Spice Gardens, proceed to Kandy and check into your hotel (Approx. Transfer time: 1 – 1 ½ HRS)

Kandy was the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings and retains an aura of grandeur, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned “Temple of the Tooth”. Kandy and its satellite villages is the center of the island’s handicraft industry and its traditional dances are the most spectacular in the country.

Overnight: Kandy

Day 5: Kandy
After breakfast leave for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya (Approx Transfer time: 30 – 40 Mins).

The gardens were founded in 1821 primarily to introduce coffee trees and various other tropical plants of economic importance to the region. The gardens played a pivotal role in establishing the country’s flourishing tea industry in the late 1870s.

Thereafter in the late afternoon, visit The Temple of the Tooth Relic located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha.

After that, witness a Cultural Dance performance in the evening. These classical dance forms are associated with the performance of various rituals and ceremonies which are centuries old and are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to times before the advent and acceptance of Buddhism by the Sinhalese people in the third century B.C.

Upon completion return to you hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Kandy

Day 6: Kandy – Yala

After breakfast Proceed to Yala (Approx Transfer time: 4 – 5 hrs)

Yala National Park is a widely known Sri Lankan forest reserve which is located in the southeast part of the island. It is prominent among the other national parks due to the fact that it has the highest density of leopards.

Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Yala

Day 7: Yala National Park Game Drive

After breakfast enjoy an exciting 4×4 jeep safari.

Yala is one of the best spots available for wildlife observers and photographers. Apart from the wildlife, the park consists of a range of vegetation from grassland to dense jungle with an abundance of water streams, lagoons and lakes. With the highest concentration of leopards, the park also contains a numbers of animals including Asian elephants, crocodiles, wild boar, water buffalo and grey langurs.

Birdlife includes White bellied sea eagle in parklands and Waders, Painted storks and Black necked stork in the wetlands. Sirkeer Malkoha and Sri Lanka Jungle flow are few of the Sri Lankan endemic species that can be found in Yala.

Upon completion return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Yala

Day 8: Yala – Negombo
After breakfast you will transfer to Negombo (Approx Transfer time: 5 – 6 hrs)

Negombo is a characteristic fishing town north of Colombo and is a mere 15 km from the international airport. Set amidst lush groves of coconut palms, it breathes the spirit of the sea. Negombo is a gourmet paradise with sea food in plenty. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major attractions of Negombo. Water-sports and diving are extremely popular among visitors, with a few well preserved coral reefs and a 50 year old shipwreck that serves as an artificial reef for many varieties of fish. There are also local handicraft sales on the beaches and the shops near the town.

Overnight: Negombo

Day 9: Colombo – Depart
(Approx. Transfer time: 20 – 30 mins)
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport for your flight back home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle.

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    Accommodation:The 94 air-conditioned guestrooms are equipped with a minibar, cable TV, coffee/tea maker, and internet access. Private bathrooms and a personal safe are provided.

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    Chaaya Village Habarana lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake. The hotel’s cozy cottages, inspired by the typical thatched roof huts found locally, lie in clusters offering breathtaking vista. it’s hard to promise a guest just one view. There are many. Each one more captivating and serene than the other.

    Accommodation:Chaaya Village Habarana consists of 94 Superior Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Suites set in the middle of thousands of high-rise trees that provide fruit, medicinal properties and plenty of shade. Air-conditioning – mini bar – tea and coffee making facilities – Cable TV.

    Services and Facilities:
    Swimming Pool – Badminton – Tennis – Aryuveda Health Centre – Restaurant – Bar – Coffee Shop.

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    Services and Facilities:
    Swimming Pool – Restaurant – Bar – Spa.

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  • Sri Lanka Heritage Tour Standard Package

     from  £ 1195.00   

    Inclusive of:
    *8 Nights Accommodation.
    *Meals on Bed/Breakfast commencing with breakfast on day 02 and ending with Breakfast on Day 09.
    *Air conditioned transport with services of an English speaking Chauffeur Guide on tour
    *Entrance fees to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Ancient city tour by bikes, Dambulla Cave Temples. Temple of the tooth, Royal Botanical Gardens & Cultural Show, Yala National Park with Jeep hire
    *01 Jeep Safari at Yala
    *All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking

  • Sri Lanka Heritage Tour Premium Package

     from £ 1260.00   

    Inclusive of:
    *8 Nights Accommodation in Deluxe properties.
    *Meals on Bed/Breakfast commencing with breakfast on day 02 and ending with Breakfast on Day 09.
    *Air conditioned transport with services of an English speaking Chauffeur Guide on tour
    *Entrance fees to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Ancient city tour by bikes, Dambulla Cave Temples. Temple of the tooth, Royal Botanical Gardens & Cultural Show, Yala National Park with Jeep hire
    *01 Jeep Safari at Yala
    *All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking

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