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Classic Island Tour

Price From :
$ 3459.59 per person
Duration :
13 Nights
Holiday Type :
Island Tour
Hotel Style :
When to go :
Nov-April & July-Sept
Price Guide :
Classic Island Tour



The Classic Island Tour includes the best that Sri Lanka can offer - ancient cities, tea-growing hills, wildlife parks and Indian Ocean beaches and the finest hotels. You can explore the island at your own pace, in a car or minivan, with your personal driver-cum-guide. Note that we can tailor this itinerary according to your preferences, so feel free to ask for modifications.


  • Visit Dambulla’s ancient cave temple
  • Climb up the stunning Sigiriya Rock fortress
  • Explore Polonnaruwa’s ancient ruins
  • Experience Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth
  • Take in the magnificent hill country with its tea hills and gushing waterfalls
  • Visit a tea factory and learn of Sri Lanka’s precious `Ceylon tea’
  • Venture off on an adventurous wildlife safari into Yala National Park
  • Go whale and dolphin spotting in Mirissa
  • Stroll around Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lie on the palm-fringed sandy beaches of the Galle Coast
  • Stay at exquisite villas and boutique hotels
  • Day 1

    Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer to the Wallawwa in Kotugoda, a boutique villa housed in a refurbished colonial bungalow situated just 15 minutes from the international airport. Relax and unwind after your flight, preparing yourself for the adventure ahead.

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    The Wallawwa
    The Wallawwa is a stylish boutique hotel nestled amidst lush tropical gardens just 20 minutes from the International Airport. This peaceful and luxurious setting is an ideal first or last stop on a holiday to Sri Lanka. ...(More)
    The Wallawwa
  • Day 2, 3 & 4

    Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle offers plenty to fire both mind and body over the next three days. Stay at Vil Uyana, an eco-friendly boutique hotel situated just minutes away from the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress. Explore some of Sri Lanka's fascinating UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites - the lion rock of Sigiriya; Dambulla’s Buddhist Cave Temples; the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, which was Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital between the late 11th and 13th century. After visiting Polannaruwa museum, which will provide an overview of this ancient city and its heritage, move onto exploring the ruins themselves. You might also consider a safari at Minneriya National Park when you visit Polonnaruwa.

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    Jetwing Vil Uyana
    Vil Uyana is just minutes away from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The historic sites of Dambulla, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa are all within reach. The journey from Colombo’s international airport takes 4-5 hours. ...(More)
    Jetwing Vil Uyana
  • Day 5 & 6

    The journey from the cultural triangle to Sri Lanka's hill capital – the small lakeside city of Kandy – will occupy most of the morning. Check into the Ellerton Lodge, a plantation bungalow in Gampola on the outskirts of Kandy with magnificent mountain views. Experience the ancient Kandyan heritage. Visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined since 4th Century A.D. The temple has decorative walls, a golden roof and fine woodwork. Religious services (pooja) with traditional music and drumming are held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening where guests can participate.

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    Ellerton is a refurbished planter’s bungalow set on a hilltop, 2,400 feet above sea level with magnificent views across the Kandyan mountains in Gampola. ...(More)
  • Day 7 & 8

    Travel on into Sri Lanka’s tea-growing highlands. Stay two nights at Ceylon Tea Trails, a wonderful collection of refurbished tea planter’s bungalows in the southwest corner of the hills, an area renowned for its fine tea and beautiful countryside. You might like to enjoy the “Tea Experience”, which involves a visit to a plantation to observe first hand the process, starting from the plucking field where it all begins with the picking of “two leaves and a bud” to the factory where the processing begins. The Tea Trails also provides an excellent base for a variety of adventure activities. There are a number of mountain bike trails that loop through the surrounding tea estates and guides are available on-demand. The reservoirs of Castlereagh and Maskeliya offer a pristine lake environment for kayaking. Maps, guides and safety gear are all provided. A number of treks and scenic walks are also available.

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    Ceylon Tea Trails Castlereagh
    Castlereagh, one of five luxurious bungalows in the acclaimed Tea Trails collection, nestles among the rich green hills of the Dickoya region in central Sri Lanka. This super-luxury bungalow was originally built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj and lies more than 4,000ft above sea level, 45km south of Nuwara Eliya. Around five hours from Colombo, or consider air taxi options. You can also head to the south coast via a daily sea plane service between Hatton and Koggala. ...(More)
    Ceylon Tea Trails Castlereagh
  • Day 9 & 10

    Head southeast to the Yala National Park. En-route visit Buduruvagala to see Sri Lanka's tallest rock-cut Buddha statue (51 ft. in height) and other Mahayana Buddhist statues that date back to the 8th-century AD. In the afternoon check into Chaaya Wild, a luxurious game lodge bordering Yala National Park. Yala, with a total protected area of 126,768 hectares, consists of scrub plains, lagoons and rocky sections and offers the broadest cross-section of the country’s flora and fauna. In terms of game-viewing this is probably the best place to see all of the 'big three': elephant, leopard and water buffalo.

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    Cinnamon Wild
    Cinnamon Wild is scattered over 10 acres of scrub jungle bordering Yala National Park and the secluded Kirinda beaches in the south-east of Sri Lanka. Just 10 minutes away from the park entrance. Yala can be accessed via the south coast and from the hill country via Wellawaya. ...(More)
    Cinnamon Wild
  • Day 11, 12, 13 & 14

    Travel along the beautiful south coast to the quaint fishing village of Koggala just a few minutes away from this historic city of Galle. Stay four nights at the Fortress - a small sea side boutique hotel located on an idyllic stretch of beach. Experience the beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise seas, rural fishing villages and the southern heritage. Based at Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa Water Sports offers exciting water sports activities such as sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkeling and boating activities for visitors to the South coast. Mirissa Water Sports is a charitable organization helping to generate employment for the youth from the tsunami affected coastal areas. High on the headland of Unawatuna Bay is Rhumassala Temple. With beautiful views stretching out over the Indian Ocean, a walk around the headland near the temple is very special. Famed for the natural medicinal herbs nearby you will walk through hidden villages and verdant jungle valleys eventually finding yourself on “Jungle Beach”- a little known and secluded beach.

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    The Fortress
    The Fortress is a luxurious, contemporary hotel by a beautiful stretch of beach in Koggala, 20 minutes away from Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take less than three hours or take an air taxi and land at Koggala Lake. If you are heading to the hills afterwards, we offer competitive rates on a sea plane service from Koggala lake to Hatton. ...(More)
    The Fortress

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