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Royal Heritage, Discover the Rich Culture & Heritage of Sri Lanka

This tour has the distinction of enabling participants to stay in style and experience the contemporary luxury of boutique hotel accommodation. Located in impressive surroundings with service concentrating on the care and attention that enhances a holiday, these properties reflect a refined sophistication with the availability of gourmet-style food, both local and international.

The tour begins with a two-night stay in the centre of the Cultural Triangle before moving on to Kandy for a further two nights with a temple visit and a cultural dance performance. The unhurried nature of the tour enables participants to relish the sights and ambience of the island. Then it’s a leisurely drive through the hills for two nights in tea country before driving to the west coast to be pampered at a beach resort. The last night is spent in the ornate extravagance of a former private home in Colombo.

Day 01
Dambulla and Overnight Stay at Kalundewa Retreat, Dambulla
On Arrival meet your English speaking chauffer guide. Depart to the hub of the cultural triangle, the town of Habarana.
  • Damunu Suite
  • Personal Valet and Chef
  • Calm and relaxing views of surrounding paddy fields
The frescoes & Buddha statues of the Dambulla Cave temple
Day 02
Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Overnight Stay at Kalundewa Retreat, Dambulla
In the morning depart to the Lions Rock in Sigiriya, a UNESCO world heritage site adorning a palace on its peak. A must visit for anyone visiting Sri Lanka. Afterwards you can either return to the hotel and relax in the afternoon or head out on a safari at Minneriya National Park.
  • Damunu Suite
  • Personal Valet and Chef
  • Calm and relaxing views of surrounding paddy fields
Picturesque & astonishing Sigiriya Fortress in Sri Lanka
Day 03
Kandy and Overnight Stay at The Kandy House, Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, while visiting the Rock Cave Temple in Dambulla and Spice Garden Matale en route. Later in the evening witness a Cultural Dance performance.
  • Damunu Suite
  • Personal Valet and Chef
  • Calm and relaxing views of surrounding paddy fields
Breathtaking exterior view of Dalada Maligawa at night
Day 04
Kandy and Overnight Stay at The Kandy House, Kandy
In the morning spend the day touring the Kandy town including a visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. In the afternoon you can choose to relax in the pool or head to the Royal Botanical Garden.
  • Deluxe Room
  • Private Verandah
  • Luxurious bathroom
An Alley of multicolured flowers in Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Day 05
Nuwara Eliya and Overnight Stay at 98 Acres Resort, Ella
After breakfast proceed to Ella en route conducting a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya, including a visit to a Tea Factory/ Plantation.
  • Deluxe Room
  • Private Living Area
  • Breathtaking balcony views
Nuwara Eliya and Overnight Stay at 98 Acres Resort, Ella
Day 06
Nuwara Eliya and Overnight Stay at 98 Acres Resort, Ella
Enjoy the cool weather by staying in the resort or take an optional early morning excursion to Horton Plains. Visit the Baker’s Falls and check out the infamous World’s End.
  • Deluxe Room
  • Private Living Area
  • Breathtaking balcony views
Nuwara Eliya and Overnight Stay at 98 Acres Resort, Ella
Day 07
Galle and Overnight Stay at Aditya Resort, Galle
After breakfast proceed to the coastal town of Galle. Tour the Galle Town as well as the Galle Fort a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Shanthi Suite
  • Plunge Pool
  • Garden View
Pool & day beds at Aditya Resort
Day 08
Galle and Overnight Stay at Aditya Resort, Galle
Spend the day relaxing on the beach. Work on your tan or take a long walk along the saffron coastline. If you’re looking for some privacy, a dip in your own private plunge pool is ideal.
  • Shanthi Suite
  • Plunge Pool
  • Garden View
Day-beds by the beach at Aditya Resort
Day 09
Colombo City and Overnight Stay at Casa Colombo
After breakfast proceed to Colombo. In the evening tour the city of Colombo and indulge in some last minute shopping. Return to Casa Colombo and unwind and one of the most beautifully designed hotels in Colombo.
  • Traveller’s Suite
  • Garden View
  • Floating Bed
Beautiful view of decorated Gangaramaya Temple at night
Day 10
After breakfast proceed to the Airport in time for the connecting Flight.
After breakfast proceed to the Airport in time for the connecting Flight.
Close up view of an Aero plane landed on the ground at sunset
Available Attractions
Galle

Galle Fort begun by the Portuguese in the 16th century, expanded by the Dutch in the 17th Century and consolidated by the British in the 19th century, is not a historical ruin but has been transformed into a living, thriving contemporary settlement. Located at the southwest corner of the island the Fort covers 52ha and contains within its broad, grey granite rampart walls, nearly 500 houses.

Entrance to the Fort is through either of two main gates, one of which contains the Dutch Coat of Arms on one side and the British on the other. The Fort is Number 200 on UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and is free to enter and explore. The cobbled streets are lined with houses from the Dutch and British periods, with some art deco masterpieces, many of which have been converted into boutique shops and stylish guest houses.

Beautiful view of Galle Fort Lighthouse
Sigiriya

Called by many names including “The Lion Rock” for its initial name of “Sinhagiri”, Sigiriya is near the town of Dambulla and is a colossal column of rock nearly 200m high. It was a royal citadel for 18 years (477-495) when it was fortified by King Kasyapa. The architectural and irrigational technologies of Sigiriya, such as the Water Gardens, still baffle engineers. The climb up steep steps of metal with railings passes a wall decorated with frescoes of bare-breasted women. Art experts consider them unique.

The summit of the rock is a hectare in area and the outer wall of the palace was constructed on the brink of the rock with gardens and ponds softening the harshness of the eerie. Since it was constructed over 1,500 years ago, it is claimed by enthusiast as the Eighth Wonder of the World and is anyway a World Heritage Site.

Picturesque & astonishing Sigiriya Fortress in Sri Lanka
Kandy

The ancient kingdom of Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha as well as Edwardian buildings, a king-made lake, a nature reserve and exciting shops.

As the second largest city of the island and the capital of the Central Province, Kandy has grown from being a medieval kingdom to a friendly, busy city set in forested hills and surrounded by tea plantations and close to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. As well as the Temple of the Tooth, there are many Buddhist monasteries and Hindu places of worship to visit, and cultural dance performances to watch.

Kandy is a convenient base to stay for a few days while exploring the Cultural Triangle as there are comfortable hotels to suit every budget. The city is easily accessible from Colombo by rail, road and float plane.

Breathtaking exterior view of Dalada Maligawa at night
Dambulla

The Dambulla temple has five caves and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, many paintings on the ceilings and walls that emphasis the artistic talent of ancient days. The history of the caves, rock and temple dates from the first century B.C. The fascination of these caves is not only the statues but also the many intricate and delicate paintings that cover the ceiling and walls, created with indigenous traditional paints.

Because of the history, archaeological and artistic implications, the premises were declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1991. The temple has been in use for over 22 centuries and still holds a sense of benevolence and spirituality. Visitors may climb up steps to the temple and the view from the top of the rock is as inspiring as the temple’s golden interior.

The frescoes & Buddha statues of the Dambulla Cave temple
Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park. Sitting in the centre of the cultural triangle, Minneriya is a good alternative to the busier parks in the south and it's easy to weave in a day here between visiting the ancient cities. The dry season, preferably from June to September, is the best time to visit the 8,890 hectare park when the ancient tank, the lake that dominates the area, dries out and the grasses and shoots push through. During this time it is possible to see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and washing, as well as toque macaques, sambar deer and leopards. The hungry bird flocks include cormorants and painted storks. Minneriya, closest by car to the ancient city Polonnaruwa, was upgraded from a nature reserve to a national park because of the increased number of tourists coming to see the elephants.
Perfect capture of random moments of a Leopard couple
Ella

Ella is a small hill country village now much developed with independent guesthouses, bordered by mountains, estates and waterfalls, with spectacular views and a history of dramatic legend. In the great Indian epic, Ramanaya, dating from more than 1,000 years before Christ, it is written that Sita Cave, 2km from Ella, was used by Ravana, king of Lanka, to conceal Sita, the beautiful wife of Rama. This attracts many visitors from India who are following the Ramanaya story. Equally appealing is the view through Ella Gap as well as Ravana Falls.

Ella is also a popular stop on the backpackers’ trail from west to east Sri Lanka and many small cafés and low budget guesthouses have opened up beside the main road through the village to cater for them. The quaint hamlet, at 204km from Colombo, is best reached by train.

Panoramic view of a beautiful waterfall among lush greenery
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Price
Description Price
Per person in a double room Approximately US$ 1,750
Inclusions & Exclusions
The above cost includes:
  • 9 nights’ accommodation on bed & breakfast basis while at Dambulla, Kandy, Ella, Galle and Colombo.
  • Transport in an Air-Conditioned car with an accompanying English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
  • Government Tax (11%)
The above cost does not include:
  • Early check-in & Late check-out.
  • Entrance/excursion fees to the places mentioned in our itinerary.
  • Tips and other expenses of personal nature.
Availability at hotels is subject to confirmation of the tour and travel dates
Payment Policy

Please note we require 50% of the payment on confirmation and the balance 2 weeks prior to arrival or the full payment can be settled on confirmation.

Payment Methods
  • On-line payment using a personal credit card (Amex/Visa/Master). Log in details will be sent on confirmation.
  • Bank transfer.