Classic Sri Lanka – Overview

‘Classic Sri Lanka’ is the most popular tour we offer. It covers all the well-known cities and attractions in the country such as ancient cities, historic sites, beautiful scenery as well as safaris and beaches. This is the tour for you if you are looking to experience all the highlights this island has to offer.

Tour Duration

13 Nights 14 Days

Customer Rating

Budget Rating

Day 1 – Arrive in Sri Lanka

You will be met & assisted upon arrival at the Airport and escorted to a nearby hotel to rest after the long flight.

Day 2 – Dambulla

Travel to the city of Dambulla and visit the Cave Temple on Dambulla rock before checking into the hotel. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and is adorned with paintings and sculptures.

Day 3 – Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the construction of the palace atop a rock, the beautiful view from the top, the highly polished mirror wall, the palace gardens and the frescoes. While visiting, learn the story of Prince Kashyapa and how the palace came to be.

The Dambulla Cave Temple

A stone carved statue of Buddha at the ‘Gal Viharaya’ [stone temple] in Polonnaruwa

Day 4 – The city of Polonnaruwa

Travel to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, yet another one of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage sites for the day. Polonnaruwa was once a great historic capital of Sri Lanka. Visit the many ruins scattered across the city including the Royal Citadel, the audience hall, the Vatadage temple, Relic chambers, Kovils and statues carved out of stone.

Day 5 – Kandy, the Hill Capitol

Travel to the Kandy City and have some refreshing herbal tea at the spice gardens in Matale on the way. Once in Kandy, check out ‘Dalada Maligawa’, the Temple that houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and take a stroll across this small lakeside town cradled among the misty hills.

Soak in some rich and vibrant Sri Lankan culture and tradition by watching a cultural show in the evening that features traditional music, drumming and dancing.

Day 6 – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya that was once the pleasure garden of the Kandyan Queen and afterwards, travel to Pinnawala to watch elephants being bathed in the river at the Elephant orphanage in the afternoon.

Day 7 – Ceylon Tea in the hill country

Take a scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and visit a tea factory to find out how the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea at the factory

Day 8 – Enjoy the cool Nuwara Eliya climate

Wander around Victoria Park and enjoy the crisp cool hill country climate. You could also visit the Sita Amman Kovil which is where Sita was said to have been held captive by the demon Ravana in the Indian Ramayana Epic.

Day 9 – Travel to the South

Travel to Yala at the South Eastern part of the country and relax after the long drive.

A tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya

Yawning leopard at Yala National Park

Day 10 – Safari at Yala National Park

Go on an early morning and an afternoon safari at Yala National Park. The park is best known for its wide variety of wild animals that include elephants, tuskers, deer, sloth bears and leopards.

Day 11- Galle, the Southern Capital

Travel along the South Coast of the island to Galle and check out the stilt fishermen on the way. You could spend the evening on the beach.

Day 12- The Galle Fort

Wander around the historic Galle Fort and enjoy the heavily Dutch Influenced Architecture. The Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch when the country was under their rule.

Day 13 – Colombo

Travel from Galle to Colombo and visit the Mask Museum to view fascinating traditional Sri Lankan masks and the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Project on the way. Once in Colombo, go on a City tour to see the 100 year old clock tower, elegant historical buildings, the Pettah Bazaar, Buddhist temples and enjoy some shopping as well.

Day 14 – Colombo – CMB (Airport)

Transfer to the Airport to catch your flight home.

Traditional Sri Lankan masks


Included in your selected tour

  • Hotels
  • Transport
  • A licensed guide

Not included in your selected tour

  • Domestic & international flights
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fees (contact us for further information)
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