Our 11-night private tour of Sri Lanka combines the country’s unmissable attractions including the spectacular hill-top fort of Sigiriya, the centuries-old temple ruins of Polonnaruwa, the picturesque lakeside town of Kandy, the tea plantations of Hatton and the gorgeous golden sand beaches of Wadduwa with some of Sri Lanka's most sought-after boutique hotels – from tea plantation villas to over-water bungalows.
Sri Lanka Boutique Experience
Explore Sri Lanka's rich history, golden beaches and verdant tea plantations
1 night Colombo • 2 nights Sigiriya • 2 nights Kandy • 2 nights Hatton • 3 nights Wadduwa • 2 nights Colombo
This itinerary is recommended for:
Beach | History & culture | Honeymoon | Natural world
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Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » Arrival
Your chauffeur guide will meet you at Colombo airport and drive you to The Wallawwa, a colonial manor house turned boutique hotel set among acres of manicured gardens.
Stay: The Wallawwa
Day 2 » Sigiriya
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Sigiriya via Kurunegala, briefly the capital of Sri Lanka. Check in for two nights at Vil Uyana, in either an over-water suite or a luxury bungalow rooted in the paddy fields. In the afternoon there’s a chance to climb the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya. Rising 200 m straight up from the plains, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, often listed as the eighth wonder of the world, boasts ancient frescoes, beautiful water gardens and, for those who reach the top, breathtaking views and the ruins of a once-royal palace.
Stay: Vil Uyana
Day 3 » Polonnaruwa
Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, Polonnaruwa was an important royal capital and is another of the seven World Heritage Sites found in Sri Lanka. Palace ruins and giant recumbent statues of the Buddha are among the highlights. In the afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, home to plenty of wild elephants as well as birds, reptiles and huge numbers of butterflies.
Stay: Vil Uyana
Day 4 » Kandy
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and remains a cultural sanctuary. After a visit to a spice garden in Matale, you’ll arrive and check in at The Kandy House, a 200-year-old mansion in the spice-growing hills that surround the town. Take an afternoon tour of Kandy, seeing its lake, bazaar, museum and arts centre, before observing evening pooja (worship) at the sacred Temple of the Tooth and enjoying a traditional cultural performance.
Stay: The Kandy House
Day 5 » Pinnawala
Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. One of Sri Lanka’s most popular attractions, the orphanage began in 1975 and is now regarded as a conservation success story. Twice daily, the baby elephants are fed before being taken to the river to bathe. Watching them play as their mahouts try to douse them with buckets of water is a charming spectacle. Visit the royal botanical gardens in the afternoon before returning to The Kandy House.
Stay: The Kandy House
Days 6-7 » Hatton
Drive to Hatton and the Ceylon Tea Trails. Spend the next two nights with the vehicle and chauffeur guide at your disposal exploring the Golden Valley of Tea.
Stay: Ceylon Tea Trails
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Days 8-10 » Wadduwa
Of all the beaches in Sri Lanka, Wadduwa is among the most popular. Check in for three nights at the Reef Villa, fit for a maharaja. Seven immense suites feature hand-crafted floor tiles that are cool underfoot, walk-in dressing rooms, antique Jacobean four-poster beds and bath tubs hewn from single blocks of granite. Private dining pavilions surround the beachside pool.
Stay: Reef Villa
Days 11-12 » Colombo
Drive to Colombo for a night at Tintagel - the stylish boutique hotel chosen by the Prince of Wales for his visit in late 2013 - before transferring to the airport the next day.
Stay: Tintagel Colombo