Authentic Ceylon
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A complete, all-round experience of Sri Lanka over 12 exciting nights where you would discover our island home from the inside.

Your journey will take you around the island, along the coast to the south, up into the mountains through jungles and then into the heart of the cultural triangle. Then diverting to explore the eastern coast, back into the central plains before heading west. You will experience the true essence of Sri Lanka and feel at one with our people.

Why You’ll Love this Trip

  • Immerse yourself in the heart of local traditions, savoring authentic flavors and experiencing daily life. Our itinerary promises a genuine connection with the destination.
  • Explore hidden gems and lesser-known wonders, ensuring a truly unique adventure. Discover the charm that lies beyond tourist hotspots for an unforgettable travel experience.
  • Our seasoned travel curators have meticulously designed every detail. From accommodations to activities, expect a seamless blend of comfort and discovery, maximizing your enjoyment at every turn.
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds as we combine local expertise with international standards. Feel at home while exploring new horizons, creating memories that transcend cultural boundaries.

Is This Trip Right For You?

  • If you crave more than the ordinary, this trip is tailor-made for you. Expect exciting challenges and unparalleled experiences that cater to your adventurous side.
  • Ideal for those who seek more than a surface-level encounter. Delve deep into local cultures, interact with communities and foster a profound appreciation for the richness of diversity.
  • Embrace the unexpected. This trip is perfect for those who are open to spontaneity, allowing the journey to unfold organically and reveal the hidden treasures that lie off the traditional path.
  • For travelers who thrive in intimate settings, our small-group tours foster camaraderie and meaningful connections. Engage with fellow adventurers, creating bonds that last a lifetime on this shared exploration.
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Transport

Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle for Transfers and Sightseeing

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Accommodation

Hotel (12 nights)

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Included Activities
  • City tour of Negombo
  • Galle Fort & Market
  • Stilt Fishing
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • White Virgin Tea Estate Visit
  • Hummanaya Blowhole
  • Yala National Park
  • Bundala National Park
  • Diyaluma Waterfalls
  • Buduruwagala
  • Rawana Waterfalls
  • Little Adams Peak
  • Nine Arch Bridge
  • Train Journey from Ella to Kandy
  • Traditional Cooking Demonstration
  • Kandy Upper Lake Drive
  • Temple of the Tooth
  • Cultural show
  • Batticoloa Lagoon & Lighthouse
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Pidurangala Rock
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient Ruins
  • Negombo Village Tour
Distance: 1074km
Duration: 22h 30min
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Itinerary
Day 1
  • Airport
  • Negombo
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At the airport you will be greeted by our Jetwing Representative and your chauffeur guide who will take you to the beach resort town of Negombo. Rest and recoup from any jet lag. Negombo is a buzzing hub of contrasts and cultures. If you feel like exploring, your chauffeur guide will show you around some of the most interesting sights and landmarks and perhaps take a boat ride along the Dutch canal. Or, you can relax on the most famous golden sands of Negombo beach.
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Overnight stay at Negombo
Jetwing Sea
Highlights
Enjoy a city tour of Negombo
Day 2
  • Negombo
  • Galle
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Pay an early morning visit to a ‘lellama’ - Negombo’s bustling fish market. Watch the fishermen bring in their night’s catch for sale. Then head south along the coast to the World Heritage city of Galle. Sri Lanka’s oldest living city dotted with historic sites, Galle is one of the few World Heritage sites where a bustling population continues to thrive. Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums vie on cobbled streets with stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and impeccably restored villas and hotels.
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Overnight stay in Galle
Fort Bliss Homestay
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Galle Fort
Explore Galle town
Day 3
  • Galle
  • Yala
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Journeying along the southern coastline to Yala, look out for the iconic sight of stilt fishermen. Stop en route at a tea estate specialising in highly prized white tea and see the manufacturing process. Driving on, visit a turtle hatchery where baby turtles are cared for and also stop to see the Hummanaya blowhole - a rare natural phenomenon. On the drive to Yala alongside the jungle, you may see the occasional wild elephant. At Yala, check into your campsite and enjoy dinner around the bonfire.
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Overnight stay in Yala
Big Game Campsite
Highlights
Stilt fishermen
Turtles
White tea
Hummanaya
Day 4
  • Yala
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After breakfast, explore Yala or Bundala National parks. Comprising scrubland, sparse forest, grassy plains and brackish lagoons, Yala is famous for the Sri Lankan Leopard (a unique subspecies) and is considered to have the highest density of leopards in the world. Sri Lanka’s ‘Big Five’ can be spotted here too - elephants, sloth bears, sambur and crocodiles, so you might see them all and other animals and birds too. Bundala National Park is a fantastic maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes home to thousands of birds.
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Overnight stay in Yala
Big Game Campsite - breakfast & dinner included
Highlights
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park
Day 5
  • Yala
  • Ella
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After breakfast, set off to Ella, visiting the ancient Buduruwagala temple along the way. The region’s biggest cultural attraction, this gigantic 1000 year old figure is carved into the solid rock face and still bears traces of its original stone robe. Continue the scenic drive uphill into the mountains, and stop by at the spectacular Diyaluma Falls. At 171 metres in height it is Sri Lanka’s third highest waterfall and a magnificent sight. Check into your homestay with views of the famous Ravana Ella waterfall.
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Overnight stay in Ella
Waterfalls Homestay - breakfast & dinner included
Highlights
Buduruwagala
Diyaluma waterfall
Day 6
  • Ella
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Take it easy and spend the day exploring Ella. This small but popular town nestled high in the mountains is famed for its breathtaking views. Visit the mighty Ravana falls and the iconic Nine Arch Bridge at Demodara - now made famous by myriad videos. Follow the trails to Ella Gap and the panoramic views across the valleys are well worth the climb. Take a trek to Little Adam’s Peak - the best place to catch a bird’s eye view of the bridge and beautiful sunsets too.
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Overnight stay in Ella
Waterfalls Homestay - breakfast & dinner included
Highlights
Little Adam’s Peak
Nine Arch Bridge
Day 7
  • Ella
  • Kandy
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Take a ride that is considered to be one of the most epic train journeys in the world. The pace is leisurely, but the wonderful scenery you encounter along the way will make you forget the time and everything else. The line winds through villages, forests and tea estates. It curves round high mountain passes giving you magnificent views of waterfalls valleys beyond. This is an unforgettable way to catch a glimpse of real Sri Lanka. Later, check into your homestay in Kandy to rest.
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Overnight stay in Kandy
Kirinda Walauwa - breakfast & dinner included
Highlights
Ella to Kandy scenic train ride
Day 8
  • Kandy
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Start the day with a traditional cooking demo, making your lunch on earthenware pots and a woodfire stove. Then set off to explore Kandy. Kandy was the stronghold of the last Sinhalese kingdom. Pay homage to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred relic - a tooth of the Lord Buddha. Visit the Udawattekele forest reserve or take in the views from upper Lake drive. In the evening, attend a performance featuring traditional dances from the different regions of Sri Lanka.
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Overnight stay in Kandy
Kirinda Walauwa - breakfast & dinner included
Highlights
Temple of the tooth
Cultural show
Day 9
  • Kandy
  • Pasikuda
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After breakfast, leave the hills for the beaches of Pasikuda. En route visit Batticaloa. The once mighty Batticaloa fort now houses administrative offices, and though large sections of the structure are sadly crumbling, it’s still an evocative sight. The Batticaloa Lighthouse stands at the end of a sandbar, surrounded by lagoons and mangroves. The 28m tall lighthouse dates from 1913 and the sheltered coastline around is also popular. Continue to Pasikuda, and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the blissful beach.
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Overnight stay in Pasikuda
Maalu Maalu Resort Pasikuda
Highlights
Batticaloa lagoon & lighthouse
Day 10
  • Pasikuda
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Take a well-earned rest from travelling and sightseeing to enjoy a day completely at leisure. The pristine white sands of Pasikuda beach will make that an easy task. A classic tropical paradise picture postcard location, Pasikuda is pure bliss. A long stretch of curving white sands that seem endless, cloudless blue skies and warm gentle ocean where the water is so clean and clear. It’s perfect for snorkelling, diving, sailing and a host of other water sports, if lazing in the sun gets too tedious.
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Overnight stay in Pasikuda
Maalu Maalu Resort Pasikuda
Highlights
Relaxing day on the beach
Day 11
  • Pasikuda
  • Sigiriya
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Travel to Sigiriya after a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoon climb Sigiriya or Pidurangala. One of Sri Lanka’s most significant cultural landmarks, the World Heritage Site of Sigiriya rock fortress is an architectural masterpiece carved from a massive rock. The frescos halfway up the rock face are still remarkable and the climb to the top is well worth it - for the views are truly incredible. Pidurangala is another massive rock formation almost directly opposite Sigiriya, with equally majestic views, especially of its more famous landmark.
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Overnight stay in Sigiriya
Kassapa Lions Rock - breakfast & dinner included
Highlights
Sigiriya
Pidurangala
Day 12
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Negombo
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After breakfast, travel to the heritage city of Polonnaruwa. A World Heritage site, Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of ancient Lanka from the 11th to 13th century A.D and the glories of that era still remain well preserved in the archeological ruins of Lankathilaka, Thuparamaya, Royal Palace, Rankoth Vehera and Gal Viharaya and many other sites. Afterwards, journey back to Negombo - closer to the airport, to rest and recoup overnight after your long days on the road and be ready for your flight home.
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Overnight stay in Kandy
Jetwing Sea
Highlights
Polonnaruwa ancient ruins
Negombo village tour
Day 13
  • Negombo
  • Airport
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As all good things must come to an end, we bid you farewell as our chauffeur guide takes you to the Airport to meet your departure flight home.
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