Instafamous Sri Lanka

The little island of Sri Lanka has become a popular instagrammable location. If your life’s adventure is travel and telling creative travel-stories through photography, Sri Lanka is a place of joy.

Sri Lanka’s bucket list of things to do and places to see have been redefined by travel bloggers and the island is now all the rave on Instagram. All these places have unique back stories and serve as ideal backdrops for picture perfect-posts that have attracted the attention of people around the world. Sri Lanka is a place of the most friendly people; who love to welcome and share their unique culture and lifestyles with visitors. If looking at photos helps you relive a little piece of the joy you felt in that moment, then Sri Lanka awaits; with beautiful beaches, lush tea hills, spectacular waterfalls, Elephants in the wild, iconic landmarks and more.

Book this tour using the Book Now button or have us customise this tour for you by sending us an enquiry. You may refer our Top 50 things to do in Sri Lanka for some inspiration.

Highlights

  • Day 1 – Rest & relax on the Negombo beach before commencing your tour
  • Day 2 and 3 – The dramatic and impressive Sigiriya rock fortress, the Pidurangala rock at sunrise herds of Elephant in the wild and experience Sri Lanka rural village life
  • Day 4 – Pitstop in Kandy with flexible schedule
  • Day 5 and 6 – Experience the most scenic Kandy-Ella train, the hip culture of Ella, Nine arches bridge and the natural pools atop the Diyaluma falls
  • Day 7 and 9 – Enjoy the south coast and it’s attractions; the secret beach of Mirissa, the Coconut tree hill, the Unawatuna beach rope swing, the Galle Dutch Fort and lighthouse and more
  • Day 10 and 11 – Experience the old and the new of Colombo in a city tour including the iconic Gangaramaya temple until your tour ends

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Tour Details

Have us pick you up at the Bandaranaike International Airport or any hotel or address of your choice from Colombo 01 -15 or Negombo. Check in to a hotel on Negombo beach for some sun and sand before commencing your trip.

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: Hotel J, Negombo
Entrance tickets included: None
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

Drive to Sigiriya, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Here you will find one of the most dramatic sights of Sri Lanka, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress also known as the Lion Rock and the amazing ruins of King Kassapa’s palace found atop this 200 meter granite rock. The fortress complex palace ruins, ancient frescos and scriptures surrounded by a widespread network of fortifications, enormous gardens, ponds, canals and fountains. Later, take Jeep Safari to the Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks to capture large herds of wild elephant in evening light.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Sigiriya Village
Entrance tickets included: Sigiriya Rock, Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

Today, take a medium-easy hike of the Pidurangala rock early in the morning. Pidurangala is best tackled at Sunrise and the 360 degree views are spectacular. Once you reach the top, you’ll see the best view of the Lion Rock, because the two rocks coexist directly across from one another; Pidurangala being slightly shorter. Later in the day cycle around the countryside that surrounds you, enjoying the luxury of fresh air, space and the sights and sounds of village-life in Sri Lanka or pick from our list of Things to do in Sigiriya.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Sigiriya Village
Entrance tickets included: Pidurangala rock
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle up to 100 km, guiding services

Drive to Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka were you will wait at leisure to take the scenic Kandy to Ella train the next morning. We recommend taking a casual stroll along the Kandy Lake and marketplace and visiting the iconic Temple of the tooth relic. If you are not a fan of crowds, take an easy hike up to the Bahirawakanda temple, also knowns as the gnome mountain to find the magnificently large white statue of the Buddha that can be seen from the entirety of Kandy city. Alternatively refer to our comprehensive list of things to do in Kandy to decide how to spend your day.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Heaven Seven Kandy
Entrance tickets included: None
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

Take the Kandy to Ella train-ride, which is considered to be one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. As you ascend the hill country, enjoy lush green tea estates, age-old tunnels, farming fields, mountains, waterfalls, villages and various forms of forestlands throughout your journey. You may or may not have a seat and will generally spend most of your time sandwiched between locals, but we daresay the experience is worth it! Ella, is a gorgeous little mountainous town with a hip culture offering some jaw-dropping views.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel
Entrance tickets included: Kandy – Ella Train (2nd or 3rd class)
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

After breakfast, drive to the glorious Nine-arches-bridge which is a very picturesque spot and an architectural marvel from the colonial era spanning 91 meters at a height of 24 meters. A favourite spot for drone photography, the regular views depend on your approach path. The easiest approach is to trek from the Ella train station along the rail track until you reach the bridge. However the more beautiful views from a distance or from the base of the bridge require medium level hiking. Your guide will provide you more information and help you choose your approach. Your next stop is Diyaluma, the 220-meter 2nd tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. A 2-hour hike to the upper Diyaluma will take you to a heavenly picture-perfect location with natural pools located at the top of the fall. Here you will find a series of natural infinity pools where you can take a swim, and even jump from one pool into a lower leveled pool.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Oak Ray Ella Gap
Entrance tickets included: Excursions mentioned do not require entrance tickets
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle up to 100 km, guiding services

Drive down to Mirissa one of the most popular and young beach destinations in Sri Lanka, providing incredible white sand beaches lined with palm trees, easy access to good surfing spots nearby and vibrant nightlife. Enjoy the evening vibes at Mirissa. Check out our comprehensive list of Things to do in Mirissa to plan your days ahead.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Somerset Mirissa / Ballena Regency
Entrance tickets included: None
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

We would recommend not missing out on the following spots while in Mirissa but suggest you explore these at your own time and pace. Go beach hopping and remember to spend some time at the pristine, private, and beautiful, Secret Beach in Mirissa, for two coves of clear blue water and low-hanging palm trees. The Coconut tree hill is another popular picturesque spot, for sun rises and sun sets. Wander around the quaint little cafes and bars along Mirissa beach and keep your eyes peeled for some beautiful graffiti murals of peacocks.

If surf is your calling the surf of Mirissa is perfect for beginners. More advanced surfers may want to make the most of the free mileage we have provided you to head towards the Weligama surf or the less touristic Hiriketiya beach.

Mirissa is also the best place in Sri Lanka for whale and dolphin watching (Season: October to April).

Using your free mileage to spend a day heading up to Unawatuna beach for a different vibe. Stop at Dalawella beach to try the highly instafamous beach rope swing. Head up to the famous Dutch Fort of Galle and take a walking tour of its cobble-stoned streets for shopping, dining and home-made gelato; not forgetting to walk along the rampart for some great views until you reach the iconic lighthouse.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Somerset Mirissa / Ballena Regency
Entrance tickets included: Excursions mentioned do not require entrance fees, cost of renting surfboards and other watersports will have to be paid for directly
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle up to 100 km per day, guiding services

Drive to Colombo and visit Gangaramaya Temple, one of the most classically beautiful and unique Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka; a fusion of Sri Lankan and Thai Buddhist cultures. Walk to the Seema malaka complex that sits atop the Beira lake. Afterwards take a city tour to explore the capital city of Sri Lanka covering the key highlights, Colombo Fort, Old Parliament, Galle face Green, Viharamahadevi Park and Independence square or check our comprehensive list of things to do in Colombo to plan your day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fairway Colombo / Ozo Colombo
Entrance tickets included: Gangarama temple and Seema malaka complex
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

After breakfast, tour ends in Colombo, Negombo or at the Airport.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: None
Entrance tickets included: None – kept flexible for guest to decide
Other inclusions: Transport in air conditioned vehicle, guiding services

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation as per programme above or if not available a similar/same class of hotel will be suggested to you in booking confirmation
  • Meals as stated above for each day
  • Transportation in an Air conditioned vehicle with private transfers throughout the tour
  • Train ticket cost mentioned in the tour
  • Services of English speaking Guide
  • Entrance tickets for sites mentioned in the tour and excursions other than those mentioned as optional
  • Meet & Assistance on arrival
  • 02 bottles of 500ml water per person per day in vehicle and x 2 in Hotel rooms
  • 24 hrs. Emergency on call duty manger services
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