Private luxury tours in Sri Lanka

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Luxury Sri Lanka Tours

Essence of Sri Lanka
(10 Days)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle

Luxuries of Sri Lanka
(9 Days)
Colombo, Hill Country, Galle, Tangalle, Yala National Park

Introduction to Sri Lanka
(7 Days)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country

Exclusive Sri Lanka
(6 Days)
Galle, Tangalle, Yala National Park

Cultural Highlights of Sri Lanka
(10 Days)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Galle

Journey Through Sri Lanka
(15 Days)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Galle

Multi-Country

Southern India & Sri Lanka
(12 Days)
Mumbai, Cochin, Backwaters of Kerala, Galle, Tangalle, Yala National Park

Essence of Sri Lanka

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle

This private tour of Sri Lanka is the ideal combination of the country’s most important and interesting destinations. It’s also the perfect Sri Lanka family tour, with activities that will appeal to family members of all ages. Highlights include seeing elephants, touring major Buddhist sites, visiting a tea plantation and a spice garden, exploring historic towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, enjoying Sri Lankan curry and rice, and staying at the best hotels and resorts in each location.

Begin in Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka. Stay in the former mansion of Sri Lanka’s most famous political family, and tour the city’s historic sites, bustling markets and neighborhoods.

Next, explore the highlights of the Cultural Triangle, a region filled with fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. En route, visit a private elephant sanctuary, where you can ride an elephant and even help bathe it in the river. Then, tour the ancient Buddhist cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. See monumental stupas, ruined palaces and sculptures carved in stone. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist sites, a temple built around a sacred bo (bodhi) tree thousands of years old. At Mihintale, see a beautiful water garden, abandoned monasteries and centuries-old stone staircases shaded by frangipani trees.

Visit Sigiriya, an ancient rock citadel that is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular site. See the Sigiriya Damsels frescoes, which were painted on the rock walls centuries ago, and climb to the top of the rock to explore the ruins of a fifth-century palace and take in panoramic views over farmland, forest, lakes and mountains. In nearby Dambulla, tour impressive cave temples filled with Buddhist sculpture and vibrant religious paintings.

Continue to Kandy, a former royal capital in the hills. En route, visit a spice plantation to learn how different spices—including Sri Lanka’s renowned cinnamon—are grown and harvested. In Kandy, see a puja (religious ceremony) at the Temple of the Tooth, a UNESCO site dedicated to a sacred relic of the historical Buddha. Enjoy a private performance of traditional Sri Lankan dance and fire walking. Also, visit a local market, and tour the Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya.

Venture into the Hill Country, where verdant tea plantations cover rolling mountains. Stay at a luxurious Relais & Chateaux-affiliated hotel in a renovated tea planter’s cottage. Learn about tea picking and processing during a tour of a historic tea factory, and sample different types of high-quality Sri Lankan tea. During leisure time, hike through the tea fields or relax by the pool.

Continue to Galle, an ancient fortified port and UNESCO site with a colonial-era atmosphere and unique mix of cultures. Stay in the heart of the Galle Fort historic district at Amangalla, one of the finest and most romantic luxury resorts in Sri Lanka. During private touring, visit local museums, explore evocative backstreets, walk on the sea walls to the lighthouse, look for reminders of the Dutch and British colonial years, observe daily life, and browse local shops, some of the best in Sri Lanka. Also, enjoy flexible private excursions to regional highlights such as a sea turtle hatchery, a traditional mask workshop, a lace-making workshop, a folk museum dedicated to preserving Sri Lanka’s traditions, and the private country estate of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most acclaimed modern architect.

This tour can be further customized with Sri Lankan curry cooking lessons, visits to local workshops, game drives in Sri Lanka’s best wildlife parks and reserves, and more.

We can easily combine our private Sri Lanka tours with destinations in the Maldives, India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Colombo
Private transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon flexible private city tour
Day 2 Colombo – Pinnawala – Cultural Triangle
Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights with touring en route
Day 3 Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura & Mihintale
Full-day private tour
Day 4 Cultural Triangle: Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa
Full-day private tour
Day 5 Cultural Triangle: Dambulla – Kandy
Private transfer to hotel for 1 night with private touring en route. Evening private dance performance
Day 6 Kandy – Hill Country
Morning private tour. Afternoon private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 7 Hill Country
Morning tea factory tour. Afternoon at leisure
Day 8 Hill Country – Galle
Private transfer to resort for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour
Day 9 Galle & environs
Full-day private flexible tour of the region
Day 10 Depart Galle
Private transfer to airport

Hotels
Colombo:

Tintagel

Cultural Triangle: Heritance Kandalama
Kandy: Kandy House
Hill Country: Ceylon Tea Trails
Galle: Amangalla

Cost
$8,795 Per person (double occupancy)