This tour across Sri Lanka, former Ceylon, will make you explore all the best attractions this country has to offer.

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This tour across Sri Lanka, former Ceylon, will make you explore all the best attractions this country has to offer.

The highlights of the trip include:

  • Colombo, the hectic capital city
  • Negombo, a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches
  • Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa ancienty historic sites
  • Sigiriya fortress 
  • Kandy and the Sacred Temple of the Tooth
  • Nuwara Eliya and its beautiful green landscapes
  • Galle and its colonial buildings. 

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Colombo
  • End Colombo
  • Countries
    • Sri Lanka
  • City
    • Negombo
    • Jaffna
    • Anurādhapura
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Ella
    • Galle
    • Colombo
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips
  • Accommodation Standard, Superior, Deluxe
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our highest standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Colombo / Negombo (Approx. 00 hr & 45 min)
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Arrival in Colombo in the morning or in the afternoon: transfer to the hotel in Negombo (about 45 minute) and accommodation in the reserved rooms (which will be available anyway from 2.00 pm onwards). Rest of the day available for relaxing by the pool.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Transportation

    Visited places:
    • Colombo
    • Negombo
  • 2
    Negombo / Jaffna (Approx. 06 hrs & 00 min)
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    In the morning departure for Jaffna (about 6 hours). In the afternoon visit of the city, which for centuries was the religious and cultural center of the Hindu-Tamil part of Sri Lanka, particularly during the so-called kingdom of Jaffna, the Tamil dynasty that reigned for four centuries starting from the 13th century. Later conquered by the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British, the Jaffna region was the protagonist of some of the saddest pages of the bloody war that ended in 2009. We will visit the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most important Hindu temples in Sri Lanka (dedicated to Murugan, the brother of Ganesh), the Manthri Manai (ancient palace of a prince then fallen into the hands of the Portuguese) and the Jaffna Public Library.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Jaffna, Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, The Manthri Manai, Jaffna Public Library.

    Visited places:
    • Negombo
    • Jaffna
  • 3
    Jaffna
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    In the morning dedicated to the exploration of the surroundings of Jaffna. Immediately out of the city you are projected into a green landscape of palm trees, colorful temples, sacred springs and sunny coasts: you will visit the ruins of Kantarodai, the Keerimalai springs, and the islands of Karaitivu and Velanai (connected to the mainland by panoramic causeways, almost at sea level, with a view on the activities of fishermen).

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Jaffna, Kantarodai, The Keerimalai Springs.

    Visited places:
    • Jaffna
  • 4
    Jaffna / Anuradhapura (Approx. 04 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    In the morning visit a fishing village outside the city and the picturesque and colorful Chunnakam Market, the local market in Jaffna. After lunch departure for Anuradhapura (about 4 hours and 30 minute): stop along the route at the Elephant Pass, the collection point for elephants from central Sri Lanka, which were then marched up to Kaits and embarked on the ships leaving for the 'India.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Elephant Pass, Colorful Chunnakam Market.

    Visited places:
    • Jaffna
    • Anurādhapura
  • 5
    Anuradhapura / Dambulla (Approx. 01 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    In the morning visit of Anuradhapura, the first Sinhalese capital, from the 4th century BC to the 10th century. We will visit Sri Maha Bodhi, the focus tree descending from the original Bodhi tree under which Buddha was meditating when he reached enlightenment. and the Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba, the great white dagoba protected by a wall decorated with a frieze depicting hundreds of elephants; you will pass in front of two other famous reliquaries, the Thuparamaya, the first dagoba to have been built on the island, and the Lankarama, to then continue with the visit of the ruins of a monastic school of the IX century that preserve the most beautiful Moonstone of all Sri Lanka, of the imposing Abhayagiri Dagoba, about 75 meters high, of the Kuttam Pokuna, two beautiful tanks for ritual ablutions, and finally the Jetavanarama Dagoba, whose immense dome, at the time of its construction in the 3rd century, made it the highest stupa in the world. In the afternoon visit the beautiful temples carved into the caves at Dambulla (they are located on the top of a hill with 400 steps, but you can get up to about half with the car / the bus // from that point the climb takes about 20'). At the end of the visit, with a short "craft" catamaran ride on Lake Kandalama you will reach a point where one or two elephants (belonging to a private "elephant compound", exclusively open only for Mistral customers) go to do the bath together with their "mahouts": it will be possible to participate in the exciting bathing experience, playing with the elephants in the water and rewarding them in the end with delicious fruit!

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Anuradhapura, Elephant Compound.

    Visited places:
    • Anurādhapura
    • Dambulla
  • 6
    Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla (Approx. 01 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    Early in the morning (we will leave the hotel around 7.00 am) departure for Sigiriya: visit of the imposing fortress, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, built on rock in the fifth century and about 370 meters high. (The climb will take a couple of hours or so, because there are more than a thousand steps!). At the descent you will be rewarded for the effort with delicious fresh fruit, so you will visit a local house. In the afternoon, visit of Polonnaruwa (also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), the second ancient capital of the Sinhalese kingdom between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, whose temples and sculptures are among the best preserved in the country. We will visit the Parakramabahu Royal Palace group, with the audience chamber and the ablution basin, the area of ​​the Quadrilateral with the Vatadage, probably originally built to contain the relic of the sacred tooth of Buddha then transferred to Kandy, the Tuparama Gedige, a Buddhist temple with strong Hindu influences, and the Hatadage, an ancient reliquary also used to contain the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Finally visit of the beautiful sculptural group of the Gal Vihara, which, with its four statues of Buddha probably marks the highest point of the Sinhalese rock sculpture. Ancient reliquary also used to contain the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Finally visit of the beautiful sculptural group of the Gal Vihara, which, with its four statues of Buddha probably marks the highest point of the Sinhalese rock sculpture. Ancient reliquary also used to contain the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Finally visit of the beautiful sculptural group of the Gal Vihara, which, with its four statues of Buddha probably marks the highest point of the Sinhalese rock sculpture.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Cave Temple.

    Visited places:
    • Dambulla
  • 7
    Dambulla / Matale / Kandy (Approx. 02 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    In the morning I leave for Kandy. Along the way there will be a stop at a spice plantation at Matale with a demonstration of local cuisine. In the afternoon, visit the most sacred city of Sri Lanka, as well as the third capital of the Sinhalese kingdom: the Temple of the Sacred Tooth (Dalada Maligawa), the lake, the market square.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Kandy, Spice Plantation, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth(Dalada Maligawa), The Lake, The Market Square.

    Visited places:
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
  • 8
    Kandy / Nuwara Eliya (Approx. 02 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    In the morning proceed to Nuwara Eliya, a picturesque mountain station already known at the time of the British colony (1889 meters above sea level): along the way, stop and visit a tea factory and some fascinating natural glimpses.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Nuwara Eliya, Tea Factory.

    Visited places:
    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
  • 9
    Nuwara Eliya / Ella (Approx. 02 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 9 Transfer by train

    In the morning transfer to the Nanu Oya train station (10 km from Nuwara Eliya) and departure by train to Ella (about 3 ½ hours): the train allows you to make one of the journeys more evocative of the country, enjoying the wonderful mountain landscapes from a different perspective than the traditional "road" one Upon arrival, continue to Yala Park.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Train Ride.

    Visited places:
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Ella
  • 10
    Ella / Buduruwegala / Galle (Approx. 04 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    In the morning visit of the beautiful complex of Buduruwegala, composed of seven statues dating back to the 10th century, carved in a single rock, in the middle of the jungle, among which that of Buddha is the highest on the island (about 15 mt) and still preserves traces of the original color applied to the garments. Departure for Galle, a Portuguese, Dutch and finally English colony: visit of the fascinating colonial town upon arrival.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Buduruwegala, Galle Fort.

    Visited places:
    • Ella
    • Galle
  • 11
    Galle / Colombo (Approx. 03 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Morning at leisure to stroll in the ancient and charming quarter of the Fort. In the early afternoon return to Colombo and panoramic tour of the capital: you will pass in front of the New Parliament, the Bandaranaike Memorial International congress center, the replica of the Buddha statue whose original is located in Aukana and a stop at Independence Memorial Hall, the building that celebrates independence from English rule in 1948. We will continue passing in front of the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater, with its suggestive lotus flower shape, and in front of the Municipality of Colombo, then we will visit the Gangaramaya Temple (Buddhist temple which houses a bizarre museum, consisting of a very heterogeneous collection of gifts offered by the faithful) and the Seema Malaka Temple, a beautiful temple on the water built by the famous Sinhalese architect Geoffrey Bawa, located above three floating platforms connected to each other by wooden walkways. You will then pass through the Fort area with its evocative combination of ancient buildings from the colonial era and modern structures such as the skyscrapers of the World Trade Center, the recently renovated Dutch Hospital complex, the Galle Face Green, the green area of ​​Colombo overlooking on the sea, a favorite place for families and couples of lovers who frequent it especially at sunset, the Pettah bazaar and the tour will end with a stop at the historic Galle Face Hotel to savor the last cup of tea before departure.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Highlights: Colombo, Dutch Hospital, Colombo Commercial Areas, Pettah Bazaar.

    Visited places:
    • Galle
    • Colombo
  • 12
    Colombo / Colombo Airport (Approx. 00 hr & 45 min)
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    Transfer to the airport in time for the return flight back to the home land.

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Transportation.

    Visited places:
    • Colombo
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation in shared single/ double or twin/ triple room with private bathroom.
    • Meals are as stated in the programme B = Breakfast  |  D = Dinner.  
    • Transfers and tours with local Italian/ English - speaking chauffeur guide in private air-conditioned vehicle.
    • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program.
    • 500ml x 2 Water Bottle per day per person.
    • Airport assistance.
    Price does not include
    • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program.
    • International flights.
    • Optional activities.
    • Everything not mentioned in "the price includes" section. 

    Children below 05 years – Free of Charge. 5 - 12 years sharing parent’s room (Maximum 1 child) Extra Child 50% on adult rate.