Day 1 | Colombo to Galle
Make your way from Colombo International Airport to the seaside town of Galle, about 4.5 hours away by car. You will find a place to unwind & history to explore in the old walled fort town, with its colonial architecture and surplus of palm trees. Great places for some local food, a cold drink & gelato. This area is rich in history, personal stories, and family heritage.
Day 2 | Galle & Unawatuna
Start your day with a morning walk guided by a local to hear the stories of the families who have lived here for generations. Then its off to Unawatuna Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka, with a lively atmosphere & plenty to do when you need a break from relaxing on the white sand.
Day 3 | Sinharaja Forest
We start the day with a scenic 2.5-hour drive from the coast up into the hinterland to Sinharaja - one of the few national parks in Sri Lanka where you can walk and enjoy the park without the noise and hassle of motor traffic. A designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, Sinharaja is home to a huge number of birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The birds tend to be the most social, so watch out for Jungle Fowl and Blue Magpies as you take a three-hour afternoon hike through the lush jungle.
Day 4 | Yala National Park
Spend a lazy morning lounging at your remote jungle eco-lodge. By late morning, it's time for a three-hour drive to Sri Lanka's best known National Park, Yala where you will head off on a wildlife safari with some of the best leopard spotters in the country. Your chances of seeing elephants here are high and if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of another of the areas mamals, the elusive Sloth Bear.
Day 5 | Ella
This morning, a two-hour drive takes you to Ella - a quaint hilltop town with growing popularity. On the way, you'll pass waterfalls & tea plantations. Expect sweeping mountain views and charming village scenes along the way. The opportunities for hiking are enless in Ella, there are options for all abilities from Little Adams Peak to the 3hr return trip up Ella Rock.
Day 6 | Hiking in Tea Country
Wake up in Ella and take in the lovely mountainous views. The day is yours to explore. Popular attractions in the area include Ravana Falls and its famous cave, the iconic Nine Arches Bridge, and the Dhowa Rock Temple, where you'll find a 38-foot Buddha carved into stone. There are also cooking classes and plenty of great restaurants around town.
Day 7 | Biking in the Hill Country
Board a late morning train from Ella with your packed lunch and enjoy a leisurely two-hour ride through scenic countryside. Disembark in Ambewela - a small town in an area known as "little New Zealand" at the foot of Horton Plains Park. Here a small fleet of bicycles awaits. Pedal through the undulating terrain and lush greenery of Sri Lanka's high country where villages haven't changed in hundreds of years. By late afternoon, you'll roll into Nuwara Eliya and check into your charming heritage hotel.
Day 8 | Hiking in Horton Plains
Rise before the sun on day eight and head to Horton Plains, where a misty sunrise hike will take you to the sweeping lookout known as World's End. It's a popular hike, so come prepared to share the trail with other nature enthusiasts, even at this early hour. By the time the mist clears and clouds roll in over the valley for the day, you'll be at the lookout point, watching it all unfold below your feet. Continue on the trail as it loops back to the car, passing the famous, rhododendron-lined Baker's Falls along the way. Keep an eye out for Langur Monkeys and deer along the way.
Day 9 | Kandy
Start the day with a scenic train ride from Nanu Oya to Kandy, the views out the window are breathtaking. The afternoon is all yours in Kandy. Choose from a visit to the Perendiya Botanic Gardens, a class cooking Sri Lankan food with locals or a visit to a local village off the beaten trail.
Day 10 | Kandy & Colombo
The Temple of The Tooth - located at the edge of Kandy Lake - is the most sacred site in Sri Lanka, housing a tooth relic from the Buddha, each morning at dawn, it attracts a steady stream of white-clad devotees, there to partake in an offering and prayer ceremony. There is a second session in the evening, but the morning one is quieter and less touristy, so start your day here for a truly authentic experience of Kandy.
Spend the afternoon at leisure if your staying on in Kandy or if you need to be at the airport we will transport you in air conditioned comfort.