Customised holidays for curious travellers.
 
 
 

ESSENTIAL SRI LANKA

 
 
 
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Founders Notes…

“We curated this sample itinerary with something for everyone – rest and relaxation is spiced up with cultural essentials, world heritage sites, Ceylon Tea, meeting locals we would love you to meet, eating and cooking great food on farm to table experiences far away from everything, learning about elephants and leopards with our Guides who know wonderful jungle stories from our wildlife parks and sunshine on our favourite beaches. Each itinerary is curated with age and mobility appropriate experiences. This sample itinerary can be easily tailor-made as a luxury honeymoon, an eco conscious holiday in beautiful settings or even as a golf vacation.”

Chamintha & Rajindra, Founders & Chief Explorers

 
 
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Image © Scott M Salt Photography

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Itinerary at a glance

Days 1 and 2: Cosmopolitan Colombo

Days 3, 4 and 5: Sigiriya or the ancient Royal Kingdom of Anuradhapura

Days 5, 6 and 7: A deeper side of Kandy

Days 8 and 9: The mountains and valleys of Wellawaya

Days 10 and 11: Yala National Park

Days 12, 13, 14, 15: Galle or by the beach

- Duration: 15 days or tailor-made


 
 

Map

Click here to view a map of the exciting locations to explore on an Essential Sri Lanka route.

Privately Guided

Private driver and local community-based guides are included throughout.

Pricing

All trips are tailor-made and private, based on individual cliet needs and are priced accordingly.

 
 

TRAVEL TIPS

We recommend the above clock-wise route for travel between December to March and ending your holiday by the southern beaches or, anti-clockwise if you travel between April – September to enjoy the eastern beaches. Ask us for luxury juxtaposed with a night or two of barefoot sophistication, to make it one of Sri Lanka’s best low carbon footprint holidays.

 
 
 

“Superb!! Their choice of places to experience and hotels to stay in has left us wanting more.”

Rob Grays, UK

 
 

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What you can experience on this tour:

 
 

Culture

Our local community-based Guides will inspire you with centuries old stories about visionary Kings of Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka’s first Royal Kingdom, the mesmerising Sigiriya Lion Rock, the architectural marvels from Polonnaruwa’s ancient civilisation, the Caves of Dambulla and the eclectic 17th century Dutch fort in Galle.

The Hills and Ceylon Tea

Relax up in the beautiful hills as we take you to explore the World Heritage Site of Kandy, around Ella or the quieter hills of Haputale, Hatton or Dickoya to learn our island’s Ceylon Tea-Story. Our Guides make treks in Horton Plains and Little Lover’s Leap in Nuwara Eliya so inspiring too.

Wildlife

We will take you on an African styled private safari with insights on animal behaviour in Yala. If you travel during July – September you will love learning all about wild elephants at the famous ‘Gathering’ in Minneriya. Between December and April you can spot Blue Whales off Mirissa.

Beach

You will be spoilt on one of our gorgeous beaches at a luxury beach resort in the East between April - September or a stylish private beach villa in the South between December – March.

Wow moments

Enjoy authentic experiential travel as we take you to meet inspiring locals, who will share with you the secrets of their craft. Unmask the basics of traditional dance and drumming, learn to cook delicious Sri Lankan food like the locals do, spend a morning with mountain farmers in the middle of nowhere, observe village-life amidst rice-paddies or take our ‘Other-Side-of-Colombo’ Street Food Tour ending at sunset.

Honeymoon and Golf

This itinerary can also be tailor-made as a lovely luxury Sri Lanka honeymoon holiday with more downtime or as a golf holiday taking in Sri Lanka’s best Golf with as much or as little wildlife, culture and beach as you require.

 

 
 
Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sri Lanka luxury accommodation for romantic honeymoon holidays
Forbes  listed Teardrop boutique tea bungalow for a warm tropical Christmas vacation
 
 
 

Stylish Accommodation that works well with this itinerary:

 
 

This itinerary can include a lovely mix of properties, too numerous to mention. Examples include, the luxurious Kalundewa Retreat, Cape Weligama by Resplendent Ceylon, Galle Fort Hotel, The Fortress, Amangalla and Amanwella by Aman Resorts, Ulagalla Resort by Uga Escapes, Vil Uyana, Fort Printers, The Bartizan, Fort Bazaar, Stone House, Fortaleza, Secret Ella, Chena Huts by Uga Escapes or Wild Coast Tented Lodge by Resplendent Ceylon, The Clingendael, The Kandy House; the Geoffrey Bawa escapes of Lunuganga and Heritance Kandalama, some of the best beach villas in Sri Lanka including Villa 46, Mawella Villa, Ranna Beach Villa, Pointe SUD, Skye House, Coco Tangalla, The Last House designed by Geoffrey Bawa, Era Beach, Frangipani Tree, Aditya and many more; luxury tea bungalow style boutique hotels like Ceylon Tea Trails, Goatfell, Nine Skies, Camellia Hills, Rosyth Estate, The Planters House Koslanda and Thotalagala Bungalow; inland villas like Villa Mayurana, Maya, Why House and Villa Republic, camping and glamping across Sri Lanka, or east coast luxury beach resorts of Uga Bay, Jungle Beach, Karpaha Sands and Maalu Maalu. We recommend a night or two in a tree hut too. The Wallawwa, The Notary’s House and Casa Heliconia are best for a night closer to the Airport.

We work closely with a range of stylish properties across the island. All hotel and villa recommendations are independent of any affiliations and are based on the finer details of each, to make your holiday just right.

 
 
 

 
 

Ceylon Concierge by Ayu

With our personal contacts to Sri Lanka’s top experts we make extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences possible. Be guided by a Palaeontologist and his insights on fossils locked in ancient sedimentary rocks, be awed by a conservationists’ views of the evolutionary relationships of our wild species, see blue whales off the coasts in the company of a famed author on marine mammals or fly to the mountains for a magical evening with a Michelin starred chef, accompanied by Ceylon’s acclaimed musicians.

We’re always pushing boundaries to add on to our expanding collection of innovative and inspiring luxury travel experiences for our guests. Enquire with your interests. Pricing varies based on your requirements.

 

 

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