Back in Time

Experience unforgettable heritage tours in Sri Lanka with us and enjoy the island’s celebrated attractions, its rich traditions and heritage

day Location/Route duration Overnight
Day 01 Colombo to Sigiriya Three nights in Sigiriya Value: Amaya Lake
Signature: Heritance Kandalama
Day 02 Sigiriya Second night in Sigiriya Value: Amaya Lake
Signature: Heritance Kandalama
Day 03 Sigiriya Last night in Sigiriya Value: Amaya Lake
Signature: Heritance Kandalama
Day 04 Sigiriya to Kandy Two nights in Kandy Value: Earl's Regent
Signature: Earl's Regency
Day 05 Kandy Last night in Kandy Value: Earl's Regent
Signature: Earl's Regency
Day 06 Transfer to airport for departure
Kandy Esala Perahera "Procession"

The Kandy Esela Perahera, which is also known as The Festival of the Tooth is a unique religious and cultural event that takes place every year in July. The procession features many dancers, drummers and elephants, who parade through the streets paying homage to the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha which is housed in the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy.

The Temple of the Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is known as the Sri Dalada Maligawa is in the sacred city of Kandy. It houses the tooth relic of Lord Buddha and is an important shrine of Buddhist worship. The annual procession known as the Kandy Esala Perahera marks an important day in the Sri Lankan calendar.

Royal Botanical Gardens

The stunning Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, commonly known as Peradeniya Gardens, is one of the most popular attractions on the island, visited by two million visitors every year. The gardens nurture over 4,000 species of plants which include a famous collection of exotic orchids, making it a must visit place in Sri Lanka.

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa became the capital of the island after the fall of the Anuradhapura kingdom. The kingdom prevailed from the 11th century till 1310 CE. Many famous ruins can still be found near Polonnaruwa that date back to its glory days. The Hindu influence on the island started taking prominence during this period.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Built by King Kasyapa (477 to 495 CE), the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress stands as a testament to the grandeur of Sri Lanka’s glorious past. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it features stunning boulder and water gardens and world-famous frescoes. At the summit, you’ll find the ruins of the king’s palace and a breath-taking view of the surroundings.

Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple is known to be the best-preserved and largest cave temple complex that is found in Sri Lanka. With over 80 documented caves spread across the vicinity, the Dambulla Cave Temple has rightfully earned its name as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 153 statues of Lord Buddha can be found in this temple which is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla.

The Anuradhapura Kingdom

The glorious Anuradhapura kingdom was the very first empire that was established on the island. Gallant kings who are still revered in the island today ruled the whole country from this proud city. Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka during this era, which was formed by 377 BC and fell after an invasion in 993 BC.

Wander Through History in Kandy

Visit the Suriyakantha Centre for Art and Culture, and delve deep into the fascinating annals of European and Sri Lankan history. Housed in the Naranwala Walawwa, an 18th century Dutch-style colonial manor house, the centre represents a unique effort between a Frenchman and Sri Lankan, to showcase talent from eras past.

Explore the vast repository of local and European works over the course of two to three hours and understand the richness of Kandyan culture. Observe the various manuscripts, furniture, handicrafts, artworks and photographs on display. Located near the town of Kandy in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, Suriyakantha is open to visits between 08:00am and 04:00pm, throughout the year.

Kandy Four Temple Loop Tour

Spend half a day exploring four of Kandy’s famed medieval temples. Join your personal archaeologist on an informative, 3.5 hour coach tour of the Degaldoruwa, Embekka, Lankatilaka and Gadaladeniya Buddhist temples. Feast your eyes on the magnificent Kandyan murals on the ceiling of Degaldoruwa Temple. Witness the wonderful fusion of Buddhist and Hindu culture at Gadaladeniya Temple.

Take in the exquisite craftsmanship of the woodwork at Embekka Temple. Observe the traditional Sinhalese design of the Lankatilaka Temple, and discover the inscriptions carved into the rocks. Setting off in the morning is ideal, as the tour involves approximately 1.5 hours of travel to / from your hotel.

Hot Air Ballooning around Sigiriya

Create lasting memories with a truly magical hot-air ballooning experience. Set off into the skies in the cool of the day and enjoy an exhilarating hour in the air. Take in famed sights such as the iconic Sigiriya Rock and enjoy the beauty of the verdant landscapes that blanket Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.

Your flight starts bright and early at 06:00am, after a briefing on safety regulations. Upon landing, a range of mouth-watering refreshments awaits you. You will then head back to the launch site. The entire activity takes three hours and you will receive a certificate of completion. This experience is available from locations such as Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandalama.

Day 01
COLOMBO TO SIGIRIYA

Ayubowan! A warm welcome to our island nation!

On arrival at the Colombo Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Sigiriya (approx. five hours drive).

Evening at leisure! Overnight in Sigiriya.

Day 02
SIGIRIYA
Anuradhapura x
Anuradhapura (UNESCO World Heritage site) is an ancient capital and the first kingdom of Sri Lanka for nearly 1500 years. Second only to the pyramids of Giza, the dagobas, are an amazing work of architecture in honour of Buddhism. The sacred Sri Maha Bodhi Tree (related to Lord Buddha attaining enlightenment) is said to be the oldest recorded tree in the world (2,250 years). The Ruwanwelisaya is one of the world’s tallest dagobas built in 140BC.
Drive on to Mihintale (15 minutes)
Mihintale x
Better known as the cradle of Buddhism, during the reign of King Devanampiya Tisse (250-210 BC), Mihintale is one of the foremost pilgrimage sites during Poson Poya, which falls in June; to commemorate the introduction of Buddhism. It's beautiful tranquil setting, with its frangipani tree-lined flight of 1850 steps, linking its many ruins, rocky hills & dagobas are awe-inspiring. The oldest recorded nature sanctuary is located here.
Evening at leisure! Overnight in Sigiriya.

Visit Anuradhapura (Approx. 1.5 hours drive).

Day 03
SIGIRIYA
Sigiriya (UNESCO World Heritage Site) x
The most extraordinary of all Sri Lanka’s medieval capitals, this ancient ruin once belonged to King Kasapa. A lover of beauty, he ruled Sigiriya for 18 years, transforming the surroundings into a thing of wonder. Its extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures including the unique plumbing system stand witness to the grandeur of this architecture. It’s a 200m climb to the top, offering a magnificent view at the summit.
Drive to Polonnaruwa (1.5 hours).
Polonnaruwa (UNESCO World Heritage site) x
Polonnaruwa a UNESCO World Heritage site, blending both culture and religion is the second recorded ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka. The city rose to prominence between the 11th and 13th Centuries AD and peaked during the reign of King Parakramabahu the Great. The iconic reservoir, the Parakrama Samudra, is the best example of the advanced irrigation engineering and construction during ancient times which has stood the test of time and remains operational even today.
Evening at leisure! Overnight in Sigiriya.

An exciting day awaits you. You will first climb the famous Rock Fortress at Sigiriya.

Day 04
SIGIRIYA TO KANDY
Dambulla – The Golden Temple (UNESCO World Heritage site) x
At the heart of the cultural triangle, lies Dambulla known for its famous Golden Rock Temple, a most impressive cave monastery and one of the largest in South Asia. Of the 157 Buddha statues found in the five dimly lit grottos, 73 were gold plated at the behest of King Nissanka Malla, the 12-century monarch. Its walls decorated with some of the finest murals in the country are a showcase of sacred Buddhist art at its finest.
Drive south to Kandy, (three hours), en-route you will pass through the town of Matale.
Matale x
A region famous for its spices, the city lies in the heart of Sri Lanka, nestled in a lush valley at an elevated height of 300m. The northern part of the town flourishes with spice plantations ranging from jackfruit, cocoa, cinchona, vanilla, cardamom, chillies and many more.
Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site) x
The Hill Capital of Sri Lanka (the last Kingdom of the Sri Lankan Kings) nestled in a valley in the Highlands and locally referred to, as "Nuwara" meaning The Great City. A picturesque town by the side of a miniature lake, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. Visit one of the only natural reserves within city limits, the beautiful Udawatta Kele famous for its avifauna and the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa
Evening at leisure! Overnight in Kandy.

Set off to Dambulla (approx. two hours’ drive) en route to Kandy. Remember you need to wear clothing that covers your knees and no bare shoulders permitted to visit the temple.

Day 05
KANDY
Embekke Devale x
Built in the 14th century, the Embekke Devale is best known for its intricate carvings, towering pillars and other structures. The temple is located eight miles from Kandy.
Lankatilleke Raja Maha Vihara x
Also built in the 14th century on the summit of a large rock with views of the Hantana mountain range, Lankatilake Raja Maha Vihara is one of the most splendid architectural structures from the Gampola Kingdom.
Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Vihara x
Built by King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344, the ancient Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient monastery that is well worth a visit
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens x
The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens covering an area of 147 acres of lush flora was once believed to have been used solely for Kandyan royalty. Featuring a collection of exotic orchids, royal palms, a giant Java fig tree and many more, a stroll along the walkway is highly recommended. The Cannon Ball tree is the most iconic, as it was planted by King George V and Queen Mary in 1901.
Evening at leisure! Overnight in Kandy,

This morning, we take you on a tour to view unique pieces of craftsmanship in three of the oldest temples in Kandy, evidence of ancient Kandyan temple architecture to be seen at the Embekke Devale (an ancient Hindu temple), Lankatilleke and Gadaladeniya

Day 06
DEPARTURE

Depending on your time of departure, you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport for your return flight home.
If time permits, a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a fitting finale to your island holiday.

Safe journey!

Add on

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides
  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Monks alms-giving ceremony
  • Spice identification contest
  • Kandyan Cultural performance
  • Udawatta Kelle Sanctuary
  • Trek through the Knuckles Mountain Range

 

COST:  Transportation: private air-conditioned vehicle.

Cost per person starting fromValueSignature
Occupying a single room$955$1395
Sharing a double room$645$945

  • The above rate is nett and based on two guests.

 

Supplement for Entrance fees :

Entrance Fees & MiscellaneousCost per person
Gangarama Temple$3.00
Colombo Museum$5.00
Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura$25.00
Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress$30.00
Domestic flight from Sigiriya to Colombo and transfers$260.00

 

What to Pack!

  • Socks – as footwear must be removed when visiting places of worship. You could be walking on heated paving, gravel or cement. Also, shoulders and knees should be covered.
  • Footwear – choose comfy shoes - sneakers, sandals or similar.
  • Shawl – to cover your shoulders or dress up!
  • A sweater or light jacket if you plan to visit the Hill Country.
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, travel umbrella or lightweight raincoat.

 

Cancellation & payment policy:

  • 100% cancellation
  • 50% payment upon tour confirmation.
  • Balance payment prior to arrival

 

Notes:

  • The quote is subject to room availability and price fluctuations prior to booking.
  • The quote is based on settlement by cash. If the settlement is by credit card, a bank service fee of 2% -2.5% applies.
  • All drive times are approximate and subject to road conditions
  • Alcohol is not served on “poya days” (full moon) and other days prohibited by the Government.The standard check-in time is 14:00 at hotels.
  • The standard check-out time is 11:00 from hotels.
  • Gratuity: tour guides & drivers are tipped at the end of the tour.
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