Intimate Sri Lanka

Enjoy an extraordinary honeymoon with your loved one following the most romantic of luxury weddings. Sri Lanka has plenty to enthral you throughout your stay! Explore the land’s historic sites and beaches to create memories that will remain etched in your memory forever.

day Location/Route duration Overnight
Day 01 Arrival and transfer to hotel Two nights in Negombo Value: Jetwing Sea
Signature: The Walawwa
Day 02 Negombo Second night in Negombo Value: Jetwing Sea
Signature: The Walawwa
Day 03 Negombo to Sigiriya Three nights in Sigiriya Value: Jetwing Lake
Signature: Heritance Kandalama
Day 04 Sigiriya Second night in Sigiriya Value: Jetwing Lake
Signature: Heritance Kandalama
Day 05 Sigiriya Last night in Sigiriya Value: Jetwing Lake
Signature: Heritance Kandalama
Day 06 Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya Two nights in Nuwara Eliya Value: Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel
Signature: Stafford Bungalow
Day 07 Nuwara Eliya Last night in Nuwara Eliya Value: Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel
Signature: Stafford Bungalow
Day 08 Nuwara Eliya to Galle Two nights in Galle Value: Amari Galle
Signature: Galle Fort Hotel
Day 09 Galle Last night in Galle Value: Amari Galle
Signature: Galle Fort Hotel
Day 10 Departure
Golden beaches

Needless to say, one of the prime features of the island, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, are its beaches of golden sand that surround the island and have gained popularity over the years with visitors. These include the beaches of Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Pasikudah, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle.

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.

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.

Tea Plantation and Train Journey

Hop aboard a vintage steam train in Kandy, and enjoy a picturesque ride into the heart of Sri Lanka’s charming hill country. The winding railway tracks chart a scenic course through the rolling hillsides of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Unwind in your air conditioned compartment, as you take in the majesty of the verdant landscape unfolding before your eyes.

Observe the shades of emerald that blanket the horizon, brimming with precious tea crops that are the nation’s pride. Envision the splendour of the island’s colonial heyday, as you tuck into a delicious four-course lunch accompanied by sparkling silverware and fine china. This journey is best begun in the late morning hours and lasts four to five hours.

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.

Architectural Tour of Kandy

Discover the rich architectural heritage of Kandy, the last Sri Lankan Kingdom to fall to the invading British. Today, it is one of the island’s major cities and home to an array of renowned attractions such as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Royal Palace and National Museum.

Begin your tour at the lively town centre, and observe the diverse mix of neo-colonial and colonial-style buildings. Enjoy quality time with celebrated architect Ruchira Wickremasinghe, a recipient of the Geoffrey Bawa Travel Award, as she walks you through the intricacies of Kandy’s architectural landscape. The 2.5 hour tour can begin at any time; however, the late hours of the afternoon are ideal.

Virgin White Tea Estate Visit

Visit the famed Handunugoda Tea Estate in Titagalla and observe first-hand how Virgin White Tea is produced. Hailed as the world’s purest tea, it is an expensive blend which boasts an antioxidant level of 10%. Learn the finer points of tea culture and discover the intricacies of the manufacturing process, as you explore the factory and grounds on a guided tour.

Discover the tea’s speciality; its leaves are devoid of human contact during plucking, processing and packing. End on an aromatic note with a soothing tea tasting session which comprises over 20 different blends.

The visit lasts 1 to 1.5 hours, and we recommend arriving before noon. The tea factory is open daily from 08:00am to 06:00pm.

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.

Tea Experience at Ceylon Tea Trails

Observe the century-old tea manufacturing process at Ceylon Tea Trails. Meet up with your guide at 09:00am and set off into the estate. Walk in the footsteps of the tea planters of Ceylon’s heyday, as they traversed the leafy inclines in search of ideal pastures for tea cultivation. Understand the challenges involved in the skilled art of tea plucking and learn the secret behind the aromatic black tea blend; only two tender leaves and the bud, are harvested from each plant, by hand.

Study the traditional English machinery used at the Norwood Tea Factory, which dates back to colonial times.

As your 2.5 hours draw to an end, sit back and sample fragrant brews from the factory’s many grades of tea.

Day 01
AIRPORT TO NEGOMBO
Negombo x
Located approximately five km from the international airport, the tourist friendly beach town of Negombo is one of the favourite stops for many visitors to the island. Offering a range of hotels, beach bars, cafes, restaurants and plenty of golden sands to lie on, Negombo is a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka.
Evening at leisure by the pool or opt to take a short stroll down to the Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilion for an evening of tranquillity with the therapeutic effects of traditional Ayurveda. An ideal remedy after a long flight!
This evening we recommend dinner at the Black Coral Restaurant, renowned for its haute cuisine and great selection of wines.
Local attractions: Seafood dinner with the day’s catch at Lellama restaurant - Jetwing Sea / Spa treatment at Spa Ceylon - Heritance Negombo / sundown cocktails at Sea Lounge-Heritance Negombo.

Ayubowan!!!
A warm welcome to Sri Lanka! Your chauffeur from Holidays by Design will be present at the arrivals hall to greet and assist you to your vehicle.

You could change your currency before departing the airport as this may come handy during your holiday.

A short drive from the airport will take you to your hotel in Negombo (30 minutes).

Day 02
Colombo x
Colombo is the commercial hub of the island connecting several parts of the country, such as the north, south, east and hill country by a fine system of roads and railways. The heady mixture of Asian anarchy, colonial charm and modern progress defines its impressive character. Towering skyscrapers, retail stores, parks, restaurants and bars coupled with sacred shrines of the major faiths and religions can be found in this vibrant city.
We recommend high Tea at Sri Lanka’s historic colonial Galle Face Hotel or sun down cocktails on its terrace - a great way to spend the evening.
Dinner at the Ministry of Crab (prior reservations required) is a unique experience not to be missed.
Head back to your hotel.

Old fishing crafts such as the 'oruwa' or catamaran with its bellowing sails are used by Negombo’s fisherman and are characteristic to this part of the island. This morning we will witness the catamarans as they reach the shores with their day’s catch.

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant, spend the noon at leisure.

Head out in the afternoon to explore the bustling streets of Colombo, taking in a bit of its history in the Fort area and port. You will take a walk through the market and along the Galle Face promenade.

Day 03
NEGOMBO TO SIGIRIYA

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
This morning you will have an early start to make the most of the day. The drive time to Sigiriya is approximately four hours.

You will be heading to Hiriwaduna or God’s Village to experience traditional Sri Lanka with all its authenticity.
Settle into your hotel this afternoon and spend the rest of your evening at leisure.
A special dinner at the Tree House for a signature dining experience is quite like no other.

Day 04
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. Consider the option of a safari this afternoon to the Hurulu Eco Park to see large herds of elephant feeding and frolicking in the water.
Light up this evening with a cave dining experience. An evening filled with flickering flames, the haunting melody of a flute and gourmet delights served in a private cave.

Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress early this morning; the sunrise from its peak is quite spectacular. Coconut water and cold towels will be arranged on your return.

Day 05
SIGIRIYA
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.
Afternoon – you will visit the Dambulla Cave temple.
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.
This evening we recommend dinner at the Paddy Museum located on the veranda of the resort complete with a Paddy Museum. This specialty restaurant features Sri Lankan cuisine in a rustic and simple ambiance.

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
This morning you will head to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (1.5 hours) or you may opt for a cycle expedition.

Day 06
SIGIRIYA TO NUWARA ELIYA
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 or the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa.
Settle into your hotel for the evening.
This evening we recommend heading to dinner to the Indian Summer Restaurant for a change, for some north Indian cuisine.

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
Our first stop today will be the house of the batik artist Ena De Silva. Her workshop showcases villagers in carpentry, woodcarving, abstract hand painting, brass foundry, batik, tie and dye and needlework. Her design work was inspired by traditional Sri Lankan art and crafts. Your tour includes a lunch of 22 curries prepared by the locals.

Continue to Kandy for a quick sightseeing tour of the city before you proceed on to Nuwara Eliya.

Day 07
NUWARA ELIYA
Nuwara Eliya x
Perched high up in the hills, Nuwara Eliya sits like a sentinel overlooking tea country on all sides. Piduruthalagala, Sri Lanka's tallest peak is only a short while away. A replica of English country towns with their lush greenery and a profusion of gorgeous flora, Nuwara Eliya is touted as "Little England" with its Victorian houses, a golf course, Lake Gregory, a racecourse and Hakkgala Gardens. The average temperature is around 15.9C.
Weather permitting; a moonlit dinner at the Sandathenna Terrace with a breath taking 360-degree panoramic view of the tea country is a memory to take back with you.

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
This morning you will stroll through the town of Nuwara Eliya.

Day 08
NUWARA ELIYA TO GALLE

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
You will have an early start this morning to head towards the coast. You will stop for lunch en route and will enter the southern expressway from Colombo (1.5 hours).

Feel free to speak to the chauffeur if you wish to make a quick stop at the service area at the half point of the highway for a snack.
Settle into your hotel and spend your afternoon at leisure. You may wish to try out the spa at the Galle Dutch Fort for a relaxing treatment followed by dinner at the Ahara Gourmet Gallery overlooking the turquoise ocean.

Day
GALLE
Galle (UNESCO World Heritage Site) x
The port city of Galle has flourished from its origins into Sri Lanka's fifth main and popular city. At the heart of the city lies the Dutch Fort. Dutch administrators and those in their service lived within the Fort protected by its city walls and the ramparts by the sea. Its massive archway entrance gives it a medieval air and appears magically time warped, with its red tiled colonial period villas and open verandas facing the cobblestone streets.
Return to a rock dining experience with a rich choice of seafood and delectable meats prepared by your own personal chef.

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
This morning you will set off on a whale watching expedition - (please note that an early start will be required in this case)

We recommend lunch at the Galle Fort followed by a quick stroll along its streets before you set off on a sunset cruise in a private yacht.

Day 10
DEPARTURE

We will take you to the airport on the expressway or along the old route, two-three hours before, in time to make your flight home.

Add-on

  • A list of a few activities you may want to add on to your experience.
  • In and around Negombo & Colombo –Tea tasting in Colombo / night cycling tour of the city with a street food dinner
  • In and around Sigiriya – Trek to Ritigala monastery / visit the monkey kingdom / birding at Kaludiya
  • Pokuna.
  • In and around Galle – Hike at Sinharaja forest reserve / Ruhumassala Temple walk / visit the turtle hatchery / tea tasting at a working tea factory.

Cost:  Transportation: private air-conditioned vehicle.

Cost per person starting fromValueSignature
Sharing a double room$1295$1995

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
Hiriwaduna Village Experience with lunch $18.00
Sigiriya Rock Fortress $30.00
Hurulu Eco Park Safari $42.00
Ancient ruins in Polonnaruwa $30.00
Cycling in Polonnaruwa $35.00
Dambulla Cave Temple $17.00
Lunch at the Batik Artist’s Factory $40.00
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic $10.00
Kandyan Cultural Performance $8.00
Sunset Cruise - Private $375.00
Whale watching $45.00
Lunch at the Ministry of Crab Al-Carte Only
High Tea at Galle Face hotel $14.00

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 02:00pm at hotels.
  • The standard check-out time is 11:00am from hotels.
  • Gratuity: tour guides & drivers are tipped at the end of the tour.
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  • CIP fast track silk route arrival
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  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • In-vehicle experience: Wi-Fi/ travel kit
  • Local government taxes
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  • Visas
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  • Airport taxes
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  • Tips and porterage
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  • Bank / remittance charges
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