DAY 1: Colombo

On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, your representative will meet you and transfer you to Colombo. Your day can be spent at leisure after you check into your hotel. In the evening, explore Colombo's stunning Gangaramaya and Seema Malaka temples or enjoy a drink at one of the rooftop restaurants in Colombo to witness a scenic sunset. Overnight in Colombo.

Town Hall in Colombo, Sri LankaTown Hall in Colombo, Sri Lanka © Diego Fiore/Shutterstock

DAY 2: Colombo / Kandy / Rukgala

Have breakfast at your hotel and transfer to Kandy. There's an optional white water rafting session in Kithulgala on the way.

In Kandy, you'll be taken on a city tour. Often considered the cultural centre of Sri Lanka, Kandy is a UNESCO heritage city surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. You'll learn about the history of this area, and in the afternoon you'll visit some important sites such as the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, enshrined at the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth.

Move on to Rukgala where you'll check in to your hotel and can take part in a yoga session. Overnight in Rukgala.

Temple of the Tooth KandyTemple of the Tooth in Kandy © Talal Cassim Photo/Shutterstock

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DAY 3: Rukgala

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a morning yoga session.

On today's agenda is a guided hike to the historic temple and meditation caves at Bambaragala. Built over 250 years ago, the Bambaragala Cave Temple has a rich history and even richer mythology. The cave temple has ancient drawings and markings possibly pre-dating the Kandyan era, and the climb up to the top of the Bambaragala Rock gives you stunning panoramic views of the Victoria Reservoir and the entire region.

When you return back to the hotel you can take part in the afternoon yoga session. Overnight in Rukgala.

DAY 4: Rukgala

Early breakfast at the hotel and then begin your trek to Heeloya Village to explore typical Sri Lankan village life.

Heeloya is a very traditional village. Tourists are encouraged to partake in some of the work and become part of the village life by picking fruits and vegetables to use in cooking a local dish. You also get an opportunity to see some of the other aspects of this village, such as the Heeloya waterfall, local species and herbs.

When you return back to the hotel you can take part in the afternoon yoga session. Overnight in Rukgala.

DAY 5: Rukgala / Gal Oya

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you can also take part in the morning yoga session. Later you'll proceed towards Gal Oya where you'll check into your hotel and enjoy some leisure time.

In the evening you can join the Gal Oya Lodge Animal Monitoring Program. The hotel has an ongoing project to record and monitor the lodge’s resident species of animals in order to understand them better and take necessary steps to conserve these animals, regularly embarking on evening walks around the lodge to set up camera traps.

Or you can do a Night Safari at the Gal Oya National Park (optional) to try your luck in viewing some of Sri Lanka’s nocturnal animals, guided by an experienced naturalist. Amongst other species, you can hope to see jackals, elephants, nightjars, wild boars, mouse deers, jungle cats and civets. Overnight in Gal Oya.

Elephants in the Udawalawe National Park on Sri LankaElephants in Sri Lanka ©  Heinz-Peter Schwerin/Shutterstock

DAY 6: Gal Oya

Enjoy your breakfast and then embark on a morning trek to the top of Monkey Mountain, where you'll be rewarded with stunning 180-degree views over the large forested valley. If you'd rather not hike, there are optional extras such as a boat safari on Gal Oya Lake. You could spot elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. Overnight in Gal Oya Lodge.

DAY 7: Gal Oya / Koslanda

After breakfast at your hotel, join a bird walk and hike through the local area in Gal Oya. There are a number of possible routes, including leisurely strolls around the lake where you may observe many bird species such as kingfishers, eagles, kites and many aquatic birds. As an alternative (optional extra), you can embark on A Walk of Discovery with Chief Veddha from the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka. Discover and learn about local nature as the Chief brings the forest alive, explaining his tribe’s use of medicinal plants, ancient hunting grounds and cave dwellings. It’s a fascinating insight into how the hunter-gatherers lived in the jungles of Gal Oya.

Later transfer to Koslanda and check into your hotel. Overnight in Koslanda.

DAY 8: Koslanda

After breakfast, it's time for a trip which will provide you with absolutely unforgettable views; you will be taken to Lipton Seat and the Dambatenne Tea Factory. While this trip is mainly about Sri Lankan tea, you will get a bonus of beautiful panoramas, passing through roads at very high altitude with amazing views.

Come back to the hotel and spend some time relaxing. Overnight in Koslanda.

Famous green tea plantation landscape view from Lipton's Seat, Haputale, Sri Lanka.Green tea plantation landscape near Dambatenne Tea Factory, Sri Lanka © Marius Dobilas/Shutterstock

DAY 9: Koslanda / Yala

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before your hike to the top of Diyaluma Waterfalls. This 220-meter high waterfall is the 2nd highest waterfall of Sri Lanka, has different levels and natural pools at the top.

Afterwards, you'll head to Yala and check into the hotel. Overnight in Yala.

DAY 10: Yala / Thalpe

Early in the morning, you'll go on a jeep safari at Yala National Park. Yala National Park is located between Southern and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka and is the second-largest park in the country.

Return back to the hotel and then transfer Thalpe, where you'll check in to your next accommodation. In the afternoon, explore Galle city and if you are lucky with the weather, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets from Galle ramparts. Galle is a beautiful colonial town along the southern coast of Sri Lanka, popular for its 300-year-old fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight in Thalpe.

View of the old lighthouse in the Dutch Fort, Galle,View of the old lighthouse in the Dutch Fort, Galle © inigolai-Photography/Shutterstock

DAY 11: Thalpe

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

Today is about relaxing: take a whole day at the beach or do whatever you please. You're in close vicinity to some of Sri Lanka's best beaches, like Unawatuna, Wijaya or Jungle Beach or a bit further afield, Weligama and Mirissa.

You may consider to take part in local yoga classes, have a massage at a spa or do a bike tour through local villages - the choice is yours!

Overnight in Thalpe.

DAY 12: Thalpe

Breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport for your journey back home.

Talpe beach in the coastal town of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka.Thalpe beach in the coastal town of Unawatuna, Sri Lanka © lulu and isabelle / Shutterstock

What's included:

• Accommodation on B&B (Bed and Breakfast) basis.
• Full Board basis only at Rukgala Retreat.
• Yoga classes 2 times a day (group sessions) and 1 Ayurveda Treatment at Rukgala Retreat.
• Transportation by air-conditioned car throughout the tour with an English speaking chauffer guide.
• Assistance at the airport
• All sites/activities unless specified as extra

What's not included:

• Lunch, dinner and mineral water or other beverages throughout the tour
• Expenses of a personal nature
• Tips and portage
• Any other services not specified above
• Entry Visa Fees – please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details and to submit your individual visa application
• Expenses for optional activities

Important details:

Prices start from USD $2,078 per person on the basis of two passengers sharing a Double Room. Taxes inclusive. Flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, and any local taxes are not covered.

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Top image: Traditional stilt fishing near Galle in Sri Lanka © Jaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock

 

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