Experience Sri Lanka in all its quintessential beauty on this unmissable Classic Sri Lanka Vacation, packing all of the country’s gems into ten days of adventure.

This other-worldly Sri Lanka travel package encompasses the mystifying landmarks and hidden corners of the country’s Golden Triangle. Explore the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, climb the imposing stature of Sigiriya Rock, and even trail past elephants in Minneriya National Park.

Uncover the cultural web of the Sri Lanka Tea Country, wandering the emerald slopes of Hatton, before becoming one with the enchanting shoreline of Weligama. Sri Lanka is an incredibly diverse country, offering indulgence for all five of your senses and inviting you to experience its classic beauty on this 10-day Sri Lanka itinerary.

What's Included:

  • All accommodation fees
  • All-inclusive at Tea Trails Bungalow
  • Bed & breakfast at all accommodations
  • Private transfers
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary, including national parks and tour fees

Trip Itinerary

A table has a glass of white wine and a plate of shrimp.

Day 1: Kotugoda

Day 1 – Kotugoda

You arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, where a friendly Wayfairer representative meets you for a smooth transfer to the Wallawwa Hotel, Kotugoda. Located on the outskirts of Negombo, Kotugoda brings a secluded and peaceful atmosphere to the beginning of your Sri Lanka luxury vacation.

Check into the Wallawwa Hotel and enjoy your evening in bliss, as the hotel’s amenable staff welcome you in warmly for a perfect introduction to Sri Lanka culture. Sample delicious Asian fusion cuisine at the hotel restaurant and settle into a cozy night in your four-poster king bed.

Visitors walking around the ancient capital of Anuradhapura.

Days 2-4: Anuradhapura

Day 2 – Travel to Anuradhapura and Ancient Sri Lanka Tour

A tasty breakfast at your hotel kickstarts your exciting Sri Lanka vacation. You set sail on a transfer to Anuradhapura, the first and former ancient capital of Sri Lanka, situated in the north-central plain.

After checking into Ulagalla Resort, you embark on an Ancient Tour around Anuradhapura, immediately thrusting you back through time. Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage is gradually divulged as you trail along dusty paths towards mystifying relics. Marvel at the Abhayagiri Monastery Complex and the tallest standing statue of Buddha at Aukana.

Return to your luxury boutique hotel for an evening of bliss amidst its 58-acre lush green gardens.

The ancient temple at Polonnaruwa.

Day 3 – Explore Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park

Indulge in a buffet breakfast before heading towards another of Sri Lanka’s ancient landmarks, Polonnaruwa, gradually ticking off the iconic Sri Lanka Golden Triangle.

You gaze at the intricacy of the ancient city’s stone relics, including well-preserved large stupas like Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera. Visit the dusty rock shrine of Gal Vihare, which contains four majestic Buddha statues, slowly uncovering the secrets of this medieval capital.

You spend the second half of your day in Minneriya National Park, experiencing another of the island’s colorful faces on a Sri Lanka safari tour. Here, herds of Indian elephants roam and play amongst grasslands, alongside wild buffaloes, leopards, crocodiles and 160 species of birds. Get your wildlife checklist out!

An aerial view of Sigiriya Rock and its temple complex.

Day 4 – Climb Sigiriya Rock

Another nutritious breakfast awaits you this morning, before a day of immersive adventure in Sigiriya, another checkpoint of the Sri Lanka Golden Triangle.

You are transferred to the imposing ancient rock fortress, which lies just an hour away from Anuradhapura. Sigiriya Lion Rock appears on the horizon as you travel closer, piercing through its encasing foliage at 200 meters high and resonating with mystery.

You wander the neatly landscaped gardens which lay at the base of Sigiriya Rock before beginning your Sri Lanka adventure tour on a steep climb past the enormous carved lion which marks the entrance. You reach the palace ruins, which sprawl across the top of Sigiriya, whispering secrets of the reign of King Kasyapa.

A temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Days 5-6: Hatton

Day 5 – Exploring Hatton and a Trip to Kandy

Today, you seek the exquisite beauty of the Sri Lanka Tea Country, specifically the geometric landscapes of Hatton, in the Nuwara Eliya District. Hatton bears a complex colonial history, an intriguing yet haunting past which has intertwined with one of Sri Lanka’s most uniquely beautiful landscapes.

Check-in at Tea Trails Bungalow, an exclusive Sri Lanka hotel which mirrors the architecture of much of Hatton, expertly marrying luxury with culture.

Spend the afternoon sightseeing in the nearby city of Kandy, where pretty buildings and quaint gardens lie surrounded by mountains. Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, a stunning piece of architecture laced with important 17th-century history.

A lady is collecting tea leaves in Sri Lanka.

Day 6 – Tea Factory Tour and Tasting in Hatton

You are invited to seek the hidden corners of Hatton on today’s Sri Lanka tour package, beginning with a pacifying stroll in a local tea village. Your route introduces you to the distinct blend of countryside and culture that the Tea Country represents as locals go about their daily work, accompanied by the gentle hum of nature.

You are guided through the timeline of tea cultivation in Sri Lanka, visiting a local Tea Factory as your guide teaches you about James Taylor and Ceylon Tea. You can even taste some tea in the factory!

Two men are balancing on sticks while fishing.

Days 7-10: Weligama

Day 7 – Travel to Weligama

A tasty breakfast prepares you for today’s journey to Weligama, along a picturesque route towards the southwestern tip of the island, near Galle. Weligama is a beautiful hidden gem, a small town with a name that translates to “sandy village”, and one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka for ocean-side scenery.

Check into Cape Weligama Hotel, your base for exploring the town’s palm-fringed shores. This hotel embodies Weligama’s paradisical ambience and is equipped with an extraordinary outdoor pool which overlooks the twinkling bay. Settle into a blissful sleep in your spacious Junior Suite.

Galle coastline in Sri Lanka.

Day 8 – Explore Cinnamon Plantation and the Dutch Galle Fort

Today, you to unveil Weligama’s history and culture. You are brought to a local cinnamon plantation to learn about one of the most popular spices of the ancient world. The “Ceylon Cinnamon” variety is native to Sri Lanka, upholding an important agricultural status in the country.

Your afternoon is spent in the glorious coastal city of Galle, famed for its colonial-era fortress named Galle Fort. Be transported into the 16th-century world of colonial rule, admiring the unique contrast of Galle’s orderly architecture and the boundless blue which lays behind it.

Sri Lankan food is placed in bowls.

Day 9 – Cooking Class in Weligama

Your morning is spent at leisure, reveling in the generous amenities of Cape Weligama Hotel. Perhaps you decide on a revitalizing morning yoga session at a clifftop location or a therapeutic massage in the Sanctuary Spa.

Today’s activity is the perfect finish to your luxurious Sri Lanka vacation. Sri Lanka’s culinary splendor awaits your tastebuds on an immersive cooking lesson in a traditional wattle and daub mud hut. Taste a sumptuous Sri Lankan lunch consisting of fresh, locally sourced ingredients like lotus root and banana blossom.

Your final day in Sri Lanka is completed with an evening at Cape Weligama Hotel. You sip on zesty cocktails on the hotel's Ocean Terrace, reflecting on your life-changing trip.

Day 10 – Departure Home

You feel truly dazzled by the beauty of Sri Lanka as you head for a smooth sailing journey homeward with the help of your friendly guide. You fly home from Colombo Airport, feeling restless with inspiration. Return home and tell us where you are travelling next.

Tea country fields in Sri Lanka.

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Why Wayfairer

This Classic Sri Lanka itinerary epitomizes our goal to provide authentic, luxury travel for our clients. Whilst you experience the country’s quintessential majesty, from its ancient landmarks to its colonial tea lands, you stay in some of the best hotels in Sri Lanka.

This itinerary introduces you to intimate Sri Lanka so that you can speak to locals and interact with the country’s true spirit. Meanwhile, you contribute to Sri Lanka’s well-being, embarking on a responsible itinerary which encompasses a charitable national park, tours run by fairly paid locals and hotels which protect the environment.

The Wallawwa Hotel has a pool with sun beds surrounded by a jungle.

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