Responsible Travel Guide: Sri Lanka
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Jet off on a summer holiday in Sri Lanka with Wayfairer, giving time to the country’s wild beauty and cultural majesty, as well as to its relaxing coastline and luxury resorts. Stay at some of the best holiday resorts in Sri Lanka, spending hours beneath the beating sun before embarking on other-worldly adventures. Begin with a tour of Colombo and embark on a route through remote localities and iconic landmarks.
Discover Sri Lanka’s ancient heritage in Sigiriya, its emerald tea plantations in Hatton and its abundant wildlife in Yala National Park. Complete your idyllic summer Sri Lanka holiday on the tranquil beaches of Weligama, before returning home with lifelong memories.
On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you are met by a Wayfairer representative for your transfer to your hotel, Uga Residence.
Along the way, you pass the picturesque natural harbour of Colombo, where Sri Lanka’s modern culture thrives. After checking into your luxury Sri Lanka hotel, you embark on an insightful half-day tour of the capital. You encounter the rhythms of Colombo’s most intimate corners and stop at mesmerising buildings like the Jami ul-Alfar Mosque.
Complete your day with a tasting of authentic Colombo street foods in the city’s bustling markets, kickstarting your summer holiday in Sri Lanka with an eccentric kick of flavour.
After a delicious breakfast in your cosy city hotel, it’s time for your transfer to Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka’s historic gems. Along the way, visit a rural Sri Lankan village in Pinnawala, learning about local traditions and the village’s history.
Chatter with locals, perhaps tasting some exotic fruits from the village shops, before enjoying a revitalising tuk-tuk ride along the surrounding, tree-lined roads.
Spend the evening in Water Garden Sigiriya. This accommodation is your gateway to the archaic beauty of Sigiriya Rock, also providing you with a stripped-back level of luxury. Enjoy the traditional design and architecture of Water Garden Sigiriya and its watery grounds, where peacocks and egrets loiter.
Today begins with an early rise and a nourishing breakfast, before heading to Sigiriya Rock Fortress for a morning of exploring.
You are introduced to the bewildering stature of Sigiriya Rock, as it reaches toward the cerulean sky. You enter through the huge stone-carved lion which lays imposingly at the entrance, embarking on a steep climb. The sprawling ancient ruins at the top of the rock welcome you to uncover their secrets, which date back to the reign of King Kasyapa (477-495).
Next, you head to Trincomalee, a port city on Sri Lanka’s northeast coast, which is home to an abundance of colonial landmarks. Check into Jungle Beach, discovering the perfect blend of modern luxury and tradition which characterises all the best hotels in Sri Lanka. Treat yourself to an al fresco, candlelit dinner on the hotel’s private beach.
This morning, you have the option to set off on a whale-watching experience, the perfect cherry on top of your exciting Sri Lanka holiday. You board a private luxury yacht and venture into the diamond blue, where fin whales, blue whales and sperm whales swoop and swerve.
Spend some time in the Back Bay near ThiruKoneswaram Temple, a classical-medieval Hindu temple complex which dazzles in a vibrant spectrum of colour. This is a must-visit for those seeking to unveil Sri Lanka’s ancient culture.
Your afternoon is spent at leisure, although we recommend embracing the beauty of Sri Lanka beaches and snorkelling off of Trincomalee’s tropical shoreline. Here, a myriad of exotic fish, green turtles and even sharks swim amidst a healthy coral city.
Following breakfast, head on a transfer to your next destination, Kandy. This major city encapsulates inland tropical beauty and a treasure trove of ancient history and tea culture.
Check into your hotel, Jetwing Kandy Gallery, which perches on the banks of the Mahaweli Ganga. The hotel’s outdoor pool is encased by tropical vegetation, offering a stunning spot to unwind beneath the beating sun.
During the afternoon, Kandy’s iconic Temple of the Tooth Relic invites you to unveil its cultural prowess. This sacred temple is home to the historic palm-leaf transcripts of Southeast Asia and is distinctive in its octagonal design and glimmering, golden roof.
The next step of your summer adventure in Sri Lanka proceeds with a transfer to Hatton, the heart of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country. You arrive at the rustic beauty of Kandy Railway Station, ready for an other-worldly journey towards Nanu Oya Station.
Along the way, you trail along the steep-sided valleys of the Sri Lanka Tea Country, past the geometric patterns of its greenery. This is the perfect introduction to this beloved region.
You are picked up from the station by a friendly chauffeur, and you head towards Ceylon Tea Trails, your all-inclusive stay for the next two nights. Along the way, stop at a tea factory for an introduction to the rich heritage of the Tea Country.
Your Summer Sri Lanka Holiday yearns for time to relax and independently explore. Today, the beauty of Hatton is at your fingertips, and the beautiful hilltop grounds of Ceylon Tea Trails act as your gateway.
The hotel encompasses five colonial-era tea planters’ bungalows, restored to create a luxury stay for those looking to grasp Hatton in all its glory. Explore the enchanting surroundings of the hotel, or revel in the rural luxury of its facilities. Perhaps soak up the summer sun beside the outdoor pool, or taste traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, like a coconut roti and fish curry.
A tasty breakfast kickstarts the next step in your fabulous Sri Lanka travel package, bringing you towards the dreamy wilderness of Yala. Yala is situated on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, homing a portion of the meandering Menik Ganga.
Check into Tribe Yala, your glamping accommodation for the night, where you will sleep accompanied by nature. This haven is nestled into the forests of Yala, near the prowling leopards of the park. Spend the rest of your day absorbing the tranquillity of Tribe Yala before getting comfy in your four-poster bed.
The adventure of a lifetime awaits you this morning in Yala National Park, the best Sri Lanka national park for seeking rare and remarkable leopards. Navigate along dusty paths through forest and grassland, past mirror-like lagoons and lakes. Spot elephants, leopards, bears, wild boars and deer, and 215 bird species, like peacocks, Sri Lanka junglefowl and aquatic birds.
Following this mesmerising Sri Lanka safari tour, head to Weligama for an evening of bliss in your luxury hotel, Cape Weligama. The ocean-side setting of this hotel provides stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean, introducing you to the laid-back, tropical beauty of this coastal city.
After breakfast, spend the day winding down from your adventurous Sri Lanka holiday (or carry on adventuring in Weligama!). As well as having a crescent-shaped pool and al fresco bar and restaurant, Cape Weligama provides you with gear to set off on water sports and cycling trips.
Complete your itinerary with a taste of a Sri Lanka beach holiday, soaking up every last piece of this dazzling country that you can! Watch as the sun melts beneath the apricot horizon.
Today is bittersweet, as you wave goodbye to Sri Lanka and proceed to Colombo Airport for your journey home. As the plane departs from the ground, you look down at the elaborate landscapes of Sri Lanka and wonder where you will discover next.