Day 1: Colombo to Kandy (3 hours by road)
After breakfast, make your way to the ancient royal city of Kandy. En route visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Kandy is a charming city, surrounded by mountains and a lake. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha which houses Sri Lanka’s most significant Buddhist relic – Lord Buddha’s tooth.
Experiences : Pinnawala Elepehant Orphanage| Visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Entrance fee for Elephant Orphanage is payable on the spot
Stay: A double room in a boutique villa property (AC)
Day 2: Kandy to Ella (5.5 hours by road)
In the morning make an early morning exit to Ella. In the backdrop of hills with gushing waterfalls and winding tea estates, charming guesthouses and quaint cafes have popped up to afford you a quiet break during the peak travel season in Sri Lanka. Abandoned railway tracks wind along the mountains here, local restaurants serve up some of the country’s best kottu, and Little Adam’s Peak offers breath-taking views of scenic tea estates and the hill countryside. Visit the Halpé tea factory where you will learn everything you need to know about Ceylon tea, while witnessing the step-by-step process of the manufacturing process, followed by a tea tasting session.
Experiences: Tea tasting session (DIY)
Stay: A gorgeous homestay in the hills (Non AC)
Day 3: Ella
Wake up early for a short hike up to Little Adam’s peak, walking through luscious tea plantations, and enjoy one of the finest views in Sri Lanka. For dinner, get ready for some fun culinary lessons with a local, and learn recipes you can take back just in case you miss the taste of Sri Lanka when you’re back home.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Experiences: A short trek to Little Adam’s Peak (DIY)|A fun Sri Lankan cooking class
Day 4: Ella to Unawatuna (6-7 hours)
Say goodbye to the hills and head to the sleepy beach town of Unawatuna, which is a beautiful crescent shaped, sandy beach surrounded by palm trees. Mirissa has a lot of small charming restaurants, most of them directly on the beach. Fresh seafood, traditional Sri Lankan meals and international specialties are available at reasonable prices. A short distance to the interior you can find rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples and spice gardens.
Stay: A boutique guesthouse near the beach (AC)
Day 5: Unawatuna (Mirissa day trip)
Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka.
In warm Indian ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish. Start the trip at 7 am from the harbor, on a whale watching tours that lasts for 3-5 hours.
After the tour, head to Galle Fort and walk around this beautiful area with its iconic lighthouse. Have lunch at one of the cafes overlooking the ocean. This is also a great place for souvenir shopping.
Experiences: Whale watching
Day 6: Unawatuna to Colombo (4.5 hours by car)
Head back to Colombo to catch your flight home. As with most things in Sri Lanka, the journey from Unawatuna to Colombo along a lovely route that hugs the coastline is gorgeous.
- Meals mentioned
- Stays on a twin sharing basis at boutique properties
- All internal transport by AC private car
- All tours and activities i.e. whale watching in Mirissa and cooking class in Ella
- Flight charges to and from Colombo
- Activities which are optional/DIY
- Meals not mentioned
- Personal expenses
- Any costs arising from flight delays, change in weather conditions, strikes etc. which are beyond our control
- Visa charges and processing
- What is not mentioned in “Inclusions”
*Please note: Activities are flexible and depend on availability