Spend five memorable days on a tour of Sri Lanka with a variety of sightseeing activities. Visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, bicycle around the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, tour Sigiriya Rock Fortress and see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) — all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your comprehensive itinerary includes breathtaking scenery of Sri Lanka’s hill country, jungle trek, tuk-tuk transport and an ox-cart ride in a rural village. Includes 3-star hotels with daily breakfast.
Feel The Beauty Of Sri Lanka On This Sri Lanka Private tour.
Spend five memorable days on a private tour of Sri Lanka with a variety of sightseeing activities. Visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, trek through the tea gardens, bicycle around the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, tour Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa)—all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your comprehensive itinerary includes a jungle trek, tuk-tuk transport, and an ox-cart ride in a rural village. Includes star-class hotels with daily breakfast.
Why you'll love this trip
- Wander through the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, which houses one of Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relics—a tooth of the Buddha.
- Enjoy the breathtaking hill country scenery.
- 2 hour trek at Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Witness the beautiful paintings and statues at the ancient temple of Dambulla.
- Explore the palm-tree beaches and streets of the west coast, perhaps even stopping for a massage along the way.
- Walk around the perimeter of the grassy Galle Fort, check out the gorgeous views, and grab an icy ginger drink at a cafe in town.
Is this trip right for you?
- The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeing); only you and your associates take part in the trip.
- This 5-day trip packs a lot in. It’s one of the most popular Sri Lanka tours, which we run in our Original style, perfect for those who look for a one-week trip and have a desire to do the most with it. If you are after a more leisurely trip in Sri Lanka or a shorter trip, please check out our other tour itineraries.
- Sri Lanka can get extremely hot in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours and city tours early in the morning or afternoon, when it’s cooler, remember to keep water on you and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
- Part of traveling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way, you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip, and to enter them, you must have clothes that cover your wrists and below the knee. At the same time, you have to remove the head covers and shoes upon entering the temple. Please click here to learn more about the rules and regulations pertaining to Sri Lankan temple visits.
- 4 nights of accommodation in the chosen category of hotels with daily breakfast at the hotel
- 4 Breakfasts starting from day 2
- Transport by air-conditioned car or van with an English-speaking driver or guide (please inquire about other languages)
- Hop-on, hop-off guided tour at Polonnaruwa ancient city
- Guided walking tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Guided temple tour of Dambulla and the tooth relic temple
- Guided village tour
- Kandy city tour
- Colombo city tour
- Entrance fees for the below sites
- Gangarama temple
- Independent square
- Kandyan cultural show with the Gem Museum
- Spice garden
- All current taxes
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Tips and Gratuities
- Hiriwadunna village tour with Lunch
- Daily lunch and dinner
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Dambulla cave temple
- Polonnaruwa monuments
- Tooth relic temple
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Village tour of Sigiriya and cooking class
- Royal Botanical Garden
- X-Mas eve compulsory supplement
- New Year Eve compulsory supplement
- Any other expense not mentioned in the Inclusions section
This tour can be booked with three categories of hotels; if you need any other categories of hotels, please inquire.
Cancel five days prior to arrival for a full refund.
Choose your payment method.
We offer you mainly three payment options: card payments, bank transfers, or payment on arrival. You can choose whatever is the most convenient payment option for you. If you opt for payment on arrival, we will collect a 10% advance payment from you as a guarantee once the booking is confirmed.
- A confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
- A current, valid passport is required on the day of travel.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour.
- All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to remove footwear and hats upon entering the temples. Dress code, shoulders, and knees should be covered.
- The duration of transfers is approximate; the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
- This is a private tour or activity. Only your group will participate.
Book now and pay later.
Reserve your tour now and pay when you meet us. Send us the duly filled-out tour booking form, and we will arrange your tour. You can make the payment as you meet us on the first day of the trip.
Time : 7:00 am
Colombo / Sigiriya
Meet and greet with a Seerendipity Tours representative before leaving for Sigiriya. En-route stop at
Dambulla Cave Temple
In the 1st century BC, the king of Anuradhapura fled the city due to a South Indian invasion and took refuge in the caves of Dambulla. On recapturing Anuradhapura after 13 years, the king converted the caves into a monastery and gifted them to the Buddhist monks.
Dambulla Golden Temple
Hotel in Sigiriya or Habarana
Time : 7:30 am
Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
Leave for the first Sigiriya rock castle and then Polonnaruwa after a leisurely breakfast.
Morning: Climb the renowned Sigiriya rock stronghold and explore the rocky residence and water gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Sri Lanka's Central Province, Sigiriya is situated close to the town of Dambulla in the Matale District. The phrase describes a site with historical and archaeological significance where a sizable rock column that is close to 200 meters (660 feet) tall dominates. King Kasyapa (477–495 CE) reportedly chose the location for his new capital, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle Culavamsa. On top of this rock, he constructed his castle, which he then painted with vibrant paintings. He constructed a doorway in the shape of a huge lion on a little plateau that is halfway up the side of this rock. This building gave the location its name, Shgiri, or the Lion Rock. After the king's passing, the city's capital and royal palace were left in ruins. Up until the fourteenth century, it was utilized as a Buddhist monastery.
Visit the old city of Polonnaruwa later, in the early afternoon. The city tour of Polonnaruwa takes around two hours.
The second-most historic city in Sri Lanka is Polonnaruwa. After Anuradhapura, it was designated as Sri Lanka's capital. The capital of Sri Lanka's second-oldest kingdom, Polonnaruwa, was officially designated as such by King Vijayabahu I, who overthrew the Chola invaders in 1070 to restore the country's unity under local rule.
The historic city of Polonnaruwa is still one of the nation's best-planned archaeological relic sites today, bearing witness to the virtue and majesty of the Kingdom's early monarchs. Additionally, sequences for the 1982 Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer were filmed against its stunning background. UNESCO has designated the historic city of Polonnaruwa as a World Heritage Site.
Palaces, dagobas, and temples are all included in the city tour, which serves as a fine illustration of Sri Lankan historical workmanship. You will see some of the following sights during the three hours of your guided tour of the historic city of Polonnaruwa:
• Royal Palace, which King Parakramabahu, the most accomplished and prolific builder of his time, constructed.
• Nissankamalla Palace, which features a magnificent royal audience hall.
• Gal Viharaya (home to some of the nation's outstanding rock carvings);
• Image Houses at Thuparama and Lankathilaka (Excellent examples of vaulted shrine chambers)
• Vatadage (provides a description of what a fully developed vatadage would have looked like)
• Parakramabahu Statue, a statue of one of Sri Lanka's finest rulers; Rankoth Vehera, the biggest stupa in Polonnaruwa.
Following that, a cooking lesson and a visit to the Sigiriya village were organized to give participants a taste of everyday country life in Sri Lanka.
In the historic city of Polonnaruwa, there is a rock shrine dedicated to the Buddha called the Gal Vihara. Parakramabahu I created it in the 12th century. Four Buddha sculptures in rock relief that have been carved into the surface of a large granitic (granite gneiss) rock serve as the temple's main attraction. A huge sitting figure, a smaller seated figure inside an artificial grotto, a standing figure, and a reclining figure are all seen in the photographs. The Gal Vihara is the most popular landmark in Polonnaruwa as a result of these works, which are regarded as some of the finest examples of early Sinhalese sculpture and carving.
The village tour
You will have a special experience visiting a remote Sigiriya village on this village tour. This tour includes rice field touring, a bullock cart ride, a traditional catamaran sail on a lake, a visit to a Chena crop, a traditional cookery demonstration in a rural village house, and a traditional Sri Lankan lunch.
Sigiriya: climbing the Sigiriya rock castle, seeing the hamlet, taking a cooking lesson, and visiting the ancient city of Polonnaruwa with its archaeological museum, temples, Buddha statues, and historical sites
Hotel in Habarana or Sigiriya
Breakfast and Dinner
Time : 8:00 am
Sigiriya / Kandy
After breakfast, leave for the hotel in Kandy. En route, stop at Muttumari Amman Temple in Matale, Where you can witness one of the most scenic Hindu temples on the island.
You will do the city tour of Kandy in the afternoon, including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic and a Kandyan cultural show.
Spice Garden Matale is one of the most popular places among tourists to see indigenous spices such as cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, etc., as well as herbal plants used in Ayurveda.
duration: 2 hours.
Later, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Sri Dalada Maligawa, or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site, partly due to the temple.
The Kandy National Museum, opened in 1942, is located next to the sacred Temple of the Tooth and is housed in a section of the Royal Palace where the King’s concubines resided. This museum has over 5000 objects on display, and among the most impressive exhibits are king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe II's golden crown and a copy of the 1815 treaty known as the ‘Kandyan Convention, by which on March 2, 1815, Ceylon ceded to the British, ending 2,357 years of monarchy.
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts are an integral part of Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural heritage. Traditional Sri Lankan crafts are vital industries in many parts of the island and include wood carving, mask making, drum making, mat weaving, handlooms, lac-work, rush and read products, etc.
The royal palace
King Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe was the last monarch to reside in the Royal Palace before the British overthrew him in 1815 with the aid of Kandyan chieftains. Once part of a large palace complex that included the Raja Wasala (King’s Palace), Magul Maduwa (Royal Audience Hall), Meda Wasala (Queens’ Palace), Palle Wasala (King’s Harem Quarters), and Ulpange (Queen’s Bathing Pavilion), together with the Temple of the Tooth.
Royal Audience Hall
The ‘Magul Maduwa’, a finely carved masterpiece in timber, is where the king met his ministers and carried out his daily administrative tasks. Many historic events have taken place at this location, and it was here that the British handed over the death sentence to the Sri Lankan national heroes Keppatipola Disave and Madugalle Disave. A replica of the Royal Audience Hall of Kandy was constructed in granite in Colombo in 1948 to commemorate Sri Lanka’s Independence from the British.
Kandy Upperlake Drive
You will also do an upper lake drive and visit the market square, gem lapidary, and Gem shop. Your Kandy city tour includes visiting souvenir shops, a walking tour of the Kandy market, and more. making, mat weaving, handlooms, lac-work, rush and read products, etc.
Kandyan cultural show (1 hour)
The Cultural Dance Show Sri Lanka's culture is so closely connected to dance and drama that no function will be complete without displaying a dance or even a drama. As a multi-ethnic land, Sri Lanka boasts a rich mix of dance and drama. The two main ethnic groups share two spectacular dance and drama traditions that enrich the fame Sri Lanka has gained in this sphere.
Dambulla: Visiting the Golden Temple; Matale: Visiting Muttumari Amman Temple; Matale: Visiting Spice and Herbal Garden; Kandy: Visiting Kandyan Cultural Show; Kandy: Kandy City Tour.
Hotel in Kandy
Breakfast and Dinner
Time : 8:00 am
KANDY /NUWARA ELIYA
This morning, say goodbye to Kandy as you hop on a train for around 4 hours to Nuwara Eliya. It’s a kind of long trip, but you can buy all sorts of yummy treats from the onboard sellers. Upon reaching Nuwara Eliya, check in at the hotel and relax. Once you've dropped off your luggage, perhaps head out for a visit to a local tea factory. If this doesn't take your fancy, go for dinner at one of the many local restaurants and bars. In the afternoon, take a Nuwara Eliya city tour.
Hill Country Train Journey
The hill train trip is an opportunity to see some of the finest scenery in Sri Lanka's hill country. The landscape beyond the track is truly dazzling. The lush mountain vistas dominated every inch of the journey.
The Hill Country Train Trip is one of the world’s most beautiful train trips. The seven-hour journey passes through tea estates dotted with workers in brightly colored saris, pine forests, waterfalls, mountains, and gorges. The railway, built by the British in 1864 to transport tea and coffee from the Hill Country to the capital, Colombo, is now one of the best ways to explore the villages, towns, and national parks along the way.
On a tea plantation visit, you can learn about tea picking and processing and enjoy some fine Sri Lankan tea. It’s probably a much more exciting prospect if you’re a tea lover, but even if you’re not, the Hill Country (or Tea Country, as it’s sometimes called) is arguably the most scenic part of the island and worth a visit.
You’ll find rolling hills clad with row upon row of luscious green tea plants. It’s often shrouded in a fine mist and is the perfect escape from the heat of Sri Lanka’s wonderful beaches (if you need an escape!).
Nuwar Eliya city walk
A walking tour of Nuwara Eliya involves scenic views of Sri Lanka's forested hills. One can take a stroll around the tea plantations and visit the many different sightseeing places around. It is known as 'Little England', and has old buildings with colonial and Tudor architecture, making it a pleasant place for walking around. The town also has many historical sites and temples that are valuable to different cultures. This town is the perfect place to walk, relax, rewind, and get a taste of different cultures, spanning a few kilometers.
Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Scenic Sri Lanka hill country train journey, Tea factory tea garden, Nuwara Eliya city tour
Breakfast and dinner
Time : 9:00 am
NUWARA ELIYA / COLOMBO
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Colombo, en route taking a Colombo sightseeing tour.
Today, after breakfast, you will be taken back to your hotel in Colombo, Negombo, Mount Lavinia, or Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.
End of the tour