Enchanting southern Sri Lanka is awash with all the colours of Sri Lanka. On this tour, classic southern tour, we discover the colourful history of the massive fort of Galle, stroll along the southern coast, wildlife safari of Yala, whale watching cruise in Mirissa, trekking through the picturesque hill country.
Classic Southern Tour
Enchanting southern Sri Lanka is awash with all the colours of Sri Lanka. The southern tour is carefully crafted with interesting activities, sightseeing and leisure on the beaches of southern Sri Lanka. On this classic southern tour, we discover the colourful history of the massive fort of Galle. Stroll markets such as Galle market and Kandy, search for the elusive leopard of Sri Lanka, enjoy a shared meal with the Sri Lankan family in southern Sri Lanka and soak up the culture of the local people. This is truly the essence of the southern part of Sri Lanka.
This eight days Sri Lanka tour is packed with a variety of sightseeing activities. Visit the most popular Buddhist temple of Sri Lanka, tooth temple, ancient port of Galle, hill country resort of Nuwara Eliya, last stronghold of Sri Lankan kings, Kandy and many many more. Your comprehensive itinerary includes a Jeep safari at Yala national park, a walking tour of Galle Fort, and trekking through the tea plantations. The trip includes standard 4* hotels with daily breakfast.
Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Finish: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ages: Min 15
Group size: Min 1
Nature of tour: Private
- Yala national park safari is in search of leopards, wild elephants, crocodiles, and other wild creatures with a local guide and driver.
- Whale-watching boat trip off the beaches of Mirissa.
- Guided walking tour of Galle Fort, spice/herbal garden, victoria garden, and royal botanical garden.
- Explore the hill country resort of Nuwara Eliya.
- Boating and horse riding in Nuwara Eliya (optional).
- Kandy sightseeing tour.
- Visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage and seeing the elephant bath in the Maha Oya River.
Is this trip right for you?
- The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeing), and only you and your associates take part in the trip.
- This 8 days trip packs a lot in. It’s one of the most popular Sri Lanka tours, we run in our Original style, perfect for those, who look for a one-week trip and 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 our other tour itineraries.
- Sri Lanka can get extremely hot in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours, 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 Seerendipity 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 to wrists and below the knee. Sometimes you have to remove the head covers and shoes upon entering the temple. Please click here to know more about the rules and regulations pertaining to Sri Lanka temple visits.
This one-week tour can be booked with 4-star hotels, If you need any other category of hotels please inquire.
- 7 Nights accommodation in the above-mentioned hotel
- Daily breakfast and dinner in the hotel (7 breakfasts and dinners)
- Hop-on hop-off Kandy, Colombo city tour
- Guided temple tour to Gangaramaya and tooth relic temple
- Guided walking tour of Galle Fort, Spice garden
- Full-day Yala safari with picnic lunch
- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver-guide (please inquire about other languages)
- Entrance fees for the following sites and activities
- Tea factory
- Galle Fort
- Spice garden
- Kandyan cultural show
- Gangarama Buddhist temple
- Sri Bhakti hanuman temple
- Sita Amman kovil
- Colombo city tour
- Kandy city tour
- Meeting arrangements at the airport on arrival and departure
- All government taxes
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
- Entrance fees to below sites and activities.
- Tooth relic temple of Kandy
- Royal botanical garden of Kandy
- Madu river safari
- Victoria Park
- Yala safari (entrance fees and jeep hire)
- Whale-watching boat tour
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Any meals not specified, throughout the tour.
Cancel 24 hours 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.
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Reserve your tour now and pay when you meet us. Send us the duly filled tour booking form, we will arrange your tour and you can make the payment as you meet us on the first day of the trip.
The trip can be booked with a single room for the entire trip with a single supplement (please inquire about your chosen category of the hotel)
- 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, Dresscode, 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
- Infants must sit on laps
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- The trip can be booked for a single person with a single supplement
Classic Southern Tour
Colombo / Galle / Mirissa
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, meet & greet "Seerendipity tours" Representatives and proceed to the hotel in Mirissa.
Bentota beach is the most popular beach holiday destination on the island. The unique location of Bentota beach resort is one important reason for its popularity as a beach holiday destination. Bentota resort is located on an island and the island is connected with the mainland at its southern border. Bentota is mainly comprised of a narrow strip of land that spreads along the north-south axis. Unlike most other islands, Bentota is surrounded by both sea and river. One side of the island is the Bentota River while the western side of Bentota is flanked by the Indian Ocean. Large numbers of hotels are built in this narrow strip of land enabling the travellers to have a peaceful atmosphere during the holiday. You can book a hotel in Bentota through Serendipity Tours at a very affordable rate online.
Sea turtle conservation center
Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays her eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubates in the heat of the sun. What often happens is, that the eggs are dug out by fishermen and sold to people who consume them.
Visit a spice garden at Bentota where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea-faring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
Madu river safari
In the global context, the ecological importance of this site has garnered it the ‘Ramsar Wetland’ status in 2003 being the second largest wetland in Sri Lanka with a colossal 915 hectares with 23 islands inhabited by nearly 300 families. The River Sanctuary is now a Tourist Development Area and a Special Area Managed (SAM) by the Coast Conservation Department. Balapitiya is where the ‘Madu Ganga’ makes its home.
City of Galle
Galle is one of the ancient seaports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. It was later discovered by the Portuguese where they built a fortress and the Dutch that succeeded them fortified it further. This fortress is today a World Heritage Site.
The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle", withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of the coastal area of Galle town. It has been since restored. The Galle Fort also houses the elite Amangalla resort hotel, located near the Dutch Reformed Church. It was originally built in 1684 to house the Dutch Governor and his staff. It was then converted into a hotel and named then as the New Oriental Hotel in 1865, which catered to the European passengers travelling between Europe and Galle Port in the 19th century.
Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Sri Lanka. It is 98 km south of Colombo and its beautiful beaches a lot of glamour to this town. It is the place where you can have a glimpse of the fascinating underwater world and see the creatures that inhabit the unfathomable depths of the sea. The famed coral gardens are located here. Just get hold of a glass-bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and plunge into the ocean.
Galle / Mirissa
Bentota beach, Hikkaduwa beach, Spice/herbal garden, Madu river safari, Sea turtle conservation center, Galle fort, Unawatuna beach,.
Galle / Mirissa
Early morning leave for Mirissa harbour to venture on a whale watching tour off southern Sri Lanka. In the afternoon leisure on the beach resort.
Mirissa is a small fishing town in the Matara district on the south coast of Sri Lanka. There lies this picture-perfect Mirissa bay beach with adorable water stretches and golden sands hidden in the dense groves of coconut palm trees. Known for its vibrant nightlife experience, Mirissa Beach is a popular destination where beach bums shall enjoy a plethora of activities like water sports, excursions, and snorkelling - especially blue whale watching.
Whale watching tour
Mirissa is famous for Blue Whales and tourists have seen them throughout the years although whales consider migrating mammals. while blue whales are around here most days Bryde's whales and fin whales also recorded a few days in each month. Sperm whale pods are seen in Mirissa mostly in a few days only in march and April. killer whales and short-finned pilot whales are also spotted from time to time.
Galle / Mirissa
Breakfast and Dinner
Whale watchign tour
Galle / Mirissa / Yala
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Yala, en-route visit one of another colonial heritages, in the city of Matara.
Star fort and the Dutch fortress are the most prominent colonial construction in Matara. Both are located near the city centre and only ten minutes' walk away. Star fort houses the archaeological museum with a collection of a large number of valuable artefacts. As the name suggests star fort takes a shape of a star and is surrounded by a ditch and a huge wall.
The blowhole is just 30 minutes s drive away from Matara and can be accessed very easily on the Matara-Tangalle main road. It is one of the most awesome natural attractions in the country. This natural fountain is located on the beaches of Kudawella and the waters rise up to 30 meters. The fountain came due to the pressure generated by the high tide of the sea. The blowhole is located on a rocky outcrop, where the water is pressed through a natural hole, making a huge fountain.
Another uncrowned beach resort near Matara, that you never see so busy like Bentota or Kalutara. Still the beaches in Mirissa are well worth making a visit. The beaches are very wide and clean providing the best setup for beach holiday enthusiasts. Mirissa is not only suitable for beach hopping but also for diving, snorkelling and mainly for surfing.
Kataragama, the domain of God Skanda (Lord Murugan Katirkaman, Kadirkamam, Subrahmanya, Kandasamy, Kadiradeva, Katiradeva, Katiravel, Karttikeya, and Tarakajith) located in the Deep South of Sri Lanka, adjoining the popular Ruhuna Yala National Park and ancient Sithulpawwa Buddhist Monastery, is a multi-religious sacred city that contains a Buddhist temple, Hindu shrine and Islamic Mosque. Kataragama, one of the solosmasthana (Sinhala: 16 principal sites of Buddhist pilgrimage), has been featured in history since the era of King Dutugamunu (161-137 BC), the Hero of the Nation. Mahawamsa, the great historical chronicle of Sri Lanka reveals the participation of warriors of the Kshatriyas clan from Kataragama on the occasion of the arrival of the Bo sapling of Bodhi Tree, under which Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya (Gaya district of the modern Bihar state of India), was brought to the city of Anuradhapura 2,300 years ago.
Breakfast and Dinner
Kataragama temple, blow hole, star fort.
After breakfast leave for a full-day (8 hours) jeep safari at the national park.
Yala national park
Yala is considered to be one of the oldest national parks in Sri Lanka same time it is the biggest national park in Sri Lanka with 97880 hectares extent. Initially, it was used as a hunting ground during British rule in Sri Lanka. It is said people had to pay for hunting in Yala. As the number of animals drastically reduced due to hunting, Yala is declared a national park in 1900 and became a safe place for animals.
Yala is the biggest national park and is divided into 5 zones. Yala is holding a prominent place as far as biodiversity is concerned. Yala is a famous high density of wildlife such as Leopards, Elephants, Deer, Wild boar, bears, monkeys etc.
Yala is considered to be one of the best places to witness leopards in the world. There were 17 ½ leopards in every 100 square kilometres in Yala national park. Block 1 of Yala National park could be home to the densest population of leopards in the world, the densities in this tiny area have maintained around a leopard every 2 sq. kilometres. Unlike most other national parks where leopards can be seen in the dark Sri, Lanka leopards are on the move during the day as well.
Breakfast and Dinner
Full day Yala safari
Yala / Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast leave for the hotel in Nuwara Eliya, en route visit,
The Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Ella in Sinhala) is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season when the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary and are located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station.
The falls have been named after the legendary Sinhala king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded by thick forests in the midst of the wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall. They believed that Ravana has played the Ravanahatha over here.
Sita amman temple
Nuwara Eliya also known as Little England for its cool climes, British architecture and natural beauty is also promoted as a sacred city because of its link to the “Rama Seetha” love story. Seetha Amman temple is dedicated to Seetha, wife of Rama who is believed to be one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. There are many temples dedicated to Rama and Hanuman, especially in North India, but the Seetha Amman Kovil in Sri Lanka is unique in that it is the only one in the world dedicated to Seetha alone.
As the largest city in the mountains, Nuwara Eliya plays an important role in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Undoubtedly Nuwara Eliya is the most popular health resort on the island and features a blend of colonial charm, modern development and slum areas, inherited from the colonial plantation culture. Nuwara Eliya was an important seat of the British colonial administration. It was first developed as a holiday destination in Sri Lanka under the British administration, due to the cool, healing climate.
Breakfast and Dinner
Nuwara Eliya city tour, Sita temple, Ravan water fall
Nuwara Eliya / Kandy
Breakfast at hotel and leave for Kandy, En-route visit the tea plantation and tea factory,
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en-route. Sri Lanka is famous for its “Ceylon Tea” has added cheers to many the world over for more than a century.
A ruled in Kandy up to 1815 although the rest of the island was under the British regime. Finally, it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha.
Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy and enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
Tooth relic temple
Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala) 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 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 Sinhalese kings and is a world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Royal botanical garden
The Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and was later made into a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This garden; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and a site for bird watchers. Next,
Sightseeing of Kandy including Upper Lake Drive and visit Art and Craft Centers, Udawattakele sanctuary and then proceed to Kandy lake for a boat ride.
Kandy Lake (Boat Rides) Built-in 1807 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha of Sri Lanka next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its centre was used by the Kings helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by a secret tunnel.
Kandyan cultural show
The Cultural Dance Show. Sri Lanka’s culture is so closely connected to dance and drama and no function will be complete without displaying a dance or even a drama. As a multi-ethnic land, Sri Lanka boasts of a rich conflux of dance and drama. The two main ethnic groups share two spectacular dance and drama traditions which enrich the fame Sri Lanka has gained in this sphere.
Breakfast and Dinner
Kandy city tour, Tempel of the tooth relic, Kandy lake, Kandyan cultural show, Royal botanical garden.
Kandy / Colombo
After breakfast leave for Kandy, En-route visit Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala and the spice garden.
Pinnawala elephant orpahnage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different ages and sizes feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. These have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. There are even little baby calves born in captivity.
Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Mawanella spice gardens are among the best on the island. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom. Visitors may buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics, taste a herbal brew and in some venues, enjoy the full flavours of Sri Lankan spices over lunch or an Ayurveda massage based on natural products from the garden.
Colombo city had been a well-known city in the region among the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Persian, and Roman traders as early as the pre-Christian era. Sri Lanka is located on the East-West sea route and is visited by traders in order to exchange their goods with the local traders. Even though Colombo was a well-known city among the ancient traders 2,000 years ago, the capital city of the country had been Anuradhapura. There was an Arabian settlement in the city of Colombo at the mouth of the Kelani River. Arab traders were exporting goods from the port of Colombo. Goods such as Cinnamon, ivory, gems, and elephants were exported by the king of Kotte with the help of Arabs. With the beginning of the British colonial period, Colombo city received a prominent place as the capital of Ceylon. Colombo was the capital of the island from 1815 to 1978 until the administrative capital was moved to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.
This had been a well-known Racecourse during the British colonial period in the country. This racecourse which is located bordering the Indian Ocean had to be abandoned later on due to the Sea crabs, which are making holes in the track. Afterwards, it was developed as a promenade for the city dwellers and named Galle to face green. Today Galle face green contains an open theatre, spacious open space for a picnic, sports and walking.
It is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country. Temple is one of the three places that Buddha visited in the 6th century B.C. well known Kelaniya dagoba is located within the border of the temple. Kalyani River, which flows next to the temple, adds more value to the scenic beauty of the temple. This temple holds a reputation for its attractive wall, which considered being the best painting of the modern era.
Viharamahadevi is located in Colombo 7 or Cinnamon gardens. It is the largest and most popular park in the city. It is believed that there had been a twenty-square-kilometre cinnamon plantation in the area. Today most of the palaces of wealthy people can be seen in the area and Colombo 7 is the most picturesque part of the city.
The Wolvendaal Church is located In Fort and within walking distance from the centre of the city. It has a large collection of tombstones of important Dutch personalities. Fort is made in the highest point of the city and dates back to 1813. The church is built in the Doric style of the period. In the form of a Greek cross, with five feet thick walls and the gables raised over. The transepts are roofed with brick barrel arches and a central dome.
Sukana Buddha, BMICH, Independence hall
Facing the Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall stands a beautifully executed statue of the Buddha in a standing posture. The statue is 36 feet tall and is the largest Buddha statue in the city of Colombo. It is a replica of the Avukana Statue on the banks of the Kalawewa Anuradhapura.
CITY & SHOPPING
The City Tour will also include places of Tourist interest such as Old parliament, Bandaranaike Memorial International, Conference Hall, Buddhist Hindu Temple and Town Hall.
SHOPPING AT, Odel, House of Fashion, Barefoot and etc
Breakfast and Dinner
Pinnawala elephant orpahnage, spice garden, Colobmo city tour.
Colombo / Airport
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Katunayake International Airport.
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