A tour of Southern Sri Lanka

An ideal tour for nature lovers featuring dramatic views and superb mountain scenery of the Hill country and Southern Coast. Visit tea estates, historic temples, and shrines and see leopards on a safari at the premier game reserve of Yala National Park.

A tour of Southern Sri Lanka at a glance
  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Galle
  • Day 2: Visit Weherehena and Wewurukannala temples
  • Day 3: Tissamaharama Temple and Yala National Park
  • Day 4: Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 5: Dowa Cave Temple and Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 6: Kandy and Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary
  • Day 7: Departure or beach extension
A tour of Southern Sri Lanka

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Galle

Meet on arrival and transfer to Galle en route visiting a Devil Mask factory.

Overnight in Galle.

Distance and journey time: 152 km, approx. 3 hrs

A tour of Southern Sri Lanka

Day 2: Visit Weherehena and Wewurukannala temples

Make a visit to the Weherehena and Wewurukannala temples. En route, visit Weligama to see the stilt fishermen and the Buddhist temple at Dickwella. 

Proceed to visit the Mulkirigala Rock Temple at Tangalle and the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary.

Overnight in Tangalle.

Distance and journey time: 80 km, approx 2.30 hrs

A tour of Southern Sri Lanka

Day 3: Tissamaharama Temple and Yala National Park.

Continue to the historical Tissamaharama Temple and Kataragama Shrine. Late afternoon visit Yala National Park. There are herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted deer, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world.

Overnight at Yala.

Distance and journey time: 117 km, approx 2.30 hrs

Day 4: Travel to Nuwara Eliya

Leave for Nuwara Eliya en route visiting Mahayana Buddhist Images at Buduruwagala, The famous Buddhist Statues at Maligawila and also see Diyaluma Water Falls. Nuwara Eliya is studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breath-taking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright coloured saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory.

Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

Distance and journey time: 224 km, approx. 6.30 hrs including touring

A tour of Southern Sri Lanka

Day 5: Travel to Dowa Cave Temple and Nuwara Eliya

Visit the tea estate, the Dowa Cave Temple and the 17th Century Wooden Bridge at Bogoda.

Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

 

A tour of Southern Sri Lanka

Day 6: Kandy and Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary

Depart for Kandy, arriving early afternoon for a visit to the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala.

Kandy - the World Heritage Site is the last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy centred around The Temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this small lakeside town, cradled among the misty hills. In the evening, step to the beat of the traditional music and drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture.

Overnight in Kandy. 

Distance and journey time: 76 km, approx. 3 hrs

A tour of Southern Sri Lanka

Day 7: Departure or beach extension

Departure. Why not extend your stay on one of the fabulous beach resorts in Sri Lanka?

Distance and journey time: 101 km, 3 hrs 

Highlights

Galle: Interesting and Charming

Set within a chain of imposing, 17th Century bastions on Sri Lanka’s south western tip, Galle Fort, the city’s old Dutch quarter, is a wonderfully preserved, historically important UNESCO site l

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Horton Plains National Park: The Central Highlands

Formed of a an eerily silent plateau over 2000m above sea level, the diverse landscape of the Horton Plains National Park is mirrored by the fabulous variety of endemic trees, flowering plants and wildlife.

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Kandy: Lake town and Temple of the Tooth

One of the most sacred of Buddhist places, and final capital of the Sinhalese kings, UNESCO listed Kandy is also one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful cities.

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Nuwara Eliya: Tea Country

Set picturesquely south of Kandy among rolling hills of tea, the colonial era hill station is a delightful fusion of timeless Sri Lankan, and British, tradition.

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Tangalle: south coast beach

Located facing the Indian Ocean on the island’s south coast, Tangalle is best known for its pristine soft-sand beaches and safe bathing. In addition, it offers both cultural and natural attractions.

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Yala National Park: Leopard Country

Yala National Park, located in the south east of the country is remarkable for its variety of habitat, and unique eco-system regulated by the north-east monsoon.

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Accommodation

Galle, Luxury Boutique
Galle Fort Hotel

Located within the historic UNESCO listed Galle Fort, the hotel is an imposing and characterful former Dutch 18th Century gem merchant’s mansion and warehouse

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Galle, Luxury Boutique
The Fort Printers

Located within the 16th Century UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort, The Fort Printers is a former mansion dating to the Dutch colonial period, its distinctive high ceilings and large windows being added during the British administration.

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Galle, Luxury Boutique
Deco on 44

Located inside historic Galle Fort, uniquely within the UNESCO World Heritage site the property, commissioned in the 1930’s by a wealthy gem merchant, is designed throughout in the art deco style.

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Kandy, Boutique
The Kandy House

Set within lush, tropical gardens, the palatial ancestral villa, dating to 1804, and held at the time to be ‘an act of defiant decadence’ stands today a breath-taking fusion of 19th and 21st Century luxury and style.

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Kandy, Luxury Boutique
Theva Residency

Located in a tranquil position among the foothills of the Hantana range, the property offers commanding views over Kandy to the surrounding mountains.

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Kandy, Luxury Boutique
The Elephant Stables

The boutique property’s accommodation is arranged across just 7 guestrooms and suites, retaining an authentic colonial era ambience, with some wonderfully tasteful modern accents

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Kandy, Superior Class
Cinnamon Citadel

Located on a picturesque bend of the Mahaweli River, against a backdrop of green, mist shrouded mountains, the hotel is an oasis of elegance and calm.

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Kandy, Superior Class
Mahaweli Reach Hotel

Set among lush green tropical gardens on the banks of Sri Lanka’s longest river, the Mahaweli, the property is an oasis of calm enjoying stunning mountain views, yet is minutes only from the ancient capital of Kandy.

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Nuwara Eliya, Unique Hotel
Tea Factory

Located high in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country, the converted property looks out over wide vistas of tea terraces, lush green in colour, mist shrouded and magical.

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Nuwara Eliya, Superior Class
The Grand Hotel

Located almost 6000ft up in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, the former colonial era property is set in its own exquisite gardens within a fold of the tranquil, mist shrouded hills of Nuwara Eliya.

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Nuwara Eliya, First Class
Jetwing Warwick Gardens

Set on a six acre estate, in the tranquil and picturesque hill resort of Nuwara Eliya, Warwick Gardens is a former bungalow dating to the British colonial era enjoying a cool and refreshing climate, and panoramic mountain and valley vistas of neighbouring Ambewela.

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Tangalle, Deluxe Class
Anantara Peace Haven Resort Tangalle

Set amid a coconut plantation on a golden crescent of sand on the Indian Ocean, the resort’s location is both tranquil and secluded.

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