Serendipitous Sri Lanka

Welcome to Sri Lanka, an island of lush jungle and paddy fields, tea plantations and rock temples.

Journey Overview

Welcome to Sri Lanka, an island of lush jungle and paddy fields, tea plantations and rock temples. Embark on your discovery starting in the idyllic capital Colombo, the Garden City of the East. Climb the magnificent rock-top fortress of Sigiriya, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth and marvel at the spiritual caves of Dambulla. Taste a whirl of local flavours. Find your home-from-home in a colonial-style tea planter’s bungalow in the leafy highlands. And seek out leopards and sloth bears in the wilds of Wilpattu National Park. These are the jewels of Sri Lanka.

Journey Highlights

  • Marvel at the spiritual temple caves of Dambulla
  • Witness an auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Pedal through the ancient city of Anuradhapura
  • Embark on a mouth-watering foodie tour in Colombo
  • Roam through the ancient citadel of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • See rare wildlife on a game drive through Wilpattu National Park

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Colombo

Ayubowan and welcome to Colombo, the idyllic capital of Sri Lanka and the Garden City of the East. Receive a VIP Fast Track arrival service and be welcomed by your A&K representative who will whisk you to your private transfer for your journey to your luxury boutique accommodation.

Dating back over 600 years, Colombo was a trading hub for sea merchants and colonial rulers. With the rest of the day as your own, spend time in the secluded peace and quiet or step outside and discover a wide array of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches reflecting the various beliefs. Admire the beautiful facades of the old, colonial buildings or head to Galle Face Green with the locals and relax and enjoy the open space.
Uga Residence (Park Suites)                                                           

Day 2: Colombo

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you head out to uncover an architectural wonder at Colombo Residence No. 11. Hidden at the end of a quiet street, this compact villa was the home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Discover his sophisticated sense of style and artistic flair as you wander through the home.

Meet with a curator at one of Sri Lanka’s largest contemporary art galleries featuring works by leading and emerging artists and learn how the gallery collaborates on exhibitions internationally. Continue to Barefoot Gallery which serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets, and filmmakers, exploring the important contribution that the owner Babara Sansoni has made to art and fabric design.

This evening, embark on a journey of culinary discovery through Sri Lankan cuisine. Join your expert, learn about the various influences and sample a unique fusion of Indian, Malay, Dutch and Portuguese flavours. Devour thambili (sweet king coconut) from a street vendor and dare to sample a shot of arrack, a local spirit.
Uga Residence (Park Suites) | Meals: B         

Day 3: Colombo – Dambulla – Anuradhapura

Drive north to heritage listed Anuradhapura, the heart of the Cultural Triangle. Pause at Dambulla, Sri Lanka’s greatest cave-temple complex, dating back to the first century BC and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the walls and ceiling of this important Buddhist site, resplendent with frescoes and seek out some of the hundreds of statues of Buddha, Hindu kings and deities housed within the caves. Continue to Anuradhapura, and check into your luxury eco-resort. 
Ulagalla Resort (Uga Chalet with plunge pool) | Meals: BL

Day 4: Anuradhapura

Influenced by Buddhism, Anuradhapura was once the capital of the ancient Sinhalese kingdoms.  According to  the ancient Sinhalese Chronicle, the kingdom was founded in the fifth century BC and was abandoned due to an Indian invasion in the 10th century. Explore this extraordinary site by bike visiting the brilliant Ruwanweliseya and Jethawanarama monuments. Admire the Samadhi Statue of Buddha, a true masterpiece of sculpture. Along the way, sample tropical fruits and receive a blessing at the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest tree recorded in the world. Return to your hotel with an afternoon to relax and enjoy your surroundings at your own pace.
Ulagalla Resort (Uga Chalet with plunge pool) | Meals: B

Day 5: Anuradhapura

Following a morning at leisure, venture to the largest of the wildlife parks in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu National Park. Embark on a game drive around the ‘willu’, or rainwater-filled ponds, which attract a huge range of wildlife. Keep your camera handy for elephant, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, buffalo, and an array of wetland birds. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot sloth bears as they feast on the berries of the Palu trees, or even the elusive Sri Lankan leopard.

Later, enjoy sundowners with a view across the ancient water tank, Tissa Wewa. This ancient irrigation system, built between 250-210BC, was also used in rituals by the ruling kings.
Ulagalla Resort (Uga Chalet with plunge pool) | Meals: B

Day 6: Anuradhapura - Sigiriya – Kandy

Rise early for your journey to the magnificent rock-top fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through picturesque water and boulder gardens, past the pools and fountains and climb past the ancient and colossal Lion’s Paws to a steep winding 200-metre high staircase. Legend has it that the entry to the fortress was through the mouth of the lion, however over time this collapsed leaving only the paws. Pause during your ascent to admire the mirror wall and the famous Sigiriya frescoes. Upon reaching the summit you’ll admire 360-degree breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle and hills.

Later, experience true Sri Lankan hospitality in a farmer’s home, over a wonderful home-cooked lunch with your host.

Continue to the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, Kandy, nestled in the highlands. Resisting the colonial forces for longer than other parts of the country had been conquered, Kandy managed to retain its unique customs and artistic traditions and as such is considered the country’s most significant cultural and religious centre. After dropping your bags at your luxury accommodation, marvel at the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth. Stay to witness an auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic – an unforgettable ritual of drums, incense and chanting.
Kings Pavilion (Deluxe Rooms) | Meals: BL

Day 7: Kandy

After a leisurely morning, take a city tour of heritage listed Kandy, the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka. Highlights include the historic Kandy Lake, and the bustling Kandy markets. Be on the look out for the silverware, brassware and gem-studded jewellery, carefully carved and designed by the Kandyan craftsman, who are known to be the most skilled in the country.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Revel in the tranquillity of your luxury retreat surrounded by mountains and greenery, take a dip in the secluded infinity pool, or walk to Kandy to continue exploring by foot. Perhaps discover the unique collection of more than 4000 plants from orchids to medicinal plants at the wonderful Royal Botanical Gardens, or explore Udawattakale Forest Reserve (additional charge).

Be entertained this evening by unique music and traditional dance at a Kandyan Cultural Show and meet the dancers backstage for a photo.
Kings Pavilion (Deluxe Rooms) | Meals: B

Day 8: Kandy – Hatton – Hill Country (Dickoya)

Ride one of the most scenic railways though the Sri Lankan highlands to the hill station of Hatton. Roll past the emerald tea estates that blanket the mountains and breathe in the unmistakable aroma of pure Ceylon tea. Find your home at Ceylon Tea Trails, a cluster of colonial-era planters’ bungalows packed with period furnishings. With your own housekeeper, chef and butlers, you’ll certainly feel like an honoured guest.
Ceylon Tea Trails (Luxury Rooms) | Meals: BD

Day 9: Hill Country (Dickoya)

Enter the wonderful world of tea on a morning tour through tea country. Learn about the tea making process from the fields to the factory and sample some prized beverages during a special high tea.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure wandering the scenic trails between bungalows. Or venture further afield up sacred Adam’s Peak, atop which one of Buddha's footprints is said to exist (additional charge).
Ceylon Tea Trails (Luxury Rooms) | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Hill Country (Dickoya)

Spend the day at leisure enjoying the surroundings and facilities of your luxury accommodation in true Relais & Châteaux comfort. Alternatively explore more of the tea estate by bicycle or trek between the hotel’s bungalows for jaw-dropping views of lakes, mountains and tea-strewn slopes.
Ceylon Tea Trails (Luxury Rooms) | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Hill Country (Dickoya) – Negombo

Leave the tea plantations behind as you journey back towards Colombo and your boutique hotel close to the beaches of Negombo. Spend the rest of the day appreciating the restoration of a 200-year old manor house and enjoying the facilities, including the swimming pool, spa and beautiful gardens. Bibliophiles will find plenty of joy in the cabinets of prized old books in the library, carefully chosen by the property’s owner.
The Wallawwa (Wallawwa Bedroom) | Meals: B

Day 12: Depart Negombo

With your Sri Lankan adventure at an end, enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Ulagalla Resort

Serendipitous Sri Lanka

Set within 58 acres of private grounds, Ulagalla Resort promises tranquillity, luxury and wilderness within easy reach of the many attrac... Read more

Kings Pavilion Kandy

Serendipitous Sri Lanka
A&K Favourite

Set within a tropical haven, Kings Pavilion Kandy offers ultimate relaxation. Explore great stretches of scenery on gentle afternoon hike... Read more

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Serendipitous Sri Lanka
A&K Favourite

Ceylon Tea Trails comprises of five restored colonial era tea planter residences, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s pa... Read more

The Wallawwa

Serendipitous Sri Lanka

Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Colombo airport, the Wallawwa is the ideal property to start or finish your Sri Lankan journey.... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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