Sri Lanka by Air

Venture deep into the heart of Sri Lanka on this phenomenal journey which conveniently links key sites and attractions by air, avoiding long drives.

Journey Overview

Venture deep into the heart of Sri Lanka on this phenomenal journey which conveniently links key sites and attractions by air, avoiding long drives. Climb to the ancient citadel of Sigiriya. Be astounded by Kandy’s Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Trace a fascinating history from the first-century Dambulla Cave Temple to the colonial streets of Galle. Head out on safari in search of leopard and elephant. And at the end of each day, find sanctuary in the most wondrous accommodation, whether inside the walls of an historic fort or in the wilds of Yala National Park.

Journey Highlights

  • Climb to the ancient citadel of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Marvel at the spiritual temple caves of Dambulla
  • Witness elephants in their natural habitat in Minneriya National Park
  • Step inside the Temple of the Sacred Tooth
  • Search for Sri Lankan leopards on safari
  • Stay in a luxe hotel within the walls of the historic Galle fort

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Negombo

Ayubowan and welcome to Sri Lanka. Receive a warm A&K welcome and VIP Fast Track arrival service at Colombo airport before a private transfer to your luxury boutique accommodation, a 200-year old restored manor house. Settle into and relax before your adventure begins.
The Wallawwa (Wallawwa Bedroom)                                             

Day 2: Negombo – Sigiriya – Minneriya National Park - Sigiriya

After breakfast, fly to Sigiriya and drive to your luxury hotel. Spend time enjoying a soak in your private plunge pool or taking advantage of the property’s many other facilities before an afternoon journey to Minneriya National Park. Located within Sri Lanka’s elephant corridor, the park offers prime sightings of elephants, as well as a diverse range of animals and birdlife. Embark on a game drive and get up close to the colossal herds as they gather near the ancient reservoir, a local tradition known as ‘the Gathering’ (June – September). Keep your camera handy as you spot chattering macaque monkeys, deer, water buffalo and flocks of birds.

Return to your hotel for sundowners.
Vil Uyana (Paddy Dwellings with plunge pool) | Meals: B              

Day 3: Sigiriya

Early this morning journey to the magnificent rock-top fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through picturesque water gardens and climb past the ancient and colossal Lion’s Paws to a steep winding 200-metre 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 admire 360-degree breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle and hills. Descend slowly and return to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Vil Uyana (Paddy Dwelling with plunge pool) | Meals: B                

Day 4: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy

Rise early for a hot air balloon ride (additional charge Nov – April only). Witness the sunrise over Kandalama, Dambulla Cave Temple and the Sigiriya rock fortress, spotting wild elephant and water buffalo in the untouched wilderness. Indulge in a champagne toast before returning to your hotel for breakfast.

Continue to Kandy, last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Along the way, pause at Dambulla, Sri Lanka’s greatest cave-temple complex 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.

Arrive in Kandy and check into your boutique accommodation. Later, visit 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 – or be entertained by unique music and traditional dance at a Kandyan Cultural Show and meet the dancers for a photo.
Kings Pavilion (Deluxe Room) | Meals: B                                        

Day 5: Kandy – Hambantota – Yala National Park

Leave the ancient capital and fly to Hambantota. Continue overland to your eco-camp located on the border of Yala National Park, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Embark on an evening safari drive and discover why this wildlife park is a haven for nature lovers. Led by your expert tracker snap memorable photos of magnificent animals, including leopard, sloth and elephant, in their natural habitat.

Return to the camp for sundowners followed by dinner.
Kulu Safari Yala (Air-conditioned Tent) | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Yala National Park

Rise early for a morning game drive, and see the park come to life with animals and birdlife. As well as the thriving leopard, elephant and sloth population, some 200 bird species make this park their home.

Return to camp for breakfast and a day at leisure, before another thrilling safari drive at dusk.
Kulu Safari Yala (Air-conditioned Tent) | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Yala National Park – Galle

Experience a glimpse into local life on a visit to a nearby cattle farm and rice paddy fields. Then, leave the wilds behind and head along the south coast to Galle.

Settle into your hotel before a tour of the historic city. Discover a unique blend of the exotic and colonial in this UNESCO World Heritage listed locale, uncovering the fascinating architectural legacies of Portuguese and Dutch settlers alongside traditional Sri Lankan structures. Stroll through the Galle Fort and learn about the Dutch East India Company that operated from within, visit the Maritime Museum, the Old Dutch Reformed Church, Sun and Moon bastions, and more. As sunset approaches, climb the ramparts and sip a refreshing cup of Ceylon tea – or something stronger – with magnificent views.

Return to your hotel within the walls of the famous historic fort and enjoy a sundowner.
Amangalla (Bed Rooms) | Meals: B

Day 8: Galle

Spend your day exploring at your own pace. Let your chauffeur guide show you the sights. Perhaps go whale and dolphin watching on a private speed boat; explore the fascinating villages surrounding Galle on a guided bicycle ride or relax on the beach at Unawatuna (additional charges).
Amangalla (Bed Rooms) | Meals: B

Day 9: Depart Galle - Negombo

With your Sri Lankan adventure at an end, take 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:

The Wallawwa

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

Vil Uyana, The Cultural Triangle

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Vil Uyana is a haven for those who wish to escape to nature and indulge in some pampering. Offering rooms and suites in four different st... Read more

Kings Pavilion Kandy

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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

Kulu Safari Yala

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Kulu Safari seamlessly blends the adventure of a Sri Lankan safari with exceptionally comfortable accommodation to offer the definitive w... Read more

Amanagalla, Galle

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Amangalla is set within the walls of the famous historic fort in Galle. The hotel is full of antiques, old prints, rich mahogany, wood an... 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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