9 days from $2,691 per person*
  • Head into the jungle to Sigiriya rock fortress with private guide.
  • Embark on a jeep safari through Minneriya National Park in search of monkeys, elephants, crocodiles, and more.
  • Receive Buddhist blessings as you visit countless temples.
  • Private tour of Kandy, last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.
  • Featuring expertly selected premium hotels.
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Discover the land Marco Polo christened “the most beautiful island in the world” with this enticingly exotic journey through heart-pulling Sri Lanka. From sun kissed beaches and vibrant jungles, to Buddhist blessings, sweet scented spice plantations & cave temples dating back to 1st century B.C., this tour is a feast for the eyes & soul. Enjoy the sandy shores of Negombo, then explore the treasures of Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Induruwa and more, led by private guide. Follow in the steps of bygone kings in mystical palaces, relax during an herbal massage, discover local curry preparation, visit artisans workshops, watch colorful Kandyan shows, bargain in bazaars, tour tea plantations, see the local efforts of a sea turtle hatchery, pass mangroves heavy with fruit on the Madhu River & much more. Boasting far more attractions than can ever be list, the once inaccessible, “Teardrop of India” simply cannot be missed.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Colombo to Negombo
    Colombo to Negombo
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Jetwing Beach (5*) (B) (Deluxe Room)
  • Day 2 Negombo to Sigiriya
    Negombo to Sigiriya
    • Private Transfer - Negombo - Sigiriya [2.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Private - Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 3 Sigiriya
    Sigiriya
    • Private Tour - Habarana - Polonnaruwa - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Minneriya National Park - 4x4 Jeep
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 Sigiriya to Kandy
    Sigiriya to Kandy
    • Private Transfer - Sigiriya - Kandy [Dambulla Rock Temple, Spice Garden and Temple of the Tooth Relic] - Vehicle/Driver
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 5 Kandy
    Kandy
    • Private Tour - Peradeniya/Kandy City tour - Vehicle/Driver
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 6 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
    Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
    • Private Transfer - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya [via Peradeniya/Gampola] - Vehicle/Driver
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    The Grand Hotel (4*) (B) (Deluxe Room)
  • Day 7 Nuwara Eliya to Induruwa
    Nuwara Eliya to Induruwa
    • Private Transfer - Nuwara Eliya - Induruwa [Kitulgala River] - Vehicle/Driver
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Induruwa
    Induruwa
    • Private - Galle City Tour - Vehicle/Driver
    • English Speaking Driver-Guide - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Induruwa
    Induruwa
    • Private Transfer - Induruwa - Negombo [Airport (with Colombo City Tour)] - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Colombo - Negombo

For your added comfort, your English speaking chauffeur guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your driver for a private transfer between the airport and Colombo.

Accommodation: Jetwing Beach (5*) (B) (Deluxe Room)

Along the Western coast of Sri Lanka mile upon mile of golden beach stretches as far as the eye can see and in the resort town of Negombo, hotels of many a description line its palm fringed shore. Glittering bright amongst them all is the luxuriant paradise of Jetwing Beach. Indulgently spacious in the inimitable style of Geoffrey Bawa – Sri Lanka’s most renowned architect, this is the perfect place for those with a penchant for stylish extravagance combined with the simple pleasures of a seaside holiday. Whether guests are coming alone or bringing their family; tots and all, here everyone is equally assured of a royal welcome and good times galore. Take playful days and restful nights aplenty, with equal measures of exuberance, pampering and leisure guests can handle in between. Luxurious rooms with every facility, speciality cuisine at three restaurants, a large pool and a spa with Ayurvedic treatments are just some of the things guests can indulge in at this plush seaside resort.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Jetwing Beach
Jetwing Beach
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Day 2: Negombo - Sigiriya

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer from Negombo to Sigiriya. The approximate travel time is 2.5 hours.

Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of this fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens encompass the base of the rock. Visit the frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Accommodation: Jetwing Vil Uyana (5*)

Jetwing’s newest and most ambitious project Jetwing Vil Uyana is located within 2 miles of Sigiriya, the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.  In this ground-breaking project, Jetwing Hotels created a private nature reserve consisting of a wetland system, complete with lakes and reed beds. It’s a nature lover’s paradise. Spread over 28 acres, the unique placement of dwellings and other buildings allows as much space as possible for nature to thrive. Be sure to sign up for the night trail experience in search of the elusive Loris. The accommodation is both stylish and comfortable, designed to easily blend in with the eco-system. Don’t be deceived by the outward appearance of rural simplicity: this is a sumptuous world-class eco-resort.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sigiriya
Sigiriya

Day 3: Sigiriya

Start the day with a trek in the Habarana Jungle. This excursion will take you along one of the most picturesque treks through the jungle. Observe the bird life that can be found the surrounding forest and foothills. Thereafter, visit Polonnaruwa which was the second capital of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD and is now listed as a World Heritage Site. Discover the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya - 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath and the statue of king Parakramabahu. Also visit Parakrama Samudraya, which is a lake built by King Parakramabahu the Great. Polonnaruwa has many places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

In the afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari through Minneriya National Park. Located between Habarana and Pollonnaruwa, Minneriya is yet another haven for the elephants that migrate from the surrounding jungles to enjoy the lush grass fields on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir during the dry season. Monkeys as well as many resident and migratory bird species can be spotted along with reptiles such as the painted-lip lizard, the saltwater crocodile, the Indian python and the, curiously named, water monitor.

Accommodation: Jetwing Vil Uyana (5*)
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sigiriya Landscape
Sigiriya Landscape
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park

Day 4: Sigiriya - Kandy

Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy. Dating back to the First Century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 metre long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world. Continue to Kandy via Matale. Visit a spice garden in Matale, there you will see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed today spices are used mainly to flavor food. In medieval times, however, spices played a more important role as food preserving agents. In the absence of fridges and freezers, people used spices to preserve meat during the long winter months. Tasting of spiced tea, massage with natural products and demonstration of a preparation of curry and little massage with herbal oils of spices and plants.

Accommodation: Earl`s Regency (5*)

The Earl’s Regency is the ideal five-star luxury hotel from which to explore the attractions of Kandy and the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Situated next to the river and surrounded by hills, the Hotel offers a perfect oasis of calm where guests can retreat after a day of seeing the sights. Beautifully manicured gardens surround the tempting pool. The hotel has a comprehensive energy conservation policy, with power cut-off switches, energy-efficient lighting (CFL bulbs), photo-active garden lights and solar-powered hot water systems.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Temple of Tooth Relic
Temple of Tooth Relic
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kandy Temple
Kandy Temple

Day 5: Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Peradeniya and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. Peradeniya Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king. The 147 acres provide an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Then continue on to Kandy, which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is today listed as a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Discover Kandy Town and its bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter, witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Accommodation: Earl`s Regency (5*)
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, make your way to the Peradeniya Railway Station and take a train to Gampola (20 minutes). Seats cannot be reserved in advance. Gampola is a large town located in amidst the central highlands of the country. Visit the longest Buddha statue in South Asia, the Saliyalapura Temple. Continue towards Nuwara Eliya, which is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort and also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea zone producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Visit a tea plantation and taste a cup of tea. In the evening, take a walking tour of Nuwara Eliya known to the local people as “Little England”.

Accommodation: The Grand Hotel (4*) (B) (Deluxe Room)

The Grand Hotel, built in 1891, was the palatial residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes; today we offer the ultimate in comfort and the best of traditions from the ‘good old days’ to all who seek the charms of our famed hill country landmark. 156 Elegantly furnished rooms including 3 Presidential Suites (Golf Wing), 2 Governors Suites (Governors Wing) and  1 Room (Golf Wing)  overlook the magnificent, award-winning gardens of the Grand Hotel filled with beautifully laid out beds of flowers. The expansive Main Restaurant (Barnes Hall) offers equally vast buffets – breakfast, lunch and dinner with show kitchens that create the choice of fare to perfection. Offering both Western and Eastern menus, its reputation is legendary.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kandy
Kandy
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Induruwa

Explore the Kitulgala River where the film “Bridge Over The River Kwai” was recorded. Visit the turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbills are can be observed here. The eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches up and down the coast, are most vulnerable. The goodwill of Kosgoda fishermen, who bring these eggs to the hatchery, have led to hatching and around 100,000 young turtles could be released into the wild. After the visit, continue to your hotel in Induruwa.

Accommodation: Cocoon Resort (4*)

Discover the pleasure of serenity in exquisite surroundings between tropical forest and lush greenery. Over a hundred years ago, the hill in the midst of the former Cinnamon Plantation was given a name by the local inhabitants. They christened it, “Sumanagiri”– the Silent Mount. Today, this land of Sumanagiri, stretched amongst 8 ½ acres has metamorphosed into Cocoon Resort and Villas.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Turtle Hatchery
Turtle Hatchery
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Induruwa
Induruwa

Day 8: Induruwa

Do a city tour in Galle. The capital of the southern province is a city with a colorful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. In 1587 the Portuguese annexed Galle from its Sinhala kings and built its first fortress naming it “Santacrusz”. Its old world charm appeals as a tourist destination. To this, it looks back to 500 years of nurture under Sinhala, Portuguese, Dutch and British stewardship. Thereafter proceed to Balapitiya. Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madhu River, a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting stops. You pass dozens of islets forested with mangroves and can appreciate the timeless natural rhythms of rural life.

Accommodation: Cocoon Resort (4*)
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Galle
Galle

Day 9: Induruwa

A transfer from Induruwa to Colombo for an afternoon tour of the capital city is provided. The sightseeing trip includes the Colombo Museum, the Old Parliament, Buddhist and Hindu Temples, Bayra Lake and the Pettah Bazaar. Finish the tour with a private transfer to Bandaranayke International Airport for your departure.        

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Colombo
Colombo
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Jetwing Beach (5*) (B) (Deluxe Room): Negombo

Along the Western coast of Sri Lanka mile upon mile of golden beach stretches as far as the eye can see and in the resort town of Negombo, hotels of many a description line its palm fringed shore. Glittering bright amongst them all is the luxuriant paradise of Jetwing Beach. Indulgently spacious in the inimitable style of Geoffrey Bawa – Sri Lanka’s most renowned architect, this is the perfect place for those with a penchant for stylish extravagance combined with the simple pleasures of a seaside holiday. Whether guests are coming alone or bringing their family; tots and all, here everyone is equally assured of a royal welcome and good times galore. Take playful days and restful nights aplenty, with equal measures of exuberance, pampering and leisure guests can handle in between. Luxurious rooms with every facility, speciality cuisine at three restaurants, a large pool and a spa with Ayurvedic treatments are just some of the things guests can indulge in at this plush seaside resort.

Jetwing Vil Uyana (5*): Sigiriya

Jetwing’s newest and most ambitious project Jetwing Vil Uyana is located within 2 miles of Sigiriya, the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.  In this ground-breaking project, Jetwing Hotels created a private nature reserve consisting of a wetland system, complete with lakes and reed beds. It’s a nature lover’s paradise. Spread over 28 acres, the unique placement of dwellings and other buildings allows as much space as possible for nature to thrive. Be sure to sign up for the night trail experience in search of the elusive Loris. The accommodation is both stylish and comfortable, designed to easily blend in with the eco-system. Don’t be deceived by the outward appearance of rural simplicity: this is a sumptuous world-class eco-resort.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Jetwing Vil Uyana
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Jetwing Vil Uyana Room
Jetwing Vil Uyana Room

Earl`s Regency (5*): Kandy

The Earl’s Regency is the ideal five-star luxury hotel from which to explore the attractions of Kandy and the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Situated next to the river and surrounded by hills, the Hotel offers a perfect oasis of calm where guests can retreat after a day of seeing the sights. Beautifully manicured gardens surround the tempting pool. The hotel has a comprehensive energy conservation policy, with power cut-off switches, energy-efficient lighting (CFL bulbs), photo-active garden lights and solar-powered hot water systems.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Earl's Regency
Earl's Regency

The Grand Hotel (4*) (B) (Deluxe Room): Nuwara Eliya

The Grand Hotel, built in 1891, was the palatial residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes; today we offer the ultimate in comfort and the best of traditions from the ‘good old days’ to all who seek the charms of our famed hill country landmark. 156 Elegantly furnished rooms including 3 Presidential Suites (Golf Wing), 2 Governors Suites (Governors Wing) and  1 Room (Golf Wing)  overlook the magnificent, award-winning gardens of the Grand Hotel filled with beautifully laid out beds of flowers. The expansive Main Restaurant (Barnes Hall) offers equally vast buffets – breakfast, lunch and dinner with show kitchens that create the choice of fare to perfection. Offering both Western and Eastern menus, its reputation is legendary.

Cocoon Resort (4*): Induruwa

Discover the pleasure of serenity in exquisite surroundings between tropical forest and lush greenery. Over a hundred years ago, the hill in the midst of the former Cinnamon Plantation was given a name by the local inhabitants. They christened it, “Sumanagiri”– the Silent Mount. Today, this land of Sumanagiri, stretched amongst 8 ½ acres has metamorphosed into Cocoon Resort and Villas.

Serene Sri Lanka Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cocoon Resort
Cocoon Resort

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Joshua J. — April 09, 2018 — India & Area

    This is my third trip with Kensington, and as always, friendly, perfect and terrific from start to finish. The team is tremendous. I recommend Kensington constantly, and cant wait for my next adventure.

  • Sam B. — March 01, 2018 — India & Area

    Kensington helped everything run so smoothly and accommodated for desired changes. The drivers were so helpful and friendly.

  • Dennis P. — February 25, 2018 — India & Area

    This trip was one of my bucket list items. Kenny assisted in planning the trip and he was excellent, especially since I modified many things and had many questions. He was always responsive and helpful! He helped ensure I had the best time.

  • Marina P. — January 09, 2018 — India & Area

    Absolutely perfect adventure with Kensington! Jennifer helped us map out and plan a wonderful trip to India. Our guides and drivers were excellent!

  • Bonnie Carroll — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    The trip was FABULOUS! We are now loyal Kensington converts - you took care of everything, and each day unfolded with new surprises and adventures! They were made aware (by Kensington??) that it was our shared birthday trip (my 60th!) and so each Oberoi really outdid themselves in doing special birthday celebrations! Wow, amazing! Just overwhelming!

  • Pamela L — August 22, 2017 — India & Area

    Everything was great, when we wanted to change something they were very good at doing so. I was more than satisfied. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

  • Bruce Rubin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    I loved working with Kenny and all the people at Kensington Tours. I loved how easily everything flowed during our journey. Your people were mostly wonderful with a few who simply showed up. We had a few hotel rooms that were less than perfect but in the case of Varanasi I mentioned my displeasure and the room was immediately changed. Many of the hotels were as luxurious as promised and the service was impeccable. We truly loved our trip and would happily use your services again and recommend them to our friends.

  • Renee Martin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    Really great experience! The quality and the individuality of how our tour was designed was perfect! Would definitely like to do another tour with Kensington!

  • Richard B. — July 15, 2016 — India & Area

    Guides and especially drivers were very good, indeed.

  • Alicia H. — June 30, 2016 — India & Area

    Each of my guides was absolutely wonderful, making a whirlwind tour feel well-paced and meaningful as well as providing interesting historical/cultural insights and offering excellent shopping and restaurant recommendations. In particular, Sanjil made sure I got all of the best photo angles of the Taj Mahal. Vivek was an amazing story-teller who went above and beyond to make Udaipur come alive, and Indrajeet was an excellent teacher of India's many religions and cultural traditions. The Oberoi hotels were unbelievable; I have never stayed in more luxurious accommodations or experienced more attentive service! This tour was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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