Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle

7 days from $2,331 per person*
  • With your private guide, explore South Asia’s up-and-coming hub of Colombo.
  • Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura and see the sacred 2000-year-old Bodhi tree.
  • Climb to the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and enjoy the most scenic views of the lush Sri Lankan countryside.
  • Wander the vibrant lanes of Kandy’s fragrant spice markets.
  • Featuring a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Experience the scenic and cultural splendor of Sri Lanka. Get an intimate insight into its fascinating past as you journey through the ancient sites of the Cultural Triangle.

Your adventure starts in Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo. Witness its rapid modernization when you explore the central district of Fort and as you stroll through the vibrant lanes of its main market hub, Pettah. With your private guide head to the heart of the Cultural Triangle where rich history, culture, and spectacular scenery are perfectly intertwined. Discover the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an incredible relic from nearly 1600 years ago. Visit Anuradhapura, a sacred pilgrimage site where Buddha is said to have gained Enlightenment. Arriving in Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, spot the influence of the British Empire as you delve into the city and its markets, as well as the renowned Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Dine on traditional tapas and feel like a local before heading back to Colombo.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Colombo
    Colombo
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 2 Colombo to Dambulla
    Colombo to Dambulla
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Tour - Colombo City Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Transfer - Colombo - Dambulla [(4.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    Signature by Amaya (B) (Luxury Suite)
  • Day 3 Dambulla
    Dambulla
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Tour - Anuradhapura City Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - Ritigala Monastery & Mountain Tour (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Signature by Amaya (B) (Luxury Suite)
  • Day 4 Dambulla
    Dambulla
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Tour - Sigiriya Rock Fortress Experience (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Signature by Amaya (B) (Luxury Suite)
  • Day 5 Dambulla to Kandy
    Dambulla to Kandy
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Transfer - Dambulla - Kandy [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Spices of Kandy (1.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 6 Kandy
    Kandy
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour & Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Sri Lankan Style Tapas at Royal Bar (1.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 7 Kandy
    Kandy
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Transfer - Kandy - Colombo [Airport via Mother's Curry (4 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
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Day 1: Colombo

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.

A private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel in Colombo. 

Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel

The Galle Face Hotel is situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green. The hotel embraces Sri Lanka’s rich history and legendary traditions, and for many no visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without staying at this majestic hotel. The property was originally built in 1864 and it has been recently restored back to its former glory. For generations, guests have come back again and again, seduced by the nostalgic charm of the hotel’s beautiful rooms. Distinctive comforts with subtle embellishments make your stay an experience to look forward to and the hotel is renowned for presenting some of Colombo’s finest cuisines in unique locations throughout the property, be it elegant afternoon teas at The Verandah or an innovative modern menu at the ‘1864’.

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Buddha Statues
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jami Ul Alfar Mosque, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Day 2: Colombo - Dambulla

Discover Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, during this privately guided tour accompanied by a local guide. During your walking tour, you will learn about the city's rich history dating back to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonization periods. Walk through Fort, the central business district of Colombo, and see firsthand how Ceylon’s capital is transforming into a modern metropolis with old colonial-era edifices being delightfully restored and new structures emerging in its cityscape. Admire the Grand Oriental Hotel with its imposing front and listen to your guide explain how this former residence of the Dutch Governor became one of the first modern hotels constructed in the East. Stop by the Cargills Department Store housed in an ornate, red-colored historic building proudly echoing its former elegance. Continue through the vibrant lanes of Pettah, Colombo’s main market hub. Wander through this modern, open-air bazaar of sorts and take in the delightful chaos around you. Expose your senses to the scents of dried chilies, spices, and fish mix, and watch the locals hastily go about their business. Your tour concludes with a private transfer back to your accommodation.

After your tour, transfer from Colombo to Dambulla, located at the heart of the Cultural Triangle with a private vehicle and English-speaking chauffeur guide. The transfer is approximately 4.5 hours.

Accommodation: Signature by Amaya (B) (Luxury Suite)

Beside Kandalama Lake you’ll find a small, boutique resort of luxury villas, set in tropical woodland and landscaped gardens. From the moment you arrive at Signature by Amaya Kandalama, you are bound to experience a deep sense of tranquility. Enveloped by lush gardens, the carefully carved out pathways that meander throughout the property, beckon guests to draw closer to explore the diverse flora and fauna of its green surroundings. Lavishly decorated with exquisite furnishings, each of the guestrooms offer unsurpassed elegance with a spacious sitting area, plush bedroom and sweeping views of the gardens. The open-air Green Apple Restaurant, which faces the mosaic motif infinity pool, overlooks the magnificent Kandalama Lake and offers culinary marvels to satisfy the senses and pamper the taste buds. This boutique resort is well placed for exploring one of Sri Lanka’s most important cultural sites, including the remarkable Royal Rock Temple complex at nearby Dambulla.

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Colombo Cityscape
Colombo Cityscape
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dambulla
Dambulla

Day 3: Dambulla

Apart from being a UNESCO-listed, renowned archaeological site, the captivating ancient city of Anuradhapura to this day remains a live place of worship for pilgrims who come to visit its storied sacred sites. Accompanied by your guide, set out to discover this mesmerizing city on a private tour. Upon arrival, take your time to explore the sights and take in the mystical atmosphere of a place lost in time. Admire the ubiquitous dagobas (Buddhist stupas), ancient temples and pools, and let your guide introduce you to the intriguing history of Sri Lanka’s first capital. See the world’s oldest surviving tree, the 2000-year-old holy Sri Maha Bodhi, and listen to the fascinating legend surrounding its origins. Your tour ends with a private transfer back to your hotel in Dambulla.   

About 16 miles further on is Ritigala, surrounded by pathways that open into the thick jungle and sacred meditation grounds. Following the meandering, beautifully constructed stone-lined paths, your English-speaking chauffeur guide will lead you to an ancient Buddhist monastery. Enjoy your walk and take the opportunity to sit down and connect with nature as you appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the place. You will have time to explore and walk up to higher locations of Ritigala, the highest mountain in northern Sri Lanka. Entrance fees are included.

Accommodation: Signature by Amaya (B) (Luxury Suite)
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dagoba in Anuradhapura
Dagoba in Anuradhapura
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ritigala stone-lined reservoirs
Ritigala stone-lined reservoirs

Day 4: Dambulla

Step back in time and discover one of Sri Lanka’s crown jewels as you explore the marvelous rock fortress of Sigiriya with your private guide. The site was the domain of King Kashyapa whose goal was to build an impregnable fortress and a heavenly abode within it. Upon reaching this awe-inspiring natural wonder proudly soaring over the Sri Lankan countryside, start the climb of 1200 steps before you reach the top. On your way admire the famous Sigiriya frescoes depicting wasp-waisted buxom maidens bearing flowers. Head to the nearby Mirror Wall for an opportunity to see ancient graffities dating as far back as the sixth century. When you reach the top of the Fortress, take in the most scenic bird’s-eye view of the leafy emerald meadows and villages beneath you. Begin exploring the ruins of the structures that once graced this area; take your time and enjoy one of the world’s best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Your Sigiriya discovery takes approximately 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the pace you wish to ascent. Climbing to the top may be strenuous for some travelers, but your reward is an unforgettable experience and stunning views from the top. After the conclusion of your tour you will be privately transferred back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Signature by Amaya (B) (Luxury Suite)
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Day 5: Dambulla - Kandy

A private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will provide a transfer from Dambulla to Kandy. The approximate travel time is three hours. 

Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Pepper and Turmeric; these names not only make one think of  delicious food but also relate to the age of discovery and to the 500 turbulent years in the history of Ceylon under the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Today’s trip to the authentic local markets will provide you with a genuine and rewarding Sri Lankan experience. The spice selection is top notch, and with the help of your guide you can pay a fair price. For the adventurers and lovers of local food, make a stop inside the market at the Midlands Café, a noted classic renowned for its loafs of bread served alongside delicious curries and accompanied by a strong cup Ceylon tea. Before leaving the market be sure to browse the wide array of exotic fruits; a local favorite is the wood apple with its fermented smell, mixed with tamarind. Also look for jack fruit, rambutan, mangosteen and many more, including impressive, fresh picked bananas. Your tour concludes with a private transfer back to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Elephant Stables

The Elephant Stables is a beautiful Colonial period bungalow on a hill overlooking Kandy. Located on a private road, only a short drive away from Kandy’s historic city center, The Elephant Stables is a haven of serenity in the heart of Sri Lanka’s picturesque Hill Country. The property was formerly the home of Adigar Sir Cuda Ratwatte, who was a Ceylonese nobleman, and the first person from Kandy to be awarded a knighthood by the British. He was also the uncle of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the first woman to be elected the head of government in the world.  Historic associations play a large role in the make-up of The Elephant Stables. It has been lovingly restored with a combination of original mid-century planter’s furniture and chic interiors to enable guests to feel the ambiance of a Ceylon Planter’s bungalow while enjoying all the luxuries of an up-market, boutique property.

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Market Fresh Produce
Market Fresh Produce
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kandy
Kandy

Day 6: Kandy

Kandy belongs to the fabric of legends. While Sri Lanka was under the Portuguese and Dutch rule, the Kings of Kandy remained defiant and independent. It was much later during the British rule that Kandy finally fell to the biggest empire in the world. Accompanied by your private chauffeur guide, venture off into the streets of Kandy, experiencing its rich culture and exploring the vibrant local markets. Today Kandy has grown to a sizeable city that still retains touches of its colonial history in buildings such as the Queen's hotel, a beautiful 19th century neoclassical beauty. Wander around the Kandy Lake and the town’s characterful neighborhoods and get a feel for this wonderful place. Continue to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which is, without a doubt, the city’s biggest pride and one of the world’s holiest Buddhist shrines. Head inside this religious complex and feel in awe of its spiritual magnetism. Upon the conclusion of your tour you will be privately transferred to your hotel.

The Royal Bar is a Kandy institution. If you love traditional bars then don't miss out on this classic! Locals frequent the establishment for its famed spicy deviled chicken. Seated in the open patio while the evening brings through fresh Kandyan breezes, tranquility prevails. It is a great place to have a couple of beers and try some Sri Lankan style tapas. A popular choice is chickpeas and deviled chicken, however, if you prefer something that is not highly spicy, consider the classic British style fish and chips. Those more adventurous might want to order a shot of arrack, the local ‘rocket fuel.’ Its sweet flavor can be deceitful, the drink is powerful but pairs perfectly with spicy dishes. Please note: Drinks are not included and are to be paid for on-site.

Accommodation: Elephant Stables
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bottle of Arrack
Bottle of Arrack

Day 7: Kandy

Meet your private chauffeur guide for a transfer from Kandy to the International Airport in Colombo. The transfer is approximately 4 hours. En route you will stop by a traditional Sri Lankan local home to experience the authentic flavors of the island as you enjoy a real, home-cooked Sri Lankan meal. Let your cook know if you have any special dietary requirements and the wonderful Surangi will work her magic with the curries.  Remember, you can curry everything from pineapple to veggies, seafood, and meats. After your meal concludes, you will be privately transferred to the airport. 

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

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sri Lankan Curry
Sri Lankan Curry
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.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • 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.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • 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.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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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.

Galle Face Hotel : Colombo

The Galle Face Hotel is situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green. The hotel embraces Sri Lanka’s rich history and legendary traditions, and for many no visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without staying at this majestic hotel. The property was originally built in 1864 and it has been recently restored back to its former glory. For generations, guests have come back again and again, seduced by the nostalgic charm of the hotel’s beautiful rooms. Distinctive comforts with subtle embellishments make your stay an experience to look forward to and the hotel is renowned for presenting some of Colombo’s finest cuisines in unique locations throughout the property, be it elegant afternoon teas at The Verandah or an innovative modern menu at the ‘1864’.

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle Face Hotel Lounge
Galle Face Hotel Lounge

Signature by Amaya (B) (Luxury Suite): Dambulla

Beside Kandalama Lake you’ll find a small, boutique resort of luxury villas, set in tropical woodland and landscaped gardens. From the moment you arrive at Signature by Amaya Kandalama, you are bound to experience a deep sense of tranquility. Enveloped by lush gardens, the carefully carved out pathways that meander throughout the property, beckon guests to draw closer to explore the diverse flora and fauna of its green surroundings. Lavishly decorated with exquisite furnishings, each of the guestrooms offer unsurpassed elegance with a spacious sitting area, plush bedroom and sweeping views of the gardens. The open-air Green Apple Restaurant, which faces the mosaic motif infinity pool, overlooks the magnificent Kandalama Lake and offers culinary marvels to satisfy the senses and pamper the taste buds. This boutique resort is well placed for exploring one of Sri Lanka’s most important cultural sites, including the remarkable Royal Rock Temple complex at nearby Dambulla.

Elephant Stables : Kandy

The Elephant Stables is a beautiful Colonial period bungalow on a hill overlooking Kandy. Located on a private road, only a short drive away from Kandy’s historic city center, The Elephant Stables is a haven of serenity in the heart of Sri Lanka’s picturesque Hill Country. The property was formerly the home of Adigar Sir Cuda Ratwatte, who was a Ceylonese nobleman, and the first person from Kandy to be awarded a knighthood by the British. He was also the uncle of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the first woman to be elected the head of government in the world.  Historic associations play a large role in the make-up of The Elephant Stables. It has been lovingly restored with a combination of original mid-century planter’s furniture and chic interiors to enable guests to feel the ambiance of a Ceylon Planter’s bungalow while enjoying all the luxuries of an up-market, boutique property.

Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Elephant Stables
Elephant Stables
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Elephant Stables Swimming Pool
Elephant Stables Swimming Pool

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.
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    What an organized, well put together company! From the moment I reached out online to the last minute details even a day or two before our trip, Kensington took care of my every need and created the perfect itinerary, with attention to every single detail. My main destination expert, Katie was absolutely incredible, capturing our most favorite interests and activities in this trip. She listened to me, asked for my preferences and priorities and passions and put together the most fabulous trip that was personalized just for us! She even incorporated personal time for us to spend with family as part of the itinerary. From the moment we got off the plane to the moment we boarded our return flight back home we were never left to struggle and we were well cared for throughout the entire 2 week trip. My local Kensington contact Chhaya was also wonderful, periodically checking on me by phone to ensure that our every need was met. The company situated every detail of our trip and we felt well cared for and situated in every town we visited. It was an incredible experience that we will remember forever and I will always seek Kensington for our experiential trips around the world. Thank you for an absolutely phenomenal journey Kensington!

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    We were extremely pleased with the careful attention to service details by Kensington and its representatives. After seeing large tour buses of tourists on our India trip, we appreciate even more the value of small and nimble groups. The guides and driver were first-rate and were willing to accommodate minor changes to the schedule to fit our interests.

  • Sandra A — January 31, 2019 — India & Area

    Everyone was wonderful to work with. The trip was wonderful, and we learned so much about history and culture. The drivers and guides were great! The best thing was that we never felt out of touch. Sagrika Bisht was lovely and always available. She provided us with her contact details and checked up on us throughout the trip to ensure we were enjoying ourselves. Our driver, Pyar was wonderful and always there for us. He made us feel very safe on the busy streets. We always felt KT was there with us overseeing everything. The welcome gift prepared was lovely and Laura did a great job planning. She helped pick out things to do and see and we truly appreciate her!

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    The trip overall exceeded our expectations! The organization, tours, guides, and accommodations were all very good.

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    Jennifer May did a fantastic job in preparing the logistics for our almost month long trip to India and Sri Lanka. Everything went smoothly without any problems. The hotels were great as were the itinerary and the guides.

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    Melissa Stankovich, our Destination Expert, was excellent from beginning to end. Courteous, knowledgeable, and prompt with her responses to our queries.

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    The most outstanding personnel for our trip to India was Jaggi the driver. He was professional, warm and very accommodating. The guide in Jaipur was also first rate.

  • Karen K. — January 15, 2019 — India & Area

    Kensington and Mark, our Destination Expert, did a fantastic job and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone as well as use them again. Thank you Mark for a great trip!

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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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