Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle

7 days from $2,058 per person*
  • With private guide, visit the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya, a UNESCO site.
  • Discover the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, a famous Buddhist site.
  • Hike to see the temple at Pidurangala rock with your private guide.
  • Discover Colombo with private guide, a city blending the modern with the historic.
  • Selection of premium accommodations throughout.
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Scenic and cultural splendor await at all junctions of Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle, your focus on this private guided exploration.

Sri Lanka's most iconic highlights are largely contained in and around what is considered its Golden Triangle: Colombo, Sigiriya and Kandy. With a private guide, set out to discover this segment of the country, lapping up history, culture, scenery along the way. Witness the modernization of the nation capital, Colombo, as you stroll through the central market hub, and even an open-air bazaar with a private guide. Head to Dambulla, gateway to the Sigiriya area, where you'll discover the ancient 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, and embark on a private guided hike to the Pidurangala ancient rock formation. Arriving at Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, spot the influence of the British Empire as you explore the city and its local markets, as well as its renowned Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Dine on traditional tapas and feel like a local, before coming full circle (or triangle) back to your starting point, Colombo. A perfect way to experience the Golden Triangle of Sri Lanka. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Colombo
    Colombo
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 2 Colombo to Dambulla
    Colombo to Dambulla
    • Private Tour - Colombo City Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Transfer - Colombo - Dambulla [(4.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 3 Dambulla
    Dambulla
    • Private Tour - Anuradhapura City Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - Ritigala Monastery & Mountain Tour (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 4 Dambulla
    Dambulla
    • Private Tour - Sigiriya Rock Fortress Experience (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - Pidurangala Hiking Tour (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 5 Dambulla to Kandy
    Dambulla to Kandy
    • Private Transfer - Dambulla - Kandy [(3 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Spices of Kandy (1.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 6 Kandy
    Kandy
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
    • 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 to Colombo
    Kandy to Colombo
    • Private Transfer - Kandy - Colombo [Airport via Mother's Curry (4 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur 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.

Meet your private English-speaking chauffeur guide for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel (5*)

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 many travelers say that no visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this majestic hotel. It was originally built in 1864 and recently restored back to its former glory. For generations, guests have come back again and again, seduced by the nostalgic charm of the rooms in the hotel. 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 hotel, be it elegant afternoon teas at The Verandah or an innovative modern menu at the ‘1864’.

Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel

Day 2: Colombo - Dambulla

Discover Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka on foot today during this 3 hours 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. You will walk through Fort which is the central business district of Colombo. You will have a chance to witness monumental buildings like the GOH Hotel or Cargills Department Store. Colombo is undergoing a modernization period and only a handful of its architectural gems remain. You will walk through the crazy streets of the Pettah Colombo’s main market hub. A modern open-air bazaar of sorts where the smells of dried chilies and fish mix with trucks delivering Indian saris all happening in a small alleyway. This private tour includes an English-speaking guide, snacks, and soft drinks.

Today, 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 (5*)

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 Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Dambulla
Dambulla
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Signature by Amaya
Signature by Amaya

Day 3: Dambulla

Today, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura, the city of Kings, led by your English-speaking chauffeur guide. Not many places in the world can claim to have been continuously inhabited for over two millennia. Even to this day, the city of Anuradhapura is a sacred pilgrimage site to which people come to visit. You will have the chance to see the sacred fig tree (Sri Maha Bodhi), said to have a branch, grown from the original Sri Maha Bodhi in India, from which the Buddha gained enlightenment.  During your stay, you will also visit other city highlights including dagobas (Buddhist stupas) that stand as majestic as they did during the reign of the Kings. Entrance fees are included.

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 (5*)
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Dagoba in Anuradhapura
Dagoba in Anuradhapura
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ritigala stone-lined reservoirs
Ritigala stone-lined reservoirs

Day 4: Dambulla

Today, discover one of Sri Lanka's jewels as you are being taken back in time. Sigiriya, known as Lion Rock, is a spectacular rock fortress site. Created by King Kashyapa, his mission was to build a fortress so grand, that it would have to be reached by 1200 steps, offering a panoramic bird's eye view of the leafy emerald meadows and villages beneath. What is left of the ruins on top, that can be seen today, is less than 20% of the structures that once graced the area. Yet, it is still one of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning in the world. Your Sigiriya discovery takes approximately 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the pace you wish to ascent. Climbing to the top is strenuous, but not hard. Your reward is an unforgettable experience and stunning views from the top. The Lion Staircase and the Mirror Wall are two additional highlights that might amaze you, so take your time. Entrance fees are included.

A couple of miles north of Sigiriya is the ancient site of Pidurangala. This massive rock configuration was once believed to have been a royal temple to King Kashvapa, who built Sigiriya Fortress. Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be hiking for an hour, depending on fitness, and be aware that climbing to the top of Pidurangala is quite strenuous. Breathe in the fresh air as you reach the top of the rock and enjoy the magnificent vistas, including Sigiriya looming majestically in the distance.

Accommodation: Signature by Amaya (5*)
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  View from Pidurangala Rock
View from Pidurangala Rock

Day 5: Dambulla - Kandy

Enjoy a transfer from Dambulla to Kandy with a private vehicle and English-speaking chauffeur guide. The transfer is approximately 3 hours.

Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Pepper and Turmeric; these names not only make one think of  delicious food to the age of discovery and to the 500 turbulent years in the history of Ceylon under Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Nowadays visitors to Sri Lanka are often whisked away to the so-called Spice Gardens. A faux mock-up experience where you end up paying too much for too little, a trip to authentic local markets provide a more complete and rewarding 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 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 wood apple with its fermented smell, mixed with tamarind. Also look for jack fruit, rambutan, mangosteen and many more, including impressive, fresh picked bananas.

Accommodation: Elephant Stables (4*)

The Elephant Stables is a beautiful Colonial period bungalow on a hill overlooking Kandy.  It was the home of Adigar Sir Cuda Ratwatte (1880-1950), 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 therefore 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 ambience of a Ceylon Planter’s bungalow while enjoying all the luxuries of an up-market boutique property.

Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kandy
Kandy
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Elephant Stables
Elephant Stables

Day 6: Kandy

Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom. It fell to the British in 1815, after successfully defying the Portugese and Dutch for three centuries. Touches of the British Empire can be seen to this day on colonial buildings, such as Queen's Hotel, a beautiful 19th-century neoclassical structure. With your chauffeur guide, venture off into the streets of Kandy, experiencing its culture and exploring the local markets. Afterward, you will visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, an important source of power for the former Sri Lankan kings. Entrance fees are included.

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 (4*)
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Buddha Statue in Temple of Tooth
Buddha Statue in Temple of Tooth
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Bottle of Arrack
Bottle of Arrack

Day 7: Kandy - Colombo

Enjoy a transfer from Kandy to Sri Lanka International Airport with a private vehicle and English-speaking chauffeur guide. 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! You will experience 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.

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

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • 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 (5*): 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 many travelers say that no visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this majestic hotel. It was originally built in 1864 and recently restored back to its former glory. For generations, guests have come back again and again, seduced by the nostalgic charm of the rooms in the hotel. 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 hotel, be it elegant afternoon teas at The Verandah or an innovative modern menu at the ‘1864’.

Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Galle Face Hotel Lounge
Galle Face Hotel Lounge

Signature by Amaya (5*): 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.

Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Signature by Amaya
Signature by Amaya

Elephant Stables (4*): Kandy

The Elephant Stables is a beautiful Colonial period bungalow on a hill overlooking Kandy.  It was the home of Adigar Sir Cuda Ratwatte (1880-1950), 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 therefore 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 ambience of a Ceylon Planter’s bungalow while enjoying all the luxuries of an up-market boutique property.

Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Elephant Stables
Elephant Stables
Sri Lanka's Golden Triangle Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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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    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.

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

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