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  • Search for the elusive leopards on guided jungle safaris in Yala National Park.
  • Accompanied by a village chief, explore the ancient hunting grounds of the forest-dwelling Vedda people in Gal Oya.
  • Discover the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress with your private guide.
  • Journey back in time as you tour the historic walled city of Galle.
  • Featuring a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Discover a blend of Sri Lanka's exotic wildlife and authentic cultural experiences on this privately guided journey around the island. Explore the country’s finest national parks, visit steamy towns steeped in colonial history and discover the ancient gems of the Cultural Triangle.

After arriving in Colombo head inland to Sigiriya, the heart of Sri Lanka’s famed Cultural Triangle. Climb to the top of the age-old rock fortress; enjoy spectacular views of the lush countryside beneath you and tour the ruins of structures that once graced the summit. Your adventure continues as you transfer to Kandy. Here, shop for exotic spices at a local market and wander around the town’s characterful neighborhoods. In Gal Oya, a walk with a Vedda Chief offers you an exceptional insight into the culture of the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka. You will also set out on a private boat and jeep safari, where you may catch sights of crocodiles, or even wild elephants swimming in between the islands. Head to Yala National Park where you’ll stay at a tented safari camp, and embark on multiple jungle expeditions in search of leopards, elephants, sloth bears and more. In Galle, accompanied by your private guide, tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fort. Walk around the 17th century Dutch ramparts and gaze out over the magnificently blue Bay of Galle. This is the authentic Sri Lanka you’ve been seeking.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Colombo
    Colombo
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
  • Day 2 Colombo to Sigiriya
    Colombo to Sigiriya
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Transfer - Colombo - Sigiriya [via Anuradhapura & Kaludiya Pokuna] - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 3 Sigiriya
    Sigiriya
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Tour - Sigiriya Rock Fortress Experience (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 4 Sigiriya to Kandy
    Sigiriya to Kandy
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Transfer - Sigiriya - Kandy [via Dambulla Rock Cave Temple (4 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Spices of Kandy (1.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 5 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 6 Kandy to Gal Oya National Park
    Kandy to Gal Oya National Park
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Transfer - Kandy - Gal Oya National Park [3.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
    • Private Tour - A Walk of Discovery with Vedda Chief (3 hrs) - Vedda Chief
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Gal Oya National Park
    Gal Oya National Park
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Tour - Wildlife Jeep Safari & Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Tour - Wildlife Boat Safari (3 hrs) - Boat/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Gal Oya National Park to Yala National Park
    Gal Oya National Park to Yala National Park
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Transfer - Gal Oya National Park - Yala National Park [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Activity - Afternoon Jungle Safari
    All Inclusive
  • Day 9 Yala National Park
    Yala National Park
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Daily Activities at Kulu Yala Camp
    All Inclusive
  • Day 10 Yala National Park to Galle
    Yala National Park to Galle
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Activity - Morning Jungle Safari at Kulu Yala Camp
    • Private Transfer - Yala National Park - Galle [4 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 11 Galle
    Galle
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Tour - Afternoon Galle Fort Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
    • Private Tour - Authentic Sri Lankan Meal with Mother Washanti (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Galle
    Galle
    • English Speaking Private Guide - Chauffeur
    • Private Transfer - Galle - Colombo [Airport - 2 hrs 45 mins] - 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’.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle Face Hotel Lounge
Galle Face Hotel Lounge

Day 2: Colombo - Sigiriya

Transfer from Colombo to Sigiriya located at the heart of the Cultural Triangle with a private vehicle and English speaking chauffeur guide. En route, you will stop at Anuradhapura and Kaludiya Pokuna. First, explore the archaeological site of Anuradhapura, the city of Kings. 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 many. You will have the chance to see the sacred fig tree (Sri Maha Bodhi), said to have a branch, grown from the traditional 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. Later, you will discover the hidden archaeological site of Kaludiya Pokuna. Depending on the timing of the day, you may experience monks take a vow of silence and have minimum interaction with people. Take time to explore at your leisure before continuing to Sigiriya. This private tour includes an English speaking chauffeur guide and entrance fees.

Accommodation: Jetwing Vil Uyana

Jetwing’s most ambitious project, Jetwing Vil Uyana, is located within 2 miles of Sigiriya, the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.  In this ground-breaking undertaking, Jetwing Hotels created a private nature reserve consisting of a wetland system, complete with lakes and reed beds, making this property a true nature lover’s paradise. From the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya and bordering ancient kingdoms to the abundance of natural reserves, you will find yourself in perfect proximity to some of the greatest experiences in Sri Lanka. 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.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dagoba in Anuradhapura
Dagoba in Anuradhapura
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sigiriya
Sigiriya

Day 3: Sigiriya

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: Jetwing Vil Uyana
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Day 4: Sigiriya - Kandy

Transfer from Sigiriya to Kandy with a private vehicle and your English-speaking chauffeur guide. En route you will visit the famous Dambulla Rock Cave Temples. The cave temples complex that lies atop a massive hill on the edge of the town is one of the eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country and is renowned for its unique mural paintings and sculptures. The Cave Monastery, home to Buddhist monks, is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life of Buddha. Explore this mystical site accompanied by your guide and feel a close connection to the civilizations that have thrived in this area over the millennia. Make sure to take in the incredible vistas of the surrounding countryside. Upon the conclusion of your tour you will be privately transferred to your hotel in Kandy.

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.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Market Fresh Produce
Market Fresh Produce
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Buddha
Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Buddha

Day 5: 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
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bottle of Arrack
Bottle of Arrack

Day 6: Kandy - Gal Oya National Park

A private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will provide a transfer between Kandy and Gal Oya. The approximate travel time is three hours and 30 minutes.

Gal Oya Lodge is near one of the last remaining communities of the Vedda people, the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri  Lanka. Today, the village Chief will take you on a walk through the jungles of his ancestors. Discover and learn about local nature as he brings the forest alive by explaining his tribe’s use of medicinal plants, ancient hunting grounds and cave dwellings, while providing a fascinating insight into how the hunter-gatherers lived in the jungles of Gal Oya.

Accommodation: Gal Oya Lodge

Discover an ancient land untouched by time at Gal Oya Lodge; a unique Sri Lankan ecolodge spread across 20 acres of lush, private jungle. At the heart of the design lies its philosophy to bring you closer to nature and to protect the local environment. The concept lives in every detail, from the undisturbed lush forest to the natural materials used to create the spacious bungalows. The lodge uses appropriate technology and recycling to preserve precious natural resources such as water and energy. Gal Oya Lodge facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool seamlessly integrated into the scenic landscape. The friendly locally-recruited staff are keen to share with you the stories and hospitality of the region, while the naturalist guides are sure to contribute to your visit by vividly bringing to light the secrets of the surrounding natural world.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Vedda People
Vedda People
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya Lodge

Day 7: Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s undiscovered natural treasures. Within the park exist herds of elephants, wild boar, four species of deer, jackals, sloth bears, marsh mugger crocodiles and an array of rare exotic birds. Set out by jeep, with an expert naturalist, and ride into the forgotten Nilgala section of the park, once protected by ancient royalty for the abundant medicinal plants and endemic birdlife in this unique ecosystem. You can also experience the safari by foot or hike through the park with an expert naturalist. This option  offers a chance to see wildlife really close up and explore the hidden corners of the park. Entrance fees and snacks are included.

Today, with your guide, enjoy a unique opportunity to observe the local wildlife from the stunning Gal Oya Lake, including crocodiles, deer, elephants and many rare and endemic species of birds. This experience is the only one in Sri Lanka that enables you to spot wildlife from the water and to get deeper into the animals’ habitats. You may be lucky enough to see the elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen as the sun can be strong! Entrance fees are included.

Accommodation: Gal Oya Lodge
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Baby Sloth Bear
Baby Sloth Bear
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crocodile
Crocodile

Day 8: Gal Oya National Park - Yala National Park

A private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will provide a transfer from Gal Oya National Park to Yala National Park. The approximate travel time is three hours.

This afternoon, embark on a jungle safari with an experienced wildlife guide at the Yala National Park. Your wildlife guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna of the untamed Sri Lankan jungle.

NOTE: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

 

Accommodation: Kulu Yala Tented Camp

Kulu’s Yala camp features a perfect location to explore the multiple sectors of the vibrant Yala National Park. The camp’s paradigm is to seamlessly blend a definitive Sri Lankan wildlife experience with exceptionally comfortable accommodations, while minimizing the ecological footprint. The tailor-made, mobile safaris include customized tents that are finessed with thoughtful touches. The guides are professionally trained naturalists who have spent years learning the intricacies of the jungles. Kulu Safaris is the first operator to establish and practice environmentally conscious camping. They have adopted a strict “no-plastic” policy, use renewable energy to as great an extent as possible, and have implemented an eco-friendly waste-management system. The passionate staff of Kulu Yala Tented Camp will show off the best Sri Lanka has to offer with their innate warmth, sincerity, and efficiency.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Yala National Park Jungle Safari
Yala National Park Jungle Safari
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Yala National Park
Yala National Park

Day 9: Yala National Park

Today, join a jungle walk led by the experienced wildlife guides at the Kulu Yala camp, and set out to explore the riches of the Yala National Park. The trail provides a rare opportunity to learn interesting tips on the art of tracking, animal behavior, and offers a unique perspective for birding as well as photography. Key wildlife attractions include leopard, sloth bear, Asian elephant, spotted deer, sambar deer, and an array of birdlife.

Kayaks are also provided at your camp, so that you can get out on the water for a couple of hours of exercise, and experience a different perspective of the nature at Yala.

Accommodation: Kulu Yala Tented Camp
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Spotted Deer
Spotted Deer

Day 10: Yala National Park - Galle

Set out on an early morning drive with an experienced wildlife guide at the Yala National Park, hoping for animal sightings. This is the best time to capture some amazing photographs with the available natural light. Keep your camera ready!

NOTE: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

 

A private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will provide a transfer from Yala National Park to Galle. The approximate travel time is four hours.

Accommodation: Fort Bazaar

Begin your Galle quest at Fort Bazaar, a handsome merchant’s home-turned-boutique hotel. Positioned on Church Street within the UNESCO-listed 17th century fort, this spa hotel in Galle promises serenity, high-end service and gourmet modern dining. Fort Bazaar features 18 stylish guestrooms and fresh, contemporary interiors invoking a Middle Eastern vibe. Escape Galle’s delightful chaos at Fort Bazaar’s Z Spa where peace reigns and luxurious, revitalizing treatments await. The Fort Bazaar hotel makes for a welcoming retreat from the bustling cobbled streets of Galle Fort.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Asian elephants
Asian elephants
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle
Galle

Day 11: Galle

There are places that truly capture the imagination of travelers, and the alluring coastal town of Galle is one of them. This port city in southern Sri Lanka is one of the island’s ‘must-see’ stops, and its Old Town and Fortifications have earned it the UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition. This afternoon, enjoy a private walking tour accompanied by a local guide and discover the true face of Galle. The walls that envelope the fort have kept the inner city protected from years of turmoil and conquest, making Galle into a synthesis of the country’s history. From Muslim gem traders and Portuguese adventurers to savvy Dutch privateers - and let’s not forget the English - they all made the city their home at some point in history. Take in Galle’s unique atmosphere as you stroll through the historic town with your guide. Feel as if you have been transported back in time as you stop by Galle’s charming shops and admire its beautifully restored colonial mansions.  

Enjoy an authentic experience with Mother Washanti as she prepares unique and delicious curries. Watch her preparations and indulge in an interesting time with her and her husband, Father Sam, as he shares interesting stories about his time in New York as a cabbie. After you have savored her wonderful food and relaxed for a while longer, Father Sam and Mother Washanti will have made you feel like you are part of a new family. Private transfers are included.

Accommodation: Fort Bazaar
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle Fort & Lighthouse
Galle Fort & Lighthouse
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sri Lankan Meal
Sri Lankan Meal

Day 12: Galle

A private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will provide a transfer between Galle and the International Airport in Colombo. The approximate travel time is two hours and 45 minutes.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the 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.

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 : 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’.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Galle Face Hotel Lounge
Galle Face Hotel Lounge

Jetwing Vil Uyana : Sigiriya

Jetwing’s most ambitious project, Jetwing Vil Uyana, is located within 2 miles of Sigiriya, the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.  In this ground-breaking undertaking, Jetwing Hotels created a private nature reserve consisting of a wetland system, complete with lakes and reed beds, making this property a true nature lover’s paradise. From the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya and bordering ancient kingdoms to the abundance of natural reserves, you will find yourself in perfect proximity to some of the greatest experiences in Sri Lanka. 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.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jetwing Vil Uyana
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jetwing Vil Uyana Dining
Jetwing Vil Uyana Dining

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.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Elephant Stables
Elephant Stables
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Elephant Stables Swimming Pool
Elephant Stables Swimming Pool

Gal Oya Lodge: Gal Oya National Park

Discover an ancient land untouched by time at Gal Oya Lodge; a unique Sri Lankan ecolodge spread across 20 acres of lush, private jungle. At the heart of the design lies its philosophy to bring you closer to nature and to protect the local environment. The concept lives in every detail, from the undisturbed lush forest to the natural materials used to create the spacious bungalows. The lodge uses appropriate technology and recycling to preserve precious natural resources such as water and energy. Gal Oya Lodge facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool seamlessly integrated into the scenic landscape. The friendly locally-recruited staff are keen to share with you the stories and hospitality of the region, while the naturalist guides are sure to contribute to your visit by vividly bringing to light the secrets of the surrounding natural world.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya Lodge
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gal Oya Lodge Dining
Gal Oya Lodge Dining

Kulu Yala Tented Camp: Yala National Park

Kulu’s Yala camp features a perfect location to explore the multiple sectors of the vibrant Yala National Park. The camp’s paradigm is to seamlessly blend a definitive Sri Lankan wildlife experience with exceptionally comfortable accommodations, while minimizing the ecological footprint. The tailor-made, mobile safaris include customized tents that are finessed with thoughtful touches. The guides are professionally trained naturalists who have spent years learning the intricacies of the jungles. Kulu Safaris is the first operator to establish and practice environmentally conscious camping. They have adopted a strict “no-plastic” policy, use renewable energy to as great an extent as possible, and have implemented an eco-friendly waste-management system. The passionate staff of Kulu Yala Tented Camp will show off the best Sri Lanka has to offer with their innate warmth, sincerity, and efficiency.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kulu Yala Tented Camp
Kulu Yala Tented Camp
Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jeep Safari
Jeep Safari

Fort Bazaar : Galle

Begin your Galle quest at Fort Bazaar, a handsome merchant’s home-turned-boutique hotel. Positioned on Church Street within the UNESCO-listed 17th century fort, this spa hotel in Galle promises serenity, high-end service and gourmet modern dining. Fort Bazaar features 18 stylish guestrooms and fresh, contemporary interiors invoking a Middle Eastern vibe. Escape Galle’s delightful chaos at Fort Bazaar’s Z Spa where peace reigns and luxurious, revitalizing treatments await. The Fort Bazaar hotel makes for a welcoming retreat from the bustling cobbled streets of Galle Fort.

Wildlife & Culture of Sri Lanka Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fort Bazaar
Fort Bazaar

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

Depart from the 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.
  • Diana C — April 29, 2019 — India & Area

    We had an amazing experience. Our guides in Agra and Delhi were excellent. We had a wonderful driver who was with us from Dehli to Agra, and again in Agra and Delhi. We felt well taken care of with all the greeters and assistants at every step of our journey. We felt safe and well cared for from the pick up at the cruise terminal in Mangalore until our drop off at the door of the cruise terminal in Mumbai. I have already recommended Kensington to all the jealous fellow cruisers on our ship, and many times since our first Kensington tour in Africa. You never disappoint!

  • Aparna M — December 22, 2018 — India & Area

    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!

  • Frances H — December 31, 2018 — India & Area

    The Kensington experience was beyond professional. We were treated like VIPs everywhere we went. I have never been treated so well on any trip before. Their attention to detail is excellent and responsive to our last minute changes was greatly appreciated. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime to India.

  • Paul M — February 14, 2019 — India & Area

    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!

  • Elizabeth P. — January 28, 2019 — India & Area

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

  • Kenneth D. — January 19, 2019 — India & Area

    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.

  • Margarita C. — June 24, 2018 — India & Area

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

  • Glendora P. — June 26, 2018 — India & Area

    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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