Wondering how to spend your two weeks in our tropical isle? Why not read through this itinerary and see if it peaks your interest? Of course, there’s many different ways of traveling through the island, however, we find this is the best way to spend your time here, without back tracking or wasting precious time traveling from one location to another!
Day 1 : Arrival
As you land in the tropical isle of Sri Lanka be greeted by the airport officials as they lead you through immigration to the silk route arrival lounge. For ease of travel and better experience, we’d recommend arranging for Silk Route VIP arrival service, which ensures seamless check out of the airport. Be met by your private chauffeur guide and travel to your luxurious hideaway where you can catch up on some much-needed rest and relaxation after a long travel to the island. We’d recommend Notary’s House in Makandura, which is a beautiful boutique hotel conveniently located closer to the airport and gives the perfect welcome to your Sri Lankan holiday.
Day 2 to Day 4: Cultural Highlights
Opt. to fly to Sigiriya (on everyone’s travel list) on Cinnamon Air. You save up on transfer time and get to see the beautiful tropics from a different perspective. This area’s is often referred to as the ‘Cultural Triangle’ as there are ancient cities and many UNESCO world heritage sites for you to visit. Anuradhapura, the first kingdom of Sri Lanka has some of the country’s biggest and oldest temples and ancient ruins. Polonnaruwa is another ancient city with an excellent ancient irrigation system and has several structures that indicate the cross cultural dialogs between the Sinhalese empires and the North Indian rulers as well. The ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya is a must visit, climbing to the top in the early morning is recommended. Other attractions in the area include, authentic local village visits, cycling tours through villages and paddy fields and a hot air balloon ride through the clouds to be finished off with a champagne breakfast.
Day 5 to Day 6: Last Kingdom
Drive to the last kingdom of Sri Lanka in the hills, Kandy. Visit the famed golden Temple of the Tooth Relic, where it is believed that the tooth of the Buddha resides in hidden chambers. Walk around the richly decorated temple and experience the true essence of artistry that this era is known for. You can also take a curated art and architectural tour of the city, exploring the many hidden gems off the beaten track.
Day 7 to Day 9: Tea plantations
Take a picturesque flight to the hills and stay at the famed Ceylon Tea Trails, arguably the most sumptuous property in the area. Sit in an original planter’s bungalow, surrounded by verdant tea estates and sip on your cuppa’ of perfectly brewed tea. Spend a few days relaxing and unwinding in the cooler climes and enjoy the slower pace of hill country life.
Day 10 to Day 11: Wild Life
Take a flight to the South Coast of the island and land in Hambantota. From here you can easily drive to Wild Coast Tented Lodges, in Yala. Spend a day wondering through dense jungle on Safari, whilst relaxing in the luxurious tented escape.
Day 12 to Day 13: Coastal Bliss
Drive to Cape Weligama, for a total beached out experience! Here you can easily take an excursion to the ancient Fort of Galle, or maybe a sunset cruise on a private yacht or some whale and dolphin watching for that adrenaline rush! Alternatively, one can embark on a cinnamon plantation visit or a local community experience of your choice
Day 14: Departure Drive straight to Colombo and transfer to the airport for your departure.
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To enjoy a magical 2 week stay in Sri Lanka