Highlights

  1. Indulging in Ayurvedic therapies in Beruwala
  2. Immersing yourself in yoga and guided mediation
  3. Climbing to the summit of Sigiriya
  4. Exploring Dambulla’s magnificent cave temple
  5. Discovering the wildlife-friendly Talangama wetland

Day 1: Arrive in Kotugoda

After landing at Bandaranaike International Airport, make the short journey to Kotugoda, just down the road from Negombo Lagoon. Your first night in Sri Lanka is spent in a refurbished colonial bungalow, where you’ll be treated to a massage and a candlelit dinner. Overnight at The Wallawwa.

Day 2: Kotugoda to Dambulla

Head inland to Dambulla, where you’ll be perfectly positioned to discover the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa, climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya and explore the magnificent nearby cave complex, complete with its stunning Buddhist frescoes. Overnight at Heritance Kandalama.

Day 3: Dambulla

Spend today as you please, perhaps by taking a safari in Minneriya National Park or watching out for elephants in Habarana. Alternatively, roam the ruins at Anuradhapura – an architectural treasure trove and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at Heritance Kandalama.

Day 4: Dambulla to Kandy

Travel south to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s lakeside second city – famous for its Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses a tooth once belonging to the Buddha. This evening you’ll be entertained by a traditional Kandyan dance. Overnight at The Kandy House.

Day 5: Kandy

A full day in Kandy means plenty of time to explore the famous temple and the out-of-town Peradeniya Botanic Gardens. Marvel at the Javan fig tree, the royal palms and the orchids as you explore its 60 hectares. Overnight at The Kandy House.

Day 6: Kandy to Beruwala

Journey south-west to Beruwala, specifically to an Ayurveda hotel on Moragalla beach. The next two weeks are spent indulging in tailor-made Ayurvedic therapies that promote relaxation, rejuvenation and detoxification. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 7: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 8: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 9: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 10: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 11: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 12: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 13: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 14: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 15: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 16: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 17: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 18: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 19: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 20: Beruwala

Day at leisure in Beruwala. Overnight at Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

Day 21: Beruwala to Talangama

Suitably rejuvenated, you’ll today travel north to Talangama, a nature lover’s paradise on the eastern outskirts of Colombo. With tens of different birds, reptiles and monkeys, this wetland haven feels a world away from the capital’s urban sprawl.

Day 22: Talangama

Catch a final glimpse of the birds and butterflies ahead of transferring to the airport, where you’ll connect with your onward international return flight. Overnight at Villa Talangama.

Activities to consider

  • A jeep safari through Minneriya National Park
  • An elephant safari in the jungles near Habarana
  • Visiting the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
  • A river safari on the Madu Ganga

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