Vibrant Explorer – 6 Days

DAY 01 – Negombo

Meet entourage at Colombo Airport and be whisked off to the busy little fishing town of Negombo. A small tiny coastal town near Colombo, Negombo is the right place to see local fishermen bringing in their daily haul and shout out their wares. This is also the town where you’ll taste the best sea food you’ll find anywhere on the island. A few popular sights around town are the Dutch Fort and the Canal.

Doze the night away in one of Negombo’s many lovely sea side resorts.

DAY 02 - Anuradhapura

Roll over, yawn and catch a few more Zzzs before toeing down to a warm herculean breakfast. When you’re done, we’ll be off to delve into the heart of Sri Lanka’s ancient culture in Anuradhapura. Warm air and dusty paths mingling with the hu shed aura of an ancient civilization beckons you towards a kingdom lost in the ages. Prepare yourself for a peek into stunning vistas at the Brazen Palace and the perfectly designed stupas at Ruwanwelisaya and Jetawana. With milky white dagabas gleaming in the sun, crumbling parapets and ruins around every corner, Anuradhapura is a patchwork of breath-taking architectural phenomena.

After exploring the day away, fall asleep to the quiet hum of this once-proud capital.

DAY 03 - Sigiriya

Snooze away those extra precious minutes and wake up to a scrumptious breakfast and a day of adventure at Sigiriya.

Sigiriya, sometimes hailed as the worlds eighth wonder has a story going back as far as the 5th century AD. Constructed to be the apex of power and home to the genius King Kasyapa, this massive rock fortress shows off some of the worlds finest architecture and engineering. Climb right up to the top to be rewarded with a magical view of the beautiful surrounding landscapes.

Prepare to spend the rest of the day amidst fields of blue-green grass and terrains of raw wilderness stretching in every direction. Welcome to beautiful Kaudulla, where the wild elephants lord over grassy fields and sambar deer dance away the golden hours. Kaudulla is the place to watch the peacocks dance under silver moonlight, to witness the elephants roam freely and even to see elusive wild boars in action.

After a memorable jeep safari, go down on an elephantine dinner and settle for the night at Sigiriya.

DAY 04 - Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

Yawn your way down to breakfast and gorge yourself on a very large, very full breakfast plate. Then it’s time to start on the road trip to Dambulla. A moderately busy town, Dambulla is best known for its ancient holy sites of worship. The famous Dambulla Golden Cave Temples stand high up in the southern end of the town with an excellent view of Sigiriya. The trek up to the gigantic golden structure presents little challenge even to amateur climbers. As the ground drops away over 160 m from the bottom, a large Buddha statue comes into view. Ancient markings and lovely paintings dating back to the first century BC can be seen in these caves, along with several Buddha statues.

Enjoy a birds-eye view of the surrounding villages and start the drive to the picture-perfect mountain city of Kandy. Make a stop by the super-fragrant spice gardens of Matale. Here you can check out the fabulously famous Sri Lankan spices at their home. With the demand for Sri Lankan spices only increasing over the centuries, these goodies will continue to be a popular export for a long while yet.

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be shown around the infamous Kandy Tooth Temple. Glinting gold and pearl with the rays of the setting sun, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic houses the single most important relic of Sri Lanka’s religious history, a tooth of the Buddha himself. The chambers containing the well-guarded relic are open to Buddhist advocates and tourists alike. After the tour, wrap the day up with a bang as you feast your senses on Kandy’s famous cultural show. The Kandy Folk Show displays some truly amazing historical dances brought to you from generations past. The show reaches its climax with an impressive fire walking ceremony that will take your breath away. After the fiery showdown, float away to sleep on the softest of Kandyan beds and dream of elephants and dances.

DAY 05 - Colombo

Wake up and set off to the metropolis with a full stomach and a full heart. More than just a busy capital, Colombo has plenty of beautiful landmarks and sights to explore. A patchwork of new and old architecture, modern hotel chains and flashy sky scrapers dominate the sky line while the city’s lower reaches bustle with commerce. Museums and sophisticated restaurants dot the more high-end section of the vibrant city, but there are always good bargains to make, great food and surprises to be found in every nook and cranny of the city..

Colombo has any number of international hotel chains and opulent lodgings for you to spend the night in uber-comfort. Fall asleep to the gentle humming of the city beneath you and a stunning view of an impeccable sky line.

DAY 06 - Airport

After a final sumptuous Sri Lankan breakfast, it’s time to head to the airport for your flight back home.