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Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle Tour

Sri Lanka in 11 Days, 7 Nights in Destination

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$2,299

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Perfect for group travel! Enjoy a private, fully-escorted journey through Sri Lanka. It will take you to the country's major natural and historical landmarks, including the must-sees of the cultural triangle.

Trip Highlights

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    Colombo
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    Dambulla Caves
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    Kandy
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    Negombo
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    Nuwara Eliya
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    Sigiriya

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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  1. Departures available until April 2025

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  3. Solo travelers from + $550

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Accommodation: 7 Nights

Itinerary

Land in Colombo to begin your adventure. Head to Dambulla and see the Sigiriya Rock and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Continue to Kandy, once capital of a local empire, and visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic before ending with a tea plantation tour and a tuk-tuk ride through Colombo.

1st Day: US - Night on board

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Arrive at your selected US departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Colombo. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: In-flight

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Day in-flight, night on-board the aircraft. Due to the time difference, you will lose a day on your outward journey, but will gain it back on your return. You are not in-flight for two full days.

3rd Day: Colombo - Negombo

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Land in Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka. On passing through customs, you’ll be greeted by an Exoticca representative who will guide you to your private vehicle. Just a short drive away, head straight to the western port city of Negombo. Check in* at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Negombo.

*You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them in advance as they are subject to availability.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Goldi Sands or similar
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1582 Reviews

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4th Day: Negombo - Dambulla

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Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Dambulla, a picturesque village in the center of the island known for its stunning Cave Temple. Check in to your hotel on arrival before immediately heading to a village walking tour in Hiriwadunna. This typical town offers a slice of Sri Lankan life, with a walk along the Wewa (a man-made reservoir) and views of the wildlife and townspeople who gather at the water’s edge. Cross the water via catamaran to reach a traditional farm, where you’ll learn about local agricultural practices and enjoy fresh vegetables per the farmer’s hospitality. Overnight in Dambulla.

Estimated transfer distance 130km/80miles.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tropical Life Resort And ... or similar
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170 Reviews

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Activities

included
Habarana Village trek

Light

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5th Day: Dambulla - Sigiriya Rock - Dambulla

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Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a journey to one of Sri Lanka's most captivating destinations - Sigiriya Rock. Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's also known as the “Lion Rock.” The rock is mesmerizing. It rises 200 meters from the scrub jungle around it. It is a regional landmark. It has a raised mesa. A fortress was ingeniously built on it centuries ago.

Upon arrival, prepare to be awe-struck by the sheer grandeur of Sigiriya. Climb up to the fortress. You will marvel at the stunning water gardens below. As you climb higher, you'll see the famous frescoes inside. They offer a glimpse into the ancient art and rich culture of the region. Overnight in Dambulla. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tropical Life Resort And ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

170 Reviews

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Activities

included
Sigiriya Rock Tour

Active

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6th Day: Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla

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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning at your leisure, perhaps taking time to rest after an active few days! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can join our optional excursion to the Minneriya National Park* for elephant and leopard watching.

In the afternoon, join your guide for a visit to Polonnaruwa, an ancient capital of the eponymous Sri Lankan kingdom. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts enormous man-made reservoirs like the “Sea of Parakrama,” larger in size than the Colombo harbor. Other highlights include the Royal Palace complex (including the King's Palace and Audience Hall), plus the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage, and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex with four massive statues of the Buddha cut from a single slab of granite. Transfer back to the hotel, overnight stay in Dambulla.

*Optional excursion to Minneriya National Park:
Home to a diverse array of wildlife attracted to its varied topography and the Minneriya Tank, a man-made reservoir built in the 3rd century. The park is known for its permanent population of 150-200 Sri Lankan elephants.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tropical Life Resort And ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

170 Reviews

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Activities

included
Polonnaruwa Tour

Light

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Optional
Minneriya National Park

Light

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7th Day: Dambulla - Kandy

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Breakfast at the hotel. Join your guide to begin the journey towards the historically-significant city of Kandy with two stops along the way. Before leaving the village, see the Dambulla Cave Temple. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of five interconnected caves and features over 150 depictions of the Buddha. Though most of what we see dates to the early 19th century, some inscriptions come from as far back as the 2nd century BCE.

Next, visit the Spice Garden to learn more about the exotic botanicals that motivated centuries of trade and colonization on the island. Get a detailed look at the plants on display and enjoy a head and shoulder massage before you leave!

From there, arrive in Kandy and check in at your hotel. Head out for an included evening tour of the city including the Gem Museum and a Batik factory. Continue with a tour of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a complex with palaces, gardens, and of course a Buddhist temple. Finally, end your evening with an hour-long cultural show, where you’ll be wowed by dances with swords and fire. Overnight stay in Kandy.

Estimated transfer distance 93km/57miles.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Thilanka or similar
tripadvisor rating

1972 Reviews

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Activities

included
Kandy Cultural Show

Light

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included
Temple of the Tooth Relic

Light

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Dambulla Cave Temple

Moderate

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included
Spice Garden Tour

Light

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8th Day: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

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Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by train to the more southerly city of Nuwara Eliya. This famous ride is quite scenic in and of itself! On your way, make a stop at a tea plantation to learn more about how demand for the plant re-shaped Sri Lanka’s topography and demography forever. First introduced to the island in 1867, tea remains one of Sri Lanka’s top exports today.

On arrival in Nuwara Eliya, check in to your hotel and then take an evening walking tour to see sites like Victoria Park and the Pink Post Office. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Galway Heights or similar
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915 Reviews

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Activities

included
Train Ride from Kandy

Light

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included
Tea Plantation Tour

Light

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9th Day: Nuwara Eliya - Colombo - Negombo

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Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed with your guide to Colombo, where you’ll have the chance to take a tuk-tuk tour of the Sri Lankan capital. This bustling city is alive with color, sound, and rich history. Visit religious monuments like  the old Wolfendhal Dutch Church (built in 1749) and the famous Gangarama Temple situated opposite the Beira Lake. Be sure to take note of the city’s manicured gardens and examples of colonial architecture such as the Dutch Hospital. Transfer to your hotel for final check in, overnight stay in Negombo.

Estimated transfer distance 205km/127miles.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Goldi Sands or similar
tripadvisor rating

1582 Reviews

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Activities

included
Colombo city tour by Tuk tuk

Light

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10th Day: Negombo - Night on board

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Breakfast at the hotel*. At the indicted time, transfer to Colombo International Airport for your return flight back to the US**. Night on board.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Please note that you need to be at the airport at least three hours prior to departure.

11th Day: US

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Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Included activities

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Travel time from Dambulla to the village: 20 minutes.

Habarana Village trek

Included activity for day 4 in Sigiriya

Witness daily life in a typical Sri Lankan village, walking along the reservoir to observe local fishermen, farmers, and wildlife.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Travel time from Dambulla to the village: 25 minutes. May not be suitable for those with a fear of heights.

Sigiriya Rock Tour

Included activity for day 5 in Sigiriya

Ascend this impressive natural landmark to see the ancient citadel built atop it, with spectacular sculptures and views over the landscape.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

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Polonnaruwa Tour

Included activity for day 6

In the medieval era, kings from Polonnaruwa ruled over the surrounding area from a well-planned city whose ruins remain today.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Kandy Cultural Show

Included activity for day 7 in Kandy

Enjoy a closer look at the artistic traditions of Sri Lanka with this 60-minute show focused on music and dance.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Travel time from Dambulla: 30 minutes.

Minneriya National Park

Suggested activity for day 6

Discover one of the best places to view wildlife in all of Sri Lanka at Minneriya National Park. Get up close and personal with elephants, birds, and other animals!

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Colombo - US*.
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  • Scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy.
  • 7 nights accommodation in Superior category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts.
  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Visit the Rock of Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Tour of Polonnaruwa, Kandy, a Tea Planctation & Nuwara Eliya
  • English speaking chauffeur guide.
  • Colombo city tour by Tuk Tuk Ride.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Sri Lankan visa (required), meals*, drinks, tips, and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

*Upgrade to half-board by adding 7 dinners in the next step of the booking process.

If you are traveling to Sri Lanka with a US passport, you will require a Sri Lankan visa. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Sri Lankan Embassy for further details.

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum validity of six months and at least two blank pages

  • Visa

    An ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) must be obtained before travelling. Available online here: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/. Appox.USD 40 per person + additional charge for the E visa. For more information: Sri Lanka Visa (srilankaevisa.lk)

  • Currency

    Sri Lankan Rupee.

  • Language

    Sinhalese.

  • Electricity

    220V. Mostly European and UK plugs

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers from the US.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 05:30.

  • Other useful information

    People drive on the left-hand side of the road. Moving the head from side to side means yes.

  • Tourist Office website

    http://www.srilanka.travel

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

When booking a triple room, note that these accommodations are not larger than a double room, but will include either one double or two single beds and a sofa bed/rollaway.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.


Room allocation: We will do our best to accommodate your family in the same room. If availability doesn't permit this, we guarantee your family will be accommodated as close together as possible. Children will always be accomodated in a room with at least 1 adult.

Booster seats: Not available in all destinations. Feel free to take your own if you need one.

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