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Culture and Safari Vacation to Sri Lanka

Adventure-filled Culture and Safari Vacation to Sri Lanka

A trip for culture vultures who also want to catch some of Sri Lanka’s unique wildlife. This 10-day itinerary takes in the island’s most famous heritage spots in the Cultural Triangle and includes a safari in the Gal Oya National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s undiscovered natural treasures. All along the way you will be escorted by a private guide who will share their expert knowledge on this fascinating country.

After a recovery night near the airport, you will depart with your private driver to Sigiriya. En route, you will visit the UNESCO Dambulla Cave Complex, a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries. The following day you will get the opportunity to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and walk around the Monkey Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Your stay in Sigiriya will be at Jetwing Vil Uyana, perfectly positioned in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. It’s an eco-friendly retreat in a secluded and tranquil setting. Your stay in the Cultural Triangle will end with a hike to Ritigala Mountain, which houses a 1st-century Buddhist monastery, and, depending on the time of year, you may also game drive at Minneriya National Park to witness the gathering of hundreds of elephants to the reservoir. From here you will journey to Gal Oya National Park to stay at the very secluded Gal Oya Lodge, secluded among 20 acres of private jungle. This is one of the island’s least visited areas, a place to reconnect with nature and partake in jeep safaris, walking and mountain treks. Then, journey to the Buddhist hill city of Kandy, staying on its outskirts at Kings Pavilion. The main attraction here is the Template of the Tooth, which houses a relic of the tooth of the Buddha, and the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. En route back to Colombo, you will also get to visit the Elephant Care Relief Foundation, a project set up for the welfare of domesticated elephants.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 3 nights - Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, Sri lanka
  • 2 nights - Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya National Park, Sri lanka
  • 2 nights - Kings Pavilion, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ends - Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Sri Lanka
  • Nights Icon 9 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport

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The Wallawwa gardens
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Day 1

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be met and transferred with an approximately 30 min drive to your hotel.

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Garden Suite
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite
Jetwing 4
Jetwing 5
Jetwing 2
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Day 2 - 5

Today you will be collected by your private driver and taken to your hotel in Sigiriya. This should be approximately 5 hours with a stop en route at the Dambulla Cave Temple.

  • 3 nights

Jetwing Vil Uyana
Half Board | Paddy Dwelling
Sri Lanka

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GO pool
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Day 5 - 7

Today’s journey will be to Gal Oya National Park (around 4.5 hours).

  • 2 nights

Gal Oya Lodge
Half Board | Bungalow Room
Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Lodge Bungalow
KP suite
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Day 7 - 9

Today you will proceed on to Kandy which is around 5 hours from Gal Oya.

  • 2 nights

Kings Pavilion
Bed & Breakfast | Deluxe Room
Sri Lanka

Kings Pavilion Deluxe Room
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The Wallawwa gardens
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Day 9

Today your driver will return you to The Wallawwa to spend your final night before departure.

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Garden Suite
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite

Day 10

Today you will be returned to the airport to catch your international flight home.

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  • Meals and accommodation as specified
  • Road transfers as specified
  • Private guiding & chauffeuring
  • All entrance fees and excursions as specified
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities / experiences
  • Drinks
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  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Temples Icon Temples
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