Explore the diversity this tiny island has to offer through our 5-day Sri Lanka Explorer trip perfect for your family. Spend your vacation at Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Colombo. While Kandy is the cultural capital with temples, cultural shows and things to do, Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful natural landscape with waterfalls, parks, forests and temples. And yes, the last on the list is Colombo, the capital city.
On Day 1, you arrive in Sri Lanka and travel to Kandy and on the way make a pit stop at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
On Day 2, explore the cultural capital city of Sri Lanka, Kandy. Visit temples, engage in sightseeing and also catch a local cultural show.
On Day 3, you will travel to Nuwara Eliya and visit a tea plantation on the way.
On Day 4, stop by the St. Clair's waterfalls and the Devon waterfalls and head to the capital city, Colombo.
On Day 5, your family vacation to Sri Lanka draws to a close.
Day 1: Arrival in Colombo; Colombo to Kandy After your flight lands in Colombo, you will meet one of our representatives. You will then be transferred from the airport to Kandy (approx. 4 hours drive) and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on the way.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a well-known and famous tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Currently, the elephant population at the sanctuary numbers about 65, making it the largest group of elephants living together in captivity in one place. After the stop, you will head to Kandy.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Kandy.
Day 2: Kandy Today, you will leave for a tour of Kandy right after breakfast.
Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so this city tour will be quite exciting. The city is situated 480 meters above sea level and is nestled in the middle of the beautiful mountains. Sri Lankans call the city, “Kanda Uda Rata” meaning hill country. You will visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Royal Botanical Gardens, along with the Peradeniya University Campus. Your last stop will be at the upper lake drive, where you will be able to see a panoramic view of the city.
Don’t forget that Kandy is a well-known destination for gems, jewellery, handicraft, silk and much more. On the tour, you will stop by a local market and browse these wares to your heart’s content. Upon returning, you will head to a Kandyan Dance performance in the evening with a spectacular fire-walking finale.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Kandy.
Day 3: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Say goodbye to Kandy and head to Nuwara Eliya after breakfast today. On the way to your new destination, you will visit a tea factory and estate.
Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka with an elevation of 2000 meters above sea level. The tallest peak in Sri Lanka, Piduruthalagala, standing at 2555 meters can be seen from this town. It was known as “Little England” and to this day, remains popular with tourists as a mountain town with its cool climate, colonial era architecture and little bungalows with hedges. The city is in the heart of the tea region in Sri Lanka. While on the way to this beautiful town, you will visit a tea estate where you will see how the famous “Ceylon Tea” is made.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 4: Nuwara Eliya to Colombo After an early breakfast at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya, you will depart for Colombo. On the way to the capital city, you will stop to visit the St. Clair’s Falls and the Devon Falls. In the evening, you will reach Colombo and will have the rest of the time to shop or explore the city on your own.
Colombo is the largest city in the country and it is a busy, vibrant city that provides the perfect mix of modern life and the previous colonial era. You will be visiting quite a few historic, religious and commercial sites of Colombo on your city tour, along with the busy Fort and Pettah, the stunning residential Cinnamon Gardens, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, and many more locations.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Colombo.
Day 5: Departure After breakfast in your hotel, you will check out and head to the airport for your flight back home.
While on your Sri Lankan Explorer you get to see and visit:
Upper lake drive
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (enroute)
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha
In Nuwara Eliya
St. Clair’s Falls
Hakgala Botanical Garden
When to Go
The island nation of Sri Lanka sees two different monsoons. The island wears a tropical climate as it is very close to the equator and humidity levels are very high. It’s monsoon time in the West and Southwest coasts and the hilly areas of Sri Lanka between April-May to September (while most of the rains happen between April-June). The other monsoon the island nation sees is the Northeast Maha monsoon that hits the eastern coast. This happens between the months of November to March.
Therefore, if you are planning on visiting the West and the Southern coasts and the hilly regions, it is between December-March. April-September is the ideal time to visit the eastern coast of the island.
So, if you are Sri Lankan Explorer, then the best time to visit Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Colombo, which is in the West coast, Central region and the South-central side of Sri Lanka, would most definitely be the months from April to September and December to March respectively.
2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast in Kandy
1 night accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast in Nuwara Eliya
1 night accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast in Colombo
All transfers based on pvt. basis as per the itinerary
Entrance fees to Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Kandy Temple, Cultural Show, Colombo Museum, Gangaramaya Temple, Gregory Lake, Victoria Park & Hakgala Botanical Garden
Service of an English-speaking chauffeur during sightseeing tours
Not included: Airfare, Visa, GST, Tips & surcharges
Our Top Tips
Kandy Cultural Show is a must watch show, a form of dancing taken from ‘Salypliya’ that portrays many demons ‘Thelme’, and their myriad expressions that beat to the soothing rhythm of ceremonial drums. It is a cultural heist at this show and is perfect to spend the evening in Sri Lanka with your family.
Ratnapura district is known for their gems. You can find a wide-range of precious and semi-precious stones all over this place.
Very few know about the fact that Sri Lanka produces one of the finest teas in the world. You can sip on some in the local shops and also pack some of it back home to cherish after your Sri Lankan tour is over.
At Matale, you should head to the Noritake’s factory that’s around 45 minutes away from Kandy to and find yourself one of the best and most unique collections of porcelain articles.