The Essence of Sri Lanka

Duration : 8 Days


Experience the best of Sri Lanka with an 8-day tour combining thrilling adventures and restful relaxation. You'll journey to the island nation's most iconic destinations, including Colombo, Negombo, Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Matale, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya. Start your adventure with a welcome dinner in Colombo before exploring Negombo and Habarana. Witness the gentle giants of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and marvel at the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Aukana Buddha, and Polonnaruwa. Discover the rich culture of Dambulla and Kandy, culminating with a spectacular cultural show. Then, take a scenic train ride to the lush tea country of Nuwara Eliya, where you'll visit a tea plantation and factory.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Discover Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Aukana Buddha, and Polonnaruwa ancient city
  • Explore Dambulla cave temples and Matale spice garden
  • Kandy city tour, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
  • A cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan music and drumming
  • Scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya in the tea country
  • Visit a tea plantation and tea factory

What’s Included

  • 7 nights in Deluxe accommodation
  • 14 Meals: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours, and cultural performances as specified in the itinerary
  • English-speaking driver cum guide
  • Hotel taxes and service charge

What’s Excluded

  • International flights
  • Gratuities, porterage, travel insurance, and visa fees
  • Meals, beverages, and optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like laundry, telephone/fax calls, drinks, camera/video camera fees at monuments, medical expenses



Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our local representative, who will assist you with your transfer to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.


Meals: Dinner


Accommodation: Jetwing Blue (Deluxe room)


After breakfast, you will depart Negombo and drive towards Habarana. On the way, visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a breeding and conservation center for wild Asian elephants. This sanctuary, covering 25 acres of lush vegetation, is home to over 90 elephants. Here you can watch the elephants bathe in the river, feed them and learn about their daily routine.


Later in the afternoon, you will arrive at Habarana, where you can spend the evening leisurely.


Meals: Dinner


Accommodation: Heritance Kandalama (Superior room)


Start your day by visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the Matale District of the Central Province. This historic location is known for its dramatic and inspiring beauty, built in the 5th century A.D. by King Kashyapa as a fortress-palace. Next, head to the Aukana Buddha, an ancient image at 42.5 feet, constructed during King Dhatusena's reign in the 5th Century B.C. Continue to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital and a symbol of ancient culture, heritage, and religious beliefs. Here, the World Heritage Site's scattered walls are blessed with stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals, and beautifully carved Hindu sculptures. Admire the subtle Hindu influence on the architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. You can also sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its giant Buddhist statues. After a full-day excursion, return to your hotel in Habarana.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Accommodation: Heritance Kandalama (Superior room)


After breakfast, we drive to Dambulla, known for its five cave temples on a rock, dating back to the 1st century B.C. The caves are adorned with Buddhist murals, and there are over 130 Buddha statues, statues of gods and kings, and other fascinating artifacts. Continuing, we go to Kandy, Sri Lanka's second-largest city in the central mountainous region. Along the way, we stop in Matale, famous for its tea, spices, vegetables, and rubber. We visit a spice garden and learn about fragrant spices such as clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, and pepper. In the evening, we arrive in Kandy and check into our hotel.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Accommodation: Earl's Regency (Deluxe room)


In the morning, explore Kandy, known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. Visit the Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century A.D. This relic has been a symbol of sovereignty for Sinhalese kings and is enshrined in great splendor. Admire the temple's decorative walls, golden roof, and fine woodwork. Then head to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, originally built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and later expanded by the British. Spread over 147 acres, and the garden boasts a fantastic variety of trees, plants, and flowers.


In the evening, experience a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan music and drumming, showcasing the country's rich heritage and diverse cultural traditions.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Accommodation: Earl's Regency (Deluxe room)


we will embark on a scenic train ride to Nanu Oya, passing through the beautiful landscapes of the tea country. As we approach the city of Nuwara Eliya, the cool climate and steep misty roads will remind us of its colonial history as a British retreat. We'll have the opportunity to explore the charming city with its colonial bungalows, hedgerows, and excellent golf course. We'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside during a hike through the green grass and red-brick walls. On our way, we'll visit a tea plantation and have a chance to tour the lush green tea plantations or step into a tea factory to see how Ceylon Tea, one of the world's most prestigious tea brands, is processed. As we inhale the heavenly scent of the tea, we'll learn about the rich tradition behind its production. And, of course, we'll end the day in style with a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea. We will spend the night in Nuwara Eliya.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Accommodation: Grand Hotel (Deluxe room)


After an early breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a nature lover's paradise. Located in the heart of Sri Lanka, the park boasts unending stretches of green pastures and one of the country's healthiest wet montane evergreen forests. As you explore the park, watch for unique flora and fauna that can only be found in this region. You might be lucky enough to spot rare species of birds and animals, such as sambar deer, fishing cats, otters, and even the elusive Sri Lankan leopard.


One of the park's highlights is Bakers Falls, a stunning waterfall that thunders down rocks, providing a perfect photo opportunity. As you hike through the frost-covered grass, enjoy the icy-cold wind against your face and gaze down the World's End, a head-spinning 3,700 feet drop towards the southern end.


After an exciting day of exploring, return to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya in the evening and relax.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Accommodation: Grand Hotel (Deluxe room)


After breakfast, we depart from Nuwara Eliya and make our way to Colombo for our flight home. 

Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

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Can I add airfare to the land package?
Yes, you can add airfare to a package. Let us know at the time of your reservation. Please note pricing and availability is always subject to change Prior to ticket issuance.
Can I change my reservation if I've made a mistake?
There is a $75 change fee (per person, per change) for any changes made to a reservation after it has been confirmed.  Any passenger name change made to a booking reservation after it has been confirmed will result in a $100 per person per name change fee and is subject to availability, additional airline change, and/or cancellation fees. Additional fees may apply.  For more details, please contact us.
Can I extend or modify my trip?
We will do our best to accommodate your request. Any modification must be arranged before the deposit is made and subject to availability.
Can I opt-out of certain activities on the trip?
While any unused portion of the trip is non-refundable, you can opt-out of certain included activities if you do not wish to participate in them. Please be sure to notify us prior to your departure date and notify your tour guide upon arrival. You will be responsible for any expenses incurred should you deviate from the tour during the scheduled tour itinerary. If you choose to deviate from the tour group on a day we are transiting from one city to another. You will also be responsible for your own transportation and expenses incurred. 
Can I request adjoining rooms?
We can request adjoining rooms, however, requests cannot be guaranteed as it is based on hotel availability.
Can I select my seats on my flight during the booking process?
Seat assignments on your flight can be done directly via the airline. You can either select your seats at the airline check-in counter on the day of your flight, or after we issue your tickets, you may call the airline directly and pay the fee for pre-assign seats.
Can we book a triple room?
Triple rooms are available upon request for select tours. Please note hotels will provide a rollaway bed for the third traveler in a double room. 
Do you offer and/or suggest travel insurance?
We recommend you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.  
Do you work with Travel Agents?
To be one of our partner agents, please email We welcome the opportunity to serve you.
How do I make a reservation?
Click the “Book Now” button on our website, or you may send us an email to
How much time will I get to myself?
Each program is different. Whenever possible, we offer to modify the program to fit your requirements.
I am a solo traveler, can you match me with other solo travelers on my tour?
For privacy reasons, we do not pair solo travelers with one another.  A single supplement fee will apply for solo travelers.
I have special dietary requirements, can you accommodate them?
Meals provided during your tour are based on local cuisine and menus. We can generally assist guests in communicating special meal requests to airlines, hotels, and restaurants but please be aware that they are not guaranteed. Please let us know at the time of booking your trip. We will notify our tour guides of any food allergies, but please note meal alternatives are subject to confirmation as they are based on the availability of the providing restaurant. For those with strict dietary needs, we recommend bringing pre-packaged food alternatives for your trip.
My outbound flight has been cancelled by the airline; what do I do now?
If your flight has been canceled, please liaise with the airline directly to book the next available flight. If, for any reason, you are unhappy with the alternate flight offered by the airline and decide to book a new outbound flight on your own, please note that the original return flight(s) will automatically be canceled if you are a no-show on your original outbound flight.
My package includes the arrival transfer, how do I know when/where to meet up with my driver?
Information on how /where to meet up with your driver is included in your travel documents. On arrival at the airport, please collect your luggage, make your way through customs, and enter the arrivals hall, where the driver will be waiting for you. Should luggage be very slow coming through, or should you have any issues with damaged or lost luggage, please make sure that you complete the necessary documentation within the luggage area. ONE MEMBER of the party should go through customs and into the arrivals hall to advise the driver of the delay. Please note that this person will not be allowed access back into the luggage area. You could also contact our local representative. Extra costs may apply if meeting your driver is delayed more than one hour following your scheduled flight arrival time.  
What are the visa requirements?
Visa requirements for each destination are indicated in our Essential Travel Information on our website. Information is also available at the US Department of State website at It is the responsibility of travelers to obtain proper visas in a timely manner prior to the trip departure date.  
What does Land Only means?
Land-only is a package tour without International and local airfare.
What does per person, double occupancy mean?
Per person, double occupancy means the price each guest pays when sharing a room.
What if I miss my flight or my flight is delayed, and I miss the beginning of my trip?
If your flight is delayed or you miss your flight, please notify us or our local representative (contact information is included in your travel documents) as soon as possible so we may inform our local representative of your updated arrival. Additional costs for airport transfer service may apply if you arrive later than the scheduled arrival date/time.  If you arrive later in the itinerary and the group has moved to a different destination, it will be your responsibility to catch up and meet the group at that destination.  We will provide you with the most up-to-date meeting information.  Please note that Globotours cannot reimburse you for any unused portion of the trip.
What is included in your pricing?
Included features are specified in each tour.
What is not included in your pricing?
Anything that is not mentioned in the included features.
What is single supplement surcharge?
Single supplement is the additional cost to occupy the room alone.
What is your payment schedule?
Most packages require a non-refundable deposit, as indicated in the program to confirm the reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your package. Your account balance is due 60-75 days prior to the trip departure date. Certain tours may require an additional non-refundable airline deposit at the time of booking. This is indicated during the booking process. More information can be found in our Terms and Conditions.  
What level of physical fitness is required for the tour?
Depending on the program, expect a decent amount of walking and an occasional flight of stairs or some steps. We recommend you carefully consider your ability to meet the tour's physical demands. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to meet the trip's requirements, we urge you to consult your medical practitioner.
What types of payments do you accept?
We accept Mastercard and Visa, bank transfers, and personal checks. When paying your balance by personal check, all checks must be received in full prior to the due date. Please make the check payable to Globotours and mail the check to the below address before your balance due date. Globotours 2705 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Suite 228, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
What’s the cancellation and refund policy?

Fees will be assessed per person when you cancel your reservation. More information can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

When do I receive my travel documents and what it will include?
Travel documents will be mailed or e-mailed to you approximately 21 days prior to the trip departure date. It usually takes about 7 – 10 business days. You may access your booking confirmation page anytime by logging into your Globotours account on our website.

The Essence of Sri Lanka


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