Spirit of Sri Lanka

Welcome to Negombo! This coastal city north of the capital Colombo offers a laid-back introduction to Sri Lanka. We’ll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel.

Hotel: The Heritance Negombo, 2 nights

This morning, get a feel for the Sri Lankan way of life, exploring the streets and secret corners of Negombo with local expert Mark Forbes. Later, discover a fish market where seafood is king, which will surprise the senses with intense smells and flavours. Then, as the sun sets, it’s time to kick back on a leisurely cruise across the city’s lagoon before dinner.

Some monuments simply take your breath away and today the Dambulla Cave Temple is no exception. After breakfast, make your way to this World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple system, one of the largest and best-preserved in Sri Lanka. The temple’s five shrine rooms are all in caves, housing ornate statues and ancient artwork relating to the life of Buddha. Your venue for dinner tonight is in the Caves of Heritance, where you can dine by candlelight on divine Sri Lankan dishes.

Hotel: Heritance Kandalama, 3 nights

Today, brace yourself for perhaps Sri Lanka’s most dramatic sight. Sigiriya Rock Fortress rises from the forest floor, an extraordinary monument to the reign of King Kasyapa, centuries ago. This ancient World heritage-listed citadel commands spectacular views if you’re up for the climb. Then with time on your hands back at your resort, you might like to head out on a village trek, cycle around the local countryside or undulge in a spa treatment. This evening, taste your way through a seven-course feast for dinner.

Set out for a day’s adventure, beginning in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa after breakfast. This World Heritage-listed archaeological park etches a lost kingdom into an ethereal landscape. Moving on this afternoon to Minneriya National Park for a safari, where the chance to see Sri Lankan elephants in their natural habitat is a must. As you return to your resort tonight, enjoy time to relax. This evening choose from a range of dining options for dinner this evening.

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