Sri Lanka Luxury Vacation Itinerary

Advisor - Karen Hart
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Karen Hart

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  • Sri Lanka

  • Maldives

  • Adventure Travel

  • Honeymoons

  • Romantic

  • Local culture

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Experience an unforgettable vacation to Sri Lanka, embracing the perfect blend of culture, nature and beach bliss. This itinerary has been validated as perfection by honeymooners, but it is also completely customizable and ideal for the luxury adventurous cultural seeker. Ideal timing is to do this over 12-14 days exploring Sri Lanka (option to follow with the Maldives if you don't make it to the beaches of Sri Lanka).

The Fora Difference

Book with Karen to access exclusive perks and experiences on your trip.

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Where to stay

Ceylon Tea Trails - A Relais & Châteaux Property

An exquisite journey into the heart of Sri Lankan tea country, blending colonial charm, luxury amenities, and unparalleled hospitality.

Fora Perks
  • Complimentary experience.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge - Relais & Châteaux

28 gorgeous tents make up this supremely special all-inclusive getaway, straddling lush jungle prime for exploration, and a breathtaking beach.

Fora Perks
  • Complimentary experience.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Cape Weligama - Relais & Chateaux

Perched atop the cliffs of Weligama, Cape Weligama - Relais & Chateaux invites you to a haven of luxury and Sri Lankan charm, where breathtaking ocean views and impeccable service redefine coastal elegance.

Fora Perks
  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

  • Complimentary 50-minute massage for two.

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Day 1: Cultural Triangle - Sigiriya, Kandy & Nuwara Eliya

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Sigiriya Rock Hike:

  • Best to do early morning.

  • Allocate 2-3 hours for the hike to fully enjoy the experience


  • Second ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, smaller than Anuradhapura

  • Ruins are well-preserved; we will book you a local knowledgeable guide to accompany you

  • Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours here, which can be combined with other hikes

Day 2: Pidurangala Rock Hike & Spa

Anuradhapura is famous for being the ancient capital of Sri Lanka.

Pidurangala Rock Hike:

  • Ideal for an early morning hike

  • No guide needed for this hike


  • First ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, offering a vast area of historical ruins

  • Although the ruins are not as intact as Polonnaruwa, it still holds significance

  • You will be accompanied by a guide who will provide you with history and Buddhist philosophy

Ayurvedic Spa:

  • This is your chance to experience one of oldest and most renowned medicinal practices in the world — the ancient healing technique of ayurveda

  • Athreya Ayurvedic Hotel & Spa is recommended

Day 3: Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla cave temple is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka.

Dambulla Cave Temple:

  • Visit the temple on the way out of culture triangle and en route to Kandy

  • Set of ancient caves with really old and well-preserved buddhas, ancient inscriptions, etc


  • Visit the Botanic Gardens and temples

Day 4: Ceylon Tea Region

Train ride to Ceylon Tea Region.

This vibrant town in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country is a significant area for the tea growing regions. Your hotel will be a destination in and of itself.

Enjoy kayaking, hiking and make sure to spoil yourself with an afternoon high tea in flourishing gardens. Discover the art of tea, on an essential Tea Trails experience.

Hot Tip: Purchase train tickets for a scenic ride. Get a 2nd class ticket. Windows/doors in 1st class do not open which is a big part of this train ride experience. People literally sit with their feet hanging out of the door and open all the windows!

Day 5: Ella Rock

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Early Morning Start:

Begin your day early to make the most of your hike to Ella Rock. Start your journey from the 98 Acres hotel, which is located near the trailhead.

Get ready to be blown away by the incredible beauty of the hiking trail to Ella Rock. Wind your way through tea plantations, thick forests and stunning landscapes.

Experience the most incredible 360-degree panoramic views.

Visit Ravana Ella Falls.

Additional days: Yala National Park & Relaxing Holiday in the Maldives

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Yala National Park and then head south to Sri Lanka's Beaches!

Need to Know

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