Destinations Destinations
Tangalle, Yala National Park, Colombo, Haputale, Galle
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Safari, Luxury, Beach, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Mild

Start your southern Sri Lanka adventure in the historic town of Galle, exploring the city’s walled fort and hiking along its ramparts with views of the ocean. From here, travel by train into tea country. The quaint hillside town of Haputale offers tea tours, treks and the chance to see Diyaluma Waterfall - Sri Lanka’s second-highest. Next, go wildlife watching in Yala National Park, where you can see leopards, elephants and crocodiles. End your trip on the beaches around Tangalle, before travelling to cosmopolitan Colombo for your flight home.

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Take a walk through historic Galle

The historic fort town of Galle is best explored on foot, allowing you to take in its grandiose colonial buildings, ancient temples and mosques and many quirky side streets. Make sure to take a walk on the ramparts of the fort, with views out over the ocean.

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river

Enjoy a scenic boat ride down the Kapu Ela River, exploring rural villages and watching grey fish eagles soar through the air.

Explore the lesser-visited tea country of Haputale

The hillside town of Haputale is a little-visited stop on the train route into tea country from Kandy to Ella. Surrounded by tea plantations, this is the perfect place for a hike through Sri Lanka’s countryside away from the crowds. Take a side-trip to Diyaluma Waterfall to see the country’s second-highest waterfall, complete with three sets of pools to soak in.

Train to tea country

Train to tea country

Take the rickety train through the hills to the village of Ella, where you can enjoy hiking, waterfalls and — of course — tea.

Go leopard spotting in Yala National Park

Southeast Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park is the country’s most visited wilderness reserve. Home to leopards, elephants and crocodiles, the park’s trails can get crowded during the high season.

Relax on the low-key beaches of Tangalle

Laidback Tangalle in Sri Lanka’s south is one of the region’s more relaxed beach destinations, combining simple guesthouses and some upmarket hotels. What really sets it apart from the other resorts along the coast are the nearby attractions, including turtle-watching at Rekawa and the rock temples of Mulkirigala – both a half-day trip away.

Historic markets and modern malls in Colombo

Cosmopolitan Colombo is more than just the gateway to Sri Lanka. Here, you can learn about Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic history, with churches, mosques and temples all in a line, street food with influences from around the world, and shopping in a mix of ancient markets and huge malls in Pettah.

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

From Jaffna crab curry to breakfasts of hoppers (fermented rice crepes), Sri Lankan food has a distinct identity depending on where you visit.

Where to stay

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