Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Sri Lanka's East Coast (13 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Kotugoda, Sri Lanka To Colombo, Sri Lanka

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2018


Day 1
Kotugoda, Sri Lanka
The Wallawwa Dinner

After arriving in Colombo, you will be transferred by private vehicle to nearby Kotugoda, where you will find your charming colonial-style bungalow at The Wallawwa. Indulge in a much-deserved rejuvenating massage after your long trip into Sri Lanka. This deluxe boutique hotel is the perfect place to relax and explore Sri Lanka’s lush natural landscape.

Day 2
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Heritance Kandalama Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early and make the scenic trip to Dambulla, in the center of the northern region of the island. Here, you will lay eyes on one of famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa's creations - the 1994 Heritance Kandalama. Bawa coined the hotel as “an austere jungle palace.” The hotel is integrated seamlessly into the jungle surroundings and appears to be a part of the cliff face, giving guests breathtaking views of Kandalama Lake. Visit the area’s magnificent ancient Buddhist cave temples. Pay a visit to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Spend the night in luxury at the Heritance Kandalama.

Day 3
Passekudah, Sri Lanka
Maalu Maalu Resort and Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take the northeast coast road for a scenic drive to Passekudah. Along the way, we suggest stopping in Polonnaruwa. This ancient kingdom was Sri Lanka’s reigning capital during Medieval times. For a history of the city, stop by the museum. Continue on to tour the actual ruins themselves for a full understanding of the once bustling city. Reach the postcard-perfect coastal town of Paseduka. Rest your head at Maalu Maalu Resort and Spa. This is an eden of a resort, resting on an untouched white strip of the Passekudah Bay.

Day 4
Passekudah, Sri Lanka
Maalu Maalu Resort and Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day enjoying what the area is famous for - the idyllic, pristine beaches met by sparkling, turquoise waters. Explore the quaint local fishing village and observe a quiet way of life. Find the freshest fish you’ve ever tasted as you explore the coastal area.

Day 5
Passekudah, Sri Lanka
Maalu Maalu Resort and Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once, if ever, you’ve had enough of lounging on Passedudah’s spectacular shores, travel the short distance to the town’s sister beach - Kalkudah. You can decide for yourself which area has the most beautiful beaches. Return to Maalu Maalu for a final restful night.

Day 6
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Stardust Beach Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take the southern road, following along the eastern shoreline as you travel to Arugam Bay. The area is considered one of the top ten surf spots in the entire world. Indeed, this place feels like its own separate little world with its isolated beaches and laid-back vibes. We recommend staying at the Stardust Beach Hotel, where you can enjoy coastal lounging. Treat yourself to a delicious meal in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 7
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Stardust Beach Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you’re feeling adventurous, give the area’s famous sport a try! Pick up a surfboard and join in the never-ending summer. The beach break in front of the Stardust Hotel is perfect for beginners, and those just looking to body board. Other recommended spots include; the Point, Pottuvil Point and Crocodile Rock.

Day 8
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Stardust Beach Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you’ve had enough surfing or are simply looking for a change of pace, the area is nearby several ancient ruins. The Lahugala National Park is a spectacular location to see Elephants roaming free in the wilderness. Retire to the Stardust Hotel for your final evening in the area.

Day 9
Haputale, Sri Lanka
Kelburne Mountain View Cottages Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave the coast behind as you head inland to visit the lush southern highlands. Along the way, you will see stunning peaks, picturesque waterfalls and sprawling tea plantations. Reach Haputale and enjoy incredible views of the southern plains from the town’s ridge location. Spend the evening at the Kelburne Mountain View Cottages. The cozy cottages offer unrivalled views of the vistas below.

Day 10
Haputale, Sri Lanka
Kelburne Mountain View Cottages Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meander through the Kelburne Tea plantation, feel free to pick some leaves to weigh at the station located at the front entrance. Tour the tea factory and learn about the different processes. You will be able to discern the different grades of Ceylon tea by the end of the day. Finish the day by paying a visit to the monastery or one of the nearby waterfalls.

Day 11
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Earl's Regency Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next leg of your trip will take you to the lush green city of Kandy, the island nation’s cultural capital. This was the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. That night, rest your head at the Kandy House or Earl's Regency Hotel.

Day 12
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Earl's Regency Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a tour of the Bahirawakanda Monastery, and see how Sri Lankan monks live and worship. See the Temple of the Tooth lit up at night by thousands of tiny white lights: a magical sight to behold. The temple contains the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Spend your final evening of pampering at your hotel.

Day 13
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tintagel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel from Kandy to the country’s capital - Colombo. Explore the town, reveling in the gorgeous colonial architecture. Tour the National Museum and pay a visit to the Fort. Spend your last night at CASA Colombo - a stylish restored 200-year-old Moorish mansion or the Tintagel.  Prepare to fly home the next day.

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  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
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Feel the sun on your shoulders and the wind in your hair as you travel down Sri Lanka’s stunning East Coast. This 13-day Sri Lanka East Coast Exploration itinerary takes you through the sunshine towns of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Passekudah, Arugam Bay, Haputale, Kandy and Colombo. Enjoy touring ancient ruins one day and relaxing on the pristine shore the next! There’s plenty of sunshine and adventure as you make your way down the coast.


  • Give surfing a try at the famous Arugam Bay beach town with its laid-back vibes and rolling waves

  • Explore the Temple of the Tooth and see where one of Buddha’s actual tooth is kept

  • Discover the inland beauty of the Ceylon Tea Fields

  • Enjoy Sri Lanka’s incredible nature and culture in the postcard-perfect town of Kandy

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
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