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Our top multi-centre holidays in Sri Lanka

So you’re thinking of booking a holiday to Sri Lanka? Good choice. Now you’re probably wondering where you’ll start with it all. Where will you go, what will you see and how will you make the most of your time there? From national parks, rolling hills and tea plantations to historical towns and soft, sandy beaches, opting for a Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday is by far the best way to make the most of your time in this thriving country. Oh, and lucky for you we know a thing or two about Sri Lanka multi-centre holidays. Yup, we’ve done all the research, connected all the dots and created some of the best Sri Lanka multi-centre holidays out there. So, if you’re stuck or just need a lil’ inspo, take a read of this article as we delve into our top multi-centre holidays in Sri Lanka and you’ll be well on your way to booking your ultimate Sri Lanka holiday before you know it.

Cultural Highlights with Passikudah 

  • Habarana - Passikudah - Kandy - Colombo 
  • 4 stops - 10 days 
  • Classic Accommodation 
  • Foodie Pack
  • From £1,823 p/person 

Our first top Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday is our Cultural Highlights with Passikudah itinerary. Starting off in Habarana, you’ll venture onwards to the pristine beaches of Passikudah, the natural scenery of Kandy and onto the bustling city life of Colombo. Yep, this multi-centre holiday will see you discover everything from Sri Lanka’s ancient history and its modern day culture to its colourful city life and world renowned beaches. How’s that for a Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday?

Your holiday will start in Habarana in days 1-3. Although this town doesn’t have much to offer tourists itself, it serves as the gateway to Sri Lanka’s ancient wonders and national parks. Your time in Habarana will be spent venturing off to the surrounding towns of Sigiriya and Dambulla to witness for yourself Sri Lanka’s ancient civilisations, culture and religions before heading to Minneriya National Park where you’ll embark on a Sri Lankan safari. You won’t be spotting The Big Five here but think large herds of elephants, leopards on the hunt and sloth bears - something worthy of a good old boast post when you return home. You'll be staying at Habarana Village by Cinnamon during your time here. This hotel is known for it's beautiful location surrounded by lush vegetation and natural scenery. Your oh so comfortable bed and private veranda makes for the perfect place to get some shut-eye after a long day of exploring. 

On days 4-7 of your Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday, you’ll take a breather in Passikudah, one of Sri Lanka’s most unspoilt and beautiful spots along the east coast. This holiday hotspot is popular for its soft sandy beaches, its sparkling clear blue water and its abundance of tropical fish meaning eat, sleep, beach, repeat is most certainly on the agenda during your time here. You'll stay  in the stylish Sunrise by Jetwing during your time here. Located along one of the most enchanting stretches of Passikudah's sandy shore, this hotel brings the best of the beach and combines it with modern and stylish yet cosy bedrooms and creates the perfect spot to chill out in after a long hard day of beaching. 

Up next, it’s onto Kandy for days 7-9. This charming city is tucked away in the hills and jungles of Sri Lanka and is brimming with natural beauty, bustling city vibes and inspiring colonial era architecture making for an intriguing contrast of calm and chaos. During your time here, you’ll take the Kandy Highlights tour where you’ll spend your day visiting the very best of what Kandy has to offer. From its botanical gardens and its serene blue lake to one of the country’s most popular attractions; Temple of the Tooth, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into Sri Lankan culture and religion as well as soak up its much sought after natural beauty. As we’ve added the foodie pack to this itinerary, you’ll also embark on a tour around a local food market before taking all of your ingredients back to a traditional Sri Lankan dwelling where you’ll learn how to make your very own authentic curry – because what’s a visit to Sri Lanka without an authentic food experience?! You’ll be staying in Ozo Kandy during your time here. This stylish hotel boasts modern bedrooms which have been inspired with traditional Sri Lankan style and have been elegantly decorated  to ensure a comfortable stay. Spend lazy afternoons dipping your toes in the rooftop pool or chilling out in the lounge as you look out over the incredible views of the surrounding mountains.  

The final leg of your Sri Lanka multi-destination holiday will be spent in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city. Located on the west coast of the island, Colombo is no longer the city you just fly into as you dart off to the rest of the country’s major attractions - Colombo is now a major attraction in itself. This thriving city is brimming with beautiful colonial-era buildings mixed with iconic cultural attractions such as The Red Mosque along with a more cosmopolitan side of stylish eateries, galleries and boutiques. A stroll around Colombo’s centre will no doubt leave your senses aroused with aromas from local food markets filling the surrounding air as you continue on to encounter the city’s ever growing skyline. And what’s a visit to the capital of Sri Lanka without trying out the local delicacies, Sri Lankan style? As part of the foodie pack you’ll have the opportunity to taste your way around Colombo’s bustling Pettah Market via the country’s most iconic mode of transport – the Tuk Tuk. Does it get much better than this? Yep, apparently it does. You'll be ending your holiday in the stylish Ozo Colombo. Located in a trendy urban neighbourhood, Ozo Colombo boasts trendy rooms, rooftop bars and an impressively central location meaning you have the green light to end your Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday in style. 

Feeling inspired? Explore this itinerary for yourself and customise it into a holiday that suits you, your interests, time frame and budget. This is our top multi-centre holiday in Sri Lanka, but maybe you’re into luxury accommodation? Or getting active on holiday? Whatever tickles your fancy just add it to this itinerary and make it your own. 

Sigiriya Rock towering over jungle

Sri Lanka Discovery

  • Colombo - Nuwara Eliya - Arugam Bay - Yala - Udawalawe - Galle - Colombo 
  • 7 stops - 13 days
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • From £3,160 p/person

Next up it's our Sri Lanka discovery itinerary. This colourfully diverse itinerary will see you go from Sri Lanka’s cultural icons and hip beach resorts to emerald green tea plantations and immense jungle safaris in the space of just under two weeks. Oh, and what’s a holiday like this without luxury accommodation? To ensure you get the most out of this trip, we’ve added luxury accommodation to this itinerary to ensure you can see the best of Sri Lanka in style. 

Days 1-2 of your Sri Lanka multi-centre itinerary will be spent in colourful Colombo. As we haven’t included any experiences in Colombo on this particular itinerary, the city is entirely yours to explore at your leisure. We recommend exploring the city’s colonial-era buildings, food markets and cultural attractions by day and indulging in some serious R&R in the city’s more cosmopolitan side by night. When it comes to resting your head, you'll stay in Residence by Uga Escapes. Built in the 19th century, this colonial-era inspired townhouse offers a stylish yet peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. 

Next up, it’s days 2-4 in scenic Nuwara Eliya. This oh so charming city has been dubbed ‘little England’ and rightly so. With charismatic mock-Tudor buildings and colourful rose gardens dotted around the city, you’ll experience the ultimate contrast between home and the best of Sri Lanka as you step from little England into a world of bustling street markets and the ever-present aroma of spicy cuisine. With a Tea Picking Experience included as part of your Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday, you’ll also have the chance to witness how the nation’s favourite drink is picked and processed before having a cuppa’ of your own as you take in the views of local workers dotted around the sweeping views of the surrounding tea plantations. Oh, and you didn't think you escaped the tea plantations just yet did you? Yep, you'll be staying in Heritance Tea Factory during your time in Nuwara Eliya where you'll be entirely immersed into the surrounding tea plantations. Boasting large floor to wall windows, your whole time here will be all about the views views views. Oh, and the bedrooms boast a warm and inviting ambiance and has been designed purely for a good night's sleep. What's not to love?

Aaaand breathe. Your next stop and where you’ll chill out for the next three days will be Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka’s little piece of heaven along the east coast. You won’t find much to do here other than laze around in the sun, chill out at local beach bars and eateries and try out your skills at surfing. But rightly so, this is what holidays are for. You'll be staying at Jetwing Surf 394 during your time in Arugam Bay. Just think of stylish rooms, lush views of the surrounding Indian Ocean and cuisine to die for and you'll be onto a winner. Oh, and this hotel is and the hotel prides itself on its impressive approach to eco-luxury meaning you can enjoy the best of what this hotel has to offer, guilt free. 

Next up on your Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday it’ll be all about Sri Lanka’s wildlife. Days 7-9 will be spent in Yala’s wildlife rich national park where you’ll embark on a heart-pounding jungle safari. Expect nothing less than exciting encounters with leopards, crocodiles and elephants while taking in the abundance of surrounding natural scenery of lush grasslands and sparkling lagoons. You’ll also have the exciting opportunity to visit one of Yala’s local villages where you’ll gain a deeper insight into the rural life and livelihood of local residents. When it comes to hotels, you're in for a treat here. You'll be staying in Chena Huts by Uga Escapes during your time here. Set amongst the sand dunes and lush trees of Yala's jungled coastline, these private huts come complete with their own private pools and a sleek, modern twist on safari decor. Yup that's right, you're not escaping the safari vibes after you hop out of the jeep, you're just upgrading it to luxurious safari vibes. You're welcome. 

Up next, you’ll continue the safari experience in Udawalawe in days 9-10. Home to an excitingly large population of elephants, it’s highly likely that you’ll get to experience a close up encounter with one of these majestic creatures before safariing on and discovering the rest of the national park’s wealth of flora and fauna. Oh, and if that’s not enough we’ve also included a visit to the heart-warming elephant transit home in Udawalawe where you’ll learn about the rehabilitation of orphaned and injured calves before they’re released back into the wild. You'll stay in Centura Wild: Udawalawe's only hotel during your time here. This hotel prides itself upon its elegant rooms and first class service in addition to its close proximity to Udawalawe National Park meaning a stay here is relaxing, easy and luxurious. Simples. 

When you’ve had your fill of Sri Lanka’s unique wildlife encounters you’ll venture on to Galle where you’ll spend days 10-12. Boasting a unique contrast between hip and historical, Galle is home to UNESCO listed Galle Fort, charming windy lanes and Dutch-colonial buildings which you’ll get a chance to explore on day 10 during a guided trip before kicking back and relaxing in one of the city’s many hip and modern boutiques. If you’re still seeking out those exciting wildlife encounters, you’ll also have a Turtle Conservancy experience to look forward to where you’ll get the chance to interact with these cute creatures and find out more about the conservation work being done by local teams. You'll be staying in Jetwing Lighthouse Club during your time in this charming city. Jetwing Lighthouse club screams luxury from the very second you enter the premises from your very own personal butler and massages on arrival to elegantly decorated room and fine cuisines to choose from, you certainly won't be bored during your time here. 

The final leg of your Sri Lanka multi-centre holiday will end back in Colombo where it all started. This will give you the opportunity to see any last bits you might have missed the first time round before heading back home. Spend your final evening in the city’s cosmopolitan hub as you reflect on your incredible holiday. And what better way to end the holiday than back at Resience by Uga Escapes? Head up to the rooftop bar, grab a drink (or two) and look out over Colombo's enchanting skyline as you reflect on the incredible experiences your multi-centre holiday in Sri Lanka brought you. 

galle city surrounded by indian ocean

If a Sri Lanka multi-destination holiday tickles your fancy, don’t forget that you can add or remove extra stops, upgrade or downgrade your accommodation and add or remove any experiences to suit your ideal holiday timeframe and budget. Our Sri Lanka multi-destinations are created by us and are ready and waiting to be tailored by you into your perfect holiday. 

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