Example Itinerary

Sri Lanka by Helicopter

Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Per Person Per Day
Destinations
Sri Lanka

Explore the island nation of Sri Lanka with supreme efficiency and in ultimate comfort by travelling with your own private helicopter. You’ll be whisked away to difficult-to-reach places in no time, in style and comfort, with ease, and while enjoying breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the country’s incredible landscape. You’ll visit ancient heritage sites, dine on delectable Sri Lankan dishes, see exotic animals, and enjoy leisure time on the beach during this exciting 12-day luxury journey. 

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the exclusivity and luxury of traveling aboard a private helicopter
  • Stay in some of Sri Lanka’s finest hotels
  • Visit Sri Lanka’s oldest cities, and walk through ruins that are many centuries - if not millenia - old
  • Learn about Sri Lanka’s Buddhist history with visits to important ancient temples and religious sites

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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Colombo to Dambulla »

Arrive in Sri Lanka’s capital and largest city, Colombo. You’ll be escorted directly to a helipad, where you’ll step aboard a private helicopter, which will whisk you away to the Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla. Settle in to your new surroundings and relax. Once refreshed, you may head out to see Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 2

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Dambulla »

This morning, you’ll hit the open road, heading for the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Here, you’ll scale the rock and take in the intricate frescoes, water gardens, and more. Next, you’ll return to the helipad, from which your helicopter will take you to the centuries-old city of Polonnaruwa. You’ll be escorted on a driving tour of the city, upon which you can get a close-up of the city’s monumental ruins. Return to your hotel by helicopter to relax for the evening.

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Polonnaruwa

Day 3

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Jaffna

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel this morning. Afterwards, it’s time to pack your things and step aboard your helicopter once again. This time you’ll be flying to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital and home to well-preserved ruins. Don’t miss important monuments like Sri Maha Bodhi Tree Shrine, Ruwanweliseya Stupa, Jetawana Stupa, Twin Ponds, and Samadhi Buddha Statue. Transfer to the helipad and fly to Jaffna, the capital city of the North. Spend the night at a local guesthouse.

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Day 4

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Trincomalee »

Step out into Jaffna’s streets today for some sightseeing, starting with the well-known Nallar Hindu Temple. Fly by helicopter to Trincomalee in the northeast, getting a lovely view of Jaffna’s coastal islands along the way. Relax this evening at either Jungle Beach Resort or Nilaveli Beach.

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Trincomalee

Day 5

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Kandy »

Start your morning off with a sightseeing tour of Trincomalee. You’ll take in some of the city’s most famous spots, from Koneswaram Hindu Temple to Walgamvehera Buddhist Temple and Kanniya Hot Wells. This afternoon, you’ll take a helicopter flight to charming Kandy, where you’ll be transferred to your room at the Earl’s Regency Hotel.

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Day 6

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Norwood »

Wake up and get acquainted with your new surroundings. Kandy was the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom and was under British colonial rule for some time. Visit the Temple of Tooth, containing what is said to be a tooth of Buddha. Other must-see sites are the Gem Museum and the Arts and Crafts Center. After lunch, you’ll hop aboard the helicopter and fly to Norwood, where you’ll check in to the Tea Trails Bungalow.

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Bogawantalawa Valley

Day 7

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Norwood »

This morning, take a helicopter sightseeing journey, traversing the central mountain range of Adam’s Peak, Horton’s Plains, and Nuwara Eliya Hill Station, enjoying a unique and rare bird’s-eye view of the landscape below. Return to your hotel and enjoy leisure time this afternoon and evening.

Day 8

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Tangalle »

Board your helicopter after breakfast this morning. It will take you to Yala National Park, the most popular national park in the country. Look for exotic animals on your afternoon safari ride. Thereafter, you’ll be driven to Tangalle, known for its mild climate and sandy shores. Check in to your luxury resort, the Amanwella.

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Tangalle

Day 9

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Tangalle »

Enjoy your day at leisure today. Spend time making use of your luxe hotel’s excellent facilities, explore the surrounding area, and watch the waves roll in.

Day 10

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Galle »

Your leisure time continues this morning. Feel free to sleep in and enjoy a relaxed gourmet breakfast. In the late afternoon, you’ll fly to the port city of Galle, where you’ll transfer to your luxury hotel room at the Amangalle. Once unpacked and refreshed, explore the Dutch Fort on a walking tour, taking in the area’s colonial heritage. Return to your hotel to relax for the evening.

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Galle

Day 11

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Colombo »

Enjoy a gourmet breakfast this morning at your hotel before transferring to the helipad and being whisked back to Colombo. Check in to your room at the Tintagel, and head back out into the city for a sightseeing tour, hitting the Gangaramaya Temple and Seema Malaka Temple along the way. Relax at your hotel for your final evening in Sri Lanka.

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Day 12

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Departure »

It’s time to say goodbye to Sri Lanka this morning. Savor a final breakfast ahead of your departure. You’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight, either home or to your next exciting destination.

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