Delve into the rich cultural and natural wonders of Sri Lanka on our most popular itinerary. From the royal capital of Polonnaruwa to exploring Yala National Park for allusive wildlife, you will have every opportunity to see the diversity of the nation over 13 days. This well-paced itinerary gives you the chance to experience the wonders and traditions in Kandy, relax on the white sandy beaches of Bentota and then explore the bustling capital of Colombo.
DAY 1 NEGOMBO
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel in the seaside village of Negombo. (D)
Paradise Beach Hotel (3 star), Airport Garden Gateway Hotel (4 star), Jetwing Blue (5 star) or The Wallawwa (Luxury).
DAY 2 NEGOMBO – SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS – DAMBULLA
Depart Negombo and travel along the bustling Kandy Road past small villages, chaotic towns and roadside carts selling an array of local produce. On arrival in Dambulla, check in to your hotel before driving to the nearby Sigiriya Rock Fortress, or Lion Rock, one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic sights. Take the opportunity to climb to the top of this striking rock with its sheer vertical walls supporting the remnants of an ancient 5th century city. (B, D)
Oak Ray Elephant Lake (3 star), Amaya Lake (4 star), Heritance Kandalama (5 star) or Jetwing Vil Uyana (Luxury).
DAY 3 DAMBULLA / POLONNARUWA
Explore the ancient royal capital of Polonnaruwa, one of the most beautiful centres in Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage. Discover on foot, or by bicycle, the wonderful treasures that remain in the archaeological park including the four beautiful rock-cut Buddha statues at Gal Vihara Temple. In the afternoon visit Hiriwaduna a small village in Habarana, where you will have the opportunity to meet with the locals and experience village life. Meet with a local family where you can experience first-hand the cooking methods and taste the authentic local cuisine. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 DAMBULLA – KANDY
Proceed to Kandy, stopping en-route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Dambulla Cave Temple, the best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. This Buddhist place of worship is thought to date back to the
1st century, and houses the country’s most sacred Buddha images. On arrival in Kandy check in at your hotel, before an evening Kandyan Dance performance, a colourful spectacle including fire-walkers. (B, D)
Swiss Residence (3 star), Hotel Suisse (4 star), Earl’s Regency (5 star) or The Elephant Stables (Luxury).
DAY 5 KANDY
Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a complex said to hold the tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. Continue on to see the Royal Botanical Gardens where you can admire the beautiful terrace gardens and ornamental plants. In the afternoon enjoy free time to wander around the city’s lake and explore the local
markets. (B, D)
DAY 6 KANDY – RAMBODA – NUWARA ELIYA
Your journey today leads you through the scenic high country to Nuwara Eliya, stopping en-route at Ramboda village to admire breathtaking views of the waterfall and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. On arrival in Nuwara Eliya, begin our exploration of the city where the colourful chaos of Sri Lanka meets colonial bungalows, well-tended lawns and red telephone boxes. In the afternoon enjoy a high tea at the iconic Grand Hotel where you can enjoy a selection of small sandwiches washed down with a cup of local tea. (B, L, D)
Glenfall Reach Hotel (3 star), Grand Hotel (4 star), Heritance Tea Factory (5 star) or Ferncliff (Luxury).
DAY 7 NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS
Enjoy the views as you depart early for Horton Plains National Park, travelling on scenic village roads past Ambewela and Pattipola. This stunning National Park lies in the shadows of some of Sri Lanka’s highest peaks and offers excellent hikes for all levels including World’s End with its amazing views and the spectacular Baker’s Falls. You can choose to hike, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery and wait for wildlife to appear. You have the opportunity to see several species of birtds including the blue magpie and you may even hear the call of the purple face leaf monkey. Return to Nuwara Eliya. (B, D)
DAY 8 NUWARA ELIYA – ELLA – YALA NATIONAL PARK
Discover the journey from tree to cup of the world-famous high-grown Ceylon Tea. With your expert guide,
walk through a local tea plantation, meet with a Tea plucker and visit the factory to see the processing stage followed by a tea-tasting session. Afterwards depart Nuwara Eliya aboard the local train travelling to Ella, a journey considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful. You will travel along the edge of mountains, passing tea estates in the spectacular high country whilst rolling in and out of pockets of mist filled mountain air. On arrival in Ella you will drive to Yala National Park. (B, D)
Elephant Reach Hotel (3 star), Cinnamon Wild Yala (4 star), Jetwing Yala (5 star) or Jetwing Tented Villas (Luxury).
DAY 9 YALA NATIONAL PARK
Depart early for your jeep safari in Yala, the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka and home to a great diversity of wildlife, most famous of which is the leopard. Look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffaloes, peacocks, wild boars, crocodiles and of course leopards. Yala is known as one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive
big cat. (B, D)
DAY 10 YALA NATIONAL PARK – GALLE – BENTOTA
Travel the scenic route from Sri Lanka’s southeast coast to Galle in the southwest. En route visit beautiful beaches,
the Wevurukannala Buddha Statue (the largest in the island) and stilt fishermen in Koggala. Once in Galle you will enjoy a tour of the Heritage listed fort area with its charming laneways, rich trading history and Dutch-colonial buildings. Afterwards visit Kosogoda Turtle Hatchery where volunteers provide a haven for turtles to hatch without the stresses of nature and treatment to injured turtles. Your last stop for the day is the stunning beach town of Bentota. (B, D)
Earls Reef Hotel ( 3 star), Centara Ceysands Resort (4 star), Avani Bentota Resort (5 star) or Paradise Road The Villa Bentota (Luxury).
DAY 11 BENTOTA
Sri Lankan beaches are world-class and Bentota is one of the best. Enjoy a full day to experience the country’s coast and all it has to offer. (B, D)
DAY 12 BENTOTA – COLOMBO
Today explore the country’s capital, a diverse mix of people, architecture and religion influenced by ancient kingdoms and European settlers. Your guided tour will visit Pettah Bazaar, Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Gotami Vihara and
Hindu Kovil at Slave Island, one of Colombo’s most impressive Hindu Temples. (B)
Zmax Fairway (3 star), Cinnamon Lakeside (4 star), Cinnamon Grand (5 star) or Uga Residence (Luxury).
DAY 13 COLOMBO
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer to the airport. (B)
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|20 Dec 2019 - 15 Jan 2020|
|16 Jan 2020 - 31 Mar 2020|
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|Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)|
Single supplement guideline: from 50% - 80% and triple room reduction from 10% - 25% pp depending on grade of hotels and season.
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