Experience the very best of what Sri Lanka has to offer; from iconic cultural and religions sights, to stunning national parks and exotic beach destinations on this 15-day itinerary. On this great overview, you have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with nature whilst camping in Udawalawe, and have the chance to hike some of Sri Lanka’s highest peaks or jeep safari for a chance to view elephants, big cats and unique waterbirds. Beyond the jungles, take in the scenery of tea planatations, beach-side fiery red sunsets , enjoy visits to sacred temples, and explore delicious local cuisine.
DAY 1 COLOMBO
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. Colombo is a diverse mix of people, architecture and religion influenced by ancient kingdoms and European settlers and a great starting point for your Sri Lankan adventure. If time permits, depending on your flight, you will explore with your guide the highlights of this wonderful capital which include Pettah Bazaar, Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Gotami Vihara and Hindu Kovil at Slave Island, one of Colombo’s most impressive Hindu Temples. (D)
Mandarina (3 star ) Cinnamon Lakeside (4 star), Cinnamon Grand (5 star) or Residence by Uga (Luxury).
DAY 2 COLOMBO – SIGIRIYA
Depart Colombo and travel north to the cultural Triangle, on arrival check in to your hotel. This afternoon join a jeep safari in the Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Enjoy this evening’s dinner and a bonfire by the lake. (B, D)
Note: The bonfire is not available in the 4 star itinerary, as the Aliya Resorts is not able to host a bonfire by the lake. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.
Camelia Resort and Spa (3 star) Aliya Resorts and Spa (4 star), Cinnamon Lodge (5 star) or Kalundewa Retreat (Luxury).
DAY 3 SIGIRIYA / ANURADHAPURA
After breakfast drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. This city is famous for its well preserved ruins of an ancient civilization. It’s also considered a sacred place by the Buddhists as it is surrounded by various monasteries. Visit the Sacred Bo-tree, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparama Dagoba and more. (B, D)
DAY 4 SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA
Today 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. This afternoon drive 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)
DAY 5 SIGIRIYA – NUWARA ELIYA
Your tour continues to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little England’. Spend an evening in this tea growing region where the colourful chaos of Sri Lanka meets colonial bungalows, well-tended lawns and red telephone boxes. (B, D)
Glenfall Reach Hotel (3 star) Araliya Green Hills (4 star), Grand Hotel (5 star) or Langdale by Amaya (Luxury).
DAY 6 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 and Baker’s Falls. You can choose to hike, or simply enjoy the stunning scenery and wait for wildlife to appear. Return to Nuwara Eliya. (B, D)
DAY 7 NUWARA ELIYA – UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Descend from the high country and journey to Udawalawe National Park which is undoubtedly the best place
in Sri Lanka to see wild Sri Lankan Elephants in their natural habitat. (B, D)
Kalu's Hideaway (3 star), Mahoora Camping (tented camping)
DAY 8 UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Depart early for your jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park home to a great diversity of water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. The rusty spotted cat, fishing cat and Sri Lankan leopard are also present in the National Park. Tonight, enjoy a barbeque dinner by the bonfire. (B, D)
DAY 9 UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK – GALLE
Travel the scenic route along the coast to Galle in the southwest. En route visit beautiful beaches, the Wevurukannala
Buddha Statue (the largest on the island) and stilt fishermen in Koggala. Once in Galle, an historic fort town, you will enjoy a tour of the Heritage listed fort area with its charming laneways, rich trading history and Dutch-colonial buildings. (B, D)
Tambapanni Retreat (3 star) Unawatuna Beach Resort (4 star), Armari Galle (5 star) or Amangalla (Luxury).
DAY 10 GALLE
Today is at your leisure to explore or relax. (B, D)
DAY 11 GALLE – MIRISSA
Travel to Mirissa a tropical paradise located in the South. Whale and dolphin watching activities are popular in this area as well capturing the most stunning sunsets and sunrises. (B, D)
Paradise Beach Club (3 star) ,Mandara Resort Mirissa (4 star), Number One Mirissa (5 star) or Casa Colombo (Luxury).
DAY 12 MIRISSA
Enjoy an early morning whale and dolphin watching tour in this magnificent location in the Indian Ocean. Mirissa is famous for its sightings of blue whales and sperm whales but also a great place to see dolphins and other wonderful
marine life. (B, D)
DAY 13/14 MIRISSA
With two days at leisure there is plenty of time to enjoy the exotic cuisine, laid-back pace and fiery red sunsets of this magic spot on Sri Lanka’s south coast. (B, D)
DAY 15 MIRISSA – COLOMBO
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer to Colombo Airport for your onward journey. (B)
|18 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018|
|16 Dec 2018 - 15 Jan 2019|
|16 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019|
|01 Apr 2019 - 19 Jul 2019|
|20 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019|
|31 Aug 2019 - 31 Oct 2019|
|3 star||4 star||5 star||Luxury|
|Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)|
Single supplement guideline: from 30% - 70% and triple room reduction from 10% - 20% pp depending on grade of hotels and season.
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