Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 NEGOMBO
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel in the seaside village of Negombo.

Stay at Airport Garden Gateway Hotel (4 star)

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. BD

Stay at Amaya Lake (4 star)

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. Taste authentic local cuisine while you experience first-hand the cooking methods of this local family. BLD

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 the Hotel Suisse, before an evening Kandyan Dance performance, a colourful spectacle including fire-walkers. BD

Stay at Hotel Suisse (4 star)

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. BD

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. BLD

Stay at Araliya Green Hills (4 star)

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 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. BD

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. BD

Stay at Cinnamon Wild Yala (4 star)

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. BD

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. Your last stop for the day is the stunning beach town of Bentota. BD

Stay at Centara Ceysands Resort (4 star)

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. BD

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

Stay at Cinnamon Lakeside (4 star)

DAY 13 COLOMBO
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer to the airport. B

  • 12 nights in hotel accommodation
  • English-speaking Chauffeur-Guides
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Scenic high country train journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella
  • Entrance fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Services of a local representative
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 high tea
  • 10 dinners
  • 2 x 500ml mineral water bottles per person per day

Excursions

  • Tick off all the major sights on guided tours of Sigirya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Galle and Colombo
  • Take an exciting jeep safari through Yala National Park
  • Have a “Tea Experience” with a plantation and factory tour
  • Enjoy the natural wonder of Horton Plains National Park

Pricing

Departures daily.
Prices are per person in Australian Dollars (AUD)
 
 
30 Nov 2020 - 19 Dec 2020
20 Dec 2020 - 15 Jan 2021
16 Jan 2021 - 19 Mar 2021
16 Jan 2021 - 31 Mar 2021
20 Mar 2021 - 31 Mar 2021
01 Apr 2021 - 30 Apr 2021
01 May 2021 - 17 Jun 2021
18 Jun 2021 - 30 Jun 2021
01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021
01 Sep 2021 - 18 Oct 2021
19 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021
01 Nov 2021 - 19 Dec 2021
20 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021
3 star4 star5 star
Twin/DoubleTwin/DoubleTwin/Double
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$2,350 was $3,270$2,780$3,910
$2,540 was $3,940$3,350$5,450
N/A was $3,560$3,030N/A
$2,430N/A$4,430
N/A was $3,560$3,030N/A
$2,150 was $2,740$2,330$3,710
$2,150 was $2,740$2,060$3,710
$2,150Sold Out$3,710
$2,200 was $3,190$2,720$3,780
$2,150 was $2,740$2,060$3,710
$2,150 was Sold Out$2,330$3,710
$2,350 was $3,270$2,780$3,910
$2,540 was $3,940$3,350$5,450

Triple and single prices available. Contact us for details.