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Exotic Sri Lanka. Ancient cities steeped in history, elephants, tea plantations, lush countryside, bustling bazaars and wildlife, Sri Lanka has all this and more. Enjoy a wonderful 9 day tour, taking in the highlights of this enchanting island.

Day 1 Colombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! You’ll be met at Colombo Airport and transferred to hotel. Tonight enjoy a tasty welcome dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Dinner

 

Day 2 Sightseeing in Colombo
Today, your guide will take you on a driving tour of colourful Colombo, Sri Lanka’s frenetic capital. Just off the north end of Galle Road, the main north-south artery of the city is the area known as the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now the site of many government buildings and interesting shops. Just south of the Fort is Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse where informal cricket games are played out amongst city folk enjoying a pleasant stroll. At the south end of the green is the Galle Face Hotel, a beautiful colonial-era hotel. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, the traditional bazaar district – a colourful retail experience. Just beyond the centre is the affluent Cinnamon Gardens district of the city. You will drive through these districts on your tour of the city and visit Gangarama Temple and Independence Square.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

 

Day 3 Dambulla and Polonnaruwa
Colombo – Giritale (via Dambulla). Drive to Giritale today, stopping en route to visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceiling, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.

This afternoon, after checking into your hotel in Giritale, visit UNESCO Listed Polonnaruwa – an incredible 11th century city. Explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts three enormous and revered Buddha figures.
Overnight: Giritale  |  Breakfast

 

Day 4 Sigiriya and Kandy
Giritale – Sigiriya – Kandy. This morning drive to Sigiriya and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed, 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Discover the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. After exploring the sights of Sigiriya, stop to visit a Spice Garden in Matale, en route to Kandy.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

 

Day 5 Kandy Sightseeing
Today a visit is made to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Sri Lanka’s largest botanical garden once reserved for the sole use of the Kandyan elite. Back in the scenic lakeside town of Kandy, embark upon a sightseeing tour, visiting the bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem workshop. There will also be a visit to the Ceylon Tea Museum, dedicated to all things tea-related and housed in an attractive old building. Later in the afternoon we offer a guided tour of the Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing in the evening.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

 

Day 6 Nuwara Eliya tea plantations
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya. En route to Nuwara Eliya – a scenic hillside town with a distinctly English flavour, visit a tea plantation and enjoy a tasty cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. In Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort, enjoy a sightseeing tour this evening, including a visit to Hakgala Gardens.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast

 

Day 7 Udawalawe National Park
Nuwara Eliya – Embilipitiya. This morning, check into your hotel in Embilipitiya before going wild on a jeep safari in Sri Lanka’s most popular national park! Udawalawe National Park is home to large herds of elephants and deer species such as Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, wild boar, water buffalo and jackal.
Overnight: Embilipitiya  |  Breakfast

 

Day 8 Ratnapura
Embilipitiya – Ratnapura – Colombo. En route back to Colombo today, stop off in Ratnapura – Sri Lanka’s gem capital, where you can learn about these all about the islands precious stones, visit gem mines, a museum and a lapidary.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

 

Day 9 Colombo
Tour ends after breakfast today. Included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

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Ratnapura

RatnapuraRatnapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, as well as the Ratnapura District, and is a traditional centre for the Sri Lankan gem trade. It is located on the Kalu Ganga in south-central Sri Lanka, some 101 km southeast of the country’s capital, Colombo. Ratnapura is Read more

Sigiriya

SigiriyaSigiriya is a small town in Sri Lanka. It is located within [Central Province, Sri Lanka]. WikipediaRead more

Udawalawe

UdawalaweUdawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares of Read more

Kandy

KandyKandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Read more

Colombo

ColomboColombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. According to the Brookings Institution, Colombo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million, and 752,993 in the city proper. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination. It is located on the west coast of the island and Read more

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara EliyaNuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. The naturally landscaped Hakgala Botanical Gardens displays roses and tree ferns, and shelters monkeys and blue magpies. Nearby Seetha Amman Temple, a colorful Hindu shrine, is decorated with religious figures. Densely forested Galway’s Land National Park is a sanctuary for endemic Read more

Polonnaruwa

PolonnaruwaPoḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Read more

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What's included?

  • 8 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Guided touring of Colombo, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigariya, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Udawalawe NP
  • Escorted by a licensed English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Jeep safari/ game drive in Udawalawe National park
  • All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
  • 8 nights Superior (4 star) accommodation (Standard and Deluxe hotel options are also available)
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer for day 1 and day 9
  • Specialist local guides at some sites
  • Entrance fees to all included sites

 

What's Not included?

International flights and visa

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

 

Tour Highlights

  • Colombo - The Fort, Gamgarama Temple
  • Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
  • Matale - spice gardensNuwara Eliya - tea plantation,
  • Hakgala GardensRatnapura - gem capital
  • Polonnaruwa - 11th century cityDambulla - Rock Temple
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanical Garden, Ceylon Tea Museum
  • Udawalawe National Park - home to the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants