Discover Sri Lanka

Nights:
8 Nights/10 Days
Board Basis:
Half Board
Destinations:
Negombo, Pinnawela, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Dabulla, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo
Travel Between:
05 Jan - 30 Apr 17
from £1390/pp

Tour Highlights

  • See Elephant feeding and bathing
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Dambulla Golden Buddhist cave temple
  • Polonnaruwa the 2nd Capital of Sri Lanka
  • Minnneriya National Park
  • Holy city of Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Horton Plains
  • Colombo

Tour Itinerary

Day 01

Depart from the UK on your flight to Sri Lanka.

Day 02 Airport - Negombo

Upon arrive, meet & greet by our representative at Bandaranaike International Airport and proceed to Negombo.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing Blue 5*, Negombo.

Day 03 - Negombo/Pinnawela/Dambulla

After breakfast proceed to Dambulla. En route visit popular Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. A unique experience never to be missed.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Amaya Lake 4*, Dambulla.

Day 04 - Dambulla/Sigiriya/Dabulla

After breakfast visit the magnificent Rock Fortress of Sigirya. - Which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). A climb to the top (only for the energetic) will reveal a spectacular view. The gallery of frescoes half way up is definite highlight. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Late afternoon do an Elephant back ride.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Amaya Lake 4*, Dambulla.

Day 05 - Dambulla/Polonnaruwa/Minneriya/Dambulla

After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa.

Sightseeing tour of * Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya –where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary`’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic

Late afternoon commence * A Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park - This National Park with 8889 hectares in extent is famous for it large population of elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake. Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road. Elephants, about 300 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, Sambhur, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park

Dinner & Overnight stay at Amaya Lake 4*, Dambulla.

Day 06 - Dambulla/Matale/Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy. En route visit of Dambulla rock cave temple, where some of the finest preserved ancient frescoes can be found. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. Also visit Spice Garden in Matale en route.

On arrival to Kandy commence sightseeing including the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square Arts & Crafts Centre and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Evening witness a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Amaya Hills 4*, Kandy.

Day 07 - Kandy/Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast drive toward the hill country, with a stop en route to visit a tea plantation and factory. Then travel on to Nuwarra Eliya, the most celebrated of the hill stations and set in a stunning mountain valley some 6,000 feet above sea level. Afternoon sightseeing, with spectacular views of the beautiful green hillsides, rushing waterfalls and tea plantations. Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing St Andrews (Colonial ), Nuwara Eliya.

Day 08 Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast visit Horton Plains (Pick up at around 5am )- The highest plateau at 7000ft (2134 meters) is a National Park, visited by tourists and a large number of Sri Lanka tourists. The Patnas in the lower parts, rising from the Marshes and streams extends upto the tree-line. The trees, stunted by the wind and mist, covered with ‘Spagnum moss ‘ or old man’s beard, and the jungle is full of rare and endemic plants. The red flowered Rhododendrons, or the ‘ Niloos ’ that blooms once in 12 years, and the Butterflies, Birds, found only in the hill areas, the ‘Bear Monkey,’ large herds of Sambhur, Leopard and other animals are found in the plains.

The ‘World End’ and ‘Little World End” with sheer drops of 3000ft to the plantation below and the beautiful scenery, are not found anywhere else in the country.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Jetwing St Andrews (Colonial ), Nuwara Eliya.

Day 09 Nuwara Elia / Colombo

After breakfast proceed to Colombo. Check in to the hotel.
Rest of the day leisure or free for Colombo City tour of Shopping.
Dinner & overnight stay at The Kingsbury 5*, Colombo.

Day 10 Colombo / UK

You will be transferred to Colombo International Airport for your onward flight to UK.

Extensions

You may choose to spend more time on the beach in Sri Lanka or spend a last night in Colombo. Also Sri Lanka can easily be combined with the Maldives, less than an hour’s flight away, and boasting some of the world’s finest beach resorts. Alternatively, Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour, India, offers a host of attractions, including the world famous Taj Mahal. It is also possible to combine Sri Lanka with Dubai or some of the other Gulf States and South East Asia.

Tailor Made

Our private tailor-made journeys offer complete freedom of option. The Itineraries and accommodation shown are designed to give you a flavour of what is possible and can be tailor made to suite your preferences and necessary requirements. The price may vary according to selected accommodation, flights and season. Please call us to discuss your individual requirements.

Price Include

  • Return International Flight
  • Accommodation at the hotels specified or similar
  • Meals on Half Board basis
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with the service of English speaking chuffer for 2 - 6 Person
  • Local government taxes & service charges
  • Entrance fees to: Pinnawela, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Caves Temple, Temple of Tooth Relic, Meals as stated in itinerary

Price Exclude

  • Visa for Sri Lanka, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application.
  • Meals not indicate in the Itinerary
  • Camera & Video permits at cultural sights
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Tips at Restaurants during meals, drivers and Guides
  • Optional tours and activities