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Sri Lanka Tour Sri Lanka Tour
14 Days from $1,999 p/p in USD Departures: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
 

A two week tour taking you from the spectacular ancient cities of the Central Plains and Cultural Triangle, through Kandy and the scenic hill country and its tea estates, to a beautiful and undeveloped section of the Southern Coast. We will encounter the flourishing wildlife and stunning scenery of Yala West and Horton Plains National Parks, visit no less than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and still have ample time for relaxation and opportunities to ‘do your own thing’.  This tour is an ideal introduction to the magnificent island of Sri Lanka. Group size 2-12 people. Fitness level: easy to moderate.

 

 

Overview

  • Country:
    Sri Lanka
  • You will visit:
    Negombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains, Yala West, Tangalle, Galle
  • Tour type:
    small group
  • Safari standard:
    mid-range
  • Wildlife:
    Elephants, leopards, sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boars, crocodiles, wild buffaloes, mongooses, jackals, monkeys, over 150 species of birds, sperm, humpback and blue whales, dolphins
  • Viewing by:
    Minibus, on foot
  • Getting around:
    Minibus, train
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Colombo

Some of the exciting and varied activities 

  • An evening street food tour of Colombo
  • Exploring the ancient cave temples at Dambulla
  • Early morning ascent of the dramatic rock fortress of Sigiriya with its famous Maidens of the Clouds
  • Joining a blessing ceremony at Kandy’s prestigious Temple of the Tooth
  • Tea tasting at highland plantations
  • Evening and early morning jeep safaris in Yala National Park
  • Astay in a tranquil South Coast resort
  • Weather permitting, a whale watching option at Mirissa

Just a few of the many highlights

Wonderful and highly varied scenery, National Parks and their resident wildlife, relaxing at the coast, plus no less than 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Visit the charming lakeside town of Kandy nestled in the mountains - home to the famous Temple of the Tooth
  • Visit the dramatic Sigiriya rock fortress - truly spectacular and another World Heritage Site
  • Historic Galle - a walled port town perched dramatically on a headland jutting into the Indian ocean
  • Explore Polonnaruwa ancient city - former medieval capital and now UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour the picturesque Hill Country - serene landscapes, waterfalls and of course tea plantations!
  • And last but not least, plenty of opportunities to sample the superb local food

Day by Day

Day 1:  Negombo and arrival in Sri Lanka

Arrival at Colombo International Airport, and a short transfer to nearby Negombo on the Island’s West Coast for some relaxation time after your flight. Explore the area, check out the beach or perhaps even try one of the famous traditional Sri Lankan massages.

Overnight: Negombo  Transport: Minibus  Meals: D

  • Extra accommodation in Colombo before your tour is available if required.
  • Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Day 2:  Colombo - a tour of some of the sights

Leisurely morning to relax at our beach-side resort before an afternoon introductory tour of some of the sites of the nearby bustling capital Colombo. Visits include the Museum, local market and, in the evening, a fascinating guided tour of some of the array of street food on offer.

Overnight: Negombo  Transport: Minibus, Walk  Meals: B, D

Day 3:  Ritigala - into the interior

Time to head into the interior where our first stop will be the 2,000-year-old ruined Buddhist monastery at Ritigala – an atmospheric and rarely visited site amid dense jungle-clad mountains. In the afternoon we’ll continue to nearby Habarana Town – our base for the following two-day exploration of the Cultural Triangle.

Overnight: Habarana  Transport: Minibus  Meals: B, L, D

Day 4:  The Cultural Triangle - Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

Early morning ascent of the rock fortress of Sigiriya to view the surrounding countryside at dawn. Tour of Sigiriya’s rock palace, cliff paintings and ornamental gardens. In the afternoon we’ll head to the nearby picturesque medieval capital of Polonnaruwa – another World Heritage site – for a guided cycling tour of its historic temples and exquisitely carved statues.

Overnight: Polonnaruwa  Transport: Minibus, Walk  Meals: B, L, D

Day 5:  Dambulla - UNESCO World Heritage cave temples

Drive south to Kandy, one of the principal points of the Cultural Triangle via the UNESCO World Heritage site, Dambulla, location of Sri Lanka’s finest cave temples, dating back to the 1st century BC. Time permitting we’ll also pay a visit to a fascinating spice garden at Matale. Kandy, the second city of Sri Lanka, has a picturesque lakeside setting, a rich historical and cultural heritage, a comfortable Mediterranean-style climate, and again, World Heritage Site status.

Overnight: Kandy  Transport: Minibus  Meals: B, L, D

Day 6:  Kandy - the ancient capital

Morning at leisure with an afternoon visit to the beautifully kept and well-presented Peradeniya Botanic Gardens on the outskirts of Kandy. In the evening, experience the Buddhist puja (blessing ceremony) at the Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most revered religious relic – one of Buddha’s teeth.

Overnight: Kandy  Transport: Minibus, Walk  Meals: B

Day 7:  Nuwara Eliya - tea plantations and the hill country

Transfer to Kandy railway station for a scenic train journey into the upper Hill Country, passing tea plantations and spectacular waterfalls on our way to Nuwara Eliya, the former British capital of the Hill Country and the highest town in Sri Lanka at 1,900 m above sea level. A tour of a working tea factory to see how ‘two-leaves-and-a-bud’ turns into your daily cuppa.

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  Transport: Train  Meals: B, L, D

Day 8:  Horton Plains - National Park trek

Drive to Horton Plains for an early morning trek through the heath and forest of Horton Plains National Park, via Baker’s Falls, in time to see the awe-inspiring views at World’s End before the cloud sets in. Return to Nuwara Eliya with some free time to explore the old colonial hill station.

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  Transport: Minibus, Walk  Meals: B, L

Day 9:  Yala - jeep safari in the National Park

Drop down from the Hill Country to the southern plain, over 1,000 m below and continue to Yala. Late afternoon jeep safari in Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka’s principal wildlife reserve, which has the highest density of leopards in the world. Other inhabitants include elephants, sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boars, crocodiles, wild buffaloes, mongooses, jackals, monkeys, and over 150 species of birds. Overnight on the edge of the park in either a resort or safari camp depending upon availability.

Overnight: Yala, safari camp or resort  Transport: Minibus, Walk  Meals: B, L, D

Day 10:  Tangalle - along the picturesque south coast

Head back to the wild for another safari at Yala National Park.  Leave Yala and enjoy a leisurely drive west along the picturesque southern coastline to laid-back Tangalle which overlooks the Indian Ocean. We’ll stay in a secluded beach resort set in a coconut grove next to a pristine bay. Afternoon to relax, explore the area, or perhaps try out one of the famous Ayurveda massage treatments.

Overnight: Tangalle  Transport: Minibus  Meals: B, L, D

Day 11:  Tangalle - at leisure or visit some wetlands

At leisure in Tangalle – checking out the beach, going for a swim or exploring the area. Options for the more energetic include a bird watching boat safari through the lagoons and mangroves of Kalametiya Sanctuary, a coastal wetland teeming with bird life or Udawalawe National Park and it’s Elephant Transit Home rehabilitation centre.

Overnight: Tangalle  Meals: B, D

Day 12:  Galle - ancient town and World Heritage Site

Continue along the southern coastline to Galle Town – another World Heritage Site. A guided tour of the Old Dutch Fort and spectacularly sited walled town, jutting out on its rocky peninsula. Amble around the ramparts and stroll through the narrow lanes of the Moorish Quarter.

Overnight: Galle  Meals: B, L

Day 13:  Galle - at leisure or a whale watching trip

Free morning in Galle with an optional whale watching boat trip at nearby Mirissa where sperm, humpback and blue whales are occasionally spotted as well as pods of dolphins. Afternoon drive north up the West Coast back to Negombo, via Colombo.

Overnight: Negombo  Meals: B, D

  • Note - the whale watching option is dependent upon weather and sea conditions, but can be booked locally without prior reservation.

Day 14:  Negombo and departure

Morning at leisure in Negombo. Relax by the pool; a last dip in the Indian Ocean, or pick up some last minute souvenirs and late morning end of the tour.

Transport: Minibus  Meals: B

  • Extra accommodation in Negombo after your tour is available if required.
  • Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON GBP


Air Departures
- from the UK

Apr from £2,290 per person

Nov from £2,190 per person

Dec from £2,390 per person


Land Departures - from Colombo

Apr from £1,440 per person

Nov from £1,440 per person

Dec from £1,440 per person

  • Prices are based on twin share
  • Single supplement £375 

 

 


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  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'All Points East' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
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