Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eiya, Yala & Galle
Explore the beauty of Sri Lanka over 9 days in this guided tour. You will travel throughout this culturally diverse island, learning about its fascinating history, religious and cultural. Breathe in the traditional herbs and spices of the country as you learn how to use them in traditional local cuisine. Enjoy an amazing safari and get up close and personal with some of the greatest wildlife on earth. Admire the vastly different natural landscapes, from lush rainforests, to glassy plains, and the sparkling coastline. Travel in comfort, staying in a range of 5 star accommodation, with English speaking guides.
Day 01: Australia – Colombo (-/-/-)
Morning flight to Colombo. On arrival, meet and greet by your guide and transfer to your hotel for the night.
Day 02: Colombo – Sigiriya (B/-/D)
After breakfast, explore the city of Colombo in a day tour. Visit the famous Pettah Bazaar, and Hindu and Buddhist temples such as the Gangarama and Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil. You will also see some of the city’s residential areas such as Cinnamon Gardens, where you find prestigious addresses such as the Prime Minister’s Office, Independence Hall, Colombo Town Hall and the National Museum. Proceed to Dambulla and check in to your accommodation for 2 nights stay.
Day 03: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya (B/-/D)
Start the day with a climb to the fifth century Sigiriya fortress, which sits atop a rock that dramatically rises almost 200 metres above the rainforest. Pass through the famous ‘Lion’s Belly’ and climb to the top via a spiral staircase that snakes its way around the rock. Enjoy the breath taking view. In the afternoon, discover the well preserved ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Admire the Gal Viharaya with its four statues of the Buddha carved out of rock.
Day 04: Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy (B/-/D)
Continue to the Golden Temple of Dambulla to explore this 2,000-year-old sacred pilgrimage site carved deep inside a mountain. Enjoy a visit to spice and herb gardens in Matale. Witness a cookery demonstration and learn about the culinary and therapeutic values of these products. Proceed to Kandy for a visit to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, and stroll along the ‘Avenue of Palms’ that opens onto the Great Lawn with its solitary giant Java willow tree is a spine-tingling sensation. Check in to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Day 05: Kandy (B/-/D)
Kandy is renowned for its beautiful lakeside location, framed by lush hills. The jewel in its ever-resplendent crown is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Other notable structures include the Golden Canopy, the New Palace and the Royal Palace, the old courthouse, the Queen’s Bathing House, the National Museum, and the sanctuary. Take to the roads to discover Sri Lanka’s wildlife and heritage. Visit the enchanting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and watch these majestic creatures during feeding and bath time. Finish the day with a dramatic cultural show, which features 12 folk and traditional dances and a sizzling fire walking performance.
Day 06: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B/-/D)
Savour Sri Lanka’s most famous product with a visit to a tea plantation and factory. Continue to Nuwara Eliya, the picturesque lakeside town that is Sri Lanka’s proud ‘tea capital’ and which is also known as ‘Little England’. It was in the hills around Nuwara Eliya, which means ‘City of Light’, where the British introduced tea production to Sri Lanka in the mid-19th century thus creating the highly regarded variety known as Ceylon, the name by which they called the island. Other attractions near this charming relic of empire include the evocatively named Lovers’ Leap Waterfall and Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, the 2,500 metre Pidurutalagala, which overlooks the town.
Day 07: Nuwara Eliya – Yala (B/-/D)
Drive towards the temple of Buduruwagala, where seven statues of Buddha and other revered figures were carved into a rock more than 1,000 years ago. Continue to Yala National Park for a Jeep safari through terrains of grassy plains, deciduous forests and sand dunes, which combine to make ideal habitats for thousands of species in Yala. The National Park is home to hundreds of elephants, boars, buffalo, sloth bears, deer, crocodiles, and the endangered Sri Lankan leopard.
Day 08: Yala – Galle (B/-/D)
After breakfast you will embark on a scenic drive to Galle. Straddling a beautiful bay, Galle is a multicultural city with a rich colonial heritage from the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Check in to your beach hotel amidst the sun, sea and sand of the southern coast for overnight stay.
Day 09: Galle – Depart Colombo (B/-/D)
Continue north along the coast to Kosgoda, which is famed for its turtle hatchery. Several species of turtles, including the endangered hawksbill are protected in this refuge. The turtles’ eggs are the most vulnerable as they are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. Transfer to Colombo Airport in the evening to connect with your homebound flight.
Day 10: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home dreaming of incredible Sri Lanka!
Number of Days 10
Price From $4185
Deluxe Accommodation with daily breakfast
All transfers by air-condition vehicle
Arrival and Departure assistance
Dinners as indicated
Professional English speaking Guide
Entry fee & Monument charges
Tipping for Guide & Driver
Sri Lanka Visa fee
Lunch and meals not specified in the itinerary
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $4,185 per person
Departing Sydney Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth cities
Flying Singapore Airlines. Adelaide may require domestic add on fare at additional cost.
Single Room Supplement From $995pp
Land Only Including Tipping From $2,985pp (8 Nights)