Colombo, Negambo, Habarana, Kandy, Nuwara Eiya & Bentota
Explore Sri Lanka at a leisurely pace, on a journey you’ll want to last forever. You’ll immerse yourself in this lush country’s natural and historic wonders. With a plethora of tea plantations and National Parks, where flocks of pink flamingos gather, elephants and leopards hide in the awe-inspiring forests and valleys of the Horton Plains. To the ancient mountain fort of Sigiriya and Anuradhapura’s haunting ruins, this amazing destination is not just about the sites, but the amazing food you’ll enjoy along the way.
Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Colombo (-/-/-)
Fly to Colombo. Meet & Greet at the arrival lounge and you will be assisted with a transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore.
Day 02: Negombo – Habarana (B/-/D)
Travel by road to Dambulla. On arrival, visit the World Heritage site of Dambulla Rock Temple dating back to the 1st century BC. It is the largest and best-preserved cave complex in Sri Lanka with over 80 documented caves in the surrounding areas.
Day 03: Anuradhapura Excursion (B/-/D)
Anuradhapura – a UNESCO World Heritage site was the first capital. Its antiquity is equal to any of the ancient ‘buried’ cities in the world. The 2,200 years old tree – the ‘Sri Maha Bodhi’, the island’s oldest Buddhist shrines, impressive white ‘dagabas’ (relic chambers) – monuments embellished with stone carvings, a superb irrigation system and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura.
Day 04: Polonnaruwa & Wildlife (B/-/D)
After breakfast enjoy a visit to Polonnaruwa, another ancient capital of Sri Lanka and a World Heritage site. Join a wildlife jeep safari at Minneriya National Park and witness wild elephants, deer, sambur and sloth bears.
Day 05: Habarana – Kandy (B/-/D)
Travel to Kandy, en route visiting a very popular site in Sigiriya of Lion Rock. There is no wonder, this fortress, being from the 5th century, was featured in the 2018 season of Travel Guides TV show (Channel 9). Later visit the spice garden at Matale to see varieties of spice plantation and shop the locally grown souvenirs. In the evening indulge yourself with a Kandyan cultural performance.
Day 06: Elephant Orphanage (B/-/D)
After breakfast, we enjoy an excursion to Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela. We ensure we get there at the best time to view feeding time and bathing in the river. We then indulge, with a sightseeing tour of Kandy, including: Arts and Craft workshops, Batik Manufactures and the much-revered ‘Temple of the Tooth’ relic of Lord Buddha.
Day 07: Kandy (B/-/D)
After breakfast your day is free to explore the town or simply relax in the hotels facilities.
Day 08: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B/-/D)
After breakfast we leave for Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens before travelling to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. We take you to one of those tea plantations to witness the complete process of turning the raw green leaf into the finished product.
Day 09: Trek to the World’s End (B/-/D)
Off to Horton Plains National Park this morning, a UNESCO World Heritage site and trekking paradise. Two escarpments – “World’s End” and “Little World’s End” canyons that fall 1,000 feet and 3700 feet respectively, the land below and the Baker’s fall are places you MUST visit.
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya – Bentota (B/-/-)
Travel to Bentota, a small town on the south western coastal belt, where the beaches boast a dazzling combination of sun, sea and sand. The resorts in this area are simply gorgeous! Enjoy and immerse yourself in the serenity of the area. The afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy.
Day 11: Galle Excursion (B/L/-)
After breakfast enjoys an excursion to Galle – the most ancient and important harbour of the country from yester year. There is an obvious Dutch influence in this town due to early settlements. Explore the bazaar for local hand-crafted souvenirs before returning to Bentota.
Day 12: Bentota – Colombo (B/L/-)
Visit a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka. You can join an optional (extra charges apply) safari on the Madu River to experience its unique ecosystem and beauty. Transfer to Colombo.
Day 13: Depart Colombo (B/-/D)
Vibrant, bustling and colourful Colombo, offers a stunning contrast to the rest of the country. Visit the famous Pettah bazaar, Hindu and Buddhist temples such as the Gangarama and Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil, and some of the city’s residential areas such as Cinnamon Gardens, where you can find prestigious landmarks of the Prime Minister’s Office, Independence Hall, Colombo Town Hall and the National Museum as well as the stately homes of the affluent. Later transfer to Colombo international airport for your flight home.
Day 14: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home in the evening.
Number of Days 14
Price From $3995
22nd February – 7th March*
29th March – 11th April**
19th April – 2nd May*
24th May – 6th June
21st June – 4th July**
26th July – 8th August
30th August – 12th September
27th September – 10th October**
25th October – 7th November*
22nd November – 5th December**
21st February – 5th March***
27th March – 9th April***
*Peak season surcharges apply from $200 per person
**Peak season surcharges apply from $300 per person
***Peak season surcharges apply from $400 per person
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Deluxe accommodation with daily breakfast
All transfers by air conditioned vehicles
Local speciality lunch and dinner as per itinerary
Professional English speaking guide
Entry fees & Monument charges
Tipping for guide & driver
Sri Lanka Visa
Peak season surcharges may apply
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $3,995 per person departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth, flying Singapore Airlines. Adelaide may require domestic add on fare at additional cost.
Single Room Supplement from $1,295
Land Only Including Tipping from $3,095 per person (11 Nights)