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Sri Lanka Unplugged

15 days  |  Starts/Ends: Colombo  |  from USD $5,045

Private Tour. Experience the best of Sri Lanka. Colourful Colombo, ancient cities, Buddhist temples, colonial relics, spice and flower gardens, tea plantations, wildlife, topped off with some blissful beach time in Kalutara!

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! Arrive Colombo, included transfer to hotel. Tonight, enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine at our Welcome Dinner.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Dinner

Day 2

Sightseeing in Colombo

Colombo. Highlights of our sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. We also visit the national museum (closed Friday).
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Buddhist Temple and Zoological Gardens

Colombo. At Kelaniya we visit the Raja Maha Vihara, a temple graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Continuing our sightseeing, we visit the zoological gardens at Dehiwela.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Temple Ruins and Rock Fortress

Colombo - Dambadeniya - Anuradhapura. En route to Anuradhapura, we visit 13th century Dambadeniya, once a royal capital. Its principal surviving ruins are the Dalada Maligawa temple and the Dagoba, locally revered thanks to some corporeal relics of Buddha it is said to contain. We also visit Panduvas Nuwara which features a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa.
Overnight: Anuradhapura  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura.Today, we visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth. Later a visit to Mihintale.
Overnight: Anuradhapura  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Giritale via Dambulla Rock Temple

Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Giritale. En route to Giritale, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Then we visit ancient Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. We explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts 3 enormous Buddha figures.
Overnight: Giritale  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Sigiriya and spice gardens

Giritale - Sigiriya - Kandy. To Sigiriya – the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. At Matale, we visit an exotic spice garden.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Temples of Embekke & free time in Kandy

Today, you can visit the ruined temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilleke and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside town, we visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. There'll also be a visit to the Ceylon Tea Museum, housed in a beautifully refurbished old building with lots of vintage tea-processing machinery. Tonight we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. After, we enjoy a cultural dance show.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10

Nuwara Eliya and Tea plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. Departing Kandy, we head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea plantations. Situated at 6,525 ft/1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest towns in the region. Today, we enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Hakgala Gardens. By jeep on day 10, we depart early for Horton Plains. Located on a high windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool and then return to Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Yala National Park

Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park. Continuing to Yala National Park, en route we visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. This evening, we enjoy a jeep safari. The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and myriad birdlife.

Note: Yala NP is usually closed sometime between Sept - early Oct due to drought. The length of the close varies from year to year.
Overnight: Yala National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Bundala National Park and Galle

Yala National Park - Kalutara. This morning, we visit Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We visit the town of Galle and it’s 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. We then continue to Kalutara, an ideal tropical beach holiday with it's sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.
Overnight: Kalutara  |  Breakfast

Days 13-14

Beach Time

At leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast. Optional excursion to Ratnapura, home of Sri Lanka’s famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a lapidary and the museum
Overnight: Kalutara  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 15

Colombo

Kalutara - Colombo. Today we travel via the coast road to Colombo and onward departure transfer to the airport. End of arrangements.
Breakfast

Combine Sri Lanka with neighbouring India!

Just a short hop away from Sri Lanka is India, making perfect for a multi centre holiday. Consider extending your trip and experience the discover the wonders of India on one of our many exciting group tours or private journeys. From the fertile Himalayan foothills and the regal palaces of legendary Rajasthan, to the beautiful marble Taj Mahal and the palm fringed beaches of Goa, India cannot fail to captivate you!

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Sri Lanka Unplugged - 15 days
USD $5045
USD $2020

Trip Highlights

Colombo - The Fort, Gamgarama Temple, National Museum
Dehiwela - Zoological gardens
Anuradhapura - Sri Lankan birthplace of Buddhism
Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
Matale - spice gardens
Nuwara Eliya - tea plantation, Hakgala Gardens
Buduruwagala
Galle - colonial town & fort
Kelaniya - Buddhist Temple
Dambadeniya - 13th century city
Polonnaruwa - 11th century city
Dambulla - Rock Temple
Kandy - Temple of the Tooth, Botanical Garden, Ceylon Tea Museum
Horton Plains
Yala & Bundala NP
Kalutara - laid back, beautiful palm fringed beach resort

Included

14 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Guided touring of Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe NP, Yala NP, Bundala NP Galle and Colombo.
4x4 Jeep safari to Horton Planes. Game drives in Yala NP and Bundala NP
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 15
All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles.
14 nights at standard accommodation (Superior and Deluxe also available)
Tea Plantation and tasting - Nuwara Eliya region
Entrance fees to all included sites
Escorted by a licensed English speaking chauffeur guide

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: Included
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Tour Details
Starts
Colombo
Ends
Colombo
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Dinner: 1
Extra Tour Info
The Cultural Triangle
Our guide to visiting Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle
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