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Take in the classic sights of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, but not before exploring ancient Anuradhapura, the northern city of Jaffna and spending a couple days by the coast in Trincomalee.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Anuradhapura - Grand city of ancient Sri Lanka
Trincomalee - Harbour city on eastern coast
Polonnaruwa - The ancient capital city of Ceylon
Dambulla - Famous cave temple dedicated to the Lord Buddha
Matale - Spice gardens
Giragama Tea Factory - A working tea factory with a long history
Udawalawe National Park - Home to the Sri Lankan elephant - the largest of the Asian elephants, and the elusive leopard
Jaffna - Situated on its northern most peninsula
Colombo - The Fort area, Galle Face Green and Gangaramaya Temple
Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
Kayanwala village visit & cookery demonstration
Kandy - City tour including tuk tuk ride, Temple of the Tooth and cultural performance
Scenic train ridefrom Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and drive though 'Little England'
Ratnapura - Heart of the nation's gem mining industry

Included

11 breakfasts and 1 lunch
Touring of Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe, Gem Mine and Colombo
Scenic train trip Kandy - Nuwara Eliya, canoe and tuk tuk trips
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 12
11 nights 3 - 5 star and heritage properties
Jeep safari/ game drive in Udawalawe National park
Escorted by an English speaking national guide for group 6 or more (professional chauffeur guide for groups of 5 or less)
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: USD$150-170pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 6 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$60-80pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Sri Lanka

Tuesday. Colombo - Negombo. Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met at Colombo airport and transferred to your hotel by the beach in Negombo.
Overnight: Negombo

Day 2

Anuradhapura - UNESCO sites

Negombo - Anuradhapura. This morning we make our way to Anuradhapura, the first capital and grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Upon arrival we embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city, visiting both historical and archaeological sites of interest. Highlights include the sacred bo-tree - the oldest documented tree in the world, the 1600 columns of Brazen Palace and Ruwanweliseya - the most famous dagobas in Sri Lanka.
Overnight: Anuradhapura  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Jaffna Fort

Anuradhapura - Jaffna. Today we journey north to Jaffna, located on the northernmost peninsula of the island. Here we enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in sights such as the Jaffna Fort, the second largest in Sri Lanka built by the Dutch in 1619. Another highlight is the Nallur Hindu Temple, the most important place of Hindu worship in Jaffna. We’ll also take a boat ride to Nagadeepa Buddhist Temple, which is said to be the site where Buddha came during his second visit to Sri Lanka.
Overnight: Jaffna  |  Breakfast

Days 4-5

Trincomalee temples & beach time

Jaffna - Trincomalee. Departing Jaffna, we head back south to Trincomalee on the northeastern coast. A sightseeing tour here takes us to Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina-Then Kailasam - a classical medieval Hindu temple complex. Day 5 is free to spend relaxing in Trincomalee. Enjoying a stunning location on the coast, it would be a pity not to while away the day unwinding on the beach.
Overnight: Trincomalee  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 6

Dambulla & Polonnaruwa

Trincomalee - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla. This morning we leave the coast and begin our journey inland to the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple. A spectacular complex of five caves dedicated to the Lord Buddha, within the caves of Dambulla you'll find over 150 images of Buddha, including an impressive 14-metre rock cut statue.

After exploring this ancient site we continue to Polonnaruwa, an intriguing 11th century city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we explore many interesting and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. We return to Dambulla for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Dambulla  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Sigiriya & Village visit

Dambulla - Sigiriya - Kandy. This morning we make our way to the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and is one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic sites. A steep staircase up the rock side reaches the summit and on the way up you can stop to see the world-famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens, which are hidden in a sheltered pocket of rock.

Leaving Sigiriya behind we take a bullock cart ride and a short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala. Here we are welcomed into the home of a local family where we try our hand at preparing a meal of curry, dahl, spiced rice and pickle. After enjoying our homemade lunch we continue onto Kandy, stopping along the way at a spice garden in Matale. Arriving to Kandy, we have the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Kandy & tuk tuks

This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Kandy, making our first stop at the Temple of the Tooth. The temple’s name derives from the legend that it houses one of Buddha’s teeth that was taken from him as he lay on his funeral pyre and then smuggled into Sri Lanka. From here we take a drive around the Kandy Lake, visiting a local bazaar and gem museum along the way, before hopping on a tuk tuk for a ride up the surrounding hills. In the afternoon we stop in at a working tea factory at Giragama, which has been manufacturing ‘Low Grown’ and ‘Long Leaf’ tea since 1903. This evening, we attend a cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan music and dance.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Train trip & tea Plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy some free time this morning before our transfer to the train station for a scenic railway journey. Our journey to Nuwara Eliya will take us past verdant tea plantations, through winding mountain passes, across suspension bridges and much more.

Arriving in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country in the afternoon, we’ll take a drive through an area known locally as ‘Little England’.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Jeep safari in Udawalawe NP

Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park. Today we make our way south to Embilipitiya, which will be our base for exploring Udawalawe National Park. Not only is this national park renowned as one of the best places to see the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, it is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and several types of deer. This afternoon we enjoy a game drive through the park before returning to our hotel for the evening.
Overnight: Udawalawe National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Colombo City Tour

Udawalawe National Park - Colombo. Today we make our way back to Colombo, but not before paying a visit to the Gem Mine and Museum in Ratnapura. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 40 out of the 85 types of gems in the world. Arriving to Colombo later today we embark on a city tour taking in the Fort area in the north of the city, as well as the stunning Gangarama Temple. We’ll end the tour with a stroll along Galle Face Green, a popular spot for kite flying and games of cricket amongst the locals.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Goodbye Sri Lanka

Saturday. Today offers free time for you to independently explore the city, before included departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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2019
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
22 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,836

USD $1,290
USD $2,295
USD $1,290
19 Nov - 30 Nov 20% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,836

USD $1,290
03 Dec - 14 Dec 20% offG
USD $2,295
USD $1,836

USD $1,290
USD $2,745
USD $1,290
USD $2,745
USD $1,290
2020
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
USD $2,295
USD $1,290
21 Jan - 01 Feb 15% offG
USD $2,295
USD $1,951

USD $1,290
04 Feb - 15 Feb 15% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,951

USD $1,290
18 Feb - 29 Feb 15% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,951

USD $1,290
03 Mar - 14 Mar 15% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,951

USD $1,290
10 Mar - 21 Mar 15% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,951

USD $1,290
31 Mar - 11 Apr 15% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,951

USD $1,290
07 Apr - 18 Apr 15% off
USD $2,295
USD $1,951

USD $1,290
USD $2,295
USD $1,290
USD $2,295
USD $1,290
USD $2,295
USD $1,290
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USD $1,290
USD $2,595
USD $1,290
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USD $2,295
USD $1,290
USD $2,745
USD $1,290

Extra Prices

Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $780
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Post-Tour Accommodation - Colombo
USD $110
USD $100
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Negombo
USD $130
USD $70

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Paradise Beach Hotel, Negombo

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A convenient and affordable hotel enjoying an enviable location on the golden shores of Negombo Beach. Days can be spent lazing by the hotel pool or on the beach, alternatively the Negomo Market and Dutch Fort are just a 5-minute drive away.

Rajarata Hotel, Anuradhapura

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

A modern and conveniently located hotel, Rajarata offers its guests a comfortable stay whilst being within easy each of the highlights of Anuradhapura. After a long day of sightseeing guests can relax by the outdoor pool or dine in the Tranquil restaurant, serving local and western cuisine.

Jetwing Jaffna, Jaffna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In the heart of the town of Jaffna, Jetwin Jaffna is one of the newest Jetwing properties. Hotel rooms are elegantly furnished in a contemporary yet traditional style with beautiful interiors and wonderful en suite bathrooms. The on site restaurant serves a fantastic array of local and international cuisine. Complimentary Wifi is available throughout and the hotel is also next door to the Cargills supermarket which is brimming with excellent facilities including food court, cinema and banks.

Pigeon Island Resort, Trincomalee

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set on the northern coast of Sri Lanka in the city of Trincomalee, this beach resort offers guests modern rooms and suites featuring private balconies and minibars. Thanks to its seaside location there are plenty of water sports on offer, as well as whale and dolphin watching. At the on-site restaurant guests can choose from a variety of Sri Lankan and Western dishes.

Jetwing Lake, Dambulla

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Jetwing Lake hotel is a brand new property with spacious and comfortable rooms that enjoy a contemporary design blended with splashes of Eastern influenced decor. The ensuite facilities are magnificent and in keeping with the luxurious feel of the property as a whole. Each room also comes with a balcony, from which guests can get some fresh air and enjoy the spectacular views. Within the complex there is a pool, spa and fitness centre, where guests can while away their free time. There is also a restaurant, which serves sumptuous meals.

OZO Kandy Hotel, Kandy

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The stylish OZO Kandy prides itself on its smart facilities and stunning mountain surrounds. Its highlight being the rooftop pool and BOMMU Bar where you can soak up panoramic views over Kandy whilst enjoying a cocktail or two. The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant serves a tasty array of Asian and international cuisine using only fresh and handpicked produce. Other amenities include a fitness centre and complimentary WiFi, with guestrooms boasting signature soft beds and rain showers.

Jetwing St Andrew's, Nuwara Eliya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Jetwing St. Andrew's is a unique colonial retreat set in a former country house and surrounded by landscaped gardens. All the spacious rooms are classically furnished with elegant wood and offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. The grounds of the hotel give a great feel of colonial splendour and guests can wake up to a typical English breakfast and enjoy a stiff brandy at the bar later in the day. Fine dining is offered at the Old Course Restaurant and the hotel also boasts an antique snooker table, which is the oldest in Sri Lanka.

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, Udawalawe National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated on 7 acres of land, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is the only hotel of its class in the area. Rooms are spacious with beautiful hard wood flooring and artwork depicting the wildlife of Udawalawe. Food here is delicious and plentiful with an extensive breakfast menu. The outdoor pool is a great place to relax by and enjoy a refreshing splash in after a good day on safari. Well located just a few minutes drive from Udawalawe National Park.

OZO Colombo, Colombo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

OZO Colombo is a modern and stylish hotel, with sweeping Indian Ocean views from its rooftop infinity pool and many of its rooms. There's free WIFI access throughout the hotel and the guestrooms are bright and airy with all modern amenities. To top it off, there's also a fantastic fitness center and a restaurant serving delicious, authentic Sri Lankan cusine. OZO is centrally located on Marine Drive, near Galle Road and just a 10 minute drive from the city centre.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Colombo
Ends
Colombo
Departs
Tuesdays - year round
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 5 star & heritage hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 1
Visiting
Countries

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