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Go Sri Lanka - 9 Days

Exotic Sri Lanka. Ancient cities steeped in history, elephants, tea plantations, lush countryside, bustling bazaars and wildlife, Sri Lanka has all this and more. Enjoy a wonderful 9 day tour, taking in the highlights of this enchanting island.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! You'll be met at Colombo Airport and transferred to hotel. Tonight enjoy a tasty welcome dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Dinner

Day 2

Sightseeing in Colombo

Today, your guide will take you on a driving tour of colourful Colombo, Sri Lanka's frenetic capital. Just off the north end of Galle Road, the main north-south artery of the city is the area known as the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now the site of many government buildings and interesting shops. Just south of the Fort is Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse where informal cricket games are played out amongst city folk enjoying a pleasant stroll. At the south end of the green is the Galle Face Hotel, a beautiful colonial-era hotel. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, the traditional bazaar district – a colourful retail experience. Just beyond the centre is the affluent Cinnamon Gardens district of the city. You will drive through these districts on your tour of the city and visit Gangarama Temple and Independence Square.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Dambula and Polonnaruwa

Colombo - Giritale (via Dambulla). Drive to Giritale today, stopping en route to visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceiling, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.

This afternoon, after checking into your hotel in Giritale, visit UNESCO Listed Polonnaruwa – an incredible 11th century city. Explore the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and Gal Vihara which boasts three enormous and revered Buddha figures.
Overnight: Giritale  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Sigiriya and Kandy

Giritale - Sigiriya - Kandy. This morning drive to Sigiriya and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed, 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Discover the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. After exploring the sights of Sigiriya, stop to visit a Spice Garden in Matale, en route to Kandy.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Kandy Sightseeing

Today a visit is made to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Sri Lanka's largest botanical garden once reserved for the sole use of the Kandyan elite. Back in the scenic lakeside town of Kandy, embark upon a sightseeing tour, visiting the bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem workshop. There will also be a visit to the Ceylon Tea Museum, dedicated to all things tea-related and housed in an attractive old building. Later in the afternoon we offer a guided tour of the Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing in the evening.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Tea plantations and Nuwara Eliya

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. En route to Nuwara Eliya – a scenic hillside town with a distinctly English flavour, visit a tea plantation and enjoy a tasty cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. In Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort, enjoy a sightseeing tour this evening, including a visit to Hakgala Gardens.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Udawalawe National Park

Nuwara Eliya - Embilipitiya. This morning, check into your hotel in Embilipitiya before going wild on a jeep safari in Sri Lanka's most popular national park! Udawalawe National Park is home to large herds of elephants and deer species such as Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, wild boar, water buffalo and jackal.
Overnight: Embilipitiya  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Ratnapura

Embilipitiya - Ratnapura - Colombo. En route back to Colombo today, stop off in Ratnapura - Sri Lanka’s gem capital, where you can learn about these all about the islands precious stones, visit gem mines, a museum and a lapidary.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Colombo

Tour ends after breakfast today. Included onward transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Extend your stay!

Consider spending some extra time exploring Sri Lanka's beautiful tropical coastline or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun. Extend your stay by a day, a week or even two!

Contact us for further details.

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. Should you wish to travel on a date not listed below, please contact us for a quotation.

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Trip Highlights

Colombo - The Fort, Gamgarama Temple
Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
Matale - spice gardens
Nuwara Eliya - tea plantation, Hakgala Gardens
Ratnapura - gem capital
Polonnaruwa - 11th century city
Dambulla - Rock Temple
Kandy - Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanical Garden, Ceylon Tea Museum
Udawalawe National Park - home to the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants

Included

8 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Guided touring of Colombo, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigariya, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Udawalawe NP
Escorted by a licensed English speaking chauffeur guide
Jeep safari/ game drive in Udawalawe National park
All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
8 nights Superior (4 star) accommodation (Standard and Deluxe hotel options are also available)
Airport arrival and departure transfer for day 1 and day 9
Specialist local guides at some sites
Entrance fees to all included sites

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

In Brief

Range
Starts
Colombo
Ends
Colombo
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Superior
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Countries

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