Escorted Group Tour
Sri Lanka Escorted Tour STARTING FROM £1,799
- Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - a conservation and educational centre
- Nuwaraeliya is Sri Lanka’s highest town and was a favourite hill station during British colonial times.
- Take time to visit the Tea plantation and a tea factory
- Udawalawe National Park by Safari Jeep drive
- Visit the City of Capital City of Sri Lanka - Colombo
Day 1 : ARRIVAL TRANSFER / COLOMBO
Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayake International airport & transfer to Colombo – Check in at Hotel - Rest of the day at leisure – "Welcome Dinner" - Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 2 : COLOMBO - (SIGHTSEEING)
Breakfast at Hotel – Proceed on sightseeing tour of Colombo - Drive through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point, Drive passed “Pettah” a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL AlfarJumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall. And also visit Gangaramaya Temple - Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 : COLOMBO / DAMBULLA / GIRITALE / POLONNARUWA / GIRITALE
Breakfast at Hotel – Morning leave for Giritale - En route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple - Climb up to the temple, which was donated by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the 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.
Thereafter proceed to Polonnaruwa which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site - Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu’s statue, and the ParakramaSamudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
On completion Check in at Hotel - Rest of the day at leisure - Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 : GIRITALE / SIGIRIYA / KANDY
Breakfast at hotel - Morning proceed to climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres 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. 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. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. On completion leave for Kandy - En route visiting a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Continue to Kandy - Check in at Hotel - In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing - Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5 : KANDY / PINNAWELA / KANDY
Breakfast at hotel - Morning proceed to visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela - This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.
Return to Kandy - En route visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya - This botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Continue to Kandy - Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri WickramaRajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary – Return to Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6 : KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at Hotel - Leave for NuwaraEliya - En route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best Tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Continue to NuwaraEliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. NuwaraEliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia - Check in at Hotel – Evening leave on a sightseeing tour of NuwaraEliya – Drive through "Little England” Return to hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay.
Day 7 : NUWARA ELIYA / UDAWALAWE
Breakfast at hotel - Morning leave for Udawalawe - Check in at Hotel - Afternoon proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Udawalawe National Park - This national park was established in 1972 to protect the catchment area of the Udawalawe reservoir, crucial to the livelihoods of the farmers in the south east dry zone. with the land only recently reverting back from cultivation, the park has some fascinating characteristics that make it well worth a visit. Not least of these is the large elephant population. Udawalawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat year round. Some 400-500 elephants live in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen. The open plains are covered in thick manna grass up to the borders of the large reservoir in the centre and the Walawe river. The park is also covered by some abandoned teak plantation and dense scrub jungle. This variety in habitat makes for a rich variety of wildlife and game. As well as elephants, leopards live in the park (though you will be very lucky to spot one), toque monkeys, grey langur, spotted deer, wild pig and sambar. There are numerous bird species of course and Udawalawe is particularly rich in raptor species, among them the white bellied sea eagle and the crested serpent eagle.
On completion return to the hotel - Rest of the day at leisure - Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8 : UDAWALAWE / RATANAPURA / COLOMBO
Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Colombo with a visit to the Gem Mine and Museum at Ratnapura. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 72 out of the 250 types of precious stones in the world - Check in at Hotel - Rest of the day at leisure - Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9 : COLOMBO / DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Breakfast at hotel – Leave for the Bandaranayake International Airport to connect with the departure flight.
- Return flights from London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines
- 8 nights’ accommodation in standard rooms based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room on BB basis
- Meet& assist Arrival/Departure transfers & Tour as per the Itinerary by air Conditioned Car/Micro with services of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
- Accommodation in Hotels listed or similar on Twin sharing basis
- Meal Plan on Bed/Breakfast Basis & Welcome Dinner on Day 01
- Entrance fees to visit Gangaramaya Temple, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Hakgala Gardens, &Udawalawe National Park (01 Game Drive)
- Private Safari Jeep to visit the Udawalawe National Park.
- Porterage, Service charge & Government tax
- Expenses of a personal nature and tips
- Optional excursions and entrances fees
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above
Airline – Sri Lanka Airlines
London Heathrow to Colombo 21:30 – 12:45
Colombo to London Heathrow 13:05 – 20:00
Please note that your outbound flights are overnight, therefore please bear this in mind when planning the time you'll be away from home for. Please contact us more detail.
(30kg Luggage Allowance is Included)
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