Sri Lanka
15 Days / 14 Nights

Sri Lanka in Depth STARTING FROM £2,499

Colombo City (3nt) & Cultural Triagle (3nt) & Kandy (2nts) & Hill Country (2nts) & Wild Yala (1nt) & Beach (3nts)

  • Polonnaruwa - one of the undisputed highlights of the Cultural Triangle
  • Royal Rock Temple in Dambulla (one of the ancient Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka)
  • The Kataragama Devale is one of the most important pilgrimage sites
  • The Temple of the Holy Tooth Relic of the Buddha in Kandy
  • Horton Plains - the highest plateau of Sri Lanka
  • The Yala National Park (mainly famous for its leopards)
  • Galle Town & Galle Fort

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 : 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 3 : 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 Alfar Jumma 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 4 : COLOMBO / KELANIYA / DEHIWELA / COLOMBO
Breakfast at hotel - Leave for Kelaniya and visit the "Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara", graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka.

Return to Colombo and drive to Dehiwela to witness the Zoological Gardens - Also visit a Hindu temple - On completion return to the hotel - Rest of the Day at leisure –Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 5 : COLOMBO / ANURADHAPURA
Breakfast at hotel - Leave for Anuradhapura visiting Dambadeniya, capital of the island after the fall of Polonnaruwa in the 13th century. Its principal surviving ruins are a two-story Dalada Maligawa temple and the dagoba revered by the locals for the 60 corporeal relics of the Buddha it is said to contain.

Also visit Panduwasnuwara, featuring a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele, and Yapahuwa, a rock fortress - the stone ruins of the steps are reminiscently Cambodian - Check in at Hotel - Rest of the Day at leisure – Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6 : ANURADHAPURA
Breakfast at hotel - Proceed on a sightseeing tour of "Anuradhapura", which was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka. It is the home of two World Heritage sites. visit many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) isthe most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect ‘bubble shape” that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. ‘Samadhi’ Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of ‘Samadhi’ or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings of ‘The Lovers’. Kuttam Pokuna - twin ponds (6th century AD) was used by the Buddhist monks as a bathing pool. Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha.

Return to hotel - Rest of the Day at leisure –Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 7 : ANURDHAPURA/ DAMBULLA / GIRITALE / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA
Breakfast at hotel - Proceed to visit the Aukana Buddha statue which is undoubtedly the most magnificent preserved image on the island. The 5th century statue, ascribed to King Dhatusena, is 13 meters high.

Thereafter continue to Dambulla - 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.

Check in at Hotel – Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of 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 Parakrama Samudraya 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. Return to hotel or overnight stay.

Day 8 : HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / KANDY
Breakfast at hotel - Morning proceed to Sigiriya - 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 inermost 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.

Leave for Kandy - En route visit 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 9 : 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.

Thereafter proceed to visit the ruined temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya and Lankatilleke.

Return to Kandy, en route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens - 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.

Do a city tour of 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 Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.

On completion return to the hotel - Rest of the day at leisure - Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 :
DAY 10 KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA Breakfast at hotel - Leave for Nuwara Eliya - 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 Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya including the Hakgala Gardens – Drive through "Little England " Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11 :
DAY 11 NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA Breakfast at hotel - Proceed on a nature walk to Horton Plains - The coldest and windiest location in Sri Lanka consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th July 2010. The escarpment with a depth of 900 meters called World’s End and Baker’s Falls are the highlights of the Horton Plains. On completion return to the hotel - Rest of the day at leisure to explore the vicinity - Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12 : NUWARA ELIYA / YALA
Breakfast at hotel - Leave for Yala, en route visiting the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala.

On completion continue to Yala - Proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Yala National Park - This park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world. You are also sure to see elephants – grumpy loan males during the dry months and large herds in the wet season. Sloth bears are also a big draw. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. There is a plethora of reptilian species and platoons of crocodiles. It is also one of the few places in the world where the severely endangered black necked stork can still be seen. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat, dense jungles suddenly gives way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. Huge, stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock.

On completion - Check in at Hotel – Rest of the day at leisure - Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13 : YALA / BUNDALA / GALLE / KALUTARA
Breakfast at hotel - Morning proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Bundala National Park - This park falls within the southeastern arid zone of Sri Lanka, with a general climate that can be classified as hot and dry. The terrain is generally flat with sand dunes bordering the coastline, and vegetation consists mainly of dry thorny scrublands and lagoons. A total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the park, including 6 endemics and 7 species considered as nationally threatened. It is also home to 32 different species of mammals, 5 of which are classified as threatened. For keen birdwatchers, the complex wetland system harbours a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. This has led to the declaration of the park as Sri Lanka’s first ‘Ramsar’ wetland – one of great international importance especially for migratory waterfowl.

On completion leave for Kalutara visiting Galle - The Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, and then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.

On completion continue to Kalutara - Check in at Hotel - Rest of the day at leisure - Overnight stay at the hotel.
 

Day 14 : KALUTARA
Breakfast at Hotel – Day at leisure in the Beach – Overnight stay at Hotel
(Vehicle not at disposal)

Day 15 : KALUTARA / DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Breakfast at hotel – Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.

  • Return flights from/to London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in leading room category 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 - (Except Welcome Dinner on Day 01 & Avani Kalutara on Half Board basis).
  • Entrance fees to visit: - Colombo National Museum, Kelaniya Temple, Zoological Gardens, Dambadeniya, Padeniya, Arankele, Yapahuwa, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Aukena, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Temple of the Tooth, Royal Botanical Gards, Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage, Embekka Temple, Gadaladwniya Temple, Lankathila Viharaya, Hakgala Gardens, Horton Plains, Buduruwagala, Yala National Park (01 Game Drive) & Bundala National Park (01 Game Drive)
  • Private Safari Jeep to visit Yala & Bundala National Parks.
  • Porterage, Service charge & Government tax.

  • Visa entry
  • Expenses of a personal nature and tips
  • Optional excursions and entrances fees
  • Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above

Classic Luxury

Royal Palms Beach Hotel - Kalutara

Stylish and elegant resort on the sandy beaches of Kalutara Beach features rooms with a contemporary design, spacious landscaped gardens and a wide range of dining options.

Taj Samudra Colombo

Deluxe hotel with a good choice of facilities, landscaped gardens and a strategic location to explore Colombo city.

Cinnamon Lodge - Habarana

The Cinnamon Lodge is located in the town of Habarana in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle of Kandy-Anuradhapura-Polonnaruwa. The hotel is approx. 3 hrs from Colombo airport.

Mahaveli Reach Hotel

Stylish hotel with unique location offers warm hospitality, personal level of service and a choice of facilities. 

Flights are based on economy class seats with Sri Lankan Airlines, operating daily flights from London Heathrow. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in or choose your seat. Flight Upgrades & Supplements:
Business class – luggage allowance 40kgs; each seat is electronically operated with an adjustable footrest, headrest, and lumbar-support, and own reading lamp.

Alternative Airports & Airlines:
Oman Air (to Colombo via Muscat) – flight from London Heathrow. Regional departures: from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast via London Heathrow.
Etihad Airways (to Colombo via Abu Dhabi) – flights from London Heathrow and Manchester. Regional departures: from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Belfast via London Heathrow or Manchester.
Emirates (to Colombo via Dubai) - flights from six regional airports London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, and Glasgow.

Classic Luxury

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