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A wonderful tour showing you the best of Sri Lanka

Spend a day in Colombo and take a private guided tour of the city before heading to the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can watch baby elephants being bottle-fed and having a bath. The orphanage was established in 1975 with just seven orphans; today many of these orphans have their own calves.

Sigiriya, the 5th century rock citadel and World Heritage Site is known as Lion Rock and is reputed to be one of the finest monuments to art and culture in the country. Step through the gigantic lion paws at the foot of the monument to overlook the symmetrical gardens below. Polonnaruwa is a short drive away and was an ancient city blessed with stupas, irrigation canals and fantastically carved sculptures.

Dambulla Rock Temples houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Then visit Matale, an agricultural zone which has provided tea, rubber, vegetables and spices. Stop here for a refreshing cup of herbal tea and sample some spices. Explore the World Heritage Site of Kandy with a private guide including the town itself, the bazaar, an arts and crafts centre, together with a gem museum.

Leave Kandy and drive through scenic tea plantations to the charming town of Newark Eliya, stopping en route to visit one of the plantations and a tea factory. Tour the cool and misty hills to see the lush green blankets of tea on the slopes and see how tea is processed.

Head south to Yala National Park where you have the opportunity to see some of the finest wildlife in Sri Lanka, stopping off at the spectacular Ella Waterfalls. Yala is a protected area of over 120,000 hectares and has one of the world’s largest and densest leopard populations. Explore the park on a morning game drive and look out for elephants, wild boar, spotted deer, crocodiles and jackals.

En route to Bentota, stop at Galle, an unmissable destination in the south of the island. It’s a beautiful city with a fascinating history and plenty to see. Classic architecture blends with a dramatic tropical setting to create a beautiful backdrop to this interesting city. The historic fort area is full of boutique shops and cafes, where you can spend time browsing and wandering. The last stop is Bentota where this tour culminates with seven nights spent relaxing at a beachfront hotel.

Tour Details

  • 14 nights
  • From £2,700pp

Tour Highlights

  • Colombo
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Ancient site of Polonnaruwa
  • World Heritage Site of Sigiriya
  • Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Spice area of Matale
  • World Heritage Site of Kandy
  • Tea plantations
  • Ella Waterfalls
  • Yala National Park
  • Galle city
  • Bentota beaches

Itinerary in brief

  • Colombo x 1 night
  • Habarana x 2 nights
  • Kandy x 1 night
  • Nuwara Eliya x 1 night
  • Yala National Park x 1 night
  • Bentota x 7 nights
  • Negombo x 1 night

Prices include

  • Return economy flights from UK to Sri Lanka
  • Accommodation for 14 nights in standard rooms on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Entrance fees to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Polonnaruwa, Yala National Park and Sigiriya
  • Use of english-speaking chauffeur guide

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart UK

Depart UK and fly to Colombo international airport.

Day 2 – Arrive Colombo and explore the city

Arrive in Colombo, transfer to your hotel then explore the city with a private guide.

Day 3 – Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before transferring inland to the elephant orphanage. Established in 1975 this centre provides you with the opportunity to get up close to the elephants, including calves.

Day 4 – Guided tour of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

Spend the morning exploring Sigiriya with your guide. Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock, is a rock fortress built in the 5th century consisting of 1,200 steps. Then drive to Polonnaruwa to see one of the best planned archeological relic sites in Sri Lanka.

Day 5 – Visit Dambulla caves, Matale and  Kandy

This morning visit the Dambulla cave temples which tower over the surrounding plains and contain ancient statues and paintings then climb the temple with your guide. Then drive south to the old colonial town of Kandy via Matale, the agricultural region famous for its spices. Explore the World Heritage Site of Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lanka before the country was brought under British rule. Visit the town and market, an arts and crafts centre, gem museum and lapidary.

Day 6 – Tea plantations en route to Nuwara Eliya

Drive through the tea plantations and the beautiful slopes blanketed in greenery. Stop for a plantation tour and see how tea is processed. Continue to the charming town of Nuwara Eliya.

Day 7 – Yala National Park

After breakfast, journey to the gates of Yala National Park via the spectacular Ella Waterfalls. Yala is Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife attraction and offers excellent game viewing of elephant, leopard and water buffalo.

Day 8 – Yala National Park

Start the day with an adventurous jeep safari into the Yala National Park. Game drives normally take place at 6am and 3:30pm when the animals come to the waterholes and are more visible. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide/tracker to help you spot as many animals as possible.

Day 9 – Yala National Park, Galle and Bentota

Enjoy a game drive this morning to spot as much wildlife as you can. After lunch begin your journey to Bentota via Galle. Explore Galle fort this afternoon before continuing to Bentota.

Days 10-16 – Beachside relaxation at Bentota

Relax on the beach for the next seven nights or explore locally. The area is very pretty with coconut palm trees dominating the landscape. The waters are usually warm and scuba diving and snorkelling are possible, as well as jet skiing and water skiing. Bentota town has a wide variety of shops selling local handicrafts and semi-precious/precious gems and jewellery.

Day 16 – Leave Sri Lanka and fly home to UK

Leave the hotel this morning and transfer back to Colombo airport in time for your flight to the UK.

Map and travel information

Flight information

Depart UK for Colombo airport in Sri Lanka

 

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