Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour
SRI LANKA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Join other Solo Travellers on this amazing 9-day Highlights of Sri Lanka tour. Spot Sri Lankan wildlife on safari at the Yala National Park, expect to see Indian elephants, wild boar and if you’re really lucky, perhaps even a leopard. Visit the ancient city of Sigiriya and climb to the top of the magnificent Lion’s Rock for incredible views of the area. Be stunned by the scenery in Kandy, home to the ‘Temple of the Tooth’, where it is believed the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha is enshrined. Spend two nights in Polonnaruwa and explore the ancient cave temples of Dambulla. Take the train journey of a lifetime through Nuwara Eliya’s tea plantations, enjoying the beautiful scenery as you travel. And finally, unwind on the relaxing beaches of Mirissa, an area well known for it’s whale watching at certain times of year. Still relatively untouched by tourism, now is the time to discover the spectacularly exotic island of Sri Lanka.
Take one of the most scenic train journeys in the world through Nuwara Eliya
Spot leopards, elephants and buffalo on safari in Yala National Park
Relax on the beautiful southern beaches of Mirissa
Discover the Kandy and one of Buddhisms most sacred shrines; the Temple of the Tooth
Day 1 – Arrive Colombo
Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, proceed to your hotel for check-in. Dinner will be arranged for the evening. Overnight in Colombo.
Day 2 – Colombo / Dambulla / Polonnaruwa
After breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to Polonnaruwa. En route, you will visit the Dambulla Cave Temples which date back to the 2nd century. There are over 80 caves in Dambulla, some of which are used for meditation by monks. When you reach Polonnaruwa, you will be given a cooking demonstration in a local village house. Overnight in Polonnaruwa.
Day 3 – Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
Today you will explore Polonnaruwa by bicycle. This ancient city dates back to the 12th century and is a great example of Sri Lankan architecture of that time. During your bike ride you will visit the exciting site of Gal Viharaya, huge stone monoliths of the lord Buddha in sitting, standing and reclining positions. In the afternoon, you will climb Lion’s Rock, considered the eighth wonder of the world, for spectacular views over Sigiriya. Overnight in Polonnaruwa.
Day 4 – Polonnaruwa / Matale / Kandy
After breakfast, you will be travelling to the cultural centre of the Sri Lanka, Kandy. Surrounded by hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, this beautiful area is a UNESCO World Heritage city, great for souvenir shopping and learning about the areas rich history and culture. In the afternoon, you will visit the ‘Temple of the Tooth’, where the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha is enshrined. In the evening, witness a colourful Kandyan dance performance at a local theatre. Overnight in Kandy.
Day 5 – Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, take a stroll in the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, and its best-known attraction, the Orchid House, which houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids. The Mahaweli River, Sri Lanka’s longest river, surrounds the garden making it extra beautiful. In the afternoon, you will be taking one of the most scenic train journeys in Sri Lanka to Nuwara Eliya. This area is considered one of the most important locations for tea cultivation and is well known for its cooler climate. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 6 – Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Tissamaharama
After breakfast, depart Nuwara Eliya and journey to Ella, Sri Lanka’s most beautiful village. Ella’s main claim to fame is its’ viewpoint, from where you can see down through the tea plantations as far as the south coast on a clear day. From here you will drive to Tissamaharama, for a late afternoon jeep safari in the Yala National Park. Inside the park you can expect to see wild boar, elephants, leopards, deer, peacocks and many more animals. Overnight in Tissamaharama.
Day 7 – Tissamaharama / Mirissa
After breakfast at the hotel you will be travelling to Mirissa. In the afternoon, you will visit Galle Fort, which was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 and maintains a polished appearance due to extensive reconstruction work by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Overnight in Mirissa.
Day 8 – Mirissa
Today will be a free day, spent at your leisure. There is also the option to go whale watching today (available November – April), starting at 6am and spending between 3-5 hours at sea. Overnight in Mirissa.
Day 9 – Mirissa / Depart Colombo
After breakfast, you will have the rest of the day at leisure until your international flight departure.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE SRI LANKA TOUR
- 8x nights in 3-star hotels based on sharing a twin room with breakfast
- English speaking local guide during tours
- Entrance fees
- Cookery demonstration
- Train ticket from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
- Yala National Park entrance and jeep hire
- All transportation for sightseeing excursions with A/C vehicles
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Sri Lanka tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Flights are not included in the cost of this trip and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with booking.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Cultural / Natural Wonder / Beach
Group Size Between 12 – 14
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Rupees / Spending £20 and upwards per day
Hosts A local guide will be your point of contact for this trip.
Clothing Sri Lanka is affected by two separate monsoons, meaning the weather can be great on one side of the island, and not so great on the other. Generally the best time to visit is between December and March. The humidity is consistently high throughout the year so you’ll need to pack for summer, but with a raincoat just in case. Long sleeved tops and trousers will help protect from mosquito bites, and as ever, you’ll need comfortable walking shoes.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse at least 8 weeks before departure and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations.
Single Supplement £299
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Sri Lanka before your departure date.
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