Jewels of Sri Lanka Tour

Prices from £1,299pp for 7 nights including flights and transfers

Tour route

  • Dambulla: 2 nights
  • Kandy: 2 nights
  • Yala: 2 nights
  • Mount Lavinia: 1 night

Trip Highlights

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • City tours of Kandy and Galle
  • Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Tea Factory and Plantation
  • Safari through Yala National Park

OVERVIEW OF TOUR

Our 9 day, 7 night tour allows you to experience the beautiful interior of Sri Lanka, exploring the delights of Dambulla, Sigiriya Rock and the colonial cities of Kandy and Galle. Visit ancient temples of past civilisations, wonder at the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, meet the elephants at the Pinnawala Orphanage and take a safari through Yala National Park.

Tour Dates:

2019

17 Jan, 31 Jan, 07 Feb, 21 Feb, 14 Mar, 21 Mar, 28 Mar, 11 Apr, 25 Apr, 16 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 22 Aug, 05 Sep, 19 Sep, 03 Oct, 31 Oct, 07 Nov, 21 Nov

Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on most tour dates for single use where no single supplement will need to be paid. But hurry, these spaces are limited and subject to availability. If however once all the places are sold out and you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

Private Tours

If the group tour departure dates and not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience than you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Yala National Park

Please note that Yala National Park may close during September. If this does occur, the safari will take place at the Udawalawe Game Park which is located approximately 50 miles inland from Yala National Park with appropriate accommodation.

Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay4 nights from £289pp

Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay4 nights from £439pp

See the Highlights of Kerala 5 nights from £469pp

Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay4 nights from £749pp

Prices from £1,299 per person for 7 nights including flights and transfers.

Tour itinerary may be subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Colombo to Dambulla

On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla with the rest of your evening at leisure. Dinner

Day 2: Dambulla
Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the ‘Lion Rock’, it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander round the Gal Vihare, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Dambulla to Kandy
After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon – Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Kandy
Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see young elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Kandy to Yala
Leaving Kandy you will stop in Giragama to visit a tea plantation before continuing to Nuwara Eliya where you will participate in a walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka’s striking scenery to your hotel near Yala. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Yala
The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Yala to Mount Lavinia
Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reined the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. This 200 year old hotel was once the Governor’s Residence when Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was under British rule. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Colombo to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Is this the right tour for you?

This is the tour for you if you are looking for an affordable, comprehensive short tour of Sri Lanka visiting the main sights of the Cultural Triangle, the tea plantations, Yala National Park and the colonial town of Galle whilst staying in comfortable 3-4* hotels.