Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour

The ‘Serendipity Island’ offers countless natural and historical treasures, with temples and fortresses emerging from a lush verdant landscape. Visit some of the holiest places in Buddhist culture, the Rock Temple at Dambulla to the iconic Temple of the Sacred Tooth in the colonial city of Kandy. Experience the friendliness of Sri Lanka’s delightful people and the flavours of its delicious cuisine on this unforgettable tour.

Tour route

UK – Colombo – Waikkal – Dambulla – Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Kandy – Pinnawala – UK

Prices from £999 pp

Highlights

  • Enter the iconic cave temples of Dambulla and witness the stunning statues and murals of Buddha
  • See the awe-inspiring ruins of the Sigiriya Rock citadel, the summit palace, and fortress built 1,500 years ago
  • Discover the archaeological treasures of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO heritage site
  • Take a tour of delightful Kandy and visit the sacred Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Immerse yourself in the floral beauty and diversity of Peradeniya’s Royal Botanical Gardens, home to over 4,000 species of plants
  • Get a close-up look at the larger-than-life residents of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

 

Tour Dates:
2019
03 Jun, 09 Sep, 07 Oct, 21 Oct, 04 Nov

2020
13 Jan, 10 Feb, 09 Mar, 20 Apr, 11 May, 18 May, 01 June, 07 Sep, 21 Sep, 19 Oct, 16 Nov

Prices from £999 per person for 6 nights including flights and transfers.

Tour itineraries may be subject to change.

Included in the Price

• Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
• Scheduled Flights from the UK.
• All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
• Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
• All airport taxes and security charges.

Extend your tour with a visit to Yala National Park Stay 2 nights from £299pp

Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay 4 nights from £339pp

Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay 4 nights from £439pp

Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay 4 nights from £789pp or stay 7 nights from £1119pp

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Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Colombo

Depart London for your scheduled overnight flight direct to Colombo

Day 2 Colombo to Waikkal

On arrival in Colombo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Waikkal for a welcome dinner.
• Dinner

Day 3 Waikkal to Dambulla

Leave for Dambulla, visiting the iconic cave temple complex, dating back to the 1st century BC. The five caves contain some 150 stunning Buddha statues and exquisite wall paintings. Gilded and embellished by former kings of Sri Lanka, the murals of the ‘Golden Rock’ cover an impressive 2100 square meters, centred around a fifteen-meter-high reclining Buddha hewn straight out of the cave wall. Continue on to your hotel in Dambulla for a relaxing afternoon.
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

After an early breakfast take a drive to the most revered site, the Sigiriya Rock. On the flat summit of this immense rock are the ruins of the ancient palace and fortress citadel built 1,500 years ago. Stroll through some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and step through the gigantic lion claws, the sole remains of the vast brick lion that gave the rock its name. Continue to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the island’s ancient former capital and now a UNESCO world heritage site. The city’s Archaeological Park and gardens contain a well-preserved collection of statues and other carvings to enjoy.
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Dambulla to Kandy

Kandy, last capital of the ancient kings’ era, is the gateway to Sri Lanka’s lush central highlands and tea plantations. The palaces and parks built by the Sri Lankan monarchs rub shoulders with fine British colonial architecture created after the handover in 1815. The last of those monarchs designed the beautiful Kandy Lake, adjacent to Kandy’s ‘crown jewel’, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist world. Check in to your hotel in the evening.
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Kandy

After breakfast visit the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Peradeniya. Home to over 4,000 species of plants these stunning gardens were once the exclusive reserve of Sri Lankan royalty. Later, travel to see the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. While the revered relic stays inside a golden casket, you can join the white-robed devotees as they make their offerings and prayers. Afterwards, be entertained by a cultural show, before returning to your hotel for the evening.
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Kandy to Colombo via Pinnawala

After breakfast leave Kandy and head for the famous Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala, founded in 1975 to look after the growing number of orphaned elephants abandoned in Sri Lankan forest. Experience these wonderful creatures at close quarters as you learn about the important work this centre does. On completion, continue on to Colombo for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. Immerse yourself in the old-world ambience of this magnificent building, built over 200 years ago as the Governor’s residence. A suitable setting for your farewell dinner.
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Colombo to UK, or on to Extension

After breakfast transfer to Colombo International Airport for departure to the UK or onwards to your Extension.
• Breakfast