Sri Lanka: The Enchanted Island

Day 1 & Day 2

Take an overnight flight from the UK to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines and on arrival you are transferred to your hotel for one night.

Day 3

After breakfast you travel to Dambulla for a 3 night stay.

Day 4

In the morning you are driven to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's former capital for 1,400 years. The city contains famous Buddhist shrines and relics and following your tour you will travel to Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Day 5

Today you visit the sacred rock fortress town of Sigiriya then continue to the ancient 11th century capital of Polonnaruwa.

Day 6

After breakfast you will travel to Dambulla, home of Asia's most impressive cave temples. Travel onwards to Kandy for your two night stay. This afternoon you have a city tour and this evening enjoy a traditional Kandyan dance performance and visit the Temple of the Tooth.

Day 7

Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful man made lake and the area has a rich and varied plant life. This morning you will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens and the afternoon is free.

Day 8

This morning is an early start travelling to Nuwara Eliya hill station via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres above sea level, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in the 18th century and their legacy is still visible. You check in to your hotel for 2 nights.

Day 9

This morning you travel to Sri Lanka's highest plateau, Horton Plains, where a 2.5 hour trek allows you to see the local inhabitants including monkeys and sambar deer. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 10

Travel to Ella and enjoy the finest view in Sri Lanka, Ella Gap. Visit the Rawana Ella Falls before arriving in Yala for a 2 night stay.

Day 11

Yala National Park covers 1300 square kilometres encompassing a diversity of jungle habitats including scrub, brackish lagoons and riverside locations. On this mornings safari you have the chance to see elephants, leopards, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild pigs, jackals, marsh crocodiles and a great variety of bird life.

Day 12

On your drive to Ahungalla you will make a stop in Galle for a city tour. You will have a 2 night stay.

Day 13

Day at leisure

Day 14 & 15

Transfer to Colombo for your return overnight flight to the UK. 

You may also wish to extend your stay at the beach at Bentota.

Departures

Various dates are available in 2018 & 2019 from £1775 per person. Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice.

What's included?

  • 4 & 5 star accommodation
  • Flights from the UK with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicles
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Wildlife safari & national park entrance fees

What's not included?

  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visa
  • Optional gratuities

 

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Tracey StrandEscorted, Asia