Cascading waterfalls, mist-shrouded mountains, stunning coastline, wild elephants, rolling tea plantations, and quaint hilltop villages - these are just some of the wonders of this enchanting small country.
Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka 15 Days
Day 1 – Australia to Colombo to Negombo
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Colombo where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Stay one night in Negombo.
Day 2 – Colombo – Pinnawela – Dambulla
After breakfast proceed to Pinnawela to visit the Elephant Orphanage. Established in 1975, it cares for orphaned elephants and runs a successful captive breeding program. Proceed to Sigiriya and its 5th century rock fortress, a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens ring the base of the rock. Continue on to the Dambulla region.
Stay two nights in Dambulla. (B)
Day 3- Polonnaruwa and Minneiya National Park
Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the second capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and also a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and splendid statues of the Buddha. Next stop is Minneiya for a jeep safari in the National Park. The wetlands are home to wild elephants and many species of flora and fauna. (B)
Day 4 – Dambulla – Trincomalee
Continue north-east from Kandalama to coastal Trincomalee, spending a leisurely afternoon at your unique resort.
Stay two nights in Trincomalee. (B)
Day 5 – Trincomalee
Tour the port city of Trincomalee, built on a peninsula dividing inner and outer harbours. Its sheltered waters make it accessible to all types of crafts in all weathers and its beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. The city also has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. (B)
Day 6 – Trincomalee – Kandy
Travel inland to Kandy in the foothills of the central highlands, visiting en-route Dambulla rock temple and a spice garden in Matale and learn about how the fragrant spices are grown and processed.
Stay two nights in Kandy. (B)
Day 7 – Kandy
In culturally rich Kandy drive around the lake built by the last Sinhala king in 1798, and visit the bazaar, arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and see a cultural show. (B)
Day 8 – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Visit Peradeniya botanical garden, first built as a pleasure garden for a king, and now covering 147 acres. Stop at a tea plantation for a tour and to observe the tea making process before tasting a cup of pure Ceylon tea. Travel on to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya which has a distinctly English village style.
Stay two nights in Nuwara Eliya. (B)
Day 9 – Horton Plains excursion
An excursion to Horton Plains is included today. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. The unique feature of Horton Plains is “World’s End”, considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. The park shelters animals such as samburs, leopards, bears, monkeys and lizards and a variety of birds. (B)
Day 10 – Nuwara Eliya – Yala
Travel to Yala National Park for a safari by jeep. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka, believed to have the world’s highest concentration of leopards, and home to wild elephants, boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found there.
Stay one night in Yala. (B)
Day 11 – Yala – Galle – Hikkaduwa
Travel to the southwest coast to visit the walled city of Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon. Influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and British can be found in the architecture and fortifications of the city. The area is well known for its hand made lace. (If you’d like to stay longer in Galle, or any other places in Sri Lanka, ask InterAsia to tailor an itinerary for you. You can either stay in Galle, or travel along the coast to the resort area of Hikkaduwa for some seaside rest and relaxation.)
Stay two nights in Hikkaduwa. (B)
Day 12 – Hikkaduwa
Day at leisure. (B)
Day 13 – Hikkaduwa – Colombo
After breakfast proceed to Colombo. Like many capital cities in developing countries, Colombo is fast changing its face, yet in parts the old world charm is retained. You will see the 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Visit the Pettah bazaar for bargain shopping, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, and residential areas of stately homes.
Stay one night in Colombo. (B)
Day 14 – Depart Colombo
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Day 15 – Arrive Australia
- Make a Booking
- Departure Dates and Prices
Season Twin Share ex Aust Twin Share Land Only Single supp. 3* & 4* HOTELS 01May-31Oct16 $3593 $3179 $1360 01Nov-19Dec16, 11Jan-30Apr17 $3987 $3573 $1291 20Dec16-10Jan17 $4105 $3692 $1400 4* & 4.5* HOTELS 01May-31Oct16 $4263 $3849 $1922 01Nov-19Dec16, 11Jan-30Apr17 $4608 $4194 $1853 20Dec16-10Jan17 $4992 $4579 $2129
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- International air travel with Singapore Airlines, economy class, ex Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth (based on N class fare)
- 13 nights hotel accommodation
- 13 breakfasts
- All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
- InterAsia travel bag
- International air taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $840 and subject to change – actual amount at time of ticket issue will apply.
HOTELS – as listed below or similar
3* & 4* Hotels
Negombo – Jetwing Sea Hotel
Dambulla region – Aliya Resort & Spa
Trincomalee – Trinco Blu By Cinnamon
Kandy – Earls Regent Kandy Hotel
Nuwara Eliya – Araliya Green Hills Hotel
Yala – Elephant Reach Hotel
Hikkaduwa – Citrus Hikkaduwa
Colombo – Ozo Colombo
4* & 4.5* Hotels
Negombo – Jetwing Blue Hotel
Dambulla region – Heritance Kandalama
Trincomalee – Trinco Blu By Cinnamon
Kandy – Earls Regency Hotel
Nuwara Eliya – Grand Hotel
Yala – Cinnamon Wild
Hikkaduwa – Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon
Colombo – Kingsbury Hotel
Depart any day. Minimum of 2 people.
Accommodation surcharges may apply for travel Christmas/New Year, mid July and August.
• Spice gardens and tea plantations
• Jeep safari in leopard country at Yala National Park
• See Dutch, Portuguese and British influence in the architecture
• Seaside leisure near Galle