Sri Lanka in Depth 18 Days

Sri Lanka in DepthSri Lanka in Depth 18 Days

The National Parks of Sri Lanka are a feature of this tour. Walk along centuries old animal trails, see jungle farming, explore lost kingdoms, World Heritage Sites and coastal ports.


 
Colombo • Anuradhapura • Sigiriya • Kandy • Nuwara Eliya • Gal Oya • Yala • Galle
 
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 – Arrive Colombo
    Arrive Colombo airport and meet your driver-guide for the transfer to your hotel. Stay two nights at Taru Villas Lake Lodge in Colombo.

    Day 2 – Colombo
    Morning at leisure. Like in many capital cities, a building boom is changing the skyline of Colombo, yet in parts the old world charm is retained. On a tour this afternoon see the old clock tower, visit Pettah Bazaar, Hindu and Buddhist temples and see stately homes. (B)

    Day 3 – Colombo – Wilpattu – Anuradhapura
    Travel by road to Wilpattu National Park. Begin your wildlife experience with a sunset safari on the lookout for nocturnal animals such as the loris, night jars and civet cats. Continue on to Anuradhapura, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Stay three nights at Hotel Heladiv. (B)

    Day 4 – Anuradhapura
    On a tour this morning see Ruwanweliseya Stupa, Thuparama Dagoba and the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree grown from a branch of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree in India under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

    Day 5 – Wilpattu National Park
    Meet a jungle farmer on the edge of the Wilpattu National Park and learn of his experience farming in the wild. Enter the park for a daytime safari. (B)

    Day 6 – Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya
    Drive to Sigiriya and en route visit Polonnaruwa, a World Heritage ancient capital. See ruins of the Royal Palace, temples and splendid statues of Buddha. Stay three nights at Kassapa Lions Rock Hotel in Sigiriya. (B)

    Day 7 – Sigiriya
    Rise early for a boating bird-trail. Glide across the placid lake, watching for aquatic birds amongst the lily pads, to the base of the stunning Sigiriya Rock. Climb the steps of the 200 meter rock, once the seat of an ancient Sinhala King. (B)

    Day 8 – Minneiya National Park
    This morning travel to Minneiya National Park. A park naturalist will take you on a trek along the river and introduce you to a jungle farmer and his dry zone farming techniques. After lunch, join a safari drive to view herds of Asian elephants in nearby parks. (B,L)

    Day 9 – Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy
    Travel by road to Kandy in the foothills of the central highlands. Visit Dambulla Rock Temple en route. Also stop at a garden in Matale where spices are grown and processed. In Kandy see the lake, visit the bazaar, arts and crafts centre, a gem museum, a lapidary, the Temple of the Tooth Relic and see a cultural show. Stay two nights at Earl’s Regent Hotel in Kandy. (B)

    Day 10 – Kandy
    Visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden and tour a tea plantation before tasting a cup of pure Ceylon tea. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

    Day 11 – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
    Ride a scenic train from Peredeniya to Nanu Oya then transfer to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya. Balance of the day at leisure in this English style village. Stay two nights at Araliya Green Hills Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. (B)

    Day 12 – Horton Plains
    Visit Horton Plains, an expanse of grassland with scraggy trees and icy rivulets. See the view from ” World’s End” atop a high escarpment. The park shelters animals such as samburs, leopards, bears, monkeys and lizards. (B)

    Day 13 – Nuwara Eliya – Gal Oya
    Travel by road to Moneragala then board a boat to cruise the vast Senanayake Samudraya dam in Gal Oya National Park, dotted with tiny islands and home to many water birds. Stay one night at Gal Oya Lodge. (B,L,D)

    Day 14 – Gal Oya National Park – Tissamaharama
    Wake at dawn for a jungle bushwalk with a community based guide and a jungle farmer who will share insights into wild animal calls, animal prints, rare birds and traditional knowledge of local medicinal plants. Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling on to Tissamaharama this afternoon. Stay two nights at Kithala Resort in Tissamaharama, near Yala National Park. (B,L)

    Day 15 – Yala National Park
    Morning at leisure. In the afternoon join a group safari in this large park, best known for its variety of wild animals, including elephants and leopards. (B)

    Day 16 – Tissamaharama – Galle
    Drive to the port city of Galle, stopping to witness stilt fishermen along the coast. Enjoy a walking tour of Galle Fort. Influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and British can be found in the architecture and fortifications. Stay two nights at Mango House in Galle Fort. (B)

    Day 17 – Galle
    Day at leisure. (B)

    Day 18 – Galle – Colombo Airport
    Time at leisure until transfer to Colombo Airport for exit flight. (B)

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  • Tour Prices
    Season Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    Jan – Oct 2018 $4072 $5981 $6670
    Nov 2018 – Oct 2020 $4479 $6577 $7344

    Prices are per person, in Australian dollars, valid to Oct 2020. Please confirm prices when booking.

  • Price Includes:

    Price Includes:

    • 17 nights hotel accommodation
    • 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    • All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees

     

    Price Excludes:

    • Gratuities

     

    Depart any day. Surcharges may apply for travel at Christmas/New Year and for Kandy Perahera in July/August.

 

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Sri Lanka in Depth 18 Days
 

Highlights

• Variety of wildlife viewing opportunities
• Dramatic Sigiriya Rock on the central plains
• Leisure time to wander in unmissable Galle Fort

 

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