Sri Lanka Discovered Tour

Sri Lanka Discovered Tour

This fascinating and comprehensive private tour gives an all-round picture of the beautiful island of Serendipity, taking in scenery, nature, culture and archaeology. You visit the medieval city of Polonnaruwa, the 5th century Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy before heading to the tea plantations at Nuwara Eliya. You have time to explore the natural wonders of Ella, the nearby Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, and the famous Yala National Park before ending your trip with a few days relaxing on the beach at Beruwala.

flights - white International flights

transfers - grey Transfers and Tour included

nights-white  10 days / 9 nights

from £1,585 per person

(based on 2 sharing)

Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO – HABARANA – POLONNARUWA – HIRIWADUNA – SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA – MATALE – KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA – ELLA – UDAWALAWE ELEPHANT REHABILITATION CENTRE– YALA NATIONAL PARK – BERUWALA

DAY 1: ARRIVAL/COLOMBO
You are met by our representative at Bandaranaike International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. In the afternoon you proceed on a sightseeing tour of Colombo, the trade and commercial capital that has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan.

Overnight Ramada Colombo (Standard Room) or similar.

DAY 2: COLOMBO / HABARANA / POLONNARUWA / HABARANA
After breakfast at the hotel, you leave for Habarana where you check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa. This medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama. The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving.
Overnight Habarana Village by Cinnamon (Superior Room) or similar.

DAY 3: HABARANA / HIRIWADUNA / SIGIRIYA / HABARANA
After an early breakfast you set out on a nature trek to visit the village of Hiriwadunna. Shaded on either side by dry zone shrub forest, the dusty gravel path leads the visitor to an indigo reservoir which displays a stunning contrast of colours. Also you can take a catamaran ride across the reservoir where a chena farmer’s modest home awaits in a setting that takes you back a few decades. Here you enjoy a black Ceylonese tea brewed by the farmer’s wife. Experience the simple pleasures of village-life as you walk across the chena cultivations and through the nearby woods.

In the evening you proceed to visit Sigiriya. If you are feeling energetic, you can ascend the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a World Heritage Site, built by King Kashyapa. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Overnight Habarana Village by Cinnamon (Superior Room) or similar.

DAY 4: HABARANA / DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY
After breakfast at the hotel, you leave for Kandy. En route you visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, donated by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha, of which the largest is the figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres. After Dambulla you proceed to a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, for which Sri Lanka is famous. Here you can see how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Your journey continues to Kandy where you check in to your hotel. In the evening you visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight 4* Cinnamon Citadel (Superior Room) or similar

DAY 5: KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA / ELLA
Today you leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route you visit a Tea plantation and a Tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You are told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. From here you proceed to Ella where you check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight 98 Acres (Superior Room) or similar

DAY 6: ELLA
After breakfast, you take the lovely walk to Little Adam’s Peak. Ella is blessed with some of the most beautiful views in Sri Lanka. Sights include the Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak and Bambaragala Peak among other stunning scenery. The Ravana Ella was named after the demon ruler of Sri Lanka, Ravana, who is the main antagonist in the renowned epic Ramayana. It is believed that he hid Sita whom he kidnapped in India, in the caves situated behind the falls. In the afternoon, you experience an authentic cooking demonstration at the hotel.
Overnight 98 Acres (Superior Room) or similar

DAY 7: ELLA / UDAWALAWE / YALA
After breakfast at the hotel, you visit the the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, a facility bordering Udawalawe National Park that was established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation with the assistance of the Born Free foundation. Its primary objective is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for ultimate release back into the wild. The feeding times are 0900hrs, 1200hrs and 1500hrs and at these times they can be watched from the viewing platform for about twenty minutes while they are fed. The rest of the time they spend, out of view of people, in preparation for their return to the wild when they are about four years old. Afterwards you depart for Yala National Park to check in to your hotel.
Overnight Mandara Rosen (Standard Room) or similar

DAY 8: YALA / BERUWALA
You rise early to enjoy a jeep safari in Yala National Park. Yala, Sri Lanka’s most well-known National Park is renowned for elephant, leopard, bear, crocodile and wild boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly give way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. From the jungle, you head to Beruwala for your beach stay.
Overnight Cinnamon Bey Cinnamon (Superior Room) or similar.

DAY 9: BERUWALA
After breakfast at the hotel, you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight Cinnamon Bey Cinnamon (Superior Room) or similar.

DAY 10: BERUWALA / DEPARTURE TRANSFER
After breakfast at the hotel, you enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or leave for the airport to connect with your departure flight.

• International flights
• ATOL protection
• Meet and assist Arrival / Departure transfers & tour as per the itinerary by air-conditioned Car/Micro Bus with services of an English Speaking driver guide.
• Meal Plan on Bed and Breakfast Basis.
• Hotel accommodation in hotels listed or similar on double/ twin Sharing Basis
• Entrance fees:- Hiriwaduna Village Trek, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy Temple, Cultural Dance, Elephant Transit Home, Yala National Park (01 Game Ride)
• Private Jeeps to visit the Yala National Park.
• Hotel Service charges, VAT & Government tax.

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