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Discover Sri Lanka

Take 11 unforgettable days to discover the exceptional island country of Sri Lanka. Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and find your own peace at the unusual Dambulla Cave Temple a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Experience a unique part of the world so few travellers get to.


Duration: 11 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155177
Starts: Colombo, Sri Lanka Finishes: Marawila, Sri Lanka
You will Visit
  • Colombo
  • Marawila

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Colombo

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Additional Notes:
Arrive at any time and enjoy your day. Please meet your CEO in the hotel lobby at 6:15PM for the welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer

02

Day 2: Colombo/Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Discover Colombo on a city tour including the Fort and Pettah areas. Travel through scenic mountains to the tea-producing town of Nuwara Eliya, stopping in Kitulgala en route. Opt for a rafting excursion on the Kelani River.

Included Activities:
City Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Enjoy a picnic breakfast and hike in Horton Plains National Park. Head back to Nuwara Eliya and indulge in high tea at the historic Grand Hotel. This evening, embark on a tuk-tuk ride and visit the town centre and market.

Additional Notes:
The trek this morning is strenuous - If you are not interested in hiking, feel free to stay at the hotel and relax this morning.

Included Activities:
Horton Plains Trek
High Tea at the Grand Hotel
Nuwara Eliya Tuk-tuk Tour

Transport:
There is a 1 hour drive each way to Horton Plains.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya/Elkaduwa (1B, 1D)

Travel to Kandy, stopping at a Ceylon tea plantation en route to learn about the production process. Enjoy a tour around the city and lake, with a guided visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Included Activities:
Tea Plantation Visit
Kandy Orientation Walk
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 25km)

05

Day 5: Elkaduwa (1B, 1D)

Set out for a hiking excursion in the Knuckles mountain range, following trails through lush forest past villages and tea plantations. Later, take in a lecture and demonstration on Ayurveda by an expert local practitioner. Enjoy another night at the lodge.

Additional Notes:
If you are not interested in hiking, feel free to stay at the hotel and relax this morning.

Included Activities:
Knuckles Mountain Range Trek
Understanding Ayurveda

06

Day 6: Elkaduwa/Dambulla (1B)

Pay a morning visit to a spice garden in Matale before arriving at the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige – home to a unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture and imagery. Continue on to the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple and admire ancient Buddhist murals and statues.

Included Activities:
Spice Garden Excursion
Nalanda Gedige Visit
Dambulla Cave Temple Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 85km)

07

Day 7: Dambulla (1B, 1L)

Visit the CIC Hingurakgoda farm and learn how this “seed-to-shelf” business is bringing together modern and traditional agricultural practices. Purchase local ingredients and head to a small farmhouse for lunch. Get to know the family and help prepare the meal, while getting an inside look at traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. After lunch, head to Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress and climb the steps to the top of this captivating site to discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views.

Included Activities:
Farm Visit and Local Lunch
Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

08

Day 8: Dambulla/Anuradhapura (1B)

Travel north to Wilpattu National Park, known for its leopard population. Explore the park by jeep and meet with a knowledgeable forest ranger to learn about conservation efforts and the issues of human encroachment on wildlife reserves. Continue to Anuradhapura for the night.

Included Activities:
Wilpattu Safari and Talk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle

09

Day 9: Anuradhapura/Marawila (1B, 1D)

Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries. Later, travel south to coastal Marawila.

Included Activities:
Anuradhapura Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

10

Day 10: Marawila (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.

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Day 11: Marawila (1B)

Hotel check out is at 12:00pm. Your CEO can assist you with arranging an easy transfer to Colombo or the International airport.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Colombo city tour
    • Picnic and hike in Horton Plains National Park
    • High tea at the Grand Hotel
    • Evening tuk tuk tour of Nuwara Eliya village
    • Kandy city tour and Ceylon tea plantation visit
    • Temple of the Tooth guided tour
    • Hiking excursion in Knuckles mountains range
    • Expert lecture and demonstration on Ayurveda
    • Visit a Matale spice garden
    • Visit Nalanda Gedige Temple ruins
    • Dambulla cave temple visit
    • Farming project visit and traditional farmhouse meal
    • Tour the Sigiriya rock fortress
    • Ranger-guided Wilpattu National Park jeep safari and conservation talk
    • Tour of Anuradhapura ruins and monasteries
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel/Resorts (10 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, boat, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ruins and archaeological sites with local experts
  • Take in a lecture on Ayurvedic medicine by a local practitioner
  • Search out leopards at Wilpattu National Park
  • Enjoy "high tea" at the historic Grand Hotel
  • Help a farming family prepare lunch with local ingredients and flavours