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Best of Sri Lanka
Best of Sri Lanka 09 Days / 08 Nights
fr £ 1529* pp
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The 9-day tour of Sri Lanka presents a brilliant chance at discovering the country’s glorious past and its promising future. You will visit some of the best cultural and historical attractions serving as reminders of magnificent ancient royal kingdoms of Sri Lanka and learn about progressive science and arts systems prevalent. You will discover popular religious Hindu and Buddhist sites that stand testament to religious beliefs of locals. The tour will also lead you to some of the most stunning natural attractions, including lush tea plantations, beautiful elephant sanctuaries and inviting gardens. A chance to meet with locals and learn about their life will present itself as well.
Tour At a Glance
- Explore an array of significant cultural and religious attractions at the ancient city of Sigiriya
- Marvel at the stunning ruins of Polonnaruwa, complete with ancient temples, sculptures, statues as well as meet with gentle denizens of jungle –the elephants at Minneriya National Park
- Discover the stunning paintings of the Dambulla Rock Temple as well as the 150 statues of Lord Buddha
- Roam around the Kandy City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and take in sights and smells of bustling bazaars, arts & crafts centers, as well as local museums
- Tour code: STSL16
- Accommodation Grade
- Private Tour
Day 1Colombo - Minuwangoda
Our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you in transferring to Minuwangoda. Check in at the hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure. Read More
Day 2Minuwangoda - Sigiriya
Post breakfast, leave for Sigiriya, an ancient city rising dramatically from the Central Plains. Explore the 5th century rock citadel built by King Kasyapa. Marvel at the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ overlooking the stunning symmetrical royal gardens below. Discover the Lion Rock, resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' and covered by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in the Ajanta caves of India. Walk to the 'mirror wall' to the Western front of the citadel covered with creative graffiti. Stop by the museum and learn about the life as lived in kingdoms of yesteryear. Know about the design of castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto the summit with an ingenious hydraulic system, described as a colossal masterpiece of the great king. Overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya. Read More
Day 3Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya
After breakfast, visit the ruins of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of King Parakramabahu and find remnants of ancient culture & heritage. Walking amongst the ruins will lead you to ancient stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures as well as Watadage, an ancient relic house boasting stunning stone carvings. Next you will see the Galviharaya, famous for its huge Buddhist statues. The swaying pillars of Nissankamalla Council Chamber are utterly impressive and serve as astounding reminders of refined aesthetics of a powerful kingdom. Marvel at the beauty of Parakrama Samudraya (sea of Parakramabahu) next, a shallow reservoir considered a masterpiece of irrigation. Next on your agenda is the visit to Minneriya National Park, a beautiful elephant sanctuary spread over 8800 hectares. In addition to the largest gathering of elephants (about 300), Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife. You will park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and walk to watch the elephants walking on the grass covered banks, a beautiful sight. Return to Sigiriya in the evening for overnight stay. Read More
Day 4Sigiriya – Dambulla - Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Dambulla and visit the Rock Fortress. Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique paintings. The walls sheltering 150 statues of Lord Buddha also boast paintings with exquisite beauty. Don’t miss the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold, a significant attraction. You have the option of taking a half day excursion to Pindurangala at an additional cost, starting in the early half of the day. Pidurangala Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pidurangala village of Matale District, Sri Lanka. The temple was constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, located a few kilometers north of the historical fort of Sigiriya. Overnight stay at the Kandy. Read More
After breakfast, spend the
morning at leisure. You can sign up for an early day excursion from the one of the two options available at an additional cost - visit to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens or a cycling trek to Hanthana for a local cooking demo.
The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens were built as pleasure gardens for the royalty and were later beautified by the British. Spread over 147 acres, the gardens consist of well-tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory and a magnificently landscaped lush green turf where calm prevails. Check out the cafeteria towards the north of the entrance for refreshments and later move on to discover the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree, one of the major highlights of the gardens.
The cycling tour will start at the attractive Ceylon Tea Museum. While cycling, you will soak in panoramic views of the Hanthana Tea Plantations and homes of traditional estate workers. Stop and be part of tea plucking and tea plant developing projects on your way. Meet a plantation worker at their home and learn about the simple life style of estate workers, most of who were brought from South India in the 19th Century by the British to work on the tea plantations. Take the demonstration on the cooking of ‘Wade’, a famous Tamil snack and when it is prepared, wash it down with freshly brewed Ceylon Tea.
Later in the evening, you will go for a city tour of Kandy and explore multitude of historical and cultural attractions at this World Heritage Site. Start with the crown jewel of the city, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha before you go on to discover other popular attractions at this lakeside town. These include Kandy City Centre, bazaars, an art & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. The Kandy Market is an excellent place to see how locals shop and eat. The freshness of fruits and vegetables in the market is very pleasing to eyes. End the day by watching a cultural show, featuring traditional music & drumming. Overnight Stay at the Kandy. Read More
Days 6-8Kandy - Balapitiya
After breakfast, proceed to Balapitiya. Check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the chic and refined Kumu Beach, sitting on Sri Lanka’s spectacular sunset coast. Your stay at one of the ten sea-facing rooms will be marked by luxury, style, character, warm hospitality and mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean. Overnight stay at Kumu Beach. Read More
Day 9Balapitiya - Colombo Departure
Post breakfast, transfer to Colombo International Airport for your onward journey with sweet memories. Read More
The Wallawwa HotelKotugoda
Water Garden SigiriyaSigiriya
The Kandy HouseKandy
The Wallawwa HotelKotugoda
The Wallawwa Hotel is situated near the airport, in Kotugoda, this luxury hotel is in the same region as St.Mary's Church, Negombo Beach, and St. Sebastian's Church. Regional attractions also include Negombo Fish Market.More info
Water Garden SigiriyaSigiriya
Welcome to Water Garden Sigiriya where luxury meets nature surrounded by lakes & water streams. Located in Sigiriya, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Sigiriya Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sigiriya Archaeological Site.More info
The Kandy HouseKandy
The Kandy House sits on 6 acres in a quiet village area close to Kandy. Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is 4.4 kilometer from the property. The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport, 89 km from the prMore info
The west coast of Sri Lanka is sprinkled with numerous photo-worthy beaches yet Balapitiya’s boulder-scattered stretch of sand feels relatively untouched. Shaded beneath swaying coconut palms, Balapitiya’s long swathe of sandMore info
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Accommodation in standard rooms at hotels specified or of similar standard.
- Meals on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park ( 01 Safari).
- Service of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- Departure transfer from Kumu Beach Balapitiya to Airport.
- Water bottle of 500ml per person per day.
- Entrance fees to Sigiriya Entrance, Minneriya National Park (1 x game drive), Kandy Temple, Cultural Show, Polonnaruwa.
What's not Included?
- International flights.
- Entrance fees to sites not specified above.
- Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Supplements chargeable £79 for the period from 4 Feb to 12 Feb and 15 Apr to 22 Apr.
- Christmas and New Year’s eve supplements at hotels.
- Any services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.
- Visitors of both genders have to cover the body appropriately when visiting religious places. Avoid shorts and sleeveless tops at all religious sites.
- Visitors should remove hats, caps, shoes and slippers when entering buildings and sites with religious monuments. Most of these places have a secure facility at the entrance for visitors to leave behind shoes and slippers for a very small fee.
- Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.