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Treasures of Sri Lanka
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When it comes to popular travel destinations, Sri Lanka has been off the map for far too long. We think we should change that. This two-week trip that showcases the countrys vibrant cities and beautiful beaches with a huge helping of culture and history on the side should convince you. Youll go from exploring ancient ruins and UNESCO sites to spice gardens and tea plantations, and even take safari game drives to see majestic elephants in their natural environment. And with an expert CEO showing you the ins and outs of the country, youll get to see Sri Lanka in a way that other travellers dont.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: History, Local Culture & Cuisine, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 145155
  • Starts: Marawila, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
You will Visit
  • Negombo
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Nalanda Gedige
  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Kandy Museum
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Meda Wadduwa
  • Colombo

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Negombo

Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

02

Day 2: Negombo (1B, 1D)

Fishing is a main export of Sri Lanka and there is nothing better than to go to the seaside and watch the fishermen going about their daily work. Get a closer look at the lives of people living here; see toddy tapping, cultivations, and coconuts being collected by the locals.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Dutch Canal Boat Ride
Fishing Village Walking Tour

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Day 3: Negombo/Sigiriya (1B)

Travel through the countryside to Sigiriya in Dambulla, the central province of Sri Lanka.





Included Activities:
Yapahuwa Fortress Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 156km)

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Day 4: Sigiriya (1B)

Take an excursion to the Sigiriya rock fortress, which dates back more than 5,000 thousand years to the Mesolithic period.

Included Activities:
Sigiriya Rock Fortress Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

05

Day 5: Sigiriya (1B)

Visit the ruins of Polonnaruwa, the second ancient capital city. Its unbelievable beauty will take your breath away. In the afternoon, go on a walking tour of a Sri Lankan village and enjoy lunch prepared by the families of the community.

Included Activities:
Polonnaruwa Ancient Capital Visit
Sri Lanka Village Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle

06

Day 6: Sigiriya/Kandy (1B)

In the morning, visit the Dambulla cave complex - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - as well as the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige. Also visit a batik factory and a herbal centre for demonstrations.

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

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 139km)

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Day 7: Kandy (1B)

In the morning, the CEO will take the group for a stroll around Kandy Lake. Also visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Museum, and take in a cultural performance.

Included Activities:
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour
Royal Botanical Gardens Visit
Kandy National Museum Visit
Kandyan Cultural Dance
Kandy Orientation Walk

08

Day 8: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Nuwara Eliya is a town founded by Sir Samuel Baker, a British officer who explored Lake Albert and the Nile. The town produces the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea and is inhabited mainly by tea planters and plantation workers. The town, also known as 'Little England', offers a lot of options such as nature trails, golfing, and horse riding.

Included Activities:
Tea Plantation Visit
High Tea at the Grand Hotel

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 87km)

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Day 9: Nuwara Eliya/Yala (1B, 1D)

Drive to Buduruwagala and visit this ancient Buddhist temple complex. Continue to Yala National Park and embark on a safari game drive. Famed for its elephants, the park is also home to monkeys, deer, leopards, and wild boars.

Included Activities:
Buduruwagala Temple Visit
Yala National Park Safari

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

10

Day 10: Yala (1B, 1D)

Take a second safari game-drive in Udawalawe National Park to see more elephants as well as jackals and crocodiles.

Included Activities:
Udawalawe Reserve Safari

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Day 11: Yala/Meda Wadduwa (1B)

Visit Weligama and learn about stilt fishing — a tradition founded and practiced in this area. Experience the cultural history of Sri Lanka's south coast at the colonial Galle Fort. Following the tour, head to the beach.

Included Activities:
Stilt Fishing Demonstration
Galle Fort Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)

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Day 12: Meda Wadduwa (1B)

Pristine beaches offer a perfect setting to relax and unwind. Opt to go windsurfing, snorkelling or get an Ayurvedic spa treatment.

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Day 13: Meda Wadduwa/Colombo (1B)

Enjoy the morning at leisure then travel to the capital, Colombo where the CEO will provide an orientation walk of the fort area and Pettah Bazaar.

Included Activities:
Pettah Bazaar Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

14

Day 14: Colombo (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Negombo city and fishing village tour
    • Dutch canal boat ride
    • Dambulla Cave Temple visit
    • Tour Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Yapahuwa fortress, and the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa
    • Nature walk and Village tour with local lunch
    • Visit Nalanda Gedige Temple ruins
    • Visit a spice garden and batik factory
    • Temple of the Tooth guided tour
    • Visit the Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens and the Kandy Museum
    • Cultural dance performance
    • Visit a tea plantation and have High Tea at the Grand Hotel
    • Visit Buduruwagala Temple complex
    • Safari game drives in Uda Walawe and Yala National Parks
    • Galle Fort tour and stilt fishing demonstration
    • Colombo city tour
    Accommodation
    • Comfort Hotel/Resorts (13 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private A/C van/minibus, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ruins and archaeological sites with local experts
  • Taste local flavours at a village meal
  • Gain insight into colonial history at a tea plantation and partake in "high tea"
  • Search out elephants on safari in National Parks
  • Stare in awe at the stilt fishermen in Galle
  • Relax after busy days at comfortable hotels and resorts