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Enjoy a city tour of Kandy aboard a Tuk Tuk
Includes return economy airfares

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Explore Dambulla Rock Temple and ancient Polonnaruwa, visit iconic Sigiriya Rock and meet the elephants at Pinnawala Orphanage

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Take a scenic train ride through waterfalls and tea plantations from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala
  • Discover the Udawalawe National Park, home to the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants
  • Enjoy a city tour of Kandy aboard a Tuk Tuk

Holiday Type

Beach
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Wildlife & Nature
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Culture
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What's included
  • International and internal flights
  • 11 nights 4 star hotels and hand-picked local gems
  • 11 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Transport: All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All listed tours and activities
  • Escorted by an English speaking national guide for group 6 or more or professional chauffeur guide for groups of 5 or less
Need to know
  • Entrance Fees of USD $140-$160 payable in location
  • Visa may be required. Please check with your consultant or relevant embassie
  • Please note that the 22nd August 2015 departure of this tour will be in Kandy for its most famous festival - Esala Perahera, also known as The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the Kandy Festival.
Your route

Itinerary

Day 1
Colombo

Colombo

Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure - choose to head out and explore, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a cocktail whilst you watch the perfect sunset over the Laccodive Sea.

Day 2
Dambulla & Polonnaruwa

Dambulla & Polonnaruwa

This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. After exploring this ancient site we continue on to Polonnaruwa. This fascinating 11th century city is home to many interesting ruins and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. Polonnaruwa was once the capital and is also the second most ancient city in Sri Lanka. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Day 3
Sigiriya, village visit & Spice Gardens

Sigiriya, village visit & Spice Gardens

Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. It can be viewed from miles around and is definitely one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and famous sites. You’ll be able to view the world famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens which stand in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. Next you will take a jeep ride and short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala. Here, we try our hand at preparing a meal of curry, dahl, spiced rice, pickle and more in the mud brick home of a local family. En route to Kandy we stop off at a spice garden in Matale, to see the different herbs and spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, you will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Arriving to Kandy, you will attend a cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan music and dance.

Day 4
Temple of the Tooth & Pinnawala Elephants

Temple of the Tooth & Pinnawala Elephants

Our first stop will be the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Legend has it that one of Buddha's teeth was taken from him as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was then smuggled into Sri Lanka in 313AD. It now attracts daily pilgrims who come bearing lotus flowers and frangipani. After driving around the Kandy Lake - built by the last Sinhala king, visiting the local bazaar and a gem museum you will take a Tuk Tuk ride up into the surrounding hills. This afternoon you will visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where we meet some of the 78 elephants in their care. Some of these elephants were abandoned as babies, others born in the facility and unable to return to the wild and a few with disability - one elephant is blind. Today's highlight will be to watch the herd bathe uninhabited in the nearby river. Before returning to Kandy you will stop at the Geragama Tea Factory manufacturing 'Low Grown' and 'Long Leaf' tea.

Day 5
Nuwara Eliya & Tea Plantation

Nuwara Eliya & Tea Plantation

Passing kilometre upon kilometre of verdant tea plantations that hug the winding mountain passes, you will see waterfalls, suspension bridges and tea pickers on our journey up to Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Opt to sit outside, within the open viewing section of the carriage for uninterrupted views of the magnificent landscape. Upon arrival the tour will embark on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya - an area known locally as 'Little England'.

Day 6
Udawalawe NP Jeep Safari

Udawalawe NP Jeep Safari

Udawalawe is probably one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants in the wild. It is thought that there are around 400 elephants here. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, the cheeky Langur monkey and lots of types of deer. You will take an afternoon game drive here before returning to the hotel for the night. 

Day 7
Gem Mine & Colombo City Tour

Gem Mine & Colombo City Tour

Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 40 out of the 85 types of gems that exist in the world. Arriving to Colombo, the tour will commence a city tour seeing the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. The group will explore the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. You will see the somewhat unusual Gangarama Temple and take a stroll along Galle Face Green, a popular spot for kite flying and games of cricket.

Day 8
Lazy days by the beach in Bentota

Lazy days by the beach in Bentota

Transfer to your accommodation with the rest of the day at leisure.

Days 9-11
Beach, pool & sunset cocktails

Beach, pool & sunset cocktails

Nestled on the Indian Ocean coast with warm crystal clear waters, Bentota offers visitors a whole host of watersports from snorkelling and scuba diving, to waterskiing and surfing – the choice is yours. Indulge in a glass of Toddy – a local coconut flavoured tipple, head to the spa and opt for an Ayurveda treatment the area is famous for, or simply while away the days on the beach cocktail in hand. 

Day 12
Colombo

Colombo

Departure transfer to Colombo airport for your onward international flight. 

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