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 Sensational Sri Lanka

 Holiday Length: 12 days
 Start City: Colombo
 End City: Colombo
 Departures: Daily

 SELECT & MIX Private Holiday - choice of 3 experiences

Explore the incredible richness of Sri Lanka – the island Marco Polo described as a "Pearl in the Indian Ocean" – with its ancient kingdoms submerged into lush vegetation, exceptional wildlife and palm-fringed golden beaches lapped by azure waters. This memorable holiday includes it all: culture history, but also wildlife with a safari in Yala National Park. Extra nights in Galle and Kandy for some time at leisure ensures it remains easy paced holiday with plenty of time to relax. 


Day 1
  Colombo - Negombo (35 km)
    Upon arrival meet, greet, assist and transfer you to hotel in Negombo.
     
Day 2
  Negombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya 100km (B)
    Drive to Sigiriya. Stop en route to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which rescues and provides protection to many of the wild baby elephants found in the forests of Sri Lanka. The orphanage also places great emphasis on breeding and ongoing research.  Continue to Sigiriya for your overnight stay.
     
Day 3
  Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya 100km (B)
    This morning climb up to the summit of the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which dominates the surrounding landscape. Also known as "The Fortress in the Sky" it offers breathtaking views over endless rolling and verdant hills. Later, continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu, and visit the former capital's royal buildings and Buddhist shrines.
     
Day 4
  Sigiriya -Dambulla - Kandy 100km (B)
    This morning drive to the Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as 'The Golden Temple".  This pilgrimage site is the largest and best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka and contains numerous statues and images of Buddha, including a colossal reclining Buddha.  Continue to Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth with its octagonal shape and golden room - also home to palm-leaf transcripts with a history dating back to 1687. 
    Select & Mix experience:
+ Attend a colourful and acrobatic Kandyan performance

     
Day 5
  Kandy
    Free time today to relax or opt for one of the Select & Mix experiences.
    + Explore the Peradeniya botanical Garden and its famous Orchid House
+ Kandy shopping tour - with a driver at your disposal for a half day

     
Day 6
  Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (B)
    Morning drive to Peradeniya to board your tour train to Nanu Oya with its beautiful views of the lush rolling tea plantations dotted by the colourful saris of the Tamil women working there.  Later stop at a local tea factory to learn about the manufacturing process and sample a cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
     
Day 7
  Nuwara Eliya - Ella Gap - Tissamaharama 145 km (B)
    Today drive to Tissamaharama stopping en route at the Ella Gap – a spectacular sight in the southern mountains where the land falls to a dizzying drop of 3000 ft into the southern sea.  Overnight in Tissamaharama, gateway to Yala National Park. (B)
     
Day 8
  Yala National Park - Weligama - Galle (B)
    This morning depart for a Jeep safari in Yala National Park, home of the sloth bear and Asia's densest population of the elusive leopard.  Other highlights include the herd of wild elephants and birdlife in abundance, as well as wild boar, buffalo, deer and crocodiles. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle.  The abundant water supply from water holes, streams, small lakes and lagoons ensure animals and bird life remain in the park.
Later journey along the picturesque south coast to the fishing village of Weligama where you can observe the local fishermen going about their daily routines.  In chest-deep water just a few meters off-shore you will see the stilt fishermen, perched on a cross bar off a single pole planted into the sea-bed.  This is a common method of fishing amongst locals in this area.  Continue to Galle for overnight. (B)

     
Day 9
  Galle
    Morning tour of the fortified port city of Galle. Classified as a UNESCO Word Heritage Site, Galle is a veritable colonial gem - initially built by the Portuguese, expanded by the Dutch and later the British. Visit the Fort and the Old Dutch Church. Afternoon at leisure to walk along the ramparts and soak up the atmosphere of this charming town.
    Select & Mix experience:
+ Walking tour of Galle Fort with a renowned guide known as the Galle Fort Storyteller

     
Day 10
  Galle (B)
    Today is a day at leisure to relax or to opt for one of the Select & Mix experiences. (B)
    + Take a hands on cooking class followed by lunch or dinner in a coastal village near Galle
+ Galle countryside cycle tour (great for families)

     
Day 11
  Galle - Colombo 125 km (B)
    Drive to Colombo. Sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka's effervescent capital. Drive through the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, and the Cinnamon Gardens.  Visit Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison; Sea Street - the Goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah and the bazaar.
    Select & Mix experience
+ Take an evening street food tour of Colombo
     
Day 12
  Colombo departure (B)
    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
     

INCLUSIONS






  • Private air conditioned transfers and transportation
• Jeep safari in Yala National Park (non private)
• Accommodation in your choice of tourist, first of deluxe class hotels
• Professional private English speaking local guides
• Scenic train ticket Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
• Private sightseeing, activities, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary
Select & mix: Your choice of 3 options (included in the price)

Pick any 3 of these experiences to personalise your holiday (included at no extra cost)

 

     
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