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Jewels of Sri Lanka

Duration
14 Days
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US$ 3,059

Explore the wonders on Sri Lanka on this South Asian vacation. Passing from Sigiriya to Kandy to the capital, Colombo, you’ll explore ancient Buddhist ruins, explore verdant national parks, and experience the incredible cultural sights of this island nation.


This 14-day Sri Lanka vacation showcases the highlights of the island nation, taking you from beachside idylls to urban bustle and sprawling national parks.

Your Sri Lanka vacation begins in Seeduwa, an ocean-side suburb of the beach town of Negombo. Negombo is close to Bandaranaike International Airport, so it’s the perfect spot to find your bearings alongside friendly locals and get acquainted with the island’s mixture of European and island cultures. From Seeduwa, head to Sigiriya, the massive rock that’s perhaps the country’s most iconic sight. Jutting out of a misty rainforest, Sigiriya is known for its steep walls and plateau crowned by ancient ruins. The unknown nature of the ruins gives the rock an air of mystery, so climb the steep staircases and explore the ruins for yourself. Perhaps you’ll be the one to solve the mystery. Regardless of whether you do, you’ll enjoy breathtaking sights of the surrounding countryside from the plateau.

Continue your Sri Lanka vacation in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s renowned for its Buddhist archaeological sites and fascinating rituals and ceremonies. In nearby Polonnarwua, you’ll visit hundreds of temple ruins and tombs that are remnants of the royal city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa that controlled the region for 800 years. Be sure to visit the Quadrangle, a spectacular Buddhist enclosure, while you’re here.
Head south to Kandy, where you’ll get a taste for the ordinary rhythms of Sri Lankan life. The city combines urban bustle with ancients Buddhist sites, so you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied here. Although often wet, the city is gorgeous rain or shine, due to its picturesque location next to Kandy Lake. Visit the Temple of the Tooth to see a sacred tooth relic of the Buddha himself, Siddhartha Gautama, before strolling the lakeshore to take in the city’s beauty. In nearby Haputale, you can experience the Tamil culture of the country and visit the picturesque tea estates that surround the city.

Head to the coast to visit Tissamaharama, known as Tissa to the locals, and your gateway city to the incredible national parks nearby. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Yala National Park, the country’s most famous nature reserve. The park stretches over 1,200 square kilometres of plains, forests, and lagoons. While it can get busy during peak season, the crowds are worth braving for a chance to see monkeys, elephants, and buffalo, and to take in the natural beauty that surrounds you on all sides here.

Head west to Galle along the coast, an old Dutch trading port that has since become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is famous for its gorgeous colonial buildings, mosques, churches, and mansions, although you’ll also find plenty of cutting-edge style here, with its mix of boutique hotels, cafes, and restaurants. The Fort, which is surrounded by ocean on three sides and was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, is the chief attraction here. But the whole city adds up to be the most charming spot in southern Sri Lanka.

Close out your Sri Lanka vacation in the capital, Colombo. Once hailed as the “Garden City of the East,” Colombo has diminished a bit on the world stage since then, but it’s in the process of revitalization. The city continues to restore its colonial architecture and add urban charm to the sprawl that grows as the population does. The cultural conflux between East and West is what lends Colombo a lot of charm. A walking tour will show off the city’s landmarks, from the Colombo National Museum to Viharamahadevi Park where you’ll find a giant statue of the Buddha. Be sure to savour some local food and hit up the popular shopping malls before heading to the airport for your flight home.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,059

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Day 1

Seeduwa

Welcome to Sri Lanka. Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (the country's only international airport), you'll be met and transferred to your hotel close to Negombo, which is situated north of Colombo. Your airport representative will be waiting in the arrival hall, located after passing through the customs area. Please look out for the signboard with your surname on it. A welcome meeting with your trip leader will take place at around 6 pm, so check with reception or the noticeboard for details. Although Colombo is the commercial capital and by far the largest city in Sri Lanka, it's still relatively small. You won't be staying in the capital itself, but in a place by the beach. If you have time, you can hire a bike here to explore the town or simply relax on the beach.

Duration1 Night
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The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo

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    The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden Colombo


    Nestled amidst a 38-acre coconut plantation bordering the tranquil Negombo Lagoon, The Gateway Hotel, Airport Garden, is a haven of spacious comforts and top amenities. True to its name, the hotel is situated in Seeduwa - Katunayake, conveniently close to the airport and other regional ...

    Nestled amidst a 38-acre coconut plantation bordering the tranquil Negombo Lagoon, The Gateway Hotel, Airport Garden, is a haven of spacious comforts and top amenities. True to its name, the hotel is situated in Seeduwa - Katunayake, conveniently close to the airport and other regional attractions. Much like the city of Colombo, the hotel is the perfect blend of comfort and vibrancy. With 110 aesthetically designed rooms including suites and up-to-date business facilities, The Gateway Hotel, Airport Garden, is the ideal spot for the business and leisure traveller alike.

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    • Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Sigiriya

After breakfast this morning, head to the fish market in Negombo. This can be quite an intense affair, but seeing the variety of fish being presented by the locals is a great experience. Afterwards, venture out in a private vehicle (approximately 4.5 hours) to the ancient city of Sigiriya. En route, stop at a coconut plantation, where you'll be able to see these tropical fruit in their perfect habitats. In the evening, head out for one of the highlights of any visit to Sri Lanka, a visit to the magnificent palace of Sigiriya (Lion Rock). This dramatic rocky outcrop, rising from the surrounding plains is topped by a ruined palace. It's a good workout to climb to the top, but well worth the effort. The visit to Lion Rock takes around 3.5 hrs. Start late afternoon, reaching the lion paw in around an hour and a half. On the way visit the water garden, boulder garden, Sigiriya Frescos and the mirror wall. After the Lion Paw its a steep climb with plenty of steps and walkways along the side of the rock. This part of the climb takes around 30 minutes. Those not wanting to go to the top can rest at the lion paw until the rest of the group return.

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Duration3 Nights
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Aliya Resort and Spa

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    Aliya Resort and Spa


    Nestled among the lush greenery of rolling fields, decades-old indigenous trees and chena growth of the dry zone of the Central Province, Aliya Resort and Spa invites you to relax and unwind, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. 'Aliya' means elephant in ...

    Nestled among the lush greenery of rolling fields, decades-old indigenous trees and chena growth of the dry zone of the Central Province, Aliya Resort and Spa invites you to relax and unwind, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. 'Aliya' means elephant in Sinhala, and the resort pays homage to this revered Sri Lankan animal in some of its decor. The property gives the distinct feel of living in a village but with all the modern facilities required for a comfortable and idyllic stay. Amenities include an infinity pool that lines up with a breathtaking view of Sigiriya Rock.

    Facilities

    • Badminton Court
    • Conference Facilities
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Night Club
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Sun Terrace

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Day 3

Anuradhapura

Drive to Anuradhapura in a private vehicle after breakfast this morning (approximately 1.5 hours). The sacred city of Anuradhapura is one of the main shrines of Buddhism in the country. Join a local guide and take a walk through intricate monuments and amazing architecture. While here you witness the famous sacred fig tree, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Also see Isurumuniya, a beautiful Buddhist temple nearby. After your visit to this ancient city, head back to Sigiriya. Your evening is then free to do as you wish.

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Day 4

Polonnaruwa

After breakfast, journey by private vehicle out to another of the area's ancient landmarks in Polonnaruwa (approximately 1.5 hours each way). There are plenty of temples, tombs and stupas to discover, as well as the spectacular Quadrangle. Today you also sit down to enjoy high tea in Dambulla. Later in the afternoon, head back to Sigiriya where you can have an optional ayurvedic massage.

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Day 5

Kandy

Make the short drive to Dambulla Caves Temple this morning and explore this magnificent cave complex. The World Heritage-listed monastery has been a pilgrimage site for 22 centuries and for good reason. In the afternoon, venture out in your private vehicle to Kandy (approximately 2.5 hours). You'll also visit a spice garden in Matale on the way. On arrival, check in to your hotel and head out to explore.

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Duration2 Nights
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OZO Kandy Sri Lanka

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    OZO Kandy Sri Lanka



    OZO Kandy Sri Lanka is a contemporary hotel offering cozy rooms inspired by Sri Lankan charm. Facilities include a rooftop lounge, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. Kandy's main attractions are only minutes away.

    OZO Kandy Sri Lanka is a contemporary hotel offering cozy rooms inspired by Sri Lankan charm. Facilities include a rooftop lounge, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. Kandy's main attractions are only minutes away.

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Day 6

Kandy

While this city is the second largest in the country and capital of the central hill regions, it's very much a peaceful and attractive place. In the morning, take a guided tour of the Royal Botanical Garden with a botanist. These gardens are world class, and the largest botanical gardens in the country. As well as 300 species of orchids, there are a number of bird species in the park, including the Yellow Fronted Barbet, Layards Parakeet, Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot and Brown Capped Babbler. Next, pay a visit to the gem museum and lapidary in Kandy. Finally, in the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa). Located in the heart of town, this is the most important shrine in the country, housing a relic of a tooth of Buddha taken from his funeral pyre.

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Day 7

Haputale

Say farewell to Kandy after breakfast and take the scenic train ride to Haputale (approximately 5 hours). Perched on a mountain ridge overlooking lush green countryside, this town offers many a photo opportunity. On arrival, check in to your accommodation and head out to explore your surrounds. Or simply soak up the views from the swimming pool and pristine lawns at your resort.

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Duration2 Nights
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Melheim Haputale

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    Melheim Haputale


    This boutique resort is surrounded by the hills of Haputale, accompanied by cloudy forests and beautiful tea plantations. Amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna. The Resort is nothing less than ever lasting memories, luxuries comfort; perfect dining that naturally awakens your taste ...

    This boutique resort is surrounded by the hills of Haputale, accompanied by cloudy forests and beautiful tea plantations. Amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

    The Resort is nothing less than ever lasting memories, luxuries comfort; perfect dining that naturally awakens your taste buds while being lost among the greeneries and the pleasant atmosphere Melheim Haputale has to offer.

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    • Garden
    • Hot Tub
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Terrace

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Day 8

Haputale

Venture out this morning after breakfast and walk to a nearby tea plantation and factory. In the afternoon, you'll sit down for lunch at a local planter's bungalow, before having the rest of the day free to relax.

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Day 9

Tissamaharama - Yala National Park

Transfer to Tissamaharama (known colloquially as Tissa). On the way there, make a stop at a beautiful small town in the highlands, Ella. Here, visit Ella Gap which offers beautiful vistas out across the plains. In the evening, head to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's premier wildlife reserve. Here you board a 4x4 and embark on a safari. There's a good chance of spotting crocodiles, elephants, monkeys and buffaloes. When it's all over, retire to your resort to relax and unwind. Each September the Wildlife Conservation Department of Sri Lanka close Yala National Park for the development of infrastructure as well as for plant and wildlife rejuvination. We instead visit the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe, followed by a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is home to wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards.

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Duration2 Nights
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Kithala Resort

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    Kithala Resort



    Surrounded by vast paddy fields and a plethora of natural beauty, the Kithala Resort is a true piece of haven as one explores the magnificence of Southern Sri Lanka. Inspired by the scores of exotic birds one encounters at the hotel and the area is ...

    Surrounded by vast paddy fields and a plethora of natural beauty, the Kithala Resort is a true piece of haven as one explores the magnificence of Southern Sri Lanka. Inspired by the scores of exotic birds one encounters at the hotel and the area is home to, the resort was named Kithala or the Purple Coot.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Business Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free Parking
    • Garden
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Room Service
    • Swimming Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 10

Tissamaharama - Yala National Park

Visit Kataragama Temple in the morning to see the shrine that's dedicated to Kataragama Deviyo (resident god). In the evening, enjoy another safari in Yala National Park. Perhaps take the chance to do some birdwatching; Yala is home to some 215 bird species, including the Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Painted Stork and Crimson-fronted Barbet. If Yala is closed today, the group will visit Veheragala National Park instead.

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Day 11

Galle

Transfer to Galle, a beautiful seaside town near Sri Lanka's southermost tip. Settle into your comfortable resort, and perhaps stretch your legs with a stroll around a town considered the best preserved colonial town in Sri Lanka. At its core is a Dutch-built fort surrounded on three sides by the ocean but there's a trove of ancient mosques and churches, museums, boutiques and more. Between the months of November to April, whale watching is also a possibility in this area. If you have time in the day, pay a visit to the Handunugoda white tea plantation for a lesson in history and process.

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Duration2 Nights
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Lady Hill Hotel

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    Lady Hill Hotel



    Nestled atop the highest point of the ancient port city of Galle sits the Lady Hill Hotel, where you will be overwhelmed by the breathtaking and panoramic "Bird's Eye View" of the lush green countryside stretching from the tea covered slopes of the Southern foothills ...

    Nestled atop the highest point of the ancient port city of Galle sits the Lady Hill Hotel, where you will be overwhelmed by the breathtaking and panoramic "Bird's Eye View" of the lush green countryside stretching from the tea covered slopes of the Southern foothills all the way down to merge with the brilliant blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

    Located in close proximity to the city's pulsating heart and to some of the best beaches in the Island, yet secluded enough to offer a measure of tranquility and serenity, that the discerning traveler eagerly looks forward to after a weary bout of sightseeing and exploration. Thereby, adhering to the watchwords "Lose yourself in the Experience and not in the Crowd".

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    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 12

Galle

The morning and afternoon are yours to explore this charming town. Wander through the newer parts of Galle to experience a slightly moe hectic way of life that the fort. In the evening you will take a guided walk through town before enjoying a traditional Sri Lankan roti dinner.

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Day 13

Colombo

An afternoon transfer from Galle will leave enough time for you to take a guided tour of Sri Lanka's capital city. A spicy mix races, religions and cultures. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a laid-back ambiance. After your walking tour head out for a final dinner with your group, or perhaps check out the city's nightlife.

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Duration1 Night
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OZO Colombo

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    OZO Colombo


    OZO Colombo offers cozy yet contemporary rooms complete with Sri Lankan charm. Amenities include a rooftop pool and lounge, fitness centre and free WiFi. Set on the nice side of quiet, the hotel was closed enough to the city centre, yet far enough to get ...

    OZO Colombo offers cozy yet contemporary rooms complete with Sri Lankan charm. Amenities include a rooftop pool and lounge, fitness centre and free WiFi.

    Set on the nice side of quiet, the hotel was closed enough to the city centre, yet far enough to get away. Located a couple minutes from Galle Road and an hour's drive from Bandaranaike International Airport, OZO Colombo that 'just right' hotel in Colombo you're looking for, the place that feels like home when you're away.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Rooftop Pool

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Day 14

Colombo

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Jan 7, 21; Mar 18, 25; Apr 1, 22; May 20; Jun 10; Aug 12; Sep 9, 16, 23; Oct 14, 21; Nov 18; Dec 2, 9

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • One lunch
  • Transportation in private van, taxi or auto-rickshaw
  • Activities and sightseeing as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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