Classic Sri Lanka

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  • Arrival/departure transfer & sightseeing with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tours as per programme
  • Services of English speaking local guides for sightseeing as per above program
  • Entrance fees to monuments
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Day 1: Colombo – Nogombo

Arrive in Colombo and transfer to hotel in Negombo (38Kms) day at leisure. Overnight Negombo (Meals: No Meals)

Day 2: Negombo – Habarana (149.5Kms)

After breakfast we leave for Habarana and en-route we visit the caves of Dambulla. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Habarana (Meals: No Meals)

Day 3: Habarana Polonnaruwa (46Kms)

This morning after breakfast we set off for Polonnaruwa, an ancient city and a worthy showcase of the great ancient Sri Lankan architecture dating back to 12th Century AD, with its many Buddhist monasteries and monuments built by King Parakramabahu 1. Many well-preserved sites are scattered around this ancient city, notable is the Gal Viharaya which boasts huge stone monoliths of the lord Buddha, in a sitting, standing and reclining positions as well as the Thupaaramaya Image house. We will journey through a local village, passing paddy fields appreciating the simplicity of local life, and we will enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by a local family before returning to Habarana. Overnight Habarana (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 4: Habarana – Sigiriya – Kandy (94.1Kms)

This morning again after breakfast drive to Sigiriya, a World Heritage Site “and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky”, which is perhaps the most wonderous site on the island. Known also as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that once stood at the entrance to King Kashyapa’s ancient palace, set at the summit of the 600ft high rock. We continue to Kandy and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Kandy (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 5: Kandy

The hill capital and another World Heritage Site, and as Sri Lanka is well known for spices and for Buddhist all around the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites and home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. We stroll through the Peradeniya royal botanical Gardens which are surrounded by the Mahaweli river, Sri Lanka’s longest river which completes an ambience of peace and tranquility. The Orchid House takes centre stage as it showcases more than 300 varieties of orchids, and the spice garden introduces various trees and plants used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Late afternoon we can enjoy a cultural show complete with traditional dances and fire walking. Overnight in Kandy (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 6: Kandy – Ella

After breakfast, we are off to Peradeniya railway station to board our train for Ella and the journey takes around 5 hours. Ella is an extraordinary place of natural beauty and spectacular scenery and of course, entwined in the Indian epic Ramayana, the love triangle story of Sita, Rama and Ravana. The imposing backdrop of Ella Rock, endless green hills, waterfalls, the Ravana falls which are very popular, are only some of the remarkable natural beauty spots of this area. On arrival in Ella we transfer to the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ella (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 7: Ella

After breakfast we are ready for a morning climb up Ella Rock and we then visit Ravana Caves, the architectural brilliance of king Ravana. The formation of the tunnels indicates that they are man-made and served as are quick passageway through the hills. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Ella (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 8: Ella – Udawalawe (94.2Kms)

This morning after breakfast we are off to Udawalawe where we’ll enjoy an afternoon jeep safari around the national park. Undawalawe was declared a National Park in 1972 and covers an area of 230,821 hectacres. The park is home to a variety of animals including elephants, wild buffalo, sambhur, spotted deer, baking deer mongoose, crocodile and many species of reptiles. Overnight in Undwalawe (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 9: Udawalawe – Bentota (190.9Kms)

After breakfast we continue our journey to Bentota for a well-deserved beach break. En route we visit Ath Athuru Sevana, the “Elephant Transit Home”, a project dedicated to caring for orphaned and abandoned baby elephants, who are looked after until strong enough to be released back to the wild. Later this afternoon we drive off to Bentota via Galle, where we visit Galle fort a UNESCO World heritage site, first built in 1588 by the Portuguese and subsequently fortified by the Dutch during the 17th Century. Arriving in Bentota and evening is left at leisure. Overnight in Bentota (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 10: Bentota

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beach. Overnight in Bentota (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 11:Departure Bentota/Colombo (2hrs drive approx.)

Transfer to airport for onward flight.

Negombo, Camelot Beach Hotel 3 Star – Camelot is located on the golden belt of Sri Lanka’s west coast and a perfect choice to relax and unwind. With the Indian ocean glistening in the horizon, basking in the sun has never been so inviting and the hotel boasts an Ayurvedic spa for a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Habanara, Habanara Village by Cinnamon 4 Star – Where serenity meets the lush forested land that borders the stunning lake. Experience rustic barefoot type elegance here, which is designed to reflect the rural environment and simplicity of village life. Clusters of homely chalets characteristic of the local architecture are dotted across the lush gardens. Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel.

Kandy, Hotel Topaz 4 Star – Situated on the highest point of Sri Lanka’s hill capital, Hotel Topaz is an enchanting Kandy city hotel that offers luxury and seclusion in the regal city of Kandy. Nestled on top of Anniewatte Mountain the hotel boasts breath-taking views and a warm and friendly ambience.

Ella, Oak Ray Ella Gap 3 Star  – A popular hotel, it is situated in the heart of the city and in close proximity to the scenic Ravana Waterfalls, Nine Arches Bridge Little Adam’s Peak and the famous Ella Rock! Rooms are tastefully furnished with air conditioning, TV with satellite channels, tea / coffee making facilities, safety deposit box and a mini fridge.

Udawalawe, The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort 4 Star – Situated on 7 acres of land, the Grand Udawalawe is 500 meters away from the Ath Athuru Sevana (Elephant Orphanage), and is just a 10 minute-drive to the Uda Walawe National Park. The hotel features spacious and tastefully furnished rooms with air-conditioning, wired internet (surcharge), Satellite TV, electric kettle, with views of the surrounding area.

Bentota, The Palms 4 Star – Situated on  Beruwala beach, The Palms enjoys a privileged position where every room overlooks the sea! A warm, welcoming atmosphere with exceptional service, the hotel offer the facilities of an excellent four-star hotel. All rooms feature a balcony, cable TV, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar (surcharge).

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At a Glance

Classic Sri Lanka

Guided Tours or Private Journey · 11 Days / 10 Nights from £985 pp

  • Starts: Colombo       Ends: Colombo         
  • Departs: Any day
  • Hotel Rating:  3/4 star & Heritage hotels
  • Tour Guide: Yes – guided by local tour guide
  • Meals: Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 1, Dinner: None
  • Visiting: Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella, Udawalawe & Bentota
  • Countries: Sri Lanka

Highlights

Explore Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, experience at its natural beauty and wildlife and relax around Bentota’s sandy beaches.

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