Sri Lanka Discovery

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  • Accommodation on twin sharing (2 persons sharing room) as per above mentioned hotels or similar on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 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
  • Assistance at airport and hotels by our representatives
  • All presently applicable taxes
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Not Included:

Above mentioned costs do not include any International Air fare, airport tax, Visa fee, unspecified meals, drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, grauity tips, insurance and any other expenses of personal nature, Single room supplements and any optional additional tours or activities during free time and not mentioned above.

Day 1: Colombo – Nogombo

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

Day 02: Negombo – Dambulla – Habarana (149.5Kms)

After breakfast leave to Habarana. En route visit the caves of Dambulla, most famous Rock Temples built by King Walagamba of Anuradhapura. The first Cave host a magnificent 47ft long recumbent image of Buddha which is cut straight out of the rock and many other images of deities associated with Buddhism are also present. We continue journey to Habarana and check-in to hotel. Overnight in Habarana (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 03: Habarana – Sigiriya (15Kms)

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.

Day 04: Habarana – Polonnaruwa – Passikudah (116Kms)

After breakfast we drive to 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 sitting, standing and reclining positions as well as the Thupaaramaya Image house. We have lunch at Priyamali Gedara in Polonnaruwa and we then head off to Passikudah, famous for one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world, here you can walk kilometers into the sea and yet the water is only a few inches deep. Overnight stay at Passikuda (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 05 & 06: Passikudah

At leisure so you can enjoy the shallow waters and tranquil surroundings. Overnight in Passikudah (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 07: Passikudah – Bandarawela (191Kms)

After breakfast set off for Bandarawela the second largest town in the Badulla District. It is surrounded by dense and lush vegetation and due to its higher altitude, Bandarawela enjoys a milder weather conditions throughout the year and very popular tourist destination for locals. The ancient Dhowa Buddhist rock temple is one of the well-known heritage sites in this region and the temple contains a 12m high Buddha image sculpted from rock and paintings depicting Jataka stories belonging to the Kandyan era. Other notable historic places to visit are Adisham Bungalow, Bandarawela Hotel and Lipton’s Seats. Poonagala, Ampittiakande and Leangawela are three stunning tea estates found around the area. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at Bandarawela (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 08: Bandarawela

After breakfast sightseeing of Bandarawela to include Adisham Bungalow, Bandarawela Hotel and Lipton’s Seats. Poonagala, Ampittiakande and Leangawela.  Overnight in Bandarawela (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 09: Bandarawela – Tissamaharama (101Kms)

After breakfast set off to Tissamaharama and in the afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari of Yala National Wildlife Sanctuary. This is nature its best, where wild animals roam freely around in their natural habitat and you can easily spot wild boar, elephants, deer, peacocks to name a few. The elephants gather at the water holes for drinking and bathing which is simply a thrill to watch. Overnight in Tissamaharama (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 10: Tissamaharama – Yala (23Kms)

Our adventure continues with a morning jeep safari of Yala National Wildlife Sanctuary, there is so much to explore and enjoy nature in its true colours. Return to the hotel in the afternoon and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Tissamaharama (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 11: Tissamaharama – Bentota (205Kms)

This morning 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. Rest of the day is at leisure in Bentota. Overnight in Bentota (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 12: Bentota

Day at leisure – Bentota is a coastal town in Sri Lanka, located in the Galle District of the Southern Province. Bentota is a tourist attraction, with a local airport (Bentota River Airport) and boasts a handful of world-class hotels. It is a destination for water sports and famous for its toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made of coconut nectar. It also has a turtle hatchery, located on Induruwa beach. Overnight in Bentota (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 13: Departure Bentota – Colombo (2hrs drive approx.)

Transfer to airport for your onward journey.

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.

Passikudah, Sunrise by Jetwing • 4 Star – Among the tropical splendour of Passikudah’s white sands and clear blue waters this hotel enjoys an enchanting spot. Whether you find yourself walking along a pristine beachfront that stretches over a spectacular 500 feet or into our shallow waters for nearly 100 metres, or lounge around the pool or even a soothing spa session, this hotel is simple a delight!

Bandarawela,  Bandarawela Hotel • 3 Star – Bandarawela Hotel is a colonial style mountain resort located along Welimada Road in Sri Lanka’s Uva Province. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with air conditioning, a TV, radio and hairdryer. A variety of traditional and international dishes are served at main restaurant, while at the bar and lounge you can enjoy a drink and live music.

Tissamaharama, Oak Ray Wild Yala • 4 Star – A premier among Yala hotels, Oak Ray Wild Yala is situated at Tissamaharama, in close proximity to the Yala wildlife sanctuary. The hotel consists of 44 Superior Deluxe Rooms with modern amenities. The hotel features an outdoor pool and an elegant restaurant and bar overlooking the surrounding gardens.

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

Sri Lanka Discovery

Guided Tours or Private Journey · 12 Days / 11 Nights from £1095 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: 11, Lunch: 1
  • Visiting: Dambulla, Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Passikudah, Bandarawela, Tissamaharama,Yala & Bentota
  • Countries: Sri Lanka

Highlights

Discover Sri Lanka’s heritage treasure, explore its wildlife and enjoy the diversity of its National Parks, visit some of the most prominent Tea Estates.

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