Paradise of Sri Lanka
Immerse yourself in this tropical paradise on a 13-day tour. Sri Lanka is one of the top wildlife hotspots in the world. Catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard and watch majestic elephants in the national park and the elephant orphanage. Travel back in time to witness ancient Sri Lanka traditions, the European influences, and British colonial and Buddhist heritage. With Sri Lanka being one of the largest tea producers in the world, go behind scenes in a local tea plantation and factory for a close look at growing, picking and processing tea.
Sri Lanka is an idyllic island that has a lot to offer. Relax on uncrowded beaches, enjoy excitement on wildlife jeep safaris, visit UNESCO Heritage Sites and colonial architecture, and don’t forget the foods that burst with flavors and people that couldn’t be any friendlier.
13 Days, 12 Nights: Colombo, Pinnawala, Habarana, Dambulla, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala & Galle
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Colombo (CMB)
The remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the hotel or take a walk in Colombo city.
Colombo | Colombo City Tour
Then visit the Gangaramaya Temple, one of the best Buddhist temples in Colombo. Within the temple complex, you will find a small Hindu temple and a museum. The museum houses a library, an open-air meditation hall, a Bodhi tree, and a large collection of antique artifacts, Buddhist sculptures and statues.
A short drive away from the temple is Seema Malaka by the Beira Lake. This is one of Colombo’s most restful and tranquil meditation venues with beautiful statues of Lord Buddha surrounding the main hall - an iconic shot of Colombo.
Later we drive along Galle Face Green park, past the old Parliament of Sri Lanka. We visit the old Dutch hospital, one of the oldest buildings in the Colombo Fort area, now beautifully renovated, housing an eclectic collection of some of Colombo’s finest restaurants and shops.
Avid shoppers, take note! Sri Lanka is renowned for its tea, gems, ceramics and handicrafts. There are numerous Noritake outlets in Colombo with wonderful ceramic collections. To shop where the locals shop, head to Odel shopping center. For a quirky collection of artifacts, visit Barefoot Limited.
Breakfast Welcome Dinner
Colombo - Habarana | Sigiriya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
We will stop by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Started back in 1975, the elephant orphanage houses abandoned and wounded elephants. You can observe elephants being fed and bathed by the orphanage staff.
Continue to Habarana for the overnight stay.
Habarana | Anuradhapura
Return to Habarana for overnight stay.
Habarana | Sigiriya , Heritage City of Polonnaruwa
Later embark on your scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sinhala kings dating back to 11th & 12th century A.D. During this time a great revival was achieved in the country, politically, economically as well as socially. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the ‘Parakrama Samudra’. Numerous monuments are found in this city such as the ruins of the Royal Palace & ‘Gal Vihara’ (Stone Temple) where 3 splendid statues of Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedantry', and 'Recumbent' postures are carved out of the rock, the Audience Hall, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the Great. In here, we will also visit the Polonnaruwa museum.
Return to Habarana for an overnight stay.
Habarana - Kandy | Dambulla, Spice Garden
En route, visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla which dates to the first century BC. The temple consists of a series of 5 caves filled with statues and paintings, including a 47 ft. long statue of Lord Buddha. This is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
Continue drive to Kandy, visiting the Spice Garden at Matale on the way. Upon arrival in Kandy, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.
Kandy | Kandy City Tour, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Royal Botanical Gardens, Dance Performance
Today we will visit the Temple of Tooth Relic of Buddha, located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Visitors are not allowed inside the inner chambers and cannot see the tooth relic.
This afternoon, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, which spreads over 67 hectares (160 acres) of exquisite beauty and houses more than 4,000 species of flora, a haven for nature lovers.
This evening we relax and enjoy a cultural dance show featuring traditional Kandyan dancing and Sri Lanka drumming.
Kandy - Nuwara Eliya | Tea Plantation & Factory
Today in Nuwara Eliya, enjoy an experience of tea plucking, wearing the local Sri Lankan attire – saree for the ladies, sarong for the men. You will get a demonstration of how to pluck tea leaves and place them in your basket. Professional tea pluckers will accompany you – you’ll be amazed at how efficiently and quickly they manage to fill their baskets to meet their minimum target of 15 kg (33 lbs) a day!
After tea plucking, we will arrive at the Mini Tea Factory. The chief tea taster will inspect your efforts. Then we tour the Mini Tea Factory to learn the tea manufacturing process, from the initial drying (withering) of the leaves, through rolling, fermenting, sifting, to produce the different types of tea. Finally, you can taste different teas, from flowery pekoe to green tea and teabag dust, to appreciate for yourself the differences in color, flavor and strength.
Overnight stay at hotel at Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya - Yala | Yala National Park
The Yala National Park is spread over an area of 979 sq. km (378 sq. miles). Yala was one of the first two official designated national parks in Sri Lanka. This game park is famous having one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. Yala park has 3 of Sri Lanka’s Big Five: Leopards, Asian Elephants and Sloth Bears. Unfortunately, the remaining 2 of the Big Five (Blue Whales and Sperm Whales) are unavailable on land. 44 other species of mammals and other wildlife occupy the park including wild bears, peacocks, wild buffalo, sambar, spotted deer, in addition to 130 species of birds.
Upon arrival, check in at your resort for 2 nights stay.
Yala National Park| Jungle Safari
Yala - Galle | Scenic Seafront and Galle Fort
Galle was the most ancient and important harbor of Sri Lanka, until the Colombo Harbor was established. Galle is identified as one of the possible sites of ‘Tarshish‘ of the Bible. The harbor was captured by the Portuguese in 1587, the Dutch in 1640 and the British in 1796. Most of the existing buildings date back to Dutch Period.
The town is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip. En route you will witness a curious feature - the stilt fishermen of Weligama who carefully balance themselves before casting their fishing lines.
Upon arrival check in at your hotel for 3 nights stay.
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departure
|Tour Date||2-6 Persons*||1 Person**|
|Jan 8 to Jan 15, 2019||$8,555||$5,900|
|Jan 16 to Feb 28, 2019||$7,590||$5,290|
|Mar 1 to Apr 30, 2019||$7,760||$5,555|
|May 1 to Jun 30, 2019||$6,575||$4,745|
|Jul 1 to Sep 15, 2019||$7,500||$5,255|
|Sep 16 to Oct 30, 2019||$6,930||$4,970|
|Jan 8 to Jan 15, 2020||$9,410||$6,490|
|Jan 16 to Feb 28, 2020||$8,350||$5,820|
|Mar 1 to Apr 30, 2020||$8,535||$6,110|
|May 1 to Jun 30, 2020||$7,235||$5,220|
|Jul 1 to Sep 15, 2020||$8,250||$5,780|
|Sep 16 to Oct 30, 2020||$7,625||$5,465|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on single occupancy.
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- ‣ 4-Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Airport Transfers
- ‣ Daily Breakfast
- ‣ Welcome Dinner
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Wildlife Game Drives
- ‣ Cultural Dance Performance
- ‣ Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Visa Fees
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions