Grand Tour of Sri Lanka


  • 11 days

  • Sri Lanka

  • Active pace

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£1,665 pp

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£2,294 pp

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Based on London Gatwick

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One of the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots, Sri Lanka offers not only opportunities for seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, but also stunning landscapes, beautiful coastlines, the world’s finest teas, and lots of historic sites with a culture dating back over 2,500 years. In fact, this “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” has been named one of Asia’s leading destinations and on this Sri Lanka tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.

Marvel at Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a mountain monastery and fortress dating to the 5th century BC on top of a huge lava plug for an extinct volcano. At Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, enjoy the five preserved caverns with frescoes and Buddha statues. Keep your eyes open for native animals on your jeep safaris in Yala National Park, a bird-watcher’s paradise with over 200 bird species as well as elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, leopards, and more. In Mirissa, embark on an early morning whale watching cruise for the chance to see a variety of marine life including blue whales, the largest animal on earth!

Other highlights include sightseeing in Kandy, one of Sri Lanka’s most scenic cities, set in the forested hills; a visit to a tea plantation; a visit to the ruins at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s second-most ancient kingdom and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and much more. For value-minded, savvy travellers, this Sri Lanka tour is sure to awaken and delight all of your senses!

Highlights

Colombo Galle Face Green promenade, Fort Railway Station, and Beira Lake

Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

Kandy Visit the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy Market, and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Nuwara Eliya Visit a tea factory; view Ravana Falls

Yala National Park Two safari game drives

Mirissa Whale-watching excursion

Galle Visit Galle Fort

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Colombo

Day
1

Welcome to Sri Lanka’s capital city. Historically, Colombo was a trading port and a city of strategic importance to the Portuguese, Dutch, and British before Ceylon gained independence in 1948. Many colonial buildings can still be seen around the city alongside more traditional Sri Lankan architecture. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Colombo - Sigiriya

Day
2

This morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of this bustling city. Along the way, you will see the Galle Face Green promenade, Dutch Hospital precinct, Fort Railway Station, a Hindu Kovil, Beira Lake, and Independence Square. This afternoon, drive to the ancient city of Sigiriya.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sigiriya

Day
3

This morning, visit the famous SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS, a giant magma plug which has served both as a long-standing Buddhist monastery and a fortress. Surrounded by a network of gardens and moats, it is a geological and anthropological landmark. The ancient ruins of the upper palace built by King Kasyapa can also be found on the summit, which, at 656 feet above sea level, affords magnificent views across the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. On the way to the top, you will see the famous Cloud Maidens frescoes painted on the rock wall. Later, visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins of POLONNARUWA. NOTE: Please note that you must climb steep steps to reach the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy

Day
4

This morning, visit the fascinating DAMBULLA ROCK CAVE TEMPLE, containing well-preserved frescoes and statues of Buddha. Next, drive to the city of Kandy, a jumble of culture, history, and colonial buildings. Visit the TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH and enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful KANDY MARKET, the Upper Lake Drive, and the PERADENIYA BOTANIC GARDENS, which are renowned for their collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Day
5

Journey through the forests and tea plantations to the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England.” Set high above sea level and surrounded by rolling hills, its cool temperatures, humidity, and rainfall provide the perfect climate for tea production. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nuwara Eliya - Tissamaharama

Day
6

This morning, visit a TEA FACTORY and be enlightened on the tea manufacturing process. Then, view the famous RAVANA FALLS before continuing to Tissamaharama.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tissamaharama. Excursion to Yala National Park

Day
7

Today, enjoy MORNING AND AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in YALA NATIONAL PARK. The park is home to one of the highest densities of leopards in the world, with sightings of these beautiful creatures not uncommon. Yala is also a bird-watcher’s paradise, with around 230 species recorded in the park. Also, you may spot elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques, and mugger crocodiles.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tissamaharama - Ahangama

Day
8

Journey west to visit the ELEPHANT TRANSIT HOME where orphaned elephants are cared for before being returned to the wild. Continue to Ahangama, a small town on the country’s southern coast.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ahangama - Excursion to Mirissa Harbour

Day
9

. Rise early and travel to Mirissa, where you board your WHALE-WATCHING BOAT in search of sea life. The harbour is home to many different marine animals, including dolphins, flying fish, orcas, turtles, and manta rays. Be sure to keep an eye out for the largest creature on Earth, the blue whale. Return to your hotel this afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ahangama - Galle - Colombo

Day
10

Travel to Galle, where the natural harbour offers gorgeous views of the ocean. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, and visit GALLE FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, continue to Colombo for an overnight stay.

If you have opted to extend your holiday, this afternoon you will continue to Bentota for your beach stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Colombo

Day
11

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+6 days Bentota Extension

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts

Ahangama - Galle - Bentota

Day
1

Travel to Galle, where the natural harbour offers gorgeous views of the ocean. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, and visit GALLE FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Bentota for your beach stay.

NOTE: The Bentota extension starts with a drive from Galle to Bentota on day 11. The night in Colombo at the end of the main itinerary is not included.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bentota

Days
2-5

Enjoy your days doing as little or as much as you wish. Visit fabulous beaches or simply relax by the pool.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bentota

Day
6

Your holiday ends with breakfast today.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,665 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals

Tour with flights

From

£2,294 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes

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