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Travel to Udawalawe National Park, seeing the magnificent elephants out in the wild. Yala National Park is next on your list of sights; home to many leopards, the park is famed for its magnificent bird life as well as elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques and mugger crocodiles. Next stop are the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, where you'll be able to see the tea-making process in action. Then it's on to Kandy and the unmissable Temple of the Tooth, followed by a tour of the city, gem museum and colourful marketplace. Arrive back in Colombo where you'll have a city tour and bid farewell to your guide and return home full of memories of wildlife and curiosities.
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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Our guide/driver, Ranju, was excellent, making sure everything went to plan. The tours of the national parks were the highlights of our holiday - a wonderful experience. The Avani Hotel in Bentota was lovely with a good choice of food and a wonderful beach on the doorstep.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Pass by green paddy fields, rubber plantations and lush tea estates as you make your way to Udawalawe, via Ratnapura, the location for much of the country's gem mining. Later, continue into Udawalawe National Park, which has one of the highest densities of wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Take a jeep safari around this stunning area, looking for elephants as well as other wildlife - the National Park boasts sambar deer, wild buffaloes, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, water monitor lizards, crocodiles and sloth bears.
Journey south this morning towards Yala National Park. En-route visit the Elephant Transit Home located near Udawalawe National Park. Funded by the Born Free Foundation, ETH cares for orphaned elephants from all over Sri Lanka before releasing them back into the wild. Continue to Yala National Park and enjoy a jeep safari through the park. The park is home to a number of leopards, sights of these beautiful creatures are not uncommon. Yala is also a birdwatcher's paradise, with around 230 species recorded in the park. Also look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques and mugger crocodiles - Yala really is Kipling's Jungle Book brought to life.
This morning admire the views on a scenic drive to the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya. En route stop at Ella, a small village nestled in a valley with fantastic views of the plains below. Enjoy a tour of a Ceylon tea factory, learn about the cultivation process. Later, arrive in Nuwara Eliya, otherwise known as 'Little England'. It is nearly 2,000 metres above sea level and is surrounded by rolling hills and lush tea plantations and is considered the capital of Sri Lanka's tea industry, with its cool temperatures, humidity and rainfall providing the perfect climate for tea production. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, which was once a favourite retreat for European planters and still contains many colonial-style buildings.
Continue north to Kandy by train. Experience one of the world's most stunning rail journeys on this quintessential Sri Lankan rail service. The train bumps and grinds through the forests and tea plantations and is a highlight of your tour. After lunch visit the Royal Botanical Gardens which are renowned for their collection of orchids, spices and medicinal plants.
A jumble of culture, history and colonial buildings, Kandy is nestled amongst forested hills and is one of Sri Lanka's most interesting cities. This morning visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, where it is said that the relic tooth of Buddha is enshrined. Later, enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful market place, the upper lake drive and the Gem Museum. Also there is a visit to the Arts & Crafts Centre. This evening, why not take part in a cultural show where you can marvel at drummers, dancers and fire walkers?
After breakfast, drive back to Colombo for an overnight stay. Take in the many remnants of Colombo's colonial past on a sightseeing tour around the city including the Galle Face Green promenade, Dutch Hospital precinct, Fort Railway Station, a Hindu Kovil, the Beira Lake and Independence Square. If you are extending your holiday, transfer to your chosen beach resort after your city tour.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or the Maldives if you are extending your stay.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
Yala National Park is closed to visitors around September/October, during this period the Yala Safari drive will take place in the Bundala National Park.
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.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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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!
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Price based on March 23, 2019 - April 4, 2019
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