Wild and Scenic Sri Lanka

  • 9 Days

  • Sri Lanka

  • Steady pace

Explore the grasslands and lagoons of Udawalawe and Yala National Parks on a jeep safari and meet the orphan elephants. Journey into the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, and wander the colonial remnants of Colombo on this striking Sri Lankan experience.

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  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

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Tour departing on 12th March 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Explore the grasslands and lagoons of Udawalawe and Yala National Parks on a jeep safari and meet the orphan elephants. Journey into the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, and wander the colonial remnants of Colombo on this striking Sri Lankan experience.

At a glance

  • Elephant Transit Home See orphan elephants being fed in this wild setting.
  • Udawalawe National Park Explore this handsome habitat on a jeep safari and spot wild buffaloes and crocodiles.
  • Yala National Park Home to Panthera pardus katiya, a majestic leopard endemic to Sri Lanka.
  • Nuwara Eliya Train journey from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy.
  • Kandy Visit the Temple of the Tooth, home to one of Sri Lanka’s most important relics.
  • Colombo Stroll the lawns of the Galle Face Green promenade and Dutch Hospital precinct.

Extensions

  • 2 night pre Dubai stay
  • 6 night post Sri Lanka beach stay
  • 7 night Maldives beach stay 

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Colombo

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Colombo - Udawalawe

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. 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Udawalawe - Yala

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. 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. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Yala - Nuwara Eliya

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. Arrive in Nuwara Eliya, otherwise known as 'Little England'. It is nearly 2,000 metres above sea level, 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 tour of a tea factory and learn about the cultivation process before a sightseeing tour of the town, which was once a favourite retreat for European planters and still contains many colonial-style buildings.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Kandy

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?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Kandy - Colombo

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Colombo - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or the Maldives if you are extending your stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Colombo: Ozo Colombo;
  • Udawalawe: Grand Udawalawe;
  • Yala: Kithala;
  • Nuwara Eliya: St Andrews;
  • Kandy: Ozo Kandy. 

Notes

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.

 

Latest customer reviews

25th March 2017

Varied holiday with plenty to see and do.

19th March 2017

A very full programme, but a brilliant tour, led by a lovely informative guide.

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