Day 1: Depart UK
Day 2: Arrive Colombo
Embark on a sightseeing tour of this bustling city. See the Galle Face Green promenade, Dutch Hospital precinct, Fort Railway Station, a Hindu Kovil, the Beira Lake, Independence Square and the Pettah Bazaar area. (D)
Day 3: Colombo - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya
Journey through the lush Sri Lankan countryside to Anuradhapura, the country’s ancient capital. Enjoy a city tour taking in the well-preserved ruins of this area and the Sri Maha Bodhi (or Bo Tree), the oldest recorded tree in the world. Later, continue to Sigiriya, UNESCO World heritage site. (B,D)
Day 4: Sigiriya - Minneriya - Sigiriya
Visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress which has served both as a long-standing Buddhist monastery and a fortress. Surrounded by a network of gardens and moats, it is a historical, geological and anthropological landmark. The ancient ruins of the upper palace can be found on the summit, which at 656ft above sea level affords magnificent views across the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. Later, enjoy a safari drive to either Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco National Parks, where 24 species of mammals can be seen including elephants and Sambar
Note: A number of steep steps must be climbed to reach the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Day 5: Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy
TThis morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa. Continue this afternoon to the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple and Sri Lankan spice gardens. Arrive in Kandy this evening. (B,D)
Day 6: Kandy
Visit the famous Temple of the Tooth then enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful market place, the upper lake drive, the Gem Museum, the Arts & Crafts Centre and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, renowned for their collection of orchids, spices and medicinal plants. This evening, enjoy a cultural show and be entertained by Kandyan dancers and drummers. (B,D)
Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Experience one of the world’s most stunning rail journeys on a quintessential Sri Lankan rail service. The train winds its way through the forests and tea plantations en route to Nuwara Eliya. Otherwise known as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya is set over 6,000ft above sea level and is surrounded by rolling hills and lush tea plantations. It is considered the capital of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. This evening, enjoy a sightseeing tour around the town. (B,D)
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Tissamaharama
Visit a tea factory and learn about the tea manufacturing process. Continue to Ella and view the famous Demodara nine arch railway bridge. Later, make the short climb up the 3740ft Little Adams peak. At the top you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of an endless valley, tea plantations and waterfalls. After, visit the famous Ravana Ella Falls before continuing to Tissamaharama. (B,D)
Day 9: Yala National Park
Take a jeep safari through Yala National Park. Yala is home to one of the highest densities of leopards in the world and is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with around 130 species recorded in the park. Also look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques and mugger crocodiles. Later, enjoy a second safari tour. (B,D)
Note: During the months of Sep/Oct Bundala Park will be used instead of Yala.
Day 10: Tissamaharama - Galle
Travel to Galle which is situated on a peninsula with stunning views of the ocean, and enjoy a city tour that includes Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,D)
Day 11 – Galle - Colombo
Continue to Colombo or if you are extending your stay transfer straight to your chosen beach hotel.
Day 12 – Colombo - UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
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