This two week Sri Lanka holiday provides a superb introduction to the country combining the iconic Golden Temples with the Sri Lankan hills and the remarkable National Parks.
14 Days / 13 nights
Travel dates anytime in September & October 2018
Highlights: Colombo – Dambulla – Habanara – Kandy – Nanu Oya – Ella – Yala – Weerawila – Galle
Price: from £1,537 per person, based on 2 people sharing
Welcome to Sri Lanka! On arrival into Colombo proceed to the arrivals area, where you will be met by your private guide and transferred to your starting hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure to simply relax and settle in. Overnight at Diklande Estate Bungalow, Badagalma.
After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla where you will visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the very best preserved temple complexes of its kind.
Dambulla is home to a fascinating collection of statues, carvings and paintings that tell the story of Lord Buddha.
Today you will visit what Sri Lankan’s call the 8th Wonder of the World – the Sigiriya Rock Citadel. The marvelous rock fortress rises over the dry plains of the Sigiriya district, offering a magnificent birds-eye view of the emerald plains and leafy villages beneath.
After descending the rock proceed to the Ritigala Monastery, where you can explore the archaeological site and take time to connect with the surrounding nature.
Early-morning trek around the hotel site to observe the vibrant bird-life that surrounds. Breakfast and rest of the morning at leisure.
In the afternoon travel to Pidurangala, a little known former royal temple. After climbing the over rocks to reach the top of the site, be rewarded with fresh air and views of a carpet of forest with the Sigiriya rock in the distance. If you are looking for peace and serenity away from busy streets, then this is the place for you.
Proceed to Kandy, the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings. Today Kandy is a big city that still retains its colonial history which you will see whilst wandering the streets and the local markets. Onwards to the temple of the Tooth – the pride of the city.
Overnight at the unique Urban Castle – renowned for its its amazing art, antiques and Sri Lankan cuisine.
Morning visit to Udawattakele Sanctuary for a relaxing walk through the ancient forest to take in its magical aura.
Afterwards, continue on to the Garrison Cemetery, where you are likely to meet Charles Carmichael, who will be happy to talk you through the history of the cemetery, including the Elephant attacks. You will be fascinated to hear the stories that Charles has to offer.
Today you will experience the most magical train journey through Sri Lanka’s hill country, travelling through tea plantations, misty mountains and smiling people! This is a fantastic way of seeing the hills of Sri Lanka and gaining an insight into the daily lives of the local people.
Upon arrival into Nanu Oya, you will be transferred to your hotel in Ella.
Morning hike of Little Adams Peak for stunning views of the valley and surrounding hills. The best weather is early morning when the skies are clear and the air is fresh.
Afterwards, travel over to the Nine Arch Bridge. The bridge is uniquely built entirely of stone, bricks and cements due to a shipment of steel steel being halted during World War 1.
Travel to Yala, where you will enjoy an evening drive through the National Park – Sri Lanka’s most famous National Park and the site of majestic elephants, peacocks, bears and leopards.
Day at leisure in Weerawila to enjoy a relaxed breakfast taking in the sounds of nature whilst overlooking the river, followed by a traditional curry lunch made by a local farming family.
Travel to Galle, located on Sri Lanka’s southern coastline.
On arrival into Galle, take a tuk tuk through the quiet, green paddy fields, towards the stairs leading up to Yatagala Temple (meaning “under the rocks”). Take in the peaceful atmosphere surrounding the Buddhist statues and meet up with a Buddhist guide who will take you on a spiritual journey of the site.
Morning at leisure.
In the afternoon enjoy a guided walk around the Galle Fort, which is rich in Arabic, Portuguese and Dutch history. The Galle Fort is a living monument that is home to Buddhists and Muslims, however is currently undergoing change due to the rise in tourism, as families choose to sell up so their homes can be turned into hotels to house guests and visitors.
After breakfast, travel to Colombo – the commercial hub and largest city of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon you will meet up with a local guide who will take you to the unseen parts of the city, including Slave Island and the bustling markets of Pettah.
Whilst exploring, you will gain an insight into local life. You are recommended to sample some Kottu Rotti, an everyday Sri Lankan meal not to be missed!
Unfortunately, your time on the isle of Serendipity has come to an end! After a leisurely breakfast you will have the rest of the morning at leisure to relax, pack your bags and prepare for your return home.
At around midday (hotel check-out is typically 12:00), you will be picked up from your hotel to travel to Colombo airport in time to check-in for your departure flight home or further afield. Farewell Sri Lanka!
The above Sri Lanka holiday is on special offer for dates of travel in September & October 2018. To book the above holiday give us a call now on 01932 424252 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From £1,537 per person, based on 2 people sharing a room
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