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Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

10 Days / 9 Nights Trip to Sri Lanka

Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days

Go wild in Sri Lanka visiting Yala, Udawalawe and Bandula National Parks. Add to this Whale Watching in Mirissa and most of the country's famed cultural triangle and you've got the best of Sri Lanka in 10 days!
Together, you’ll enjoy a holiday that is like the perfect Sri Lankan curry: colourful, full of flavour and remarkably good for you. Explore charming cities and revered temples, shop in local markets, eat lots of curry, and enjoy the company of your new friends throughout.
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  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,292
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Everywhere you look in Nuwara Eliya is scenic splendour
Highlight #1
Everywhere you look in Nuwara Eliya is scenic splendour
In Sri Lanka’s hill country, views of green valleys of tea and misty mountain peaks lie around every bend
Visit Udawalawe national park 
Highlight #2
Visit Udawalawe national park 
The park is one of the best places in the world to see wild elephants.
Explore Colombo
Highlight #3
Explore Colombo
Wander a crazy, chaotic, colourful jumble of mosques, temples and shops selling everything from  heaps of fierce-looking chillies to cut-price gems
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Itinerary

Colombo

Saturday. Welcome to Sri Lanka! Airport arrival transfer and remainder of the day at leisure. Our start hotel located on the seafront is a short walk from Galle Road and many of the city highlights. Choose to head out and explore, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a cocktail whilst you watch the perfect sunset over the Laccodive Sea.

  Hotel:  None

Dambulla

Colombo - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla. Bidding farewell to Colombo this morning we drive inland to Dambulla, stopping en route at a fruit and vegetable market in Naramwela Town. Dambulla Rock Temple is an incredible ancient complex of caves which date back to the 1st Century BC. The five caves contain over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre carved statue. 

 After exploring this ancient site we continue to Polonnaruwa. This fascinating 11th century city is home to many interesting ruins and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. Polonnaruwa was once the capital and is also the second most ancient city in Sri Lanka. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening return to Dambulla for an evening at leisure. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Polonnaruwa

Dambulla - Sigiriya - Kandy. This morning we explore Sigiriya and the famous ‘Lion Rock’ fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. It can be viewed from miles around and is definitely one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and famous sites. You’ll be able to view the world famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens which stand in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. 

 From Sigiriya we take a bullock cart ride and short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala. Here, at Kayanwala village we take part in a cookery demonstration in the mud brick home of a local woman and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of curry, dahl, spiced rice, pickle and more. En route to Kandy we stop off a spice garden in Matale, to see the different herbs and spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Kandy

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Kandy - the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Our first stop will be the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Legend has it that one of Buddha's teeth was taken from him as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was then smuggled into Sri Lanka in 313AD. It now attracts daily pilgrims who come bearing lotus flowers and frangipani. After driving around the Kandy Lake - built by the last Sinhala king, visiting the local bazaar and a gem museum we take Tuk Tuk ride up into the surrounding hills. This afternoon we stop at a working tea factory at Geragama. Geragama Tea Factory is located in close proximity to the city of Kandy was established in the year 1903, manufacturing 'Low Grown' and 'Long Leaf' tea. This evening, we watch a cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan music and dance this evening.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Nuwara Eliya

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. This morning offers free time before transfering to the railway station for a scenic train trip. Passing kilometre upon kilometre of verdant tea plantations that hug the winding mountain passes, we'll see waterfalls, suspension bridges and tea pickers on our journey up to Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. 

 This afternoon we take a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya on a beautiful drive through 'Little England'.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Udawalawe National Park

Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park. Today we head south to Embilipitiya, our base for exploring Udawalawe National Park. This national park is probably one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants. It is thought that there are around 400 elephants here. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and lots of types of deer. We take an afternoon game drive here before returning to the hotel for the night. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Yala National Park

Udawalawe National Park - Yala National Park. This morning we depart for Yala National Park - the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. This afternoon we take a jeep safari of the park. The park also has one of the highest concentrations of Asian elephants in the world - and about 350 live here. Also present are sloth bears, golden palm civets, Sri Lankan krait, crocodiles and some of the biggest numbers of leopards. The coastline around the park is visited by leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Bundala National Park

Yala National Park - Bundala National Park - Mirissa. This morning we depart Yala for coastal Bundala National Park. This fantastic labyrinth of waterways, dunes and lagoons is the home to thousands of brightly coloured birds from over 200 species. It is also home to the magnificent greater flamingo and has a decent amount of Asian elephants that call the park home. We take a jeep safari here before transferring later on to the coastal town of Mirissa for the night.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Weligama & Mirissa

Mirissa - Colombo. This morning, if travelling between 01 Nov - 30 April, its an early start as we transfer to the boat pier for our Whale and Dolphin Watching boat cruise (cost approx $35). During this time of year Fin Whales, Bryde's Whales, Sperm Whales, Blue Whales - the largest creatures on earth, Whale Sharks, Orcas and dolphins are very often seen just a few kilometres off Sri Lanka's southern coast. The round trip may last anywhere between 2 - 6 hours with an average of 4 hours depending on how far out at sea the mammals are located. 

 If travelling between 01 May - 31 Oct the morning is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage Listed Galle fortress - first constructed by the Portuguese in 1588, then expanded and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Next stop, is Colombo and the bustling city centre for a guided tour. We explore the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. Taking a stroll along Galle Face Green and watching locals play cricket before heading over to stunning Gangarama Temple. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Colombo

Monday. Our tour concludes today with an onward departure transfer to the airport. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 9 breakfasts and 1 lunch

 9 nights 4 - 5 star and heritage properties

 Touring of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe, Kandy, Yala, Bandula and Colombo 

 3 Jeep safari/ game drives - in Udawalawe NP, Yala NP and Bandula NP

 Scenic train trip Kandy - Nuwara Eliya, canoe and Tuk Tuk trips

 Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Cruise in Mirissa from 01 Nov - 30 April. (Cruise cost excluded approx $35). 01 May - 31 Oct - visit to the Dutch Fort at Galle

 Escorted by an English-speaking national guide for groups of 6 or more (professional chauffeur guide for groups of 5 or less)

 All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

 Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 10

Not Included

 International flights and visas

 Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 6 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

 Entrance Fees: USD$160-$190pp, paid in local currency

 Additional 5% GST

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