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Secrets of Sri Lanka 9 Days

$2,399.00 $1,999.00

Colombo, Pinnawala, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala, Galle, Bentota

Highlights

  • Get up close and personal with elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Observe Sri Lanka’s vibrant wildlife on a safari at Yala National Park
  • Climb the astonishing Sigriya Rock Fortress and see the remnants of an ancient city
  • Discover Sri Lanka’s most famous export at a tea factory & plantation
  • Retreat to the timeless seaside harbour and town of Galle

Sri Lanka, like a small teardrop in the ocean, is where terraced Ceylon tea plantations are enveloped by misty highlands, herds of elephants criss-cross the lush wilderness, and balmy palm-fringed beaches are blessed by tranquil cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy a tour of Sri Lanka's premium natural and historical attractions, encountering wildlife, ancient and colonial architecture, and the gracious people of this beautiful land. Provides a varied itinerary covering guided sightseeing of Sri Lanka's main tourist attractions, wildlife encounters, farmhouse experience option, sampling tea at a plantation, and finally the perfect way to relax and unwind on the last day at leisure in Bentota, a beautiful seaside town. Highly recommended for first-timers and is suitable for most travellers of all ages.

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Departures

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
06 Jan** 07 Apr* 19 Oct From $2,399
$1,999

(Land only from $1,499)
twin share
$650
17 Feb 08 Sep 27 Oct
17 Mar 22 Sep** 10 Nov
* Peak Season Surcharge: $300
** School Holiday Surcharge: $500

Package Inclusions:

  • Malaysia Airlines or Thai Airways economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne (subject to availability)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Coach transportation & transfers
  • Admissions including Yala National Park Jeep Ride
  • Local English-speaking tour guide

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $120
  • Optional activities
  • ETA for Sri Lanka (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything else not stated

Tour Extensions Optional Extension

Colours of India 10 Days From $1,999

Delhi, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur & Agra

Arriving in and departing from Delhi, most of this tour takes place in Rajasthan – home to 68 million and the crossroads of many empires that have risen to rule India over the centuries. You will experience the legacy of Hindu, Jain, Muslim and Bahai’i civilisation, and be struck by the beauty and craftsmanship of the monuments and architecture – with the Taj Mahal as an unforgettable highlight.

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Optional Programs Optional Extension

Habarana Village Tour

Habarana
$55

Experience a special village tour of Habarana. Hop on a bullock cart ride through verdant paddy fields and appreciate the simple lifestyle of the local farmlands and its people. Then, board a canoe for a short trip to a farmer’s house for a feel of authentic Sri Lankan countryside hospitality. Discover the life of a farmer in Sri Lanka and the variety of crops being harvested. Lunch is served at the farmhouse. Head back on a thrilling tuk tuk ride.

Hotel Accommodation Optional Extension

Area Hotel Local Rating
Colombo Pegasus Reef Hotel or similar
Dambulla Habarana Village by Cinnamon or similar
Kandy Earl’s Regent Hotel or similar
Nuwara Eliya Araliya Green Hills or similar
Yala Chandrika Hotel or similar
Bentota Centara Ceysands or similar
Fly to Colombo via a connecting city. On arrival, you will be met at the airport by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

Please note: Depending on the city of departure, some flights may depart the night before on Day 0. Flights will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

Colombo Shopkeeper
Leave for Pinnawala this morning and visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The orphanage was established in 1975 to house abandoned and injured elephants. Today, the number of elephants in the orphanage has increased to more than 40, including baby elephants brought in from various parts of the country and those born as a result of the captive breeding program. Drive onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Dambulla Cave Temple, which was once the spiritual heart of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. This massive complex houses five sacred cave temples enamoured with intricate Buddhist mural paintings and hundreds of statues of valuable significance.

* Optional Activity: Habarana Village Tour – Experience a special village tour of Habarana. Hop on a bullock cart ride through verdant paddy fields and appreciate the simple lifestyle of the local farmlands and its people. Then, board a canoe for a short trip to a farmer’s house for a feel of authentic Sri Lankan countryside hospitality. Discover the life of a farmer in Sri Lanka and the variety of crops being harvested. Lunch is served at the farmhouse. Head back on a thrilling tuk tuk ride.

Journey on to the ancient city of Sigiriya this morning and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress (or Lion’s Rock) passing by a sheltered gallery of elaborate painted frescoes as well as a pair of massive lion’s paws. En route to Kandy, spend time in a spice garden in Matale and discover the variety of plants being cultivated, from cinnamon to cardamom, and nutmeg to pepper vines. Drive to Kandy and visit The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is said to house one of the Buddha’s teeth. Enjoy a lively cultural dance performance tonight.
Spend some time at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya this morning, the largest botanical wonderland of Sri Lanka. The lush botanic garden houses tropical vegetation from climbing and flowering plants unique to a giant Javan fig tree. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya (‘City of Light’) and visit a Tea Factory & Plantation en route. The tea here is famous for its distinct flavour and aroma. Nuwara Eliya is known as the ‘Little England of Sri Lanka’ as it was first established in 19th century by the British. This charming city is set against a backdrop of misty mountains and valleys, cascading waterfalls and acres of fragrant tea plantation.
Tea plantation in Sri Lanka
Today’s highlight is an afternoon safari at Yala National Park by Jeep. Yala National Park was established in 1938 originally as a sportsman’s shooting reserve and is home to the world’s largest population of leopards. Get up close to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, crocodiles, peacocks, jackals, sloth bears and more. You can also spot many colourful resident and migratory birds that are scattered along the national park.
Leopard in Yala National Park
Bid farewell to the wilderness this morning and retreat to the timeless seaside town and harbour of Galle. On arrival, explore Galle Dutch Fort, which was once the port of call for ships that sailed in from Europe. Stop nearby and observe the life of stilt fishermen in the sea. Depart Galle this afternoon for Bentota, a quiet and soothing coastal town bordered by sun-baked sandy beaches and beautiful coconut palm trees affording dreamy views of the Indian Ocean.
Stilt Fisherman
Full day at your own leisure. You may choose to participate in some water sports, wildlife watching or sample the mouth-watering local cuisine – the perfect way to end your journey in Sri Lanka.
Return to Colombo this morning. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or journey home via connecting cities.
Arrive home today.