Secrets of Sri Lanka 9 Days

$2,299.00

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

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.

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

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Departures

2017 Package Price
14 Jul** 1 Sep* 13 Oct From $2,299
Land only from $1,799
per person twin share

Single Supplement $650

28 Jul* 8 Sep* 20 Oct
6 Aug* (KAN) 15 Sep* 27 Oct
11 Aug 22 Sep* 03 Nov
18 Aug 29 Sep**
25 Aug 06 Oct**
2018 Package Price
2 Feb 11 May 17 Aug

From $2,399
Land only from $1,899
per person twin share

Single Supplement $650

9 Feb 18 May 24 Aug
16 Feb 25 May 31 Aug*
23 Feb 1 Jun 7 Sep*
2 Mar 8 Jun 14 Sep*
9 Mar 15 Jun 21 Sep*
16 Mar 22 Jun 28 Sep*
23 Mar 29 Jun 5 Oct**
30 Mar 6 Jul* 12 Oct**
6 Apr* 13 Jul** 19 Oct
13 Apr* 20 Jul** 26 Oct
20 Apr** 27 Jul* 2 Nov
27 Apr** 3 Aug 9 Nov
4 May 10 Aug
(KAN) Special event: Kandy Esala Perahera (see details below)
* 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
  • Kandy Esala Perahera Festivities
  • ETA for Sri Lanka (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Hotel Accommodation

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

Special Event

Kandy Esala Perahera Event

Kandy Esala Perahera Festival
Available only on 06 Aug 2017
Inquire within for more details including supplementary costs

The Kandy Esala Perahera is a special religious event that takes place each year in July or August paying homage to the tooth of the Buddha – this tooth is supposedly kept in the The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy. This event consists of an entourage of performers (such as musicians, jugglers and acrobats) and elephants dressed up in colourful and elaborate costumes. Witness the event unfold and gain insight into the fascinating local culture of Kandy.


Optional Activities

Habarana Village Tour

Habarana Village Market
$50

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


Optional Post-Tour Extension I

Colours of India 9 Days

From $1,999 pp twin share
Delhi, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur & Agra

Tour Highlights:

  • See the majestic Taj Mahal upon the break of dawn
  • Take a boat ride on the serene Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Scale the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the city of Jodhpur where many buildings are painted a brilliant blue
  • Stay at a heritage hotel in Pushkar
  • Experience the vistas surrounding Pushkar Lake and observe locals perform sacred rituals near the ghats (stone steps)

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Optional Post-Tour Extension II

South India Highlights with Kerala Backwaters 9 Days

From $2,199 pp twin share
Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, Changanssery & Kumarakom

Tour Highlights:

  • Tour Kochi and take in the local and colonial heritage of this ancient city
  • Watch the intriguing Kathakali cultural dance performance unique to South India
  • Sail through the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat, and observe the daily activities of the locals
  • Escape to the lush, rolling hills of Munnar, well-known as one of South India’s largest tea and spice growing regions
  • Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and discover a wealth of fauna and flora on display
  • Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam

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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.
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

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.
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.