Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

Visit the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, discover the tea plantations of Nuwara-Eliya and enjoy a touch of leopard spotting in Yala National Park on this comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka.

This 7 night, 8 day tour offers the chance to experience all of the iconic sights of Sri Lanka. See the oldest tree on earth at Anuradhapura, admire the incredible constructive engineering of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and visit the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa. Other highlights include a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and experiencing a traditional Kandyan dance in the capital.

Tour highlights

    • Visit the 5th century capital of Anuradhapura
    • Discover Mihintale, the first Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka
    • See Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest tree on earth
    • Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Ancient Ruins and Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
    • Explore Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) and watch a Kandyan dance and cultural show
    • Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
    • Explore the Nuwara Eliya tea plantations
    • Go leopard spotting in Yala National Park
    • Visit Ella Falls and the historic coastal city of Galle

Itinerary

Day 1

Airport / Dambulla

Depart the UK on your chosen airline and check into your selected hotel in Dambulla for the night. 

Day 2

Dambulla / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Dambulla

Depart for Anuradhapura for a city tour of the ancient ruins and the Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest tree on earth. These ruins have the largest amount of ancient monuments of a great civilisation and is believed to be the home of Buddhism. Admire the Ruwanveli Seya Dagoba with its famous elephant wall from the 2nd Century BC and the Thuparama Dagoba from the 3rd Century BC. In the afternoon, visit Mihintale before returning to your hotel in Dambulla for the night. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla

Visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Frescoes, Asia's best preserved city of the first millennium. Soaring 200 metres above a forested plain, this ancient fortress dates back to the 5th century and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its incredible feat of constructive engineering. 

In the afternoon, visit the Walled City of Polonnaruwa, the second most ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ruins monasteries, temples, bathing pools & buddhist statues all set in a forested Park surrounded by moats. Overnight at your selected hotel in Sigiriya

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Dambulla / Kandy

Enjoy a morning visit to the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, filled with astonishing statues and paintings. Continue onwards and visit a spice garden and a batik factory before reaching Kandy in time for lunch. Kandy is the Hill Capital City and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings dating back to the 6th Century BC . Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is known for its handicraft industry and its traditional dances are the most spectacular in the country.In the evening, watch a Kandyan dance and cultural show and visit the famous Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth). Overnight at your selected hotel in Kandy .

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Kandy / Pinnawala

Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the best place for an up close and personal experience with the world’s largest land mammals. With over 70 resident elephants, Pinnawala has become the home to the largest protected group of elephants in the world. After lunch, commence a city tour of Kandy visiting Kandy's famous market, Kandy upper lake drive, gem museum and arts & crafts centre. Overnight at your selected hotel in Kandy 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy a morning visit to the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Continue onwards to Nuwara-Eliya, visiting a high-grown tea plantation and factory along the way. In the late afternoon, commence a sightseeing tour of Nuwara-Eliya, a mountain station at 1,868 m in altitude. The city is particularly well-kept and neat, and the design of the locality exudes an air of “colonial British style". Nuwara Eliya was built entirely during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls, country house like hill club and mock-Tudor Mansions. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure. Overnight at the selected hotel in Nuwara Eliya

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Nuwara Eliya / Yala National Park

Depart early morning for a trip to Yala National Park via the famous Ella Falls. In the late afternoon, head off on a jeep safari in Yala National Park, the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including 44 mammals and one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Overnight at the selected hotel in Yala

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Yala National Park / Galle / Airport

Explore the historic coastal city of Galle, stopping off to visit the stilt fishermen in Weligama along the way. After lunch in Galle, end off your holiday with a tour of the Galle Fort. This is where your tour concludes. We suggest extending your holiday by booking a relaxing beach resort in Sri Lanka or the Maldives - or stopping over in Dubai or Oman before your flight back to the UK. 

We highly recommend that after your Sri Lanka tour you extend your holiday with a relaxing beach stay staying in Sri Lanka or over in the Maldives. Please call our friendly sales team for more details.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Hotels

Pricing

Superior Private Tour 1st May 2017 - 30th June 2017

Superior Private Tour 1st September 2017 - 23rd October 2017

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