Best of Sri Lanka

Best of Sri Lanka

  • Tour of the ancient capital, Anuradhapura
  • Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa
  • Go on a city tour of Kandy
  • See the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  • Animal encounters at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

An exhilarating 6 day tour of Sri Lanka to showcase the best this cultural island has to offer.

On this itinerary, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the highlights of this fascinating country. Tour the ancient city of Anuradhapura, visit the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, take in dancing in Kandy and stop at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphange. We highly recommend extending your holiday with a relaxing beach stay in Sri Lanka or the Maldives. Please call our Indian Ocean travel specialists for more details.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Sri Lanka

Colombo - Sigiriya / Habarana

Touch down into Sri Lanka's capital. After a ‘meet and greet’ at Colombo International Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Sigiriya / Habarana for an overnight stay. After check-in you'll have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 1: Arrive Sri Lanka

Day 2: Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura - Sigiriya / Habarana

Today is your first chance to get out and explore Sri Lanka's history and culture with a visit to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Once the country's capital, now it is the home of two world heritage sites including Sri-Mahabodhi which at over 2,200 years old is said to be the oldest tree in the world. You'll also have the chance to visit a dagoba (a dome-shaped memorial to Buddha) from the 2nd century before returning to your hotel in Sigiriya / Habarana.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2: Anuradhapura

Day 3: Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Polonnaruwa

Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya / Habarana

Rise and shine! With a packed breakfast, you'll head to one of Sri Lanka's most well-known sites: Sigiriya Rock Fortress (also known as ‘Lion Rock’). Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century, the fortress rises 200 metres and is the best preserved city of the first millennium. Your day trip continue with a visit to Polonnaruwa, another former capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you'll find not only images of Buddha cut from granite but a number of Hindu temples and statues. Once again, you'll spend the night in Sigiriya / Habarana.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3: Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Polonnaruwa

Day 4: Dambulla Cave Temple & Spice Gardens

Dambulla Cave Temple - Spice Gardens - Kandy

Spend the morning touring the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 150 images depicting Buddha throughout five caves, including a figure carved out of rock spanning 15 metres. En route to Kandy, stop at the spice gardens of Matale where you'll be shown how some of these spices are grown and processed Check into your hotel in Kandy and spend the rest of your day at leisure.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4: Dambulla Cave Temple & Spice Gardens

Day 5: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Kandy

Another early start, but one that's well worth waking at sunrise! Arrive to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the morning and you'll be treated to seeing these gentle giants being bottle-fed. And as part of your ethical elephant encounter you'll be able to see the elephants taking their daily bath in the river. At the end of what will undoubtedly be a memorable morning, you'll return to Kandy for a visit of an important Buddhist site, the Temple of Tooth Relic. Your day ends watching a Kandyan Dance Cultural Show.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Day 6: Depart Sri Lanka

Depart Sri Lanka

Check out and transfer to the airport in time for your flight back home or onward journey if you have decided to extend your holiday with a beach stay on Sri Lanka's coast or in the Maldives, just a short flight away.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

All prices shown represent a from price per person based on low season travel unless otherwise stated.
Availability of tour components and flights seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price given is therefore for guidance only.
To obtain a tailored quote for you and your party, please call one of our travel experts today.


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