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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Be enchanted by Sri Lanka on an unforgettable 11-day journey. Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and refresh your spirit at the unusual Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Come away with a deep understanding of why early Arab traders called this island country “Serendib,” a name that gave English speakers the word “serendipity.”

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ASING.A/201417
  • Starts: Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Wattala, Sri Lanka
You will Visit
  • Colombo
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Digana
  • Elkaduwa
  • Dambulla
  • Anuradhapura
  • Wattala

Itinerary

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Day 1: Colombo

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Day 2: Colombo/Nuwara Eliya

Discover Colombo on a city tour including the Fort and Pettah areas. Travel through scenic mountains to the tea-producing town of Nuwara Eliya, stopping in Kitulgala en route. Opt for a rafting excursion on the Kelani River.

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Day 3: Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy a picnic breakfast and hike in Horton Plains National Park. Head back to Nuwara Eliya and indulge in high tea at the historic Grand Hotel. This evening, embark on a tuk-tuk ride and visit the town centre and market.

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Day 4: Nuwara Eliya/Digana

Travel to Kandy, stopping at a Ceylon tea plantation en route to learn about the production process. Enjoy a tour around the city and lake, with a guided visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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Day 5: Digana

Set out for a hiking excursion in the Knuckles mountain range, following trails through lush forest past villages and tea plantations. Later, take in a lecture and demonstration on Ayurveda by an expert local practitioner. Enjoy another night at the lodge.

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Day 6: Elkaduwa/Dambulla

Pay a morning visit to a spice garden in Matale before arriving at the archaeological site of Nalanda Gedige – home to a unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture and imagery. Continue on to the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple and admire ancient Buddhist murals and statues.

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Day 7: Dambulla

Visit the CIC Hingurakgoda farm and learn how this “seed-to-shelf” business is bringing together modern and traditional agricultural practices. Purchase local ingredients and head to a small farmhouse for lunch. Get to know the family and help prepare the meal, while getting an inside look at traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. After lunch, head to Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress and climb the steps to the top of this captivating site to discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views.

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Day 8: Dambulla/Anuradhapura

Travel north to Wilpattu National Park, known for its leopard population. Explore the park by jeep and meet with a knowledgeable forest ranger to learn about conservation efforts and the issues of human encroachment on wildlife reserves. Continue to Anuradhapura for the night.

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Day 9: Anuradhapura/Wattala

Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries. Later, travel south to coastal Wattala.

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Day 10: Wattala

Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.

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Day 11: Wattala

Depart at any time.
Hotel check out is at 12:00pm. Your CEO can assist you with arranging an easy transfer to Colombo or the International airport.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Understanding Ayurveda National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Farm Visit and Local Lunch, Dambulla National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Wilpattu Safari and Conservation Talk, Wilpattu National Park
    • Arrival transfer
    • Colombo city tour
    • Picnic and hike in Horton Plains National Park
    • High tea at the Grand Hotel
    • Evening tuk tuk tour of Nuwara Eliya village
    • Kandy city tour and Ceylon tea plantation visit
    • Temple of the Tooth guided tour
    • Hiking excursion in Knuckles mountains range
    • Visit a Matale spice garden
    • Visit Nalanda Gedige Temple ruins
    • Dambulla cave temple visit
    • Tour the Sigiriya rock fortress
    • Tour of Anuradhapura ruins and monasteries
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel/Resorts (10 nts)
    • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, boat, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ruins and archaeological sites with local experts
  • Take in a lecture on Ayurvedic medicine by a local practitioner
  • Search out leopards at Wilpattu National Park
  • Enjoy "high tea" at the historic Grand Hotel
  • Help a farming family prepare lunch with local ingredients and flavours