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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

For most travellers, Sri Lanka has been off the map for too long. Well, it's back. Discover the vibrant colours, diverse cultures, and swaying palm trees of this tropical jewel. Exploring tea plantations and rock fortresses on this 14-day tour, which is designed to please. This tour is about more than just beaches and stunning views; it's about the inspiring people you'll meet along the way.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ASSL.C/206012
  • Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
You will Visit
  • Negombo
  • Sigiriya
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Waskaduwa
  • Colombo

Itinerary

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Day 1: Negombo

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Negombo

Enjoy a boat ride in the Dutch canal. Mingle with the locals at the fish market.
Visit the seaside and watch the process the fishermen go through to haul their catch ashore. Board a boat to glide along the Dutch canal and get a closer look at the lives of the locals.

With free time, explore the city and check out the beautiful Portuguese and Dutch architecture.

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Day 3: Negombo/Sigiriya

Travel to the Dambulla province and visit the cave temple before watching the sun set over the lake.
Travel through the countryside to Sigiriya in Dambulla, the central province of Sri Lanka. Visit the the World Heritage Site of the Golden Cave Temple of Dambulla.

In the evening, try to catch a beautiful sunset over the Kandalamma Lake.

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Day 4: Sigiriya

Guided tour of the rock fortress of Sigiriya — a World Heritage site. Meet locals and share a meal in a nearby village.

Enjoy a walking tour of a local village to learn about residents' way of life while getting a chance to try the local cuisine at a lunch prepared by the families of the community. Later, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Built in the fifth century, this rock fortress boasts well-laid out gardens, caves, monasteries, and palaces with beautiful wall motifs.

In the afternoon, opt to go for a tour of Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, where you can cycle through the ruins.

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Day 5: Sigiriya/Kandy

Drive through the Knuckles Mountain Range and visit a spice plantation en route to Kandy. Guided visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth.
En route to Kandy, stop at the herbal centre of spices. Students of Ayurveda will explain different uses for each herb.

Arrive to Kandy in the afternoon. Go for a stroll around Kandy Lake and visit the famed Temple of the Tooth.

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Day 6: Kandy

Enjoy Kandy with a free day to explore. Opt to visit the Botanical Gardens or an Ayurvedic hospital. Take in a cultural performance in the evening.
Opt to take a walk in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, exploring the 300 varieties of orchids of Sri Lanka or visit an Ayurvedic hospital to learn about Ayurvedic oil massage treatments.

Explore the well-laid out walkways of the city and don't miss the famed Palm Avenues. In the evening, enjoy a Kandyan cultural dance performance.

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Day 7: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya

Travel to Nuwara Eliya by train. Explore a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands. Gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region.
The town, also known as 'Little England', offers a lot of options for visitors. Explore the nature trails, visit the plantations, or go golfing or horseback riding.

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Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

Spend a free day hiking in the Horton Plains Nature Reserve or strolling local markets.
Use some free time to explore the area. Opt to stay close to the city, wandering local markets or head further afield. There's a 9km (6 mi) trek in the Horton Plains Nature Reserve or a chance to experience the beautiful surroundings on horseback. Wander around Victoria Lake and take in the views.

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Day 9: Nuwara Eliya/Udawalawe

Drive via Ella to Udawalawe Reserve. Overnight in a comfortable tented camp located on the border of the reserve.
Drive down from the hill district towards beach country to Udawalawe Reserve. Elephants are in abundance here and come strolling alongside the roads. Make several stops to observe these mighty creatures before arriving for the evening. Stay in a tented camp located close to a lake on the border of Udawalawe Reserve. With some luck, witness elephants walking along the edge of the reserve.

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Day 10: Udawalawe/Waskaduwa

Enjoy a morning nature trail near the Udawalawe reserve before travelling to Waskaduwa to enjoy some time around the beach.

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Day 11: Waskaduwa

Take a day trip to Galle and tour the colonial city before returning to Waskaduwa.
Visit the famous Galle Fort in this charming colonial city. Return to Waskaduwa for the night.

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Day 12: Waskaduwa

Enjoy a free day and opt for a mangrove cruise, or a day trip to Hikkaduwa or Bentota beach.

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Day 13: Waskaduwa/Colombo

Travel to the capital, Colombo. Enjoy an orientation walk of the fort area.
Drive to Colombo, a trading town with 2,000 years of history. Enjoy an orientation tour of the fort area and Pettah Bazaar in the afternoon.

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Day 14: Colombo

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Sri Lankan Cooking Demonstration, Udawalawe
    • Fishing village walking tour (Negombo)
    • Dutch canal boat ride
    • Dambulla Cave Temple visit (Sigiriya)
    • Sigiriya Rock Fortress tour
    • Village tour with local lunch
    • Spice plantation visit
    • Temple of the Tooth guided tour (Kandy)
    • Cultural dance performance
    • Tea factory visit
    • Cooking demonstration (Udawalawe)
    • Wilderness walking tour
    • Galle Fort tour
    • Colombo orientation walk
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), tented camping (1 nights)
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van, boat, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Sigriya rock fortress
  • Enjoy local flavours at a village meal
  • Gain insight into the national heritage at a tea plantation
  • Relax on pristine beaches