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Amazing Sri Lanka

October 12-24, 2022

13 days/12 nights exploring Colombo, Negombo, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Galle, and Bentota for $2850 per person, double occupancy, land only

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Includes:

  • 1 night in Negombo at the Jetwing Beach Resort with dinner and breakfast, transfer from the airport

  • Tour of the Dambula Cave Temple, including the famous Rock Temple

  • 3 nights at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Kandalama with breakfast and dinner

  • Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Minneriya National Park Safari

  • Village visit in Hiriwadunna with nature walk & typical Sir Lankan lunch

  • Tour to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa

  • Drive to Kandy with tour of the Temple of the Buddha's Tooth

  • Evening dance show at a local theater

  • 1 night at the Earl's Regency Hotel in Kandy with breakfast and dinner

  • Train ride to Nanu Oya into the heart of tea country

  • Tour a local tea factory

  • 2 nights at the Heritance Tea Factory hotel in Nuwara Eliya with dinner and breakfast

  • Tour of Horton Plains National Park

  • Tour of Nuwara Eliya & Yala National Park

  • 2 nights at the Cinnamon Wild Yala Resort with breakfast and dinner

  • Morning and afternoon safaris in Yala National Park

  • Tour of Galle Town & Fort

  • 2 nights at the Bentota Beach By Cinnamon Resort with breakfast and dinner

  • Tour of Colombo with a tuk-tuk ride

  • 1 night at the Galle Face Hotel with dinner & breakfast, transfer to airport

PRICING

$2850 per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1100
 

ITINERARY

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Day One:

Arrive in Sri Lanka

Upon arrival, drive to the beach town of Negombo (20 minutes) and check in to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day Two

Dambulla

After breakfast, head to Kandalama and stop at the Dambulla Cave Temple along the way. Dated back to the 2nd Century BCE and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, this impressive temple complex boasts 80 caves in total, some of which are used for meditation by monks. The famous Rock Temple has five separate caves alone with hundreds of Buddha Statues. Afterward, walk through the iron wood forest of Namal Uyana, built in the 10th Century with views of the Rose Quartz mountains in the distance. Continue on to Kandalama and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

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Day Three

Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Minneriya National Park

Today head to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Sri Lanka's most important historical site. The fortress is famous for its frescoes and mirror wall, as well as the uniquely decorated steps to the top.

In the afternoon, head to Minneriya National park for a jeep safari. If we're lucky, we'll see Elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and more local wildlife. Dinner and overnight in Kandalama.

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Day Four

Village visit & Polonnaruwa

After breakfast, take a nature walk through the village and surroundings of Hiriwadunna. See what local life is like as you join your hosts in farming produce for lunch, before enjoying a traditional Sri Lankan home-cooked meal.

From there, head to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa with its immense Buddha statues carved from the rock. The city was established by the Sinhalese when they moved their capital from Anuradhapura in the 12th Century. Return to Kandalama for dinner and overnight.

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Day Five

Kandy

After breakfast, drive to Kandy (3 hours), Sri Lanka's highland capital, which was the last stronghold of the Sri Lankan kings during the European conquest between the 16th-19th centuries.

Visit the Temple of the Buddha Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka's national treasures, that was brought to the island in the 4th Century AD. In the evening, enjoy a local dance show. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day Six

Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, take the train to Nanu Oya and into the heart of tea country where pure Ceylon Tea is being grown to this day. Disembark and drive to Nuwara Eliya, known as the "Little England" of Sri Lanka due to it's mildly cool climate and British-style architecture. Take a tour of a tea factory, where you can see how tea is grown and processed, then exported all around the world. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day Seven

Horton Plains National Park

After breakfast, drive to Horton Plains National Park. Known to the Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, this cloud forest sits between two of Sri Lanka's highest peaks. Here you can potentially see many endemic species of birds, Sambhar deer, bear monkeys, leopards, Barking dear, and more. Return to Nuwara Eliya for dinner and overnight.

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Day Eight

Nuwara Eliya & Yala

After breakfast, take a tour of Nuwara Eliya town including the post office, Lake Gregory, Hakkgala Garden, Victoria Park, and a strawberry farm. From there, drive to Yala National Park. Dinner and overnight in Yala National Park.

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Day Nine

Yala National Park

Early morning safari in Yala National Park, which is the country's largest national park. It is home to elephants, leopards, sloth bears, spotter deer, wild boars, and sambar deer, as well as smaller mammals such as mongeese, langurs, and porcupines.

Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and a nap, then enjoy a second safari through the park in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day Ten

Galle

After breakfast, drive to Galle. Once the chief port of Sri Lanka, the town boasts an impressive fort built by the Portuguese and later expanded by the Dutch. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Head to the beach town of Bentota for dinner and overnight.

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Day Eleven

Bentota Beach Day

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are free to relax on the beach or explore the nearby surroundings.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day Twelve

Colombo

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Colombo, the current capital of the country, which has a long history of trade, first with Arab merchants, the Portuguese, Dutch, and British imperialists. Take a tour of the city including a tuk-tuk ride to visit the Red Mosque, Gangaramaya Temple, Pettah bazaar, Viharamhadevi Park, the Old Parliament, and Independece Square.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day Thirteen

Return home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

international Airfare available Upon Request
 

INCLUSIONS
Accommodations
Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch at Hiriwadunna

Transportation throughout

Local English-speaking guide

Sightseeing and entry tickets as listed in the itinerary

EXCLUSIONS

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.

Services not listed on the itinerary

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