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- Wildlife Watching
- Boat | Sailing Boat
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- Car with driver
Main travel focus
Explore Sri Lanka: highlights off the beaten track
- Sail in a Safari boat in the most pristine National Park to observe wild elephants.
- A nature trek in Sinharaja Rain Forest, endorsed as a world heritage site by UNESCO
- Enjoy golden sands and deep blue waters by the magnificent beaches at the East Coast
- Explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress at sunset and catch the breathtaking view from the top.
Welcome to an island of serenity encompassed by gorgeous shores and filled with unforgettable sites. From the gentle greenery at Sinharaja Virgin Rain Forest to the glitz and glamour at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, safari in the Yala National Park, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer. Shimmering blue seas with golden sands under the sun await you at Negombo. The local outstanding ancient culture still boasts of its glorious days with fantastic ruins.
Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla are landmarks for the unique engineering techniques used by the Sri Lankan ancestors. Experience the ever changing beautiful scenery of the hill country on your very own train with the white puffs trailing above. From jumbo elephants to tiny flittering butterflies, from train rides to boat rides on tranquil waters, enjoy the most diverse holiday on our little island.
- 14 nights accommodation in mentioned hotels in sharing double rooms
- 14x breakfast
- Meeting & greetings at the airport upon arrival and assistance during the stay
- Bottle of mineral water on arrival
- Private transport in Air con Vehicle
- Service of English Speaking Guide
- Seasonal and other supplements at hotels
- Entrance Fees at places of interest (Given as a supplement)
- Extensions of stays
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Sri Lanka
You will be warmly welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport by our representative who will remain at your disposal through the very end of the trip. Your journey starts with a drive to Negombo and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the amazing Sri Lankan beaches to get prepared for your exciting adventure.
A touch of nature in Sinharaja Rainforest
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you drive to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely the Sinharaja Rainforest. It is a biodiversity hotspot where you will be amazed by the great variety of endemic fauna and flora. In the afternoon, you can make a short trek through the virgin forest and across the shallow fresh water streams, snaking down the untrodden paths. After having explored an unique kind of nature, you will return to the hotel in Sigiriya in the evening for a well-deserved rest and overnight stay.
Exciting Safari at Udawalawe
Have you ever wanted to observe wild animals in their natural areals? Drive to Udawalawe in the morning after having breakfast at the hotel. Udawalawe National Park is home to a lot of free elephants and it the best place to see them in the wild. Go on a safari across the rough terrains of the park in the afternoon and spot many different species of wildlife including the lumbering sloth bear, the elusive and rarely seen leopard, purple-faced langurs, wild buffaloes and various birds in the sky. At the end of the day you can enjoy a refreshing rest in your Udawalawe hotel.
Tea lovers Experience
While traveling to the central highlands in the morning, you will experience the drastic change of the climate from hot to chilly as you approach the hilly regions. Embark on an excursion among the lush growing tea bushes and witness how the world famous Ceylon tea is picked by the deft hands of the saree clad ladies and brought into the factory. All tea lovers get the chance to observe the unusual transformation from leaf to tea and precisely how their favorite drink is prepared!
Enjoy the real taste of the authentic Ceylon tea at the served complimentary for you at the hotel and spend the night in the hill country.
Overwhelming views at Lipton Seat and Adisham Bungalow
After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, your day starts off with visiting the Lipton Seat. Sir Thomas Lipton, who pioneered tea making in Sri Lanka, favored this spot as a lookout point over the surroundings covered in a green carpet of tea. You can imagine the freshness as you take in this lovely scenery. The famed Lipton tea was named after the pioneer himself.
The next stop on your journey is the Adisham Bungalow. Once home to the elite of the British governors, today being a monastery for the Benedictine monks, the bungalow tells a story of changes in history. The building itself boasts of Jacobean architecture while the surrounding is breathtaking with hilltops covered in mist.
Back to the hotel amidst the hills for the overnight stay after a day full of excitement.
A sip of fresh air at Ella
Touring off the beaten path is a dream come true in Sri Lanka! Hop into a train and embark on a scenic ride from the hill country to the mountains of Ella. Take in the spectacular view of the hills rising against the horizon covered with greenery.
Spend the rest of the day at your own pace, hiking mountain tracks, discovering new animal species and indulging yourself to a relaxing time in the nature.
Inspiring Wildlife at Gal Oya
Departing from Ella to Gal Oya in the morning, you will set off to one of the most astonishing experience durng your vacation. You will enjoy a boat trip in the Gal Oya National Park, one of the most pristine National Parks in Sri Lanka. The picture of wild elephants peppering the surface of the water is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sri Lanka! Witnessing this will make you want to follow their example and dive in the crystal clear waters.
Spend the night at Gal Oya Lodge on the outskirts of a private forest. The lodge has been constructed using ecofriendly natural material thus playing an important role in environmentally responsible tourism.
A Journey in History
After having your breakfast in the wild, continue your journey to Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Travel back in time to visit the many ruins remaining from the glorious past. Ever wondered what is the greatest landmark of Sri Lanka? Pay special attention to the stone statues at the Gal Viharaya where the seated, standing and recumbent statues of Lord Buddha has been hewn intricately out of the rocky face of the boulder.
After a day full of sightseeing around Polonnaruwa, will follow a departure to Trincomalee and stay overnight at the Eastern Coast to experience the difference between the regions.
Maritime challenge at the Eastern Coast
Your ninth day in Sri Lanka will start with getting to know the city of Trinco which can offer a lovely combination of lively spirit and seclusion. Feel the lessons of history by visiting the remains of a once grand fort: Fort Frederick.
Various activities can engage your afternoon. You can get even closer to nature by watching Dolphins and Whales. Pods of dolphins and whales arrive at the Eastern coast making it one of the best place to view the marine mammals.
For those of you that are more adventurous and spontaneous, multiple water sports such as snorkeling among the colorful corals, diving, jet surfing are available at Pigeon Island. Diving into the blue water will set your mind and spirit free.
After an tiresome day, return to the hotel to recover yourself and prepare for further adventures.
Tune in, set back, relax!
Who hasn't dreamt of hearing the ocean waves while being kissed by the sun on a stranded beach where there is no one else but you?
Having explored the liveliness of the Eastern Coast, you might as well treat yourself to a nice relaxing day by the beach. Cool down the tempo of your vacation and set aside some time to enjoy sun bathing and swimming. Re-charge your batteries for even more exciting times!
Cultural Triangle Experience
Setting off on another journey after breakfast, this time to the Cultural Triangle. This place is full of historical landmarks and spectacular atmosphere. Take your time to explore but in the evening climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress under the setting sun, to catch the breathtaking view from the top. The boulder, carved to resemble a lion in the past, acted as the palace and fortification for King Kasyapa of the 4th century. Having reached the peak, you will witness the glorious sunset behind the green canopy surrounding that rock.
The Cultural Triangle hotel will accommodate you after the wonderful time you've had throughout Day 11.
City Tour in Anuradhapura
Leave the hotel to Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka. Get a sip of ancient history through the tour around the city that will reveal many ruins from the past. If you have still not seen enough natural wonders, you will visit the Sacred Bo Tree, which is over 2500 years old and considered to be the oldest tree in South East Asia. Being a vivid place, the city has to offer you plenty of treasures from the past, from the high rising white dagobas to the fallen pillars of ancient palaces,
If you haven't had enough of the wildlife experience, you can embark on yet another jeep safari to the Minneriya National Park to witness the largest gathering of free elephants in the wild. The herds of jumbos come together near the shores of the Minneriya tank making it the perfect moment to observe them.
Return to spend another night Cultural Triangle hotel and prepare for whatever the new day has to bring.
Kandy: Spiritual & Culinary Memories
What is Sri Lanka without its highly spiritual culture? Built by King Walagambahu as a token of gratitude, Dambulla Rock Cave temple is the largest cave temple in the island and renowned due to its painted interiors filled with many statues of the Lord Buddha.
Continuing your drive to Kandy, you could visit the spice garden at Matale, where local spices are grown and used for preparing dishes as well as used for medical purposes.
In Kandy you will cotinue the experience the Sri Lankan cuisine but in an innovative way: by a Tuk Tuk ride to taste the many different traditional local savories and dishes while cruising through the city.
Visiting the Temple of the Tooth relic in the evening will allow you to join the many devotees at the Pooja. By light of an oil lamp you will take part in and witness the beauty of the glow the flickering flames cast across the temple grounds.
Time to say Goodbye!
It might be time to go back home after the remarkable vacation at Sri Lanka but you can make one final stop. On your way to the airport, you will hop off at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where many orphan elephants, both young and old are cared for by their human foster parents. Participate in feeding the baby jumbos their bottles of milk which they will greedily guzzle and witness the giant herd make their way serenely down to the river to spend time playing with water and bathing. You will get the closest ever look at wild animals and will feel the joy of taking care of them,
Snapping back to reality to arrive at the airport on time for your departure flight, will make you feel reluctant to leave. But the vivid memories and captured moments will inspire you to set off on your next exotic journey.