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Explore Sri Lanka

8 days fr £538pp

Colombo • Habarana • Sigiriya • Minneriya National Park • Dambulla Cave Temple • Kandy • Beruwela

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Get acquainted with the colourful and fascinating country of Sri Lanka with this action packed tour that takes you to lots of the famous sights. Beginning and ending in the capital of Colombo, you'll travel to the country's historic heart, climb the breathtaking Lion Rock fortress at Sigiriya and visit the buzzing town of Kandy - all with warm, welcoming locals and a relaxing resort on the coast to retreat to.

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7 nights from £1,035pp (incl flights)
Valid 01/10/2020 - 31/10/2020
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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard fr £538pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/09/2020 - 31/10/2020
Also included:
  • Accommodation on Half Board Basis
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees -excursions mentioned in itinerary
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Tips
  • Porterage
Overview
The island of Sri Lanka is often known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” for its stunning landscapes and fascinating cultural heritage. This eight-day trip takes you to many of its highlights, including the cities of Colombo and Kandy, the rich biodiversity of Minneriya National Park and World Heritage sites such as Lion Rock and the Dambulla Cave Temple, before ending with some rest and relaxation on the beach at Beruwela.
Day 1
Colombo
You’ll be met on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Colombo, where you’ll have some time to relax before this evening’s city tour. Sri Lanka’s largest city is the traditional gateway to the Orient, and known as a melting pot of Arabic, Portuguese, Dutch and British cultures. Your tour will take in bazaars, beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, stately homes and the historic Wolfendhal church.
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Day 2
Habarana
After transferring to Habarana, you will take a Jeep safari through the evergreen forest and scrub of Minneriya National Park. Here you may see sambar deer, leopards and elephants. You’ll visit the ancient Minneriya Tank, built in the third century AD by King Mahasena, an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as huge flocks of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters.
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Day 3
Sigiriya
This morning you’ll head to Sigiriya to visit Lion Rock, one of the island’s seven World Heritage sites. This ancient rock fortress and ruined castle was once the home to King Kasyapa. The entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a lion, although only a part of the massive paws remain today. You’ll have time here explore Sigiriya’s gardens, frescos and mirror wall, as well as to learn about the Lion Rock’s dramatic history. Afterwards, you have the choice of returning to your hotel or taking an optional excursion to the medieval city of Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which became Sri Lanka’s capital in the 10th-12th century AD after the decline of Anuradhapura. The landscape of this region is dotted by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger than Colombo’s harbour. You’ll visit the Royal Palace complex, including the King’s Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite. You’ll also take in the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu gods, Buddhist temples, the Lotus Bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth.
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Day 4
Kandy
You’ll check out of your hotel after breakfast this morning and transfer to Kandy, stopping en route at the Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the first century BC. This complex of five caves was used as a refuge by an ancient king who, on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images here. These were added to by later kings, and the caves now contain over 150 images of the Buddha, as well as ancient cave inscriptions and 19th-century paintings.
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Day 5
Kandy
After a morning at leisure, this afternoon you’ll tour the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka's hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, where you’ll see the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa and the Temple of the Tooth, and enjoy a dance performance.
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Day 6
Kandy - Beruwela
This morning you’ll proceed to Beruwela for your beach stay. You’ll arrive in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure.
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Day 7
Beruwela
Your last full day in Sri Lanka is a chance to relax on the beach and reflect on a week of memorable sights and experiences.
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Day 8
End of tour
Your holiday comes to an end to day as you’re transferred back to Colombo for your onward flight.
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