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Explore Sri Lanka

8 days fr £655pp

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

TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard fr £655pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/03/2020 - 30/04/2020
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
This short but action packed tour around Sri Lanka is a great way to get to know this colourful and fascinating country seeing lots of the famous sights and meeting the friendly people. Beginning and ending in the capital city Colombo, you travel to the country's historic heart, climb the breathtaking Lion Rock fortress at Sigiriya and visit the buzzing town of Kandy. All this and a relaxing day's stay at a resort beside the ocean makes for a truly memorable holiday.
Day 1
Colombo
On arrival at Colombo airport you will be met by our chauffeur guide and driven to your hotel in the city. Relax after the journey before being taken on a city tour. Colombo has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient and Sri Lanka’s largest city located on the west coast draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour.
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Day 2
Habarana
Today you check out of your hotel and are driven through Colombo on the way to Habarana, a journey of around four hours. On arrival check into your next hotel, the Chaaya Village, and the rest of the day and evening is free for you to go out and explore or take one of the optional tours around this historic region of the country. The small town is surrounded by a lake making it a great a place for walks and it is at the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle.
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Day 3
Sigiriya
One of the highlights of the tour today when you are taken to nearby Sigiriya to visit the Lion Rock, one of the seven World Heritage sites on the island. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress and ruins of a royal castle. It's many attractions include water gardens, world renowned frescos and mirror wall and the views from the top having climbed an old iron staircase are sensational. If you still have the energy there's an optional excursion to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa in the afternoon
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Day 4
Safari and cave temple
This morning you are taken on a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park which consists of evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. The main feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank, an incredible place to see the elephants who come to bathe and huge flocks of birds. Then leave and head for Kandy stopping on the way at the UNESCO World Heritage Dambulla Cave Temple. Overnight at the Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy.
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Day 5
Kandy
Enjoy a morning at leisure and in the afternoon your guide will take you around Kandy for a city tour, visiting the Temple of the Tooth and seeing a Cultural Kandyan Dance Show. Sri Lanka's hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is the country's most beautiful town where you can see the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa. There are many shrines and temples, where you can view rare paintings, frescoes, wood and stone carvings. Overnight at the Cinnamon Citadel.
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Day 6
Kandy - Beruwela
Possibly time for some more sightseeing and souvenir shopping in colourful Kandy before checking out of your hotel and beginning the four and a half hour drive to Beruwela for your well earned half-board beach stay at the luxurious Cinnamon Bey resort hotel. During the 150 mile drive towards the ocean you will see lots of scenes of every day life in Sri Lanka. On arrival check in and the rest of the day and evening is free.
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Day 7
Beruwela
Enjoy the last full day of your holiday relaxing by the hotel pools or on the beach. Set on tropical grounds along the Indian Ocean, this polished beachfront hotel has a Turkish theme. Featuring balconies with ocean and garden views, the vibrant, modern rooms are a delight and there are seven restaurants and bars, including a laid-back buffet eatery and an open air sushi bar. There are two outdoor pools, a gym and a lovely spa.
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Day 8
End of tour
Time for some last minute sunbathing to top up your tan before saying goodbye to the luxury of the Cinnamon Bey and beginning the journey back to Colombo which takes around two hours from Beruwela. Now you can choose to stay on in Sri Lanka's capital and see more of the sights or head to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. This short tour makes a great introduction to one of the world's most beautiful islands.
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