14 Days
From $2,445 [AU$] per person

Tour Code TL14ROUND

Tour Overview

In this tour you will experience changing vistas at every turn, landscapes, seascapes, massive ancient lake, Royal Cities dating from 3rd century B.C., stately stone and brick architecture, evocatively sculptured Buddha images, pearl white dome shaped relic chambers (Dagobas) royal pleasure gardens, replete with ornate baths and ponds, world famous 5th century frescoes hidden in a pocket of a massive rock citadel, awesome wild life spectacles and National Parks, the habitats of the wild and the beautiful. The natural charm and hospitality of the Sri Lankans will win you over.

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Itinerary

Ayubowan!– may you be blessed with long life, with this beautiful traditional greeting, we are greeted by the Travel Lanka Journeys chauffeur guide on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo) and taken to our hotel in Negombo.
Overnight Negombo

Standard stay: Goldi Sands hotel or similar
Premium stay: Jetwing Blue or similar

After breakfast we visit the fishing village in Negombo, it is fascinating to see the way of life that happens here on a daily basis.

Leave for Wilpattu National Park.

Standard stay: Heritage Hotel or Tented camping near Wilpattu
Premium stay: Rajarata Hotel or similar
Meals: B,D

An exciting day, at dawn with packed breakfast we are on Safari in Wilpattu National Park. This is the largest National park in Sri Lanka. The park is famous for its leopard population and the bird life. Also have the chance to spot sloth bears and elephants.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. Sri Lanka’s first capital dating back to 500 B.C. being a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit amazing places such as Abhayagiriya, The Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, Sri Maha Bodhi, Kuttam Pokuna and Isurumuniya.

Standard stay: Heritage Hotel or Tented Camping near Wilpattu
Premium stay: Rajarata Hotel or similar
Meals: B,D

After breakfast, we leave for Sigiriya.

Enroute, we tour a local village where we experience traditional life, for our lunch in our cooking class we are taught how to cook Sri Lanka style.

Later afternoon, we climb to view the Dambulla Cave temple (1st C. B.C.) an isolated rock mass embellished with murals and statues of the Buddha the largest number found in one place.

Overnight Sigiriya

Standard stay: Camellia Resort or similar / Eco resort for the nature lover
Premium stay: Aliya Resort or similar
Meals: B,D

Early morning we visit Sigiriya, a World Heritage Site (5th century AD), is an impressive rock fortress and royal citadel of a king for 18 years. Exciting climb to the summit to the site of the Sky Palace which commands a magnificent view of the royal water gardens.

Afternoon, select one of these experiences –

Visit to the Minneriya National Park to see wild elephants. During July/August witness “the gathering” to see more than 150 elephants gather around the lake.
Or
A bike tour with an expert cycle guide around Sigiriya village. Cycling in Sigiriya ruin city is a wonderful experience and explores ancient archeology, nature and Sigiriya Fortress Structure. Sigiriya Cycling Excursion 18 Km and duration ride 2–3 hour ride.

Standard stay: Camellia Resort or similar / Eco resort for the nature lover
Premium stay: Aliya Resort or similar
Meals: B,D

After breakfast leave for Kandy.

Enroute visit a spice garden in Matale.

Kandy is the picture book location, embraced by verdant hills, a lake at the centre and the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha) hallowed by the Buddhist world. Kandy was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese kings ceding to the British in 1815.

Afternoon, we visit Kandy city, market, gem museum and an art and craft centre.

Evening visit Temple of Tooth Relic and attend the evening ‘Pooja’ ceremony.

Later witness a cultural dance show.

Standard stay: Randholee Resort or similar
Premium stay: Amaya Hills or similar
Meals: B,D

Morning, visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Midday, we board our train to Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya station) for a scenic world renown train journey, passing waterfalls, suspension bridges and tea pickers on our journey.

Check into your hotel in the hill country.

Nuwara Eliya is well known as little England. The nostalgia of the British empire builders is reflected throughout Nuwara Eliya in buildings, gardens, landscaping and the terraced tea gardens.

Note: Train Journeys are subject to availability due to high demand.

Standard stay: Ripon Grand Hill or similar
Premium stay: The Grand Hotel or similar hotel
Meals: B,D

Early morning (with packed breakfast) we visit Horton Plains National park and trek to World’s End and Baker’s Falls.

Please note this is about a 4 hour trek on sometimes uneven rocky ground sometimes a little bit steep.

Short local trail walks for the less adventurous.. The views are just spectacular.

Note: If you wish to opt out on visiting Horton Plains National park, you can simply explore Nuwara Eliya town and visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens or visit Moon Plains, in the morning.

Afternoon, visit to a tea factory to observe the processing of tea leaves before it comes as tea to your cup!

Late afternoon, High Tea at The Grand Hotel (own expense), feel back in time to the Victorian era.

Standard stay: Ripon Grand Hill or similar
Premium stay: The Grand Hotel or similar hotel
Meals: B,D

We leave for Yala National Park, winding down from the high hills to the verdant plains with breathtaking views of the island’s high country.

We stop at famous Ella town for lunch.

If time permits, visit Eth Athuru Sevana (Elephant Transit Home for wild elephants). We proceed to Yala.

Standard stay: Kithala Resort or similar
Premium stay: Jetwing Yala or similar / Luxury tented camping (additional cost)
Meals: B,D

An exciting day dawns, Morning 06:00 – 09:00 AM and afternoon 15:00- 18:00 we are on safari. Yala has beautiful terrain and boasts of a growing leopard population, herds of elephants and spotted deer, bear and innumerable varieties of birds among others.

Standard stay: Kithala Resort or similar
Premium stay: Jetwing Yala or similar / Luxury tented camping (additional cost)
Meals: B,D

Morning we leave for Galle, passing beautiful coastline scenery, the sea lapping the sand and swaying palms keeping rhythm.

Afternoon, we visit Galle, 17th century Dutch fortified city with a natural harbor exuding old-world charm especially, inside the old Dutch fort – a UNESCO heritage site.

Evening at leisure to dine out at a nice boutique restaurant inside the Galle Fort and experience the evening atmosphere.

Standard stay: The Lady Hill or Thambapanni Retreat at Unawatuna for the beach lover
Premium stay: The Bartizan or similar
Meals: B

Breakfast at hotel. An enjoyable boat ride on Madu river, through mangrove tunnels to a cinnamon plantation, Sri Lanka grows the best cinnamon in the world.

We also visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda, where turtle eggs are collected, hatched, baby turtles nurtured, numbered and released to the sea.

Later visit Ambalangoda, famous for masks and masked dancing used in exorcism ceremonies and low country dancing. We observe mask carving and learn rituals and ceremonies connected to each mask.

Back to hotel, free to relax, swim or indulge in Spa Treatment.

Standard stay: The Lady Hill or Thambapanni Retreat at Unawatuna for the beach lover
Premium stay: The Bartizan or similar
Meals: B

Morning we proceed to Colombo.

Late afternoon a short sightseeing tour of the metropolis, Colombo. Visit Galle Face Green, Dutch Hospital, Museum (Optional), Independence Arcade, bazaar streets and shops.

Check in to your transit hotel in Colombo for a quick refresh before departure.

Transit stay: Fairway Colombo or similar

Transfer from Colombo to Airport through the airport express way for departure flight home carrying wonderful memories…

NEXT – Planning your return trip to Sri Lanka.

Tour Info

  • Any time
  • Best time to visit Sri Lanka on this tour: Dec.–Apr. and June–Sept. (Dec./Jan is the peak season)
  • Air conditioned car / van (4pax) with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Negombo | Anuradhapura | Sigiriya | Dambulla | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Ella | Yala | Galle | Colombo
  • 12 night standard / premium accommodation sharing twin on half board basis (dinner and breakfast included as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned car / van with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 13 breakfasts, 12 dinners
  • Government tax and service charges
  • International airfare
  • Lunch & beverages
  • Entrance fees, jeep hire costs, trekker chargers etc at sites and locations from the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Video camera and still camera permits at some locations
  • Compulsory peak and any seasonal supplements at selected hotels
  • Departure airport tax
  • All prices are quoted in AU$
  • All prices are based on per person sharing double or twin room and subject to change without prior notice

Tour Cost

Standard Accommodation Option

From $2,445 [AU$]

per person, twin share
Tour cost inclusive of entrance fees and activities as per itinerary AU$3,045.00 per person

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Premium Accommodation Option

From $3,445 [AU$]

per person, twin share
Tour cost inclusive of entrance fees and activities as per itinerary AU$4,045.00 per person

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