Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other

9 Nights in Sri Lanka
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What you can expect

Dambulla cave temple

See the largest and best-preserved Dambulla cave temple complex in Sri Lanka

Flavourful food

Try the famous tea and flavourful food

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Indian Ocean

Enjoy the waters of the Indian Ocean whilst in Bentota

About the trip

In Sri Lanka – a drum beats, an elephant trumpets and a mystical Buddhist chant fills the air all in one moment. This is a magical island like no other, packed with national parks, timeless ruins, unforgettable train journeys and golden beaches. Our 11-day adventure showcases the best of Sri Lanka’s scenery, ancient relics, diverse wildlife, warm-hearted people, mouth-watering cuisine and local culture.

What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast and dinner daily and lunch on day 3
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • 2x mineral water bottles per person per day during the tour
  • Free mobile SIM card on arrival (passport details to be given for ownership transaction)
  • Special gift on the departure
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • London to Colombo
  • Colombo – Habarana Village Tour– Dambulla
  • Dambulla – Sigirya – Minneriya – Dambulla
  • Dambulla – Matale – Kandy
  • Kandy – Paradeniya – Train trip – Nuwara Eliya
  • Nuwara Eliya – Bentota
  • Bentota
  • Bentota – Colombo Airport

Extras

  • Insurance click here
  • Visa

What you’ll be doing

Day 1

London to Colombo

Welcome to spectacular Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at Bandaranayke International Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration, collect our luggage and transfer to our hotel in Colombo. After a short rest at the hotel we will begin our sightseeing tour of Colombo.

Driving through the city to the busy commercial areas, as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens, we will visit Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison; Sea Street, the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah; the Bazaar area, which is also a Hindu Temple; and the Dutch Church of Wolfendaal, which dates back to 1749.

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Day 2

Colombo – Habarana Village Tour– Dambulla (+/-205 km)

After breakfast we will transfer to the village of Habarana where we can enjoy a catamaran ride on the Habarana lake. Later on we will visit the village itself, where we’ll stop for lunch. Our next stop is a local village garden where we can enjoy a Tuk-Tuk ride. We will finish our tour of Habarana with a Sri Lankan cooking demonstration and a ride on a local tractor trailer.

 

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Day 3

Dambulla – Sigirya – Minneriya – Dambulla (+/-40 km)

After breakfast we will transfer to Sigirya and climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” is perhaps the island’s single most fantastic wonder, and is known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that once stood at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence, the huge rock rises to a sheer height of almost 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens. On one of the stairways, a secular painting – the only known ancient work of Sinhala – has survived in the form of frescoes of life-sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour.

 

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Day 4

Dambulla – Matale – Kandy (+/-100 km)

After breakfast we will transfer to Kandy, stopping en route to visit the Spice Garden at Matale. Here we will see many spices, including cinnamon, cardamom and pepper creepers. After seeing the garden, you’ll also have the opportunity to buy some spices to take home if you wish. Next, we will proceed to the Batik Factory, where we’ll see the traditional manufacture of beautiful Batik prints.

 

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Day 5

Kandy – Paradeniya – Train trip – Nuwara Eliya (train journey & +/-20 km)

After breakfast we will visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which is home to over 5,000 species of trees and plants. The origins of the Botanic Gardens date as far back as 1371, when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court at Peradeniya near the Mahaweli River. With 67 hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers, this is a haven not only for scientists but for nature-lovers too.

 

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Day 6

Nuwara Eliya – Bentota (+/-220 km)

After breakfast we will transfer to Bentota for our beach stay. Bentota has one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and is great for watersports and ayurveda treatments.

  • Overnight Nuwara Eliya
  • Avani Bentota 4* or similar
  • Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 7-9

Bentota Day

You will now have 3 free days to spend how you wish. You can get out into local streets and return to chill with a refreshing drink by the sea or catch a train to Galle and the public bus back which is an experience itself! Galle is Unesco World Heritage Site and a delight to explore on foot. Here you can see an exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums. If you wander its rambling lanes you’ll pass stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and impeccably restored hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers and designers.

  • Overnight Bentota
  • Avani Bentota 4* or similar
  • Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 10

Bentota – Colombo Airport (+/-190 km)

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK. Arriving London the same day.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar)

  • Colombo Seven
  •  Amaya Lake
  • Amaya Hills
  • Jetwing St Andrews
  • Avani Bentota

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
October 30 °C 26 °C

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