Dambulla cave temple
See the largest and best-preserved Dambulla cave temple complex in Sri Lanka
Try the famous tea and flavourful food
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Enjoy the waters of the Indian Ocean whilst in Bentota
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK. Arriving London the same day.
You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration & Emigration has announced that British nationals arriving in Sri Lanka before 31 January 2020 on a short visit of up to 30 days are exempt from paying visa fees.
You will need to get a visa to enter Sri Lanka. If you’re staying for less than 30 days, the Sri Lankan immigration authorities recommend that you get a visa online (ETA) from the official portal before you travel.
For the latest information and advice on visas, check with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka.
Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your sole responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates of the countries in which you are planning to travel.
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
The transfer time from Colombo Airport to your hotel in Colombo is approximately 50 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Sri Lankan rupee
You can exchange the money from the airport exchange counters. That is the most recommendable option.
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of £50.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.
The emphasis is on casual clothing for throughout. Comfortable shoes or walking boots are recommended. Please bring some warm clothing for example a fleece or warm outer jacket for the evenings in Nuwara Eliya as the temperature in tea plantations is approx.10 degrees lower than in other parts of the country. Conservative dress is preferred for both men and women. No shorts or vest tops in restaurants. In the temples the dress code would be same for men and women, that is shoulders and legs covered, no hats, and shoes to be taken off.
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|October||30 °C||26 °C|
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