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What you can expect

Witness wildlife in their natural habitat in Yala and Minneriya National Park

Marvel at the iconic architectural structure Ahas Namaye Palama, the Nine Arches Bridge

Explore some of Sri Lanka's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Relax with a beach stay at the end of the tour in Beruwala

About the trip

Join Solos as we head to the pearl of the Indian Ocean that is Sri Lanka and explore this fascinating island on an exciting tour. Formally colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, we will see influences of these as well as the Sri Lankan charm. The island has a host of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that we will explore as well as many National Parks where we will get the chance to jump on board a jeep in search of elephants, leopards and many other amazing animals. We will journey on a scenic train ride through the heart of Sri Lanka, through tropical landscapes, green rolling hills with tea plantations, surrounded by mountains. We will end with a beach stay for the final couple of nights, taking in the Indian Oceans crashing waves as we relax and reflect upon the tour.

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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Rooms for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast and dinner daily plus lunches when in Yala National Park
  • Dambulla Cave Temple and Kandy Temple
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress with the option to walk to the top
  • Visit to Polonnaruwa
  • Safaris in Minneriya and Yala National Park
  • Scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella
  • Witness the iconic Nine Arches Bridge
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected


  • Overnight flight
  • Colombo
  • Colombo to Dambulla Cave Temple and Minneriya National Park
  • Sigiriya Fortress and Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy Temple
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Nuwara Eliya to Ella by train
  • Ella
  • Ella to Yala and jeep safari
  • Yala National Park
  • Galle and Beruwala
  • Beruwala – Beach stay
  • Beruwala – Beach stay
  • Return home

Optional extras that can be booked when in resort:

  • Optional trek in Horton’s Plains when in Nuwara Eliya
  • Optional Sunset Trek to Little Adam’s Peak when in Ella

You will need to apply for an ETA visa, information can be found here: apply for an ETA on the ETA website.


Overnight flight from the UK

Today we will depart the UK and take our overnight flight to Colombo.


Arrive into Colombo

We will arrive at Colombo, which is a gateway to Sri Lanka, but we will not just pass by this diverse city. After checking into the hotel, we will drive past the Fort area, the former British administrative centre and military garrison. We will also pass by Sea Street which is the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah before gathering later this evening for our first meal together.

  • Meals included: Dinner.

Dambulla Cave Temple and Minneriya National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Dambulla and visit the Dambulla Cave Temple which dates back to the first century where Buddhist Monks first carved a cave out to create a monastery. Five separate caves contain around 150 magnificent Buddha statues and paintings, where the Buddha images were first created over 2000 years ago.

We will then head to the hotel, check in and then make our way to Minneriya National Park which is known for its heard of elephants, we will board a jeep and head out on a safari in search of the elephants. The park is also an important habitat for Sri Lanka’s two endemic monkeys, deer’s, leopards and the Sri Lankan sloth bear as well many large water birds.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Sigiriya Fortress and Polonnaruwa

Early this morning we will make our way to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which dates back to the fifth century. Known as Sigiriya Lion Rock, the ancient rock fortress is an iconic symbol of Sri Lanka with its massive column of rock that reaches nearly 200 metres high. We have the option of climbing the 1270 steps to see the well-preserved ruins of Sigirya, a UNESCO heritage site.

We will return to the hotel and later that morning and drive to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO heritage site. The city is a former capital of Sri Lanka and was home to the kings. Over time the city has become ruins with crumbling temples and palaces, where monkeys now roam. These ruins though are well maintained, and we will get a good perspective of how the kings would have lived.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Kandy Temple

This morning we will have breakfast at the hotel and drive to Kandy. We will visit Kandy Temple, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, this is a magnificent shrine with decorative walls and golden roof and it is also a renowned place of worship and houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of the Buddha. According to Buddhist legends, more than 2500 years ago, the Buddha was cremated, and parts of the body were saved including a tooth which was snuck into Sri Lanka and became a symbol or Sri Lankan Buddhism, and after numerous places in Sri Lanka, has found its home in Kandy.

We will also pay a visit to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Kandy, boasting more than 5000 species of tress and plants over 147 acres.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast this morning we will drive to Nuwara Eliya, but en route we will stop at a tea plantation. The tea factory and garden is known for its cultivation of Pure Ceylon Tea, grown on the terraces of the Pidurutalagala mountain. We will visit the fields and pick some tea leaves if we wish.

We will continue on to the highest town in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya, known as ‘Little England ’, for its cooler climate, colonial influences on buildings in the region and it being a favourite of the British during colonisation. Tea estates carpet the slopes and banks of the hills, with bungalows doted in the landscapes, accompanied by tiny streams and waterfalls that fall from the surrounding mountains.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.



Nuwara Eliya to Ella by train

This morning we have the option of relaxing at the hotel and take in the lush green surroundings, or we can take an optional trip to trek in Horton’s Plains. The national park is spread over the two highest mountains in the area and is a wild grassland and cloud forest, it is also known for its many pools, waterfalls and rocky hills.

Just after midday we will embark on one of the most scenic train journeys in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya to Ella. The train ride will take us through the rolling green hills of the tea plantations which are overlooked by waterfalls and mountain peaks. Upon arrival we will check into the hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.

Nine Arches Bridge

Ella is a small town tucked away in the green countryside of Sri Lanka. After breakfast in the hotel, we will begin a tour of Ella, and we will witness the impressive Nine Arches Bridge. This is an iconic architectural structure; the stone bridge is built amidst the lush green tea plantations with the stunning mountain ranges in the background. Following this we will visit the Ravana Falls, the widest falls in Sri Lanka. We will then have the option to walk to Ella Rock, which is one of the best hiking areas in Sri Lanka with Ella Rock providing some of the most picturesque views at the top. The walk is approximately three/four hour round trip and reaches an elevation of 1,041 metres at the viewpoint.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.



Ella to Yala National Park

Today after breakfast we will head to Yala National Park, home to the highest concentration of Leopards, whilst also being the home of abundance of Asian elephants, wild buffalo, the sloth bear, jackal, deer and hundreds of different bird species. We will embark on a jeep safari this afternoon through the grassy and open plains, along sparkling waterholes and lakes hoping to witness these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 10

Yala National Park

This morning we will head out into Yala National Park on another jeep safari, jeeps are allowed to enter Yala in the morning and afternoon, so while we are here, we will make the most of our time in search of wildlife. We will return to the hotel for breakfast and have time at leisure before heading out again in the afternoon for our final jeep safari.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 11


After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Negombo, but first we will stop at the city of Galle, perched on the southwestern coast and has grown from its ancient origins. Galle has played host to the British, Dutch and Portuguese, and the city is most well known for the magnificent Galle Fort, the world heritage site was first constructed by the Portuguese back in the 16th century. Galle is also a place where we can see traditional fishing methods, so great place for fresh seafood.

We will continue our day heading to Negombo where we will spend the final days of our holiday relaxing by the beach. Negombo is a relaxed and peaceful beach town. It is rich in history with a well-preserved Dutch Fort, the mix of colonial architecture and vibrant culture creates a unique atmosphere.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 12

Beach stay in Beruwala

Today and tomorrow, we have a much more relaxed style after touring this fascinating island. We will be staying in Beruwala, which is known for its famous ‘Golden Mile’ beach which is a tropical paradise that is edged by luscious green palm groves, a perfect place to relax and unwind.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
DAY 13

Beach stay in Beruwala

We will kick back today and spend the final day as we wish. This evening we will gather one final time for our farewell dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
DAY 14

Return home

This morning we will have our final morning in Sri Lanka before heading back to Colombo Airport for our return flight back to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast.


Hotels or similar on this tour:

On this tour to Sri Lanka, we will stay in the following hotels or a similar standard:

  • Colombo – Fairway Hotel – 1 night
  • Dambulla – Sigiriana Resort – 2 nights
  • Kandy – Thilanka hotel – 1 night
  • Nuwara eliya – Araliya Red hotel – 1 night
  • Ella – Oak ray Ella Gap – 2 nights
  • Yala – Oak ray wild – 2 nights
  • Beruwala- The Palms – 3 nights

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