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Wild about Sri Lanka - 10 day tour

Wild about Sri Lanka - 10 day tour

Colombo, Sri Lanka

From: R 20,315.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 20,315.00
  • Trip Reference

    #5483
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    10 Days
  • Valid From

    27th of July 2018 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    6th of August 2018 (Monday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Get 15% discount on this set departure tour for 28 July 2018 WAS R23 900 NOW R20315!

Go wild in Sri Lanka visiting Yala, Udawalawe & Bandula National Parks. Add to this Whale Watching in Mirissa & most of the country's famed cultural triangle & you've got the best of Sri Lanka in 10 days!

Highlights include: a jeep safari/game drive in Udawalawe National Park, a scenic train trip from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, canoe & tuk-tuk trips, Colombo, Sigiriya, Matale, Pinnawala, Udawalawe National Park, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy & Galle

About the Holiday

Itinerary

Day 1
Colombo

Saturday. Welcome to Sri Lanka! Airport arrival transfer and remainder of the day at leisure. Our start hotel located on the seafront is a short walk from Galle Road and many of the city highlights. Choose to head out and explore, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a cocktail whilst you watch the perfect sunset over the Laccodive Sea.Overnight: Colombo

Day 2
Dambulla & Sigiriya

Colombo - Dambulla - Sigiriya. Today we leave the capital and travel to Sigiriya. On the way we stop at a local market before arriving at one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. 
 The iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress is our final stop today. Rising 200 metres out of the jungle undergrowth, this impressive citadel is surrounded by a moat and extensive manicured gardens. The summit is reached via a steep staircase winding up the side of the rock and on the way up you can see the world-renowned frescos of the Heavenly Maidens. Overnight: Sigiriya  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Polonnaruwa & Spice Garden

Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Kandy. This morning we explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, an ancient city that was once the second capital of Sri Lanka. Some of the key sights to see here include the ruins of the Royal Palace, the four statues of Buddha at Gal Viharaya, the Audience Hall and several famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple and remains of the former Temple of the Tooth. 
 From Polonnaruwa we continue our journey to the rural village of Kayanwala. We take a jeep ride along the village paths to a lake which we cross by canoe before arriving at a family home. Here we’ll take part in a cookery demonstration and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of curry, dahl, spiced rice, pickle and more. 
 Continuing our journey we make our way towards Kandy, stopping en route at a spice garden in Matale, before arriving in Kandy in the evening. Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Kandy & Tuk Tuks 

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Kandy - the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Our first stop will be the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Legend has it that one of Buddha's teeth was taken from him as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was then smuggled into Sri Lanka in 313AD. It now attracts daily pilgrims who come bearing lotus flowers and frangipani. After driving around the Kandy Lake - built by the last Sinhala king, visiting the local bazaar and a gem museum we take Tuk Tuk ride up into the surrounding hills. This afternoon we stop at a working tea factory at Geragama. Geragama Tea Factory is located in close proximity to the city of Kandy was established in the year 1903, manufacturing 'Low Grown' and 'Long Leaf' tea.Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 5
Nuwara Eliya & Tea Plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. This morning offers free time before transfering to the railway station for a scenic train trip. Passing kilometre upon kilometre of verdant tea plantations that hug the winding mountain passes, we'll see waterfalls, suspension bridges and tea pickers on our journey up to Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. 
 This afternoon we take a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya on a beautiful drive through 'Little England'.Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Udawalawe NP Jeep Safari

Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park. Today we head south to Embilipitiya, our base for exploring Udawalawe National Park. This national park is probably one Boldof the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants. It is thought that there are around 400 elephants here. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and lots of types of deer. We take an afternoon game drive here before returning to the hotel for the night. Overnight: Udawalawe National Park   |  Breakfast

Day 7
Yala NP - Elephant spotting

Udawalawe National Park - Yala National Park. This morning we depart for Yala National Park - the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. This afternoon we take a jeep safari of the park. The park also has one of the highest concentrations of Asian elephants in the world - and about 350 live here. Also present are sloth bears, golden palm civets, Sri Lankan krait, crocodiles and some of the biggest numbers of leopards. The coastline around the park is visited by leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.Overnight: Yala National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 8
Bundala National Park

Yala National Park - Bundala National Park - Mirissa. This morning we depart Yala for coastal Bundala National Park. This fantastic labyrinth of waterways, dunes and lagoons is the home to thousands of brightly coloured birds from over 200 species. It is also home to the magnificent greater flamingo and has a decent amount of Asian elephants that call the park home. We take a jeep safari here before transferring later on to the coastal town of Mirissa for the night.Overnight: Mirissa  |  Breakfast

Day 9
Mirissa

Mirissa - Colombo. This morning, if travelling between 01 Nov - 31 May, its an early start as we transfer to the boat pier for our Whale and Dolphin Watching boat cruise (cost approx $35). During this time of year Fin Whales, Bryde's Whales, Sperm Whales, Blue Whales - the largest creatures on earth, Whale Sharks, Orcas and dolphins are very often seen just a few kilometres off Sri Lanka's southern coast. The round trip may last anywhere between 2 - 6 hours with an average of 4 hours depending on how far out at sea the mammals are located. 
 If travelling between 01 May - 31 Oct the morning is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage Listed Galle fortress - first constructed by the Portuguese in 1588, then expanded and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Next stop, is Colombo and the bustling city centre for a guided tour. We explore the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. Taking a stroll along Galle Face Green and watching locals play cricket before heading over to stunning Gangarama Temple. Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 10
Goodbye Sri Lanka

Monday. Our tour concludes today with an onward departure transfer to the airport. Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Return airport/hotel transfers
  • 9 nights 4 * hotel & heritage hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily & a lunch
  • Touring of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Pinnawala, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe, Kandy, Yala, Bandula & Colombo

From R26 490 for other departures between: 01 Sep to 08 Dec.18

Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees of approx.USD160 - USD1490 per person & tipping kitty of approx. USD56 - USD80 per person
Package Conditions:

Set departure 28 July 2018 15% discounted tour.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports.

Colombo
Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has a rich history, dating back to the fifth or sixth century BC. Buddhism was introduced in the third century BC. It is still the national religion and gives the country its unique atmosphere. The Portuguese started nearly 500 years of colonization in 1505. They were replaced by the Dutch and later the British, who led until independence in 1947.

Colombo is a lively and exciting city where part of the joy is just wandering and watching life unfold on the streets. To the north of the city is the Fort District – so named because both the Dutch and the Portuguese built forts here. This is the main commercial district where many businesses are located. Amidst the modern buildings, this area also has a distinct colonial feel, with the famous clock tower, the president's residence and a smattering of colonial-era buildings, which hark back to the days of the British Empire.

Cinnamon Gardens, the most exclusive area of Colombo, this is a district of large houses set on shady streets, lined with jacaranda and frangipani. Home too many of the city’s most exclusive and trendy bars, shops and restaurants. A stroll round Cinnamon Gardens is a pleasant way to spend a few hours in the city. In the middle of Cinnamon Gardens is Viharamahdevi Park, the city's largest open space.

Sri Lanka is not known for its nightlife, although there are a number of trendy bars that have sprung up in the Fort and Cinnamon Gardens areas of the city. Many of the bars cater for young Sri Lankans, who tend to prefer bar-hopping to staying in one place. There is often live music on weekends. Most of the club life is centred on the large hotels. There is generally a dress code and parties of single men may be excluded. Aim to get there after midnight and be prepared to dance until the small hours.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 27 April 2018

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