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Sri Lanka - Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 Days - Valid: Oct.21 to Jun.21

Sri Lanka - Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 Days - Valid: Oct.21 to Jun.21

Colombo, Sri Lanka

From: R 16,900.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 16,900.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    8 Days
  • Valid From

    24th of October 2020 (Saturday)
  • Valid To

    12th of June 2021 (Saturday)
  • Expires

    31st of August 2020 (Monday)
  • Need Visa's

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

When we reach the otherside of this pandemic discover Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle and visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the exquisite Dambulla cave temple and the historic Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Add a scenic train trip through the verdant tea plantations and spot wildlife at Udawalawe NP, all in an exciting one week holiday.

On this tour you will do Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle and visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the exquisite Dambulla cave temple and the historic Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Add a scenic train trip through the verdant tea plantations and spot wildlife at Udawalawe NP, all in an exciting one week holiday.


  • Colombo - The Fort area, Galle Face Green and Gangaramaya Temple
  • Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
  • Kayanwala village visit & cookery demonstration
  • Kandy - city tour including Tuk Tuk ride, Temple of the Tooth and cultural performance
  • Scenic train ride through waterfalls and tea plantations from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and drive though Nuwara Eliya's 'Little England'
  • Ratnapura - heart of the nation's gem mining industry
  • Polonnaruwa - the ancient capital city of Ceylon
  • Dambulla - Rock Temple
  • Matale - spice gardens
  • Giragama Tea Factory - a working tea factory with a long history 
  • Udawalawe National Park - home to the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants

Valid for guaranteed departures on 210 to 17 Oct.20. & 03 & 10 Apr.21

About the Holiday


Day 1 Colombo - your way

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 & Polonnaruwa

Colombo - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla. Bidding farewell to Colombo this morning we drive inland to Dambulla, stopping en route at a fruit and vegetable market in Naramwela Town. Dambulla Rock Temple is an incredible ancient complex of caves which date back to the 1st Century BC. The five caves contain over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre carved statue.

After exploring this ancient site we continue to Polonnaruwa. This fascinating 11th century city is home to many interesting ruins and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. Polonnaruwa was once the capital and is also the second most ancient city in Sri Lanka. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening return to Dambulla for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dambulla  |  Breakfast

Day 3 Sigiriya & Kandy

Dambulla - Sigiriya - Kandy. This morning we explore Sigiriya and the famous ‘Lion Rock’ fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. It can be viewed from miles around and is definitely one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and famous sites. You’ll be able to view the world famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens which stand in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.

From Sigiriya we take a bullock cart ride and short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala. Here, at Kayanwala village we take part in a cookery demonstration in the mud brick home of a local woman and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of curry, dahl, spiced rice, pickle and more. En route to Kandy we stop off a spice garden in Matale, to see the different herbs and spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Kandy Temple of the Tooth

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 a 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. This evening, we watch a cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan music and dance this evening.

Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 5 Scenic Train trip & Tea Plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. This morning offers free time before transferring 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 beautiful drive through Nuwara Eliya - an area known locally as '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 of 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 Colombo City Tour

Udawalawe National Park - Colombo. This morning we visit the Gem Mine and Museum at Ratnapura. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 40 out of the 85 types of gems in the world.

Arriving to Colombo, we commence a city tour seeing the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. We'll see the stunning Gangarama Temple and take a stroll along Galle Face Green, a popular spot for kite flying and games of cricket.

Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 8 Goodbye Sri Lanka

Saturday. Today offers free time for you to independently explore the city, before included departure transfer to the airport.


Includes & Excludes
  • 7 nights 4* heritage properties
  • 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 8
  • Touring of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe, Gem Mine and Colombo
  • Scenic train trip Kandy - Nuwara Eliya, canoe and Tuk Tuk trips
  • Jeep safari/ game drive in Udawalawe National park
  • Escorted by an English speaking national guide for group 6 or more (professional chauffeur guide for groups of 5 or less)
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Valid for guaranteed departures between 24 Oct.20 & 12 Jun.21

Departures on 19 December 2020 and 09 January 2021 from R21 900 per person sharing.

R9 900 for single supplement for solo traveller wanting own room.

  • International flights to Colombo
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$50-$60, paid in local currency
  • Entrance Fees: USD$120-$140, paid in local currency
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 6 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Items of personl nature
Package Conditions:

Valid for guaranteed departures between 24 Oct.20 & 12 Jun.21

Departures on 19 December 2020 and 09 January 2021 from R21 900 per person sharing.

Single supplement R9900 per person for solo travellers wanting their own room.

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 and increased airfares. 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. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season

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 citys 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 19 June 2020.

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