Trip reference number: Group Tour
Trip Operator: TransIndus
Day 1 Colombo
On arrival at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by the TransIndus team and escorted to the Galle Face Hotel or similar. In the afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the capital, followed by a welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2 Colombo, Habarana
After breakfast, board our tour coach for the four-hour drive inland to Habarana, in the Cultural Triangle region, where the group will be spending three nights at The Village by Cinnamon or similar. Enjoy a guided village walk in the afternoon.
Day 3 Habarana
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Sinhalese capital of Anuradhapura, a forty-minute drive away from the hotel. Today it remains an important site for all Buddhist pilgrims.
Day 4 Habarana
In the morning, we visit the UNESCO-listed site of Sigiriya, a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Accessed by a steep 600 feet hike up to the ancient natural rock fortress that dominates the surrounding landscape. After lunch, head to Polonnaruwa the most compelling of the ancient capitals. From the 11th to 13th centuries, a succession of ancient kings developed an immense city here.
Day 5 Habarana, Kandy
Promptly after breakfast, the group will depart for Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second city in the Central Highlands, stopping to see the beautiful Dambulla Caves en route. In Kandy stay at the Swiss Residence or similar for two nights.
Day 6 Kandy
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya will be the first stop on today’s tour. Later, we’ll visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic before attending a music and dance performance at the neighbouring Kandyan Cultural Centre.
Day 7 Kandy, Nuwara Eliya
A long but scenic drive takes us in the morning from Kandy to the undulating tea country of Nuwara Eliya, where we’ll spend a couple of nights at the Blackpool Hotel or similar. The afternoon will be at leisure to enjoy the hotel grounds and pool.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy an early excursion to the Horton Plains, site of the famous World’s End viewpoint, followed by a tour of Nuwara Eliya’s sights in the afternoon.
Day 9 Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park
The tour continues with another half-day journey, this time to Sri Lanka’s deep south, to visit the island’s premier wildlife reserve, Yala National Park. You’ll be staying at the EKHO Safari Hotel or similar, 20 minutes from the park gates.
Day 10 Yala National Park
Enjoy morning and evening game drives in the park. Between safaris, relax in the pool and grounds of your hotel, located beside a lake that is home to the leopard and herds of wild elephants as well as a variety of birdlife.
Day 11 Yala National Park, Waskaduwa
Today drive along the coastal highway to the World Heritage city of Galle. Enjoy lunch before a tour of the town’s main sights, including the Dutch Museum, Groote Kerk (Great Church) and the National Maritime Museum. Later, drive onward 90-minute to Waskaduwa Beach, where you’ll be spending the last two days of your trip. Stay at the Citrus Waskaduwa or similar for two nights.
Day 12 Waskaduwa
Spend the day enjoying Waskaduwa’s magnificent golden sand beach.
Day 13 Waskaduwa, UK
Time to bid farewell to Sri Lanka as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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