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Enjoy the stunning beauty of Sri Lanka on this 12 day trip across the island. Get up close to Sri Lanka's iconic native species such as Leopards, elephants, spotted deer or water buffalo. Stroll the ancient laneways of Anuradhapura, Climb the colossal Sigiriya Rock Fortress and marvel at the Dambulla Rock Temple. Explore the beautiful old city of Kandy, venture into the heart of tea-country and admire Dutch colonial architecture at Galle Fort, before discovering coastal town of Bentota.
Boutiques of Sri Lanka cover the key attractions with carefully selected experiences to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Classic itineraries include time for relaxation or for adding extra activities. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.
On arrival at Airport, you will be met by a representative of our ground partner Aitken Spence and transferred to your hotel in Negombo.
Enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
After Breakfast at the hotel check out and travel to visit the Wilpattu national park for a safari.
This is the land haunted by big cats of the island paradise. Recording a vast number of Sri Lankan Leopards - smarter looking than its Indian cousin - Wilpattu National Park has been named due to 'Willus' (Natural Lakes) studded throughout the park.
Apart from big cats & precious flora, the park is well known for a healthy population of elephant, sloth bear, spotted deer, mongoose and water buffalo. Do not be surprised if the squeal of a helpless wild boar pierce through your ears, just observe closer and you might be presented with a fantastic hunt because it is all action that speaks at Wilpattu.
Enjoy some breakfast in the morning before heading out to the ancient city of Anuradhapura where you have the chance to stroll the ancient laneways on a guided city tour.
Commanding a rich Sri Lankan heritage, Anuradhapura - one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world starring 113 kings & spanning over 1300 years in its peak - avows of being the greatest city of ancient Sri Lanka following its reign as the first capital. The sapphire of its crown is certainly the Sri Maha Bodhi - the sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment - standing more than 2200 years in its pride. Stroll through the sacred trails of the venerated city to adore the legacy that interweaves Ruwanweliseya - the gigantic dagoba resting alongside the Basawakkulama Tank - shading the Samadhi Buddha Statue & Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empower the culture, heritage and supremacy of arguably the strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history.
This morning, depart for a guided tour of the Sigiriya rock fortress.
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
This evening visit Minneriya National Park and experience a jeep safari.
If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants roll on to the grass-covered banks to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world - over 300 at a time - which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.
After Breakfast at the hotel you will check out from the hotel and continue your way to Kandy.
En route visit the famous Dambulla Rock Temple. In the city of Dambulla lies a hub, which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting. Once the visit to the Dambulla Rock temple is complete you will proceed your way to Kandy.
On arrival, discover the beautiful old city of Kandy. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary.walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
This morning you will continue your way to Nuwara Eliya.
En route visit a Tea plantation. Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
After Breakfast at the Hotel spend the rest of the day at leisure. Please note that you will have the vehicle at your disposal for a maximum mileage of 80Kms.
This morning after Breakfast you will continue your way to Udawalawe.
Visit en-route the Rawana Falls and enjoy some time by the falls. In the misty mountains of tropical Sri Lanka, the wide Rawana falls gushes down a height of 82 feet falling from an oval concave rock. It takes the form of a drooping areca flower during the peak season of its water flow, but its size is reduced dramatically during the dry season.
Thereafter travel your way to Udawalawe and Check in at the hotel upon your arrival.
This morning travel your way to visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit home.
Meanwhile, Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home bears a different story. Established in 1995, it caters to all injured elephants found in the area before releasing them into their natural habitat. So, make sure to just watch - rather than touch - these gentle giants as they feed, play and mingle with each other, before heading into the wild with one another.
Once complete head to the Udawalawe National Park for your safari.
Be ready to witness trumpets across the border as you approach elephant country around the corner! Udawalawe truly is a sanctuary for the big footed & tusked. Marked by relatively large herds of elephants, the national park proves to be one of the best places one could observe them in their natural habitat. Hop into a safari jeep and head into the park, you are most likely to drive into your first herd of giants within the maiden hundred meters. Turn on your radar into other species - such as potted deer, sambur, barking deer, water buffalo and jackal - found within the park.
Set off along Sri Lanka’s southern coast to Galle to explore the city’s World Heritage listed Fort.
Nestled on the shores of the Indian Ocean, this 36 hectare UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia and one of the best preserved examples of 17th century colonial fortifications in the world. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!
On completion travel your way to the charming fishing village of Weligama to witness the local stilt fisherman at work.
After breakfast enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Please note that you will have the vehicle at your disposal for a maximum mileage of 80Kms.
Transfer to Airport for your departure flight.
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Hotel stays each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All accommodation is handpicked by our GetAboutAsia agents.
• Accommodation in standard rooms on BB basis for 11 nights start with Breakfast on day 02 ending with Breakfast on day 12 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
• Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the above itinerary.
• Entrance fees to Wilpattu National Park, Anuradhapura, Sri Maha Bodhiya, Isurumuniya Temple, Sigiriya Entrance, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla, Cultural Show, Kandy Temple, Visit To A Tea Plantation (Nuwara Eliya), Ravana Falls, Elephant Transit Home (Ath Athuru Sevana), Udawalawa National Park, Galle.
• Cost of a safari jeep at the Wilpattu, Minneriya & Udawalawe national Parks.
• Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
Depends on availability and season