If you like the idea of easy-going activities with plenty of time to relax, then this is the ideal itinerary for you.
Tour prices are available upon request, as the rates vary depending on the time of the year, number of people travelling, required number of rooms in each hotel and standard of hotels (Budget, Superior or Deluxe). Please contact us if you’re interested in this 13 Days / 12 Nights holiday tour itinerary of Sri Lanka and let us know when you’d like to travel.
Colombo Office: 282, Rajagiriya Road, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka.
Phone: 00 94 716290739
Email: [email protected]
We provide you with a clear information and rating of all hotels we use for Sri Lanka tours.
BUDGET: Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
STANDARD: 3-star standard hotel accommodation, always featuring en-suite rooms, a restaurant and a swimming pool.
SUPERIOR: 4-star standard hotel accommodation, featuring en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool, a fitness centre.
DELUXE: 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities.
- Hotel accommodation for 12 Nights with breakfast.
- All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
- Escorted by English speaking chauffeur guide.
- Half-day game drive in 4WD safari jeep in Yala National park.
- Scenic train trip from Peradeniya – Nanu Oya in the Observation Carriage.
- All taxes and service charge.
Price Does Not Includes
- Entrance Fees: USD$115 per adult, the amount should be paid in LKR, which may vary as per exchange rate.
- International flights and visas.
Price may be subject to change at time of booking
Day 1: Arrival in Colombo
We will have your flight details ahead of time and have a driver-guide to meet you at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. After you picking up your luggage, please look for a signboard of your name. You will then be transferred to a hotel located in the heart of Colombo for you to have a good rest after your long flight. The distance between Colombo and BIA Airport is 35 km, and will take you from 45 to 90 minutes.
Day 2: Tour of Colombo
Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is an interesting blend of the varying influences, it has seen for more than 600 years. Its importance as a trading port increased after the arrival of the Portuguese to the island in the early 16th Century. Colombo continue to grow under the Dutch and British, and today shows the marked influence of all those cultures from the Islamic mosque, the Catholic, Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches. The Duch Colonial style of architecture is very much in evidence, as are the special quarters for separate trades in the Colombo Fort and Pettah areas. Some of the major tourist places in Colombo that you should not skip are Gangaramaya temple, Colombo Lighthouse, The Prison Cell of the last Sri Lankan King, Lighthouse with Clock Tower designed by Lady Ward, Galle Face Promenade with cannons of World War II, South Expansion of the Colombo Harbour, York Street with remnants of British Colonial Architecture, Slave Island area, famous Hindu Kovil with a uniquely carved gopuram, the scenic Beira Lake in the heart of the city, the War Memorial, Public Library, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo Town Hall, BMICH, Replica of Aukana Buddha Statue, Diyatha Uyana and many more…
Day 3: Colombo – Sigiriya
After early breakfast check-out from the Colombo hotel and leave for Sigiriya (driving distance 180 km / travel duration around 4 hours), from where you could explore many popular tourist attractions and cultural and historical sites of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Dambulla Cave Temples can be visited en-route.
Day 4: Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa
Sigiriya Rock is one of the Sri Lanka’s fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites situated about 30 min from your hotel and if you are planning to climb the rock, we suggest you to start very early to avoid the midday heat and the tourist crowds (it’s a much more enjoyable without the tourist crowds).
Late afternoon, you can tour the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa; one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka protected by UNESCO. The main attractions include a number of dagobas and other ruins dating back almost 1000 years.
Day 5: Sigiriya – Kandy
Today, travel from Sigiriya to Kandy via Matale (driving distance 90 km – around 3 hrs). Kandy is the last seat of the Sinhalese kings, who ceded power to the British in 1815, after many a battle with the western colonial forces, still retains must of its old world charm and traditions of the Sri Lankan life style.
Day 6: Tour of Kandy
There are many places to see in Kandy and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined since 4th Century AD. The temple has decorative walls, a golden roof and fine woodwork. Religious services with traditional music and drumming are held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening where guests can participate.
During the tour of Kandy, you can also visit the famous wood carvings at Embekka Devalaya, Lankatilake Temple, Peradeniya Gardens, Kandy Garrison Cemetery and the Kandy Lake and the Kandyan Cultural Show.
Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
The hill country, in the heart of the island, rises from 3000 ft. to over 8000 ft. and will surrounded you with velvety green freshness year round. The approach, whether by road or rail, is through narrow passes, deep ravines, gushing streams and water falls.
One fabulous way of exploring the Nuwara Eliya is to take a train journey from Kandy. Nuwara Eliya does not have its own train station and the nearest station is Nanu-Oya, about 9 km along the road towards Hatton. Kandy to Nanu Oya train route is one of the most scenic in the country, but it takes at about 4 hours (train departures from Peradeniya Railway Station at 12:30 pm and arrives in Nanu-Oya Railway Station by 4 pm ).
Day 8: Tour of Nuwara Eliya
Land of peace and silence and the the town of Nuwara Eliya is decorated with buildings ranging in style from Georgian to Queen Ann. Parks, trout streams, an 18 hole golf course complete with gorse, the post office with the clockspire, the Anglican Church, Hill Club and many more. Enjoy the tea experience with a walk through a tea plantation and a visit to a tea factory. There are also several picturesque waterfalls to be explored. Piduruthalagala, the island’s highest peak, is a short trek away and the breathtaking view is worth the climb. Less than 2 km, from Nuwara Eliya is Sita Amman Kovil, believed to be the spot where Sita was kept in hiding by Ravana of the Indian epic Ramayana.
Day 9: Tour of Ella – Tissa
After leisurely breakfast, check-out from the hotel and travel to Ella (driving distance 55 km – 2 hrs drive). Ella is a small village located high in the hill-country of Sri Lanka. Ella has some of the best views in Sri Lanka, but it is highly underrated as a tourist destination. Ravana Falls, Ravana cave with the temple, Demodara Railway Station, 9 Arch Stone Bridge and Ella Rock are must see attractions when touring Ella area.
Day 10: Wildlife safari – Beach
This morning, you can enjoy half-day game drive in a 4WD safari jeep through the Yala National Park from 6 am to 10 am. Yala National Park is famous for world’s highest densities of leopards and its elephant population seen in small and large herds. Spotted deer, Sambuhur, Barking deer, Monkey, Wild Baffalo, Wild Boer, Sloth Bear and innumerable varieties of endemic and migratory birds. Peacock is the most famous of the birds at the Yala. The mating dace of the male with its colourful plumes fully spread is a photographer’s delight. This morning, you can enjoy half-day game drive in a 4WD safari jeep through the Yala park from 6 am to 10 am.
In the late afternoon, check-out from the hotel and leave for southwest coast visiting Kataragama Temple, Kirinda beach and several other historic sites en-route.
Days 11 & 12: leisure on the beach
Sri Lanka is a paradise of unlimited sun, sea, sand and surf all year round. The southwest coast of the island is at its best for sea adventures for bathing and surfing.
Short tours shall be arranged from your beach hotel to typical villages in the interior and points of interest, such as Hikkaduwa (coral), Galle (old Dutch Fort), Ambalangoda (mask making) and several Buddhist temples with interesting temple murals of the Buddhist revivalist period.
Days 13: Transfer to Airport
You will be transferred to the CMB Katunayake Airport in good time, for your flight home. ( Driving distance between your beach hotel in the southwest coast to CMB Katunayake Airport 155 km – 2 hrs 30 min).
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