Island Explore Tour – 13 Days

SRI LANKA HOLIDAYS WITH LEISURE TOURS

Island Explore 13 Days

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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.

Price Includes
  • 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: 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: Sightseeing in 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

Morning leave for your next hotel situated in Cultural Triangle (driving distance 180 km / duration 4 hours), from where you could explore many popular tourist attractions. You may visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Dambulla Cave Temples en route.

Day 4: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa

Rise early and climb the magnificent Sigiriya Rock, one of Sri Lanka’s fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Climb to the top of the rock provides excellent views of the surrounding area and on reaching the summit you can inspect what remains of the old fortress. You will be in no rush to abandon the spectacular views at the summit.

Late afternoon tour the Polonnaruwa – Medival Capital, one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka. The main attractions include a number of dagobas and other ruins dating back almost 1000 years.

Day 5: Sigiriya – Matale – Kandy

Today, proceed from cultural triangle to Kandy via Matale (driving distance 90 km – 3 hours). 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 .

Kandy is also the venue of the Esala Perahera, easily the most colourful pageant of Asia, in honour of the Tooth Relic. As the pageantry of the Esala Perahera unfolds through ten nights each year, the city takes on the air of a torch-lit dreamland, complete with a hundred or more colourfully caparisoned elephants, drummers and dances and chieftains in the rare colourful trappings of the old kingdom.

Day 6: Sightseeing in Kandy

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. You might also want to see famous wood carvings at Embekka Devalaya, Lankatilake Temple, Peradeniya Gardens, Kandy Garrison Cemetery and the Kandy Lake.

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 the railway 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 station at 12:30 pm and arrives in Nanu Oya railway station by 4 pm ).

Day 8: Sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, it’s a land of peace and silence. The nostalgia of the empire builders is reflected in Nuwara Eliya. The town is decorated with buildings ranging in style from Georgian to Queen Ann. Park, 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: Nuwara Eliya – Sightseeing in Ella – Tissa

Head to deep-south via Ella, a beautiful 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. The Ravana Falls, Ravana cave and the temple, Demodara Railway Station, 9 Arch Stone Bridge and Ella Rock some of the interesting sights that can be explored en route.

Day 10: Morning Wildlife Safari – South-West Coast

Yala 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 south-west coast of the island en route exploring Kataragama Temple, Kirinda beach and several other historic sites.

Day 11 and 12: Leisure on the Beach

Sri Lanka is a paradise of unlimited sun, sea, sand and surf all year round. The south-west coast is at its best for sea adventures between November – April and the sea is fine 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.

Day 13: Depart to CMB airport

You will be transferred to the CMB airport in good time, for your flight home.

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