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  • Visit the beautiful location of Sri Lanka, tour exciting locations and experience a wealth of unique culture along the way.
  • Highlights include visits to the botanical gardens of Peradeniya, an Elephant Safari in Udawalawe National Park and Small Adams Peak in Ella.
  • Choose to travel  for 8 or 10 nights while you enjoy comfortable accommodation, alongside Half Board Dining throughout the stay. 

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Your Destination

With 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to be found in such a small area of land and a 2,000-year-old culture, Sri Lanka is as fascinating as it is beautiful. 

A destination that is often skipped by many a traveller on their trips to India or Asia, Sri Lanka remains one of the Indo-Asian best-kept secrets. Visit their ancient sites and marvel over their legendary temples, or see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree, Anuradhapura. Take a safari tour in one of Sri Lanka’s national parks to encounter elephants, leopards, water buffaloes, and exotic birds, or spend the day relaxing on the dazzlingly white, often untrod, beaches. Try your hand at a little surfing or retreat up into the Sri Lankan hills to experience a more temperate climate and the lavish greenery of the tea plantations. And if you can even trek through the rainforests with an experienced guide or just take in the breathtaking vistas on a spectacular train ride.  

With fabulously flavoursome food and a vast array of culturally rich experiences to delve into, Sri Lanka promises to be one of your best-loved travel destinations, and the charm of the people will simply enchant you.

Our Offers

Offer 1: 8-night Discovery of Sri Lanka Tour

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Offer 2: 10-night Discovery of Sri Lanka Tour

Your Itinerary In Brief

Both Offers:
Day 1:
Arrival - Wadduwa 
Day 2: Wadduwa - Kosgoda - Balapitiya - Tangalle 
Day 3: Tangalle - Udawalawe National Park - Udawalawe
Day 4: Udawalawe - Ella - Bandarawela - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy 
Day 5: Kandy
Day 6: Kandy - Matale - Dambulla - Sigiriya  
Day 7: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya  

Offer 1:
Day 8: 
Sigiriya - Kurunegala - Negombo  
Day 9: Depart from Negombo

Offer 2:
Day 8: 
Sigiriya - Kurunegala - Chilaw 
Day 9: Chilaw
Day 10: Chilaw
Day 11Depart from Chilaw

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Wadduwa
Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be welcomed by your driver guide and immediately transferred to Wadduwa. On arrival, check in to your hotel for dinner & an overnight stay. The rest of the day is at your own leisure (Transfers in private vehicle for 1 ½ hours).

Day 2: Wadduwa - Kosgoda - Balapitiya - Tangalle
After breakfast at the hotel, drive towards the Southern part of the island. This morning, the first stop will be at Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Centre. There are five varieties of sea turtles in Sri Lanka. The main nesting habitats are located in the district of Galle.

After the visit, continue towards Galle where you will make your second stop to take a boat ride through the mangroves of the Madhu River. This unforgettable boat ride lasts more than an hour and allows you to visit secret passages through mangrove forests and observe the rich bio diversity. Then, at the beginning of the afternoon, you will arrive at Galle. Take a visit of the the city and the Old Dutch fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its old winding streets between the walls of the fort, it is one of the most charming ancient cities of the island, having preserved many traces of its colonial past. At the end of the visit you will resume your journey to Tangalle visiting Weligama fishing village en route. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel (Transfers in private vehicle for 4 ½ hours throughout the day).

Day 3: Tangalle - Udawalawe National Park - Udawalawe
After breakfast, transfer to Udawalawe via Weeraketiya and Middeniya On arrival in Udawalawe visit the Udawalawe elephant transit home known as "Ath Athuru Sewana". The main goal of this centre is the rehabilitation of orphan elephants in their natural habitat. In the afternoon embark on a safari in the Udawalawe National Park. This is a dry zone park which was declared as a national park in 1972. The park falls between the Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River, surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain ranges that wind endlessly on the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments. This park is famous for its elephants seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding. In addition to elephants, spotted deer, sambhur, barking deer, gray langur, water buffalo and jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this park. On completion you will head to the hotel to check in. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel (Transfers in private vehicle for 3 ½ hours throughout the day).
Day 4: Udawalawe - Ella - Bandarawela - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy 
After breakfast, you will continue your journey towards Nuwara Eliya via Bandarawela passing through the Central Highlands and different plantations. Nuwara Eliya is the former British governor's summer residence, located at 1900 metres above sea level. This city is reminiscent of England with its Victorian villas, rose gardens, pristine lawns, golf course and especially its cool and misty climate. Stop at the Ravana Falls which is associated with Ramayana. On arrival in Ella take a short walk to Small Adams Peak through lush tea plantations while enjoying the sceneries. The view is superb on the Little Adams Peak where you can consummation a worth panoramic view.  You continue your journey towards Nuwara Eliya via Bandarawela. 

Take a city tour of Nuwara Eliya and thereafter, proceed to Kandy, visiting a tea plantation and a factory  where you will uncover the different processes of making tea. Continue towards Kandy, the cultural and spiritual core of Sri Lanka, thus registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, beautifully situated at 350m altitude. Arrival & check in to the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel (Transfers in a private vehicle for 4 ½ hours throughout the day).

Day 5: Kandy

After breakfast, visit Kandy the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy was the last royal capital of the country until 1815 and its attachment to the British crown. It is today, the cultural and spiritual core of Sri Lanka, thus registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. Kandy crafts an array of cultural, historical and heritage visitors from across the globe. Visit Dalada Maligawa the most famous site of Kandy also called Temple of the Tooth of Buddha because of the relic that it keeps preciously inside. Every day hundreds of Buddhist pilgrims come to worship the precious relic of Buddha. 

There after, visit the botanical gardens of Peradeniya, in the suburbs of Kandy. These gardens are the largest in Sri Lanka and surely among the most beautiful in the world. In these former royal parks, you will find more than 147 hectares of hundreds of floral species including more than 300 varieties of orchids and a majestic fig tree of java, whose branches extend on about 2500 m². 

You will then visit a gem lapidary. Late in the afternoon, you have the privilege of view a traditional Kandyan dance show. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel (Transfer in a private vehicle for 1 ½ hours during the day). 
Day 6: Kandy - Matale - Dambulla - Sigiriya
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then proceed to Matale where the majority of spices produced by Sri Lanka are grown. Stop in a spice garden. Here, you will discover the different spices growing in Ceylon. You will then leave for Dambulla where you will visit the rock monastery of Dambulla. The caves are dug in a huge block of granite perched at over 160 m altitude which includes five rock temples. The walls of the first were covered with gold leaf, which earned him to be called "The Golden Rock". In these five caves are hundreds of Buddha statues, as well as frescoes which cover about 1,800 square metres, depicting effigies or episodes of Buddha's life. As you enter the monastary, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold. On completion transfer to Sigiriya. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel (Transfer in a private vehicle for 3 ½ hours during the day). 

Day 7: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya
After breakfast, leave for Habarana. Today you will enjoy a Sri Lankan village experience boarding a tuk tuk and followed by a cart ride through the countryside and a boat ride on the small lake in a fishing boat. These boasts are called catamarans (English term derived from two words Tamil, Katta and Maran). You will then visit a local plantation before going in a local village house where you will be given a traditional Sri Lankan cooking demonstration.

Following this you will transfer to Polonaruwa. Here, you will take a city tour. Situated 218 kilometres from Colombo, Polonnaruwa is yet another well planned medieval city defended by enclosed walls, graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes which bears witness to a glorious past. A dominant feature of the city, is the vast 5940 acres of irrigation lake aptly named "Parakrama Samudraya" or the sea of Parakrama, after its royal builder King Parakramabahu. This lake depicts an example of the advanced engineering and construction skills prevalent during the ancient times. This gigantic reservoir was built to collect rain water, which did not permit a drop of water to go waste. Following this, transfer to Sigiriya. Arrival & check in to the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel (transfer in a private vehicle for 3 ½ hours during the day).

8 Night Itinerary

Day 8: Sigiriya - Kurunegala - Negombo 
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Sigiriya & in the afternoon ascend Lion Rock, a rock transformed into a fortress palace. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site doesn't only boast 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 splendour 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 metres laminated with graffiti. 

Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears, to uncover how the citadel floated above citizens with an irrigation system that pumped water right onto its summit. With an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king, this remained a wonder in Asia for centuries. You will then leave for Negombo via Kurunegala. Return to hotel for an overnight stay and dinner at your hotel (Transfer in a private vehicle for 4 hours during the day, 2 ½ hours of walking time).

Day 9: Depart from Negombo

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and dependent on your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home (transfer in a private vehicle for 20 minutes).

10 Night Itinerary

Day 8: Sigiriya - Kurunegala - Chilaw
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Sigiriya & in the afternoon ascend Lion Rock, a rock transformed into a fortress palace. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site doesn't only boast 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 splendour 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 metres laminated with graffiti. 

Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears, to uncover how the citadel floated above citizens with an irrigation system that pumped water right onto its summit. With an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king, this remained a wonder in Asia for centuries. You will then leave for Chilaw via Kurunegala. Return to hotel for an overnight stay and dinner at your hotel (Transfer in a private vehicle for 4 hours during the day, 2 ½ hours of walking time).

Day 9 & 10: Chilaw 
Day at leisure on the beach of Chilaw and undertaking fun-filled activities. Treat yourself to an epic adventure by diving into the turquoise waters of this exotic destination or simply spend the end of your trip enjoy some well-earned realxation and beachside bliss. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 11: Depart from Chilaw 
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and dependent on your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home (transfer in a private vehicle for 20 mins).

Your Tour Hotels

Throughout their tour, our members will be accommodated in the following hotels (or of a similar standard and geographic location) with a Half Board Board Basis (breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant - excludes drinks).

Your Hotels

Your Tour Hotels Your Tour Hotels
Wasdduwa: Citrus Waskaduwa or similar in a Superior Room
Tangalle: Ranna 212 in a Deluxe Room, Golden Pearl Tangelle in a Deluxe or Superior Room or similar
Udawalawe: Centuria Wild or similar in a Deluxe Room
Kandy: Hotel Thilanka, Hotel Topaz or similar in a Deluxe Room
Sigiriya: Hotel Sigiriya in a Superior Room, Amaara Forest Hotel, Hotel Sigiriyana by Thilanka, Kaveri Ayurvedha Resort or similar in a Deluxe Room
Chilaw: Anantaya Resort & Spa in a Superior Room 
Negombo: Camelot Beach Hotel or similar in a Coatal Deluxe or Deluxe Balcony Room

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
or
Adults Adults
2 Adults
+
1 Child

Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Your Journey in Sri Lanka

Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.

The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Transfers are included throughout in an air-conditioned vehicle.

For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly.

Weather

Jan
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Feb
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Mar
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Apr
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May
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Jun
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Jul
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Aug
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Sep
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Oct
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Nov
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Dec
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Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here. 


Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel. 

As of 6 June 2019, the FCO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka. 


Entry Requirements
 


You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on. 


You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa online at Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. Although it’s still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it’s better to get one before you travel. 


Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka. 


Health
 

For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/health and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/204/sri-lanka.

Visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

All regions of Sri Lanka experience outbreaks of the mosquito-borne dengue fever. The Epidemiological Unit of the Ministry of Health issued a public message on 1 May 2018. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance. 

 

In More Detail

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: before 12 pm

Our price doesn’t include a city/accommodation/tourism tax which may be payable locally.

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included?

  • Accommodation in 4* hotels as per itinerary or similar category
  • Half Board
  • Accommodation in 4* & 5* hotels as per itinerary
  • Half Board
  • Water bottles in each room upon arrival
  • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • All entrance fees mentioned as per itinerary
  • Excursions to UNESCO sites
  • The colonial cities of Galle & Nuwara Eliya
  • Safari at Udawalawe National Park to meet the Elephants
  • Photo permits
  • Transfers in an A/C vehicle from arrival until departure

Not Included

  • All the beverages & lunches as per the itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Cost of optional local excursions
  • Video permit at Temple of Tooth
  • Entrance fees to any of the sites if not mentioned in the package inclusions
  • Cost of beverages throughout the tour
  • Tips and Portages
  • Visa fees
  • First breakfast (If arriving early morning)

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Important Information

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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