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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 an Elephant Safari in Udawalawe National Park, a half day excursion to observe whales in Mirissa and two and a half days of leisure on a pristine beach of Uppuveli!
  • Choose to travel for 9 or 11 nights while you enjoy comfortable accommodation, alongside Half Board Dining throughout the stay. 
  • Why not opt to travel with Oman Air? Choose from Economy or Business class and fly in style!

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: 9-night Sri Lanka Whales, Dolphins and Elephants Tour

OR

Offer 2: 11-night Sri Lanka Whales, Dolphins and Elephants Tour

Your Itinerary In Brief

Both Offers:
Day 1:
Arrival - Colombo Airport
Day 2: Galle - Mirissa - Udawalawe
Day 3: Udawalawe National Park - Wellawaya - Small Adams Peak - Ella
Day 4: Ella - Bandarawela - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy  
Day 5: Kandy
Day 6: Kandy - Matale - Dambulla 
Day 7: Dambulla - Sigiriya - Dambulla  

Offer 1:
Day 8:
 Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla 
Day 9: Uppuveli - Habarana - Kurunegala - Negombo 
Day 10: Negombo - Departure

Offer 2:
Day 8: 
Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Uppuveli  
Day 9: Uppuveli 
Day 10: Uppuveli 
Day 11Uppuveli - Habarana - Kurunegala - Negombo 
Day 12: Negombo - Departure

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Colombo Airport
You will be welcomed on arrival at Colombo International airport by your guide or driver guide and enjoy an immediate transfer to Galle on the highway. On arrival you will check in to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Depending your arrival you can visit the city of Galle The Old Dutch counter, classified by Unesco, 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. Please note that the check in time is at 1200hrs. (Transfer - Private vehicle 1 ½ hours).

Day 2: Galle - Mirissa - Udawalawe 
This morning you will leave for Mirissa and embark on to the boat in search of Whales and Dolphins. For many years, Sri Lanka has been able to boast of being the best world to observe blue whales and sperm whales as they move over long distances to warmer feeding areas in the Bay of Bengal. The southernmost point of Sri Lanka, not far from the deep waters of continental shelf, allows you to see these huge mammals, but while thanks, get closer to the coast. Blue whales are the biggest animals of the planet and can reach more than 35 meters long, which makes  real giants of the ocean. Their colour has been described as being the same colour as water: rich and deep blue oil.

It is estimated that around 15,000 blue whales now exist around the world and the best place to observe blue whales in their natural habitat found off the town of Mirissa on the south coast. Huge numbers of these cetaceans have been killed in the 20th Century for food and for oil; estimates vary, but it has been stated that more than 360,000 have been killed during that time. It is now imperative that these treasures of the ocean are recognised for what they truly are: endangered but magnificent sea creatures that have evolved into massive proportions earning them a place as the kings of the ocean.

Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department is making concerted efforts to ensure that these majestic Blue Whales will continue to grace Sri Lanka’s shores for many more years to come. After this excursion you will disembark from Mirissa Harbor. There after you will resume your journey to Udawalawe via Tangalle. Arrival and check into the hotel with dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfer: Private vehicle  -  3 ½ hrs in the day). 

Day 3:  Udawalawe National Park - Wellawaya - Small Adams Peak - Ella 
After the breakfast 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 and is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain range that keeps on winding 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.

After the safari, 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 Continuation towards Ella with beautiful landscapes of the lowlands and great views of the plains. Stop at the Ravana Falls which is associated with Ramayana. On arrival check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Optional:
In the afternoon 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. It will be priceless if you could visit the place in the evening with the sun set. Check in to the hotel on arrival. (Transfer - Private vehicle 3 ½ hours + walk - 1 ½ hours).     
Day 4: Ella - Bandarawela - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy 
After breakfast continue your journey towards Nuwara Eliya via Bandarawela, passing through the Central Highlands and different plantations. Visit Nuwara Eliya Governor's Summer Residence at 1900m of altitude. Nuwara Eliya, seems reminiscent of England with its villas Victorian gardens, rose gardens, pristine lawns, golf course and especially its cool and misty climate. Opt for a city tour to discover more before you proceed to Kandy region, visiting a tea plantation and a factory where you will have an explanation of the different methods of making black tea. Continue towards Kandy, the gateway to the capital of "mountains" in Sri Lanka. Classified by UNESCO, the city is beautifully situated at 350m altitude, around its lake, and surrounded by lush green hills. Arrival and check in to the hotel before dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfer - Private vehicle - 4 ½ hours). 

Day 5: Kandy

Kandy is a World Heritage Site and the last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings. It 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 (Dalada Maligawa). Every day hundreds of Buddhist pilgrims come to venerate the precious relic of Bouddha.

On completion, transfer to Peradeniya and visit the beautiful botanical garden of Peradeniya, First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya - today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy - is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well-tended lawns, pavilions and an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Unquestionably one of the oldest and most beautiful gardens in the world.  On completion return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfers  - Private vehicle  1 ½ hours).
Day 6: Kandy - Matale - Dambulla 
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you proceed to Matale, where spices are grown in this region of Sri Lanka. Stop in a spice garden and discover the different spices growing in Ceylon, then the compositions, creams and mixtures that can be made and their use. The spices have been one of Sri Lanka's most famous exports. On completion leave for Dambulla, visit the rock temple of Dambulla declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1991. Dambulla 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. On completion transfer to your hotel in Dambulla and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfer - Private vehicle  3 ½ hours).

Day 7: Dambulla - Sigiriya - Dambulla
After breakfast leave for Habarana. Today you will have a Srilankan village experience. You will board a tuk tuk  and afterwards bullock cart ride through the countryside and have a boat ride on the small lake in a fishing boat, called catamaran (English term derived from two words Tamil, Katta and Maran). Then visit a local plantation before going in a village house where you will be given explanations about Sri Lanka cooking demonstration. On completion transfer to Sigiriya and in the afternoon enjoy the ascent of Lion Rock, a rock transformed into a fortress palace. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site.

Sigiriya doesn't only boast of ancient Sri Lankan engineering and 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 and 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 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. Return to hotel for overnight stay and dinner at your hotel. (Transfer - Private vehicle - 3 ½ hours/Sigiriya 2 ½ hours of walking time).

9 Night Itinerary

Day 8: Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla 
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Polonnaruwa and embark on a City Tour of Polonnaruwa. Situated 218 kilometres from Colombo, it 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 irrigation lake of 5940 acres aptly named "Parakrama Samudraya" or the sea of Parakrama after its royal builder King Parakramabahu depicted 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. On completion return to Dambulla and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfer - Private vehicle - 3 ½ hours).

Day 9: Uppuveli - Habarana - Kurunegala - Negombo 

Breakfast at the hotel before you transfer to Negombo via Kurunegala. On arrival check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure on the beach or spend your free time visiting the fishing village and city of Negombo. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfer - Private vehicle - 4 hours).

Day 10: Negombo Airport - Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you transfer to the airport according to your flight time for your international flight home. (Transfer - Private vehicle - 20 minutes).   

11 Night Itinerary

Day 8: Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Uppuveli 
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Polonnaruwa and embark on a City Tour of Polonnaruwa. Situated 218 kilometres from Colombo, it 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 irrigation lake of 5940 acres aptly named "Parakrama Samudraya" or the sea of Parakrama after its royal builder King Parakramabahu depicted 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. On completion transfer to the eastern shores of the sandy beaches of Uppuveli where you will find the one of the pristine beaches in Sri Lanka. Arrival and check in to the hotel before dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfer - Private vehicle - 3 ½ hours).

Day 9 & 10: Uppuveli 
Day at leisure on the beach of Uppuveli 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 relaxation and beachside bliss. Dinner & overnight stay at your hotel. During the beach stay you will have a vehicle at your disposal with 80KMS per day.

Places that you can visit around Uppuveli:
Koneshwaram Temple
If you only visit one sight in Trincomalee, make it the colourful Koneswaram temple. Surrounded by the dramatic Swami Rock and Gokarna Bay, the classical medieval complex is Trinco’s biggest draw. The site is a major Hindu pilgrimage centre, and one of the Pancha Ishwarams (five abodes of Shiva) built in Sri Lanka to honour one of the principle deities of Hinduism.

Frederick Fort 
As with many fortifications in Sri Lanka (Galle Fort for example) Fort Frederick was constructed by the Portuguese, rebuilt by the Dutch and then commandeered by the British. Today, the fortress is occupied by the Sri Lankan military, but visitors are able to explore several of its ramparts.

British War Cemetery
After Singapore fell to the Japanese in World War II, Trincomalee became the main naval and air base for the British and allied powers in South Asia. The cemetery contains the graves of 364 soldiers of the British Empire who were killed or died during World War II. Nationalities include Sri Lanka, India, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Italy, East Africa, South Africa, Myanmar and Pakistan.

Kanniya Hot Springs
The seven geothermal wells at Kanniya are a popular destination for holidaying Sri Lankans, locals and international tourists alike.

Day 11: Uppuveli - Habarana - Kurunegala - Negombo 
Enjoy the morning at leisure before you check out from the hotel around 1200hrs. Afterwards, transfer to Negombo via Habarana and Kurunegala. On arrival check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel. (Transfer - Private vehicle - 5 ½  hours).

Day 12: Negombo Airport - Departure
Breakfast at the hotel before a transfer to the airport according to the flight schedule for your departure flight. (Transfer -  Private vehicle - 20 minutes).

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
Galle: Lady Hill Hotel, Fairway Sunset Galle or similar in a Deluxe Room
Udawalawe: Centuria Wild or similar in a Deluxe Room
Ella: Morning Dew or similar in a Deluxe Room
Kandy: Hotel Thilanka or similar in a Deluxe Room or Amaya Hills or similar in a Superior Room
Dambulla: Amaya Lake, Sigiriana by Thilanka or similar in a Deluxe Room
Uppuveli: Trinco Blu by Cinnamon or similar in a Superior Room 
Negombo: Camelot Beach Hotel or similar in a Coastal Deluxe or Deluxe Balcony Room

Sleeps up to

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

Guests staying on Christmas Eve/Day (24th/25th December) or New Year's Eve (31st December) will have an additional fee added to the cost of their booking, payable for mandatory gala dinners on these dates.

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 as per itinerary 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
min : 23°C max : 30°C
Feb
min : 24°C max : 30°C
Mar
min : 25°C max : 31°C
Apr
min : 26°C max : 31°C
May
min : 26°C max : 30°C
Jun
min : 26°C max : 30°C
Jul
min : 26°C max : 29°C
Aug
min : 27°C max : 29°C
Sep
min : 26°C max : 29°C
Oct
min : 25°C max : 29°C
Nov
min : 25°C max : 29°C
Dec
min : 24°C max : 30°C

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.

There are increased levels of dengue cases in 2019. Please be sure to check all health advice on the following link before travelling, paying particular attention to the 'Other Risks' section. This advice is subject to change. 

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

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: 12 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 (All breakfasts and dinners as per the itinerary)
  • 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
  • Safari at Udawalawe National Park to meet the Elephants
  • Photo permits
  • Vehicle at guests disposal during the beach stay - 80 KMS per day
  • 15-minute head massage during the visit of Spice Garden
  • 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
  • Insurance
  • 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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