Pearl of the Indian Ocean
From $5,270 - 15 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Join us on an exciting discovery of Sri Lanka, including beautiful beaches, ruins lost in the jungle, unique wildlife and stunning waterfalls. Located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo features examples of Dutch and Portuguese architecture from colonial times against a backdrop of lagoons and the Indian Ocean. Explore the partially excavated ruins of the Ritigala Jungle Monastery, nestled deep inside the Ritigala Nature Reserve. Abandoned after the southern Indian invasions between the 10th and 11th centuries, walking among the ruins will give you a sense of adventure in search of the mythical past. Spend time in Nuwara Eliya, situated 2,000m above sea level, an excellent location for tea production.
Travel to Udawalawe National Park to enjoy an open-top jeep safari and visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Opened in 1995, the home takes care of orphaned and abandoned baby elephants, providing them with food, shelter and medical care before they are released into the wild. It is sure to be a highlight of your Sri Lankan experience!
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO NEGOMBO VIA COLOMBO
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Colombo. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in nearby Negombo for a two night stay.
DAY 2: NEGOMBO
Visit the fish auctions down by the beach, followed by a visit to the Dutch Fort and a local Catholic Church. Later, take a boat trip through the river delta and tour a local farm.
DAY 3: NEGOMBO TO SIGIRIYA VIA MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK
Rise early and drive to Ritigala Jungle Monastery, where you will get a chance to explore the ancient ruins. Afterwards, travel to Minneriya National Park, home to Sambar Deer, leopards and elephants, and enjoy a safari before continuing to Sigiriya.
DAY 4: SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress or ‘Lion Rock’, rising 200m from the jungle surrounding it. Here you will get a chance to climb to the top of the fortress. Later, drive to the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, the second oldest city of Sri Lanka and also a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Tour the ruins of the Royal Palace and Gal Viharaya, a 12th-century rock temple.
DAY 5: SIGIRIYA TO KANDY
Travel to Dambulla and tour the Dambulla Rock Temple, built in the 3rd Century BC. Continue to Kandy, a sacred Buddhist city, visiting a spice garden in Matale en route. This evening you will watch a cultural dance performance before enjoying dinner.
DAY 6: KANDY
This morning visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world and later explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which were created as leisure gardens for a Sinhala King. Afterwards, explore a local market, a gem museum and an arts and crafts centre.
DAY 7: KANDY TO NUWARAELIYA
Leave Kandy and travel to the lush hill country of Nuwara Eliya, visiting a tea plantation and tea factory en route.
DAY 8: NU WARA ELIYA – ST. CLAIR’S FALLS
This morning visit St. Clair’s Falls, one of the unique waterfalls in Sri Lanka. You can view the waterfalls from the road above or walk 500m along a trail to take a closer look. Afterwards, tour a local tea plantation.
DAY 9: NUWARAELIYA TO UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Udawalawe National Park, famous for its elephant population. While here you will be taken on an open-top jeep safari to visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, which provides care and rehabilitation to orphaned or displaced elephants.
DAY 10: UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK TO GALLE
Rise early to participate in the early morning feeding of the elephants, before driving to Galle, stopping to see the stilt fishermen at Weligama en route.
DAY 11: GALLE TO BENTOTA
Tour Galle including Galle Fort, the lighthouse and the Dutch Museum before travelling to Bentota via Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery to learn about turtle conservation.
DAY 12: BENTOTA – MADUGANGA WETLANDS
Journey by boat through the Madu Ganga Wetlands. Sail past traditional fishermen, local farms and small cottages and visit a cinnamon farm. Return to Bentota.
DAY 13: BENTOTA TO COLOMBO
Drive to Colombo and tour the Fort District, the surrounding merchant streets and enjoy some shopping at the Pettah Market.
DAY 14: DEPART COLOMBO
Visit a Hindu temple, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, the Dutch Wolvendhal Church, Colombo and Natural History museums and the Davatagaha Mosque. After a late check-out and dinner, you will be transferred to the airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 15: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
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Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $655 (correct as at Jul 2014 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD70 is payable on arrival in Sri Lanka.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.