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Marvel at magnificent temples, see the World Heritage Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, search for elephants and other wild animals at Yala National Park, discover the fascinating caves at Dambulla and explore the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.
Spend Christmas Day in Sri Lanka's gorgeous tea country, Nuwara Eliya, where you'll take part in an exclusive tea plantation experience wearing a traditional, handmade silk saree dress which you'll get to take home as a memento. After a delicious Christmas brunch, you'll head to the colonial era Grand Hotel for High Tea in their beautiful gardens - the perfect way to spend Christmas Day.
Our Christmas in Sri Lanka tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Spend Christmas morning at a beautiful tea plantation plucking the leaves and tasting the produce dressed in a handmade silk saree
On Christmas afternoon, visit the iconic Grand Hotel to enjoy High Tea in their beautiful gardens
Visit Udawalawe's elephant care centre and participate in curd making
Explore the UNESCO-listed historic ruins atop this 600ft rock and admire the fabulous views below
Tour the wonderful conservation project at Kosgada, where a specialist turtle hatchery works tirelessly to protect Sri Lanka's native sea turtle species, and meet its residents.
Enjoy two opportunities to spot wildlife with a morning and afternoon safari in Yala National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for sloth bear, hyena and the elusive leopard!
Venture inside the Dambulla Cave Temple to explore the huge collection of Buddha statues, including the 14-metre long reclining Buddha. This is one of the most popular religious cultural sites in Sri Lanka.
Welcome to Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean! On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. The rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast you will transfer approximately 3.5 hours to Dambulla. Check in to the hotel and relax before heading to Sigiriya rock fortress late this afternoon.
Today you will be taken to Polonnaruwa ancient city, to hear the tales of how the king’s court was laid out at the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Another important royal capital, more recent than Anuradhapura, with its well-preserved 12th century ruins & impressive stone culture recalls an inspired past. Although nearly 1000 years old, the monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting and their development is easier to follow. There will be approximately 2 hours of easy sightseeing on foot while exploring. Since this is a religious site – the footwear should be removed before entering. Socks may be worn if you wish.
Travel approximately 1 hour to Anuradhapura to explore the magnificent ancient city. Exploration of this ancient city involves approximately 4 hours on foot. Visit the Bo Tree before returning to Dambulla, where the remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.
This morning after breakfast you will be taken to visit Dambulla Cave temple. The transfer time is approximately 10 minutes and you have 1.5 hours to explore, before returning to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Today you depart for Kandy, travelling for about 2.5 hours with a stop enroute at the spice garden in Matale. Your planter host will teach you about the trees, crops and local style of cooking as you journey around the farm. The Sri Lankan garden is a particularly picturesque farm spread over 15 and a half acres towards the top of a mountain so that it boasts incredible views of the Aluvihare Mountains. You are greeted by your host with farm sourced fresh juice and taken on a guided walk where you can learn about the garden’s collection of Sri Lankan produce, from pepper to papaya, cocoa to coconut and mango to mahogany. After observing these crops growing, enjoy the fruits of the planters’ labour with a traditionally prepared rice and curry lunch. Finally, you can enjoy the meal at the Kamatha overlooking the paddy field. Late afternoon you will visit the Temple of the Tooth. The temple can be very crowded during daily prayer services. This evening watch a cultural dance show.
Today after breakfast you will be taken to Nuwara Eliya by train. Train journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya) is approximately 4 hours. You will be transferred from the station and taken to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya, to check in relax for the rest of your day enjoying the hotel facilities before your Christmas Eve dinner.
Merry Christmas! After breakfast you will be taken for a tea plantation experience dressed in handmade, traditional silk sarees which you'll then get to take home with you. Your experience starts in the plantation itself with the tea puckers, giving you the opportunity to learn how to pluck tea then visit the factory where ancient machines pre-dating the industrial revolution wither, roll and dry the tea, followed by learning how to taste different variety of tea. There is normally a little time at the end of the tour for a tea tasting, either of one specific type of tea or occasionally of the various specialties of that factory. Much like a wine tasting, a traditional tea tasting would involve drinking tea (without milk), swilling it around the mouth to get the taste. Return back to the hotel and celebrate the festivities with a scrumptious Christmas day lunch. Later on, enjoy a fabulous High Tea at the Grand Hotel.
After breakfast proceed to Yala, where on your way you will visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Transfer time will be approximately 5 hours.
Early morning, and later this afternoon, you will be taken for a jeep safari at Yala National park, where you will embark on an adventure safari.
Today you will travel the 3 hours to Hikkaduwa with the rest of your day free to go explore your surroundings.
After breakfast you will be visiting Galle Fort, and the journey will take about 1 hour. During the tour of Galle, you will have the opportunity to visit Galle Fort, Old Dutch Church and walk along the Rampart.
You you are off to visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, which you will reach after approximately 1 hour transfer. Visiting the turtle hatchery in Sri Lanka is one of the most recommended things to do. The small town of Kosgoda on the southern strip is famous for its turtle hatchery, the first turtle conservation centre established in Sri Lanka. At the hatchery, fishermen are paid for rescuing the vulnerable eggs which they collect at night, along the sandy beach. Visitors can witness the exceptional sight of them hatching or even see tanks filled with new born hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are returned back to the sea where they are released when they are 2-4 days old. Once placed on the beach, most baby sea turtles start moving towards the water, flapping their tiny flippers. Children in particular love to visit the hatchery and watch the turtles being released back into their natural habitat. Return to the hotel and relax.
After breakfast and checking out of the hotel you travel the 2.5 hours to Colombo. You have some time to relax, before your city tour around this amazing city. Enjoy the the celebrations of New Year's Eve with a dinner at the hotel.
Any time before your flight is free to further explore the vibrant city of Colombo independently. Later, transfer to Bandaranaike Airport to board your onward flight home.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected
We have a selection of dedicated departures for solo travellers. These departures feature a maximum group size of 18 and exclusive benefits including a single room throughout your tour, complimentary return airport transfers (within 50km radius of major Australian airports) and a cocktail on arrival at your destination. Travellers from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne also receive a complimentary Australian airport lounge pass for use prior to departure.
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