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Highlights of Sri Lanka

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    $6,380pp
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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.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 12 , Dinners: 13
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    13 nights in 3/4 star accommodation
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Highlights of Sri Lanka tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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You can holiday to Sri Lanka without having to quarantine either on your arrival in the country or on your return to Australia. Visit Sri Lanka's Government Information Page and Australian Government Smartraveller for full details and to ensure you meet the criteria for entry.
 
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Authentic Experiences

Our Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is suitable for those who have a reasonable amount of time to travel and are interested in seeing the main cities and scenic areas of Sri Lanka. This tour incorporates travelling on land throughout which will give you beautiful scenes of the Sri Lankan countryside.

  • Day 1
    Fly To Colombo
    Day 1: Fly To Colombo

    Fly to Colombo. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel in the coastal town of Negombo, a short drive from Colombo.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Explore Sigiriya
    Day 2: Explore Sigiriya

    This morning travel to Sigiriya, home to the 5th-century UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock Fortress, 'Lion Rock'. Built by King Kassapa as the centre of his short-lived kingdom, pass between a pair of colossal lion’s paws and climb to the top for panoramic views. Explore the surrounding gardens as well as admiring the world-renowned Heavenly Maidens frescoes.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Discover Polonnaruwa
    Day 3: Discover Polonnaruwa

    Visit the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. The capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 12th-century, it is a well-preserved city of stupas, frescoes and statues. While here, explore the Gal Viharaya, a magnificent group of rock temples and the Vatadage, an ancient structure with elaborate stone carvings. Return to Sigiriya.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Anuradhapura
    Day 4: Anuradhapura

    Drive to celebrated Anuradhapura. The city's greatest treasures are its dagobas; domes enshrining sacred relics. The most notable is the Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, dating back to the 2nd-century BC, which you will visit today along with the Thuparamaya, said to contain the collarbone of Buddha. Discover the city's most renowned relic, the 2,250-year-old sacred Bo Tree. Emperor Asoka's daughter brought to Anuradhapura a branch of this tree, under which Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Dambulla Rock Temple
    Day 5: Dambulla Rock Temple

    After breakfast, travel to Dambulla where you will tour the Rock Temple. Dating back to the 1st-century BC, the temple is made up of five cave sanctuaries where you'll find some of Sri Lanka's most important Buddha images. Visit a spice garden in Matale where you can see cinnamon, cardamom, pepper creepers and other spice trees growing and watch a cooking demonstration. Continue through majestic hill country to the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural hub.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Cultural Kandy
    Day 6: Cultural Kandy

    This morning, visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. Later, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world. Stolen at Buddha's funeral, the tooth was smuggled into Sri Lanka hidden in the hair of a princess who fled from India. Explore the remains of the Royal Palace, now a museum. This evening you will watch a colourful cultural dance performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Nuwara Eliya
    Day 7: Nuwara Eliya

    Drive to Nuwara Eliya, the 'Little England' of Sri Lanka. Situated at 2,000m above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is the main hill station of Sri Lanka and is known for its excellent tea production due to the cool climate which creates tea with a unique flavour. Visit a tea plantation and tea factory en route. This afternoon enjoy high tea at the Grand Hotel.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Udawalawe
    Day 8: Udawalawe

    Travel to the Elephant Transit Home located near Udawalawe National Park, where abandoned baby elephants are cared for before they are released into the park. Continue to Yala, Sri Lanka's premiere national park.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Yala National Park
    Day 9: Yala National Park

    Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris around the park. It is home to elephants, deer and the elusive leopards, of which one of the world's largest populations can be found.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Coastal Drive To Galle
    Day 10: Coastal Drive To Galle

    Drive to the Hummanaya Blow Hole, the second largest of its kind in the world. After lunch, continue to Dikwella Wewurukannala Temple, dominated by an image of a seated Buddha that is over 48 metres high. Continue the drive along the coastline towards Galle. Stop along the way at Weligama where you may see the unique stilt fishermen, an old tradition practised by around 500 fishing families in the region.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Old Galle
    Day 11: Old Galle

    Explore the Southern capital city of Galle, Sri Lanka's finest colonial treasure, and once the greatest port in Ceylon. See the lighthouse, the Old Town and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dutch Fort, before wandering narrow streets dotted with Dutch colonial villas, museums and antique shops.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
    Day 12: Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

    Travel to Colombo, stopping at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery en route. The hatchery is home to Sri Lanka's pioneering sea turtle conservation project, established in 1981 to protect the local turtle population.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Explore Colombo
    Day 13: Explore Colombo

    Embark on a city tour of Colombo this morning. Explore the Fort district, the historic centre of the city. Wander through Pettah Market. Visit the Dutch Church of Wolvendaal, dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees, and Colombo's finest museums. Late evening transfer for your departure flight.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Fly Colombo To Australia
    Day 14: Fly Colombo To Australia

    Fly to Australia arriving home the same day.

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 89mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 24°c
  • 109mm
  • Kandy
  • 22°c
  • 79mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 15°c
  • 101mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 102mm
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 58mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 69mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 26°c
  • 87mm
  • Kandy
  • 23°c
  • 74mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 15°c
  • 78mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 86mm
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 73mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 147mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 84mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 71mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 72mm
  • Galle
  • 27°c
  • 117mm
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 128mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 28°c
  • 231mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 28°c
  • 169mm
  • Kandy
  • 25°c
  • 188mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 17°c
  • 158mm
  • Galle
  • 28°c
  • 241mm
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 246mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 28°c
  • 371mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 28°c
  • 97mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 144mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 17°c
  • 176mm
  • Galle
  • 28°c
  • 297mm
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 392mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 224mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 28°c
  • 55mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 132mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 172mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 206mm
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 185mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 135mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 70mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 128mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 165mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 165mm
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 122mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 109mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 71mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 113mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 161mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 155mm
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 120mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 160mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 99mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 155mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 179mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 213mm
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 245mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 348mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 26°c
  • 267mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 264mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 227mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 340mm
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 365mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 315mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 26°c
  • 298mm
  • Kandy
  • 23°c
  • 296mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 222mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 302mm
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 414mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 147mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 24°c
  • 258mm
  • Kandy
  • 22°c
  • 196mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 15°c
  • 196mm
  • Galle
  • 26°c
  • 178mm
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 175mm
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Highlights of Sri Lanka map

Places Visited: Australia - Negombo (1N) - Sigiriya (3N) - Polonnaruwa - Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Kandy (2N) - Nuwara Eliya (1N) - Yala National Park (2N) - Galle (2N) - Colombo (1N) - Australia

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