15 DAYS ●
Join us on an exciting discovery of Sri Lanka, including beautiful beaches, ruins lost in the jungle, unique wildlife, tea plantations and stunning waterfalls. One of the highlights of this land is its gracious people and a rich abundance of surprises on offer.
Watch the stilt fishermen catch their fish dinner
Sip freshly-plucked ceylon tea in Sri Lanka's 'city of light'
Gaze on the magnificent St Clair's Falls
Meet these rehabilitated elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Our Pearl of the Indian Ocean itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Colombo, arriving late at night. You will be transferred to your hotel in nearby Negombo for an overnight stay.
Travel to Wilpattu National Park where an abundance of wildlife have made their home around the many lakes. Enjoy an afternoon Jeep safari with the chance to spot elephants, sambar deer and even leopards. Continue to Anuradhapura for an overnight stay.
Rise early and drive to Ritigala Jungle Monastery, where you will explore the ancient ruins. Continue to Sigiriya, for a two night stay. This afternoon is at your leisure to relax or explore.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress or ‘Lion Rock’, rising 200 metres from the jungle. 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.
Travel to Dambulla and tour the Dambulla Rock Temple. Dating back to the 1st century BC, the temple is made up of five caves that have been converted into shrine rooms containing around 150 Buddha statues and colourful frescoes. Continue to Kandy, a sacred Buddhist city, visiting a spice garden in Matale en route.
This morning visit the local market to pick up some fresh produce before a cooking demonstration of traditional Sri Lankan dishes. Next, explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which were created as leisure gardens for a Sinhala king and visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. Later, visit the National Museum, a gem museum and an arts and crafts centre. This evening enjoy a cultural dance performance before dinner.
This morning is free in Kandy before heading for the station to catch the train to Nanu Oya – the scenery that you pass through is some of the best in Sri Lanka! Proceed to the town of Nuwara Eliya, known as the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. Visit a tea plantation and tea factory en route.
This morning visit St. Clair’s Falls, one of the most unique waterfalls in Sri Lanka. You can view the waterfalls from the road above or walk 500 metres along a trail that winds through tea plantations to take a closer look. Afterwards, tour a local tea plantation.
Drive to Udawalawe National Park, famous for its elephant population. While here, you will explore the park on an open-top 4WD safari.
Rise early to see the early morning feeding of the elephants at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, which provides care and rehabilitation to orphaned or displaced elephants. Continue on to Mirissa, stopping along the way at Weligama to see the unique stilt fishermen, an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in the region.
Take an early morning whale and dolphin watching tour. Take this chance to spot the almighty Blue whale and many others before enjoying the afternoon free to explore this delightful beachside town.
Tour the colonial port town of Galle including the fort, lighthouse, Dutch Museum and Dutch Reformed Church. Travel to Bentota, Sri Lanka’s
most popular beach destination.
Drive to Colombo and tour the Fort District, the surrounding merchant streets and enjoy some shopping at the Pettah Market.
This morning explore Colombo further, visiting Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists, a Hindu temple, the historic Dutch Wolvendaal Church, Colombo and Natural History museums and the Dewatagaha Mosque. After a late checkout, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. A myth about Sri Lanka is that the food is of poor quality and always spicy. This is definitely not the case! In addition, a great deal of Sri Lankan cuisine is vegetarian.
Drinks are at your own expense. Beer is widely available. Bottled drinking water and soft drinks are widely available – you should only have ice, juices, or lassies from a trusted source that uses boiled or bottled water.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Sri Lanka. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
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