16 DAYS ●
A laid-back journey, giving you plenty of time to explore the wonders of Sri Lanka for yourself. Travel to ancient temples, beautiful beaches and spot elephants and leopards on this wildlife-packed itinerary.
Look for leopards on safari
See the lighthouse and discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dutch Fort
Wander through this UNESCO heritage ancient kingdom
Explore lush tea plantations and taste the local produce
Our Sri Lanka Explorer 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 for a two-night stay. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
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. (B,L,D)
Travel to Wilpattu National Park where the 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. (B,L,D)
Rise early and drive to Ritigala Jungle Monastery, where you will explore the ancient ruins. Continue to Sigiriya. This afternoon is at your leisure to relax or explore. (B,L)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the heart of King Kassappa’s kingdom between 477 and 495 AD. Climb to the top of the fortress for spectacular views. Visit the Heavenly Maidens frescoes before driving onwards to Matale for lunch, visiting a spice garden on the way to learn about the ayurvedic properties of the native plants and take part in a cooking demonstration. Afterwards, continue to Kandy. This afternoon will be free for you to explore independently. (B,L)
Explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which were created as a leisure garden for a Sinhala king, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, and the old Royal Palace which is now a museum. (B,L,D)
Leave Kandy this morning and travel to the lush hillside town of Nuwara Eliya, known as the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. Visit a tea plantation on the way for a tour and to taste the produce, before some free time to explore the town. (B,L)
Today enjoy a morning at leisure or rise early for an optional sunrise walk at Horton Plains National Park. Set on a high-altitude plateau, Horton Plains encompasses an eco-system so unique and fascinating that it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that covers the whole of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. Later drive to the spectacularly-set hill village of Ella for lunch with a view, before continuing to Bandarawela. (B,L,D)
Travel to the Elephant Transit Home located near Udawalawe National Park, where abandoned baby elephants are cared for before they are released into the national park. This afternoon enjoy a jeep safari for a chance to spot more of these magnificent animals in the wild. (B,L,D)
Today head to Yala National Park and enjoy an afternoon jeep safari. It is home to elephants, deer and one of the world’s largest populations of leopards. The next day, spot more wildlife on another jeep safari in the morning, with the option for an additional drive in the afternoon. (B,L,D)
Drive to Deniyaya, the gateway to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage-designated area of virgin rainforest and a biodiversity hotspot. (B,L,D)
Take a morning guided trek through Sinharaja. Over half of the country’s endemic wildlife call this forest reserve home, including purple-faced langur monkeys, numerous birds and butterflies, as well as many reptiles, amphibians and rare flora such as orchids. Afterwards, head on to the coastal town of Weligama, where the rest of the day will be yours to enjoy at your leisure. (B,L)
Soak up the sun today on the beautiful beach of Weligama. Between September and April, you may want to join an optional whale watching trip from the neighbouring town of Mirissa. Otherwise, take a chance to wander along the coast, where you may spot the unique stilt fishermen, an old tradition practised by around 500 fishing families in the region. (B)
Travel west to the city of Galle, Sri Lanka’s finest colonial treasure, and once the greatest port in Ceylon. See the lighthouse and the Old Town and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dutch Fort, before exploring narrow streets dotted with Dutch colonial villas, museums and antique shops on a walking or cycling tour. Finish the day in Hikkaduwa, where you will have an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Today visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, home to Sri Lanka’s pioneering conservation project, established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s sea turtles. Later enjoy a safari on the mangrove-lined waters of River Madu. This wetland area is well known for its biodiversity and you can spot some of the 300 species of wildlife discovered in the region, as well as visiting Cinnamon Island to find out about the spice’s cultivation. This evening, enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the following day. (B,L,D)
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.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights.
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.
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.
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.
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