Golden Sri Lanka

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Colombo | Dambulla | Trincomalee | Dambulla | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Tissamaharama | Bentota

Highlights: 

  • Tour 5 of Sri Lanka’s historical and unique UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Explore the over 2000-year-old Dambulla Cave Temple – the largest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka
  • Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha
  • Explore the Galle Fort – a fortified city with a mix of European and South Asian architectural styles
  • Jeep tour in Yala National Park – see wildlife endemic to Sri Lanka
  • Have an unforgettable experience in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Relax on the clean sandy beaches of Bentota

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Program Code

F-2162

Tour Length

13 Days / 12 Nights

Price From

$ 2,257

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Colombo
Welcome to Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel by private car.

Day 2: Colombo | Dambulla
After breakfast, visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. As you enter the 25-acre coconut property, be ready for an experience unlike any other. Watch baby elephants being bottle-fed, move around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone and take baths in the river. (B)

Day 3: Dambulla | Trincomalee
Transfer to the Trincomalee, a city with a 2,500-year history and one of the best natural deep-water ports in the world. Enter the granite-built Portuguese fort, resting in the heart of the city or head towards the crystal blue sea for an enthralling water adventure. Afterwards, explore the classical-medieval Hindu temple Koneswaram or stroll towards the Bhadrakali Amman Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. Visit Pigeon Island, colonized by rock pigeons and housing some of the best-preserved coral reefs. (B)

Day 4: Trincomalee | Dambulla
Transfer to Dambulla and visit the over 2000-year-old Dambulla Cave Temple, the largest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage site houses some of the most unique and stunning Buddha statues and paintings in five magnificently constructed caves, as well as a gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold. (B)

Day 5: Dambulla
Excursion to two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Start at Sigiriya, a 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below. In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu. (B)

Day 6: Dambulla | Kandy
After breakfast, transfer to Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Continue your journey to Peradeniya and visit Royal Botanical Gardens, with over 4,000 species of plants. (B)

Day 7: Kandy | Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, visit a tea plantation. In Sri Lanka, tea and tourism are words that cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold and misty hills covering lush green blankets of tea plants. Step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea. (B)

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy breakfast, explore Nuwara Eliyaonce, a city founded by British explorers and is often called Little England. It is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows and one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. Then visit Hakgala Botanical Garden, famous for its number of species of orchids and roses. (B)

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya | Yala | Tissamaharama
Explore Yala National Park, the most visited national park in the country. With its variety of ecosystems, the park hosts hundreds of species of wildlife, including many that are endemic to Sri Lanka. On your jeep tour, you will be able to observe wildlife up-close. The park has elephants, sloth bears, spotted deer, jackals, an extensive bird population and the highest density of leopards in the world. (B)

Day 10: Tissamaharama | Bentota
Morning tour of Galle, a city extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Explore the Galle Fort on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. (B)

Day 11: Bentota
The day is yours to enjoy the best of Bentota. Relax on the clean sandy beaches or enjoy water sports. (B)

Day 12: Bentota | Colombo
Transfer to Colombo, the country’s commercial capital. Visit Pettah Floating Market, with trade stalls established on boats. Continue to Colombo International Financial City, an entire city built on an island of reclaimed land. Later, visit Arcade Independence Square, an iconic landmark that was once an insane asylum, now a large shopping complex. (B)

Day 13: Depart Colombo
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)