7 Nights Grand Tour Srilanka from £899pp

Dambulla-Anuradhapura-Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Matale-Kandy-Pinnawala-Nuwara Eliya-Yala-Galle
  • Duration

    8 Days/ 7 Nights

  • Tour Type

    Guided Tour

  • Group Size

    Min 2 People

  • Languages

    English

  • Guide Price From£899

    Per Person

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  • Tour Overview

  • Visit medieval capital Anuradhapura

  • Visit Temple in Mihintale

  • Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress

  • Visit Ancient city of Polonnaruwa

  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Visit to Peradeniya Botanical Garden

  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 - Airport/ Damubulla
  • Approx. distance – 144 km / transfer time: 4 to 4.5 Hrs

  • On arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be met by a professional English speaking driver at the Arrival Lounge.

    After completion of formalities at the airport, you will be escorted to an air conditioned vehicle. Thereafter, you will travel to Sigiriya, in the north-central plains. This is an area in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. It is an area with ancient monuments, palaces and monasteries which displays the rich golden age of Sinhalese culture and civilization.

    Upon arrival check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day in relaxation.

    Overnight at the selected hotel in Dambulla.

    Day 2 - Damubulla/ Anuradhapura/ Damubulla
  • Approx. distance – 70 km / transfer time: 1.5 to 2 Hrs

  • After breakfast, depart to Anuradhapura in the North Western Province. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a city tour of this majestic city full of monastic complexes, monuments, temples, palaces and ruins which are well-preserved and mesmerizing.

    Anuradhapura, the first established kingdom of Sri Lanka is one of the oldest continuous inhabited cities in the world. It was founded in the 05th century BC. Buddhism found its first real home in Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura and it has some of Theravada Buddhism’s most sacred sites.

    A few sites that can be seen in Anuradapura

    • The Jetavanarama – The 3rd tallest structure of the ancient world behind the Great Pyramids and the largest stupa ever built anywhere in the world.
    • Ruwanweli Seya
    • Abhayagiri Dagoba
    • Thuparama
    • Lovampahaya
    • Lankarama
    • Isurumuniya
    • Magul Uyana
    • Kuttam Pokuna
    • Samadhi Statue
    • Avukana Buddha Statue

    Thereafter, make the short journey to Mihintale situated on a high mountain peak. It has a special significance for Sri Lankan Buddhists, as it was the place where Buddhism made its presence in the country.

    On completion of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel in Dambulla.

    Overnight at the selected hotel in Dambulla

     

    Day 03 – Damubulla/ Sigiriya/ Polonnaruwa/ Damubulla
  • Approx. distance – 70 km / transfer time: 1.5 to 2 Hrs

  • After breakfast visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the enigmatic rock fortress situated on a rock plateau 370 meters above sea level between Damublla and Habarana.

    On completion pf the tour, proceed to Polonnaruwa situated in the north-central region of Sri Lanka, a well-planned archaeological relic site. It was the capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura Kingdom. Polonnaruwa is symbolic of the rich, culture and civilization of ancient Sinhalese with its numerous palaces, temples, statues, ponds and museums. Polonaruwa has monumental ruins of a magnificent garden city created by King Parakrmabahu I.                     

    A few sites that can be seen in Polonnaruwa:

    • Gal Vihara – A rock temple of the Lord Buddha. The central feature consists of 4 Buddha statues carved into the rock – 2 seated, 1 reclining and 1 standing.
    • The ruins of the Royal Palace
    • Lakatileka Temple
    • Medirigiriya Vatadage – A vatadage is a type of Buddhist structure, circular in shape and adorned with intricate stone carvings, they act as a protection for smaller stupas built within them or important relics.)
    • Statue of the great King Parakramabahu the Great

    On completion return to your hotel in Sigiriya.

    Overnight at the selected hotel in Sigiriya

    Day 4 – Dambulla/ Matale/ Kandy
  • Approx. Distance – 15km / transfer time: 15 to 20 minutes

  • After breakfast proceed to the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

    Dambulla is home to the Golden Temple also known as Dambulla Cave Temple Complex, an iconic image with its interior full of Buddha Statues. Dambulla Cave Temple Complex is the best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. These cave temples were occupied by Buddhist monks in the past. There are 2000 year old murals depicting the life of the Buddha in this Cave Temple Complex. The vividly colored murals on the walls and ceiling cover an area of 2100 meters. These paintings are the largest ancient paintings in the world.

    Thereafter, you will visit a spice garden and batik factory in Matale en-route to Kandy. (Approximate Distance – 65 kilometers / transfer time: 1.5 to 2 hours).

    (Approximate Distance – 25 kilometers / transfer time: 1 to 1.5 hours)

     

    Upon arrival, check into the hotel.

     

    Overnight at the selected hotel in Kandy

    Day 5– Kandy/ Pinnawala/ Kandy
  • Approximate Distance – 45 kilometers / transfer time: 1.5 hours

  • After breakfast you can depart to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a place which cares for orphaned elephants.

    After lunch, commence a city tour of Kandy and visit the Temple the Sacred Tooth Relic, Royal Palace Complex, Kandy Market, Kandy Upper Lake Drive, Gem Museum, Arts and Crafts Centre and Kandy Lake Club.

    Overnight at the selected hotel in Kandy

     

    Day 6 – Kandy/ Nuwara Eliya
  • Approx. Distance – 80km / transfer time: 3 to 3.5 hours

  • After breakfast visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

    On completion of Kandy City Tour and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens visit, proceed to Nuwara-Eliya. En-route visit one of the tea plantations complete with a factory tour. After lunch, around 1600 hours, commence a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya.

    With misty mountains, green carpets of tea, Tudor-style houses and hotels, well-tended flower beds, beautiful gardens and hedges, Nuwara Eliya was the favored holiday destination of English and Scottish tea planters in the past. At present, it is the favored holiday destination of people in Colombo and other areas of Sri Lanka. With many activities such as pony rides, boat rides, mount climbing and tea estate tours, Nuwara Eliya is an ideal holiday destination.

    Horse and Pony riding is available at the Turf Club of Nuwara Eliya. There are many activities centered on the banks of Lake Gregory as well as boat rides in the lake.

    Upon completion of the tour, check in to your selected hotel.

    Stay overnight at the selected hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

    Day 7 – Nuwara Eliya/ Yala
  • Approx. Distance – 165km / transfer time: 5 to 5.5 hours

  • After early breakfast leave for Yala National Park via Ella. Ella is a beautiful mountainside hamlet in the Badulla District and is a favorite stopover of many tourists travelling to the coastal plains. Beautiful cascading waterfalls, mountains offering breathtaking views, carpets of green tea are some of the attractive scenes of Ella. Climbing Ella Rock is a popular activity of many tourists. Views of Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Gap can be seen from Ella Rock. On a clear day, you can see picturesque views of the southern coast from Ella Rock. Other famous attractions in Ella are Ravana Waterfall, Little Adam’s Peak, Demodara Railway Station and Railway Loop and Nine Arch Bridge. Ella is a famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka.

    On arrival at Yala by late afternoon, enjoy a Jeep Safari in the Yala National Park. Located in the south eastern region of Sri Lanka, Yala National Park extends over Monaragala District in Uva Province and Hambantota District of Southern province. Yala National Park is the second largest and most visited of National Parks in Sri Lanka. It has five blocks. There are many vantage points in the Park. From these vantage points the sprawling areas of the dry zone landscape can be viewed. About four fifth of the Park is a Natural Reserve.

    As the southern border of the Park is the south-eastern coast, there are brackish lagoons and sand dunes which add to the charm of the Park. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. There are a large number of elephants, sambar, spotted dear, leopards, sloth bears, jackals and peacocks. The Park has diverse ecosystems: exotic fauna ranging from moist to dry monsoon forests. The large number of birds in the Park is a great attraction to avian enthusiasts to visit it. The Park has the highest density of leopards in Asia. The Park is home to panthera pardus kotiya, a majestic leopard endemic to Sri Lanka.

    The weather in Yala is hot and dry with temperatures rising up to 35 degrees Celsius. In many places, there are strong winds. Hence, it is better to be attired appropriately, especially during the safari.

     As you can take photographs of the Park, the animals and nature, you can have a large collection of photographs of the tour.

     Overnight at the selected hotel in Yala

    Day 8 – Yala / Galle / Airport or beach destination
  • Approx. Distance to Galle – 190km / transfer time: 4.5 hrs

  • After breakfast leave for Galle. This historic city with vast spans of endless beaches is a pleasure to explore; Dutch colonial buildings, mansions, museums, stylish cafes, souvenir shops, hotels and ancient buildings. Galle Fort is a walled enclave surrounded by the ocean from three sides. Galle Fort is a city within a city with an extraordinary lighthouse, banks, churches, restaurants and hotels. Galle Fort has the atmosphere of a medieval European fortification. This Fort is one of the best preserved forts in Asia. It is an archaeologically important site in Sri Lanka. Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    En – route visit the stilt fishermen in Weligama. Stilt fishing is a traditional method of fishing practiced by most fishermen. For stilt fishing, a narrow pole is tied to a stick which is anchored on the seabed. Thereafter, fishermen climb onto the stick, balance themselves and settle on the pole for a few hours to catch fish. These fishermen are a unique sight.

    After lunch in Galle, commence a tour of the Galle Fort and then proceed to your selected beach resort or proceed to the airport for your return journey.

    Some important monuments located within the Galle Fort:

    • The Dutch Reformed Church (Groote Kerk). Built in 1640, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches on the island. The caretaker is a friendly person, and is always prepared to take you on a journey back to the colonial era.
    • The Old Dutch Government House.
    • The Old Dutch Hospital.
    • All Saints Anglican Church. Built by the British in 1871.
    • The Clock Tower, built in 1882.
    • Galle Light house, built initially in 1848 by the British, and the oldest. However, it was destroyed by a fire in 1934, and the current one was built in 1939.
    • Many of the roads and lanes retain their original colonial era names. A few examples are – Moorse Kramerstraat, Zeeburgstraat, Middelpuntstraat, Hospital Street, Leyn Baan Street or ‘Leyenbahnstraat’, Old Rope-Walk Street, and Church Street.

    Included and Excluded

    What's Included
  • Accommodation selected set of hotels or in hotels of a similar standard
  • Standard room on twin per person on twin sharing
  • Meals on bed & breakfast basis
  • Air conditioned transport with an English speaking private guide up to 4 passengers
  • Entrance fees To Medieval capital Anuradhapura, Temple in Mihintale, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Cave Temple, Temple of tooth in Kandy, Cultural Show, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and Yala National Park
  • One Jeep safari to Yala National park
  • Train ticket from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya
  • All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking
  • Cost Excludes
  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, drinks and gratuities, photo fees at some monuments
  • Excursions & detours beyond the itinerary
  • Compulsory Xmas & New year supplements
  • Compulsory Room Supplements for Hotels in Kandy during the Month of August
  • Tickets for the Perehara Cultural Pageant that replaces the traditional cultural show in Kandy during the month of August
  • Additional Information

  • Must apply for Visa before arrive in Srilanka. To apply go to http://www.eta.gov.lk
  • Room category can be change at additional cost subject to availability
  • Hotels standard check-in time is 1400hrs and standard check-out time is 1200hrs
  • General Information

  • Time difference GMT +5 hours 30 minutes (summer) +6 hours 30 minutes (winter time)
  • The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. Mean temperatures range from 17 °C (62.6 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. Average yearly temperatures range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). Day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C (25.2 °F) to 18 °C (32.4 °F).[186]
  • Best time to travel January - April // Mid July - September
  • Best time for bird watching and whales watching December - April
  • Esala Perahera Festival in month of August
  • Options

  • The whole tour can be tailored to your requirement if needed.
  • Let us know if you have a special occasion
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