Spirit of Sri Lanka
Experience the historical and natural wonders on this 13 Day Spirit of Sri Lanka as you journey through this diverse country and explore the magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple, marvel at the ancient Sigiriya Rock and search for elusive leopards in Yala National Park.
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Day 1: Arrive Negombo
Welcome to Negombo! This coastal city north of the capital Colombo offers a laid-back introduction to Sri Lanka. We’ll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel.
Hotel: The Heritance Negombo, 2 nights
Day 2: Negombo
This morning, get a feel for the Sri Lankan way of life, exploring the streets and secret corners of Negombo with local expert Mark Forbes. Later, discover a fish market where seafood is king, which will surprise the senses with intense smells and flavours. Then, as the sun sets, it’s time to kick back on a leisurely cruise across the city’s lagoon before dinner.
Day 3: Dambulla
Some monuments simply take your breath away and today the Dambulla Cave Temple is no exception. After breakfast, make your way to this World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple system, one of the largest and best-preserved in Sri Lanka. The temple’s five shrine rooms are all in caves, housing ornate statues and ancient artwork relating to the life of Buddha. Your venue for dinner tonight is in the Caves of Heritance, where you can dine by candlelight on divine Sri Lankan dishes.
Hotel: Heritance Kandalama, 3 nights
Day 4: Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Today, brace yourself for perhaps Sri Lanka’s most dramatic sight. Sigiriya Rock Fortress rises from the forest floor, an extraordinary monument to the reign of King Kasyapa, centuries ago. This ancient World heritage-listed citadel commands spectacular views if you’re up for the climb. Then with time on your hands back at your resort, you might like to head out on a village trek, cycle around the local countryside or undulge in a spa treatment. This evening, taste your way through a seven-course feast for dinner.
Day 5: Polonnaruwa – Minneriya
Set out for a day’s adventure, beginning in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa after breakfast. This World Heritage-listed archaeological park etches a lost kingdom into an ethereal landscape. Moving on this afternoon to Minneriya National Park for a safari, where the chance to see Sri Lankan elephants in their natural habitat is a must. As you return to your resort tonight, enjoy time to relax. This evening choose from a range of dining options for dinner this evening.
Day 6: Kandy
Once the gardens of royalty, be wowed by giant trees and vivid floral displays at the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, on the outskirts of Kandy. Swapping serenity for city buzz, take a tuk tuk city tour of Kandy and visit the iconic Temple of The Buddha’s Tooth before enjoying a cultural show.
Hotel: Earl’s Regency, 2 nights
Day 7: Kandy
The day is yours. You could tour a fresh produce market with a culinary expert in preparation for your Sri Lankan cooking class. Or visit Tamarind Gardens for lunch and to learn of the paddock-to-plate ethos of the farm, as your lunch is prepared before your very eyes. Later, learn about incense stick making.
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya
Today travel through countless tea plantations aboard a scenic train en route to Nuwara Eliya.
Hotel: Heritance Tea Factory, 2 nights
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, sample the region’s famed produce with a trained tea taster to discover how tea leaf varieties, climate, soil conditions and processing influences the quality of the final product. This afternoon, take in the views surrounding your hotel while enjoying a high tea. Dine tonight in a converted Railway Carriage restaurant at the Heritance Tea Factory as the evening mist rolls in
Day 10: Yala National Park
Descend from the mist-shrouded hills of Sri Lanka’s interior, back to the island’s coastal lowlands. Your hotel for the next two nights sits on the border of the spectacular Yala National Park. Here elephants, wild boar and, if you’re lucky, leopards are known to frequent the resort’s grounds. This evening feel at one with nature over a barbecue dinner in the heart of the Sri Lankan hinterland.
Hotel: Chena Huts, 2 nights
Day 11: Yala National Park
This morning, excitement builds as you board your Jeep safari within the wilds of Yala National Park. From herds of elephants, sloth bears and jackals, to the elusive leopards that can be spotted draped along tree branches, there are a myriad opportunities to view incredible wildlife today.
Day 12: Galle – Colombo
En route to Colombo, discover the eclectic history and culture of Galle. Founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, this fortified port city is known for its impressive fort and charming colonial architecture. Enjoy dinner at the Ministry of Crab seafood restaurant.
Hotel: Galle Face Hotel
Day 13: Depart Colombo
This morning embark on a guided walking tour of Colombo to experience the colonial influences that make this a much loved city. This evening transfer to the airport for your flight.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|October: 06, 20||$9,295.00||$11,595.00|
|November: 10, 24||$9,695.00||$12,245.00|
|2021 Dates & Prices|
|January: 12, 26||$9,495.00||$12,295.00|
|February: 09, 23||$9,495.00||$12,295.00|
|March: 09, 23, 30||$10,195.00||$12,995.00|
|Meals:||12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport transfers & air-conditioned vehicle|
|Rail:||Train Ticket: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya|
|Accommodation:||12 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Expert Tour Director|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.