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Sri Lanka Itinerary

Sri Lanka offers excellent value – and a private tour tailor made to your preferences provides you with the opportunity to focus on your interests and make the most of your time in this beautiful country. This is one example of how a holiday to Sri Lanka may take shape    –   but do bear in mind it is only one bespoke option of many.

 

The historical and cultural attractions range from the World Heritage Listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the ruined city of Anuradhapura, the Dambulla Cave Temple, to the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the Royal Botanical Gardens near Kandy. Add to this the wildlife in Yala National Park – including elephants, leopards, crocodiles and wild buffalo, and a visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage for an ‘up close’ experience with these wonderful animals, and you have a great diversity of attractions to enjoy. Completing the ‘tick list’ is a beach stay on one of Sri Lanka’s many beaches, with time to relax or to enjoy some watersports. Two weeks is ideal to visit the main regions, with additional time providing a chance to get off the beaten track or to travel at a more leisurely pace.

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Sri Lanka Itinerary

Sri Lanka offers excellent value – and a private tour tailor made to your preferences provides you with the opportunity to focus on your interests and make the most of your time in this beautiful country. This is one example of how a holiday to Sri Lanka may take shape – but do bear in mind it is only one bespoke option of many.

Day 1: Sigiriya

Day 5: Kandy

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

Day 9: Yala National Park

Day 11: Beach Stay

Day 14: Colombo

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Day 1 – Sigiriya

Land into Colombo today, and transfer to Sigiriya for a four night stay. From Sigiriya there are plenty of attractions to visit by day – and four nights here will enable you to visit the main ones.

Four nights Sigiriya

Day 2 – Polonnaruwa

Visit Polonnaruwa today – this World Heritage Site was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th Centuries, and contains some spectacular statues. Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period.

Day 3 – Sigiriya Rock Fortress

This morning climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress – a 5th Century World Heritage Site. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, along with delicate frescoes of 21 life-sized damsels. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and Caves should not be missed.

Day 4 – Anuradhapura

This is perhaps the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. It’s greatest treasures are its dagabas constructed of small sun-dried bricks and hemispherical in shape. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo-Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historic tree in the world.

Day 5 – Kandy

Today, transfer to Kandy, visiting the Dambulla Cave Temple en route. The Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Continue to Kandy for a three-night stay. During your stay witness a cultural show featuring Sri Lankan dance.

Three nights Kandy

 Day 6 – Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, which was started in 1975 to hour abandoned and wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 40 now, including baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme.

Day 7 – Temple of the Sacred Tooth & Royal Botanical Gardens

This morning visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession. This afternoon, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens – started in 1374 and encompassing 147 acres and more than 5000 species of tree and plants.

Day 8 – Nuwara Eliya

Visit a traditional tea plantation today en route to Nuwara Eliya – the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka and set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valets, waterfalls and tea plantations.

One night Nuwara Eliya

 Day 9 – Yala National Park

Today your destination is Yala National Park for a two night stay. Yala is famous for its big herds and large numbers of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sambhur, crocodiles, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors. Take morning and afternoon safaris by 4×4 to view the fantastic wildlife here.

Two nights Yala

Day 11 – Beach

From Yala, head to the west coast of Sri Lanka for a stay on the beach. There are plenty of options to suit varying budgets. There are also possibilities for whale watching, with the best chance of sightings on the south west coast generally being during December and January.

Three nights Beach

 Day 14 – Colombo

Transfer to Colombo today – either flying straight home, or spending a night in the city beforehand. The old parliament, Colombo museum and the new parliament are a few key places that can be seen.

One night Colombo

From Sri Lanka, you might like to extend your holiday and visit the Maldives – a series of beautiful Atolls in the Indian Ocean.

Photo courtesy of Jetwing Travels

Photo courtesy of Jetwing Travels

Picture courtesy of Jetwing Travels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sigiriya Rock is located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka.  The rock stands 200ft high and a 10-20 minute climb up the side will get you to the top and see the eighth wonder of the world an ancient stone fortress.

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