11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights

Including return international flights, transfers, accommodation, delicious breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
  • 11 day Sri Lanka Cultural and Wildlife tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Immerse yourself in the fantastic diversity of Sri Lanka with this incredible 11 day Cultural and Wildlife tour.

Explore the ancient capital of Anuradhapura and explore its amazing ruins. Embark on an exhilarating jeep safari through Wilpattu National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest parks and home to an array of spectacular wildlife including Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo and more. Opt to climb the UNESCO listed site of Sigiriya, or take another incredible safari through Minneriya National Park.

Enjoy a local village tour of Hiriwaduna and visit the sacred Temple of the Sacred Tooth, before arriving in Kandy. Watch the rolling hills pass you by on a train ride to Ella and admire the breath-taking view from the ‘Ella Gap’. End your tour relaxing on the pristine beaches of Mount Lavinia, doing as much or as little as you please.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Today, depart Australia for Sri Lanka! On arrival at Colombo international airport, you will be met by our tour representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo.

Day 2: Negombo – Anuradhapura (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Anuradhapura (approx. 3.5 hours driving). The ancient capital of Anuradhapura reigned supreme for over a millennium as one of the greatest monastic cities of the ancient world famed for Buddhist culture and architectural achievements across Asia and Europe. Ruled by 113 successive kings and 4 queens, Anuradhapura was a majestic sprawl of magnificent palaces, ornate pleasure gardens, exquisite sculptures, and vast Buddhist temples. The three main ‘dagabas’ are amongst the biggest architectural creations of the ancient world smaller in size only to the pyramids at Giza. Take an optional afternoon tour of these amazing ruins or spend the day at your leisure.

Optional Tour (at own expense): Sightseeing around ancient city of Anuradhapura

Day 3: Anuradhapura – Wilpattu National Park, Wildlife Safari (B)

An early start this morning as we take our packed breakfast and proceed to Wilpattu for an exhilarating jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park, declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1905 and is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest national parks. It covers an area of over 131,000 hectares stretching from the north western coast to the north central province, and comprises a complex of lakes called ‘Villus’ surrounded by grassy plains, set within scrub jungle. Although the biggest attraction at Wilpattu is the elusive Leopard, all of the `big game’ in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted dear are found in abundance here. Being less accessible than the other national parks, Wilpattu remains unspoilt and uncrowded – a haven frequented by true nature lovers. After the safari, we continue to the cultural area where you will spend the night.

Day 4: Sigiriya – Hiriwaduna – Minneriya (B)

This morning you have the option to climb “Sigiriya” or Lion’s Rock a UNESCO world heritage site, the unique icon of Sri Lanka. It is a steep climb with many steps and a decent level of fitness is required. A testimony to the inventiveness of the ancient civilisations of the land, the once impenetrable stronghold of King Kassapa, ‘Sihagiri’ or Lion’s Rock as it was called then, is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world today. The feats of artistry, architecture and engineering at Sigiriya continue to impress visitors with their utter magnificence, even thousands of years on. Intricately landscaped gardens sprawl out below the rock, giant lion paws hewn in stone mark the entrance to the fortress at its foot and a highly polished mirror wall still carries the scrawled writings of ancient poets. A somewhat treacherous climb up the rock is well worth it to see the impressive ruins of a once glorious city at the summit – 370m high, and the 360-degree view from the top is equally astounding. 

Late morning we visit Hiriwaduna for a local Village tour. Take a fun ride in a bullock cart swaying from side to side on an unpaved trail, enjoy a nature walk through a scrub jungle, and wade through a local stream with low hanging branches and cross a lake in an ‘oruwa’, the traditional mode of over water transport. Spend time with a farmer harvesting crops under his guidance and taste authentic village cuisine prepared by the farmer’s family with freshly picked produce and local herbs cooked in clay pots over an open hearth fuelled by firewood. 

In the afternoon, you have the option to take another safari through the Minneriya National Park, famous for its wildlife and especially the famous Elephant Gathering where you can see up to 300 majestic Asian elephants at once.

Optional Tours (at own expense): Climb Sigiriya and Minneriya Safari 

Day 5: Cultural Area – Dambulla – Matale – Kandy (B)

After breakfast, we travel overland to Kandy stopping at the famous Dambulla Cave Temple (optional). Standing approximately 100m high, the approach to the entrance of the caves entails climbing up the face of the rock, although stone steps have now been cut to make the climb easier. Whilst climbing to the entrance of caves, take time to stop and enjoy the view of the surrounding area, which is truly breathtaking. On the way to Kandy you can visit a spice Garden in Matale, as well as also enjoy a Head massage. There are shops where you can purchase different spices of Sri Lanka. 

In the evening, visit the sacred Temple of the sacred tooth relic (optional). Just north of the lake, the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. The entire temple complex covers a large area, and as well as the main shrine, there are numerous other temples and museums within the complex.

Optional Tours (at own expense): Dambulla Cave Temple and Temple of The Tooth 

Day 6: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Train Ride to Ella (B)

Experience the beautiful countryside as we travel to Nuwara Eliya today, also known as “Little England”. Once here we take a short city tour before catching the train at Nanu Oya for the famous scenic train journey classed as one of the World’s best! Sit back and relax as the 2.5 hour journey glides through rolling hills and over bridges until you get to Ella in the heart of the country. Once in Ella, check in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure.

Please note – train tickets are issued by the railway on a manual basis exactly 1 month before arrival, therefore train journey is strictly on availability.

Day 7: Ella Sightseeing (B)

Enjoy a full day sightseeing around stunning Ella today, including Little Adams Peak, Nine Arches Bridge, Ravana waterfalls and Ella Gap. The main attraction of Ella is the breath-taking view from the ‘Ella Gap’ – looking out between the towering bulk of Ella Rock on the right and through a gap in the hills to the plains far, far below. While the village itself may not offer much in the way of attractions, the locality certainly makes up for it. The majestic Ella rock looming over the village provides an arduous but rewarding hike – and the views from the top are well worth the effort. The beautiful Ravana Ella waterfall is an impressive cascade – the widest in Sri Lanka, is also a sight not to miss. The nearby caves are steeped in legend according to which, the ancient king Ravana held the Indian princess Sita captive in them. Enjoy your second night in Ella.

Day 8: Ella – Mount Lavinia Beach (B)

After breakfast, we make the long drive back to the coast to enjoy your final two nights relaxing on Sri Lanka’s stunning coastline. (Travel time approx. 5.5 hours) On arrival, check in to your hotel and relax. 

Day 9: Mount Lavinia Beach (B)

Spend the whole day at your own leisure, relaxing on the beach, sipping cocktails and reminiscing about everything you have experienced over the last 8 days. A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without experience some quality time on the stunning beaches and treating yourself to some fresh seafood and cocktails!

Day 10: Colombo – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Unfortunately, your holiday to Sri Lanka has come to an end. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Day 11: Australia

Arrive home today. 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with Singapore Airlines
  • All transfers within Sri Lanka
  • 9 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Jeep Safari in Wilpattu National Park
  • Scenic train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella
  • Head & shoulder massage at Matala Spice Garden
  • Ride in a Bullock cart and nature walk in Hiriwaduna Village
  • Farewell gift 
  • Bottled water daily while on tour 
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 10 people 
  • Private air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary 

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient mystic city of Anuradhapura
  • Early morning Jeep safari in Wilpattu Nationa Park to spot the elusive leopard
  • Take a village tour in Hiriwaduna with a local farmer and taste authentic cuisine of the area 
  • Stop at a spice garden in Matale and also enjoy a head massage 
  • Enjoy a train journey through the beautiful countryside to Ella 
  • take in the breathtaking view from Ella Gap 
  • Enjoy time on Sri Lanka’s stunning coastline at Mount Lavinia 
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 10 people 
 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $699 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Group Size: 2 – 10 people 

Triple Share: Not available

Single Supplement: $700 per person in addition to your twin share voucher. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here 

Land Only: To purchase this tour as land only (no flights) please click here

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed

Negombo: Paradise Beach Hotel or similar 
Anuradhapura: Palm Garden Village Hotel or similar 
Cultural Area: The Deer Park Hotel or similar
Kandy: Randholee Resort and Spa or similar
Ella: Oak Ray Ella Group or similar 
Mount Lavinia: Mount Lavinia Hotel or similar 

Optional Tours: 

Day 2: Anuradhapura Sightseeing Tour: $35 per person 
Day 4: Sigiriya Climb: $49 per person
Day 4: Minneriya Safari: $60 per person
Day 5: Dambulla Cave Temple: $15 per person
Day 5: Temple of The Tooth: $22 per person 

Please note all prices are quoted in AUD, however, optional tours can be paid in USD or local currency directly to your tour guide. The optional excursions are subject to availability and currency fluctuation, and we strongly recommend you pre-book them. Please refer to the itinerary for more information and nominate your optional tour on the booking form under special requests.

Tipping:

If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

Driver/Guide: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of LKR 500 per day/ per person.

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

24 January 2019*
7 February 2019*
21 February 2019
7 March 2019
21 March 2019
8 April 2019*
11 April 2019*
25 April 2019
9 May 2019
23 May 2019
6 June 2019
20 June 2019
4 July 2019*
18 July 2019*
1 August 2019
15 August 2019
12 September 2019
26 September 2019*
3 October 2019*
10 October 2019

*A $250 per person surcharge applies 

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates reflected in both the Fine Print and Calendar are subject to change at any time.

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 
  • Return economy airfare departing Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with SriLankan Airlines, Singapore Airlines or similar 
  • Including at least 23kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By arriving early and/or extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to and/or from the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with Singapore Airlines
  • All transfers within Sri Lanka
  • 9 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Delicious daily breakfast
  • Jeep Safari in Wilpattu National Park
  • Scenic train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella
  • Head & shoulder massage at Matala Spice Garden
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 10 people 
  • Private air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary 
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