Day 1: Australia – – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Depart Australia for Colombo, Sri Lanka. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Colombo – Sigiriya (B,D)
After breakfast, travel to Sigiriya – approx. 4 hour drive. On the way, visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Also knows as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, it was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1991. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, this is the most impressive cave complex in Sri Lanka. On arrival in Sigiriya, check in and relax.
Day 3: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Minneriya National Park (B,D)
After breakfast, we make our way to the medieval capital city of Polonnaruwa. This was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1982. After the demise of Anuradhapura, Polonnarua became the middle historic capital of Sri Lanka (1017-1235 AD).
Return to the hotel to relax before an afternoon private jeep safari in the Minneriya (or Kauduala) National park to witness the unique phenomenon of elephant gathering.
Day 4: Sigiriya (B,L,D)
Rise early for breakfast then leave the hotel to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion’s Rock), one of the most extraordinary artistic complexes of its time (477–98AD). Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982, this magnificent citadel allures artistic and architectural curiosity from around the globe. Return to the hotel to relax.
This afternoon at the hotel take part in a cooking class enjoying the typical Sri Lankan dishes for lunch. Staple food being rice and curry, Sri Lanka cooking involves a lot of spices and coconut milk. From chilly, pepper, mace, cloves, cardamom to curry leaves, Sri Lankan dishes are flavoured by spices grown in Sri Lanka that adds a mouth-watering aroma to every dish. Sri Lankan’s are fans of spicy food, so if you are a spicy food lover you’ll find heaven in Sri Lanka. The chefs in the hotel will get you involved in preparing 1 or 2 mouth-watering Sri Lankan Curries.
Day 5: Sigiriya – Kandy (B,D)
Today leave for Kandy – the hill capital (1514–1815 AD). Travel time approx. 2 ½ hours. Originally known as Senkadagala, the city eventually became to be known as Kandy and was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1988. The style and character of the Sri Lankan civilisation at the time is well articulated in the heart of the city itself, with its lake, the temples including the temple of the tooth relic and the well-preserved ruins of the royal palaces. On arrival at hotel, check in and relax.
Tonight visit the Temple of Tooth, with its guardian elephants is a deeply significant Buddhist site that contains a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and this draws thousands of pilgrims from across the world.
Day 6: Kandy (B,D)
After breakfast, explore the city of Kandy by Tuk. Then visit the Bazaar where you’ll have free time to explore at your own pace. Next visit Kandy Lake, the atmosphere alone will intrigue you to spend a few moments here.
Day 7: Kandy – Hill Country (B,D)
This morning we leave for Hill Country. Travel time approx. 2 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that Hill Country has a cooler climate (average 20 °C).
Upon arrival to Hill Country, visit a tea plantation and factory. Here you will enjoy the absolute tea experience, taking you to the moment the young tea leaves are plucked from the plantation to being processed in the factory to make a steamy cup of tea. The tea factory is the best place to purchase good quality tea.
Day 8: Hill Country – Kataragama, Yala National Park (B,D)
This morning we make our way to Nanuoya Railway Station to board the train to Ella. A train journey is truly a rare experience and is an adventure itself! Apart from the breath-taking sceneries of the tea country and picturesque waterfalls, it is a chance for you to mingle with the local people. We then proceed to Kataragama.
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 9: Kataragama, Yala National Park (B,D)
After breakfast, proceed to Kataragama Temple during the puja times, Kataragama Temple. This is a temple complex dedicated to Buddhist guardian deity Kataragama deviyo and Hindu War God Murugan. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Veda people. Return to the hotel & relax.
Late afternoon proceed to Yala National Park for a Jeep Safari and enjoy the Wildlife & nature. Spend your time here on a guided game drive exploring the dynamic wildlife and the most luxuriant plant life in Yala National Park. Being one of the largest parks in Sri Lanka, it is the ideal place to sight the rare leopard!
Day 10: Kataragama, Yala National Park – Galle, Ahungalla (B,D)
After breakfast proceed to Galle Fort and take a Galle City Tour. On the way, you’ll travel through the coast and use the highway from Matara to Galle. Beach holidays in Sri Lanka would be somewhat in complete without a trip to Galle. Located south of Colombo, Galle is one of the most important southern town’s offering guests an old-world charm. Its natural harbour was a famous port in days gone by while the strong ramparts of the Dutch Fort and its many landmarks within, has been named as a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle is also known for its beautiful beaches, lacemaking, ebony carving and gem polishing industries. We then proceed to Ahungalla to commence your beach break.
Day 11: Ahungalla (B,D)
Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Tonight at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a Sri Lankan crab dinner.
Day 12: Ahungalla (B,D)
Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like.
Day 13: Ahungalla – Colombo (B,D)
After breakfast, drive to Colombo. Travel time approx. 2 hours. On arrival, check in at hotel and relax. In the late afternoon, go on a Colombo City Tour followed by a special dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 14: Colombo – – Australia (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.