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Highlights of Sri Lanka

13 day Highlights of Sri Lanka tour with return international flights, choice of accommodation, stunning sightseeing, breakfast daily and more!

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  • We had a fabulous time! Aylean M
  • Excellent guide/driver. Trip was excellent value and would recommend Webjet to anyone considering a holiday to Asia etc. Jane S
  • I loved this itinerary! I feel like I saw so much of a unique company & this was the ideal trip. I felt like the siteseeing elements were perfectly balanced… Natasha Scott



Sri Lanka is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a fact I like to think illustrates the island’s endless beauty and remarkable history. Its ancient temples tell stories of an intriguing past and its verdant jungles and untouched beaches establish its place as a must-see travel destination. 

See Sri Lanka’s seemingly untrodden territory with a 13 day Highlights tour.

Visit the sacred Bo Tree in Anuradhapura, planted over 2,250 years ago making it the oldest surviving historic tree in the world. Explore ‘Lion Rock’, a 5th century UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress in Sigiriya.

Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world. See majestic elephants at home at Yala National Park, plus so much more! 

Your package includes return international airfares, choice of accommodation standard, breakfast daily, stunning sightseeing, professional Webjet chauffeur guide and more. 

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Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff – Colombo – Negombo

Depart Australia today on your flight to Sri Lanka. You will arrive at Colombo International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Webjet representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals hall. (please note, flights arrival late evening on Day 1).

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is a bustling city and a hopping-off point for beaches in the island nation’s south. It has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its spicy cuisine as well as its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls.

Day 2: Negombo – Anuradhapura (B,D)

Today, we drive to Anuradhapura, the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province and the capital of the Anuradhapura District. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas; domes enshrining sacred relics. The most notable is the Ruvanveliseya Dagoba, dating back to the 2nd century BC, which you will visit today along with the Thuparamaya, said to contain the collarbone of Buddha. Discover the city’s most renowned relic, the sacred Bo Tree. Emperor Asoka’s daughter brought to Anuradhapura a branch of this tree under which Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment. Planted over 2,250 years ago, it is the oldest surviving historic tree in the world. 

Day 3: Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa- Sigiriya (B)

This morning after breakfast we leave Anuradhapura for the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka from 11th to the 12th centuries and is a well preserved city of stupas, frescoes and statues. While here, explore the Gal Viharaya, a magnificent group of rock temples consisting of four separate statues; a meditating Buddha, a smaller Buddha said to be visiting heaven, a standing Buddha and the reclining Buddha entering Nirvana. Explore the Vatadage, an ancient structure with elaborate stone carvings. Although it may have had some Indian influence, it is a structure that is more or less unique to the architecture of ancient Sri Lanka. Vatadages were built around small stupas for their protection, which often enshrined a relic or were built on hallowed ground. Tonight we overnight in Sigiriya.

Day 4: Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy (B)

This morning we explore Sigiriya, home to the 5th-century UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress, also known as ‘Lion Rock’. The rock fortress was built by King Kashyapa and was named so because a massive lion was carved out of the rock and once sat at the entrance to the palace. Today only the lion’s paws remain. While here you can climb to the top for panoramic views of the area and explore the surrounding gardens. Afterwards, travel to Dambulla where we will tour the Dambulla Rock Temple. Dating back to the 1st century BC, the temple is made up of five caves that have been converted into shrine rooms containing around 150 Buddha statues and colourful frescoes. After, we continue our drive to Kandy en route visit a spice garden in Matale where cinnamon, cardamom, pepper creepers and other spice trees are grown. Learn about the use of spices in Sri Lankan cuisine and watch a cooking demonstration before arriving in Kandy where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 5: Kandy (B)

This morning, visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. At one time these beautiful botanical gardens were reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. Today even commoners are allowed into what are, at 60 hectares, the largest and most impressive botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. Later, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world. The temple houses an important Buddhist Relic, a tooth of the Buddha. Stolen at his funeral, the tooth was smuggled into Sri Lanka hidden in the hair of a princess who fled from India. The relic of the tooth is kept in a two-storey shrine fronted by large elephant trunks. Explore the remains of the Royal Palace, now a museum. This evening you enjoy colourful cultural performance choreographed with traditional Sri Lankan dance.

Day 6: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B)

Today we leave fascinating Kandy behind us and drive to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. In earlier times, Nuwara Eliya (meaning ‘City of Light’) was the favoured cool-climate escape for the hard-working and hard-drinking English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. While most British visitors struggle to recognise modern England in Nuwara Eliya, the toy-town ambience does have a rose-tinted English country village feel to it. Situated at 2,000m above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is the main hill station of Sri Lanka and is known for its excellent tea production due to the cool climate which creates tea with a unique flavour. Enroute we visit a tea plantation and tea factory and learn what makes tea grown here some of the best in the world. After, we continue on to Nuwara Eliya where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya – Yala National Park (B)

This morning we travel to the world famous Yala National Park. Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Now the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands and lagoons. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. Once here, enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safari rides that takes you on an experience of a lifetime to spot these elusive animals! 

Day 8: Yala National Park – Udawalawe National Park – Yala National Park (B)

Today we head to the neighboring Udawalawe National Park. With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Uda Walawe National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. In fact, for elephantwatching, Uda Walawe often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. Here we visit the elephant Transit Home located in Udawalawe National Park, where abandoned baby elephants are cared for before they are released into the Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home is a refuge for baby elephants, the majority of which have been affected by the tragic elephant – human conflict (when mothers are often separated from their young or even killed). This incredible project provides food, medical care, and anything else a baby elephant needs before being released back into the wild when mature enough.

Day 9: Yala National Park – Weligama – Koggala (B)

Today we depart for Weligama leaving Yala behind us. The area is famous for its distinct stilt fishermen, who erect a single pole in the chest-deep water on the beach, just few meters off-shore, where they perch on a cross bar and using bamboo fishing rods cast their lines out beyond the surf break to catch small fish. This is an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in the region. With one hand they hold the stilt and with the other they use their fishing rod. On arrival the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this beachside town.

Day 10: Koggala – Galle – Ahungalla – Bentota (B)

This morning we leave for Mirrissa to board a whale watching cruise (November to April only) in search of the remarkable Blue Whale. There may also be a chance to witness turtles hatching. Later we proceed to Galle to explore the city including the lighthouse and the Old Town. Also visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort, the largest intact Dutch fort in Asia. Within the ramparts and stonewalls of Galle Fort outstanding buildings remain. The narrow streets are dotted with Dutch colonial villas, museums and antique shops. We then drive to the Hummanaya Blow Hole, the second largest of its kind in the world before continuing to Dikwela Wewurukannala Temple dominated by an image of a seated Buddha that is over 48m high. Continue driving to Bentota for our overnight stop.

Day 11: Bentota – Colombo (B)

After breakfast we begin our journey back to Colombo. Enroute we make a stop at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. The hatchery is home to Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project, established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles. Here learn about the dangers Sea Turtles face and how the Sea Turtle Center program aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. After, we continue on to Colombo. On arrival, we embark on a city tour of Colombo. Explore the Fort district, the historic centre of the city. Wander through Pettah Market. Visit the Dutch Church of Wolfendhall dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees, and the Colombo Natural History museum before proceeding to your hotel for check-in.

Day 12: Colombo – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Today is free to explore the city at your own pace before being transferred to Colombo airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

Day 13: Australia

Arrive home today



Your package includes return international airfares, choice of accommodation standard, breakfast daily, stunning sightseeing, professional Webjet chauffeur guide and more…
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline, including 20kgs checked luggage
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in the hotel standard of your choice!
  • Breakfast daily
  • A delicious welcome dinner to get to know your group
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • The services of a professional English speaking Webjet chauffeur guide throughout
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All national park fees as per the itinerary
  • Small Group Touring 


  • Marvel at the 5th-century UNESCO World Heritage listed Lion Rock’ in Sigiriya
  • Visit a working spice garden in the town of Matale
  • Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris to spot Elephants and other wildlife in Yala National Park
  • Visit Udawalawe National Park, where abandoned baby elephants are cared for before they are released
  • Enjoy a Whale Watching cruise to spot the elusive Blue Whale (Jan – Apr only)
  • Explore the UNESCO Galle Fort
  • Witness the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery pioneering sea turtle conservation


Please select the 13 Day tour first, then select your extension when you hit the ‘BUY NOW’ button.




Fine Print


Tour Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Tipping, Anything which is not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary.

How To Book:

  • Bookings essential. Bookings must be made through the online booking system.
  • If you want to book later, please use this link:
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time


  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth with China Southern (Malaysian Airlines, Singapore, Cathay Pacific or Etihad if unavailable)
  • An alternative airline cannot be requested. If you wish to fly with an alternative airline, you will be required to take the package as LAND ONLY and arrange your own International Flights to meet the itinerary. By doing so, you must also arrange your own airport transfers. 
  • Adelaide – A $250 Interstate surcharges applies per person. 
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 


  • 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.

 Single Supplement:

Superior Tour: $699 per person including the twin share price
Deluxe Tour: $899 per person including the twin share price

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Group Size: 2 – 6 people

Children: Same price as adults

Triple Share: Not available

Tour Extensions:

7 day India Golden Triangle pre tour extension – see extension itinerary here 

Superior Accommodation – $1,399 per person twin share
Deluxe Accommodation – $1,599 per person twin share

To purchase your extension, you will need to purchase  your Highlights of Sri Lanka voucher and the extension voucher (located AFTER you hit ‘Buy Now’) per person. 

You can also purchase your extension by clicking here 

Please note: Golden Triangle extension is not available for single travellers 

Superior Hotels
Colombo / Negombo – Paradise Beach Hotel or similar
Anuradhapura – Hotel Rajarata or similar
Sigiriya – Hotel Palwehera Village or similar
Kandy – Hotel Hill Top Kandy or similar
Nuwara Eliya – Hotel Tea Bush or similar
Yala – Elephant Reach or similar
Koggala – Koggala Beach Hotel or similar
Bentota – Hotel Rock Side Beach or similar
Colombo – Hotel Great Southern or similar

Deluxe Hotels
Colombo / Negombo – Goldi Sands Hotel or similar
Anuradhapura – Hotel The Heritage Anuradhapura or similar
Sigiriya – The Paradise Resort & Spa or similar
Kandy – Hotel Earl’s Regent or similar
Nuwara Eliya- Hotel Araliya Green Hills or similar
Yala – The Safari or similar.
Koggala – The Long Beach or similar
Bentota – Hotel The Surf or similar
Colombo – Hotel OZO Colombo or similar.


Flight Variations: 

If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Extend your stay post tour
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

Note: All flights will be booked with the best promotional airfare. You will not be able to request a preferred airline. If you wish to fly with an alternative airline, you will be required to take the package as LAND ONLY and arrange your own International Flights to meet the itinerary. By doing so, you must also arrange your own airport transfers.

 A minimum $300 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person (plus any fare and tax difference where applicable). Fees are non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.

If choosing to extend your stay, your departure flight must still depart from the departure city as per the tour itinerary. Webjet Exclusives cannot accommodate any flights departing from an alternative city or airport.

If you are wishing to arrange internal flights within India this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.

Also, 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.

Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid. Please contact if you have not received your quote within two weeks of paying the 2nd Instalment.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the initial quote provided, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group, as per the tour itinerary and promotional airfare; 

2. Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available, or;

3. Cancel the vouchers purchased and receive a full refund. 

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 confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.


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

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,500 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once your travel dates are booked and confirmed, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and the deposit becomes strictly non-refundable
  • Book early to secure your desired date
  • Final Payment is due no later than 180 day prior to departure. 
  • If your travel date is within 180 days, you will be emailed an invoice shortly after purchase.
  • If your travel date is greater than 180 days. A final invoice will be emailed to you prior to 180 days.
  • You will then have 7 days from invoice date in order to arrange final payment to secure your dates. 
  • Any payments not received within 7 days will result in the cancellation of your purchase.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value 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

For more information on how to book your Webjet Exclusives deal, please visit our Bookings FAQ Page

Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

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


Travel Dates


Departure Dates – New Dates Added! 

26 January 2017
5 February 2017
9 February 2017
19 February 2017
23 February 2017
26 February 2017
5 March 2017
12 March 2017
9 March 2017
23 March 2017
26 March 2017
6 April 2017
20 April 2017
4 May 2017
18 May 2017
1 June 2017
15 June 2017
13 July 2017
10 August 2017
7 September 2017
21 September 2017
5 October 2017
19 October 2017

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

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


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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • Return airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily
  • A delicious welcome dinner
  • Small Group Touring 
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