LUXURY TOUR SRI LANKA

From
2309
USD
Per Person
  • Superior Grade, Air Conditioned Vehicle
  • 11 Night / 12 Days
  • Anuradhapura/Bentota | Beruwela/Dambulla  /Kandy/Matale/Negombo/Nuwara Eliya/Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Trincomalee

LUXURY TOUR SRI LANKA

Your 10 day luxury holiday in Sri lanka starts from Negombo to the biggest highlight of the cultural triangle, then to the breathtaking beaches in Trincomalee and on to more heritage sites in Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Kandy; throught to the heavenly highlands - Nuwara Eliya and down the South west coast to more blissful beaches in Bentota

DAY 1

Arrival- Pick up |Negombo

Arrive in Colombo (CMB), Sri Lanka.

 

Welcome to the wonder of Asia. In the coming few days, you will be discovering this beautiful paradise island rich in heritage, thrill, scenic, pristine and hospitality in abundance with team WanderlustAsia.

 
Meet your tour representative who will greet you with a warm Sri Lankan welcome. Enjoy a refreshingly cup of Ceylon Tea and proceed to Hotel in Negombo
 
Check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxed.

Overnight Accomadation
Jetwing Blue or similar

DAY 2

Anuradhapura

Breakfast at Hotel

 

Proceed to Anuradhapura

Taking you back in time -to Sri Lanka’s First Capital. 

The heart of Sri Lanka’s majestic civilization enriched with Buddhism, exquisite sculpture, magnificent feats of architecture and hydraulic sophistication depicted by the cluster of reservoirs and irrigation channels- all reminiscent of the grandeur of a bygone era founded in the 5th Century BC and self- sustained in the decades afterwards.

Your itinerary in Anuradhapura kingdom is made of these:

Exploring the Eight Sacred Sites (Atamastana) Buddha is said to have visited namely Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya- a sapling of the scared Bo tree where Buddha attained enlightenment, Ruwanwelisaya- containing the relic of Buddha, Thuparamaya- a dagoba constructed in the earliest times, Lovamahapaya- the bronze tiled palace, Abhayagiri - the monastic centre in the form of a humped dagoba, Jetavanarama- the world’s tallest Stupa, Mirisaveti Stupa built safeguarding Buddha relics placed on a king’s scepter and Lankarama stupa.  

 

Happy touring this most evocative ancient regal city! 

Overnight Accomadation
Ulagalla Resort or similar

DAY 3

Anuradhapura

Breakfast at Hotel

 

Proceed to Mihintale, a mountain peak near Anuradhapura. Climb this flight of 1840 steps us the Mihintalaya rock which is considered the cradle of Buddhism in Srilanka.

 

Continue to Ritigala Monastery

If getting lost in nature and history is an option for you; this protected cultural and natural reserve will be truly intriguing. 

 

Ritigala mountain- the highest peak in the Northern Sri Lanka- some 2513ft above sea level (scientific research conducted has brought to limelight the interesting variety of lichens here), the rich biodiversity within the unblemished landscape of the forest reserve, the forest monastery with 9th Century AD ruins- stone paths and pillars and meditating platforms - all steeped in history and myth. A destination being mentioned in the ancient chronicle Mahavamsa and the Hindu epic Ramayanaya. (Folklore you will come across in plenty)

 

Indeed, a hotspot not to be missed if you are in the Cultural Triangle!

Overnight Accomadation
Ulagalla Resort or similar

DAY 4

Trincomalee

Breakfast at the Hotel

Proceed to Trincomalee

You got 107 km to travel. Your destination is Trincomalee.

 Famed to have the world’s 5th largest natural harbour which also served as a military base during World War II, the sites you will explore here include the iconic Portuguese build Frederick Fort; the famous Koneswaran temple referred to by the European as the temple of thousand pillars majestically standing on the Swami Rock which lies above sea level and offering a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean; the Lovers Leap which is associated with the tragic tale of two lovers jumping off the cliff of the Swami Rock to profess their love and the Kanniya hot water springs. 

Overnight Accomadation
Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes or similar

Day 5

Trincomalee

Breakfast at the Hotel

 

If a relaxed beach day is what you prefer the most, Nilaveli Beach with crystal clear water is the place for you. In the afternoon go snorkelling in Pigeon Island (only a short boat ride)

Overnight Accomadation
Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes or similar

DAY 6

Dambulla  |Trincomalee

Breakfast at the Hotel

 

Transfer to Dambulla

En- route visit Polonnaruwa, a grandeur unsurpassed. An interesting mix of Buddhism, ancient craftsmanship, arts, architecture and South Indian Hindu culture spread across around 122 hectares - an experience that would forever be etched in the traveller’s mind.

Ready to find out what you would explore in this 11th & 12th Century medieval capital during your travel journey?

Within this walled citadel you would find the significant monuments best preserved to date such as the flora stone pillared pavilion called Nissanka Latha Mandapaya; the Royal Citadel and the ponds; the impressive  Vatadage relic house; Tuparamaya image house; the circular relic house; the golden pinnacled stupa- Rankoth Vehera; the extravagant moonstones; guard stones and sculpture; Kirivehera dagoba; the glorious Polonnanru Gal Viharaya with breath-taking rock sculptures; Menik Vehera- a Lotus shaped stupa; the statue of King Parakramabahu the Great carved on a rock (during this King’s reign Polonnaruwa reached its golden era) and the mammoth manmade inland Lake - Parakrama Samudraya which irrigates the city and the farmlands even today.

 

As you continue your drive to Dambulla you will also get the chance to visit the incredible Sigiriya rock fortress. Imagine you in the middle of a massive 200 meter rock fortress of 5th Century AD… A royal palace built on a colossal rock using the most sophisticated technology; having unique frescoes dating back to over thousand years - a place that has intrigued many archaeologists and historians, let alone the tourists, all over the world.

How do you feel?  Enthralled right?

 

The remains of the citadel on a massive rock, the unique Lion Gate, the mirror wall, moats, ponds and archaeological ruins of Sigiriya rock makes it the Eighth Wonder of the World.  Well, you have to see it to believe it!

We suggest you visit the museum outside at the main entrance on your way down or before you climb up the summit for a little familiarization to make the most of your tour.

Overnight Accomadation
Vil Uyana or similar

DAY 7

Kandy

Breakfast at the Hotel

 

Proceed to Kandy

On your way visit the Dambulla cave temples.  A vast isolated rock mass, on a gentle slope. As you climb, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding. An ancient King on exile is said to have taken refuge here. Inside the cave you find a large collection of Buddha statues and the roof which is a beautiful canvas of Buddhist paintings –some 2000 years old.

 

Continue to Kandy

En-route visit a spice garden. Sri Lanka’s world renowned spices at their source, where smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace overwhelm the senses and the visitors are provided an insight into an age old industry of spice production, which attracted many a European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka

 

In Kandy the first on the agenda is a visit to the majestic Tooth Relic Shrine (Dalada Maligawa) which has preserved its ancient splendour –adorned with Kandyan architecture and spectacular interior. On your way there you will walk past the beautiful Kandy Lake. A walk around the place you will witness the traditional drumming during morning, noon and evening, learn the ritual and honours accorded to the Relic, the history, custodians of this iconic heritage. And finally to enjoy a cultural performance to get a taste of the aesthetic heritage of our Kandy kingdom.

Overnight Accomadation
Kings Pavillion or similar

DAY 8

Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the Hotel

 

Proceed to Kandy train station to catch your train to Nanu Oya which leaves at 1100 Hrs.

Reach Nanu Oya train station at 1445 Hrs. where your driver will pick you up and transfer to Nuwara Eliya, the town that shouldn’t be missed in the land of Ceylon.

 

The picturesque Nuwara Eliya – also known the world over as ‘little England’ has wonderful tea estates. The tour will take you on a scenic train ride to Nanu Oya through acres of lush tea estates; here you will see tea pickers, mostly females clad in sarees, carefully picking the tender two leaves and a bud which are essential to making fine tea. You will have the opportunity to visit a tea factory to witness the process of making your cuppa. May we also remind you not forget to indulge in the pleasure in fine Ceylon Tea- Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea or Silver Tips whatever your choice is?

Overnight Accomadation
Amaya Langdale or similar

DAY 9

Bentota | Beruwela|Galle

 

Breakfast in hotel. 

Proceed to Bentota

 

En-route visit Galle.  Spend the day in a beautiful fortified city, down south. Galle-a UNESCO Heritage site.

 Discovering the old and the new. Discovering people amidst a wonderful mix of architecture and culture.

Taking a stroll down the old town with interesting street names would be like a walk down memory lane, reminiscing Ceylon in the Colonial days.

 

Impatient to find out what you will explore here? Here you go!

 

Portuguese constructed and Dutch fortified majestic Galle Fort and the landmarks within the premises such as the Galle National Museum depicting history and the life of the Galle inhabitants; the Fort Library - the treasure trove of rare books; Galle maritime Museum, heritage houses in the narrow alleys and the mix bag of boutiques and shops in every nook and corner selling antiques, souvenirs, jewellery, arts and crafts; eateries and art galleries. 

This excursion will have you walking quite a bit. Still you would have plenty to see a second time around too.

 

Continue to Bentota

Overnight Accomadation
Taj Vivanta or similar

DAY 10

Bentota | Beruwela

Breakfast at hotel

 

Here comes the Bentota beach escapade. Get soaked up in the sun, swim in the beautiful turquoise blue sea or try some adventurous water sports at this beach resort. Shopping, seafood dining- you have those options too.

 

If just a tour around this happening town is what you prefer the most; here are some of the places to explore.

 

Visit Lunuganga estate – the country home of the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa set against a sprawling 15 acre estate bordering the Bentota river,  cruise through the intense depth of Madu Ganga and its rich mangroves with a local tour guide,  visit to the historic Galapatha Temple to see the Kandyan period carvings and stone inscriptions.

 

A short drive off the main coast is Meethiyagoda moonstone mine to see how moonstone is extracted and processed, sounds interesting doesn’t it?  

Overnight Accomadation
Taj Vivanta or similar

DAY 11

Bentota | Beruwela

Breakfast at hotel

 

Spend the day relaxing at the beach.

Overnight Accomadation
Taj Vivanta or similar

DAY 12

Colombo

DEPARTURE

THINGS TO DO

  • DAY 01 – Transfer from Airport to Negombo
  • DAY 02 – Transfer to Anuradhapura/ Anuradhapura sacred city tour/
  • DAY 03 – Climb Mihintale mountain/ Visit the Ritigala Monastery
  • DAY 04 –Transfer to Trincomalee / Sightseeing in Trincomalee
  • DAY 05 – Spend the day relaxed by the Nilaweli beach
  • DAY 06 – Transfer to Dambulla / en-route visit Polonnaruwa sacred city / Climb Sigiriya rock fortress
  • DAY 07 - Visit Dambulla cave temples/ transfer to Kandy/ En-route visit a spice garden / Kandy city tour/ Cultural dance show
  • DAY 08 – Train ride to Nuwara Eliya / Visit tea factory
  • DAY 09 – Transfer to Bentota / Visit Galle Dutch fort en-route
  • DAY 10 – Bentota sightseeing
  • DAY 11– Spend the day in Bentota at leisure
  • DAY 12- Transfer to Airport - Departure

INCLUSIONS

  •  A personalized welcome at the Colombo international airport
  •  The service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide on tour
  •  All transfers in an air-conditioned superior grade car
  •  11 Nights’ accommodation at hotel(s) mentioned above
  •  Daily dinner and breakfast
  •  Guided excursions as per the itinerary
  •  A bottle of mineral water per day
  •  All applicable taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  •  Airfares
  •  Visa fees (visit www.eta.gov.lk for more information)
  •  Travelers insurance
  •  Meals not specified
  •  Snacks and beverages
  •  Detours and optional excursions
  •  Camera and video charges where applicable
  •  Tips, porterage and expenses of any personal nature
  •  Anything not specified above
  • Entrance ticket fee for sightseeing places
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