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Highlights Of Sri Lanka Tour

From €4390pp fully-inclusive
Depart From
Fly From Dublin, Cork or Shannon
Departure Date
Departures October & November 2021
Duration
15 Days
Destination
Sri Lanka
Price
From €4390pp fully-inclusive
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Fly from Dublin, Cork or Shannon to Sri Lanka and embark on a fantastic fifteen-day tour of this fascinating and vibrant country.

From spectacular scenery to amazing architecture, Sri Lanka is a tropical island paradise. Travel from the rich heritage of the Cultural Triangle through the wilds of Yala National Park to the beachside beauty of Galle.

Tour Highlights:

  •  Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  •  Explore ancient Sinhalese ruins
  •  Admire Dambulla’s cave art
  •  Visit Kandy’s sacred temple
  •  Safari with elephants
  •  See Galle’s historic fort

These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of Sri Lanka on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people.

The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escort or local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.

Is this tour right for you?

This tour is suitable for those who have a reasonable amount of time to travel and are interested in seeing the main cities and scenic areas of Sri Lanka. This tour incorporates travelling on land throughout which will give you beautiful scenes of the Sri Lankan countryside.

‘Highlights of Sri Lanka’ is a moderate tour. This means that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness.

  •  There will be sightseeing on foot for both short and extended periods of time
  • Sightseeing at nearly all of the palaces, fortresses and some temples involves climbing quite a number of steps, often without handrails 
  • You may be required to get on and off various sizes vehicles such as safari jeeps throughout the tour

Of course, our National Escort and local guides will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the itinerary.

 Days 1-2 Fly to Colombo

Fly overnight to Colombo. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel in the coastal town of Negombo, a short drive from Colombo. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

 Day 3 Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress

Journey to Sigiriya and explore the magnificent Lion Rock Fortress, built by King Kasyapa. Later visit the world-renowned Heavenly Maiden frescoes.

 Day 4 Polonnaruwa

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, which was the former capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th Centuries and home to well preserved stupas, frescoes and statues.

We also visit the rock temples at Gal Vihara before returning to Sigiriya.

 Day 5 Anuradhapura

Travel to the World Heritage city of Anuradhapura, one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated ancient cities. Whilst here, visit the Sri Mada Bodhi Bo tree, over 2000 years old; the Brazen Palace; the Ruwanweliseya dagoba and the Samadhi Buddha statue.

Visit the Isurumuniya rock temple to visit its rock carvings dating back to the 3rd century BC.

 Day 6 Spice Gardens & Kandy

Travel to the Buddhist city of Kandy visiting the Dambulla Rock Temple, which dates back to the 1st Century BC. Visit a spice garden and witness a cookery demonstration in Matale. Continue to Kandy.

 Day 7 Explore Kandy

Visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens before continuing to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. We also explore the remains of the Royal Palace which is now the National Museum.

Later, witness a cultural dance show with dinner in the evening.

 Day 8 Nuwara Eliya

Travel to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's little England, visiting a tea plantation and tea factory en route. Later visit Victoria Park where you can bird watch and enjoy a wander around the colonial city centre.

 Day 9 Yala National Park

Drive to Yala National Park, home to a large number of elephants, leopards, sambhur, wild buffalo and over 130 bird species. Enroute visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation for orphaned elephants.

 Day 10 Explore Yala National Park

Enjoy a morning and evening jeep safari in Yala National Park.

 Day 11 Ahungalla

Depart Yala and drive to Ahungalla. On the way, stop and visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole, Mulkirigala Rock Temple and Dikwella Wewurukannala Temple. After lunch stop to view the stilt fisherman at Welligama. Upon arrival in Ahungalla, check into your hotel for a two night stay.

 Day 12 Discover Galle

Drive to Galle for a tour of the city. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dutch Fort, Galle Lighthouse and Dutch Reformed Church. Also known as Galle Fort, the Dutch Fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th Century colonial fortifications in the world. Return to Ahungalla in the evening.

 Day 13 Colombo

Take the morning at leisure. After lunch, travel along the coastal road to Colombo.

 Day 14 Explore Colombo

City tour of Colombo starting with a visit to Fort District, which is the historic centre of the city. Continue to Pettah Market and visit the Dutch Church of Wolfendhall, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, Davatagaha Mosque, Colombo Museum and the Natural History Museum.

 Day 15 Fly Delhi to Ireland

Fly to Ireland, arriving home later the same or following day.

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend.

Just send through and enquiry (further down the page) or give us a call on 0818 22 44 55 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Negombo 

Negombo was once an important commercial trade centre, well known for offering the best cinnamon in the world. Negombo was one of the first towns taken by the Portuguese, only to be captured by the Dutch in 1640 and then recaptured by the Portuguese some months later. The British eventually took control of the town in 1796.

Sigiriya 

The ancient city of Sigiriya lies at the 180m summit of the granite peak known as the ‘Lion’s Rock’. One of the most dramatic sites in Sri Lanka, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.

Rock Fortress

Built by King Kashyapa, the rock fortress is also known as the ‘Lion Rock’ because a massive lion carved out of the rock once sat at the entrance to the palace. Today only the lion’s paws remain. On the summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace built for King Kashyapa, along with a pool, sunrise-facing throne constructed from solid rock and panoramic views of the town below. You will also see the three distinct landscaped gardens; the Water Gardens, Boulder Gardens and Terrace Gardens.

Anuradhapura

One of Sri Lanka’s most ancient cities. 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. Also visit the Jetavanaramaya, the largest dagoba in the world, and the Thuparamaya, said to contain the collarbone of Buddha, and the first dagoba built in Sri Lanka.

Bo Tree

The most renowned Buddhist relic is the sacred Bo Tree. It is said that 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 historical tree in the world.

Dambulla Rock Temple

Dating back to the 1st century BC, the famous Dambulla Rock Temple is made up of five caves that have been converted into shrine rooms containing around 150 Buddha statues and colourful frescoes. In the first cave you will see the 14m statue of Buddha cut out of the rock. At the Buddha’s feet are Ananda, the most loyal disciple, as well as other seated Buddhas nearby. The second cave is the largest, also known as the Cave of the Great Kings, where there are 16 standing and 40 seated statues of Buddha. The frescoes on the ceiling depict scenes from Buddha’s life and important events from the country’s history. Inside the cave is a spring created from the drips from the ceiling, which is said to have healing powers and is used in sacred rituals.

Spice Garden  

Sri Lanka is famous for its spices, and today you will visit a spice garden where cinnamon, cardamom, pepper creepers and other spice trees are planted.

Kandy

Kandy is situated 500m above sea level and is known for its culture and beauty. It is a sacred Buddhist city, famous for the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Dalada Maligawa. Each year the tooth relic is honoured in Esala Perahera, a religious parade with elephants, drummers and dancers performing in the streets.

Nuwara Eliya

Situated at 2,000m above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is the main hill station of Sri Lanka and is known as ‘Little England’, as it resembles an English country town. It is considered to be an excellent location for tea production due to the cool climate, which creates tea with a unique flavour.

Tea Factory and Tea Plantation 

During your visit you will observe the process of manufacturing tea, and learn how tea is graded. You will also have the opportunity to taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea.

The Elephant Transit Home

The home cares for abandoned and orphaned baby elephants, providing them with food, shelter and medical care before they are released into the Udawalawe National Park.

Hummanaya Blowhole 

The second largest of the six large blowholes in the world, located at the top of a fissured cliff about 20m above sea level. Mulkirigala Rock Temple - This cave temple contains Buddha figures surrounded by wall paintings depicting scenes from the life of Buddha.

Dikwella Wewurukannala Temple 

One of the most remarkable Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple is dominated by the largest Buddha statue in the country, which stands at 160ft high.

Weligama 

Stop to view the iconic stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka. A tradition kept alive by only 500 families, the fishermen balances 2 metres above the water on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole, planted underwater. With one hand, they hold the stilt and the other their fishing rod. A truly remarkable sight!

Ahungalla 

A small coastal town located in the Galle district, Ahungalla is the perfect spot to relax and admire the sandy beaches.

Price is per adult, based on 2 sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin, Cork or Shannon
  • 15 day Highlights Of Sri Lanka Tour
  • All domestic transportation
  • Four-star accommodation
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees, guides and daily tours
  • Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Extra special luxury upgrades like going through private airport security
  • Please note that drinks, tips and optional extras like more excursions or late check-out are not included
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Price shown is based on low season travel.

 For more information on this luxury holiday, please get in touch:

  • Call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135
  • Email info@shandontravel.ie
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  • Or submit an enquiry through the form below

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