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From stunning scenery to amazing architecture, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise island steeped in history and culture. Marvel at magnificent temples, see the UNESCO world heritage listed rock fortress at Sigiriya, discover the fascinating caves at Dambulla and explore the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Also, search for the wilderness at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and see the elephants at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
- Climb the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya
- Explore the ruins of medieval Polonnaruwa
- Visit Kandy’s sacred temple
- Safari with elephants in the national park
- Wander the historic city of Colombo
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
We leave Yala National Park and visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole, Mulgirigala Rock Temple, Dikawella Wevurukannala Temple and see the stilt fisherman at Weligama. See statues of Bodhisattvas and continue driving along the coastline to Galle.
Day 12: Discover Galle
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dutch Fort. Also known as Galle Fort, it is one of the best-preserved examples of 17th Century colonial fortifications in the world.
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 Colombo to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
Your accommodation has been selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town or a heritage-type hotel. In remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have western amenities.
Tea Plantation Tour
In the cooler climes of Sri Lanka's Central Highlands, tour a tea factory and plantation to learn all about the cultivation and production of the refreshing tea grown in the area.
Kosgada Turtle Hatchery
Tour the wonderful conservation project at Kosgada, where a specialist turtle hatchery works tirelessly to protect Sri Lanka's native sea turtle species, and meet its residents.
Kandy dance performance
In the island's cultural capital, Kandy, enjoy a fun and fascinating cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan music and dance.
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
- Based on London Heathrow departures
- Flight upgrades available on request
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary. Main and inner city roads in Sri Lanka have a reputation for being very congested. For this reason, it may not always be possible to return to your hotel after sightseeing to freshen up before going to the restaurant for dinner.
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.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
This Wendy Wu group tour has a physical rating of 2. This means it requires walking, some steps and extended time on your feet
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