• Mineriya National Park • The Temple of the Tooth • Galle Fort • Lunuganga
Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka; from ancient cities to rich religious festivals, colonial memories to rolling tea plantations and some of the best beaches in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka intoxicates its visitors with a potpourri of cultures, religions, races, customs and sheer natural beauty.
Day 1 Colombo > Kotugoda Transfer to Kotugoda to overnight in our luxurious resort.
Day 2 Kotugoda > Dambulla > Thirappane Travel northeast on back roads through towns and coconut and pineapple plantations. Visit Dambulla Cave Temples dating back to the 1st century BC.
Day 3 Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Mineriya Visit Sirigiya or Lion Rock, an ancient rock fortress and palace. Continue to Polonnaruwa and time permitting, join a 4WD safari in Mineriya National Park.
Day 4 Anuradhapura > Thirappane Visit the first royal capital of Sri Lanka which flourished for 1300 years. The site covers several kilometres with its palaces, monasteries and monuments.
Day 5 Thirappane > Kandy En route to Kandy visit a spice garden and enjoy lunch at batik artist, Ena de Silva's private estate. Later enjoy the moonrise over Hunas Mountain at the artist's Rajhu's studio set on a beautiful hill top.
Day 6 Kandy Visit the Botanical Gardens with a professor of Botany this morning and later visit eclectic Kandy Town and the Temple of the Tooth.
Day 7 Kandy > Tea Trails Take a train ride from Kandy to the heart of tea country. Travel from jungle to cloud forest through extraordinary scenery.
Day 8 Tea Trails Visit a tea plantation with a resident planter and this afternoon you may choose to visit some of the villages in the valley seeing their homes, schools and markets.
Day 9 Tea Trails > Galle Travel to Galle stopping at the site of filming of 'The Bridge Over the River Kwai'. Arrive Galle Fort in the afternoon .
Day 10 Galle Visit Galle Fort with resident author Juliet Coombe. Galle is Asia's best preserved and largest surviving fort built by European occupiers. Afternoon at leisure and dinner this evening is included in an old spice merchants home.
Day 11 Galle > Colombo Visit Lunuganga, Geoffrey Bawa's House and designed as his tropical vision of an Italian Renaissance garden. Continue to Colombo for an afternoon city walk with resident photographer, Mark Forbes. Dinner this evening is at the Ministry of Crab.
Day 12 Depart Colombo
- 11 nights accommodation in the category of your choice.
- Transfers by air conditioned car
- English speaking National guide
- Sightseeing and entrance fees.
- 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches (5 star option only) and 7 dinners.
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Booking conditions Independent tour with English speaking driver / guide. Supplements may apply over Festivals, National or religious holidays.
Independent tour with English speaking driver / guide. Supplements may apply over Festivals, National or religious holidays.