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11 Day Classic Sri Lanka

  Travel April – October

From AUD    A$2699

Day 1

11 Day Itinerary 

DAY 1

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Colombo Harbour at Night

COLOMBO

Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport where a representative of Sri Lanka Escapes will welcome you. You will be welcomed by your experienced Chauffeur who will be with you for the duration of the trip.  He is a local with exceptional years of experience and knowledge and very excited to show his beautiful country.   Let your adventure and journey begin. 

 

Acclimatise yourself with Sri Lanka in the city of Colombo.  Historically Colombo was seen as a simple trading port, while today the city of Colombo is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that serves as the commercial capital of the island. Transfer to your hotel.   Includes Dinner

Day 2

DAY 2

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COLOMBO - ELLA

We drive to Ella, making a few stops on the way and including the beautiful Ravana Ella waterfalls and breathtaking viewpoints. Arrive in your hotel late afternoon and relax.   Includes Breakfast/Dinner 

Ravana Ella Waterfalls

Day 3

DAY 3

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Nine Arch Bridge

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ELLA

We walk through a beautiful path to see the Nine Arch Bridge is a connection of two mountains and also known as the ‘Bridge in the Sky’.  This bridge is 300 feet in length, 25 feet in width and 80-100 feet in height.  It is an amazing example of colonial era railway in Sri Lanka and this is located in Demodara and happens to be one of the best places to visit in Ella. 

 

Little Adam's peak is an easy walk to reach the viewpoint. Climbing up the Little Adams Peak in Ella is one of the favourite activities of the tourists on their Sri Lankan holiday with majestic views and photo opportunities – it is only a leisurely 2 hour walk. Enjoy the view over the valley. The whole journey is very pleasing while passing through the local villages and tea plantations. End the day and back to the hotel via a scenic road.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Little Adams Peak

Day 4

DAY 4

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Famous scenic train to Nuwara Eliya

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ELLA – NUWARA ELIYA 

Depart on the famous scenic train to Nuwara Eliya. 

The train ride to Nuwara Eliya powers down through Sri Lanka's southern hill country, crossing the tea plantations before it winds up and disappears into the clouds, weaving in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it finally descends to Nuwara Eliya. Giving you the opportunity to soak in the mystic vibes and cherish the beauty of slow travel.

 

Arrive at Nuwara Eliya and take a city tour and experience a few viewpoints before we go to the majestic Grand Hotel and enjoy the grand style and class of hotel dating back in time with a delicious traditional English High Tea followed by an afternoon at leisure.   

 

Breakfast/Dinner

High Tea Grand Hotel

Day 5

DAY 5

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Ramboda Ella Waterfall

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The Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya

NUWARA ELIYA – KANDY

During our adventure today we will visit Ramboda known for its marvellous landscapes, consisting of highlands, ridges, plains, streams and hilly mountains and see the scenic Ramboda waterfall.  

Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon is famous for its quality tea. Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s lush tea-growing region, founded by the British explorer Samuel Baker in 1846 continues to give us the experience of the British colonial past with full operational tea plantations. En route we will see local families from generation to generation working in the fields of rolling hills, picking the tea leaves manually by hand. We will visit a real-time Tea processing factory to see how the tea is produced as there are many still in full operation today giving you an opportunity to taste the delights of fresh tea and the opportunity to buy to take home for family and friends.

This afternoon we will visit one of the most stunning gardens. The Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. In 1821 the park was under British rule and it then became known as the Botanical garden. Here exotic crops such as nutmeg, tea, rubber, coffee, and cinchona are all unique and important to the country of Sri Lanka. The garden also includes a beautiful orchid house and a wide variety of plant species from all around the world.

 

Early evening we will attend the Sri Lankan traditional cultural show and watch the beautiful locals dancing in a rainbow of colorful cultural costumes as they perform their dances in grace and style. 

We will take a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It was founded back in the 16th century, it housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre, which is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth. Then transfer to your hotel and have time to relax.  Arrive at your hotel in Kandy and unwind. 

Breakfast /Dinner

Day 6

DAY 6

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Matale Spice Garden

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Cave Temples of Dambulla

KANDY- SIGIRIYA

As we drive to Sigiriya we will stop at Matale and visit  the unique Spice garden growing a large variety of spices such as nutmeg, cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, petter and more.  Enjoy an informative talk about all the spices by a local qualified educational guide who explains all the natural remedies and benefits to enhance your health and palate in the kitchen with an opportunity to try and take spices and remedies home to enhance your health and wellness regime. 

Dambulla, named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its Buddhist caves perched at the top of a hill. An added bonus is the beautiful panoramic view that you get of the surrounding area. Visit the stunning Cave Temples of  Dambulla, built by King Valagamba back in the 1st century BC.   Dambulla is named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its Buddhist caves perched at the top of a hill.  It is worth the climb to see the 5 caves and stunning temples filled with over 150 colourful religious statues and paintings while experiencing the beautiful panoramic views. The monastic ensemble of Dambulla is an outstanding example of the religious art and expression of Sri Lanka and South and Southeast Asia.

Then we can take a stroll through Dambulla Market and discover new fruits and vegetables. Afternoon arrive at your hotel and time to relax.

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 7

DAY 7

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Bullock Ride through rice fields

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Wild Elephants on Safari

SIGIRIYA

Adventures begin as we visit a local village and enjoy a bullock ride through the rice plantation making our way by boat as we enjoy the live lily pads.  We exit the boat and walk a little way to see a local farm and rice fields.  Learn the secrets from the locals how to cook delicious Sri Lankan green curry and coconut roti. We also have the opportunity to experience how you can hull the rice as it has been done for generations and enjoy a local traditional lunch curry, roti and fruits.

After lunch, we will join an adventurous Safari to see the wild elephants.   This is one of the most exciting safari experiences in Sri Lanka and an opportunity to take  photos up close and personal to send home and share with family and friends. Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 8

DAY 8

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Fortress Sigiriya ‘ Lion Rock

SIGIRIYA

Sri Lanka is home to at least 8 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. Sigiriya is nominated among travel enthusiasts as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ancient rock fortress with awe-inspiring architecture.

 

This morning is the option to climb Pidurangala rock, at the top you will enjoy the amazing view of Sigiriya Lion Rock with your group and at the top you have candid photo opportunities. Or for those keen about history, Sigiriya is nominated among travel enthusiasts as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ancient rock fortress with awe inspiring architecture, with an amazing view of Fortress Sigiriya Lion Rock’ built by King Kayapa in the 5th century for all those who are fit. It is a spectacular 200 meters high natural formation of granite some 750 steps up and at the top, preserves the ruins of an ancient fortified palace.

 

This archaeological site loved by tourists was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 and is considered by locals as the "eighth wonder of the world". This palace in the sky was envisioned to be a recreation of the mythological city.

Then we will enjoy the taste and delights of how to cook traditional  Sri Lanka with a hands-on cooking class in a local

Sri Lankan home.   Return to your hotel.

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 9

DAY 9

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Koneswaram Temple

SIGIRIYA - TRINCOMALEE

Visit Trincomalee town to see temples and culture and traditions of east Sri Lanka.  The art and cultural activities in Trincomalee will give you an insight into the city's history, traditions and artwork.

 

Visit The Koneswaram Temple - a popular place of worship in Sri Lanka and is one of the Pancha Ishwarams (five abodes) of Lord Shiva. The earliest mention of the temple goes way back to the 6th century BC.

 

Arrive in your hotel and relax by the beach.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 10

DAY 10

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Pigeon Island

TRINCOMALEE

Optional boat trip to Pigeon island. The pigeon island national park comprises two islands. The islands are a breeding and feeding ground for over 300 species of coral reef fish keeping the colourful underwater symphony alive.

 

Enjoy and experience some snorkelling in the morning and afternoon and you can witness a variety of underwater life ranging from Trumper fish, angel fish, parrot fish, eels, coral gardens, and other colourful fishes, etc. There is also a high chance of seeing huge sea turtles and even blacktip sharks. Or enjoy a free day at the beach.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 11

DAY 11

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TRINCOMALEE –  COLOMBO AIRPORT

Farewell to beautiful Trincomalee and you will travel from East to West coast to connect with your flight. 

Transfer to International Airport to connect with your homeward-bound flight.  Breakfast/Dinner

Trincomalee Beach

Bon Voyage...
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