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18 Day Classic Sri Lanka

Travel April – October

From AUD    A$4499

Day 1

18 day itinerary 

DAY 1

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Colombo Harbour at Night

COLOMBO

Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be welcomed by a representative of Sri Lanka Escapes.

 

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 is very excited to show his beautiful country.   Let your adventure and journey begin. 

Acclimatise yourself with Sri Lanka as we drive to the coastal town of Negombo a unique picturesque fishing village and transfer to your hotel to relax.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 2

DAY 2

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COLOMBO – BELIHULOYA 

Enjoy a short tour of Colombo city and continue the drive and viewpoints to Belihuloya.  This is a four and half hour drive and on the way we stop on the way to see beautiful temples and spectacular viewpoints on the way.

 

Belihuloya is a village in the Ratnapura District, of Sri Lanka south-east of Colombo. This hillside location is a climatically transitional area, linking both the dry and wet zones and the hill and low country. 

Reach your hotel in the evening and relax. 

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Scenic viewpoints to Belihuloya

Day 3

DAY 3

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Bambarakanda Waterfall

BELIHULOYA

Belihuloya is one of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems and is adorned with several unique and unforgettable nearby attractions, making it a hotspot for those who take a keen interest in nature and adventure.

 

One of the primary nearby attractions when visiting this charming little town is the Bambarakanda Waterfall, the tallest one in Sri Lanka with a height of 263m. Your visit to Belihuloya gives you plenty of options in terms of attractions.  For the adventurer, nature lover, or curious tourist in you, Belihuloya has something for everyone.

 

We start early in the morning and visit a scenic waterfall and then proceed to see village life around Belihuloya. Walk through rice fields and beautiful nature and meet the locals. End the day with a nice swim in a natural pool.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 4

DAY 4

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BELIHULOYA – 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.

 

Enjoy the majestic views of the natural beauty around you, afternoon at leisure.  Take a walk into the Town of Ella.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner 

Ravana Ella waterfalls

Day 5

DAY 5

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Nine Arch Sky Bridge

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ELLA

 

We walk through a beautiful path to see the Nine Arch Bridge, 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 6

DAY 6

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Famous scenic train to Nuwara Eliya

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 and visit the Hill Club known as the Gentleman club dating back in time with an Optional traditional English High Tea. Transfer to your hotel followed to relax.   IncludesBreakfast/Dinner

High Tea at Majestic Grand Hotel

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Day 7

DAY 7

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Ramboda Ella Waterfall

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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 of 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 opportunity to buy to take home for family and friends.   Arrive at your hotel have time to relax and free time.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Nuwara Eylia lush tea growing region

Day 8

DAY 8

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KANDY

 

Relax and enjoy the beautiful 360 degree viewpoint that will take your breath away while passing by beautiful countryside villages on your way back to your resort.

Relax and unwinded.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Tuk Tuk ride

Day 9

DAY 9

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KANDY MOUNTAINS
 

Enjoy breakfast with view of exceptional hills and landscape as far as the eye can see. 

Enjoy a stroll around the village and time to relax and unwind or sit by the pool.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Ayurvedic Spa Treatment

Day 10

DAY 10

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Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya

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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

KANDY 

This morning 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, 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 over the world. 

 

Visit the Town of Kandy and walk along the local street to experience local shopping as we make our way to the Gem Museum to see how the gems are cultivated from beginning to end.  Sri Lanka is known as one of the largest gem produces of the world.  

 

Later afternoon we will attend the Sri Lankan traditional Cultural show and watch the beautiful locals dancing in a rainbow of colourful cultural costumes and 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 Budda collected from his funeral pyre, which is now protected within the Gold Roofed Temple of the Tooth.

Arrive at your hotel early evening.   Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 11

DAY 11

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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. Visiting 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.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 12
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DAY 12

Bullock ride Sigiriya rice plantations

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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 wildlife Safari in 4 x 4 jeep to see the wild elephants, deer, eagles, birdlife and if we are lucky we will spot a leopard..    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

Elephant Safari

Day 13

DAY 13

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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/Lunch/Dinner

Cooking Class with a local

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Day 14

DAY 14

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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.

In the afternoon time to relax at the pool in your resort or the beach. 

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

Koneswaram Temple

Day 15

DAY 15

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Pigeon Island

TRINCOMALEE

Optional visit via boat 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 while 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 a day of relaxation.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 16

DAY 16

Resort

TRINCOMALEE

Free time to relax by the pool take an early morning swim on the beautiful beaches go for a walk, visit some ruins or relax and unwind.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Beach Resort

Day 17

DAY 17

Trincomalee 

TRINCOMALEE – NEGOMBO

Watch the sunrise and take an early morning swim before we depart mid-morning to travel from the East coast to the West coast with a full day of travelling and we will reach our destination of Negombo and authentic the Fishing Village also known as little Rome. 

 

In Negombo,  you will see beautiful colonial churches and also fresh fish and vegetable markets. 

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 18
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DAY 18

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Negombo Fishing Village

NEGOMBO – COLOMBO AIRPORT   

The coastal town of Negombo is set alongside a picturesque lagoon and impressive infrastructure of canals built by the Dutch colonial times.  Negombo was an important outpost for the trade of cinnamon in the colonial times. This morning if time permits, we will visit the unique seafood market and watch the locals sell today's catch.

Farewell to beautiful Sri Lanka.  

Transfer to International Airport to connect with your outward bound flight.   Includes Breakfast

Bon Voyage...
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