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21 day Discover the Best of Sri Lanka

Travel November – March

From AUD    A$5199

Day 1

21 Day Itinerary 

DAY 1

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COLOMBO/NEGOMBO

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. 
 

Acclimatize 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

Negombo Fishing Village

Day 2

DAY 2

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NEGOMBO – SIGIRIYA 
 

Sri Lanka is home to at least 8 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites.  Five of these ancient sites are situated in what is known as the cultural triangle, in the centre of the island.  Habarana – Sigiriya is the gateway to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle 

The coastal town of Negombo is set alongside a picturesque lagoon and canals built by the Dutch colonies.  Negombo was a very important port for the trade of cinnamon and has been ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British empires.  Drive past the famous seafood markets with the fisherman selling their catch as we venture to Sigiriya 

Sigiriya is nominated among travel enthusiasts as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ancient rock fortress with awe-inspiring architecture. 
Dambulla was 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 colorful 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 if time permits.
 Afternoon arrive at your hotel and time to relax.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Day 3

Leopards 

DAY 3

SIGIRIYA

Today the adventures begin as we visit a local village and enjoy a bullock cart ride through the rice plantation making our way by boat as we enjoy gliding gracefully past the beautiful lily pads.  We exit the boat and walk a little way to see the local farms and rice fields.  Learn the secrets from the locals on how to cook delicious Sri Lankan green curry and coconut roti with wood fire.  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 a highlight.  An opportunity to take photos up close and personal photos to share with family and friends.   Includes Breakfast/Dinner

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Fortress Sigiriya 'Lion Rock'

Day 4
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Bullock ride Sigiriya local village

DAY 4

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Wild elephants on Safari

SIGIRIYA

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. Traveler's spend an afternoon walking among the ruins.

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. Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

Day 5
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DAY 5

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Matale Spice Garden

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SIGIRIYA – KANDY CITY 

As we drive to Kandy 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.

This afternoon 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.

Arrive at your hotel and time to relax before dinner.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Cave Temples of Dambulla

Day 6

DAY 6

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The Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya

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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 producers in the world.   Afternoon arrives at your hotel  relax and unwind.   Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

Day 7

DAY 7

Views

KANDY MOUNTAINS

 

Early morning optional yoga with the Sunrise with view of exceptional hills and landscape as far as the eye can see. 

Experience a village walk meandering up to see a beautiful 360 degree viewpoint that will take your breath away while passing by beautiful countryside villages on your way return. Relax at the resort in the afternoon

Includes Breakfast/Dinner.
 

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locals on their daily schedules

Tuk Tuk is the main way to travel 

Day 8

DAY 8

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KANDY MOUNTAINS
 

Early morning Sunrise with a view of exceptional hills and landscape as far as the eye can see. 

Relax at the resort, enjoy a walk in the beautiful nature with majestic viewpoints.  Includes Breakfast//Dinner.

Relax and enjoy a spa treatment

Day 9

DAY 9

celebration times

KANDY – NUWARA EYLIA 
 

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 generations working in the tea 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.  


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

We will arrive at Nuwara Eylia and the town was originally built with Tudor-style houses featuring fireplaces, billiard tables, a golf course, racetrack, gentlemen’s clubs and botanical gardens.  We will visit the traditional British Gentleman’s Club.  The climate here makes it the coolest area in the country of Sri Lanka, so bring a sweater with you. 

This afternoon on arrival you will enjoy an optional traditional High Tea in the beautiful Grand Hotel and stroll the beautiful Little English well-manicured grounds, transfer to your hotel relax before dinner.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

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Day 10

DAY 10

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Fresh produce markets

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NUWARA EYLIA  - ELLA 
 

Visit the local fresh produce markets and wander through the main shopping street of Nuwara Eylia while enjoying a cultural experience and trying some local street food snacks.

Enjoy a spectacular viewpoint of the city and the sweeping views of the Tea Plantations for a photo candid shot opportunity.

This afternoon we board the famous majestic train from Nuwara Eylia to Ella for approximately two hours and thirty minutes enjoying the spectacular rolling hills of plantations and meandering through the Mountains across the famous well-photographed bridges enjoying this spectacular train ride with many photo opportunities. The train ride to Ella 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 arrives in Ella. 

Giving you the opportunity to soak in the mystic vibes and cherish the beauty of slow travel. Arrival by train in the afternoon in Ella.   Your Chauffeur will meet you at the train station and transfer to the hotel and relax and free time. Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Nurwara Eylia to Ella Train 

Day 11

DAY 11

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Nine Arch Bridge

ELLA

After breakfast,  we will 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.


Returning this afternoon, enjoy the picturesque views.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

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Little Adams Peak

Day 12

DAY 12

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ELLA – UDAWALAWE

This morning we will drive to the Udawalawe National Park.   The National Park is located in southern Sri Lanka, Udawalawe National Park is the island’s 6th-largest reserve, created in 1972 to house wildlife displaced by the building of the Udawalawe Reservoir. Spot animals such as elephants, buffalo, deer, crocodiles, leopards, and exotic birdlife among the park’s 119 square miles (308 square kilometres). Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

Udawalawe National Park

Day 13

DAY 13

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Baby Elephants drinking milk

UDAWALAWE -  BEACH RESORT  - TANGALLE/MIRISSA

Today we will visit The Baby Elephant orphanage refuge which will see baby elephants being bottle-fed and cared for until they grow stronger.   This Orphanage is a baby Elephant refuge home where they gather strength and are then released into protected sanctuaries.  Many are orphaned or sick and this is a home to help them secure their strength and keep the population thriving.  It is such a unique touching experience as we watch the more mature baby elephants shuffle the younger baby elephants into order.


We continue our travel to the beautiful south coast of beaches and white sand. Arrive in the afternoon at your tropical beach Resort hotel relax, settle into your room, and enjoy the resort.   Take a swim in the pool, walk the beautiful grounds lined with picturesque coconut trees and lush vegetation, or wander to the beach. Includes Breakfast/Dinner
 

Day 14

DAY 14

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Beautiful Beaches

BEACH RESORT 

Situated on the South coast of Sri Lanka facing out to the Indian Ocean is the beach and fishing resort town. This morning enjoy an early morning beautiful sunrise, take a swim to refresh in the relaxing warm waters, or take a walk along the beach before a leisurely breakfast.

Relax and have a free day to relax, go to the beach, surfing, sit around the pool reading a book, and catch up on some quality relaxation time.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner
 

Day 15

DAY 15

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BEACH RESORT 

This morning you can enjoy an early morning sunrise optional yoga class and then take a swim to refresh in the pool or take a walk along the beach before breakfast.

 

A Relaxing and free day to relax, go to the beach, take a tuk-tuk into town or visit one of the many other beaches and secure a beach chair for the day while sipping fresh coconuts and lunch at one of the many cafes on the beach.  Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Resort

Day 16

DAY 16

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BEACH RESORT 

This morning enjoy an early morning beautiful sunrise, take a swim to refresh in the relaxing warm waters, or take a walk along the beach before a leisurely breakfast.

 

Free day to wind down, relax, swim, read, and visit some local sights.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner

Beautiful Beaches

Day 17
Day 18

DAY 17

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BEACH RESORT

This morning enjoy an early morning beautiful sunrise, take a swim to refresh in the relaxing warm waters, or take a walk along the beach before a leisurely breakfast.

 

Free day to wind down, relax, swim, read, visit some local sights, or participate in some water sports activities, snorkeling, or surfing if you are keen and energised. Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

Option to relax by the pool

DAY 18

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Turtle Hatchery

BEACH RESORT  TANGALLE / MIRISSA - GALLE  

This morning enjoy an early morning beautiful sunrise, take a swim to refresh in the relaxing warm waters, or take a walk along the beach before a leisurely breakfast..

 

We depart mid-morning to visit the famous Turtle Hatchery on the beach of Habaraduwa, which is set up to conserve the turtle population. 

Arrive at the hotel and relax and refresh. Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

Day 19

DAY 19

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GALLE  

Today we will visit Galle Fort, this is a unique Town designed by the Portuguese and Dutch  Dating back to 1584.  Wonder and explore the Galle Fort and free time. Return hotel in the afternoon to relax and refresh. Includes Breakfast / Dinner.

Heritage-listed Galle Fort

Day 20

DAY 20

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Gangaramaya Temple

GALLE - COLOMBO

Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, the “Garden of the East '' faces the Indian Ocean and stretches along more than a quarter kilometre of the island’s western shores. A bustling city crowded with buses and cars and has overtaken the once quiet roads of bullock carts. Colonial British style buildings, open air markets, temples, lakes and charges add great character to this city. 

 

Upon arrival into Colombo, we enjoy a tour visiting the Gangaramaya Temple. Includes Breakfast / Dinner

Day 21

DAY 21

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COLOMBO – AIRPORT

Free Day and Farewell to beautiful Sri Lanka!  

 

Transfer to Colombo Airport to connect with your outward-bound flight.

Includes Breakfast/Dinner.

Colombo Airport

Bon Voyage...
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