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Group 11 Day Classic Sri Lanka

Travel March - October  Min 4 - Max 12 travellers

From AUD$ 2499

Day 1

11 day itinerary 

DAY 1

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Colombo Harbour at Night

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. 

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.

Breakfast/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. Enjoy the majestic views and natural beauty as you absorb the fresh air and pristine beauty  

 

Breakfast/Dinner 

Ravana Ella Waterfalls

Day 3

DAY 3

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Nine Arch Bridge

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.

Include Breakfast/Dinner

Day 4

DAY 4

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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 dating back in time with an optional delicious traditional English high tea followed by a stroll in the beautiful english styled gardens and an afternoon at leisure.

 

Breakfast/Dinner

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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, comprising 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.  

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, 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. 

Arrive at your hotel in Kandy and have time to relax 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 tea plantations

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Elephant 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 traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. 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 of curry 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. 

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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SIGIRIYA - TRINCOMALEE

This morning we have time to catch up and relax at your resort and enjoy Ayurvedic full body massage before we continue our drive to Trincomalee and arrive in the afternoon.

Trincomalee, is an ancient town and port of Sri Lanka, located on the island’s north eastern coast. Arrive in your hotel and relax by the beach.

 

Breakfast/Dinner

Trincomalee Beach

Day 10

DAY 10

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Pigeon Island

TRINCOMALEE

Optional 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. 

 

Experience some amazing snorkelling and 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 day relaxing on the beach or round the pool. 

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 11

DAY 11

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TRINCOMALEE – COLOMBO AIRPORT

Farewell to beautiful Sri Lanka  

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

 

Breakfast

Negombo 

Bon Voyage...
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