Sri Lanka Safari Holidays Leopards Yala Park

Cultural Highlights + Southwest Coast Beach


LPD10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,394
International flights quoted separately
From December to March, combine the cultural highlights of Sri Lanka with the glorious beaches of the Southwest Coast. Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the "Temple of the Tooth" in Kandy & the rock temples at Dambulla. Climb Sigirya Rock & visit the ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, before relaxing on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean. English speaking guide, all transfers & excursions included.
Sri Lanka Tours Cultural Triangle Kandy Dambula Polonnaruwa
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Kandy
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Temple of the Tooth
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Habarana
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Dambulla temple
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Sigiriya Rock
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Polonnaruwa
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South Coast Beach
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Galle Fort
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Kandy
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Temple of the Tooth
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Habarana
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Dambulla temple
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Sigiriya Rock
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Polonnaruwa
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South Coast Beach
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Galle Fort
Day 1
You will be met at Colombo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the commercial, industrial and cultural centre of Sri Lanka.
 
Check in and relax in this harbour city, situated on an ancient trading sea route.
Day 2
This morning your driver/guide will collect you from your Colombo hotel and introduce you to the beauty of central Sri Lanka as we travel 4.5-hours to the small town of Habarana.
 
Along the way we stop at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage that cares for baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Here you can see the orphans being bottle fed with milk before they continue to the river to bathe, giving you the opportunity of close-up photographs (daily feeding times: 09.15, 13.15 and 17.00), but please be aware that for safety reasons the elephants are chained at certain times.
 
Check into your Habarana hotel and relax in your warm tropical surroundings.
Day 3
This morning we travel 30-minutes to Sigiriya - also known as Lion's Rock -  a massive 5th century fortress and palace ruins surrounded by extensive gardens and reservoirs. Here you can climb 1,200 steps to the top of this amazing fortress in the sky that is now a World Heritage site, with the reward of incredible views. Ancient rock paintings are also on display. And don’t overlook the small museum near the entrance.
 
Return to your hotel for lunch, before enjoying an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park where you can hope to see wild Asian elephants. They are particularly numerous in August and September when they migrate along a corridor from neighbouring parks to feed on the fresh grass on the lake bed - an annual event known as "The Gathering".
Day 4
This morning we drive 1-hour to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa - the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th centuries following the fall of Anuradhapura and today a World Heritage site.
 
Here you can explore these magnificent ruins, which contains some fine examples of Buddah statues and marvel at this ancient civilisation, before returning to Habarana.
 
The afternoon is free to relax at your hotel, where optional activities include riding an elephant, touring the local town in a bull cart or enjoying an Ayurvedic spa treatment.
 
Please dress appropriately when visiting sacred sites, with shoulders and knees covered.
Day 5
This morning we travel 1.5-hours from Habarana to the bustling hill capital of Kandy.
 
Along the way we stop at Dambulla to explore its famous Golden Rock Cave Temple, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site for 22 centuries. This vast isolated rock mass with five caverns filled with statues is the largest and best preserved cave monastery in Sri Lanka and is a World Heritage site.
 
We also stop at Matale Spice Garden, before checking into your Kandy hotel in this religious and ancient capital of kings. Here we can visit the Royal Palace.
 
In the evening enjoy a cultural show, with dancing and fire walking.
 
Please dress appropriately when visiting Dambulla temple, with shoulders and knees covered. There is a steep uphill walk to the temple, so this excursion is not suitable for people with mobility issues.
Day 6
This morning we visit the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens with its rare collection of indigenous tropical flora, including its famous Orchid House.
 
Afterwards we transfer 4-hours through the beautiful scenery of central Sri Lanka to your South Coast beach resort. Check into your hotel, settle in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Days 7 To 10
At leisure to relax and enjoy the sparkling Indian Ocean beaches of the warm South Coast.
 
You can swim in the sea or suntan around the swimming pool, whilst enjoying the local culture and food. Indulge yourself with a spa treatment, as this region is renowned for its Ayurvedic remedies that cleanse body, mind and spirit. And walk for miles and miles along the wide sandy beaches, framed by coconut palms.
 
You can also participate in many different water sports on Bentota Lagoon.
 
Optional excursions include a visit a local turtle hatchery; a boat ride on the river; or a canal boat safari to islands where you can see water birds, monkeys & water monitors. Day excursions are also available to historic Galle Fort, and to local Buddhist temples and shrines.
Day 11
Transfer 2.5-hours to Colombo Airport for your flight home.
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