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Sri Lanka Holidays

Situated off the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka means ‘Beautiful Island’ and it truly does not disappoint. On Sri Lanka holidays, this tear shaped jewel previously known as Ceylon offers many extraordinary cultural treasures, as well as wonderful wildlife and gorgeous Indian Ocean beaches.
 
Most people choose holidays in Sri Lanka to see the sights of the Cultural Triangle and arguably the most awe inspiring of these is Sigiriya Rock - although the Aukana Buddha, the Dambulla Cave Temples, Temple of the Tooth in the hill capital of Kandy and historic Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are also incredible sites to see on holidays in Sri Lanka.
 
Sri Lanka holidays offer beautiful mountain scenery in the tea-producing hill country and its beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, with superb diving and snorkelling in the northeast, and colonial Galle Fort in the south. From a wildlife perspective, holidays to Sri Lanka are best known for wild Asian elephants and the leopards of Yala National Park. Sri Lanka also offers magnificent birding in virgin rainforests.
 
If you’d like to find out more about our holidays to Sri Lanka, email us or call us for a chat on 01582 766122 as we can tailor make your holiday to your exact requirements.
 
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Sri Lanka is a spiritual country where Buddhism is the main religion of the Sinhalese, although there are significant Hindu, Christian and Muslim minorities. Evidence of these many religions is everywhere on holidays in Sri Lanka, from fabulous ancient Buddhist shrines and towering Hindu temples, to the many personal shrines found on street corners.
 
Most Sri Lanka holidays start in the capital of Colombo, a port located on the ancient spice route and today an eclectic mix of modern and old. As you leave the city, most visitors stop at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage for close-up views of Asian elephants, which are much smaller than their African cousins and with different shaped ears and heads. Here you can participate in bottle-feeding an infant, before walking down to the river to watch them bathe with gusto.
 
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is located in the centre of the country and is a mix of ancient cities, fortresses and temple caves, many of which are now World Heritage Sites. A real highlight on holidays to Sri Lanka is ascending the 1,200 steps to the top of Sigiriya Rock, a breathtaking fortress in the sky also known as Lion Rock. It was a 5th century fortress and later a Buddhist monastery, so a deeply spiritual place with ancient rock paintings and incredible views. Don’t miss the small museum at the entrance. On holidays in Sri Lanlka, the cave temples at Dambulla are also astonishing, with no fewer than 150 magnificent Buddhas from the first century BC. It is one of the best preserved of all the temples in Sri Lanka.
 
Sri Lanka’s most significant shrine is the Temple of the Tooth, situated in the hill capital of Kandy in the centre of the island. Here there is a tooth relic of the Buddha, held in a golden casket that is displayed to the public three times a day during the pooja ceremon - a must see on holidays to Sri Lanka. The annual Festival of the Sacred Tooth takes place in July and is one of the country’s most lively and vibrant celebrations. Kandy’s Peradeniya Botanical Gardens are also well worth a visit on holidays in Sri Lanka. Ask your hotel to pack you a picnic lunch to enjoy here, and don’t forget to visit the orchid house.
 
If you have time to travel further afield on your Sri Lanka holiday, the ancient city of Anuradhapura was founded in the 4th century on the mountain peak of Mihintale and is today a World Heritage Site, with many huge circular white-domed stupas. Here you can walk under the canopy of the sacred Bodhi tree, grown from an offshoot of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. At over 2,200 years it is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.
 
Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th centuries, following the fall of Anuradhapura, and is another World Heritage Site complete with enormous Buddha statues - not to be missed on holidays in Sri Lanka. The Buddha at Aukana is the tallest and most magnificent, undamaged ancient statue in all of Sri Lanka. Remember to dress conservatively on holidays to Sri Lanka and remove your shoes when entering temples.
 
Yala is the most famous of Sri Lanka’s national parks as leopard are found here in the highest concentration in the world. But do not expect this Sri Lanka holiday to be a safari in the African sense, as the wildlife is sparser and the people more numerous. Notwithstanding this, the bird life is magnificent and nothing compares with the thrill of spotting a magnificent leopard in the wild. Wilpattu National Park in the north also has high concentrations of leopard, but they are more difficult there to spot because of the denser vegetation.
 
Sightings of wild Asian elephants on holidays to Sri Lanka are among the best in the world at parks such as Udawalawe in the south, with an elephant orphanage that is less commercial than Pinnawala. On holidays in Sri Lanka you can expect good sightings of water buffalo, sambar and spotted deer, langur and macaque monkeys, as well as many other smaller mammals. Sloth bears are also present but are much harder to see.
 
Further north at Minneriya National Park, in August and September elephants migrate along a corridor from neighbouring parks to feed on the fresh grass on the lakebed. This remarkable annual event is known as 'The Gathering'  and is well worth including on holidays to Sri Lanka.
 
Sri Lanka is a country of a thousand lakes, so birdlife is outstanding including migrants, water birds and raptors. You will see the splendid peacock and the Jungle fowl  – the national bird – pretty much everywhere on holidays to Sri Lanka. Horton Plains National Park in the central highlands is the place to go for beautiful walking and birding. Sinharaja Forest Reserve in the southwest is a virgin rainforest and another birding hotspot and World Heritage Site, ideal for birding on holidays in Sri Lanka. The ocean around the south coast is also a magnificent wildlife arena and is home to the mighty blue whale, sperm whale and lively dolphin.
 
All Sri Lanka holidays should include a visit to a tea plantations, and on the way to Yala National Park you can travel through the lush tea-producing hill country around Nuwara Eliya, whose Ceylon tea is amongst the most famous in the world. An option here to take the scenic local train from Kandy, rather than a road transfer, for an interesting cultural experience on your Sri Lanka holiday.
 
For a complete contrast on holidays to Sri Lanka, consider adding an extension to Jaffna in the far north of the country. This is the heartland of the Hindu Tamil people, who have their own language and cuisine, including delicious mango delicacies. This region is dotted with many towering ornate Hindu temples and the cultural links to India are very much in evidence.
 
Sri Lanka holidays have always been known for their Indian Ocean beaches and there are over a thousand miles of white sandy beaches from Beruwela, Bentota and Hikkaduwa in the southwest, to palm fringed Trincomalee and Pasikuda in the northeast, where the best scuba diving and snorkelling is found.
 
On the south coast, historic Galle Fort is a World Heritage Site that is best explored on foot on holidays in Sri Lanka. If you want privacy and exclusivity, a beach extension in the Maldives is another option, albeit considerably more expensive.
Cultural Highlights + Southwest Coast Beach
LPD10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,394
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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
Sri Lanka: Cultural Highlights + Northeast Coast
LPE10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,395
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From April to September the rains come to the south coast, so if you want to visit Sri Lanka during these months, after exploring the Cultural Triangle head to the superb beaches of Trincomalee or Pasikuda on the northeast coast, arguably the best on the island, with some of the best diving. See the key sights including Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla & Polonnaruwa. English speaking guide, all transfers & excursions included.
Beach Safari Sri Lanka Pasikuda Trincomalee Cultural Highlights
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephants
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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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Minneria Wildlife
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Polonnaruwa
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Trincomalee Beaches
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephants
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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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Minneria Wildlife
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Polonnaruwa
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Trincomalee Beaches
Galle South Coast: Beaches, Whales & Wildlife
LRW10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,495
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From October to May, enjoy the magnificent beaches of the warm Sri Lanka south coast - excellent for swimming, diving & fishing. Visit Galle Fort & enjoy a whale watching boat ride, with blue whales & dolphins as the highlight. Also visit Udawalawe to see Asian elephants in the wild & spend a night at Yala National Park.  All transfers, whale watching, jeep safaris & park fees included.
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Galle Fort
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Whale Watching
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Blue Whales
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Dolphins
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Udawalawe
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Asian Elephants
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Yala National Park
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Kataragama Temple
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Tea Plantation
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Galle Fort
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Whale Watching
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Blue Whales
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Dolphins
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Udawalawe
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Asian Elephants
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Yala National Park
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Kataragama Temple
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Tea Plantation
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Indian Ocean Beaches
Buddhist Sites + Pasikudah Beach
LPI12C
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,595
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This holiday focuses on the cultural treasures of Sri Lanka - including the sacred Bo Tree in Anuradhapura, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Dambulla Cave Temple, the Aukana Buddah, Sigiriya Rock and the ruins at Polonnaruwa. Complete your holiday relaxing on the warm beaches of Pasikuda. Best from April to September. English speaking guide, all transfers & excursions included.
Anaradhapura Polonnaruwa Sigirya Dambulla Temple Tooth Kandy
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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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Dambulla Temple
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Anuradhapura
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Sacred Bo Tree
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Sigiriya Rock
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Polonnaruwa
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Trincomalee Beaches
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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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Dambulla Temple
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Anuradhapura
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Sacred Bo Tree
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Sigiriya Rock
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Polonnaruwa
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Trincomalee Beaches
Cultural Highlights + Yala Safari + Pasikudah Beach
LPL14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights quoted separately
From April to September the rains come to the south coast, so if you want to visit Sri Lanka during these months to enjoy its wildlife & amazing cultural sights, finish your holiday relaxing on the superb beaches of Pasikuda or Trincomalee on the northwest coast, which has an opposite season to the south. Visit Yala, tea country, Kandy & Sigiriya. English speaking guide, all transfers, game drives & excursions included.
Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle Udawalawe Yala Kandy Pasikuda
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Colombo
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Galle
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Uduwalawe
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Yala National Park
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Nuwara Eliya
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Kandy
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Dambulla
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Habarana
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Sigiriya
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Trincomalee Beach
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Colombo
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Galle
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Uduwalawe
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Yala National Park
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Nuwara Eliya
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Kandy
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Dambulla
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Habarana
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Sigiriya
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Trincomalee Beach
Grand Sri Lanka + Maldives
LPM14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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Combine a grand tour of Sri Lanka with the spectacular Maldives, on this memorable holiday. Visit the elephant orphange at Pinnawala, all the key sights of the Cultural Triangle, take the train to Nuwara Eliya in tea country & enjoy a safari in Yala National Park. Then swim, snorkel or dive in the Maldives. English speaking Sri Lanka guide, all transfers, game drives & excursions included.
Sri Lanka Maldives Holidays Cultural Triangle Yala Safari Vacation
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Colombo
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Kandy
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Buddhist Temples
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Yala National Park
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Elephants
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Leopards
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Maldives Islands
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Snorkelling
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Scuba Diving
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Colombo
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Kandy
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Buddhist Temples
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Yala National Park
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Elephants
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Leopards
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Maldives Islands
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Snorkelling
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Scuba Diving
Birding & Culture in Sri Lanka
LPP16C
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
International flights quoted separately
This holiday offers a combination of bird watching & sightseeing, allowing you to enjoy both the wildlife and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Visit Minneriya, Kandy, Horton Plains, Yala National Park, Bundala, Uduwalawe and Sinharaja Rainforest, before relaxing on the Galle Coast. English speaking driver/guide (supported by local naturalist guides), all transfers & sightseeing included.
Photo Bird Watching Sri Lanka Birding Yala Bundala Sinharaja Rainforest
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Colombo
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Sigiriya Rock
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Minneriya
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Kandy & Kitulgala Reserve
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Horton Plains
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Yala National Park
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Bundala National Park
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Uduwalawe Park
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Sinharaja Rainforest
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Galle Coast
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Colombo
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Sigiriya Rock
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Minneriya
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Kandy & Kitulgala Reserve
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Horton Plains
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Yala National Park
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Bundala National Park
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Uduwalawe Park
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Sinharaja Rainforest
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Galle Coast
Cultural Highlights + Yala Safari + Southwest Coast
LPK14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
International flights quoted separately
From December to March enjoy this grand tour of Sri Lanka - including all the cutural highlihts, as well as beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya in Tea Country, the wildlife of Yala National Park & historic Galle Fort - before relaxing on the warm Indian Ocean  beaches of the South Coast. English speaking guide, all transfers, game drives & excursions included.
Holidays Sri Lanka Grand Tour Safari Yala National Park
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Dambulla Temple
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Sigiriya Rock
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Kandy & Temple of the Tooth
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Nuwara Eliya
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Yala National Park
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Uduwalawe Park
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Galle Fort
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South Coast Beaches
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Dambulla Temple
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Sigiriya Rock
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Kandy & Temple of the Tooth
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Nuwara Eliya
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Yala National Park
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Uduwalawe Park
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Galle Fort
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South Coast Beaches
Highlights of Sri Lanka + Maldives
LPF10C
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
Combine the cultural highlights of Sri Lanka with the Maldives. Visit Pinnawala elephant orphange, climb Sigiriya Rock, enjoy a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park where you can see Asian elephants in the wild & visit the Dambula & Kandy temples. Then relax in the marine-rich Maldives, with some of the best snorkelling & scuba diving in the world. English speaking Sri Lanka guide, all transfers & excursions included.
Holidays Maldives Sri Lanka Vacations Water Bungalow Scuba Diving
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Sigiriya Rock
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Minneriya National Park
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Wild Asian Elephants
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Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
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Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
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Maldives Islands
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Snorkelling
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Scuba Diving
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Colombo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Sigiriya Rock
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Minneriya National Park
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Wild Asian Elephants
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Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
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Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
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Maldives Islands
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Snorkelling
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Scuba Diving
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