Central Province Sri Lanka
Scheduled
11 Day Sri Lanka Essence Tour

11 Day Sri Lanka Essence Tour

Get the Sri Lankan essence by touring the island for 11 days which begins with a ride from airport to Dambulla, then continue to Sigiriya to climb the ancient rock of Sigiriya. Visit Kandy for sightseeing and for other adventurous activities. Afterwards transfer to Yala national park and then the tour will continue to Galle and Kaluthara to experience history and for some beach leisure. Finally stay in Mount Lavinia before leaving to the airport for departure.

Trip Details

Hotels:
Standard Hotels
Level:
Active Traveler
Type:
Custom
Support:
Daytime Guided
10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS /

Day by Day Itinerary

AIRPORT / DAMBULLA

Meet & Assist on arrival, Transfer from Airport to Dambulla.
Overnight stay at Dambulla.

DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA

Breakfast at hotel.
Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock fortress which is a UNESCO world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495). The spectacular citadel of Sigiriya rises sheer and impregnable out of the plains of the dry zone. It is the country’s most memorable single attraction, a remarkable archeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting. The rock was the innermost stronghold of a 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.
Overnight stay at Dambulla.

DAMBULLA / KANDY

Breakfast at hotel.
Dambulla rock temple was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s many cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure carved out of granite rock and spanning 14 meters.
Transfer from Dambulla to Kandy.
Overnight stay at Kandy.

KANDY SIGHT SEEING

Breakfast at hotel.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Kandy was home to Sri Lanka’s last independent Kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Visit the Temple of the tooth, The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Peradeniya University campus and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Upper Lake Drive.
Early evening, you will visit a Kandyan Dance performance and be treated to a spectacular fire walking finale.
Kandy is also famous for its shopping, gems and jewelry, handicrafts, batiks, silks etc. And you will have the opportunity of browsing to your heart’s content.
Overnight stay at Kandy.

KANDY / PINNAWALA / YALA

Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer from Kandy to Yala. Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route.
The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions. The orphanage’s population has now mushroomed to around 65, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range in age from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild.
Transfer from Pinnawala to Yala.
Overnight stay at Yala.

YALA

Breakfast at hotel.
Yala National park is Sri Lanka’s most visited wildlife reserve. Yala covers an area of 1260 square kilometers. The park’s dry-zone landscape is strikingly beautiful and the park’s wildlife has its own distinctive charm, with huddles of colorful painted storks perched on the incongruously conjoined sight of elephants marching sedately through the bush while rabbits scamper through the undergrowth. Leopards, sloth bears and elephants are the “big 3” here although crocodiles, jackals and the many variety of birds are also a huge draw to this park which is the largest national park in the country.
Overnight stay at Yala.

YALA / GALLE / KALUTARA

Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer from Yala to Galle.
The old part of the city within the Dutch Fort built in the 17th century has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. A walk on the ramparts from Point Utrecht bastion to Flag Rock bastion will give you an excellent view of the ancient harbor which was known as Tar shish in the Bible. We will pass the District Court and the original entrance to the Fort en route to the Dutch Reformed Church built in the 17th century. The New Town to the north of the Fort was badly affected by the tsunami in 2004 and is the home of the famous International cricket stadium which has been re-built.
Transfer from Galle to Kalutara.
Overnight stay at Kalutara.
(The vehicle will return to Colombo)

LEISURE

Breakfast at hotel.
Full day at leisure
Overnight stay at Kalutara.

KALUTARA / MOUNT LAVINIA

Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer from Kalutara to Mount Lavinia.
Overnight stay at Mount Lavinia.

DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer from Mount Lavinia to Airport for the departure

  • Value added tax
  • Accommodation at the above mentioned Hotels or Similar
  • Bed & Breakfast and Dinner in the hotels mentioned above (Half Board Basis)
  • Transport in an Air-Condition Car with English Speaking chauffeur Guide
  • Meeting and Assistance at the airport

  • Early check in & late check out
  • Airfares
  • All entrance fees & tickets to sites
  • Lunch & other food & Beverages apart from Half Board Basis.
  • Camera & video permits (In most places it’s free
  • Visa & other charges (Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more
  • details / submit your individual visa application)
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Any other expenses not mentioned above
  • Tips & Portages
IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • All Hotels Check In time is 1400 hrs & Check Out time is 1200 hrs (Early Check In / Late Check Out is subject to availability & at the discretion of hotel)
  • Room availability of above quoted hotels is strictly subject to change & will check availability & confirm at the time of reporting as confirmed booking

Activity Level

Active Traveler

A suitable tour for all the active travelers who are interested in enjoying a fulfilling vacation. If you require special assistant during rock climbing or during safari's, the tour might appear slightly challenging only when it comes to those activities. Contact our agents for further details.

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