Sri Lanka Tour Encompassed
Discover Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets in this Sri Lanka Tour Encompassed. Climb ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Visit Anuradhapura, the first capital. Explore Dambulla Rock Cave Temple and Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Explore the fortified city of Galle. Top it off with game drives in search of native wildlife through Yala National Park. Search for elusive leopard, spotted deer, mugger crocodiles, wild boar, wild buffaloes, and more. 12 days Colombo to Colombo.
- Tour Name: Sri Lanka Tour Encompassed
- Price: From $3895 US
- Duration: 12 days
- Country(s): Sri Lanka
- Tour Type: Private
- Start & Finish: Colombo to Galle
- Tour Code: SLTE12
- Activities: Sigiriya hike, temples, forts and ruins. Wildlife/game drives, birding
Price per person sharing in a double or twin room, min. 2:
- 11 Jan – 30 April – from $5050 US
- 1 May – 30 June – from $3895 US
- 1 July – 31 August – from $4725 US
- 1 September – 30 November – from $4350
- 1 Dec – 13 Dec – from $4550
- 14 Dec – 10 Jan – inquire
- Single room supplement from $2045 US
- During Perahera period, dates vary in July or August, supplement at Kings Pavillion in Kandy
- 11 nights deluxe hotels
- 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
- Airport transfers
- Airport porterage
- Game drives
- Bird Watching
- Entrance fees and all activities listed
- Visas, tips, insurance, souvenirs, beverages, and items of a personal nature.
- Covid 19 mandatory local insurance cover cost –$15 US per person
- Costs related to PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test at the hotel on arrival and during the tour – USD 40 per person per test
- Fast track services at airport for departure – $85 US per person
- Upgrade to Deluxe or Ultra-deluxe accommodations
Day 1 Colombo
Fast-track service upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport. Your driver guide will transfer you to your overnight hotel in Colombo. Later in the evening, indulge in an authentic Sri Lankan culinary experience, with entertainment.
Day 2 Colombo – Sigiriya – Thirappane
On route to Thirappane, stop at Sigiriya and proceed to climb the Rock Fortress. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is an enormous rock boulder rising up 200 meters above the surrounding jungle.
Day 3 Thirappane – Anuradhapura – Thirappane
Set out to visit the ancient capital city of Anuradhapura, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This one is focused on Buddhism. Be amazed at the stupas and domes. This evening is yours to spend at leisure. Optional: Enjoy a spa treatment, pampering body and soul with traditional therapies and techniques.
Day 4 Thirappane – Dambulla – Matale – Kandy
Grab your packed breakfast and head out to the Dambulla rock cave temple. It is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries. Continue to the Matale Spice Garden and savor the essence of the spices. After arrival in Kandy, experience the ritual of offering in a “pooja” at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth.
Note: It is recommended to wear light colored clothing when visiting the temple: jeans, skirts, or dresses past knee length with long sleeved tops or a shawl to cover the shoulders if you are wearing short sleeved tops.
Day 5 Kandy – Peradeniya – Kandy
Join an experienced botanist, on a fascinating walk through Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Next, hop on a tuk-tuk for a 3 wheeled tour of historic sites. Learn to dance Kandyan style.
Day 6 Kandy – Haputhale
Transfer to Peradeniya Railway Station. Your journey is considered one of the most scenic through the highlands. (Note: The train is operated by the government with no advance booking system in place.)
You will be met at the Haputhale station and taken to your bungalow in Haputhale (30 minutes’ drive). Check in, relax and dive into your delicious Sri Lankan dinner.
Day 7 Haputhale
Sample handpicked Ceylon tea at a tea factory. The rest of the day is at leisure. Or opt for a free tour to Lipton Seat wh where high tea will be served in the gardens.
Day 8 Haputhale – Udawalawe – Yala
Proceed to Udawalawe on route to Yala. Delight in your stop at the Elephant Transit Home, established in 1995 to care for orphaned elephants. The calves are nurtured and rehabilitated to be returned to the wild.
Day 9 Yala
Arise at the break of dawn and head off for your jeep safari at Yala National Park. Search for leopards, elephants, bears, crocodiles and more. (Game drives will be on shared basis with a specialized ranger).
Rest up for the next game drive in the afternoon. Seek out the elusive leopard, herds of spotted deer, mugger crocodiles, wild boar, wild buffaloes, langurs, and peacocks. Bird-lovers will particularly enjoy the display of over 200 different bird species, including large flocks of migratory birds.
Day 10 Yala – Galle
Set out for Galle, taking in views of stilt fishermen engaging in their daily catch. Later engage in a cinnamon tapping experience.
Day 11 Galle
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and spend the morning at leisure. This evening, explore the Galle Dutch Fort and enjoy a panoramic walk. Yet another UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Galle mixes the exotic with the colonial.
Day 12 Depart Galle
Finally, transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport in time to for your onward journey.