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Best of Sri Lanka - 11 Days

Best of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka · Private Tour · 11 Days
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Travel to ancient cities, temples, beautiful landscapes, mountains, waterfalls, safari and beaches makes this tour the very best of Sri Lanka. From ancient cities Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy to mountain city Nuwara Eliya as well as Horton Plains National Park, Yala National Park and Bentota beach.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo
Day 2 - Colombo → Anuradhapura
Day 3 - Anuradhapura → Mihintale → Aukana → Habarana
Day 4 - Sigiriya → Polonnaruwa
Day 5 - Habarana → Dambulla → Kandy
Day 6 - Kandy → Pinnawala → Peradeniya → Nuwara Eliya
Day 7 - Horton Plains
Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya → Yala National Park
Day 9 - Yala National Park → Beruwela
Day 10 - Beruwela
Day 11 - Beruwela → Colombo

What is included

  • Private air conditioning car with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 10 nights accommodation at 4* and 5* hotels with daily breakfasts
  • Jeep for safari in the Yala National Park
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • Porterage at the airport and at all hotels

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Christmas and new year supplements at hotels
  • Gratuities
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Colombo

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be assisted by our airport representative and transfer you to the hotel. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

Visit Colombo by driving through the commercial and city center known as the Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Visit Pettah market and the National Museum. You could visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion. Alternatively you may indulge in some shopping.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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The Kingsbury Hotel

Superior Room Colombo

day
2
Colombo → Anuradhapura

After breakfast, drive to the ancient city Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check in to the hotel on arrival.

After a short break, visit Abhayagiri Stupa, Jetawanarama Stupa which is the tallest stupa on earth, Ruwanmeli Stupa, Isurumuni Vihara, Samadhi Buddha Statue, the ruins of ancient royal palaces and 2200 years old Sri Maha Bodhi (the sacred Bo Tree) grown from a branch of the very tree under which The Buddha attained enlightenment.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Colombo → Anuradhapura236 km 5hr
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Palm Garden Village

Standard Room Anuradhapura

day
3
Anuradhapura → Mihintale → Aukana → Habarana

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and leave for Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 meters wide leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

Proceed to Aukana to visit the 5th century Aukana Buddha statue.


Continue to a small village, Habarana. On arrival, check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.


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Anuradhapura → Mihintale12 km 30min
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Mihintale → Aukana61 km 1h 30min
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Aukana → Habarana36 km 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chaaya Village Hotel

Superior Room Habarana

day
4
Sigiriya → Polonnaruwa

After breakfast, begin the morning by climbing the 200 meters high rock fortress of Sigiriya, UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the famous frescoes of the Heavenly maidens of Sigiriya and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.

Then continue to Polonnaruwa, UNESCO World Heritage City, a well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing 5 km walls, graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes.

The Gal Vihara which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Habarana → Sigiriya25 km 30min
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Sigiriya → Polonnaruwa67 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chaaya Village Hotel

Superior Room Habarana

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5
Habarana → Dambulla → Kandy

After breakfast, visit Dambulla and explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site. A vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.

Continue on to Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site). En route, you will visit a spice garden in Matale. You will check in at your hotel on arrival and once you are rested, continue on to your tour of Kandy.

In the evening, you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha. Enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Habarana → Dambulla25 km 30min
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Dambulla → Matale39 km 50min
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Matale → Kandy52 km 1h 10min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Cinnamon Citadel Hotel

Superior Room Kandy

day
6
Kandy → Pinnawala → Peradeniya → Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave for Pinnawala to visit the Elephant orphanage. This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding and bathing them in the nearby river.

Continue to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora.

Continue the journey to Nuwara Eliya, the beautiful town set in the heart of tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level.

Check in to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Overnight at the hotel.

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Kandy → Pinnawala56 km 1h 30min
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Pinnawala → Peradeniya56 km 1h 30min
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Peradeniya → Nuwara Eliya72 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Grand Hotel

Deluxe Room Nuwara Eliya

day
7
Horton Plains

After an early breakfast, leave for Horton plains, the highest plateau in the country. It has unique vegetation and is famous for many rare and endemic highland birds. The view from the precipice of the countryside below towards the south coast is spectacular.

Return to Nuwara Eliya upon completion. After lunch, commence a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya Town by visiting market place, Golf Course (one of the finest 18 holes Golf courses in Asia) the Hill club, and drive around this hill station viewing Lake Gregory.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Nuwara Eliya → Horton Plains30 km 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Grand Hotel

Deluxe Room Nuwara Eliya

day
8
Nuwara Eliya → Yala National Park

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and descend from the cool hills to the jungles Yala.

En route, visit Rawana Waterfall. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

In the afternoon, commence a jeep safari in the Yala National Park. It is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants and home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose, peacock and crocodiles. Yala has a high concentration of leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Nuwara Eliya → Yala197 km 4h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Jetwing Yala Hotel

Superior Room Yala National Park

day
9
Yala National Park → Beruwela

After breakfast, transfer to Bentota, located along one of the finest beaches on the South coast. Check in to the hotel.

Spend the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Q
Yala National Park → Beruwela244 km 6h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Cinnamon Bey Hotel

Superior Room Beruwela

day
10
Beruwela

After breakfast, spend your time as you wish whether it be indulging in fine spa treatment or relaxing by the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Cinnamon Bey Hotel

Superior Room Beruwela

day
11
Beruwela → Colombo

After breakfast, transfer to the Colombo international airport for your departure flight.

Q
Beruwela → Colombo100 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Colombo
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The Kingsbury Hotel

Superior Room
Anuradhapura
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Palm Garden Village

Standard Room
Habarana
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Chaaya Village Hotel

Superior Room
Kandy
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Cinnamon Citadel Hotel

Superior Room
Nuwara Eliya
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Grand Hotel

Deluxe Room
Yala National Park
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Jetwing Yala Hotel

Superior Room
Beruwela
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Cinnamon Bey Hotel

Superior Room

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
3-6 pax
Double Sharing Basis
1 Jul 2015 - 19 Dec 2015$1818$1732
20 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016$2157$2067
11 Jan 2016 - 30 Apr 2016$1955$1868

Photos

Tea Plantation, Nuwara Eliya
Sigiriya
Bentota Beach
Yala National Park
Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala
Hindu Kovil, Colombo
Jetavaranama Stupa, Anuradhapura
Aukana Buddha
Mihintale
Ancient Temple, Polonnaruwa
Dambulla Cave Temple
Temple of Tooth Relic, Kandy
Horton Plains
Horton Plains
Yala National Park
Bentota Beach

Map

What travelers say

  • Mrs. Kristina E. & Family
    Jun 2015

    Thank you so much for everything you have done for us, giving us the opportunity to experience Sri Lanka, the extraordinary hospitality and wonderful hotels.

  • Susan B. from Australia
    Apr 2015

    The service you have provided has been first class. The driver has been wonderful and I always felt well cared for, (travelling on my own). The tour program was excellent. I have been most impressed with your services. With thanks + gratitude.

  • Monica R. from Brazil
    May 2015

    Very comfortable Car. Driver amazingly safe and excellent customer service. Our guide Shantha is very knowledgeable of Sri Lanka culture and about the country geography. Gave us lot of amazing information and drove us around beautiful places. His English is perfect and very helpful. Very Very Happy 100%.

    Our guide made a very important and special difference on our journey. Will definitely recommend him and your company to our friends in future. Thank you very much.

  • Mr. Sean C. from Qatar
    May 2015

    Our Chauffeur provided excellent service. Safe driving, knowledgeable, punctual, good humour, polite. Would advise friends to use.

  • Rachael T. from UK
    Apr 2015

    Pradeep was an excellent host and chauffer. Very easy going and great sense of humour! Fantastic guy, extremely knowledgeable wherever he went – a fantastic guide!

    We have had a fabulous holiday. I think Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with a lot to offer its visitors.

    Pradeep has been fantastic and went the extra mile to make our holiday so enjoyable!

  • Chris Y. from Dubai
    Jul 2015

    Rathna was very friendly, a good safe driver and we enjoyed spending two weeks with him.

  • Andreanne D. from Canada
    Jun 2015

    Very comfortable vehicle. Very good driver, and very pleasant. We would ask for him again if we return.

    We had several guides at several locations. All were courteous, knowledgeable and their English was good (except the safari guide/ driver).

    We were very pleased with our experience. Our tour was packed with interesting things to see. Very pleased with the restaurants, etc our driver took us to. Impressed with the quality of accommodations for the price of our tour. A very good value, especially since some dinners were included as well.

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