18 DAYS ●
Discover the wonders of Sri Lanka on this laid-back journey with plenty of time to explore for yourself. Travel to ancient temples, beautiful beaches and spot elephants and leopards on this nature and wildlife packed itinerary
Spot leopards at Wilpattu National Park
Tour the historic town of Galle
Wander throuhg this UNESCO heritage ancient kingdom
Visit a tea plantation and taste the local produce
Fly overnight to Colombo. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (D)
Embark on a city tour of Colombo this morning. Explore the Fort district, the historic centre of the city and wander through Pettah Market. Visit the Dutch Church of Wolvendaal, dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees, and Colombo's finest museums. (B,L,D)
Travel to Wilpattu National Park, where an abundance of wildlife has made its home around the many lakes. Enjoy an afternoon Jeep safari with the chance to spot elephants, sambar deer and even leopards. Continue to Anuradhapura for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Rise early and drive to Ritigala Jungle Monastery, where you will explore the ancient ruins. Continue to Sigiriya. This afternoon is at your leisure to relax or explore. (B,L,D)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the heart of King Kassappa’s kingdom between 477 and 495 AD. Climb to the top of the fortress for spectacular views. Visit the Heavenly Maidens frescoes before driving onwards to Matale for lunch, visiting a spice garden on the way to learn about the ayurvedic properties of the native plants and take part in a cooking demonstration. Afterwards, continue to Kandy. This afternoon will be free for you to explore independently. (B,L)
Explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which were created as a leisure garden for a Sinhala king, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, and the old Royal Palace which is now a museum. (B,L,D)
Leave Kandy this morning and travel to the lush hillside town of Nuwara Eliya, known as the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. Visit a tea plantation on the way for a tour and to taste the produce, before some free time to explore the town. (B,L)
Today enjoy a morning at leisure or rise early for an optional sunrise walk at Horton Plains National Park. Set on a high-altitude plateau, Horton Plains encompasses an eco-system so unique and fascinating that it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that covers the whole of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. Later drive to the spectacularly-set hill village of Ella for lunch with a view, before continuing to Bandarawela. (B,L,D)
Travel to the Elephant Transit Home located near Udawalawe National Park, where abandoned baby elephants are cared for before they are released into the national park. This afternoon enjoy a jeep safari for a chance to spot more of these magnificent animals in the wild. (B,L,D)
Today head to Yala National Park and enjoy an afternoon jeep safari. It is home to elephants, deer and one of the world’s largest populations of leopards. The next day, spot more wildlife on another jeep safari in the morning, with the option for an additional drive in the afternoon. (B,L,D)
Drive to Deniyaya, the gateway to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage-designated area of virgin rainforest and a biodiversity hotspot. (B,L,D)
Take a morning guided trek through Sinharaja. Over half of the country’s endemic wildlife call this forest reserve home, including purple-faced langur monkeys, numerous birds and butterflies, as well as many reptiles, amphibians and rare flora such as orchids. Afterwards, head on to the coastal town of Weligama, where the rest of the day will be yours to enjoy at your leisure. (B,L)
Soak up the sun today on the beautiful beach of Weligama. Between September and April, you may want to join an optional whale watching trip from the neighbouring town of Mirissa. Otherwise, take a chance to wander along the coast, where you may spot the unique stilt fishermen, an old tradition practised by around 500 fishing families in the region. (B)
Travel west to the city of Galle, Sri Lanka’s finest colonial treasure, and once the greatest port in Ceylon. See the lighthouse and the Old Town and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dutch Fort, before exploring narrow streets dotted with Dutch colonial villas, museums and antique shops on a walking or cycling tour. Finish the day in Hikkaduwa, where you will have an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Today visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, home to Sri Lanka’s pioneering conservation project, established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s sea turtles. Later enjoy a safari on the mangrove-lined waters of River Madu. This wetland area is well known for its biodiversity and you can spot some of the 300 species of wildlife discovered in the region, as well as visiting Cinnamon Island to find out about the spice’s cultivation. This evening, enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK
arriving home the same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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