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Embark on an exciting discovery of Sri Lanka, including beautiful beaches, ruins lost in the jungle, unique wildlife, tea plantations and stunning waterfalls. One of the highlights of this land is its gracious people and a rich abundance of surprises on offer.
Watch the stilt fishermen catch their fish dinner
Sip freshly-plucked ceylon tea in Sri Lanka's 'city of light'
Gaze on the magnificent St Clair's Falls
Meet these rehabilitated elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Fly overnight to Colombo. On
arrival you will be met by your
expert tour guide and transferred
to your hotel in the coastal town
of Negombo, a short drive from
Colombo. The rest of the day is
yours to explore.
Travel to Wilpattu National
Park where the abundance of
wildlife have made their 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
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.
Explore the UNESCO World
Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock
Fortress, the heart of King
Kassappa’s kingdom between
477 and 495AD. Climb to the
top of the fortress for spectacular
views. Visit the Heavenly
Maiden’s frescoes before driving
to the ancient kingdom of
Polonnaruwa, also a UNESCO
World Heritage-listed site. Tour
the ruins of the Royal Palace and
Gal Vihara, a 12th-century
Travel to Dambulla and tour the
Dambulla Rock Temple, dating
back to the 1st century BC, the
temple is made up of five cave
sanctuaries, containing around
150 Buddha statues and colourful
frescoes. Continue to Kandy, a
sacred Buddhist city, visiting a
spice garden in Matale en route.
This morning visit the local
market to pick up some fresh
produce before a cooking
demonstration of traditional Sri
Lankan dishes. Next, explore
the Peradeniya Royal Botanical
Gardens, which were created
as leisure gardens for a Sinhala
king, and visit the Temple of
the Sacred Tooth Relic, one
of the most sacred Buddhist
sites in the world. Later, visit
the National Museum and a local market. This evening enjoy a
cultural dance performance
Leave Kandy this morning and
travel by train to the lush hillside
town of Nuwara Eliya, known as
the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka.
Visit a tea plantation and tea
factory en route.
This morning visit St. Clair’s
Falls, one of the most unique
waterfalls in Sri Lanka. You
can view the waterfalls from the
road above or walk 500 metres
along a trail that winds through
tea plantations to take a closer
look. Afterwards, tour a local
Drive to Udawalawe National
Park, famous for its elephant
population. Whilst here you will
be taken on safari in an open top
Rise early to see the early
morning feeding of the elephants
at the Udawalawe Elephant
Transit Home, which provides
care and rehabilitation to
orphaned or displaced elephants.
Continue on to Mirissa, stopping
along the way at Weligama to see
the unique stilt fishermen, an old
tradition practiced by around 500
fishing families in the region.
Enjoy an early morning whale
and dolphin watching tour. Take
this chance to spot the almighty
Blue whale and many others
before relaxing with the afternoon
free to explore this delightful
Tour the colonial port town
of Galle, Sri Lanka's greatest
colonial treasure and once the
greatest port in Ceylon. Visit
the fort, the lighthouse, Dutch
Museum and Dutch Reformed
Church. Continue on to Bentota,
Sri Lanka’s most popular
Drive to Colombo and tour
the Fort District and the
surrounding merchant streets
before enjoying some shopping
at the Pettah Market.
This morning explore Colombo
further, visiting Kelaniya
Buddhist Temple, a major
pilgrimage site for Buddhists,
a Hindu temple, the historic
Dutch Wolvendaal Church,
Natural History museum and
the Dewatagaha Mosque.
Transfer to the airport for your
flight to the UK, arriving home
the same or following day.
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.
Want to fly direct to your destination? Choose Manchester, Heathrow or Gatwick for the biggest selection of direct flights.
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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.
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.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Sri Lanka 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.
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.
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.
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