16 DAYS ●
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
Our Pearl of the Indian Ocean itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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.
Embark on a tour of Negombo, beginning with a visit to the fish auctions down by the beach. Continue to the Dutch Fort and a local Catholic church. Later, take a boat trip through the river delta and tour a farm where you can taste the local brandy.
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 rock temple.
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 explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which were created as leisure gardens for a Sinhala king. Later visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. Afterwards, visit the National Museum then wander a local market, a gem museum and an arts and crafts centre. This evening you will watch a cultural dance performance before dinner.
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 tea plantation.
Drive to Udawalawe National Park, famous for its elephant population. While here you will be taken on safari in an open top four-wheel drive.
Rise early to participate in 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 Ahungalla, stopping along the way at Weligama to see the unique stilt fishermen, an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in the region.
Tour the colonial port town of Galle including the fort, lighthouse, Dutch Museum and Dutch Reformed Church. Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine during a cooking class, with the chance to enjoy a street food walking tour before sampling some popular Sri Lankan dishes. Travel to Bentota, Sri Lanka’s most popular beach destination. En route visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, home to Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project.
Journey by boat through the Madu Ganga Wetlands which consists of 23 islands including two main islands which are home to more than 200 families. Sail past traditional fishermen, local farms and small cottages and visit a cinnamon farm before returning to Bentota.
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.
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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