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Treasures of Sri Lanka

  • Duration
    15 days
  • Tour Type
    Private Tour
  • Price From
    £4090pp
This enchanting itinerary promises an enthralling expedition through the cultural legacy, historic towns, peaceful lakes, verdant scenery, and lively fauna of the nation. Discover the awe-inspiring wonders of Polonnaruwa's history and the iconic strength of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Delight in the serene grace of Sorabora Lake and venture into the untamed expanse of Yala National Park. Each stop unveils a distinctive aspect of Sri Lanka's captivating allure and rich variety.

What's Included

  • International flights and current taxes
  • Domestic transportation
  • 4 star accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
This tour through the cultural heritage, ancient cities, serene lakes, lush landscapes, and vibrant wildlife reveals a unique facet of Sri Lankas ability to offer a multitude of experiences catering to everyones interests.

Why Choose a Wendy Wu Private Tour?

Complete flexibility

Travel on any day you wish

Expertly crafted itineraries

Tailored for parties as small as one.

You choose who you travel with

A private trip just for you and your chosen travel companions.

Personalised guiding

Enjoy the undivided attention of your knowledgable private guide.

Small is beautiful

Enjoy a more intimate and authentic travel experience.

Private Tour Highlights

Our Treasures of Sri Lanka tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Renowned Fisherman

The Weligama fishermen have a distinctive stilt fishing technique, balancing atop slender stilts anchored in the shallow waters, patiently casting their lines into the sea. This s not only a remarkable sight but also a testament to the resourcefulness and connection of local communities with the ocean. 

Authentic Experience

Visit a Tea Plantation

Visit a plantation and learn all about the process of cultivating, plucking, processing and producing that wonderful beverage, tea! There will be a taster, to keep you refreshed.

Authentic Experience

Visit Dambulla Cave Temple

Venture inside the Dambulla Cave Temple to explore the huge collection of Buddha statues, including the 14-metre long reclining Buddha. This is one of the most popular religious cultural sites in Sri Lanka.

Authentic Experience

Unforgettable train journey

A journey to remember as you travel through misty pine forests and lush tea plantations, over the nine arch bridge on one of the world's most scenic train routes.

Private Tour Itinerary

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

  • Days 1-2
    Arrive Colombo
    Day 1-2: Arrive Colombo

    Upon your arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be greeted by your National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Embark on a 45-minute transfer to your hotel in Colombo. Rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Day 3
    Explore Colombo B
    Day 3: Explore Colombo

    After breakfast, embark on a captivating Colombo city tour, taking you through the district of Cinnamon Gardens, visits to the iconic Lotus Tower, the historic Fort area, the vibrant Sea Street, a Hindu Temple adorned with intricate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal. Afterwards, delight in a food walk offering a chance to savour over 10 types of local food varieties.

  • Day 4
    Discover Polonnaruwa B
    Day 4: Discover Polonnaruwa

    Proceed to Dambulla and check in. Later, head to Polonnaruwa, stopping for lunch at Priyamali Gedara on the way. Polonnaruwa, founded in the 11th Century AD and since governed by many kings, experienced its Golden Age under King Parakrambahu I during the 12th Century AD when trade and agriculture flourished. Return to your hotel.

  • Day 5
    Visit Sigiriya B
    Day 5: Visit Sigiriya

    Today you visit the well-known Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century to safeguard himself from rivals. Afterwards, you will visit Hiriwaduna Village for an authentic Sri Lankan lunch and cultural experience. Enjoy a catamaran ride on the lake before heading to explore Wasgamuwa National Park.

  • Day 6
    Mahiyanganaya B L
    Day 6: Mahiyanganaya

    Head to Mahiyanganaya, with a stop at the remarkable Dambulla Cave Temple along the way. Also known as the ‘Golden Temple’, it is situated within a large rock, stands over 160 meters tall and spans more than 1.5 kilometres around its base. Continue to Mahiyanganaya. Later visit Vedda Village where the indigenous tribe has an interesting history.

  • Day 7
    Sorabora and Maduru Oya B L
    Day 7: Sorabora and Maduru Oya

    Start your day with breakfast at Sorabora Lake, enjoying a stunning view before a scenic boat ride at Sorabora Wewa, an ancient water reservoir built in the 2nd-century BC. Relax in the afternoon until your visit to Maduru Oya National Park, known for its diverse wildlife, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and various bird species.

  • Day 8
    Kandy B
    Day 8: Kandy

    Travel onwards to Kandy with the rest of the day at leisure until the evening, when you'll head to the Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic. This World Heritage Site, locally known as ‘Dalada Maligawa’, is a sacred place that houses palm-leaf transcripts. Enjoy a cultural dance show before returning to your hotel.

  • Day 9
    Kandy to Ella B
    Day 9: Kandy to Ella

    Today, after an early breakfast, you will embark on a charming train journey from Kandy to Ella, a route reminiscent of colonial times, when the British travelled in similar style in the late 1800s. Enjoy a picturesque ride through lush forests, quaint villages, cascading waterfalls and scenic tea estates. This journey promises breath-taking views and an authentic experience through one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful landscapes.

  • Day 10
    Explore Ella B
    Day 10: Explore Ella

    Head off to climb Little Adam's Peak, also known as ‘Punchi Sri Pada’. The peak is surrounded by lush green landscapes and tea plantations and a breathtaking view of Ella Rock, Ella Gap & Ruwana Falls await when you summit. Return for breakfast and a relaxing day.

  • Day 11
    Nine Arch Bridge B
    Day 11: Nine Arch Bridge

    After breakfast, you will embark on a tuk-tuk ride to visit the Nine Arch Bridge. Also known as the 'Bridge in the Sky,' this structure was ingeniously constructed by connecting two bog mountains during the building of the Badulla – Colombo railway. It stands as a remarkable example of colonial-era railway construction in the country, offering a fascinating glimpse into Sri Lanka's engineering heritage.

  • Day 12
    Yala B
    Day 12: Yala

    After breakfast, you will proceed to Yala, where you will have the afternoon to relax before heading out for a wildlife jeep safari. Yala is renowned for its rare and impressive leopards, and is home to herds of wild elephants, bears, wild boars, buffalo, deer, crocodiles and a wide variety of bird species. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle, and the park offers an abundant water supply for the animals and birds who call it home.

  • Day 13
    Unawatuna B
    Day 13: Unawatuna

    Today you continue to Unawatuna, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the famous stilt fishermen, as they go about their daily routines. In chest-deep water, just a few metres off-shore, they are perched on a crossbar off a single pole planted into the seabed. This traditional method of fishing has been practiced for generations. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Day 14
    Karuna's Cookery Class B
    Day 14: Karuna's Cookery Class

    After breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a market visit and shop for the freshest ingredients required for your cooking session. You will then learn how to prepare 5-6 authentic Sri Lankan dishes before you go off and discover Galle Fort. This imposing 16th-century Dutch fort has you wandering through the living museum, exploring the old District Judge's house, and culminates at the iconic lighthouse on the ramparts.

  • Day 15
    Depart from Colombo B
    Day 15: Depart from Colombo

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Treasures of Sri Lanka map

Places Visited: Colombo - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya - Hiriwaduna - Wasgamuwa - Mahiyanganaya - Sorabora Lake - Maduru Oya National Park - Kandy - Ella - Yala - Unawatuna - Colombo

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Tour Dates & Prices

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Depart UK: Monday 01 Jul 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 16 Jul 2024
Price: £4,190pp
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Depart UK: Monday 15 Jul 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 30 Jul 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 05 Aug 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 20 Aug 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 19 Aug 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 03 Sep 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 09 Sep 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 24 Sep 2024
Price: £4,790pp
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Depart UK: Monday 23 Sep 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 08 Oct 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 07 Oct 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 22 Oct 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 14 Oct 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 29 Oct 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 21 Oct 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 05 Nov 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 28 Oct 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 12 Nov 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 04 Nov 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 19 Nov 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 11 Nov 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 26 Nov 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 25 Nov 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 10 Dec 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 02 Dec 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 17 Dec 2024
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Depart UK: Monday 09 Dec 2024
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Sample Hotels

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
27°c
58mm
Kandy
22°c
79mm
Sigiriya
24°c
109mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
27°c
73mm
Kandy
23°c
74mm
Sigiriya
26°c
87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
28°c
128mm
Kandy
24°c
71mm
Sigiriya
27°c
84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
28°c
246mm
Kandy
25°c
188mm
Sigiriya
28°c
169mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
28°c
392mm
Kandy
24°c
144mm
Sigiriya
28°c
97mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
28°c
185mm
Kandy
24°c
132mm
Sigiriya
28°c
55mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
28°c
122mm
Kandy
24°c
128mm
Sigiriya
27°c
70mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
28°c
120mm
Kandy
24°c
113mm
Sigiriya
27°c
71mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
28°c
245mm
Kandy
24°c
155mm
Sigiriya
27°c
99mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
27°c
365mm
Kandy
24°c
264mm
Sigiriya
26°c
267mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
27°c
414mm
Kandy
23°c
296mm
Sigiriya
26°c
298mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Colombo
27°c
175mm
Kandy
22°c
196mm
Sigiriya
24°c
258mm