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Wonders of Sri Lanka

11 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

Covering all the 'musts', from Colombo to the Lion Rock, this trip also reveals many Sri Lankan surprises.

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About this trip

Covering all the 'musts', from Colombo's city sights to the Lion Rock, Temple of the Tooth and Udawalawe National Park, this trip also reveals many Sri Lankan surprises.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… passing hill stations and plantations on a train journey deep into Sri Lanka's tea country, before plucking fresh tea leaves and learning the art of 'tasting' at a Ceylon Tea factory. And feeling the warm hit of local spices as you enjoy lunch with a local family in Katugastota.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: SRLA

10 Nights

accommodation

19 Meals
  • 10 buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners.

  • 4 lunches (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City Tour of Colombo and walking tour of Galle Fort

    • Visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Temple in Colombo, the Lion Rock at Sigiriya, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and the Udawalawe National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners.

    • 4 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Wonders of Sri Lanka

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Colombo (2 Nights)

Day 2

Colombo Sightseeing

Day 3

Colombo – Sigiriya (2 Nights)

Day 4

Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Sightseeing

Day 5

Sigiriya – Kandy (2 Nights)

Day 6

Kandy

Day 7

Kandy – Gampola - Nuwara Eliya

Day 8

Nuwara Eliya – Udawalawe

Day 9

Udawalawe – Galle

Day 10

Galle – Colombo

Day 11

Depart Colombo

Day 1

Arrive Colombo (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Colombo (2 Nights)

Welcome to Sri Lanka. Upon arrival at Colombo Airport transfer to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

Hotel

Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Colombo Sightseeing Day 2 - Colombo Sightseeing

Begin your City Tour this morning at Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya; one of the most sacred Buddhist worshipping places in Sri Lanka. Marvel at its eastern architecture, remarkable frescoes and learn of the many legends that surround this religious site. In the past Kelaniya itself was a large city and the Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya was one of the largest and one of the most beautiful temples on the island. See the Old Parliament House, the Town Hall and Independence Square before making a stop at the oldest Hindu Kovil in Colombo, Sri Kailawasanthan Swami Devasthanam. This afternoon enjoy some free time to relax, explore further or take part in an Optional Experience. Later see a different and more charming side of Colombo as you drive around the city by 'tuk tuk'. Make a stop to sample some local snacks and experience the flavours and spices of Ceylon, a Cultural Insight, before returning to your hotel.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

COLOMBO ART TOUR

Join Michael Anthonisz, a contemporary Artist for a fantastic art tour of Colombo and discover the iconic works of George Keyt, Harry Pieris, and other famous contemporary artists of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s rich heritage in the arts, and its continued vitality, can be attributed as much to its contemporary pioneers as to its ancient predecessors.

Adult Price: US$50.00

Day 2

Day 3

Colombo – Sigiriya (2 Nights) Day 3 - Colombo – Sigiriya (2 Nights)

This morning get a deeper insight into a rather simpler lifestyle as you leave the city behind and head for the village of Horakelle. Take a walk around a tranquil garden surrounded by a coconut plantation, spices and fruit trees. A bit later meet a local villager and assist in preparing lunch, a Cultural Insight. Then continue on to your next destination the Cultural Triangle whose enchanting sites date back to the 4th century B.C. En route discover the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, part of a complex that lies atop a massive hill on the edge of the town and is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. It is renowned for its unique sculptures and the largest mural paintings. Later check into your hotel.

Hotel

Aliya Resort and Spa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotel

Aliya Resort and Spa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

NIGHT SAFARI

Take part in an adventurous Night Safari which is the best time to spot the magnificent animals as they wander about at night. You may be lucky and spot the “The Magnificent Elephant” which is an endangered species and would make the highlight of the evening. Afterwards take the opportunity to try a local spicy meaty snack known as ‘Bonnet Chicken’. Be sure to ask your Travel Director how it got its name!

Adult Price: US$70.00

Day 3

Day 4

Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Sightseeing Day 4 - Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Sightseeing

This morning make an early start to avoid the heat of the day and visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress from the 5th Century which dominates the jungle from all sides. Choose to climb to the top of 'Lion Rock' or just go up halfway to the 'Lions Paw'. Alternatively for anyone not feeling energetic take a stroll around the gardens at the base and admire the scenery. A bit later enjoy breakfast before continuing to Polonnaruwa which was once the site of Sri Lanka's second medieval capital. The landscape is studded with sites of well-preserved archaeological importance. Return to your hotel for a relaxing evening.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Sigiriya – Kandy (2 Nights) Day 5 - Sigiriya – Kandy (2 Nights)

This morning your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight experiences in the village of Habarana. Choose between taking part in a traditional folklore dance lesson with a Local Specialist or visit a forest hermitage to see the dwelling of a Buddhist monk and learn about the art of meditation. Continue your journey on to Kandy and on arrival check in to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax or go out and explore the city with a walk around the lake or a visit to a local market. This evening visit the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. At dusk observe a religious service (pooja) accompanied by traditional music and drumming.

Hotel

Suisse

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Suisse

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Kandy Day 6 - Kandy

This morning depart the hotel by tuk-tuk and travel to the village of Katugastota to meet a Local Specialist, a senior from the village who will demonstrate how to play a beat or two on the 'Beraya' (a traditional drum). Ancient sources reveal that these drums were used for special occasions and have become an integral part of life in Buddhist Temples and are also used in processions, especially in Kandy. Next take a walk through the village to the home of a local family for a special Be My Guest lunch. The family lives in a small traditional house built in the late 1950's with a Kandyan style garden which has many spice trees planted for their own personal use. The staple food of Sri Lanka is rice and this is eaten for lunch with a combination of spicy curries served with a hot coconut sambol locally known as "Pol Sambolaya" or green leaves sambol known as "Malluma". Engage in conversation with the family to learn all about local life in the village; they have some great stories to tell! Later return to Kandy for a free afternoon and evening.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 6

Day 7

Kandy – Gampola - Nuwara Eliya Day 7 - Kandy – Gampola - Nuwara Eliya

This morning travel by train through Sri Lanka's tea country to Gampola, a fabulous way to see the hill villages and to observe the daily lives of the local people. See how Ceylon tea is made and gain an insight into becoming a discerning tea taster on a Tea Factory tour, a Cultural Insight. Learn the art of picking the tender tea shoots which is generally referred to as 'plucking'. Take part in a tea plucking competition; it is not as easy as it looks but is great fun! For lunch enjoy a Regional Meal of 'lamprais', rice boiled in stock accompanied by curry and baked in a banana leaf in the oven. Continue to Nuwara Eliya, dubbed the 'Little England of Sri Lanka' and located in the misty hills of the island. The colonial atmosphere remains preserved and it resembles a British countryside complete with rose gardens, hedges and red-roofed bungalows.

Hotel

Grand

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal
  • Dinner

Hotel

Grand

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal
  • Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Nuwara Eliya – Udawalawe Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya – Udawalawe

This morning travel to Hakgala to take part in a unique reforestation programme by assisting with the planting of trees to help save the 'Loris', one of Sri Lanka's mystical creatures that only comes out at night. It is a slender animal with slow and precise movements that spends most of its life in trees. This will be followed by a short session conducted by a Local Specialist to learn more about this beautiful yet rather exceptional creature and how it is threatened by the destruction of its habitat and the importance of protecting it. From here continue to Udawalawe National Park, home to scenic landscapes and rare wildlife. Tour the park by jeep and observe the animals in their natural habitat. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.

Hotel

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotel

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Day 9

Udawalawe – Galle Day 9 - Udawalawe – Galle

This morning visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Run by the Born Free Foundation it is a halfway house that cares for wounded adult elephants and orphaned baby elephants. Continue to another UNESCO World Heritage site, Galle. Old Galle is a unique example of a preserved 17th century colonial fortress. This afternoon take part in a walking tour of Galle Fort with its bustling community within the great ramparts, massive bastions, pepper pot towers and narrow streets that display its Dutch heritage. Peep through frangipani filled courtyards at houses, galleries and shops selling antiques, spices, pictures and hand-woven sarongs. Free time this evening to relax or explore further.

Hotel

Jetwing Lighthouse

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Jetwing Lighthouse

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

Galle – Colombo Day 10 - Galle – Colombo

This morning relax at the hotel, stroll around the town and do some last minute shopping or take part in an Optional Experience. Later transfer back to Colombo and this evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

Hotel

Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

CITY CYCLE TOUR

Enjoy a gentle cycle ride around Galle’s ‘Paddy Trail’ a must for anyone who enjoys cycling. The tour starts and finishes at Wijaya Beach and passes through lush green paddy valleys. About halfway make a stop to visit a beautiful natural coconut garden to be served with a king coconut to quench the thirst local style. Cycle at your own pace but usually the tour duration is around 1½ hours.

Adult Price: US$20.00

Day 10

Day 11

Depart Colombo Day 11 - Depart Colombo

Transfer to Colombo Airport for your onward flight.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    In Colombo, stay at one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka which started out as a Dutch villa and was a meeting place for gentlemen of the colonial era.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy traditional Sri Lankan hospitality at a family home in the village of Katugastota.

  • Cultural Insights
    Sample local snacks in Colombo, a dance lesson in the village of Habarana, learn to become a tea taster at a local estate.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    in Udawalawe and the villages of Habarana, Katugastota and Hakgala.

  • #TrafalgarCares
    Learn about the work being done at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home which cares for wounded adult elephants and orphaned baby elephants until they are ready to be returned to the wild.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City Tour of Colombo and walking tour of Galle Fort

    • Visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Temple in Colombo, the Lion Rock at Sigiriya, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and the Udawalawe National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners.

    • 4 lunches
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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