A grand festival celebrated in Sri Lanka. Enjoy elegant costumes, local dancers, fire shows and other cultural performances. Held in July and August the festival is dedicated to honouring the Sacred Tooth Relic, the tooth is carried through the streets of Kandy city.
Is this tour for you?
This tour is suitable for those who have a reasonable amount of time to travel and are interested in seeing the main cities and scenic areas of Sri Lanka. This tour incorporates travelling on land throughout which will give you beautiful scenes of the Sri Lankan countryside.
Fri. Aug 09
Fri. Aug 23
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From spectacular scenery to amazing architecture, Sri Lanka is a tropical island paradise. Travel from the rich heritage of the Cultural Triangle through the wilds of Yala National Park to the beachside beauty of Galle.
Ireland – Negombo (1N) – Sigiriya (3N) – Kandy (2N) – Nuwara Eliya (1N) – Yala National Park (2N) – Galle (2N) – Colombo (2N) – Ireland
Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Explore ancient Sinhalese ruins
Admire Dambulla’s cave art
Visit Kandy’s sacred temple
Safari with elephants
See Galle’s historic fort
Days 1- 2 Fly to Colombo
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.
Day 3 Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress
Journey to Sigiriya and explore the magnificent Lion Rock Fortress, built by King Kasyapa. Later visit the world-renowned Heavenly Maiden frescoes.
Day 4 Polonnaruwa
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, which was the former capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th Centuries and home to well preserved stupas, frescoes and statues. We also visit the rock temples at Gal Vihara before returning to Sigiriya.
Day 5 Anuradhapura
Travel to the World Heritage city of Anuradhapura, one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated ancient cities. Whilst here, visit the Sri Mada Bodhi Bo tree, over 2000 years old; the Brazen Palace; the Ruwanweliseya dagoba and the Samadhi Buddha statue. Visit the Isurumuniya rock temple to visit its rock carvings dating back to the 3rd century BC.
Day 6 Spice Gardens & Kandy
Travel to the Buddhist city of Kandy visiting the Dambulla Rock Temple, which dates back to the 1st Century BC. Visit a spice garden and witness a cookery demonstration in Matale. Continue to Kandy.
Day 7 Explore Kandy
Visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens before continuing to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. We also explore the remains of the Royal Palace which is now the National Museum. Later, witness a cultural dance show with dinner in the evening.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya
Travel to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s little England, visiting a tea plantation and tea factory en route. Later visit Victoria Park where you can bird watch and enjoy a wander around the colonial city centre.
Day 9 Yala National Park
Drive to Yala National Park, home to a large number of elephants, leopards, sambhur, wild buffalo and over 130 bird species. Enroute visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation for orphaned elephants.
Day 10 Explore Yala National Park
Enjoy a morning and evening jeep safari in Yala National Park.
Day 11 Ahungalla
Depart Yala and drive to Ahungalla. On the way, stop and visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole, Mulkirigala Rock Temple and Dikwella Wewurukannala Temple. After lunch stop to view the stilt fisherman at Welligama. Upon arrival in Ahungalla, check into your hotel for a two night stay.
Day 12 Discover Galle
Drive to Galle for a tour of the city. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dutch Fort, Galle Lighthouse and Dutch Reformed Church. Also known as Galle Fort, the Dutch Fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th Century colonial fortifications in the world. Return to Ahungalla in the evening.
Day 13 Colombo
Take the morning at leisure. After lunch, travel along the coastal road to Colombo.
Day 14 Explore Colombo
City tour of Colombo starting with a visit to Fort District, which is the historic centre of the city. Continue to Pettah Market and visit the Dutch Church of Wolfendhall, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, Davatagaha Mosque, Colombo Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Day 15 Fly Delhi to Ireland
Fly to Ireland, arriving home later the same or following day.
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