Travel To Sri Lanka
Depart Dublin on your overnight flight to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka.
Upon arrival in Colombo you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel in Negombo. You will have the remainder of the evening at leisure to settle in to your surroundings
Negombo village visit
In the early morning you will explore a local fishing village. Negombo has a thriving fishing industry so the early morning is the best time to witness the locals selling their fresh catch. After breakfast at your hotel you will depart for Habarana, which will be your home for the next three nights. Enjoy views of the tropical countryside from your coach en route.
Enjoy an afternoon guided excursion to a local village in Habarana. You will have the opportunity to experience rural life, taking a cart ride through lush paddy fields as well as a traditional canoe ride on Lake Habarana.
This morning you will begin a full day guided excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya. The spectacular ‘Lion’s Rock’ fortress is a large ancient rock palace surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens. Admire the beautiful collection of Water Gardens, painted Frescoes and ancient graffiti all on show in what is one of Sri Lanka's crowning glories.
In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage site includes the Royal Palace complex and Gal Vihara rock temple of the Buddha. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs and veritable inland seas, the most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama.
Set off on a full day excursion to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, which is famous for its temples, landscaped gardens, ceremonial baths and the sacred ‘Bo Tree’, which dates from around 245BC and is the world’s oldest known tree. Anuradhapura was the capital of the island for more than a thousand years from the 5th century BC, and a number of its Buddhist monuments date back over 2000 years. Return to your hotel in Harabana for an evening at your leisure.
Dambulla Cave Temple
After breakfast, depart for Kandy, an attractive bustling city that is encircled by hills and has a tranquil lake at its centre. You will enjoy a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple en route, which has been a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries and contains a fascinating array of Buddhist mural paintings and statues of Buddha.
The Temple of The Sacred Tooth Relic
In Kandy, enjoy an excursion to The Temple of The Sacred Tooth Relic, a centre for the Buddhist faith. This 16th century temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, which was brought to Sri Lanka from ancient India in the 4th century.
Peradeniya And Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Relish in the beauty of The Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya before visiting the Pinnawela Elephant orphanage, where you will have the opportunity to witness wild Asian elephants. A stop at a Batik factory, where cloth is dyed in beautiful patterns using a technique involving hot wax, is also included before arriving back at your hotel in the late afternoon.
This morning, you will set off for Nuwara Eliya, with a visit to a tea plantation en route. Upon arrival in Nuwara Eliya, you will have a guided tour of the town, before checking in at your hotel. The town’s name translates as “City of Light”, but it is also known as “Little England” as it was a popular destination for 19th century British colonialists who indulged in pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket. The colonial history of the town can still be seen in local buildings such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, and Town Post Office.
Settle into your hotel and get to know your surroundings. The city of Nuwara Eliya, located in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country, is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea. Situated at an altitude of 1868m, Nuwara Eliya is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, and enjoys a temperate highland climate. The rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, and beautiful waterfalls dot the landscape.
Enjoy the journey from Nuwara Eliya to Yala, with a visit to the Ella Waterfalls included en route.
Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure in Yala.
Yala National Park and Galle
Experience an early morning safari in game drive vehicles in the Yala National Park which is home to elephants, leopards, water buffalo, crocodiles, sea turtles as well as countless other animals and birds. Afterwards transfer to the walled city of Galle and explore the 17th century Portuguese and Dutch Fort in which the central city is contained. Stroll through the streets to see the Dutch influenced architecture, old British residences and mosques with their Arabic touches before proceeding on to the beachside resort of Unawatuna.
You will have two full days at leisure in the delightful surroundings of Unawatuna.
Enjoy the warm sunshine and clear blue seas, sit and watch the surfers or snorkel the impressive coral reef just off the shore. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests.
Unawatuna to Colombo
You will have one final morning to soak up the relaxing atmosphere of Unawatuna beach before departing for Colombo, where you will spend your final night in Sri Lanka.
Arrive home following your once in a lifetime trip to Sri Lanka.