From epic legendary tea estates, historical towns and spectacular national parks, Sri Lanka has it all. For a slightly different taste of what this country has to offer, embark on this eleven night itinerary through Sri Lanka and take in the tea plantations surrounding Nuwara Eliya, the majestic wildlife in both Yala and Minneriya National Parks and the exquisite carved rock Buddha images at Polonnaruwa.
As soon as you touch down in Colombo, you’ll take a trip south along the coastline to Galle, an amazing fortified town filled with an eclectic mix of art galleries, cafes and boutique hotels. Offering a truly invigorating way to start your day, hop on a bike and cycle through flourishing paddy and cinnamon plantations in the charming southern countryside. From the walls of Galle head to the open spaces of Yala National Park, home to leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambar, spotted deer, jackals, wild boar, buffaloes, langur, macaque monkeys and an array of birdlife. Travel inland and enjoy the spring like weather in Nuwara Eliya, surrounded by hills and tea plantations – here you’ll need to blink twice as the quaint town keeps the atmosphere of a misplaced British village.
Continue on to Gal Oya, one of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems and an area waiting to be explored. Along with recognisable wildlife, Gal Oya is also home to Sri Lanka’s indigenous communities. Move on to Kandy, a city which attracts visitors from afar and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. The 147 acre site is composed of endemic plants and mixed with species brought from as far as the famous Kew Gardens in England.
Travelling further north and with Sigiriya as your base, discover the archaeological relics of Polonnaruwa and the wildlife of Minneriya National Park. Your journey comes to an end in the vibrant capital city of Colombo – traverse the varied streets of a city rooted in trading, a colonial past and around every corner where buildings from another era remain hidden between renovations.
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
RURAL GALLE BIKE RIDE / JEEP SAFARI AT YALA NATIONAL PARK / NUWARA ELIYA EXPLORATION / KANDY CITY TOUR PERADENIYA ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS / RUINS OF POLONNARUWA / JEEP SAFARI AT MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK / HISTORIC SITES OF COLOMBO
|Cities & Locations||Galle / Yala / Nuwara Eliya / Gal Oya / Kady / Sigiriya / Colombo|
|Duration||12 Days / 11 Nights|
This holiday is a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your perfect custom-made tour of Sri Lanka.
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