General

The Greatest Show on Earth tour explores this bountiful and spirited nation based on Active Asia’s inhouse Sri Lankan enthusiast and Creative Director. A one-off journey covering all the must-see spots, Valentina shares with you the places, experiences and people she fell in love with.

Begin your journey in Negombo, a fishing village with old world charm before heading to Anaradhapura. Once serving as Sri Lanka’s capital, the city is home to a large collection of well-preserved architectural achievements.

Next turn your focus to wildlife with jeep safaris in both Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks. Boasting a treasure trove of historical monuments, continue on to Dambulla. Visit the famed Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the ruins of Polonnaruwa. Once a medieval capital, this amazing citadel boasts some of the best archaeological relics.

Travel north to Jaffna. Lying close to India, the city presents a largely Indian influence and offers a different perspective from the rest of the country. From Jaffna head east to Trincomalee, recognised for its natural harbour and an abundance of water related activities. Offering an urban buzz, head inland to Kandy. Boarded by beautiful hills and countryside, explore the city before travelling to Nuwara Eliya, a quaint town with colonial English charm. Surrounded by tea plantations, with tea pluckers working the slopes, the area affords a delightful landscape, as does a trek through the Horton Plains National Park where high-altitude grasslands border dramatically plunging cliffs.

Take to the train as you journey into Ella – the track snakes along the edge of the mountains overlooking breath-taking valleys of rolling tea plantations and small villages. Considered the most famous national park in Sri Lanka, head to Yala National Park for a jeep safari in search of leopards, elephants, sloth bears plus more. Continuing along the southern coastline, a stay in Galle rewards you with a unique fusion of European and Arabic charm.

Nearing the end of your journey, Bentota offers a relaxing beach stay. Small and buzzing with a friendly local atmosphere, one can spend the days languidly walking the streets, partaking in water adventures or merely enjoying the sunshine. Colombo is your final stop. This vibrant capital city offers a whirl of commotion and the perfect spot to reflect on your adventures.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
NEGOMBO LOCAL MARKET / RUINS OF ANURADHAPURA / JEEP SAFARIS IN WILPATTU, MINNERIYA, YALA AND UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARKS / SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS EXPLORATION / POLONNARUWA CITADEL / JAFFNA CITY TOUR / DELFT ISLAND VISIT / TRINCOMALEE CITY TOUR / WALKING TOUR OF KANDY / TEA PLANTATION VISIT / SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY TO ELLA / GUIDED TOUR OF GALLE FORT / RELAXATION IN BENTOTA / COLOMBO STREET FOOD TOUR

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities and Locations Negombo / Anuradhapura / Dambulla / Jaffna / Trimcomlee / Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Yala / Galle / Bentota / Colombo
Duration 21 Days / 20 Nights

Itinerary

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.


Day 1 Colombo – Negombo

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to Negombo where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 2 Negombo – Anuradhapura

This morning visit a local market in Negombo before transferring to Anuradhapura, where a city tour unveils ancient monuments.

Day 3 Anuradhapura

Enjoy a jeep safari at Wilpattu National Park, famed for its leopard population.

Day 4 Anuradhapura – Dambulla

Offering an opportunity to see wild elephants, visit Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari. Continue on to Dambulla where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 5 Dambulla

Explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress before heading to Polonnaruwa where historical sites and the ancient citadel is explored.

Day 6 Dambulla – Jaffna

Transfer to Jaffna and take part in a city tour with visits to Jaffna Fort and the Nallur Kovil.

Day 7 Jaffna

Today explore Delft Island and admire the herds of wild horses roaming freely.

Day 8 Jaffna – Trincomalee

Transfer to Trincomalee and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 9 Trincomalee

Explore Trincomalee, best known for its famous harbour.

Day 10 Kandy

Transfer to Kandy and enjoy a walking tour of the city. The town centre has a picturesque lake setting, with delightful stalls and a buzzing street market.

Day 11 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy a short city tour and a visit to a tea plantation.

Day 12 Nuwara Eliya

Today visit Horton Plains National Park for a trek.

Day 13 Nuwara Eliya – Ella

Travel by train to Ella and enjoy the stunning scenic views.

Day 14 Nuwara Eliya – Ella

Travel to Yala with a visit to Little Adam’s Peak en-route.

Day 15 Yala

Today a jeep safari at Yala National Park offers an exciting adventure.

Day 16 Yala – Galle

Transfer to Galle with a stop at Udawalawe National Park for a jeep safari.

Day 17 Galle

Enjoy a guided tour of Galle Fort.

Day 18 Galle-Bentota

Transfer to Bentota where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 19 Bentota

Spend the day at leisure.

Day 20 Bentota

Transfer to Colombo with a visit to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery en-route. End the day with a street food tour of Colombo.

Day 21 Colombo

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport where tour arrangements end.

Terms & Conditions

Itinerary and price subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Please refer to our full terms and conditions available on our brochure or from our website. Active Asia reserves the right to alter the hotels and/or the itinerary if needed due to availability and/or adverse weather conditions.

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