Sri Lanka is a destination that captures everything you could want in a tropical paradise, from stunning scenery to amazing architecture that outlines the evolution of this unique land. Spectacular Sigiriya is one of the must-see destinations of this fascinating country; the rock fortress is one of the UNESCO World Heritage listed sites that you will visit on this wonderful tour. Marvel at magnificent temples, discover the fascinating caves at Dambulla and explore the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Become acquainted with Kandy; the focal point of the town is the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa, where the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. Admire the beautiful scenery along the coastline from Yala National Park to Galle and learn about the conservation of Sri Lanka’s turtles at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. One of the highlights of this gracious land is its people and, with such a rich abundance of surprises on offer, this fantastic destination is sure to impress all who visit.

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 14 DAYSPrice : FROM $1625Country : SRI LANKA
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Sigiriya Frescoes, Sri Lanka
Rock Fortress, also known as ‘Lion Rock’, Sri LankaKandy Medieval Pageant, Sri LankaNuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, Tea PlantationKandy Temple of The Tooth Lakeside, Sri LankaLeopards at Yala, Sri LankaFamily Elephant, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a destination that captures everything you could want in a tropical paradise, from stunning scenery to amazing architecture that outlines the evolution of this unique land. Spectacular Sigiriya is one of the must-see destinations of this fascinating country; the rock fortress is one of the UNESCO World Heritage listed sites that you will visit on this wonderful tour.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation at the above mentioned hotels or similar on Half board basis.
  • Transportation in a A/C vehicle.
  • Service of an English speaking national guide 
  • Entrances to Pollonaruwa, Anuradhapura, Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock fortress, Kandy Temple, Cultural show in Kandy, Peradeniya Botanical gardens, Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, Galle Museum, Turtle Hatchery , Cololmbo Musum and 02 safaris to Yala National Park.
  • Jeep cost to Yala national park 

Day 1: Australia - Colombo

Fly with Singapore Airlines to Colombo and stay overnight at an airport hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at Tamarind Hill, Katunayaka.

Day 2: Colombo - Habarana

This morning travel to Sigiriya, home to the 5th-century UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress, also known as ‘Lion Rock’. Climb to the top of the fortress and explore the surrounding gardens. Dinner and Overnight stay at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Day 3: Habarana - Polonnaruwa

Visit the ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, the second capital city of Sri Lanka, and a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Dinner and Overnight stay at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Day 4: Habarana - Anuradhapura

Visit Anuradhapura, the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. Visit the 2nd- Century Ruvanveliseya Dagoba and see the city’s most renowned relic, the sacred Bo Tree, planted 2,250 years ago. Dinner and Overnight stay at Chaaya Village, Habarana

Day 5: Habarana to Kandy

After breakfast, travel to Dambulla and tour the Dambulla Rock Temple, built in the 3rd Century BC. Continue to Kandy, a sacred Buddhist city, visiting a spice garden in Matale en route. Dinner and Overnight stay at Earls Regent Hotel, Kandy.

Day 6: Kandy

Visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, built as a leisure garden for a Sinhala King. Later, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world, followed by the remains of the Royal Palace. This evening watch a cultural dance performance. Overnight stay at Earls Regent Hotel, Kandy.

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Drive to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, visiting a tea plantation and tea factory en route. Dinner and Overnight stay at Grand Hotel , Nuwara Eliya.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe - Yala National Park

Travel to the Elephant Transit Home located in Udawalawe National Park, caring for abandoned and orphaned baby elephants. Later, arrive in Yala (Ruhuna) National Park, home to a large number of elephants, Leopards, Sambar Deer and wild buffalo. Dinner and Overnight stay at Jetwing Yala.

Day 9: Yala National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris around the park. Dinner and Overnight stay at Jetwing Yala.

Day 10: Yala National Park - Koggala

Leave Yala (Ruhuna) National Park and visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole. After lunch continue to Dikawella Wevurukannala Temple before driving along the coastline to Galle. Stop along the way at Weligama to see the unique stilt fishermen. Dinner and Overnight stay at The Long Beach Hotel, Koggala.

Day 11: Koggala

Tour the city of Galle including the lighthouse and the Old Town. You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort. Dinner and Overnight stay at The Long Beach Hotel, Koggala.

Day 12: Koggala - Colombo

Travel to Colombo stopping at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery en route. It is home to Sri Lanka’s pioneering sea turtle conservation project, operated with the help of international volunteers. Dinner and overnight at Ramada Hotel, Colombo

Day 13: Depart Colombo

Visit the Fort district, Pettah Market, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple as well as the Colombo and Natural History museums. After dinner you will be transferred to Colombo airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

Day 14: Arrive Australia

Arrive home today. Arrive home this morning.

Colombo

Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, biggest city and major port, draws together all the colours and cultures that make up this island nation, condenses them into a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings both humble and grand, and knocks them against a narrow slab of beachfront.Many visitors will appreciate Colombo’s colonial heritage, its fine dining and shopping opportunities, and the dash of urban buzz in an overwhelmingly rural country. Others will tire quickly of the diesel fumes and the modern buildings on Galle Rd, the city’s main artery. If you’re only on a short trip to Sri Lanka, you may wish to pass by Colombo, but if you have the time – say at least two days – there are plenty of cultural and historical attractions in areas such as Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah.
Ancient City of Sigiriya

Ancient City of Sigiriya

Sigiriya is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I. The site of the 'Lion Mountain' was visited from the 6th century AD, by passionate admirers. The frescoes of Sigiriya inaugurated a pictorial style which endured over many centuries. The poems inscribed on the rock by certain of these admirers, and known as the 'Sigiri graffiti,' are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language, and thus show the considerable influence exerted by the abandoned city of Kassapa I on both literature and thought.In the heart of Ceylon, the extraordinary site of Sigiriya, a lofty rock of reddish gneiss dominating, from a height of some 180m, the neighbouring plateau, has been inhabited since the 3rd century BC, as attested by the graffiti which proliferate in the grottoes and the shelters of the Buddhist monks. The fame of the 'Lion Mountain' is, however, due to one single factor: during a short period in the 5th century AD, a sovereign established his capital there. King Kassapa I (477-95), son of Dhatusena, only came to power after he had engineered the assassination of his father and had, briefly, dispossessed his brother.
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa bears witness to several civilizations, notably that of the conquering Cholas, disciples of Brahminism, and that of the Sinhalese sovereigns during the 12th and 13th centuries. This immense capital created by the megalomaniac sovereign, Parakramabahu I, in the 12th century, is one of history's most astonishing urban creations, both because of its unusual dimensions and because of the very special relationship of its buildings with the natural setting. It is also a shrine of Buddhism and of Sinhalese history. The tooth of the Lord Buddha, a remarkable relic placed in the Atadage under Vijabayahu, was considered as the talisman of the Sinhalese monarchy: its removal by Bhuvanaikabahu II confirmed the decline of Polonnaruwa.
Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Sacred City of Anuradhapura

This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Just north of the lake, this temple houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. The temple was damaged when a bomb was detonated by the LTTE near the main entrance in 1998. The scars have been now repaired, but security remains high and there is significant screening of all visitors.
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. And while the toy-town ambience does have something of an English country village to it, it comes with a disorienting surrealist edge. Three-wheelers whiz past red telephone boxes. Water buffalo daubed in iridescent dye for the Tamil festival of Thaipongal mingle outside a pink brick Victorian post office. A well-tended golf course morphs seamlessly into a rolling carpet of tea plantations. The dusty and bustling centre of town is a thoroughly Sri Lankan tangle, but scratch the surface a little to reveal colonial bungalows, well- tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens.
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park

With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Udawalawe National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. In fact, for elephant-watching, Uda Walawe often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. The park, which centres on the 308.2-sq-km Uda Walawe Reservoir, is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy. It’s certainly the one national park in Sri Lanka not to miss.
Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka 's premier eco tourism destinations, lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces.The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The park is renowned for the variety of its Wildlife (most notably its many elephants) and its fine coastline (with associated coral reefs). It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.
Galle

Galle

Galle (pronounced gawl in English, and gaar-le in Sinhala) is a town of colour, texture and sensation totally unlike anywhere else in Sri Lanka. It is at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of slowly decaying Dutch-colonial buildings, vaguely familiar, like a whimsical medieval European town unexpectedly deposited in the tropics. Above all else Galle is a city of trade and, increasingly, art. Today the Fort is crammed full of little boutique shops, cafes and hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets – a third of the houses are owned by foreigners.
Kandy

Kandy

Some say Kandy is the only other real ‘city’ in Sri Lanka, other than Colombo. The easy-going capital of the Hill Country has a lot to offer – history, culture, forested hills and a touch of urban buzz. Only 115km inland from the capital, climatically it is a world away due to its 500m altitude. Kandy served as the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom, which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and Dutch for three centuries. It took the British 11 years to build a road linking Kandy with Colombo, a task they finally completed in 1831. The town, and the countryside around it, is lush and green and there are many pleasant walks from the town and further afield. The town centre, close to Kandy’s picturesque lake set in a bowl of hills, is a delightful jumble of old shops, antique and gemstone specialists, a bustling market and a very good selection of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. As night falls the city becomes eerily quiet. Kandy is particularly well known for the great Kandy Esala Perahera, held over 10 days leading up to the Nikini poya (full moon) at the end of the month of Esala (July/August), but has enough attractions to justify a visit at any time of year. Locally, Kandy is known as either Maha Nuwara (Great City) or just Nuwara (City), which is what some conductors on Kandy-bound buses call out.
LaCity Travel - Travellers Tips for Sri Lanka   

Money:Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR); 1AUD = 120LKR (approximately)

Climate: Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with two distinctive seasons, wet and dry, with two monsoon seasons. The Yala season (mid- May to October) brings heavy rain from the Indian Ocean to the south and west coasts and the Central Highlands, whereas northern and eastern parts of the country are a little drier. The Maha season (December to March) brings rain from the Bay of Bengal and causes heavy rain in the northeast of the country. The average temperature throughout the country varies from 26-28°C, with 14-16°C in the Central Highlands. November to January are the cooler months, with February to May being the hottest.     

Flight time:Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne: from 11 hours Perth: from 8 hours 

Clothing: Sri Lanka is a tropical and a warm country. The recommendation is to wear light clothing made out of cotton. During the day times it’s best to avoid wearing dark colours as it may attract extra heat. We also recommend you wear sunscreen and a hat when you are exposed to the sun. If you are travelling to the Hill Country (Nuwara Eliya), you may require a light sweater as the temperatures could drop below 16 degrees. Shorts and a t-shirt with sandals (thongs, slippers) are probably more suitable for men. Women are advised to dress modestly when dressing in general public and avoid wearing mini-skirts, or anything that is too exposing, as this may offend or attract unwanted attention from the general public. Everyone entering the religious areas is required to be respectful by wearing clothing that is below the knee length. Modern and Western attire is acceptable if you are going to a night club, bars/pubs and inside the hotels as long as you avoid general public.

Tipping: For taxi drivers, hotel and restaurant staff, Rs 100 ($1) is probably the minimum expectation. You may tip your coach driver or your personal driver.

Camera/Video: Sri Lanka provides you with an abundance of photo opportunities ranging from the breathtaking sites, landscapes, wildlife, festivals, food and people. However we offer some simple suggestions regarding photography etiquette, whilst in Sri Lanka. Please ask for permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. Photographing Buddhist Monks is not taboo but can create awkwardness so assess the situation and if in doubt ask. Please be mindful that some local people may expect a tip for having their photo taken, so clarify this before taking any photographs to avoid offending anyone.

Safety and Security:We always recommend that you keep your belongings in a safe place while travelling and make use of hotel safes where available. Ensure you keep your cameras, sunglasses etc handy and never leave them unattended in public places. The internal conflict in the country has now ceased meaning that unexpected security incidents should not happen. The people in Sri Lanka can now walk freely and enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. This also has increased the amount of tourists coming to the country within the past months. We wish that all communities in this country will live peacefully as a single nation. 

Health Precautions:
We recommend that you consult your doctor before visiting Sri Lanka regarding the relevant vaccinations. Make sure you also bring your standard medication and all other useful items such as mosquito repellent, diarrhea tablets, Malaria tablets etc. While in Sri Lanka always drink bottled water or at least ensure the water is boiled before consuming. When eating, consider the old advice to be on the safe side: `boil it, bake it, peel it or ignore it.’ Avoid eating street food and wash your hands with soap before each meal. Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination and has a number of reputable hospitals and qualified doctors. There are also many medical centres located across the country. However you may find that some remote areas lack hospital facilities hence we encourage you to carry all your necessary medication while on tour.

Calling Overseas: The suggestion is to buy a SIM card since it is considered the cheapest and the most convenient option. If you wish we can organise this on your behalf. You can also call overseas from majority of the hotels however higher charges may apply. There are also many communication centers that provide IDD (International Direct Dialling) facilities, however this is not the most convenient option. 

Where to get help:  
Australian High Commission 
21 R. G. Senanayaki Mawatha (formerly Gregory's Road) 
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka 
Telephone (+94 11) 246 3200 
Facsimile (+94 11) 268 6453 
Email: austcom@sltnet.lk 
Website:www.srilanka.embassy.gov.au 

Travel Insurance: 
There is no insurance covered in our tour price. We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before your commencement of tour. Tour safe could be bought through LaCity Travel.

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Price does not include  
1. Meals other than specified below 
2. Cost of beverage throughout the tour. 
3. Expenses of a personal nature. 
4. Any other services not specified above.

Please Note: 
1. The above rates are net and include all government taxes totalling to 13%.   
2. These rates are subject to current Government taxes. If any taxes are revised including VAT the rates quoted will be revised accordingly   

Other Conditions: 
1. Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally. 
2. Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk. 
3. Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).   

Discount for children from 2-12 years sharing parents room-: 30% on the per person sharing double room rate. 
Discount for the 3rd person sharing a triple room-: 10% on the per person sharing double room rate 
** Please note that the extra bed in a triple room will be a foldable and rollaway bed.