Join us on an exciting discovery of Sri Lanka, including beautiful beaches, ruins lost in the jungle, unique wildlife and stunning waterfalls. Located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo offers both Dutch and Portuguese colonial buildings against a backdrop of lagoons and the Indian Ocean. Explore the partially excavated ruins of the Ritigala Jungle Monastery, nestled deep inside the Ritigala Nature Reserve. Abandoned after the southern Indian invasions between the 10th and 11th centuries, walking among them will give you a sense of adventure in search of the mythical past. Spend time in Nuwara Eliya, situated 2,000m above sea level and an excellent location for tea production. Travel to Udawalawe National Park to enjoy an open top jeep safari and visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. The home takes care of orphaned and abandoned baby elephants, providing them with food, shelter and medical care before they are released into the wild. It is sure to be a highlight of your Sri Lankan experience! 

Pearl of the Indian Ocean - Sri Lanka

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 13 DAYSPrice : FROM $2568Country : SRI LANKA
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Elephants, Sri Lanka
Kandy Medieval Pageant, Sri LankaNegombo, Beach, Sri LankaSt. Clair’s Falls, Sri LankaTea Plantation, Sri LankaRock Fortress or ‘Lion Rock’, Sri LankaGal Viharaya Buddah Statue, Sri Lanka

Join us on an exciting discovery of Sri Lanka, including beautiful beaches, ruins lost in the jungle, unique wildlife and stunning waterfalls. Located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Negombo offers both Dutch and Portuguese colonial buildings against a backdrop of lagoons and the Indian Ocean. Explore the partially excavated ruins of the Ritigala Jungle Monastery, nestled deep inside the Ritigala Nature Reserve. Abandoned after the southern Indian invasions between the 10th and 11th centuries, walking among them will give you a sense of adventure in search of the mythical past. Spend time in Nuwara Eliya, situated 2,000m above sea level and an excellent location for tea production. Travel to Udawalawe National Park to enjoy an open top jeep safari and visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. The home takes care of orphaned and abandoned baby elephants, providing them with food, shelter and medical care before they are released into the wild. It is sure to be a highlight of your Sri Lankan experience!

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, Minneriya, Ritigala, Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock fortress, Kandy Temple, Cultural show in Kandy, Peradeniya Botanical gardens, Udawalawe national park, Udawalawe Elephant transit home, Galle Museum, Turtle Hatchery , Cololmbo Musum and Maduru Oya Boat ride.
  • Jeep cost to Minneriya and Udawalawe national parks.

Day 1: Australia to Negombo via Colombo

Fly with Singapore Airlines to Colombo. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your Negombo hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at Jetwing Sea.

Day 2: Negombo

This morning tour Negombo, a stunning seaside town popular for its large harvests of lobsters, crabs and prawns. See the fish auctions down by the beach, followed by a visit to the Dutch Fort and a local Catholic Church. Later, take a boat trip through the river deltas passing rainforests and mangroves and tour a local farm. Dinner and Overnight stay at Jetwing Sea.

Day 3: Negombo to Habarana via Minneriya National park

Depart early this morning for Ritigala Jungle Monastery, nestled deep inside the Ritigala Nature Reserve. Here you will discover the partially excavated ruins of the ancient monastery. Afterwards, travel to Minneriya National Park, home to Sambar Deer, leopards and elephants. Enjoy a safari before continuing to Habarana. Dinner and Overnight stay at Chaaya Village

Day 4: Habarana to Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rock Fortress or ‘Lion Rock’, rising 200m from the jungle surrounding it. Here you will get a chance to climb to the top of the fortress and explore the gardens. Later, drive to the ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, the second capital city of Sri Lanka and also a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Tour the ruins of the Royal Palace and the Gal Viharaya, a 12th-century rock temple. Dinner and Overnight stay at Chaaya Village

Day 5: Habarana to Kandy

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. This evening watch a cultural dance performance while enjoying dinner. Dinner and Overnight at Earls Regent, Kandy.

Day 6: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

This morning visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, which were created as leisure gardens for a Sinhala King. Later, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. Explore a local market, gem museum and an arts and crafts centre before travelling to Nuwara Eliya. Dinner and Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - St. Clair's Falls

This morning visit St. Clair’s Falls, one of the most unique waterfalls in Sri Lanka. You can view the waterfalls from the road above or walk 500m through a tea plantation to take a closer look. The afternoon is free at your leisure to enjoy the natural landscape of this lush hillside town. Dinner and Overnight at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya to Koggala via Udawalawe Park

Drive to Udawalawe National Park, famous for its local elephant population. While here you will be taken on an open top jeep safari to visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Established in 1995 the transit home Focuses on providing care and rehabilitation to orphaned elephants and returning them to the wild. Afterwards, continue to Galle. Dinner and Overnight at The Long Beach.

Day 9: Koggala to Kaluthara

Enjoy a city tour including the Dutch Museum and church before travelling to Bentota via Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Upon arrival in Bentota, the evening is free at your leisure to enjoy this beachside town. Dinner and Overnight at The Sands, Kaluthara.

Day 10: Kaluthara - Madu Ganga Wetlands

Journey by boat through the Madu Ganga Wetlands, one of the remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forest in Sri Lanka. Sail past traditional fishermen, farms and small cottages. Visit a cinnamon farm before returning to KALUUTHARA. Dinner and Overnight at The Sands, Kaluthara.

Day 11: Kaluthara to Colombo

Enjoy the morning free at your leisure. This afternoon travel to Colombo where you will tour the Fort District and surrounding merchant streets as well as the Pettah Market. Dinner and Overnight At Ramada Hotel in Colombo.

Day 12: Depart Colombo

Continue exploring Colombo, visiting a Hindu temple, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple and the Dutch Wolvendhal Church. Later, tour the Colombo and Natural History Museums and the Davatagaha Mosque. This evening after a late check-out and dinner, you will be transferred to the airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.

Day 13: Arrive Australia

Arrive home today.

Negombo Beach

Negombo Beach

Negombo is a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. With a stash of decent hotels and restaurants to suit all pockets, a friendly local community, an interesting old quarter and a reasonable (though polluted) beach, Negombo is a much easier place to get your Sri Lankan feet than Colombo.Culture vultures will find bustling Negombo town a historically interesting place that’s strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. For the more natural-minded the narrow strip of land to the south of the lagoon, as well as the many different canals, make for good birdwatching.The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.The busy centre of Negombo town lies to the west of the bus and train stations. Most places to stay, however, line the main road that heads north from the town centre, running almost parallel to the beach.
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.
Minneriya National park

Minneriya National park

Located between Habarana and POLONNARUWA, the 8890 hectares of MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka 's favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants.However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rdcentury AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
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.
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.
St. Clair's Falls

St. Clair's Falls

This twin St. Clair’s waterfall cascades over three rock outcrops into a massive pool and it is most conveniently seen by travellers on Hatton – Talawakelle Road. This beautiful and popular fall is located among tea gardens, transmits a large volume of water, and is the widest waterfall in the country. The fall is sited over 500 metres away from the road, and one needs to walk down among tea bushes at a steep slope to reach it.
The Wetland of Madu Ganga

The Wetland of Madu Ganga

The nature is the God of human being” – great poet Kalidasa. This saying denotes the importance of the nature for the human kind in the universe. Madu Ganga, a wetland, which located in the South-West Sri Lanka, is indeed should be treated with impotence of a God. Madu Ganga wet land is one of the most important natural assets of the island. Madu Ganga is located in the village of Balapitiya. It is another historical city in the west coast of the island. According to the historical information, the invaders from Kerala were defeated by King Parakramabahu 2, at the River mouth of Madu Ganga. One can travel into the interior of the country through the Madu Ganga wetland. Invaders were hoping to penetrate the island using the wetland.  Thereafter, the river mouth was guarded by the soldiers in order to prevent invaders entering island through Madu Ganga.
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Dudley Perera's project has been underway since 1988. The main aim of the project is to monitor local sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting sites. They aim to make the public more aware of how endangered these beautiful creatures are and just how important it is to help protect them before it is too late.One of the most important activities of the project is its hatchery. Within the sanctuary of the project, collected and rescued eggs can hatch safely away from predators before being released into the sea at night-time. In addition, a certain number from each hatching are kept back for a short period for 'headstarting' before release. The hatchery program is designed to maximise the number of hatchlings reaching the sea and surviving through the critical stages of their early life. Only a few hatchlings from each batch will ever make it to adulthood. Therefore every nest-ground, every egg, every hatchling and every turtle is crucial to the survival of the species. Unfortunately, sea turtles face many dangers.
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.