Admire the beautiful scenery along the coastline from Yala (Ruhuna) National Park to Galle and learn about the conservation of Sri Lanka’s turtles at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. One of the highlights of this land is its gracious people and, with such a rich abundance of surprises on offer, this fantastic destination is sure to impress all who visit.

Sri Lanka at a Glance

Land Only Private Tour

Duration : 9 DAYSPrice : FROM $1000Country : SRI LANKA
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Tea Plantation, Sri Lanka
Leopards, Sri LankaJeep Safari, Yala National Park, Sri LankaUdawalawe National Park, Elephants, Sri LankaTea State, Sri LankaGem and Juwelers, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka,Galle, Sri Lanka

Admire the beautiful scenery along the coastline from Yala (Ruhuna) National Park to Galle and learn about the conservation of Sri Lanka’s turtles at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. One of the highlights of this land is its gracious people and, with such a rich abundance of surprises on offer, this fantastic destination is sure to impress all who visit.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation at the above mentioned hotels or similar with the meal plan as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Transportation in a A/C vehicle with the service of a English speaking driver guide.
  • Entrances to  Haggala Botanical Gardens, 02 Yala Nation park safaris, Udawalawe national park safari, Singharaja Rain Forest and Galle Museum
  • Jeep cost to the national parks. 

Day 1: Arrival at Colombo

Make your own way to your Colombo hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Accommodation: Ramada Hotel, Colombo (4-star)

Day 2: Colombo - Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy a city tour of Colombo. Later, drive to Nuwara Eliya, visiting a tea plantation and factory en route. (L,D) Accommodation: Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (4-star)

Days 3-4: Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park

Visit the Sita Amman Temple and Hakgala Botanical Gardens before leaving for Yala National Park. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, enjoy a morning and afternoon jeep safari. (B,L,D) Accommodation: Jetwing Yala, Yala (4-star)

Day 5: Yala National Park - Udawalawe National Park

Travel to Udawalawe National Park and enjoy a Jeep safari around the park. Later, visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. (B,L,D) Accommodation: Grand Udawalawe Hotel, Udawalawe (4-star)

Days 6-7: Yala National Park - Ratnapura

Drive to Ratnapura, home to the Ceylon Sapphire. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, tour the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and return to Ratnapura. (B,L,D) Accommodation: Rathnaloka Hotel (2-star) (the recommended hotel in Rathnapura)

Day 8: Ratnapura - Koggala

Drive to Galle and tour the lighthouse, Old Town and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort. (B,L) Accommodation: The Long Beach Hotel, Koggala (4-star)

Day 9: Galle - Colombo

After check-out you will be transferred to your Colombo hotel or airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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.
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.
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.
Ratnapura: City of Gems

Ratnapura: City of Gems

Fondly known as the city of gems, Ratnapura is indeed one of the best Sri-Lankan holiday destinations. It is popular for large plantations of Tea and Rubber spread across the city. There are also mines of precious stones like Rubies, Sapphires, Aquamarines and many other beautiful gems. Ratnapura is one of the fastest growing commercial and economic zones in Sri-Lanka. That doesn't mean it has restricted entertainment for tourists. Ratnapura has one of the finest and efficient tourist industries working to make your stay as memorable and comfortable as possible.
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.
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.
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.

Package price is from

$1400  $1000

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Price does not include  
1. Meals other than specified below
2. Christmas and New Years eve supplements at hotels.
3. Cost of beverage throughout the tour. 
4. Expenses of a personal nature. 
5. 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.