Sri Lanka Tour
Gardens, Culture, Food & Adventure

TRAVEL DATES:: February 1 – 13, 2020


COST:: $3100 USD for twin/ double. A single supplement is available for an additional $1000.  A $500 non refundable deposit must be paid in order to secure your spot.


INCLUSIONS:: Airport transfer, comfortable accommodation, breakfast, overland transport and airport transfer, entries and fees to all activities listed in the itinerary and of course the BEST time ever! 


EXCLUSIONS:: Return airfare to Colombo from home country, mandatory travel insurance & entry visa, alcoholic beverages, some meals, Tips for our tour guide and driver at tour end. (This is a custom of Sri Lanka) Optional extras such as Ayurvedic massage.


HIGHLIGHTS:: Imagine an authentic adventure through beautiful, exotic Sri Lanka. Enjoy immersing yourself in lush tropical gardens, exploring ancient world heritage sites in the cultural triangle, a train ride, elephant spotting, cooking classes, hikes through tea plantations with the opportunity to delve deep into the world of Sri Lanka’s revered and celebrated architect Geoffrey Bawa, and so much more. All of this activity will be balanced out with our final days spent by the beach and explore the surrounding areas including the Galle Fort, another UNESCO world heritage site. Come along for the ride, you don’t have to think of a single thing. We have got it covered, All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and an open mind. We have curated a dream experience that you will never forget. 

P.S. We are keeping this tour small and personal so we can enjoy the freedom and agility of travelling as a small group. We have space for a maximum of 8 travellers.


ITINERARY:: 

February 1 Day 1 ~ Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will arrive into Colombo at Bandaranaike international airport and transfer to our hotel in Negombo.  Settle in, explore the town or enjoy the beach at Negombo 

February 2 Day 2 ~ The fun begins! After a leisurely breakfast, our air conditioned minibus and driver will collect us from the hotel and we will set off for Yapahuwa before continuing on to the the Ancient city of  Anuradhapura, home for 2 nights.

February 3 Day 3 ~ Today is a very active day. We will tour the ancient city of Anuradhapura by bicycle.  

February Day 4 ~ Today we visit the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa, in the morning.   In the evening we will enjoy a safari in the Minneriya National Park which is highly famed for its elephants and wildlife! We will stay for 2 nights in Sigiriya.

February 5 Day 5 ~ Today we begin our day with a visit to a spice garden. We will then travel to Geoffrey Bawa’s masterpiece, Kandalama Heritance Hotel for a guided tour. Amidst the lush greenery, covered by the thick and dense forest, the luxurious hotel stands as one of the best Sri Lanka resorts. In the afternoon we will climb Lions Rock and enjoy expansive sunset views over the countryside.

February 6 Day 6 ~ Today we move onto Kandy to visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanic Gardens. Tonight we will be treated with traditional dancing, elaborate costumes and amazing fire walkers. Stay in Kandy overnight.

February 7 Day 7 ~ Today we visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth We will then travel up to tea country where the air is fresh and cool. Once there, we will visit the colonial buildings and gardens that Nuwara Eliya is known for and there is no better place than here to enjoy a traditional English high tea.

February 8 Day 8 ~ Today we start the day with a lovely walk around Victoria Park soaking in the lovely colonial ambiance. We then enjoy an iconic scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya, via lush green hills and gushing waterfalls to our destination, Bandawala  for the next 2 nights.

February 9 Day 9 ~ Today we enjoy a hike through picturesque tea plantations and small Tamil villages, Tonight we will be the guests of a local family. We are welcomed into their home for a cooking demonstration were we will learn some secrets of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and enjoy the delicious meal we have prepared, afterwards. 

February 10 Day 10 ~ Today we make our way from the tea hills to the southern beaches via the Elephant Transit Home. Overnight in Welligama.

February 11 Day 11 ~ Today is free to enjoy some relaxed time at the beach or to explore the UNESCO world heritage listed Dutch fort, Galle. 

February 12 Day 12 ~ This morning we travel to Beruwala to visit the Brief Garden of Bevis Bawa.  We will enjoy lunch and a tour of Geoffrey Bawa's country garden before heading to Colombo to enjoy sunset from our roof top pool over looking the Indian Ocean.

February 13 Day 13 ~ We will enjoy our finally day in Sri Lanka, exploring the capital of Colombo before our journey home.

Please email srilankatour@myverandah.com.au for a full itinerary.