Close
Monday-Friday:9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed
See more results

Escorted Tours

Jewels of Sri Lanka

  • Route:
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
TOUR PACE:
9 DAYS from $1740pp

Tour Highlights

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • City Tour of Kandy and Galle
  • Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Tea Factory and Plantation
  • Safari through Yala National Park

To book call us on 1300 286 155

Jewels of Sri Lanka

Our 9 day, 8 night tour allows you to experience the beautiful interior of Sri Lanka, exploring the delights of Dambulla, Sigiriya Rock and the colonial cities of Kandy and Galle. Visit ancient temples of past civilisations, wonder at the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, meet the elephants at the Pinnawala Orphanage and take a safari through Yala National Park.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Colombo

On arrival in Colombo you will be transferred to the nearby Gateway Hotel to relax after a long journey. Please note this day is unguided.

    Day 2: Colombo to Dambulla

    After checking out of your hotel you will be met by your guide before being transferred to Dambulla with the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Dambulla

    Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the 'Lion Rock', it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander round the Gal Vihare, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues. Please note: photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Dambulla to Kandy

    After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Kandy

    Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see young elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Kandy to Yala

    Leaving Kandy you will stop in Giragama to visit a tea plantation before continuing to Nuwara Eliya where you will participate in a walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka's striking scenery to your hotel near Yala.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Yala

    The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard!

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Yala to Mount Lavinia

    Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reigned the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. This 200 year old hotel was once the governor's Residence when Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was under British rule.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Colombo

    Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or to your selected extension.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
    • Included Accommodation in 4* hotels
    • Included 21 Meals including 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners
    • Included Entry fees to all sights
    • Included Arrival Transfer
    • Included Departure Transfer

    Important Information

    Visas

    An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required for travel to Sri Lanka, and must be obtained prior to arrival. It is an electronic authorisation issued by the Sri Lankan Government that is the equivalent of a visa, however no label or stamp is placed in the passport. The ETA is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and for a stay of up to 30 days.
    There is a non-refundable processing fee for some categories of the ETA, and people intending to visit Sri Lanka should visit the nearest Embassy or Consulate regarding visa requirements. More information can also be found at www.eta.gov.lk.

    Insurance

    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure and be able to provide evidence of your cover to our agents and ground suppliers.
    It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is adequate for your particular needs. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising.

    Payment

    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of $250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

    Flight Information

    All internal travel is in air-conditioned/heated vehicles.

    Health and Vaccinations

    It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

    Physical Accessibility

    This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. Please note there are approximately 1,300 steps to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

    Tour Guide

    This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

    Currency Information

    The currency in Sri Lanka is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Sri Lanka. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately $200 - $400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

    Tour Dates & Prices

    StartEndPrice
    2017 Dates
    02 Nov 201710 Nov 2017$1740pp
    16 Nov 201724 Nov 2017$1740pp
    30 Nov 201708 Dec 2017$1740pp

    Tour Map

    Jewels of Sri Lanka Route Map

    Extensions

    • Sri Lanka
      Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay3 nights from $595pp View
    • Kerala
      Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay4 nights from $735pp View
    • Kerala
      See the Highlights of Kerala4 nights from $865pp View
    • Maldives
      Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay4 nights from $1545pp View

    Here to help

    Hotels and Accommodation

    Amaya Lake

    Amaya Lake

    Amaya Hills

    Amaya Hills

    Chandrika Hotel

    Chandrika Hotel

    Mount Lavinia Hotel

    Mount Lavinia Hotel

    Extensions

    Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

    Sri Lanka

    Tour route

    • Colombo
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
    • Yala
    • Mount Lavinia
    • Kalutara

    Extend your stay with an extension to the wonderful beach resort of Kalutara on the west coast of the country. Indulge in a calming massage or relax by the beach before returning to Australia.

    View

    Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

    Kerala

    Tour route

    • Colombo
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
    • Yala
    • Mount Lavinia
    • Kerala

    Extend your tour with a relaxing beach stay in the Indian State of Kerala. Relax in the popular resort of Kovalam, known locally as the paradise of the south, amongst the coconut groves for which the town is famous.

    View

    See the Highlights of Kerala

    Kerala

    Tour route

    • Colombo
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
    • Yala
    • Mount Lavinia
    • Kerala

    Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from $865pp. This 4 night extension includes a tour of Cochin, one of India's major ports and trading centres and an overnight trip on an authentic Keralan Houseboat.

    View

    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

    Maldives

    Tour route

    • Colombo
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
    • Yala
    • Mount Lavinia
    • Maldives

    Indulge yourself with a fabulous extension to the Maldives. Arriving at Male airport you will be transferred to your hotel by speed boat for four nights of pure bliss. Enjoy spectacular views of the bluest seas from all directions whilst you unwind and relax on this island of paradise.

    View

    Other tours you may enjoy

    Essence of North India

    Essence of North India

    Travelling from Delhi to Agra, then Jaipur, this 10 day, 8 night tour of the Golden Triangle and the exotic Ranthambore National Park takes you through India's most famous sights.


    View
    Secrets of Sri Lanka

    Secrets of Sri Lanka

    Journey through tropical lowland rainforests, rolling tea plantation-covered mountains and discover pristine white-sand beaches in the east of the island.


    View
    Kerala Explorer

    Kerala Explorer

    Characterised by winding emerald rivers, exotic wildlife, spice plantations and lush landscapes, the south Indian state of Kerala exudes tranquillity and beauty.


    View