17 Day Sri Lankan Discovery (Flights Included)

Bunnik Small Group Tour starting in Negombo and finishing in Colombo

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Overview
Operator: Bunnik
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 17 Days
From: Negombo to Colombo
Tour Code: BUN61890
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Sri Lanka
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Day By Day
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Depart Australia - Arrive Negombo
Welcome to sunny Sri Lanka, the teardropshaped island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
2
Negombo
We begin our sightseeing tour at the famous Negombo Fish Markets, a traditional patchwork of fish drying on hessian sacks. (B/D) Special Experience: Cruise along the calm waters of the jungle-fringed Gin Oya River, listening to the tranquil sounds of the abundant birdlife. We'll watch the sunset before joining a local family for a hosted dinner on the banks of the river.
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Negombo - Sigiriya
This morning we depart Negombo and travel north into the Sri Lankan highlands. (B/D) Special Experience: On the way to Sigiriya we'll stop to watch the beautiful elephants from the Pinnawala Orphanage going about their daily life - feeding, playing and bathing in the local river.
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Anuradhapura & Ritigala Excursion
We visit the impressive ruins of Anuradhapura, the largest and oldest of Sri Lanka's ancient cities, dating back to the 6th century. We'll explore the gleaming white dagobas and Sri Maha Bodhi, before travelling to the Ritigala Medicinal Forest to discover the ruins of an ancient hermitage, set deep in the jungle. (B/D)
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Polonnaruwa & Minneriya National Park Excursion
Our day begins with a visit to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Brimming with archaeological treasures, we'll discover the well-preserved ruins of palaces, stupas, bathing pools and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha. This afternoon we tour Minneriya National Park by jeep, where we'll hopefully spot sambar deer and elephants. (B/D)
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Sigiriya
Today we explore the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya - ‘Lion Rock'. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century, this impressive site is located on top of a vast 200-metre-high granite rock, some 750 steps up! (B/L/D) Special Experience: Visit a traditional Sri Lankan village and be welcomed into a local home. Learn about daily life and traditional farming, and then feast on local delicacies!
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Sigiriya - Kandy
After breakfast we begin our journey to Kandy, stopping at the stunning Cave Temples of Dambulla. Housing hundreds of statues of Buddha, they are also completely covered in ancient frescoes. We also stop at a spice plantation in Matale. When we arrive in Kandy later this afternoon we'll visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. (B/D)
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Kandy
The former capital of Ceylon and the last seat of the Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy is known as Sri Lanka's cultural heart. This morning we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya, with its beautiful orchid house, before touring the city. Later we'll be treated to a local dance performance. (B)
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Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Special Experience: We travel to the lush tea-growing region of Nuwara Eliya by train and road, visiting a tea plantation to learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export. Of course, we'll enjoy a cup while we're there. (B/D)
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Nuwara Eliya
We tour the picturesque colonial town of Nuwara Eliya. Built by the British in the 19th century to escape the sweltering heat of the lowlands, this town still retains the charm of bygone days. We'll also visit beautiful St Clair and Devon Falls. (B)
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Nuwara Eliya - Tissamaharama
Travelling south towards the coast, we visit the spectacular waterfalls at Ella. This afternoon we arrive in Tissamaharama (or Tissa). Set amongst rice paddies and ruins, it is also the gateway to Yala National Park. (B/D)
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Yala National Park
This afternoon we embark on a safari in Yala National Park - the oldest and best-known of Sri Lanka's national parks. Created in 1938, the diverse range of habitats, including scrub jungle, brackish lagoons, lakes and rivers are home to leopards, elephants, wild buffalo, deer, black bears, macaques, jackals and a variety of birds. It's believed to have one of the highest-density leopard populations in the world. The national park also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins indicating previous civilisations. (B/D)
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Tissamaharama - Galle
Driving along Sri Lanka's beautiful south coast, we make our way to the Dutch colonial town of Galle. Here we'll take a city tour and visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed sea fortress. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B/D)
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Galle
We enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madu River, watching locals go about their daily lives. We'll stop to visit a hatchery that was set up to conserve the turtle population, then visit a moonstone mine at Meetiyagoda. (B/D)
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Galle - Colombo
We make our way to the island nation's capital, Colombo. We'll take a guided tour of the city, including a stop at the famous Cricket Club Café. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. (B/D)
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Depart Colombo
Today is at leisure before we bid farewell to Sri Lanka this evening and begin our journey home. (B)
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Arrive Australia
Bunnik Inclusions
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Trip Inclusions
  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Sri Lanka. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep-safari vehicle and water based activities)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $200pp prepaid
Accommodation & Meals
  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3 - 4 star)
  • Day use of hotel on day of departure
  • Enjoy a Sri Lankan BBQ dinner prepared by a local family
  • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners 
Your Tour Guides
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking national guide throughout (based on a min. of 7 passengers)
Journey Highlights
  • Observe Negombo's everyday life at the local fish markets, watching the fishing trade go about their business selling an amazing variety of fish and seafood, fresh from the early morning's catch.
  • Cruise the beautiful Gin Oya River, surrounded by lush vegetation, while listening to the amazing bird sounds as the evening breaks. Watch the sun set over the beach before joining a local family for a hosted barbecue on the banks of the river. 
  • Watch the elephants from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage as they bathe and play during their daily swim. A truly spectacular experience - we are just metres from these majestic creatures as they enjoy their time in the river.
  • Take a fascinating journey through one of the oldest and largest of Sri Lanka's ancient cities, Anuradhapura.  This sacred city was the political and religious capital for around 1,300  years before being abandoned in 993, after an invasion.  Remarkably hidden in dense jungle for many years, it is now accessible and is home to the oldest documented tree in the world, the Sri Maha Bodhi. 
  • Tour the secluded monastic ruins of Ritigala, located in a lush forest rarely visited by tourists. This mystical place is incredibly beautiful and unspoilt, with shady forests filled with streams, pools and granite boulders and ancient elegant stone pathways that lead to ruins of various meditation platforms and ayurvedic hospitals.
  • Visit the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, the island's capital between the 11th and 13th century.  Built alongside a large artificial lake, there are well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, stupas and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha at the Gal Vihara.
  • Enjoy an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park searching for Sri Lankan wildlife including sambar deer, leopards and elephants. The central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank, built in the 3rd century AD by King Mahasena. During the dry season (June-September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze as well as huge flocks of birds, cormorants and painted storks to mention just a few. 
  • Enjoy a 4 night stay at our spectacularly located hotel in Sigiriya, with views of the majestic Sigiriya rock fortress.
  • Tour the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Explore the ruins of the capital, built by the Parricidal King Kasyapa (477-95). This UNESCO World Heritage site is both a geological and historical marvel. Formed by magma from an extinct volcano, for centuries it was home to buddhist monks. 
  • Visit a typical home in a Sri Lankan village for lunch. Walk through the paddy fields and enjoy the cool breeze whilst getting acquainted with local village life. 
  • Tour the serene cave temples of Dambulla, filled with hundreds of hand-carved statues and hand-painted frescoes. These cave temples were built by King Valagam Bahu in the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he sought in the caves when fleeing India's invaders. The caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting both religious and secular scenes.
  • Visit the Matale Spice Plantations, growing a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. Sri Lanka is renowned for its spices having been initially colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.
  • Tour the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy. Ever since it was founded in the 16th century, it has housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism, a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre. It is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth. Witness the blessing ceremony wiith all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and Monks dressed in bright colours performing their rituals. 
  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Initially a royal park, in 1821 under British rule it became a Botanical Garden. Here exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) were first tested and went on to become important to the country's economy. 
  • Enjoy a cultural show and local traditional Kandyan dance performance including the cobra dance and mask dance. 
  • Join the locals and marvel at the stunning highland scenery travelling by train up to the colonial city of Nuwara Eliya, winding through lush countryside and tea plantations.
  • Learn about the tea-making process and sample some high-grade Ceylon tea at a plantation. It all started around 1867 when Ceylon tea was first being developed by British planter James Taylor. The rest is history! 
  • Visit the St. Clair and Devon Falls, just outside Nuwara Eliya.  Known as Little Niagara of Sri Lanka, St. Clair Falls is one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka.  Nearby Devon Falls was named after an English coffee planter by the name of Devon, whose plantation is situated nearby.
  • Enjoy a jeep safari in Yala National Park, with one of the highest density leopard populations in the world.
  • Drive along the stunning south coast to the great walled city of Galle and see the World Heritage-listed Dutch Fort.
  • Spend 2 nights relaxing on the coast in Galle.
  • Learn about the endangered leatherhead and loggerhead turtles at a local hatchery.
  • Tour Sri Lanka's bustling capital of Colombo and stay in the historic Galle Face Hotel.
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
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