Highlights of Sri Lanka

Highlights of Sri Lanka

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Highlights of Sri Lanka

15 Days Starting in UK and ending in UK

Visiting: Colombo, Negombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe National Park Safari, Yala National Park, Ahungalla, Galle

Tour operator:

Wendy Wu

Tour code:

380

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 28

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

16-70

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$5344
$4840 (USD) including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$249 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255
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Tour Overview

Marvel at magnificent temples, see the World Heritage Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, search for elephants and other wild animals at Yala National Park, discover the fascinating caves at Dambulla and explore the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.



? Climb the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya

? Explore the ruins of mediaeval Polonnaruwa

? Visit Kandy’s sacred temple

? Safari with elephants in the Yala National Park

? Wander the historic city of Colombo

Highlights

  • Wander through the UNESCO ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

  • Visit the 1st century BC Dambulla Rock Temple in Kandy.

  • See the lovable Asian elephants at the Udawale Elephant Orphange.

  • Discover the colonial city of Galle.

  • Venture up to the magnificent Lion Rock Fortress of King Kasyapa.

  • Tour the multi-religious city of Colombo.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - 2 : Fly To Colombo
Location: Colombo, Negombo
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Fly overnight to Colombo. On arrival, you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel in the coastal town of Negombo, a short drive from Colombo. The rest of the day is yours to explore.



Day 3 : Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress
Location: Sigiriya
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey to Sigiriya and explore the magnificent Lion Rock Fortress, built by King Kasyapa. Later visit the world-renowned Heavenly Maiden frescoes.

Day 4 : Polonnaruwa
Location: Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, which was the former capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 12th century and is home to well-preserved stupas, frescoes and statues. While here, explore the rock temples at Gal Vihara and the Vatadage, an ancient structure with elaborate stone carvings, before returning to Sigiriya.



Day 5 : Anuradhapura
Location: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the World Heritage city of Anuradhapura, one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated ancient cities. Whilst here, visit the Sri Mada Bodhi Bo tree, over 2000 years old; the Ruwanweliseya dagoba and the Samadhi Buddha statue. Visit the Isurumuniya rock temple to visit its rock carvings dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Day 6 : Spice Gardens & Kandy
Location: Dambulla, Kandy
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the Buddhist city of Kandy visiting the Dambulla Rock Temple, which dates back to the 1st Century BC. Visit a spice garden and witness a cookery demonstration in Matale. Continue to Kandy.



Day 7 : Explore Kandy
Location: Kandy
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens before continuing to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. We also explore the remains of the Royal Palace which is now the National Museum. Later, witness a cultural dance show with dinner in the evening.

Day 8 : Nuwara Eliya
Location: Nuwara Eliya
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's little England, visiting a tea plantation and tea factory en route. Later visit Victoria Park where you can bird watch and enjoy a wander around the colonial city centre.

Day 9 : Yala National Park
Location: Udawalawe National Park Safari, Yala National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Yala National Park, home to numerous elephants, leopards, sambhur, wild buffalo and over 130 bird species. Enroute visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation for orphaned elephants.

Day 10 : Explore Yala National Park
Location: Yala National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a morning and evening jeep safari in Yala National Park.

Day 11 : Ahungalla
Location: Ahungalla
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Yala and drive to Ahungalla. On the way, stop and visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole, Mulkirigala Rock Temple and Dikwella Wewurukannala Temple. After lunch stop to view the stilt fisherman at Welligama. Upon arrival in Ahungalla, check into your hotel for a two night stay.

Day 12 : Discover Galle
Location: Galle, Ahungalla
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Galle for a tour of the city. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dutch Fort, Galle Lighthouse and Dutch Reformed Church. Also known as Galle Fort, the Dutch Fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th Century colonial fortifications in the world. Return to Ahungalla in the evening.

Day 13 : Colombo
Location: Colombo
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Colombo, stopping at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery en route. The hatchery is home to Sri Lanka's pioneering sea turtle conservation project.

Day 14 : Explore Colombo
Location: Colombo
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a city tour of Colombo this morning. Explore Fort District, the historic centre of the city. Wander through Pettah Market and visit the Dutch Church of Wolvendhall, dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees, and Colombo's finest museums.

Day 15 : Fly Colombo To Uk
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.



Day 16: Fly Colombo To Uk
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same day.

What's Included

  • Fully Inclusive

    Touring with Guides and entrance fees

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfasts: 13, Lunches: 12, Dinners: 13

  • Local Taxes

  • International Travel

  • Fully Guided

  • Country Entry Visas

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Entrance Fees

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Accommodation

    13 nights in 3+/4 star

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • What's the standard of development like?

    Although Sri Lanka is developing quickly, it still lacks the international standards of civil infrastructure and tourist facilities. Concepts of personal responsibility are also different to those in the UK. Consequently, tourist and public facilities may not uphold the same safety standards as in the UK; for example, you may see a hole in the road without a warning sign or safety barricade.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any changes to confirmed bookings need to be sent to us in writing via your travel agent. Please refer to our booking conditions for further information and fees.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your Final Travel Documents are usually sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Your travel pack will include your tour itinerary, hotel details, flight e-tickets and a travel guide. If you have booked with a travel agent, your tickets will be dispatched to your travel agent unless we have been otherwise informed.

  • Will I be travelling with passengers from other countries?

    Our passengers generally enjoy the mixture of British, Australian and American clients on tour. Occasionally we are joined by English-speaking passengers from other countries.

  • Do you allow children on your tours?

    We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our private or tailormade tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Barabara  

Full of many interesting visits

The holiday in Sri Lanka was very full of many int

The holiday in Sri Lanka was very full of many interesting visits. The hotels were very good apart from the Ramada in Colombo which was average. The meals were excellent and there was always an alternative to the hot spicy curry. Our guide was attentive, helpful and very informative with excellent English. He did his best to show us his beautiful country and appreciation it’s long and complex history. It was a shame that the bus we travelled in was not very comfortable, the seats did not recline and were quite small without much legroom, as we did spend a lot of time in the bus on the long slow drives through Sri Lank’s interesting traffic!! However, the drivers were very good, nice and attentive.

Elsie  

Great country

Great country, very interesting places, lovely peo

Great country, very interesting places, lovely people, would visit Sri Lanka again.

Ian  

Would recommend

Great Country. Good range of different things to

Great Country. Good range of different things to do and places to see — temples to beaches to wildlife. Hotels ranged from adequate to excellent. Food quality and variety was better than we expected A really good tour guide and our fellow travellers were excellent company. Would recommend despite the impact of Coronavirus cutting out a few later trips, but that was beyond anyone's ability to control.

Bill  

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Irene  

Great country

Wendy Wu ensured that we had a wide and varied exp

Wendy Wu ensured that we had a wide and varied experience of a great country.

Dates & Availability

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Friday - Friday

Oct 25, 2024 - Nov 08, 2024
$5344 $4840 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Nov 08, 2024 - Nov 22, 2024
$5344 $4840 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Nov 22, 2024 - Dec 06, 2024
$6216 $5668 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$298 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Jan 31, 2025 - Feb 14, 2025
$5344 $5077 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$267 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Feb 28, 2025 - Mar 14, 2025
$5344 $4840 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Mar 14, 2025 - Mar 28, 2025
$5344 $4840 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Tuesday - Tuesday

Apr 01, 2025 - Apr 15, 2025
$5344 $5077 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$267 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Apr 11, 2025 - Apr 25, 2025
$5344 $4840 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Oct 24, 2025 - Nov 07, 2025
$5344 $4840 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Nov 07, 2025 - Nov 21, 2025
$5344 $4840 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$255 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Friday - Friday

Nov 21, 2025 - Dec 05, 2025
$6590 $6023 (USD)

Operator discount: -$249 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$317 (USD)

Including UK Flights

Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Wendy Wu allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 0 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Wendy Wu requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wendy wu charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • How we Keep you safe on our Tours

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority which is why we’ve instituted the most stringent COVID health and safety protocols on all of our tours. Here is a brief summary of the steps we are taking to ensure you will be safe, secure and satisfied when you travel with us.


    Guides and National Escorts
    Our National Escorts and guides will conduct a Health and Safety briefing with you before the tour begins and will help everyone ensure they adhere to social distancing, hygiene practises and local regulations. They will carry a supply of face masks and hand sanitiser for you to use free of charge and will, of course, observe the highest level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Should anyone on the group fall ill your National Escort will ensure the individual receives swift medical attention and can only return to the group once cleared to do so.


    Transport & Sightseeing
    Vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each excursion service, overnight and between different groups.

    You will always have at least one seat between you and your fellow tourers, hand sanitiser will be given to the group on each embarkation and vehicles will be thoroughly ventilated prior to passengers boarding.

    Drivers will always embark vehicles after clients, disembark the group vehicle prior to clients disembarking, and maintain social distancing and a high level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Your guides will assess the situation on the ground avoiding large crowds – where possible, alter timings and splitting the group into smaller sizes.


    Accommodation
    Wendy Wu Tours will only offer hotels that have undergone a detailed hygiene assessment, have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with government standards.

    We will ensure these protocols include staff practising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPI, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in all areas and food safety.


    Dining
    All the restaurants we visit will be researched and inspected regularly to ensure that they follow the strictest health, cleanliness and safety guidelines.

    All waiting staff will wear face masks and gloves and we will arrange à la carte dining, waiter-served meals or waiter-assisted buffets throughout the tour. We will not share open-buffet meals with other hotel or restaurant guests.

    Hand sanitiser will be provided to the group before and after every food and beverage service.

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