Splendours of Sri Lanka Tour + Sri Lanka Beach
Explore the lustrous 'pearl of the Indian Ocean' as you travel from the sun soaked beaches through lush jungles to the verdant hill country.
Extend your holiday in Sri Lanka and stay in the Avani or Surf hotels at Bentota beach, or the Palms at Beruwela - a perfect relaxing end to your holiday.
On day 8 transfer to your resort for the next 5 nights.
DAY 1: Depart UK.
DAY 2: Arrive Colombo.
On arrival in Colombo you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy an included tour of this bustling city. Highlights include the Ul Alfar Mosque, St Lucia's Cathedral and the Pettah Bazaar. The remainder of the day is free to explore at your leisure, perhaps taking a stroll along the ocean front promenade.
DAY 3: Colombo - Anuradhapura - Mihintale - Sigiriya.
Today we travel to Anuradhapura to visit the ruins of Sri Lanka's one time capital, which dates back to the 4th century BC. Here you will see an array of ancient palaces, temples, stupas and the holy Bo-tree, the oldest recorded tree in the world. After lunch we visit Mihintale and then continue to Sigiriya for two nights. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya.
This morning visit the fascinating Sigiriya Rock Fortress or Lion's Rock, built on by controversial King Kasyapa, as a retreat from his enemies. It is surrounded by a moat and network of gardens and rises majestivally 656 feet above the green forests. Climb to the top for breathtaking views of the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside, and on the way, you will see the famous 'Cloud Maidens' frescoes painted on the rock wall. In the afternoon, visit Polonnaruwa and enjoy a sightseeing tour of its ancient ruins, featuring the remains of the Royal Palace, the statue of King Parakramabahu, the Thuparama Image House, and the majestic Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Sigiriya - Kandy.
In the morning you'll visit the fascinating Dambulla Rock Cave Temple which comprises of five caverns, each amazingly preserved, containing frescoes and statues of the Buddha. Lunch will be taken in Matale en route to Kandy, the cultural centre of Sri Lanka. Tonight, visit a cultural show and be entertained by Kandyan dancers and drummers. (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Kandy.
Today, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are renowned for their collection of orchids, spices and medicinal plants, and the famous Temple of the Tooth, where it is said that the tooth of Buddha is enshrined. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya.
Enjoy wonderful scenery as you drive up through the mountains to Nuwara Eliya, a little slice of England. The town was a favourite hill station of the British, and has a post office, a golf club, an old race course and even a cooler climate - all straight out of the Home Counties. En route you'll visit a tea estate and see how tea is manufactured, and your overnight stay will be in a colonial-style hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 8: Nuwara Eliya - Kitulgala - Colombo (or beach resort).
Today, enjoy an included visit to Kitulgala, the site used for the filming of the famous film 'Bridge over the River Kwai', before returning to Colombo for an overnight stay. (B,L)
DAY 9 to 13: Resort Hotel.
Time to spend at leisure in your resort hotel.
DAY 14: Resort Hotel - Colombo - UK.
Today you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Peace and relaxation reign at this delightful hotel. Surrounded by tropical trees and sitting next to a lovely sweep of golden sand, you'll find The Palms is a true oasis of tranquillity, the perfect escape for recharging your batteries.
Location: On the beach, 3 kilometres from Beruwela.
Facilities: Swimming pool; shops; hairdresser; restaurant; seafood restaurant; 24 hour coffee shop; beach bar; lobby bar; table tennis; fitness centre; Ayurvedic treatments; watersports including waterpolo and water volleyball; minibar and safety deposit box in bedroom.
Price includes: Half board in a twin room with private facilities, air-conditioning; cable TV; hairdryer; tea/coffee-making facilities.
Options: Sole occupancy (on request).
Official category: 4 star.
Splendours of Sri Lanka Tour + Sri Lanka Beach 12 nights
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Splendours of Sri Lanka Tour + Sri Lanka Beach
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- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Dambulla Rock cave temple
- Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara
- Kandy Temple of the Tooth, Botanical Gardens, cultural show
- Nuwara Eliya Tea estate
- London Gatwick
- London Heathrow
- Mondays - 2013
- Mondays - 2014
15 Jul 2013 to 06 Jan 2014