The Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean tour offers an amazing mix of urban and natural sights, including some of the best night life in Sri Lanka.
Flight + Transfer
Fly from Stansted to Colombo Intl on Emirates
Private Car Transfer to Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean
sri lanka - pearl of the indian ocean
sri lanka - pearl of the indian ocean
Day 01: Airport / Negombo–Arrive at the Colombo airport & meet your English speaking chauffeur guide at the Airport Lobby. Thereafter, proceed to Negombo and check in to the hotel. Proceed on a City Tour in the evening.
Day 02: Negombo / Dambulla / Sigiriya–Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 09:15 am, 0:15 pm & 05:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 02:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth! Continue to Dambulla. As one reaches the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting. On completion proceed to Sigiriya.
Day 03: Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya– After breakfast visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. On completion visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa - medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I - remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site - blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures - while observing the relic house - Watadage - which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!
Day 04: Sigiriya /Matale / Kandy–After breakfast leave Sigiriya and proceed to Kandy and visit a spice garden en-route. An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden - into which you will be most welcome - and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colours. Continue to Kandy. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
Day 05: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya–Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet.
Day 06: Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Buduruwagala / Yala–After taking breakfast transfer to Yala. On your way to Yala visit Buduruwagala Temple. Perfectly living up to its name, Buduruwagala - the rock with the statue of Buddha dating back to the 9th or 10th centuries - houses the tallest rock carving of Lord Buddha in the island standing at 16m. Take a close look at its long orange streak which provides strong evidence that the statue was once painted along with the carvings of the Buddhist mythological figures - Avalokitheshwara - standing on either side. Unfolding features of the Mahayana Buddhist School, Buduruwagala braces the historic and cultural treasure one might emprise in the island paradise. Continue to Yala and take an evening safari.
Day 07: Yala / Weligama / Galle / Waskaduwa–Watch carefully how 'stilt-fishermen' have excelled in their patience in this photographer's paradise while dipping your toes in soft waves that caress the shores of gold, an experience that never grows old under the sun shining so bold! Continue to Waskaduwa via Galle. Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle! Continue to Waskaduwa.
Day 08 - 10: Waskaduwa–Relax at the beach and enjoy the All Inclusive facilities at your hotel.
Day 11: Waskaduwa / Airport–Today this lively tour ends and you will have a transfer back to the airport.
Transfer + Flight
Private Car Transfer from Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Fly from Colombo Intl to Stansted on Emirates
£1419 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services