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Island Explorer Sri Lanka Tour

9 Days from $9,990 $8,790 / person

13 Days 12 Nights Luxury hotel accommodation
17 Meals including daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
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English speaking licensed chauffeur guide with private car
Embrace yourself to explore key highlights of Sri Lanka with our Island Explorer 14 day tour package. This tour covers iconic cultural and religious sights to stunning national parks and exotic beaches in the south of the country. On this tour you have the chance to hike some of Sri Lanka’s highest peaks or jeep safari for a chance to view elephants, big cats and unique waterbirds. Beyond the jungles, take in the scenery of tea plantations, beach-side fiery red sunsets , enjoy visits to sacred temples, and explore delicious local cuisine. In this tour you will experience staying in comfortable authentic accommodation carefully selected by our experienced travel designers along with the air conditioned luxury transport with your very own personal tour guide.

Journey Highlights

Suitable For

Ideal for first-time visitors, this 13-day Sri Lankan adventure from November to April offers a perfect blend of iconic highlights, cultural wonders, and enchanting landscapes.

Day 1        Negombo

Welcome to the vibrant tapestry of Sri Lanka! Your journey begins with the warm embrace of the island as you smoothly transition from the Bandaranaike International Airport to a luxurious accommodation in Negombo. A delightful blend of comfort and elegance awaits you at this star-rated haven.


This arrival experience is more than a transfer; it’s a curated introduction to the island’s hospitality. Delight in a taste of local flavors with a welcome snack, setting the tone for the culinary delights that will accompany you throughout your Sri Lankan adventure. As you settle into your accommodation, let the ambiance and anticipation of the journey ahead envelop you. This is just the beginning of an unforgettable exploration of Sri Lanka’s beauty and charm.


Goldi Sands Hotel – Negombo or Similar


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DAY 2       Negombo - Wilpattu - Anuradhapura

Begin your exploration on your second day with a scenic drive from Negombo to Wilpattu, which includes a captivating visit to the bustling Negombo Fish Market. Experience the coastal vibrancy as local fishermen showcase their daily catch. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Wilpattu National Park during an exciting safari, encountering majestic elephants and elusive leopards.


As the day unfolds, your journey concludes with a luxurious drop-off at a star-rated hotel in Anuradhapura. Take time to unwind and reflect on the day’s cultural and wildlife explorations. Day two promises an enriching blend of coastal charm, wildlife encounters, and the comfort of a tranquil retreat in Anuradhapura.


Heritage Hotel – Anuradhapura or Similar | Meals: BD


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DAY 3       Anuradhapura

Embark on a journey into Anuradhapura, the inaugural capital city of Sri Lanka, and delve into its historical tapestry. Begin your morning with an insightful Archaeological City Tour, where you’ll uncover the secrets of sacred sites resonating with centuries of cultural richness. Explore iconic landmarks such as the majestic Jetavanaramaya, the intricately carved Isurumuniya Temple, and the awe-inspiring Abhayagiri Dagoba.


After a morning filled with historical immersion, retreat to the hotel for a well-deserved moment of relaxation. As the evening unfolds, contemplate the Spiritual Tour (Optional AUD $45 PP), which includes visits to the revered Sri Maha Bodhiya and the monumental Ruwanwelisaya. This journey promises a serene and spiritual experience amidst the historical treasures of Anuradhapura, allowing you to forge a profound connection to its rich historical essence.


Heritage Hotel – Anuradhapura or Similar | Meals: BD

DAY 4       Anuradhpura - Sigiriya

Following breakfast, venture towards Sigiriya, making a noteworthy stop at the Ritigala Forest Monastery. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this ancient site. Later, indulge in leisure at the hotel, perhaps with a refreshing dip in the pool. In the afternoon, your guide will accompany you for a scenic hike up Pidurangala Rock, promising breathtaking sunset views that will undoubtedly add a mesmerizing touch to your Sri Lankan journey.


Amaya Lake – Dambulla or Similar | Meals: BD

DAY 5       Sigiriya

Embark on an early morning adventure to ascend the iconic Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the reign of King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). Rising 200 meters from the jungle, the ‘Lion Rock’ stands as a citadel of extraordinary beauty, featuring a moat, rampart, and expansive gardens, including renowned water gardens. Marvel at the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens,’ situated in a sheltered pocket of the rock accessed by a spiral stairway. These ancient frescoes, painted in earth pigments on plaster, offer a captivating glimpse into the artistic and cultural richness of Sigiriya.

Later in the day, partake in a Traditional Sri Lankan Village Experience, immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture. This immersive experience includes a delightful lunch that captures the essence of authentic flavors. Optionally, conclude your day with a Traditional Ayurvedic Massage (Optional AUD $75 PP), offering a rejuvenating and optional wellness indulgence against the backdrop of the iconic Sigiriya. This day promises a blend of historical exploration, cultural immersion, and optional relaxation, providing a holistic experience in the heart of Sri Lanka.


Amaya Lake – Dambulla or Similar | Meals: BLD

DAY 6       Sigiriya - Dambulla - Matale - Kandy

Commence your journey towards the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, Kandy. Begin your day with a visit to the ancient cave temples in Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its intricate cave paintings and religious significance. Explore the rich history and artistic treasures concealed within these ancient caves.

Continue your expedition with a visit to the Ancient Stone Temple, Nalanda Gedige, an archaeological gem that reflects a fusion of diverse architectural influences. Marvel at the intricate carvings and historical allure of this unique temple.

Next on your itinerary is a visit to the Spice Garden at Matale, where you can immerse yourself in the fragrant world of spices. Learn about their cultivation, uses, and indulge in the aromatic experience that defines Sri Lanka’s spice heritage.

As the afternoon unfolds, your journey concludes with a drop-off at a luxury hotel, providing the perfect setting to unwind. Whether you prefer a nice cup of tea or a glass of wine, take a moment to relax and savor the tranquil ambiance as you prepare for the next chapter of your Sri Lankan adventure in Kandy.

Amaya Hills – Kandy or Similar | Meals: B

DAY 7       Kandy

Spend the day in Kandy, immersing yourself in its cultural and scenic wonders. Begin with a visit to the revered Sri Dalada Maligawa for the morning prayer service, adorned in white clothes for a respectful and immersive experience.

Embark on a Kandy City Tour, exploring the picturesque Kandy Lake, vibrant markets, and the National Museum, where history comes to life. Optionally, discover the lush beauty of the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya (Optional AUD $27 PP), a haven for nature enthusiasts.

As the day unfolds, treat yourself to an evening of cultural delight with a mesmerizing Cultural Dance Show, showcasing the traditional art forms of Sri Lanka. This day promises a blend of spiritual reflection, city exploration, and optional natural beauty, providing a holistic experience in the enchanting city of Kandy.


Amaya Hills – Kandy or Similar | Meals: B

DAY 8       Kandy - Nanu Oya - Ella

Start your journey to Ella with a scenic drive by car to Nanu Oya, weaving through lush tea estates. Immerse yourself in the tea-making process at a world-famous Ceylon tea estate, gaining insights into the artistry behind this renowned beverage.

Following the tea estate visit, experience the enchanting scenic train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella. Traverse landscapes adorned with waterfalls, tea gardens, and the natural beauty of the hill country. The picturesque Ella train station marks the end of your train journey, where you’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel for a well-deserved rest and relaxation amidst the captivating surroundings of Ella.


Flower Garden Resort – Ella or similar | Meals: B

DAY 9       Ella

Indulge in the charm of Ella during your stay, beginning with a climb to Little Adam’s Peak. Revel in panoramic views from this scenic vantage point. Continue your exploration with a visit to the iconic Nine Arch Bridge, a marvel of engineering amidst lush surroundings.

Return to your hotel to relish the pleasant Ella weather, either by the pool, sipping a refreshing cocktail, or engrossed in a good book, all against the stunning backdrop of Ella’s beauty.

As the day transitions into evening, consider an optional night out in Ella’s renowned restaurants and bars (Optional), adding a touch of excitement to your stay in this picturesque hillside haven.


Flower Garden Resort – Ella or similar | Meals: B

DAY 10     Ella - Weligama

Commence your day with a traditional or English breakfast of your preference before embarking on a journey to the south coast of the island, home to pristine beaches. En route, make a stop at the majestic Ravana Waterfall, a scenic natural wonder.

Continue your exploration by visiting the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where the fascinating sight of baby elephants being fed as they emerge from the jungle awaits. Witnessing this heartwarming spectacle offers insight into the conservation efforts for these magnificent creatures.

Conclude your day with a luxurious drop-off at your beachfront hotel, providing the perfect setting to enjoy the beautiful sandy beach. Perhaps indulge in an afternoon dip in the serene waters of the Indian Ocean, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the coastal paradise.


Weligama Bay Resort – Weligama or similar | Meals: B

DAY 11      Weligama

Savor the serenity of Weligama during your stay at a luxury beach resort. Take the time to unwind by relaxing at the beach, feeling the soft sand between your toes, or embark on a leisurely wander through the village, gaining a glimpse into the daily life of a fishing community.

Today presents an optional adventure, allowing you to choose between the thrill of Whale Watching in Mirissa (Optional AUD $87 PP) or a Surfing Lesson (Optional AUD $45 PP Per Hour) to ride the waves. Select the activity that resonates with your preferences and enjoy the coastal pursuits available.

As the day transitions into the evening, relish a delightful dinner featuring freshly caught local seafood under the stars, creating a magical ambiance by the serene beaches of Weligama. This segment promises a perfect blend of relaxation, cultural exploration, and optional adventures in this coastal haven.


Weligama Bay Resort – Weligama or similar | Meals: BD

DAY 12      Welligama - Colombo

Embark on the journey to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. En route, make a captivating stop at Galle to partake in the Galle Fort walk and city tour, immersing yourself in the rich history and charm of this coastal gem.

Later, in Colombo, indulge in a shopping tour (Optional) if you wish, exploring the vibrant markets and boutique stores that showcase the diverse offerings of the city.

As the evening unfolds, engage in the Colombo City Tour, a delightful way to savor local street foods and experience (Optional) the bustling atmosphere of the capital. This day promises a blend of historical exploration, shopping delights, and culinary adventures in the vibrant city of Colombo.


Cinnamon Red – Colombo or similar | Meals: B

DAY 13      Colombo - Departure

As your memorable Sri Lankan adventure concludes, relish a private transfer to the airport, ensuring a seamless and comfortable journey for your onward travel.


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Price & Inclusions

from $8,790 / person

Per person twin share

Prices are indicative only & subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Licensed tour guide: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip

Not Included

  • Visa fees and requirements
  • International flights
  • Meals & beverages not stated in the Itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Travel insurance

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