14 Days/13 nights|From $5210 per person twin share

Post Classic Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Resumes

Private Tour

We’ve re-imagined the classic circular route of Sri Lanka with this new itinerary, a private tour designed to capture wildlife, culture and quiet backroads ideal for post-Covid travel. Explore ancient Buddhist temples, medieval kingdoms and the impressive Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the cultural triangle, before moving on to a remote National Park where swimming elephants cap the experience. With a tea plantation stay, a beachside break and a visit to the historic walled city of Galle this journey combines many of the highlights Sri Lanka has become famous for with stays in languorous locations where space is plentiful and the accommodation on offer adds a delightful dimension to your overall experience of the teardrop isle in the post-Covid era.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • Be marvelled by Sigiriya Rock fortress
  • Explore the backroads of Sri Lankan wilderness on boat safaris and bush walks
  • Look for leopards in Yala National Park
  • Stay in a tea plantation
  • Explore the ancient ruins of medieval city of Polonnaruwa
  • Relax with a two-night stay by the beach

IDEAL FOR :

For first time travellers looking to take in the highlights while staying away from crowds.

Post Classic Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Resumes

01Arrive Colombo - Makandura

Welcome to Colombo. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation in Makandura, a journey of an hour. Your accommodation is a small boutique hotel with a mix of traditional and contemporary architectural designs set amidst a large garden and a coconut grove in rural Sri Lanka.

02Makandura

Discover rural Sri Lanka today. Before breakfast and the heat of the day, grab a bicycle and go one. Gentle ride. Relax during the day and go on a leisurely walk around the village in the late afternoon

03Makandura - Sigiriya

Depart to your accommodation, in Sigiriya in the Cultural Triangle, a private hideaway set in a peaceful rural area surrounded by wilderness and paddy fields where wild elephants, elusive civet cats and peacocks roam free on a journey of around 3 hours. Remainder of your day at leisure

04Sigiriya

Rise early this morning to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO Heritage site. This colossal Rock Fortress, also known as ‘Lion Rock’, is possibly Sri Lanka’s best-known attraction and one of its biggest draw cards. Remainder of your day is at leisure.

05Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya

Today discover Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO heritage site. Its well-planned landscapes are studded with well-preserved sites of archaeological importance. This sites remarkable sculptures and temples with intricate carvings are still in good shape even after 800 years.

06Sigiriya – Gal Oya

Depart to Gal Oya on a journey of around four hours. Gal Oya is the home to one of Sri Lanka’s most untouched and least visited National Parks. This park is home to 32 species of mammals and over 150 species of bird. Sightings of large herds of elephants are common including swimming elephants as the park is surrounded by a large reservoir. Your stay here is at the beautiful Gal Oya Lodge, spread across 8 acres of forest and grassland. Explore the surrounding area on a nature walk with the in-house naturalist later this afternoon.

07Gal Oya

Early this morning look for swimming elephants on a boat safari. After the safari relax at your lodge, take a dip in the pool or read a book before going on a jeep safari this afternoon.

08Gal Oya -Bandarawela

Depart to tea country on a 3-hour journey. Check in to your accommodation on arrival and be at leisure. Remote but spectacularly located your accommodation lies on a hill in Bandarawela, boasting gorgeous views of the Sri Lankan hill country mountains and beyond. Both a farm and a homestay, the property is surrounded by tea estates and forests and has a lovely homely feeling.

09Bandarawela

Today discover the history of tea on a tour guided by an expert. Thereafter enjoy a private tea tasting. The rest of the day is at leisure.

10Bandarawela – Yala

Depart to Yala for amazing wildlife encounters on a journey of around two and a half hours. Your stay here is at an eco-friendly tented accommodation set in a quiet part of Yala bordering the sanctuary. Look forward to an exciting afternoon safari with the camp’s expert rangers

11Yala

Today explore Yala National park on two half a day safari with the in-house rangers. Safaris take place early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife is most active as the temperatures remain most moderate.

12Yala - Talpe

Today depart to Talpe on the south coast for a relaxed beach stay. Your accommodation here is at Villa Sielen Diva situated on a beachfront with stunning views.

13Talpe - Galle _ Talpe

Today relax at your accommodation or explore Galle Fort with your driver-guide. This port city and a UNESCO heritage site with cobbled streets have seen hundreds of years of history from Arab merchants to adventurous Portuguese and Dutch. Galle Fort is just 20-minute drive from your Villa and a great place to spend the day exploring, shopping and relaxing at some of the quirky restaurants.

14Talpe – Depart Colombo

Today drive to Colombo’s International airport for your departure flight, a journey of around 2 hours.

Testimonials

“The team at Sri Lanka Unbound and their local tour operators have delivered a tremendous Sri Lanka adventure for my family & I. Opening our eyes to this wonderful part of the world and its people. We will return home wiser and better from this experience.” Mrs Hammond -2019

Prices & Inclusions

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  • 1 March 2021 to 30 Nov 2022 excluding Christmas/New Year period From $5210^

Prices are indicative only & subject to change.

Inclusions

Included:

  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels listed
  • All inclusive (all meals & drinks) at Ceylon Wild Safaris, Yala
  • All transfers, touring and sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver /guide
  • Private sightseeing with English speaking driver / guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local activities at Notary's House in Makandura
  • Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Explore Polonnaruwa ruins on bicycle along with lunch
  • An afternoon nature walk with the in-naturalist at Gal Oya
  • A boat safari and a jeep safari with the in-house naturalist at Gal Oya
  • Discover Galle Fort with your driver-guide on gentle walk
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at the airport
  • 24-hour support through our local representative office
  • Bottled water available in the vehicle
  • Sri Lankan government taxes

Not Included:

  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, communications, gratuities, etc
  • Meals, excursions and activities other than those specified as included
  • Visa fees and Electronic Travel Authorisation

Additional inclusions may vary from private tour to private tour. A full list of inclusions and exclusions will be provided with each individual enquiry/quote.

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