13 Days/ 12 Nights|From From $3,550 per person twin share

Sri Lankan Mid-Year Escape

Private Tour

A perfect mid-year holiday for those travellers looking for a beach stay, sunshine and to escape winter in Australia. This itinerary has been planned to maximise the weather and coastal conditions in Sri Lanka – timed to give you a boost of sunshine and a beach stay in Sri Lanka on the east coast where conditions are best during the middle of the year. Sri Lankan Mid-Year Escape includes sightseeing at some of the country’s top locations, unique and authentic activities and time to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and coastline in the east of the country. A gently paced itinerary featuring some of our favourite hotels and 5 nights along the coast to ensure you have the chance to relax and soak up the sun. Along the way discover Sri Lanka with gentle village walks and cycling tours; learn to cook authentic Sri Lankan dishes and see the skills of traditional craftspeople; take boat and jeep safaris to discover Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and wildlife and marvel at the impressive sights of Sigiriya and Kandy.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • Explore picturesque rural Sri Lanka on gentle walks and cycling tours
  • Climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of Sri Lanka’s 8 UNESCO sites
  • Visit the much-revered Temple of Tooth in Kandy
  • Discover the wildlife and beauty of Gal Oya National Park with jeep and boat safaris and a guided nature walk
  • Take a culinary journey and learn the art of making Sri Lankan cuisine with a Kandyan flare
  • Visit a rural village to discover the ancient textile making skills of the weaver community that live there
  • Relax, swim and soak up the sun with 5 nights along the east coast of Sri Lanka with two beach stays
  • Accommodation options including comfortable and deluxe

IDEAL FOR :

Families with children of all ages, friends travelling together and couples travelling between May to November. Perfect for a sunny escape during Melbourne’s winter school holidays!

Sri Lankan Mid - Year Escape

1Arrive Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Makandura.

2Makandura - Sigiriya

A gentle start to your Sri Lankan holiday. This morning you will have the opportunity to discover the daily lives of locals with a gentle walk or a cycle through the lush tropical landscape. Return the smiles (as you would get plenty) and enjoy a cup of tea to acknowledge the hospitality of locals you meet along the way. Later this morning drive to the Cultural Triangle and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

3Sigiriya

Rise early this morning to visit the 5th century BC marvel, the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Arguably Sri Lanka’s top attraction, Sigiriya is one of the country’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Wonder through the water gardens and spend time absorbing and enjoying the panoramic views from the summit. Return to your accommodation. You have the entire afternoon at leisure.

4Sigiriya - Kuchchaveli

This morning drive to the north east coast of Sri Lanka to begin your beach stay. Check-in to your beach-front hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy the coast, some sunshine and swimming.

5Kuchchaveli

Entire day at leisure today. Your vehicle and driver guide are available to explore the surrounding area or enjoy the beach and the facilities at your hotel.

6Kuchchaveli - Trincomalee - Kuchchaveli

Discover the port city of Trincomalee today with our unique city tour. Known to locals as ‘Trinco’ this gentle city tour will introduce you to a local barber and identity, see how spices are ground and sold to make the flavours that are found in Sri Lankan cuisine and visit a Hindu temple and the old fort. In the afternoon, return to your accommodation and spend the afternoon at leisure.

07Kuchchaveli - Passikudah

Today you will move further south along Sri Lanka’s east coast where you will discover pristine white sandy beaches at your doorstep. Enjoy two more days along the coast.

08Passikudah

A day full of indulgences and leisure. Enjoy the comforts of your hotel and the coast. Your vehicle and driver guide are at your disposal.

09Passikudah - Gal Oya

Leave the coast behind you and head to Gal Oya National Park, one of the country’s lesser-known national parks and the only park in the country where you can take a safari by boat. Here you will stay at a beautiful eco lodge with an enthusiastic and knowledge team of wildlife experts. In the afternoon enjoy a gentle guided nature walk with a naturalist from the lodge.

10Gal Oya

Rise early this morning for a boat safari with a naturalist, search for swimming elephants and enjoy a picnic breakfast on the banks of the reservoir. Return to your accommodation and spend late morning/early afternoon at leisure. Later in the afternoon take a jeep safari to see herds of elephants turning up at the waterholes.

11Gal Oya - Kandy

Depart for Kandy, the last stronghold of the ancient kings of the Kandyan Kingdom. Visit a remote village where the age-old tradition of weaving is still continued and see their colourful textiles on wooden handlooms. Later, explore the much revered Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and take a leisurely walk to explore the city of Kandy.

12Kandy

Put your culinary skills to the test today with a hands-on cooking class. Taste the unique flavours of Kandyan cuisine and learn the art of making it in a local home, followed by lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

13Kandy - Depart Colombo

Today drive to Colombo International airport for your departing flight.

Testimonials

"We thoroughly enjoyed our 10-day tour of Sri Lanka from start to finish. The travel itinerary, hotel accommodation and tour guide were outstanding. This tour introduced us to a wide range of places and activities which showcased the diversity of culture and land throughout this vibrant country." Mr & Mrs Brewer – September 2018

Prices & Inclusions

Comfortable

  • 01 May 2020 to 30 November 2021 A$3550^

Prices are indicative only & subject to change.

Deluxe

  • 01 May 2020 to 30 November 2021 A$4,650^

Prices are indicative only & subject to change.

Inclusions

Included:

  • Accommodation with breakfast at all the hotels
  • 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 to Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Temple of Tooth
  • Village walk or cycling in Makandura
  • Exploring of Trincomalee town
  • Nature walk with a naturalist in Gal Oya
  • A shared Boat safari with a naturalist in Gal Oya
  • A shared jeep safari with a naturalist in Gal Oya
  • A private cooking class in Kandy
  • An encounter with a weaver community engaged in traditional craft-making
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at the airport and at train stations
  • 24-hour support through our local representative office
  • Bottled water available in the vehicle
  • Sri Lankan government taxes

Not Included:

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

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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