Witness amazing wildlife and learn the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Be the first to explore the fascinating north
The scenic eastern coast
Sri Lanka's cultural heart
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
Marine/Cruise, Slow paced
|30 Sep 2018||14 Oct 2018||Fully Booked||AUD $4,465|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
TRAVEL WITH PRIYA!
If you know anyone that's travelled with us to Sri Lanka, we can bet they've raved about our fantastic guide Priya! Well-known for his morning songs and wealth of information on everything Sri Lanka, he is often quoted as being "the best guide we've ever had"!
Welcome to amazing Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean!
We discover the unique and diverse ecosystem of the Muthurajawela Marsh on a cruise this morning. This marsh is believed to have originated more than 7,000 years ago and supports more than 300 species of birds and wildlife, including the slender loris.
Special Experience: Enjoy a lovely welcome lunch hosted by a local family on an island within the Muthurajawela Marsh.
The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or explore at your own pace. [B,L]
Today we travel north to heritage-listed Anuradhapura, the largest and oldest of Sri Lanka's ancient capital cities, dating back to the 6th century. We'll visit the impressive ruins and explore the gleaming white dagobas. Later this afternoon we'll see the Avukana Buddha Statue, built during the 5th century, standing more than 40 feet tall and carved from a large granite rock face. [B,D]
Enjoy the morning at leisure before our visit to Wilpattu National Park early this afternoon. The largest of Sri Lanka's national parks, Wilpattu is famous for its population of elephants, sloth bears, leopards, water buffalo and deer, along with a large variety of birds. We'll take a safari by jeep through the park to discover all it has to offer. [B,D]
This morning we depart for the north coast and the warm and creative city of Jaffna, capital of the northern province. Sit back and enjoy the scenic countryside as we travel via the small town of Omanthai and Elephant Pass, the 'gateway to Jaffna', connecting the peninsula to the mainland. Later we'll visit the Jaffna Fort, built in 1618 following the Portugese invasion, and the public library, which, until a devastating fire in 1981, was one of Asia's largest libraries containing more than 97,000 books and manuscripts. [B,D]
This morning we'll spend some time exploring the Jaffna Peninsula before we visit Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most significant temples in the region. We'll also see the important town of Kayts on Velanai Island and visit some locals on a farm. [B,D]
Today we make our way to Trincomalee, on the northeast coast. Beautiful Trincomalee is home to a large and important harbour in the Indian Ocean and boasts some stunningly beautiful beaches. Later this afternoon we'll discover the sights of Trincomalee on a city tour. Highlights include the famous Koneswaram temple with its imposing statue of Lord Shiva and Fort Frederick. [B,D]
Special Experience: Early this morning we cruise to look for dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife. Blue, Bryde's and sperm whales, as well as dolphins and the rare orca are often spotted in this area.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. [B,D]
We travel south through local villages to the small coastal village of Passikudah this morning. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax or discover Passikudah's beautiful beach, which is famous for its golden bay and clear water. [B,D]
We spend the day discovering Batticaloa, where the Dutch arrived in the 17th century to overthrow the Portuguese. [B,L]
Special Experience: Tour the maze of narrow streets leading up to the impressive Dutch fort, built in 1665, by tuk tuk.
Special Experience: We'll explore the local market and see how a typical family from town would shop for a meal. We'll then learn to prepare a Sri Lankan meal with the locals and enjoy the results for lunch.
Today is free for you to relax and enjoy the resort atmosphere and your beautiful surroundings. [B,D]
This morning we depart for Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural heart, the former capital of Ceylon and the last seat of the Sinhalese Kingdom. Along the way we'll stop at a spice plantation in Matale that grows a variety of spices for which the country is famous, such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. Arriving in Kandy, we'll visit the Gem Museum. Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, tourmalines and spinals, and learn about the design, cutting, polishing and setting processes in a workshop. [B,D]
Special Experience: Visit the National Railway Museum, housing a collection of old engines, locomotives, rail cars, trolleys and carriages from the past 150 years of railway service in Sri Lanka.
We'll then continue to Colombo by coach. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy before tonight's group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today is at leisure before we bid farewell to Sri Lanka this evening and begin our journey home. [B]