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ASING - Discover Sri Lanka

Become enchanted by Sri Lanka on an unforgettable 12-day journey. Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress and refresh your spirit at the unusual Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Come away with a deep understanding of why early Arab traders called this island country "Serendib," a name that gave English speakers the word "serendipity."

Inclusions

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Wilpattu Safari and Conservation Talk, Wilpattu National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Agricultural Village Experience, Habarana National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: High Tea and Handicrafts, Kandy National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, Udawalawe G Adventures for Good: Sthree Craft Shop and Caf , Kandy Hands-on: Visit a Coconut Plantation, Colombo Hands-on: Sri Lankan Cooking Demonstration, Udawalawe
Arrival transfer
Tour of Anuradhapura ruins
Tour the Sigiriya rock fortress
Dambulla cave temple visit
Visit a Matale spice garden
Tour the Temple of the Tooth
Cultural show
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens
Tour Nuwara Eliya area and a Ceylon tea plantation
Hike in Horton Plains National Park
Safari drive in Udawalawe National Park
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $2,209
Start Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka
End Location
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Age Range
Min :12
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Discovery, Small Group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
20 Aug 201831 Aug 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,209 
03 Sep 201814 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,209 
10 Sep 201821 Sep 20181AUD $2,599
08 Oct 201819 Oct 20189AUD $2,209
22 Oct 201802 Nov 20181AUD $2,599
12 Nov 201823 Nov 20184AUD $2,719
19 Nov 201830 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,209 
26 Nov 201807 Dec 20187AUD $2,311
10 Dec 201821 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $2,209 
17 Dec 201828 Dec 20189AUD $2,719
24 Dec 201804 Jan 20194AUD $2,719
07 Jan 201918 Jan 20193AUD $2,719
21 Jan 201901 Feb 20198AUD $2,719
28 Jan 201908 Feb 201910AUD $2,719
11 Feb 201922 Feb 20192AUD $2,719
18 Feb 201901 Mar 201911AUD $2,719
25 Feb 201908 Mar 20198AUD $2,719
11 Mar 201922 Mar 201910AUD $2,719
25 Mar 201905 Apr 201912AUD $2,719
01 Apr 201912 Apr 201914AUD $2,599
08 Apr 201919 Apr 201913AUD $2,599
08 Jul 201919 Jul 201915AUD $2,599
22 Jul 201902 Aug 201915AUD $2,599
05 Aug 201916 Aug 201915AUD $2,599
12 Aug 201923 Aug 201915AUD $2,599
19 Aug 201930 Aug 201914AUD $2,599
02 Sep 201913 Sep 201915AUD $2,599
09 Sep 201920 Sep 201915AUD $2,599
07 Oct 201918 Oct 201915AUD $2,599
21 Oct 201901 Nov 201915AUD $2,599
11 Nov 201922 Nov 201915AUD $2,719
18 Nov 201929 Nov 201915AUD $2,719
25 Nov 201906 Dec 201915AUD $2,719
09 Dec 201920 Dec 201915AUD $2,719
16 Dec 201927 Dec 201915AUD $2,719
23 Dec 201903 Jan 202014AUD $2,719
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Colombo
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 - Colombo/Wilpattu National Park
Depart early and visit a coconut plantation, learning about farming and popular coconut-based products. Continue north to Wilpattu National Park, known for its leopard population. Explore the park on a 4x4 and meet with a local expert to hear about conservation efforts and the issues of human encroachment on wildlife reserves. Overnight at a safari camp, located just outside the National Park.
Day 3 - Wilpattu National Park/Anuradhapura
Travel to the sacred city of Anuradhapura a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the ruins and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples. Enjoy some free time this afternoon and opt to rent a bike.
Day 4 - Anuradhapura/Dambulla
Enjoy a walk through Habarana, a rural farming village, and learn about daily life. Relax with a can trip on the lake, ride on a bull cart, taste a local lunch, and venture out into the rice and vegetable fields. Later, continue on to Dambulla for the evening.
Day 5 - Dambulla
Head to Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress and climb the steps to the top of this captivating site to discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views. After, enjoy some free time to explore Dambulla.
Day 6 - Dambulla/Kandy
Tour the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple and admire ancient Buddhist murals and statues then visit a spice garden in Matale to learn about the theraputic uses of local spices. Continue on to Kandy and enjoy a tour of the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important relic a tooth of Lord Buddha kept in a well-preserved golden casket. This evening, listen to some traditional music at a cultural show.
Day 7 - Kandy
Today, visit the impressive Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, considered a national asset. Enjoy the lush surroundings, pavilions, conservancy, orchid house, and stunning Javan fig tree. After, visit Sthree Craft Shop and Caf , a G for Good-supported social enterprise that helps local women and youth. Here, we view a handicraft demonstration, listen to a lecture lecture, and enjoy afternoon high tea. Taste local teas, scones, clotted cream, jam, and an assortment of sweet cakes and pastries. Later, enjoy some free time to walk through the city and around Kandy Lake.
Day 8 - Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
Travel through scenic mountains to the tea-producing town of Nuwara Eliya, stopping at a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands to gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region. Enjoy a cup of perfectly blended pure Ceylon tea then continue exploring the English countryside atmosphere which was once governed by English and Scottish planters. Walk through the green grass and lanes, enjoying stunning views of this countryside hamlet. Opt to enjoy high tea at the Grand Hotel.
Day 9 - Nuwara Eliya/Udawalawe
Enjoy a picnic breakfast and hike through the highlands in Horton Plains National Park. Continue on to our tented camp on the border of Udawalawe National Park. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration by the camp chef to learn about local specialties.
Day 10 - Udawalawe
Enjoy a wildlife safari drive into the park to observe elephants who are in abundance here. After, visit and enjoy a lecture at the Elephant Transit Home, a haven for orphaned elephants who are rehabilitated then released back into the wild, many directly into Udawalawe National Park.
Day 11 - Udawalawe/Negombo
Drive to Negombo and enjoy free time to explore the city and check out the beautiful Portuguese and Dutch architecture.
Day 12 - Negombo
Depart at any time.