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12 days

A Touch of Sri Lanka

Explore Kandy and Sigiriya on your own and round off your trip with a beach holiday in Negombo.

A Touch of Sri Lanka A Touch of Sri Lanka
12 days

A Touch of Sri Lanka

Explore Kandy and Sigiriya on your own and round off your trip with a beach holiday in Negombo.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Return flight from the UK to Colombo
  • 9 nights at 3-star hotels with breakfast
  • Local English-speaking driver/guide on transfers and excursions
  • Travelling in a car or minibus with air conditioning
  • All mentioned transfers and excursions take place within international groups of up to 14 people and with Asiatours’ own guests only
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the trip goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

The following package of excursions:

  • The Aluvihare Rock Temple in Matale
  • Visit to a spice and herbal garden in Matale

The tour in short

On this tour, we will give you a taster of how much Sri Lanka has to offer. The first stop is the ancient capital, Kandy, which is scenically located in the mountains by the lake of the same name. In Kandy, you can experience sights such as the Temple of the Tooth or tea plantations. From Kandy, the trip continues via Matale to Kandy. In Matale, you make two interesting stops: The Aluvihare Rock Temple, where the first sacred Buddhist scriptures were written down, and a spice and herbal garden, where you will be given a fascinating introduction to the medicinal effect of plants and herbs.

In Sigiriya, several exciting experiences await you. The main attraction is undoubtedly the Lion Rock, but you can also go on safari in the nearby Minneriya National Park or experience the Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla. The possibilities are endless and the choice is yours.

You round off your tour in the beach town of Negombo. Negombo is known for its wide, golden sandy beach and its pleasant holiday atmosphere. If you have not yet had your fill of experiences, the town offers several exciting excursions, including the Dutch canals, the fish market or Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo, just 30 minutes away.

We have arranged flights, transport, hotel accommodation and a few trips along the way. You are on your own in Kandy, Sigiriya and Negombo, where you can choose to experience the cities on your own or purchase some tours before you leave home.

Why choose this tour

  • Shorter tour with fewer hotel changes and time on the itinerary to set the pace and choose your activities yourself
  • Falling in love with the UNESCO city, Kandy, known for its sacred temples and outstanding location nestled among mountains and tea plantations
  • Explore the ancient royal city of Sigiriya with the opportunity to experience the Sigiriya Rock, traditional village life and wild elephants in Minneriya National Park
  • Round off the tour with a wonderful beach holiday on Negombo’s golden sandy beaches lined with palm trees and traditional fishing boats

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Colombowith connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Colombo – Kandy

On your arrival at the airport in Colombo, you will be picked up by a driver and taken to your hotel in Kandy. Your driver will be waiting for your with an Asia Tours sign, making him easy to find.

Drive: approx. 3 hours

Accommodation:
Days 3-4: Kandy on your own

Kandy enjoys a scenic location in the mountains, surrounded by tea plantations and beautiful nature. The city is known as the city in Sri Lanka that kept the colonial powers from the door for the longest, and clung to its freedom long after the rest of the island came under colonial rule. The city has managed to preserve its unique traditions and culture, which live on to this day through music, dance and architecture. For that reason, Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In Kandy, you will find one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred places, “Dalada Maligawa”, also known as the Temple of the Tooth. The temple contains Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic: one of Buddha’s canine teeth.

You have two days on your own to explore the exciting city.

Day 5: Kandy – Aluvihare Rock Temple – Spice and Herbal Garden in Matale – Sigiriya

Just north of Kandy, near the town of Matale, is the Buddhist rock temple, Aluvihare. It was built by King Devanampiyatissa back in the 3rd century BC, when Buddhism came to Sri Lanka. The temple is known for being the site where the sacred Buddhist scriptures were written down for the first time. This was done on palm leaves.

Matale is also known for its many spice and herbal gardens. You will visit one of these gardens, where you are given an exciting introduction to the healing effect of herbs and spices. Natural remedies are widely used in Sri Lanka. After the guided tour, you can buy healing spices, herbs and oils in the garden’s small shop, if you wish to test the effect on your own body.

In the afternoon, you arrive in Sigiriya.

Drive: approx. 3 hours

Days 6-7: Sigiriya on your own

You have two days on your own in Sigiriya to explore the exciting area.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the Lion Rock, but you can also go on safari in the nearby Minneriya National Park or experience the cave temples of Dambulla. There are countless possibilities!

Day 8: Sigiriya – Negombo

After breakfast you will be picked up and driven to the beach town of Negombo, where a lovely, relaxing end to your trip awaits you.

You arrive in Negombo in the late afternoon.

Drive: approx. 4 hours

Accommodation:
Days 9-10: Beach holiday in Negombo

Negombo is a versatile holiday town, where you have every opportunity to relax and enjoy your last few days in Sri Lanka with a good book by the pool or on the wide, golden sandy beach. But there is plenty to see and do here, too. Get up early one day and be sure not to miss the hectic fish market, where fishermen get the night’s catch ready for sale. You can also take a trip and experience a legacy of the Dutch colonial era, the Dutch canals, which were used to transport goods back and forth. The canals stretch for more than 120 km.

You have the days at your leisure in Negombo.

Accommodation:
Day 11: Negombo – the journey home starts

You will be picked up at the hotel in Negombo and driven to the airport, which is quite close by. From here, you fly back to the UK, with connecting flights along the way.

Drive: approx. 30 minutes

Day 12: Arrival in the UK

You land in the UK after a lovely tour to Sri Lanka.

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The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean, south-west of Sri Lanka, stretching 820 km from north to south and 120 km from east to west. Asia’s smallest country, it is made up of 1,190 small coral islands, divided into a ring of 26 smaller archipelagos called atolls. The islands are surrounded by deep blue sea and turquoise lagoons, protected by unspoiled coral reefs.

The Maldives are the lowest-lying country in the world, with an AMSL of 1.5 metres.

Only 202 of the islands are inhabited, while 87 of them are designated for tourism.

In 2018, the islands set a record for the number of tourists, and it’s not hard to understand why, as the Maldives are pure paradise. There are lovely bungalows on the beaches, villas built on poles in the turquoise water, an average temperature of 30 degrees all year round, ten hours of sunshine a day, white sandy beaches where coconut palms sway in the light breeze, and crystal-clear waters.

The colours of the Maldives are so vivid and intense that you won’t need different filters on your photos – they’ll look like a top-quality postcard whatever!

Most hotels in the Maldives offer various water sports activities and excursions such as a sunset cruise to see dolphins, island hopping, a romantic picnic on a sandbank as well as snorkelling and diving trips. The Maldives are paradise for divers and snorkellers, offering some of the world’s most beautiful reefs brimming with colourful corals and fish – and who knows? You might even find Nemo! You might also see small reef sharks, rays and turtles.

In the evening, you can go for a walk along the beach and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Why not make your dream come true? Travel with us to the Maldives for peace, relaxation and the world’s best bounty beaches.

You will stay at the prize-winning Summer Island resort.

Beach holiday extension in Mirissa, 3 nights

We warmly recommend extending your holiday in Sri Lanka with a beach holiday. The period from December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka’s south and west, and here on the south coast of Sri Lanka is the small resort town of Mirissa.

Mirissa has really earned its place on the world map after no fewer than 26 different species of whales have been discovered swimming close to the town in the season from October to April, including the biggest whale of them all: the blue whale.

But there is more to Mirissa than whales alone. The cosy little resort has a superb sandy beach, surrounded by swaying palm trees, and it’s hard not to fall a little bit in love with the place – the perfect place to round off your Sri Lankan adventure.

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