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A touch of Sri Lanka

The highlights of this tour:

Kandy, the Aluvihare Rock Temple, spice and herbal garden in Matale, Sigiriya and the beach town of Negombo.

The following is included in the tour:

  • Return flight from the UK to Colombo
  • 9 nights at 3-star hotels with breakfast
  • Transfer by car or air-conditioned minibus from the airport to Kandy. From Kandy to Sigiriya via Matale. From Sigiriya to Negombo, and back to the airport from Negombo
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the trip
  • Departure guarantee – the trip goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

The following excursion package is included:

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

Our promise to you:

  • The top highlights along this travel route
  • A well-constructed travel itinerary. No time wasted & world class logistics
  • Guaranteed price, with no hidden surcharges
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Single room supplement £325

Choose this tour because...

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.

Detailed Itinerary
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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

Overnight stay Hotel Suisse ***

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.

You have the option to purchase the following tours:

Overnight stay Hotel Suisse ***

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

Overnight stay Hotel Fresco Water Villa ***

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!

You can choose to arrange it all yourself or purchase some of the tours below.

You have the option to purchase the following tours:

Overnight stay Hotel Fresco Water Villa ***

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

Overnight stay Paradise Beach Hotel ***

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.

You have the option to purchase the following tours:

Overnight stay Paradise Beach Hotel ***

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.

The highlights of this tour:

Kandy, the Aluvihare Rock Temple, spice and herbal garden in Matale, Sigiriya and the beach town of Negombo.

The following is included in the tour:

  • Return flight from the UK to Colombo
  • 9 nights at 3-star hotels with breakfast
  • Transfer by car or air-conditioned minibus from the airport to Kandy. From Kandy to Sigiriya via Matale. From Sigiriya to Negombo, and back to the airport from Negombo
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the trip
  • Departure guarantee – the trip goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

The following excursion package is included:

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

Our promise to you:

  • The top highlights along this travel route
  • A well-constructed travel itinerary. No time wasted & world class logistics
  • Guaranteed price, with no hidden surcharges
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Single room supplement £325

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