From (AUD)$5,295
Days17
Airfares included
The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka is befitting of its title ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Few places in the world offer such a combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches and captivating cultural heritage. Explore its ancient cities, tea and spice plantations and wildlife abundant national parks.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid
Transport — Boat, Coach, Jeep & Local train
No Hidden Extras
Enjoy an early morning trip to the Negombo fish markets when they are full of life.
Visit the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Brimming with archaeological treasures, discover the well-preserved ruins of palaces, stupas, bathing pools and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha.
Explore the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya - ‘Lion Rock’. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century, this impressive site is located on top of a vast 200-metre-high granite rock, some 750 steps up.
Stop at the stunning Cave Temples of Dambulla, built by King Valagamba in the 1st century BC. This stunning temple complex houses approximately 150 statues and paintings of Buddha.

Special Experiences

Cruise along the calm waters of the jungle-fringed Gin Oya River, listening to the tranquil sounds of the abundant birdlife. We'll watch the sunset before joining a local family for a hosted dinner on the banks of the river.
Visit a traditional Sri Lankan village and be welcomed into a local home. Learn about daily life and traditional farming, and then feast on local delicacies!
Travel to the lush tea-growing region of Nuwara Eliya by train and road, visiting a tea plantation to learn about Sri Lanka’s most famous export. Of course, we’ll enjoy a cup while we’re there.
We'll also make a stop at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, which rehabilitates orphaned elephant calves for release back into the wild.

Itinerary Sri Lankan Discovery

Itinerary

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Inclusions Sri Lankan Discovery

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Sightseeing

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Negombo and nature

  • Observe Negombo's everyday life at the local fish markets, watching the fishing trade go about their business selling an amazing variety of fish and seafood, fresh from the early morning's catch.
  • Cruise the beautiful Gin Oya River, surrounded by lush vegetation, while listening to the amazing bird sounds as the evening breaks. Watch the sun set over the beach before joining a local family for a hosted barbecue on the banks of the river. 

Ancient city ruins

  • Take a fascinating journey through one of the oldest and largest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, Anuradhapura.  This sacred city was the political and religious capital for around 1,300 years before being abandoned in 993, after an invasion. Remarkably hidden in dense jungle for many years, it is now accessible and is home to the oldest documented tree in the world, the Sri Maha Bodhi. 
  • Tour the secluded monastic ruins of Ritigala, located in a lush forest rarely visited by tourists. This mystical place is incredibly beautiful and unspoilt, with shady forests filled with streams, pools and granite boulders and ancient elegant stone pathways that lead to ruins of various meditation platforms and ayurvedic hospitals.
  • Visit the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, the island's capital between the 11th and 13th century. Built alongside a large artificial lake, there are well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, stupas and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha at the Gal Vihara.

Sigiriya, safaris, spices and serene temples

  • Enjoy an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park searching for Sri Lankan wildlife including sambar deer, leopards and elephants. The central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank, built in the 3rd century AD by King Mahasena. During the dry season (June-September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze as well as huge flocks of birds, cormorants and painted storks to mention just a few. 
  • Enjoy a 4 night stay at our spectacularly located hotel in Sigiriya, with views of the majestic Sigiriya rock fortress.
  • Tour the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Explore the ruins of the capital, built by the Parricidal King Kasyapa (477-95). This UNESCO World Heritage site is both a geological and historical marvel. Formed by magma from an extinct volcano, for centuries it was home to buddhist monks. 
  • Visit a typical home in a Sri Lankan village for lunch. Walk through the paddy fields and enjoy the cool breeze whilst getting acquainted with local village life. 
  • Tour the serene cave temples of Dambulla, filled with hundreds of hand-carved statues and hand-painted frescoes. These cave temples were built by King Valagam Bahu in the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he sought in the caves when fleeing India's invaders. The caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting both religious and secular scenes.
  • Visit the Matale Spice Plantations, growing a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. Sri Lanka is renowned for its spices having been initially colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.
  • Visit the Coconut House, which is a wonderful opportunity to see how a local family utilises every element of a coconut tree.

The cultural heart of Sri Lanka

  • Tour the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy. Ever since it was founded in the 16th century, it has housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism, a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre. It is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth. Witness the blessing ceremony with all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and Monks dressed in bright colours performing their rituals. 
  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Initially a royal park, in 1821 under British rule it became a Botanical Garden. Here exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) were first tested and went on to become important to the country's economy. 
  • Enjoy a cultural show and local traditional Kandyan dance performance including the cobra dance and mask dance. 

Unwind with a cup of Ceylon tea in Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the magnificent scenery

  • Join the locals and marvel at the stunning highland scenery for a short journey by train before continuing by road to the colonial city of Nuwara Eliya, winding through lush countryside and tea plantations.
  • Learn about the tea-making process and sample some high-grade Ceylon tea at a plantation. It all started around 1867 when Ceylon tea was first being developed by British planter James Taylor. The rest is history! 
  • Visit the St. Clair and Devon Falls, just outside Nuwara Eliya. Known as Little Niagara of Sri Lanka, St. Clair Falls is one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka. Nearby Devon Falls was named after an English coffee planter by the name of Devon, whose plantation is situated nearby.
  • Enjoy High Tea at the Grand Hotel.

Safaris and the south coast

  • Visit the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe. Established in 1995 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation, its primary objective is to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for release back into the wild.
  • Enjoy a jeep safari in Yala National Park, with one of the highest density leopard populations in the world.
  • Drive along the stunning south coast to the great walled city of Galle and see the World Heritage-listed Dutch Fort. Enjoy a walking tour of Galle.
  • Spend 2 nights relaxing on the coast in Weligama and see the famous Stilt Fisherman.
  • Learn about the endangered leatherhead and loggerhead turtles at a local hatchery.

Cosmopolitan Colombo

  • Tour Sri Lanka's bustling capital of Colombo and stay in the historic Galle Face Hotel.

Travel

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  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Sri Lanka. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding jeep-safari vehicle)
  • Train from Kandy to Gampola
  • Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid

Accommodation

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  • 15 nights in 3-5 star hotels
  • Day use of hotel on day of departure

Meals

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  • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners 

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking national guide throughout (based on a min. of 7 passengers)

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Accommodation Sri Lankan Discovery

Accommodation

Jetwing Lagoon

Sri Lanka flag Negombo

Located in a gentle, wild and natural spot between the Indian Ocean and the lagoon at Negombo, Jetwing Lagoon is a stylish and luxurious hotel. The property features charming guestrooms that enjoy views over the central pool or lagoon. Relax, sit back and soak up those glorious views from the two fabulous on-site restaurants, both of which serve regional specialties.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

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Habarana Village by Cinnamon

Sri Lanka flag Sigiriya

With bungalow-style rooms, this hotel is surrounded by stunning greenery and the lake of Habarana. The hotel's cozy cottages are inspired by the typical thatched roof huts found locally. 

Facilities: swimming pool, free wifi, restaurant, spa and wellness centre, bar area. 

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Cinnamon Citadel

Sri Lanka flag Kandy

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy offers picture-postcard views of the river, set against a backdrop of mountains shrouded in varying degrees of mist. Nestled high up in the hill country, beside a quiet bend in the Mahaweli River, this iconic hotel caters to those looking for quiet relaxation. The deluxe rooms offer stunning views of the lush landscaped gardens or the Mahaveli river from private balconies, and are elegantly-styled featuring more space, a writing desk and bath tub.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

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Grand Hotel

Sri Lanka flag Nuwara Eliya

The Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya was built in 1891 and boasts elegantly furnished rooms, a restaurant that offers both western and eastern cuisine, a panoramic bar and elegant high tea served on manicured lawns. This former residence of the governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes, is located approximately a 5 to 10 minute walk to the centre of town, colourful markets and speciality shops.  

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar (on request); safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

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Cinnamon Wild Yala

Sri Lanka flag Tissamaharama

Sitting on the beach close to the border of Yala National Park, the Cinnamon Wild Yala offers an authentic Sri Lankan wilderness experience. The hotel's location also means that elephant, wild boar and other friends often visit the property, and quite possibly the odd leopard! Where rustic meets luxury, all chalets feature a private porch perfect for relaxing and enjoying the view.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

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Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Sri Lanka flag Weligama

Located on the beautiful beach front and offering unrestricted views of the Indian Ocean from every room, Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa is a luxurious resort. Direct beach access, three outdoor swimming pools and a premier spa are just some of the facilities offered to guests. The hotel is within a very close proximity to Galle. 

Facilities: swimming pool; free wifi; fitness centre; premier spa; spacious balconies; bar/lounge area. 

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Galle Face Hotel

Sri Lanka flag Colombo

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the famous Galle Face Hotel is located in Colombo's commercial city, and perfectly located close to the tourist attractions. The hotel boasts spacious guestrooms that are furnished in an elegant colonial style along with all modern international facilities. All guestrooms offer beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, the world-renowned Galle Face Green promenade or the colourful bustling city. You can also dine at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, which serves a wide range of dishes to suit every taste, or relax and enjoy a sunset overlooking the ocean.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

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Information Sri Lankan Discovery

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.

We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.

At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.

Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:

  1. Generous amounts of free time
  2. Lots of walking
  3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:

  1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
  2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
  3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
  4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:

  1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
  3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
  4. Carry their own luggage
  5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

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Dates & Prices Sri Lankan Discovery

Dates & Prices
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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
13 Jun 20
29 Jun 20
$5,295
Guaranteed Departure
04 Jul 20
20 Jul 20
$5,695
Guaranteed Departure
15 Aug 20
31 Aug 20
$5,795
Guaranteed Departure
05 Sep 20
21 Sep 20
$5,495
Guaranteed Departure
26 Sep 20
12 Oct 20
$5,495
Guaranteed Departure
17 Oct 20
02 Nov 20
$5,495
Guaranteed Departure
07 Nov 20
23 Nov 20
$5,995
Guaranteed Departure
28 Nov 20
14 Dec 20
$6,395
Available
09 Jan 21
25 Jan 21
$6,595
Guaranteed Departure
30 Jan 21
15 Feb 21
$6,295
Guaranteed Departure
20 Feb 21
08 Mar 21
$6,295
Available
06 Mar 21
22 Mar 21
$6,295
Available
20 Mar 21
05 Apr 21
$6,295
Guaranteed Departure

Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $275
Single Supplement
From $1,650
Day/Date Variations
Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
Taxes & Fuel Costs
Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

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