From (AUD)$5,395
Days17
Airfares included
The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka is befitting of its title ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Be amazed at what the country has to offer from thrilling jeep rides, lush jungles, ancient temples, and tropical beaches to a vibrant culture that prides itself on a tradition of warm hospitality.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, from $200pp pre-paid
Transport — Boat, Coach, Jeep, Local train & Tuk tuk
No Hidden Extras

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.

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.

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.

Enjoy an early morning trip to the Negombo fish markets when they are full of life with vendors voicing their prices and buyers trying to score a bargain.

Special Experiences

Cruise along the calm waters of the jungle-fringed Negombo Lagoon at sunset before enjoying a delicious BBQ dinner.
Visit a local village near Sigiriya and be welcomed into a local home for a traditional lunch.
Spend time at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe and learn about its rehabilitation program.
Visit Gradely Cinnamon Estate for a tour of the property and a delicious cinnamon-infused morning tea.

Itinerary Sri Lankan Discovery

Itinerary

Day

Inclusions Sri Lankan Discovery

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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  • Cruise the beautiful Negombo Lagoon at sunset, surrounded by lush vegetation, while listening to the amazing bird sounds as the evening breaks
  • Enjoy a delicious BBQ Welcome Dinner
  • Observe Negombo's everyday life at the local fish markets
  • Tour the serene cave temples of Dambulla, filled with hundreds of hand-carved statues and hand-painted frescoes
  • Take a fascinating journey through one of the oldest and largest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, Anuradhapura
  • Tour the secluded monastic ruins of Ritigala, located in a lush forest rarely visited by tourists
  • Visit the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, the island's capital between the 11th and 13th century
  • Enjoy lunch with a local family hosted in their own backyard
  • Enjoy an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park searching for Sri Lankan wildlife including sambar deer, leopards and elephants
  • Tour the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Visit a typical home in a Sri Lankan village for lunch
  • Visit the Coconut House and see how a local family utilises every element of a coconut tree
  • Visit the Matale Spice Plantations, growing a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg
  • Tour the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya
  • Enjoy a cultural show and local traditional Kandyan dance performance including the cobra dance and mask dance
  • 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
  • Visit the St. Clair and Devon Falls, just outside Nuwara Eliya
  • Enjoy High Tea at the Grand Hotel
  • Visit the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe
  • 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
  • Learn about the endangered leatherhead and loggerhead turtles at a local hatchery
  • Spend 2 nights relaxing on the coast in Weligama and see the famous Stilt Fisherman
  • Cruise the Madu River and visit the Moonstone Mine
  • Enjoy morning tea and a tour of Gradely Cinnamon Estate
  • 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

Properties include:

  • Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo
  • Habarana Village, Habarana
  • Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy
  • Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
  • Cinnamon Wild, Yala
  • Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, Weligama
  • Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Hotels listed are an indication, and are subject to change without notice.

For single travellers - A note on our single supplement:

The single supplement you pay on our tours will provide you with sole use of a double room. We book the use of a double room on our European small group tours as typically the single rooms in this region are a lot smaller and in less favourable positions within the hotel themselves.

Meals

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  • 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 13 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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Please note:

  • During the dry season of September and October Yala National Park may be closed to visitors, should the park not be open during one of our departure dates our groups will visit an different park, such as Lunugamvehera National Park.

Optional Excursions 

  • All optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director or guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Please note some optional tours may also be available on multiple or alternate days. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your Tour Director or guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

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, minimum of 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
  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 South America & Africa
  3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Africa & Central America
  4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:

  1. Be able to walk for a minimum of 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 a minimum of 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 

Passengers 75 years or over must provide a signed Fitness to Travel declaration form (Part 2) from their doctor within one month of making their booking.

While we will still confirm your place on your tour, flight tickets cannot be issued until both completed forms have been received. Additional costs may be incurred if completed forms are not received by Bunnik Tours within these time frames.

Bunnik Tours generally does not accept bookings for single travellers 80 years of age and over without a travelling companion. Neither our Tour Director nor your fellow travellers are equipped to act as a carer. 

Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour. 

At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you from a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk. 

We reserve the right to cancel your booking if any changed or non-disclosed medical conditions mean that you will require special assistance from our personnel which we cannot reasonably provide. We strongly suggest that your travel insurance policy includes comprehensive cancellation coverage.

We will not be liable for any damage, injury, death or loss of any kind arising from your failure to fully disclose relevant medical information or resulting from any pre-existing medical condition.


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Dates & Prices Sri Lankan Discovery

Dates & Prices
Select a tour to reserve your place.

*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    
03 Sep 22
19 Sep 22
$5,795
Available
15 Oct 22
31 Oct 22
$5,795
Available
26 Nov 22
12 Dec 22
$6,295
Available
07 Jan 23
23 Jan 23
$6,295
Available
28 Jan 23
13 Feb 23
$6,295
Available
11 Feb 23
27 Feb 23
$6,295
Available
25 Feb 23
13 Mar 23
$6,295
Available
11 Mar 23
27 Mar 23
$6,295
Available
25 Mar 23
10 Apr 23
$6,295
Available
15 Apr 23
01 May 23
$5,795
Available
29 Apr 23
15 May 23
$5,395
Available
20 May 23
05 Jun 23
$5,395
Available
10 Jun 23
26 Jun 23
$5,395
Available
12 Aug 23
28 Aug 23
$5,795
Available
02 Sep 23
18 Sep 23
$5,495
Available
23 Sep 23
09 Oct 23
$5,495
Available
14 Oct 23
30 Oct 23
$5,495
Available
04 Nov 23
20 Nov 23
$5,995
Available
25 Nov 23
11 Dec 23
$5,995
Available

Additional Information

Valid from
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities
Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Booking Deposit
$500 per person
Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, from $200pp pre-paid
Single Supplement
From $1,650
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

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Taxes
Total cost includes air taxes.

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