Sri Lanka highlights tour

“This tailor made tour provides the perfect introduction to Sri Lanka’s myriad charms, including a trip to a National Park and a tea plantation as well as a stay in a community based lodge.”

Highlights

Colombo | stay at community based project Tamarind Gardens | Nuwara Eliya | tea plantation visit | Yala National Park | Tissamaharama | Galle | Mirissa | whale watching

Description of Sri Lanka highlights tour

This 11 day tour takes you to some of Sri Lanka’s best known sights, as well as staying 2 nights at a community based project with ‘Sustainability’ at its core. Experience the “cooler” Hill Country and tea plantations. See some of Sri Lanka’s most famous wildlife at Yala National Park, including Elephant and the elusive Leopard, as well as whale watching in Galle! This is a great introduction to Sri Lanka for those that haven’t been or to explore something a little more “under the skin” of the country for returning visitors.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Depart London Heathrow on Sri Lanka Airlines for your overnight flight to Colombo.
Day 2:On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by your travel representative and be transferred to Tamarind Gardens, Digana where you will “Live like a Local”. (Airport to Digana: approximately 04 Hours / 130 km) Overnight Stay at Tamarind Gardens, Digana–Standard Room (Twin Room) on Full Board Basis
Day 3:Today you will learn about the intricacies of typical Sri Lankan village lifestyles and culture whilst making a meaningful contribution to the community that you visit. Tamarind Gardens is a community based project with ‘Sustainability’ at its core. Its existence and all the activities which surround the property have been designed in order to bring economic benefit to a community which struggles daily with a very harsh environment. After a brief tour of the estate take a guided walk (which will last approximately one hour) to explore the village to meet interesting local people and learn about their way of life. Overnight Stay at Tamarind Gardens, Digana–Standard Room (Twin Room) on Full Board Basis
Day 4:This morning you will head off to the quiet town of Nuwara Eliya. Spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying the simplicity and beauty of life in the hill country away from the sophistication of city life. Overnight Stay at Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya – Superior Room on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 5:This morning you will visit a Tea Plantation and also a Tea Factory. Thereafter you can spend your day at leisure enjoying the beautiful surrounding of the Hill Country or the following optional excursions or activities can be booked Overnight Stay at Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya– Superior Room on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 6:Today you will leave to Yala. Check in at hotel. Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Wild, Yala – Jungle Chalet on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 7:This morning you will enjoy a game drive at the Yala National Park. Spend your afternoon at leisure or take another optional game drive. Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Wild, Yala – Jungle Chalet on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 8:This morning you will leave to Tissamaharama. Upon arrival you will enjoy a boat ride and bird watching in the lake of Tissamaharama. Overnight Stay at The Safari, Tissamaharama – Deluxe Room on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 9:Today you will leave Yala and head to Galle. Overnight Stay at Apa Villa, Galle – Cinnamon Villa Suite 1 on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 10:Today you will leave your hotel early morning with packed breakfast and proceed to the Mirissa Harbour for a Whale Watching* excursion. (Best Season is between November to Mid-April). Return to Galle and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Stay at Apa Villa, Galle – Cinnamon Villa Suite 1 on Bed & Breakfast Basis
Day 11:Today you will proceed to the airport to board your departure flight.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Sri Lanka highlights tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We aim to tread as lightly as possible when organising our tours to Sri Lanka. Our travel partners adhere and agree with our responsible travel policies and all our guides strive to assist travellers in understanding local culture and etiquette. To encourage travellers to act responsibly, all guests on arrival to our destinations will receive a booklet that provides guidelines on cultural and environmental sensitivities Sri Lanka as well as step by step information from your driver/guide through out your stay.

All the guides that we use are local guides in each different area of Sri Lanka that we visit, thus ensuring that each area benefits from tourism. Also by touring around the country, your entrance fees help to ensure the preservation of historical sites and contributions around the different locations.

Community

‘Live Like a Local’ experiences, ‘Tamarind Gardens’ was launched in 2012 in the village of Digana, which is located 20 kilometres from Kandy. Tamarind Gardens is a small domestic farm located on the banks of the Victoria Reservoir, consisting of 10 cows, poultry and a fruit and vegetable garden. Visitors can either assist in the maintenance and care of the farm or join in on any one of the many cottage industries which are run out of the homes of the local villagers. With the "live like a local" experience, the aim of this being to offer you a genuine contact and experience of the destination to feel the essence of the culture and history, so you come back with enjoyable memories and appreciation that you will treasure. It also benefits the local people to get a better cross cultural understanding between the local culture and visitor so that tourism can impact in a positive way.

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