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Visit the Horton Plains National Park and marvel at the most famous view in Sri Lanka from the “Worlds End”. Get up close to the largest land and marine mammals on Earth as you see both Elephants and Blue Whales within days of each other. Relax on some of the most stunning beaches you’ll ever see on the magnificent south coast.
On arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be met by a representative of GetAboutAsia and transfered to your hotel. During the drive your guide will answer any questions you have and discuss plans for the following day.
With its lively fish market on the beach, many canals and scattering of colonial architecture, the bustling town of Negombo offers an interesting introduction to the Sri Lankan coastal way of life. The town's century-old fishing industry is still thriving, and several local restaurants offer excellent seafood dishes sourced with ingredients fresh from the Negombo Lagoon. You'll also find a number of lively bars along the northern end of the strip. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at leisure.
The vehicle and driver will be at your disposal for 80km to explore the area.
This morning you will be collected from your hotel by your driver to commence your exploration of Sri Lanka. Drive to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name 'Kandy' conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit Kandy town, the bazaar, an arts & crafts centre and a gem museum as well as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Continue on into the hill country to visit a tea plantation and factory. Sri Lanka is known worldwide for producing the best tea in the world, Ceylon tea. Here you can learn all about the process of manufacturing tea and also taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Once your tour is finished you will be driven to your hotel in Nuwara Wliya where your guide will assist you with your check in.
Nestled between verdant slopes in the shadow of Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka's tallest mountain, Nurwara Eliya has been nicknamed 'Little England' thanks to its fine colonial architecture, boating lake and frequent rain.
Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2,300 metres above sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. The unique feature of Horton Plains is "World's End". It is considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. This awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 1300 metres, hence its name. From here you can see the beautiful Bakers falls.
The park shelters mammals such as Sambur Deer, Leopards, Bears, Monkeys and endemic Lizards. This area is also home for over 20 endemic bird species including the Sri Lankan Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul. You will spend tonight back in Nuwara Eliya.
This morning enjoy some time at leisure wandering the town's narrow cobbled streets, soaking up the invigorating mountain air and quaint architectural blend of English country town and seaside kitsch. Victoria Park, with its neat rolling lawns and colourful flower beds, is modelled on an English municipal park and offers a relaxing place to rest awhile, picnic and watch rare native and migratory birds.
This afternoon you will leave the hill country behind and head down to the plains. You'll notice the temperature rise as you descend. Your destination is Udawalawe National Park where you will go on safari the following morning.
Get up early and head to the park for your safari. Udawalawe National Park is adjacent to the Udawalawe reservoir and Walawe river and is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain ranges that wind endlessly through the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments. Udawalawe National Park is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka, covering 30,821 square kilometres of wild and unspoilt scrubland and light forest.
The park's most famous residents are its elephants, which can be seen marching sedately across the scrub or congregating socially at watering holes where they bath and play in the water. This is considered the best place in the world to view wild Elephants in their natural habitat.
In addition, there are Spotted, Sambur and Barking Deer, Leopard, Water Buffalo, Jackal, Peacocks and Crocodiles, among many other wild animals found in this park.
This morning, head towards the south coast and the stunning, palm-fringed beaches of Tangalle. This is the kind of place you dream about while stuck at work on a wet, winter's morning back home. Time slows down with the gentle lapping of the azure water against the shoreline.
Today is a day at leisure to enjoy this little piece of paradise.
Make the short drive west along the coast to Mirissa. Another jewel in Sri Lanka's crown, Mirissa is well known as the jumping off point to go whale watching (November to April), looking for blue whales among numerous other species that frequent these waters. Mirissa also has an abundance of seafood restaurants to die for, ask your guide for recommendations.
Early start today, but a big reward awaits. Take a short drive to the port, board a boat and head out to sea to look for Blue Whales. The Blue whale is the largest living creature on Earth and between November and April the south coast of Sri Lanka is the best place on Earth to see them. The shear size of these creatures will amaze you.
As well as Blue whales, Pilot, Sperm and Killer Whales are also seen in this area along with several different species of dolphins and turtles.
Return to your resort for a relaxing afternoon. Please note this tour is only available during the whale watching season November to April. During the rest of the year, this day will be at leisure.
Today you will depart for the airport for your onward flight.
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Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available on this itinerary.
•All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
•All airport transfers.
•All transport on tour.
•All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
•Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
•Lunch and dinner as indicated on trip notes. We do not include lunch and dinner where it is practical for you to make your own choices, as we find that GetAboutAsia customers prefer the freedom of eating what they want, which is one the of joys of travelling.
Availability of accommodation and season.
"It was very sad to hear the news from Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday as we had only just been there. The people we met over there were amazing, so friendly and proud of their country, I really hope it doesn’t have a major impact on the tourism sector. The highlights for us would be the Kandalama Hertitance hotel, afternoon spent in Minneriya national park looking at the elephants, the botanic gardens in Kandy, the trip to the spice gardens, learning about tea production and the people we meet on the way around. Overall we found this style of holiday where we were able to change and add to the suggested itinerary before leaving home plus having a driver suited us. A good compromise between being in a large organised group or trying to make our way independently around an Asian country. " — Mr and Mrs Moule, Melbourne, March 2019
"We thoroughly enjoyed Sri Lanka and feel our itinerary covered pretty much all the top sights and diverse landscapes and cultural aspects of the country. Sam, our guide, was great and provided a personal touch to quite a lot of our outings and was willing to stop and change timings to suit the photographers in the group. Kandy House and The Villa, Bentota were the standouts in accommodation but the Fort Bazaar and 98 acres were also lovely. We would certainly recommend Sri Lanka, and Get About Asia for a hassle free, good value holiday to a beautiful, friendly and safe destination. Thank you" — Mr and Mrs Ratcliffe, Sydney, September 2018
"We had a very enjoyable trip to Sri Lanka and Ranga our driver guide was obliging. We had a fantastic time and there is great variety over the country with tea plantations, culture and beaches. " — Mr & Mrs Segal , Sydney, July 2018
"Another excellent trip (3rd with Getaboutasia), Excellent guide, excellent accommodation and staff, fantastic food, weather was very kind, Adam's peak climb was strenuous but rewarding.!!!" — MR. Humphreys, Adelaide, March 2018
"Sri Lanka was great. Everything went to plan. We found Sri Lanka to be varied and interesting and we felt that our itinerary was well put together. Given that we like outdoor activities with a bit of adventure our favourite places were Sigirya Lion Rock and exploring the Udawalawe National Park in the Jeep. Our guide was as usual excellent." — Mr and Mrs Barker, Sydney, March 2018
"Wish I was back there now! We loved our guide and had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and would recommend Getaboutasia." — Mr and Mrs Eather, Sydney, December 2017
"All we can is THANKYOU!!! What an amazing country. All accommodation was top notch, you get a lot for your money over there. We would highly recommend Unawatuna! This place is just like paradise should be - Right on the beach and a wonderful vibe. Great distance to Galle too." — Ingrid and Nicholas, Brisbane QLD , August 2016
"We had a great holiday and found the island just fantastic. Much less crowded than India, beautiful food, nice and friendly people and outstanding and very varied scenery. Nothing beats waking up and being able to walk out onto the palm-fringed beach. The driver/guide could not have been better! A very safe driver, good and immaculate car, knowledgeable about Sri Lanka’s History and altogether a great guy we could happily chat with during the trip. " — Mr and Mrs Tykocinski, Glenhuntly VIC, January 2016
"Sri Lanka was phenomenal! The food, the climate, the beaches and the culture are just captivating. We couldn’t be happier with our trip. Our custom designed tour went everywhere we wanted within the timeframe we decided. There is so much culture and history in Sri Lanka and the local people are so friendly. We loved the ‘real’ experience, not tainted by westernised tourist companies. Sri Lanka is a must see destination, with every area offering difference experiences! We will return for sure!" — Sarah and Rutger, Mornington Victoria , July 2015