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SRI LANKA UNVEILED

Tour Overview

We will be exploring the cultural and natural highlights of this small but beautiful country, including the old capital of Polonnaruwa, the extraordinary Sigiriya Rock, the cave art of Dambulla, the cultural capital of Kandy, a wonderful train ride to the tea-growing highlands and then down to the wilds of Yala National Park where we'll go on a two day tented safari tour. After this we'll spend time in the old town of Galle Fort replete with its complicated colonial history. Throughout, we'll explore quiet villages, meet the locals, learn about the Sri Lankan form of Buddhism, and enjoy the yummy Sri Lankan cuisine.

Expect 3-4 star accommodation, friendly people, warm to hot weather and a thoroughly memorable holiday in every respect.

Please note that this program is run through Travel on Q through whom all bookings will go.

In brief, this is the itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrive Colombo, transfer to Negombo

Day 2:
Transfer to Sigiriya. Afternoon to explore at leisure

Day 3:
Visit Polonnaruwa and Kaudulla National (animal) Reserve

Day 4:
Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress - then later, a nature walk

Day 5:
Transfer to Kandy, visit Dambulla Cave Temples and a Matale spice garden en route and then the Temple of the Tooth

Day 6:
Visit Botanical Gardens, then free time for a cycle ride, walk or rest.

Day 7:
Transfer by train to Hatton, the old colonial tea-growing area.

Day 8:
Tea estate tour. Afternoon walks.

Day 9:
Transfer to Yala National Park. Afternoon game drive.

Day 10:
Morning and afternoon game drives.

Day 11:
Transfer to the outskirts of Galle and a gorgeous beachside hotel.

Day 12:
Guided tour of Galle. Afternoon - leisure or local walk.

Day 13:
Drive to Colombo. Dinner. Departure.

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DATES AND COSTS

14-27 April, 2013
A$4600. Single supplement A$1460
Please note: these prices do not include flights from and to your home country

Vil Uyana dawn

Buddhist temple

Galle hotel

Tamil tea picker

Galle stilt fisherman
On the road!
All photos courtesy of Carole Grassby of Travel-on-Q

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