Sri Lanka
9 Day Southern Delights
9 Day Southern Delights
9 Day Southern Delights
See the stunning sights that the south coast of Sri Lanka has to offer on a nine day journey combining the history and heritage of the World Heritage Site at Galle with the beauty of the natural wildlife to be found in the two most famous National Parks on the island.
Tour highlights
  • Visit the Kosgoda Marine Turtle Hatchery to see the conservation work being carried out to protect the endangered species
  • Learn the art of tea-making on a visit to the Handunugoda Tea, Cinnamon, Pepper and Rubber Plantation
  • Wander through the streets of the fortified city of Galle, one of Sri Lanka’s many World Heritage Sites
  • Spot leopards on a trip to the famous Yala National Park
  • Admire the mighty Sri Lankan elephants at Udawalawe National Park
  • Relax in five-star luxury at the beachside Cinnamon Bey hotel
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Day 1: Arrive Galle
Arrive at the airport in Colombo to meet your guide before being transferred to Galle, where the rest of the day is at leisure.
  • Era Beach Hotel, or similar
Day 2: Galle
Spend a day seeing the sights of Galle on the south west tip of the country, starting with the opportunity to visit the Kosgoda Marine Turtle hatchery. Here, you’ll be able to see the work that is being put in to try and help protect these endangered animals, which includes collecting eggs which can then hatch in a safe environment before youngsters are released into the wild. In the afternoon, you’ll be able to explore Galle itself, and spend time investigating one of the best examples of a living fortified city built by Europeans in South and South East Asia.
  • Era Beach Hotel, or similar (B)
Day 3: Thalpe
Your final day in the area gets underway with a trip to the Handunugoda Tea, Cinnamon, Pepper and Rubber Plantation, a 200 acre property located close to the coast. As well as being home to a wide range of wildlife, the estate produces a number of specialist teas, including its flagship virgin white tea. After learning the art of making Ceylon tea, you’ll return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon at leisure.
  • Era Beach Hotel, or similar (B)
Day 4: Galle – Yala
Leaving Galle behind, enjoy a scenic drive along Sri Lanka’s stunning southern coast to the Yala National Park, stopping off en-route to pay a visit to the Dondra. At the most southern tip of the country, you’ll visit the oldest stone building in the country, an ancient shrine which dates back to the seventh century AD.
  • Chaaya Wild Hotel, or similar (B)
Day 5: Yala
Spend a day exploring the Yara National Park with a safari, where you’ll have the chance to see one of the highest-density leopard populations to be found anywhere in the world. Elephant, deer and crocodiles are amongst the other species that you could see on your trip before you head to the holy city of Kataragama, where thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims journey to every August.
  • Chaaya Wild Hotel, or similar (B)

Yala National Park is closed for approximately 6 weeks in September/October and therefore jeep safaris will operate to Bundala or Udawalawe during this time

Day 6: Yala – Udawalawe National Park
Moving on to the Udawalawe National Park, you’ll pay a visit to the Elephant Transit Home, where young orphaned animals are cared for before being released back into the wild. You’ll then be able to see the animals in their natural environment during a jeep safari in the National Park, which is home a varied range of species alongside extensive birdlife.
  • Kalus Hideaway, or similar (B)
Day 7: Udawalawe – Beruwala
After a further, optional, early morning safari, leave the National Park behind you to head towards the West Coast and the town of Beruwala, which is famed for its stunning golden beaches. During the morning, you’ll pay a visit to the country residence of the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa, with the stunning Italian-inspired gardens found at Lunuganga being amongst the most beautiful to be found anywhere in Asia.
  • Cinnamon Bey, or similar (B)
Day 8: Beruwala – Mount Lavinia
After a relaxing morning, head for the city of Colombo, where you can enjoy the chance to take a tour of the bustling commercial capital of the country. A traditional Sri Lankan high tea is an option available at your hotel at the end of the day.
  • Mount Lavinia Beach, or similar (B)
Day 9: Depart Colombo
Head for the airport in Colombo for the end of your trip, and the return journey home.
  • Mount Lavinia Beach, or similar(B)
  • Accommodation (in standard rooms) on Bed and breakfast basis at hotels specified or at hotels of similar standard
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for Archeological sites given below only
  • Services of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • 12% VAT + 1% CESS fund + 2% NBT (Government Taxes)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Dinner & Lunch on tour
  • Still Camera/video camera permits at the Kandy temple
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any other services not specified above
  • The visits to wild life parks will be at clients' own risk. The jeeps available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of the vehicle)

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