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Sri Lankan Splendour

  • Duration
    19 days
  • Tour Type
    Private Tour
  • Price From
    £8190
This unforgettable journey takes you through the captivating landscapes and rich heritage of the beautiful  Sri Lanka, with every stop offering something exciting and unique. From the quaint village of Kotugoda, delve into the ancient wonders of Anuradhapura. Traverse the untamed wilderness of Wilpattu National Park, and ascend the legendary Sigiriya Rock. Witness the wildlife of  Minneriya National Park as you step back in time at Polonnaruwa. These are but a few adventures that await you on this unforgettably diverse and immersive tour.

What's Included

  • International flights and current taxes
  • Domestic transportation
  • 5 star accommodation
  • Meals as specified
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
This tour takes you on a captivating journey from the untamed wilderness of national parks, to the historical marvels of ancient fortresses and the allure of serene landscapes. Enjoy the multifaceted exploration of history, nature and adventure while learning about this beautiful island nation.

Why Choose a Wendy Wu Private Tour?

Complete flexibility

Travel on any day you wish

Expertly crafted itineraries

Tailored for parties as small as one.

You choose who you travel with

A private trip just for you and your chosen travel companions.

Personalised guiding

Enjoy the undivided attention of your knowledgable private guide.

Small is beautiful

Enjoy a more intimate and authentic travel experience.

Private Tour Highlights

Our Sri Lankan Splendours Tour offers a harmonious blend of adventure and history, where every curated experience guarantees to unveil a captivating revelation.

Anuradhapura

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Anuradhapura boasts ancient ruins that paint a vivid picture of its glorious past.

Sloth bears in Wilpattu National Park

Native to these wild forests, the quest to find this remarkable creature leads you to discover its natural habitat.

Yala National Park

The leopard reigns as a majestic predator, while camouflaged amid the dense foliage. These enigmatic creatures are a sight to behold for fortunate wildlife enthusiasts. 

Tangalle

A coastal paradise combining pristine beaches and rustic charm. Beyond the coastline, the town exudes a laid-back atmosphere, with quaint fishing villages and vibrant markets providing a glimpse into local life. 

Authentic Experience

Visit a Tea Plantation

Visit a plantation and learn all about the process of cultivating, plucking, processing and producing that wonderful beverage, tea! There will be a taster, to keep you refreshed.

Authentic Experience

Visit Dambulla Cave Temple

Venture inside the Dambulla Cave Temple to explore the huge collection of Buddha statues, including the 14-metre long reclining Buddha. This is one of the most popular religious cultural sites in Sri Lanka.

Private Tour Itinerary

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

  • Days 1-2
    Arrive Kotugoda
    Day 1-2: Arrive Kotugoda

    Upon your arrival in Colombo, you will be greeted by your National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours and transferred to Kotugoda where you will spend the night. Rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Day 3
    Travel to Anuradhapura B
    Day 3: Travel to Anuradhapura

    Travel to Anuradhapura the ancient capital and first kingdom of Sri Lanka. Delve into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, where amongst its greatest treasures you’ll find a breathtaking 13-meter-tall statue of Lord Buddha, skilfully carved from solid granite. As you wander through this hallowed ground, you'll encounter numerous other significant shrines and monuments that contribute to Anuradhapura's prestigious status as the inaugural kingdom of Sri Lanka.

  • Day 4
    Discover Wilpattu and Nachchaduwa B
    Day 4: Discover Wilpattu and Nachchaduwa

    Today you explore Wilpattu, with its diverse ecosystem, a haven for a wide array of wildlife and bird species. Among the many fascinating creatures are spotted deer, sambhur, barking deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose, crocodile, and the splendid peacocks. However, the true stars of the park are the elusive leopards and magnificent wild elephants. In the evening experience sunset at Nachchaduwa Lake.

  • Day 5
    Minneriya National Park B
    Day 5: Minneriya National Park

    Head to Sigiriya where you will have time to relax until your afternoon visit to Minneriya National Park. While the elephants are the highlight of the park, you may also encounter some of the numerous species of birds, amphibians, reptile & fish species as well as plenty of beautiful butterflies. The park is also home to rare bamboo trees, unique to Minneriya.

  • Day 6
    Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa B
    Day 6: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

    An early start as you visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, standing tall as a UNESCO World Heritage site and worthy of its moniker ‘Fortress in the Sky’. Spend the day relaxing before you embark on your evening adventure - the Loris Night Trail. This thrilling guided walk takes you on a nocturnal quest in search of the elusive grey slender loris, a captivating primate hidden amidst the scrublands.

  • Day 7
    Dambulla and Kandy B
    Day 7: Dambulla and Kandy

    Enroute to Kandy you visit Dambulla Cave Temple, part of Sri Lanka’s Golden Triangle. The cave temples are home to numerous religious and cultural paintings and sculptures. Your evening is spent visiting the Temple of The Tooth Relic where you’ll find the palm-leaf transcripts. Conclude the day with an amazing cultural dance show.

  • Day 8
    Explore Kandy B
    Day 8: Explore Kandy

    Start your day with a visit to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, a beautiful 147-acre oasis. Discover pavilions, lawns, and an Orchid House with over 1000 plants. Afterward, return to the hotel and relax until the evening's Kandy Night Food Walk. Experience the city's culinary delights, starting at the iconic Royal Bar. Savour local arrack before enjoying egg rotis, fresh hoppers, and some of the best kothu in Sri Lanka.

  • Day 9
    Kandy to Gal Oya B
    Day 9: Kandy to Gal Oya

    After a scenic drive from Kandy to Gal Oya, enjoy some leisure time before your exciting Jungle Night Walk. Join your knowledgeable resident naturalists for a captivating walk through the forest as darkness descends. You may be lucky enough to encounter some of the fascinating nocturnal creatures that emerge from their daytime hideouts.

  • Day 10
    Gal Oya National Park B
    Day 10: Gal Oya National Park

    Embark on a jungle drive and walk through the forgotten Nilgala section of the park, once cherished by ancient royalty for its abundant medicinal plants and unique endemic birdlife. The area is home to a diverse array of animals, including herds of elephants, four species of deer, and numerous bird species. Enjoy a delightful picnic in your picturesque surroundings.

  • Day 11
    Train to Hatton B
    Day 11: Train to Hatton

    Proceed to Nuwara Eliya for your train journey to Hatton. Experience one of the most scenic journeys in Sri Lanka as you take in breathtaking views of forests, quaint villages, picturesque waterfalls and lush tea estates. Embrace the nostalgia and beauty of this classic train journey, relishing every moment.

  • Day 12
    Hatton B
    Day 12: Hatton

    After breakfast enjoy a tour of the tea factory, an establishment that produces an impressive 16,000 kgs of tea daily. Learn about the intricate tea production process and later have lunch at a waterfall. The journey takes you through picturesque tea estates to Fairlawn Falls, where on arrival, you'll enjoy a pleasant walk alongside the cascading waterfall.

  • Day 13
    Birdwatching in Hatton B
    Day 13: Birdwatching in Hatton

    This morning you will have a birdwatching experience at Camellia Hills. The lush garden is a haven for birdlife, with over 20 different species making it their home. Among the unique endemic birds, you may spot are the yellow fronted barbet, Ceylon scimitar babbler, and Sri Lankan hanging parakeet. Venture further onto the trails which are hotspots for resident, endemic and migratory birds.

  • Day 14
    Yala via Udawalawe B
    Day 14: Yala via Udawalawe

    Your journey continues as you head to Yala, with a special stop at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home along the way. This facility plays a vital role in caring for injured elephants from various regions in Sri Lanka, serving as a halfway house for orphaned elephants, providing them with care and rehabilitation.

  • Day 15
    Safari in Yala B
    Day 15: Safari in Yala

    Early morning wildlife jeep safari in Yala National Park, known for its rare leopards, but also home to elephants, bears, wild boars and various bird species. Its diverse vegetation and abundant water sources attract a plethora of wildlife. Enjoy an enchanting evening safari to end an exciting day.

  • Day 16
    Yala to Tangalle B
    Day 16: Yala to Tangalle

    Today you continue to Tangalle where after check-in you have the rest of the day to relax or explore your surroundings.

  • Day 17
    Mirissa B
    Day 17: Mirissa

    Today’s early morning start is worthwhile as you embark on an exciting whale watching excursion aboard a luxury catamaran. Your naturalist guide will provide fascinating insights into local marine life, as you look out for blue whales, sperm whales and orca (killer whales). Later, visit the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, a living museum dating back to 1588.

  • Day 18
    Tangalle B
    Day 18: Tangalle

    A day at leisure to explore as you wish or relax at your hotel.

  • Day 19
    Depart from Colombo B
    Day 19: Depart from Colombo

    Today your journey comes to an end, as you are transferred to Colombo for your onward flight.

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Sri Lankan Splendour map

Places Visited: Kotugoda - Anuradhapura - Wilpattu - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Gal Oya - Nuwara Eliya - Hatton - Yala - Tangalle

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Tour Dates & Prices

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Depart UK: Wednesday 24 Apr 2024
Return UK: Saturday 05 Oct 2024
Price: £9,390pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 12 Jun 2024
Return UK: Sunday 30 Jun 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 19 Jun 2024
Return UK: Sunday 07 Jul 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 03 Jul 2024
Return UK: Sunday 21 Jul 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 24 Jul 2024
Return UK: Sunday 11 Aug 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 07 Aug 2024
Return UK: Sunday 25 Aug 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 21 Aug 2024
Return UK: Sunday 08 Sep 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 11 Sep 2024
Return UK: Sunday 29 Sep 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 18 Sep 2024
Return UK: Sunday 06 Oct 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 25 Sep 2024
Return UK: Sunday 06 Oct 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 02 Oct 2024
Return UK: Sunday 20 Oct 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 09 Oct 2024
Return UK: Sunday 27 Oct 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 16 Oct 2024
Return UK: Sunday 03 Nov 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 23 Oct 2024
Return UK: Sunday 10 Nov 2024
Price: £8,190pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 06 Nov 2024
Return UK: Sunday 24 Nov 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 13 Nov 2024
Return UK: Sunday 01 Dec 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 20 Nov 2024
Return UK: Sunday 08 Dec 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Wednesday 04 Dec 2024
Return UK: Sunday 22 Dec 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Depart UK: Friday 06 Dec 2024
Return UK: Tuesday 24 Dec 2024
Price: £9,790pp
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Sample Hotels

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

Best time to go

Broadly speaking the best time to visit Sri Lanka for touring is from October to April in the Cultural Triangle and July to August in the north of the country.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
102mm
Kandy
22°c
79mm
Nuwara Eliya
15°c
101mm
Sigiriya
24°c
109mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
86mm
Kandy
23°c
74mm
Nuwara Eliya
15°c
78mm
Sigiriya
26°c
87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
27°c
117mm
Kandy
24°c
71mm
Nuwara Eliya
16°c
72mm
Sigiriya
27°c
84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
28°c
241mm
Kandy
25°c
188mm
Nuwara Eliya
17°c
158mm
Sigiriya
28°c
169mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
28°c
297mm
Kandy
24°c
144mm
Nuwara Eliya
17°c
176mm
Sigiriya
28°c
97mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
206mm
Kandy
24°c
132mm
Nuwara Eliya
16°c
172mm
Sigiriya
28°c
55mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
165mm
Kandy
24°c
128mm
Nuwara Eliya
16°c
165mm
Sigiriya
27°c
70mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
155mm
Kandy
24°c
113mm
Nuwara Eliya
16°c
161mm
Sigiriya
27°c
71mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
213mm
Kandy
24°c
155mm
Nuwara Eliya
16°c
179mm
Sigiriya
27°c
99mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
340mm
Kandy
24°c
264mm
Nuwara Eliya
16°c
227mm
Sigiriya
26°c
267mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
302mm
Kandy
23°c
296mm
Nuwara Eliya
16°c
222mm
Sigiriya
26°c
298mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
Galle
26°c
178mm
Kandy
22°c
196mm
Nuwara Eliya
15°c
196mm
Sigiriya
24°c
258mm