Round tours are so named because they usually start and finish in Colombo, or in Negombo or at Colombo International Airport.
The following nine - fourteen day tour showcases Sri Lanka's cultural heritage and wildlife and is an example of a round tour that you might like to build on.
Begin your tour with a morning's sightseeing in Colombo, options include: Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, Wolvendaal Church, The Old Dutch Hospital and the brand new Lotus Tower. After lunch leave for your Sigiriya hotel and settle in.
OR After your pick up at Colombo International Airport head straight to Sigiriya in the heart of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka.
After breakfast drive to "Lions Rock" - if you are able, the climb to the top is worth the effort. Or you may like to have a birds eye view of the rock from a *hot air balloon.
In the late afternoon go on a safari to one of the three national parks in the area, Wilpattu, Kaudulla or Minneriya, depending where the wildlife has been sighted and what your are interested in seeing. You will have a chance to see lots of elephants, a leopard or two, sloth bears and abundant bird life making your visit to Sri Lanka very special.
After breakfast visit Anuradhapura to see the magnificent stupas built in the 2nd and 3rd centuries and see the ancient Bodha tree believed to have been planted from a cutting from the original tree. A must see in Sri Lanka!
Spend the late afternoon at your accommodation or after your wild life experience the day before you may be keen to go on another safari.
OR Spend another day in Sigiriya and visit Polonnaruwa
Leave Sigiriya for Kandy with a stop at Dambulla Caves. The five caves contain over 150 Buddha statues along with brightly coloured frescoes of Buddhism's arrival in Sri Lanka.
Visit the Temple of the Tooth in time for the morning puja ceremony starting at 9.30 am.
In the afternoon you will find that a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is not only a delightful experience but also that the gardens are pleasantly cool. OR take a walk on one of the trails in Sinharaja Rain Forest, a World Heritage Site to see plants and reptiles that are unique to this site. An experience to remember on your round tour in Sri Lanka.
Leave Kandy after breakfast for the hill country and enjoy the picturesque drive through the tea plantations and the waterfalls on the way. Stop at one of the tea plantations for a tour and maybe pluck some tea to drink later at your accommodation.
OR stay another day or two and relax in the hill country. There are lots of choices in Sri Lanka.
Spend the morning sightseeing in and around Nuwara Eliya - see why Nuwara Eliya is called "Little England"
Catch the train to Ella and enjoy a memorable journey that is often described as one of the most scenic in the world. Check out the Nine Arches Bridge. Enjoy your night in Ella a wonderful spot to stop on your round tour in Sri Lanka.
This morning we will leave early for our drive to Galle - a Dutch, colonial township. The Dutch fortified most of the promontory in 1663 and old Galle has changed little since that time. A delight to explore on your round tour of Sri Lanka. On the way you might like to stop at Uda Walawe National Park to see the baby elephants and juveniles being fed.
OR stay another day in Ella to enjoy some of the best views in Sri Lanka.
Spend the morning in Galle and depart as required for your flight home taking lots of memories from your holiday in Sri Lanka.
OR stay another day and continue exploring the old town of Galle. A great spot to do some last minute shopping for clothes or souvenirs before your transfer to the airport. If time permits, end your tour with a half day sightseeing in Colombo if not done already at the start of the tour.
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