Christmas in Sri Lanka



per person
Duration: 14 Nights
Destination: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Asia
Deal Code: PA1ENIYZ




From stunning scenery to amazing architecture, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise. Marvel at magnificent temples, tour the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, see elephants at Yala National Park and explore the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Spend Christmas in the hills of the dense green tea plantations of this most beautiful region of the country.

Your Holiday Package Includes:

  • Return economy class flight to Colombo
  • 14 night Christmas in Sri Lanka guided tour with Wendy Wu, Colombo return


  • 3+/4-star accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners
  • Touring with guides & entrance fees
  • Authentic experiences & highlights
  • Domestic transportation
  • Visa fees for Australian passport holders
  • Airport transfers
  • Airline taxes

Pricing is per person twin share and based on travel 18 December 2024 – 01 January 2025

Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities & flight upgrades available on request

2025/26 departure also available, surcharges apply


Day 1 / Arrive Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean! On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 / Travel to Dambulla

After breakfast you will transfer approximately 3.5 hours to Dambulla. Check in to the hotel and relax before heading to Sigiriya rock fortress late this afternoon.

Day 3 / Polonnaruwa

Today you will be taken to Polonnaruwa ancient city, to hear the tales of how the king’s court was laid out at the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Another important royal capital, more recent than Anuradhapura, with its well-preserved 12th century ruins & impressive stone culture recalls an inspired past. Although nearly 1000 years old, the monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting and their development is easier to follow. There will be approximately 2 hours of easy sightseeing on foot while exploring. Since this is a religious site – the footwear should be removed before entering. Socks may be worn if you wish.

Day 4 / Anuradhapura

Travel approximately 1 hour to Anuradhapura to explore the magnificent ancient city. Exploration of this ancient city involves approximately 4 hours on foot. Visit the Bo Tree before returning to Dambulla, where the remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 5 / Dambulla

This morning after breakfast you will be taken to visit Dambulla Cave temple. The transfer time is approximately 10 minutes and you have 1.5 hours to explore, before returning to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 6 / Kandy

Today you depart for Kandy, travelling for about 2.5 hours with a stop enroute at the spice garden in Matale. Your planter host will teach you about the trees, crops and local style of cooking as you journey around the farm. The Sri Lankan garden is a particularly picturesque farm spread over 15 and a half acres towards the top of a mountain so that it boasts incredible views of the Aluvihare Mountains. You are greeted by your host with farm sourced fresh juice and taken on a guided walk where you can learn about the garden’s collection of Sri Lankan produce, from pepper to papaya, cocoa to coconut and mango to mahogany. After observing these crops growing, enjoy the fruits of the planters’ labour with a traditionally prepared rice and curry lunch. Finally, you can enjoy the meal at the Kamatha overlooking the paddy field. Late afternoon you will visit the Temple of the Tooth. The temple can be very crowded during daily prayer services. This evening watch a cultural dance show.

Day 7 / Christmas Eve - Nuwara Eliya

Today after breakfast you will be taken to Nuwara Eliya by train. Train journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya) is approximately 4 hours. You will be transferred from the station and taken to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya, to check in relax for the rest of your day enjoying the hotel facilities before your Christmas Eve dinner.

Day 8 / Christmas Day - Nuwara Eliya

Merry Christmas! After breakfast you will be taken for a tea plantation experience dressed in handmade, traditional silk sarees which you'll then get to take home with you. Your experience starts in the plantation itself with the tea puckers, giving you the opportunity to learn how to pluck tea then visit the factory where ancient machines pre-dating the industrial revolution wither, roll and dry the tea, followed by learning how to taste different variety of tea. There is normally a little time at the end of the tour for a tea tasting, either of one specific type of tea or occasionally of the various specialties of that factory. Much like a wine tasting, a traditional tea tasting would involve drinking tea (without milk), swilling it around the mouth to get the taste. Return back to the hotel and celebrate the festivities with a scrumptious Christmas day lunch. Later on, enjoy a fabulous High Tea at the Grand Hotel.

Day 9 / Udawalawe

After breakfast proceed to Yala, where on your way you will visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Transfer time will be approximately 5 hours.

Day 10 / Yala National Park

Early morning, and later this afternoon, you will be taken for a jeep safari at Yala National park, where you will embark on an adventure safari.

Day 11 / Hikkaduwa

Today you will travel the 3 hours to Hikkaduwa with the rest of your day free to go explore your surroundings.

Day 12 / Galle Fort

After breakfast you will be visiting Galle Fort, and the journey will take about 1 hour. During the tour of Galle, you will have the opportunity to visit Galle Fort, Old Dutch Church and walk along the Rampart.

Day 13 / Kosgoda Turtle Sanctuary

You you are off to visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, which you will reach after approximately 1 hour transfer. Visiting the turtle hatchery in Sri Lanka is one of the most recommended things to do. The small town of Kosgoda on the southern strip is famous for its turtle hatchery, the first turtle conservation centre established in Sri Lanka. At the hatchery, fishermen are paid for rescuing the vulnerable eggs which they collect at night, along the sandy beach. Visitors can witness the exceptional sight of them hatching or even see tanks filled with new born hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are returned back to the sea where they are released when they are 2-4 days old. Once placed on the beach, most baby sea turtles start moving towards the water, flapping their tiny flippers. Children in particular love to visit the hatchery and watch the turtles being released back into their natural habitat. Return to the hotel and relax.

Day 14 / Travel to Colombo

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel you travel the 2.5 hours to Colombo. You have some time to relax, before your city tour around this amazing city. Enjoy the the celebrations of New Year's Eve with a dinner at the hotel.

Day 15 / Depart Colombo

Any time before your flight is free to further explore the vibrant city of Colombo independently. Later, transfer to Bandaranaike Airport to board your onward flight home.

Day 16 / Depart Colombo

Any time before your flight is free to further explore the vibrant city of Colombo independently. Later, transfer to Bandaranaike Airport to board your onward flight home.

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Terms & Conditions

Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 24 April 2024 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost. Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 June 2022. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request. Customary tipping amount of approximately US$150pp (AU$217pp) is paid locally in Sri Lanka.

*Group Tour includes visa fees for Australian passport holders.