Professional Learning Tour for Teachers 2019 – Sri Lanka, Wonder of Asia

Flight - Sri Lankan Airlines direct flight
  • 13 days/12 nights
  • Group – 20 pax
  • Air fares fully inclusive from Melbourne
  • 3-4 Star Twin Sharing Half Board Basis Accommodation
  • 11 Breakfasts and 11 Dinners starting from day two Breakfast to departure day Dinner
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • All sightseeing Tours as per the Itinerary
Price includes of:
  • Meals-breakfast & dinner
  • Air fares fully inclusive with taxes
  • Per person twin share basis
  • Guaranteed Departures from SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE & PERTH
  • With a minimum of four passengers on this tour
  • We also welcome solo travellers on our group tours


Provide a copy of Passport Bio Page., Your place on tour is confirmed upon payment of AUD300pp deposit. For tour inclusions, price,

full booking terms and conditions please call us: +61 3 59 417 340 or +61 418 402 998

Star Travels & Tours presents this Unforgettable Experience covering all knowledge, understandings and skills specified in the Cross Curriculum Priority Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia. Sri Lanka is one of the South Asian countries specified in its definition of Asia in the Australian National Curriculum. We will assure you a great opportunity to extend your understanding about this cross curriculum priority using Sri Lanka as the context.

Price includes of:

  • Air fares fully inclusive with taxes
  • Guaranteed departures from sydney melbourne brisbane adelaide & perth with a minimum of four passengers on this tour
  • Meals-breakfast & Dinner
  • Per person twin share basis
  • Welcome solo travellers


Arrive at Colombo and the group will be welcomed by Star Travels and Tours & transfer to hotel in Negombo.

After breakfast at the hotel, we begin our journey to explore the stunning Cave Temples of Dambulla.
En route Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to see the world's largest herd of domestic elephants including babies who are still being fed by bottle thrice a day.

The Elephant orphanage at Pinnawela was established in 1975, commenced with 07 orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but it soon became a conservational and education center. With the help of Local & Foreign Elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive breeding program for Elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984 the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from the world over. An array of books and research articles on Pinnawela has been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed, and photographed thousands of times by professionals.

Visit the Dambulla Rock-Cave Temple

Dambulla rock-cave temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC and it is now a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the most extensive area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Sigiriya.

After breakfast at the hotel we commence an excursion to Anuradhapura and embark on a city tour.
Anuradhapura is an ancient city, located at a distance of 206 km from Colombo. The city is in northern Sri Lanka and is the capital of North-Central province. Anuradhapura was established in 4th century BC. It was the first capital of Sri Lanka and remained so until 8th century AD. Anuradhapura is an archaeologist's delight and contains several monuments of historical importance. The city is considered very sacred by the Buddhists and is home to the largest dagobas in Sri Lanka. A dagoba is a dome enshrining sacred relics or the bodily remains of the Buddha, or articles used by Him like the alms bowl and other objects of veneration. It is built in different sizes on a pedestal with a spire on top crowned with a pinnacle. The earliest dagobas had a stone umbrella on top of the dome in place of the spire.
Visit the Ruwanwelisaya, the Archaeology Museum, the Folk Museum, Jetavana, the Citadel, the Moonstone, the Western Monasteries, Lovamahapaya, Isurumuniya & the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Sigiriya.

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave this morning to embark on a traditional Sri Lankan village and be welcomed in to a local home. Learn about daily life and traditional farming. Also experience a Boat ride, Bullock Cart Ride and then feast on local delicacies for lunch.

In the afternoon commence an excursion to Polonnaruwa and embark on a city tour.

Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, And is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, The Galviharaya where 4 splendid statues of lord Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience hall, The lotus bath, the statue of King Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the Great. There are also places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Visit the Royal Palace, King Nissanka Malla's Palace, King Parakramabahu I Statue,Siva Devale, Alahana Pirivena Complex, Lankatilaka Gedige, Gal Vihara, Topa Wewa Lake and the Parakrama Samudra & the Demala Maha Seya.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Sigiriya

After breakfast at the hotel we continue our journey to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress-“Lion Rock”
Sigiriya, the 5th century rock fortress which is a world heritage site built by king Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The Lion Rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, Rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
En route visit the Luckgrove Spice Garden.
Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spices gardens. These spice gardens offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lanka. In order to promote and uplift spice growing and spice gardens of Sri Lanka a spice council was established with all key industry private and public sector stakeholders. During early historical times Sri Lanka Known as Taprobane, was world renowned for its quality spices. During ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic maintained their links with Sri Lanka through the spice trade.
Commence a city tour of Kandy.
Kandy, more popularly known as the hill capital of Sri Lanka, is an attractive tourist destination. Its history dates back to the 15th century, when it was the last royal capital of the country. The city is 115km from Colombo and is the second biggest city in Sri Lanka. Kandy has an abundance of culture around it; the Temple of the Tooth being the most popular attraction. The centre of the city is situated in a valley which is elevated at 600m above sea level. Kandy Lake is an artificial creation by one of the past rulers and today, it is a scenic centre piece of the town.
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Kandy.

After breakfast at the hotel visit the Holy Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
The Holy Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa), Kandy is the most sacred shrine of Buddhism. The temple of the Tooth is the prime monument, the supreme structure not only of the Sinhalese Buddhist public of Sri Lanka but also of the Buddhists all over the world. It is within this glorious temple that sacred Tooth relic of Buddha (Danta Dhatu), the palladium of the Sinhalese nation & Buddhist faith is enshrined.

Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones; sapphires, rubies, tourmalines, spinals, etc. Consider going shopping here before we travel to the lush tea-growing region of Nuwara Eliya.

En-route stops at a Tea Plantation and go through ‘Tea Experience’ while enjoying the spectacular scenery.

Visit the Ramboda Falls.

Visit the Sri Bakthi Hanuman Temple.

Upon arrival commence a city tour of Nuwara Eliya.

The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka with amazing scenic views of Mountains, Waterfalls, Valleys and Tea Estates. It is one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like a day of spring in England with the temperature dropping even lower at night. You will notice the British influence in the town and around Nuwara Eliya. Dwellings are like country cottages or mansions of old royalty.

Spend the evening relaxing in the cool climate.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

After breakfast at the hotel leave for Udawalawe.

This afternoon we embark on a Safari at Udawalawe National Park-one of the most visited parks and a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka. Established in 1972 to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. The park lies on the boundary of Sri Lanka's wet and dry zones and is an important habitat for Sri Lankan elephants, leopard, samba deer, spotted chevrotain, wild boar, water buffalo, sloth bear, and various species of Sri Lankan monkeys. Also including scrub jungle, lakes, rivers, Udawalawe Reservoir and variety of birds.

The Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home was established for the purpose of looking after abandoned elephant calves within the park and release in the park when old enough to fend for themselves.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Udawalawe.

After breakfast at the hotel leave for Galle.

Driving along the Island’s beautiful South Coast, we make our way to the Dutch colonial town of Galle. Here we’ll take a city tour and visit its UNESCO World Heritage Listed sea fortress.

In the evening commence a city tour of Galle.

Galle fort was built first by the Portuguese, then modified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Even today, after 400 years of existence, it looks new and polished with reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.

Dinner & Overnight stay Bentota.

After breakfast at the hotel leave for Bentota.

Bentota located on the Southwestern coast approximately 60 km from Colombo and more famous as the sprawling resort town under an endless canopy of palm trees, lined with the Indian Ocean intersected by the great river “Benthara”, with many large star class hotels dotted along the estuary which is formed by Benthara river basin.
Consider taking part in Water sports in Bentota. (Optional)
This beach is a hot spot for snorkelling, fishing, scuba diving, sailing, wind surfing and many more exciting water sports. Keep an eye out for sea turtles that pad about the shore.
Visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery to witness sea turtle's life cycle.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Bentota.

After breakfast at the hotel leave for Colombo.

Overnight stay in Colombo.

After breakfast at the hotel commence a city tour of Colombo and visit a School in Colombo.

Colombo is a modern city which blends the beauty of the old world charm and modern day development. The busy Bazaar, Fort & Pettah area, Old Dutch church, Kovil, Temple in Gangaramaya, Town Hall, Independence square and other areas in Colombo could be explored whilst on tour apart from the bargain shopping at popular stores.

When shopping in Colombo, your options are anything but limiting. From modern, air conditioned malls to the famously buzzing street markets, there's something for everyone. Knowing where to go is the key to getting the best out of Sri Lanka's shopping haven.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight stay at Colombo

Breakfast at the hotel.

Colombo Free & Easy.

Dinner at a restaurant & Bid farewell to Sri Lanka.

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