Silversea Expedition Cruises To HAMBANTOTA

HAMBANTOTA

Far to the south of Sri Lanka is the city of Hambantota with a colorful and storied traditional Ruhuna past and great promise for the future. This gateway to Sri Lanka is rich in resources and since being upset by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, has put great emphasis on rebuilding and moving progressively into a central role in the development of the southern region of Sri Lanka. Traditionally an agricultural area, the region is also known for having some of the country’s most skilled jewelers and crafts people. View more

The bazaar or ‘pola’ is a popular market place where locals sell produce, goods, and fish.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.

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COLOMBO To SINGAPORE
  • Departure
    May 03 2022
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Explorer
From US$ 10,710
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Excursions in HAMBANTOTA

Elephants of Udawalawe

Explore the pristine natural splendour, elephants and wildlife of Sri Lanka during this excursion to Udawalawe National Park.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive north and inland to Udawalawe National Park. Upon arrival, begin your game drive through Udawalawe National Park. With its open grasslands and stark, dramatic landscape, the park resembles the African savannah and is centred around a large water reservoir.


During your game drive, look for adult elephants bathing or frolicking with their young ones, water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys, and a wide array of diverse bird species. Following your game drive, proceed for lunch and then re-board your coach for the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.

Game Drive at Yala National Park

Experience the spectacular natural beauty, wildlife and bird species of Sri Lanka during this picturesque, full-day excursion to Yala National Park.

Yala National Park

After lunch on-board, depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Yala National Park, the second-largest national park in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, begin your afternoon game drive. The park's diverse habitats, including forests, swamps, grasslands and brackish lagoons, offer a unique experience for visitors and support an abundance of animals. The often low-density vegetation provides ideal conditions for safaris, as it allows clear and unobstructed views of the wildlife.


Game Drive

As you traverse the splendid natural landscape of Yala National Park, search for diverse and abundant park inhabitants such as the elephant, spotted deer, sambur, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose, crocodile, and leopard, a favourite amongst park visitors. Yala's bird-life includes over 130 different species, with six species endemic to Sri Lanka. At the conclusion of your game drive you will be whisked away to the Chandrika Hotel for a delectable buffet lunch before you commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of driving, at times over bumpy, uneven and dusty roads, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and safari vehicle. The distance between the pier and park is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with heart or breathing problems, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and insect repellent from the ship. Safari vehicles used are the best available in the city, they will not be of the same standard as vehicles found in the Western countries. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Expect crowds and traffic at the sites visited.

Silver Shore Privato – Hambantota by Private Car with Guide – Full Day

Explore Hambantota at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Hambantota by Private Car with Guide – Half Day

Explore Hambantota at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Hambantota by Private Van with Guide – Full Day

Explore Hambantota at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited up to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Hambantota by Private Van with Guide – Half Day

Explore Hambantota at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited up to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Temples & Trails

Indulge your senses with the culture, religion and wildlife of Sri Lanka during this full-day temple and safari excursion.

Kataragama Village

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Kataragama. Formerly a small village in medieval times, Kataragama is now a fast-developing township in the deep south of Sri Lanka. In a country of many different religious beliefs, what makes Kataragama unique is that it is a site of religious importance for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims alike.


Kataragama Buddhist Stupa and Hindu Temple

Upon arrival, visit the Kataragama Buddhist Stupa and Hindu Temple. The temple praises Skanda, also known as Kataragama, the Hindu god of war. With six faces and 12 arms, Skanda is believed to be a most benevolent god and worshipped at the beginning of a new venture. During your visit, learn about the history of Kataragama and the site, which has been further hallowed and sanctified by a visit from Lord Buddha during his lifetime. It is believed to be the place where he planted one of the saplings of the Bodhi tree, under which he gained enlightenment.


Lunch and Yala National Park

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at the Cinnamon Wild Hotel. After lunch, head to Yala National Park, the second-largest national park in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, begin your afternoon game drive. The park's diverse habitats, including forests, swamps, grasslands and brackish lagoons, offer a unique experience for visitors and support an abundance of animals. The often low-density vegetation provides ideal conditions for safaris, as it allows clear and unobstructed views of the wildlife.

Game Drive and Afternoon Tea

As you traverse the splendid natural landscape of Yala National Park, search for diverse and abundant park inhabitants such as the elephant, spotted deer, sambur, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose, crocodile, and leopard, a favourite amongst park visitors. Yala's bird-life includes over 130 different species, with six species endemic to Sri Lanka. At the conclusion of your game drive, re-board your coach and return for afternoon tea at the Cinnamon Wild Hotel, then commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of driving, at times on dusty, gravel roads, and a moderate amount of walking for approximately 435 yards (398 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and safari vehicle, and 20 steps at the temple. The distance between the pier and sites visited is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with heart or breathing problems, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and insect repellent from the ship. Proper attire is required to visit the sacred sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Shoes must be removed prior to entering the sacred sites; we suggest bringing along a pair of thick socks because the pavement may be hot. Safari vehicles used are the best available in the city, they will not be of the same standard as vehicles found in the Western countries. Safari vehicles are non-air-conditioned with open sides. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Expect crowds and traffic at the sites visited.

The Sacred City of Kataragama

Discover the rich, fascinating culture of Kataragama during a delightful, half-day excursion to this historic temple town.


Kataragama Village

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Kataragama. Formerly a small village in medieval times, Kataragama is now a fast-developing township in the deep south of Sri Lanka. In a country of many different religious beliefs, what makes Kataragama unique is that it is a site of religious importance for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims alike.


Kataragama Buddhist Stupa and Hindu Temple

Upon arrival, visit the Kataragama Buddhist Stupa and Hindu Temple. The temple praises Skanda, also known as Kataragama, the Hindu god of war. With six faces and 12 arms, Skanda is believed to be a most benevolent god and worshipped at the beginning of a new venture. During your visit, learn about the history of Kataragama and the site, which has been further hallowed and sanctified by a visit from Lord Buddha during his lifetime. It is believed to be the place where he planted one of the saplings of the Bodhi tree, under which he gained enlightenment.


Mandara Rosen Hotel and Lunch

Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at the Mandara Rosen Hotel. After lunch, commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 385 yards (352 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 20 steps at the temple and five steps at the hotel. The distance between the pier and sites visited is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to visit the sacred sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Shoes must be removed prior to entering the sacred sites; we suggest bringing along a pair of thick socks because the pavement may be hot. Expect crowds and traffic at the sites visited.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.