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A Scott Dunn Flagship itinerary
The ultimate Sri Lankan adventure, staying at the best hotels and travelling in style between them
Activities and experiences tailored around your interests - with the use of a hand-picked private elite guide throughout
The driest seasons are from December to March for the west & south and the Hill Country & from April to September for the ancient cities region. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. The weather doesn’t follow strict rules, though – it often seems to be raining where it should be sunny & sunny where it should be raining.
July/August is the time of the Kandy Esala Perahera, as well as Kataragama festival in the South.
Through this itinerary, discover the best of what Sri Lanka has to offer, staying in the very finest character hotels. Travel through the country taking in the rich culture and history with private guide and chauffeur with you throughout, making sure that you experience Sri Lanka in the best way possible.
Starting off the trip, you’ll have one night to relax and rest at The Wallawwa. This is a beautiful property and a lovely retreat in which to rest after your international flight, making sure that you are totally ready for the adventure ahead!
From here you’ll transfer to the Cultural Triangle with your private guide and chauffeur, where you will be spending your next three nights at Ulagalla, from which you can discover the fantastic ancient ruins of Sri Lanka’s first kingdoms. This is a spectacular part of the country and during your time here, we have included a private cycling trip through the UNESCO heritage site of Anuradhapura which is a brilliant way to explore this expansive site. Of course, no trip to the Cultural Triangle would be complete without a visit to Sigiriya Rock and we have included an early morning trip for you, the best time to climb the rock whilst it is still cool, and the light is beautiful.
Then, travel down to Kandy where you’ll be staying the next two nights at the charming Kandy House, featuring some of the best food to be found in the country. From the Kandy House, again with your private guide, venture out to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Botanical Gardens and the Commonwealth War memorial.
Moving on you'll travel to the beautiful Hill Country and the famous Ceylon Tea Trails, where you can relax in colonial splendour, discover the history of the country's greatest export and trek through the lush plantations. The next three nights gives you a wonderful opportunity to relax on the itinerary and do as little or as much as you like.
Next, you will again be met by your private chauffeur and driven to the beautiful Yala National Park where you’ll stay in the sister property of Ceylon Tea Trails; Wild Coast Tented Lodge. This unique property offers a wildlife experience like no other, where the Indian Ocean meets the jungle. Known for its high population of leopard, it has a unique and luxurious design. Spend your days out on safari drives, and in the evenings relax with dinner and drinks under the stars.
After all this action drive down to Tangalle and the best beach in Sri Lanka, home to Amanwella where you’ll have three beautiful nights to end your epic trip. At this luxurious retreat you can relax and unwind, enjoying sumptuous spa treatments and world class cuisine. You’ll have three nights here to end your journey.
Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.
Cycle through the charming city of Colombo at dusk, as you visit some of its most iconic landmarks.
Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Explore this beautiful area of Kenya with your professional safari guide in search of some of the fantastic wildlife of Laikipia. Enjoy the opportunity to track and view some of the critically endangered white and black rhino of the conservancy.
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the monkeys that occupy the area. These impressive ruins have been carefully preserved and have attracted groups of three diurnal primates. Get up close with these cheeky animals and learn about their behaviour.
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.
The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
A 1.5-hour cookery demonstration with one of the Wallawwa's chefs, beginning at 11am. Learn about the spices used and the different methods of preparation for different types of Sri Lankan curry. Following the demo, enjoy a 2-course lunch.
Ulagalla is home to two beautiful horses. During your stay at this fabulous resort, why not spend some time getting to know them and go riding around the estate and the surrounding area.
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Meet with Ranju the artist during an intimate visit to his studio in Kandy. Gain an intimate insight into Sri Lanka's budding art scene and the artist behind some extraordinary pieces.
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
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