Extraordinary Sri Lanka

Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Ancient Cities & Trincomalee
11 nights private tour from GBP £5,700 Per person

This extraordinary adventure combines off the beaten track Sri Lanka with the island's main highlights which include wildlife, verdant rolling hills, tranquil beaches and important cultural sites. It is ideal for the adventurous traveller, who wants to spend their days searching for the illusive leopard, watching the sun rise on the top of Sigiriya and marvelling at the ornate shrines at Trincomalee all the while staying in beautiful and unique properties.

Extraordinary Sri Lanka
At a glance
  • Take in Sri Lanka from above as you enjoy a mangificent sunrise over the cultural triangle from a hot air balloon

  • This itinerary really takes you off the beaten track, while still ensure you experience the staples of Sri Lanka - culture, adventure, wildlife and relaxation

  • Wilpattu is one of the less commercial and crowded national parks so you will have a much more authentic experience

  • Climbing up Sigiriya at dawn and watch as the sun rises over breath-taking views as far as the eye can see

Journey highlights
  • Take in Sri Lanka from above as you enjoy a mangificent sunrise over the cultural triangle from a hot air balloon

  • This itinerary really takes you off the beaten track, while still ensure you experience the staples of Sri Lanka - culture, adventure, wildlife and relaxation

  • Wilpattu is one of the less commercial and crowded national parks so you will have a much more authentic experience

  • Climbing up Sigiriya at dawn and watch as the sun rises over breath-taking views as far as the eye can see

  • Extraordinary itinerary:Our Extraordinary Journeys offer unforgettable cutting-edge hotels, experiences and restaurants with a focus on design, fashion and innovation
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts and May to September for the East.

Itinerary

Fly to Colombo
Day 1-2

Sri Lanka's West Coast

When you arrive you’ll start the trip with a leisurely day and night at The Wallawwa. Located just outside of Colombo and near to the airport, it is a charming property that is perfectly designed to soothe and relax you into the holiday spirit.

Accommodation: The Wallawwa ( 1 night )
Day 2-4

Wilpattu National Park

From here move northwest to explore the verdant jungle of Wilpattu, home to some of Sri Lanka’s most cherished and elusive animals. Try your luck spotting a leopard with the resident expert trackers and enjoy your wilderness camping experience at Leopard Trails Camp. After your days exploring the park, return to the camp where you can enjoy a well-deserved sun downer by the campfire before enjoying delicious local Sri Lankan dishes lovingly created by the in-house chef. Wilpattu opened to the public in 2010 and is a less commercial and crowded wildlife experience than other national parks in the country, giving a much truer safari experience.

Accommodation: Leopard Trails - Wilpattu National Park ( 2 nights )
Day 4-6

Sigiriya

After exploring the jungle, it will then be time to get stuck into a few days of history and sightseeing in the Cultural Triangle. On your first morning its an early start as you take in your surroundings from above in a hot air balloon - watching the sun rise over the cultural triangle. With your guide you’ll be able to climb the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress which astounds many with its ancient engineering on and around the cliff face and sweeping views from the summit. We suggest waking early and ascending at dawn so that when the sun does come up over the breath-taking countryside you will be ready to capture the stunning vistas. Vil Uyana will be your home for the two nights; nestled in a tranquil setting on the water’s edge it has a charming village feel throughout.

Accommodation: Vil Uyana ( 2 nights )
Day 6-11

Sri Lanka's East Coast

From the Cultural Triangle, head to the east coast for five nights on the beach near Trincomalee. This ancient town sits on one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours and is often overlooked but we would encourage a visit, with plenty of interesting history to discover. The surrounding beaches still feel untouched and it is the perfect spot for a couple of days of relaxation or to indulge in some serious water sports. Jungle Beach is literally as the name suggests, it hugs the jungle and edges down to the beach making it a lovely setting for a long day of relaxing sipping on delicious cocktails or indeed setting of exploring Trincomalee which is only 30 minutes away. For those who crave a few more animal sightings then at certain times of the year you can set off out to sea to search for whales and dolphins – be sure to have your camera at the ready when they do emerge from the dark depths below as this really is a once in a lifetime experience.

Accommodation: Jungle Beach ( 5 nights )
Day 11-12

Sri Lanka's West Coast

Given the distance between the east and west coasts (an eight-hour car transfer or a flight of just over an hour), we have included one final night for you back in the Wallawwa to finish the trip. Not only does this make it much more comfortable connecting to your international flight but gives you a great opportunity to visit one of the may beautiful boutiques in the city to pick up any last minute souvenirs that you are wishing to take home.

Accommodation: The Wallawwa ( 1 night )
Fly home from Colombo
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 212 660 0228 to start planning your holiday.

Price Guide: (Per person based on double occupancy and includes international flights)

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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  • February 2024
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,600
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    GBP £1,000
  • March 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,100
    Deposit from*
    GBP £900
  • April 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,100
    Deposit from*
    GBP £900
  • May 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £900
  • June 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £5,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £900
  • July 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
  • August 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
  • September 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
  • October 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
  • November 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,100
    Deposit from*
    GBP £900
  • December 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
  • January 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £6,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts and May to September for the East.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 212 660 0228 to start planning your holiday.

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