Imagine Sri Lanka

Colombo, Ancient Cities, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Galle

From £2900 per person in low season
From £3300 per person in high season

based on 13 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

per person based on 2 people sharing.

Prices subject to peak season surcharges and minimum night stays, over periods such as Christmas and New Year.

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At a Glance

  • An immersive tour taking in the highlights of Sri Lanka with some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes

  • Submerge into the cultural triangle and abundance of Sri Lankan wildlife throughout Sigiriya

  • Trek jungles and soak up the bountiful landscape as you travel through Kandy to Koslanda

  • Spot herds of elephant, illusive leopard, sloth bear and a huge variety of endemic bird species at the Yala National Park

  • Soak up the paradise shoreline of Thalpe and submerge in the old Ceylon culture of Galle

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Sri Lanka is considered a sunny year round destination; there is always somewhere experiencing good weather on the island. However, there are huge regional differences. The Southwest ‘Yala’ Monsoons brings rain to the west and southwest coast, as well as the hill country, from April/May to September. During this time the north and east coasts are good. The northeast ‘Mahe’ monsoon is less extreme and brings rain to the east and north during October and November. This monsoon can bring a bit of rain to the south as well. Put simply; head to the south, central, hill country and western areas between December and March and ideally head to the north and eastern areas between April and September. We can never guarantee good weather but believe this is a good guide to follow.

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Insider's View

Sri Lanka has just so much to give, with lots of culture, incredible landscapes, gorgeous beaches, not to mention friendly people and some of the best food you’ll ever eat! This itinerary is a super introduction to what has become one of my favourite countries!

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 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Immerse in the local Sri Lankan culture and the highlights of the dramatic history and glorious scenery. For a tiny island, Sri Lanka packs a huge amount in and this itinerary takes in its captivating highlights in style. From ancient cities to tracking leopards, from tea plantations to shimmering beaches, this itinerary has it all. If you love to combine wildlife, art, history, culture and relaxation with tailored experiences, then this trip is for you.

  1. Fly to Colombo

  2. Days 1-2: Sri Lanka's West Coast

    On arrival at Sri Lanka you will be met by your private driver and taken to your wonderful boutique hotel for the night.  The Wallawwa is amazingly serene, and perfectly positioned in the midst of three acres of manicured gardens an ideal haven to relax after you flight and to settle for your first night.

    Accommodation: The Wallawwa (1 night)

  3. Days 2-5: Sigiriya

    Feeling refreshed you will head north to Sigiriya. Spend the afternoon visiting Minneriya Park, home to an abundance of Sri Lankan wildlife including sambar deer and wild elephant. Throughout your time spent in the area you will visit Sigiriya Rock, an ancient rock fortress and Polannaruwa, the fascinating ruins of one of Sri Lanka’s ancient kingdoms.  Whilst exploring this rich cultural triangle you will stay at the Wild Grass Eco-Nature Resort, an exquisite jungle hideaway. Relax in this oasis whilst discovering and exploring the surrounding wonders of Sri Lanka.

    Accommodation: Wild Grass Nature Resort (3 nights)

  4. Days 5-7: Kandy and the Hill Country

    Time to heads south and explore the ancient Dambulla Cave Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to 157 Buddha statues and an exquisite selection of ancient artwork. Kandy is also home to The Temple of the Tooth, a Buddhist temple home to Lord Buddha's tooth, said to have been stolen from him as he lay on his funeral pyre.  Nestled in the valley of the Knuckles Mountain Range you will relax in the evenings of the Bougainvillea retreat.  A serein base to explore the area, highly recommending you visit the Peredeniya Botanical Gardens, home to 60 hectares of beautifully maintained gardens showcasing some of Sri Lanka's stunning flora.

    Accommodation: Bougainvillea Retreat (2 nights)

  5. Days 7-9: Koslanda and Haputale

    You will enjoy a drive south through lush scenery to visit Rothchild's Tea Estate a wonderful experience before catching the train from Talawakelle to Haputale, taking in the stunning landscape as you go,  where you will then have some time to settle in to your hotel, Living Heritage Koslanda, a peaceful paradise surrounded by nature.  On the edge of the tea country, this unique boutique hotel is an ideal environment in which to relax and recharge before carrying on with your further adventures of this stunning country.

    Accommodation: Living Heritage Koslanda (2 nights)

  6. Days 9-11: Yala National Park

    Continue south to discover the wildlife wonders of Sri Lanka in Yala National Park, where you can spot herds of elephant, illusive leopard, sloth bear and a huge variety of endemic bird species. On the borders of the park, you will be staying at the stylish Cinnamon Wild Yala, a haven for nature lovers. An eco-friendly resort boasting gorgeous jungle chalets with fabulous views of the surrounding jungle waiting to be explored. Game drives and guided walks can be enjoyed throughout the day, and for those looking for something a little different, don your night vision goggles and head out into the night.

    Accommodation: Cinnamon Wild Yala (2 nights)

  7. Days 11-14: Thalpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka

    Travel around the scenic south coast to the beaches just south of historic Galle. You will be staying in The Why House, a small and chic boutique hotel, offering a seductive ambience of old Ceylon.

    Head to the closely located Galle, a modern city full of old trader's bungalows and art with classic architecture and a colourful history. Galle Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site is Sri Lanka's best-preserved townscape now filled with upmarket boutiques, small hotels and restaurants. If you are feeling active, a cycling trip around the nearby villages is highly advised to plunge into the local life that surrounds you. If visiting the area from November to March, whale watching is a must!  After a relaxing three nights in this haven, continue onto Colombo for your flight home.

    Accommodation: Why House (3 nights)

  8. Fly home from Colombo

Experiences

  • Anuradhapura Cycling Tour

    This bicycle tour of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brings you to the stupas of Ruwanweliseya, Abayagirl, Jethavana and Samadhi Buddha statue.

  • Ella City Tour

    Explore Ella with your chauffeur guide. Ella is blessed with some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular views. On this tour you will visit Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak, Ravana Cave and Bambaragala Park.

  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

    Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.

  • Kandy Temple Trail

    Head a little more off the beaten track to explore some of Sri Lanka's more historically and architecturally interesting temples. Gadaladeniya, Embekke and Lankathilaka are set away from the main tourist trail but are still easily accessible from Kandy.

  • Morning Safari - Yala National Park

    Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.

  • The Wallawwa - Cookery Demonstration

    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.

  • Trekking in the Knuckles Range

    This is a must for trekking enthusiasts, who will love the striking landscapes and ever-changing fauna on this 4-5 hour trek from Illukkumbura to Riverston. Expect sweeping panoramas and waterfalls in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location

Colombo, Ancient Cities, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Galle

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