Sri Lanka Uncovered

Kotugoda, Anamaduwa, Pallepolla, Trincomalee, Gal Oya National Park, Kandy

From £2800 per person in low season
From £3200 per person in high season

based on 13 nights inc. flights

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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

  • Daily Breakfast

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 you to explore the more hidden side of Sri Lanka, taking in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes

  • Plunge into the hidden experiences throughout this trip, from waterfalls and natural pools, temples and trekking, game drives and an abundance of Sri Lankan wildlife

  • Stay in unique retreats throughout, from the rustic and unique Mudhouse, tranquil Jim’s Farm Villas and remote Jungle Beach

  • Be enchanted by the remote indigenous population at the Vedda village at the Gal Oya National Park

  • Spend time at the private working tea and rubber estate near Kandy, The Estate House at Rosyth

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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

Gal Oya National Park is a magical place. Make the most of all their experiences, including meeting the local tribe - the vedda.

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 8682 5060 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Plunge in to the hidden and more active side of Sri Lanka with this truly unique itinerary exploring the best of this magical country. With time spent in remote rural areas ripe for exploring by bicycle or in undiscovered national parks home to lake swimming elephants and indigenous tribes, this journey is incredibly exciting and diverse. This, combined with historic Kandy and pristine beaches, results in a perfect itinerary to really get under the skin of this spectacular island.

  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 your flight and settle for your first night.

    Accommodation: The Wallawwa (1 night)

  3. Days 2-4: Anamaduwa

    After heading north to Anamaduwa you will settle into your authentic hut for the next couple of nights at The Mudhouse.  A really special experience, this unique property is designed as a Sri Lankan village with a collection of huts made out of cow dung floors and palm thatched roofs. An rustic space, surrounded by nature, an ideal spot for adventure lovers. Spend your afternoon at leisure and explore the beautiful local area, with the option to take part in cycling, kayaking and walks along the many beautiful nature trails. We highly recommended to visit the nearby small intimate temples such as the rock temple at Muligama. You can also take part in authentic cookery lessons and enjoy a lakeside picnic.

    Accommodation: The Mudhouse (2 nights)

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

    Continuing your off-the-grid adventures from The Mudhouse you will have a few hours drive to Pallepolla, to your stay at Jim's Farm Villa. Located between the 'Cultural Triangle' and Kandy, Jim’s Farm is a beautiful boutique property on an organic farm. Enjoy exploring the surrounding area by foot, eating traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, relaxing by the pool or discovering the local spice plantation. During your time at Jim's Farm you will also have the opportunity to visit Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ancient rock fortress that soars nearly 200 metres high. Once also a buddhist monastery this site is a great example of Sri Lanka's enthralling and diverse history.

    Accommodation: Jim's Farm Villas (3 nights)

  5. Days 7-10: Sri Lanka's East Coast

    From Jim’s Farm travel to the remote Jungle Beach eco-retreat with your private driver. Sitting on Sri Lanka's picturesque East Coast, you will find treehouse style cabins set right on the golden sands of the 4km of beach. On your way to Kuchchaveli stop by Polannaruwa, one of Sri Lanka's finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Once a royal ancient city with a thriving commercial and religious centre, Polannaruwa now showcases many archaeolgical treasures indicating what the area would have looked like 800 years ago. It's one of our favourite historical sites.

    Accommodation: Jungle Beach (3 nights)

  6. Days 10-12: Gal Oya National Park

    From Pasikudah you will drive to the divine Gal Oya National Park. Explore this untouched area, home to lake swimming elephants and Sri Lanka's remote indigenous population, the Vedda. Whilst here you can visit a Vedda village and meet the local chief.  Stay at the eco-retreat, Gal Oya Lodge, perfectly located for boat safaris and game drives, where they specialise in good quality environmentally responsible tourism. The intimate and comfortable nine rooms are all constructed from natural and locally sourced materials, wonderfully sympathetic to the surroundings.

    Accommodation: Gal Oya Lodge (2 nights)

  7. Days 12-14: Kegalle, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

    For the last leg of your journey you will travel inland to Kandy and enjoy some time to relax at the Rosyth Estate, an old colonial planter's bungalow set in a 62 acre private working tea and rubber estate. Discover how a rubber and tea plantation is run and all processes involved.  Whilst here you can visit The Temple Of The Tooth, located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, housing the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.

    Accommodation: Rosyth Estate (2 nights)

  8. Fly home from Colombo

Experiences

  • Gal Oya Lodge - Jeep Safari and Walk through Nilgala

    As it is Sri Lanka's most untouched national park, Gal Oya is a fantastic location to see wildlife with very few other visitors. On this experience you will enjoy a jeep safari coupled with a walk through the unspoilt Nilgala section of the park.

  • Jungle Beach - Visit Ancient Trincomalee

    Known as the ‘Rome of the Pagans of the Orient’, visiting Trincomalee will offer the chance to understand the myths and legends that surround the ancient temples and colonial forts in the area.

  • Jungle Beach - Whale Watching

    Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience whale watching during your time at Jungle Beach. You will need to wake up early as you go in search of the world's largest mammals who can be seen on the East Coast from May until around October.

  • 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.

  • Kandy Walking Tour

    Go on a walking tour of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location

Kotugoda, Anamaduwa, Pallepolla, Trincomalee, Gal Oya National Park, Kandy

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