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This outstanding introductory tour to Sri Lanka combines the cultural triangle’s ancient cities with scenic hill country, man-made marvels and abundant wildlife. Explore Kandy, the last Sinhalese city to fall to the British, and search for leopards and sloth bears in Wilpattu National Park.
Finish the tour with a relaxing 2-night stay on one of the island’s golden palm-fringed beaches.
- 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Experienced local tour manager
- Wildlife safaris & national park entrance fees
- Twin / double rooms for single use
- No single supplement
- 3 safaris in Wilpattu in search of wild elephants and leopards
- Visit the impressive Sigiriya rock-fortress
- Explore Kandy's botanical gardens and famed Temple of the Tooth
- See monkeys and sambars on Horton Plains
- Welcome & farewell group dinners
- Small group size - maximum 18 people
Day 1: Fly to Colombo
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines.
Day 2: Chilaw
Land in Sri Lanka's cosmopolitan capital and transfer to the Anantaya Hotel (or similar) in Chilaw for 1 night. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Anuradhapura
Drive to the region of Anuradhapura for a 3-night stay at the Forest Rock Garden Resort (or similar). En route stop at Wilpattu National Park for an afternoon wildlife safari in search of leopards and sloth bears. The park is the oldest and largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka and is characterised by its open grasslands and dense jungle scrub. As well as leopards and sloth bears, you may also be able to spot elephants, mugger crocodiles and an array of endemic birds.
Day 4: Wilpattu National Park • Anuradhapura
Rise early to explore Wilpattu when the wildlife is at its most active. Return to your resort for breakfast and to rest before taking a further safari in the afternoon.
Day 5: Anuradhapura
Explore Sri Lanka's first ancient capital, Anuradhapura, which was established around the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree, said to be the oldest tree planted by hand in the world. The city was the capital for nearly 1,500 years and has a beautiful array of Buddhist shrines and relics waiting to be explored. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 6: Dambulla
Continue your exploration of Sri Lanka's famed Cultural Triangle by transferring to Dambulla for a 2-night stay at the Amaya Lake Hotel (or similar). This afternoon learn authentic local cooking techniques and dishes with an interactive culinary class. Later, take a gentle boat ride on the peaceful Dambulla Lake to watch the sunset over the hills.
Day 7: Sigiriya • Polonnaruwa
Visit one of Sri Lanka's most iconic sights this morning - the Unesco Sigiriya rock fortress that dramatically rises 370-metres from the central plains. A climb to the top offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to Polonnaruwa, an impressive archaeological site packed with ancient structures including tombs, temples and stupas.
Day 8: Dambulla • Kandy
Morning visit to Dambulla, home to Asia's most impressive and well-preserved cave temples. Admire the many Buddhist murals and statues, some of which date back as far as the first century BC. Leave the Cultural Triangle towards the beautiful hill station of Kandy and stay 2 nights at the Amaya Hills (or similar). Afternoon orientation tour before enjoying a traditional and colourful Kandyan dance performance.
Day 9: Kandy
Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful man-made lake and the area abounds in rich and varied plant life. After a leisurely breakfast, stroll through the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens and admire the flora, butterflies, birdlife and most notably, the impressive collection of exotic orchids. Spend the afternoon at your leisure - maybe explore Kandy's bustling markets or just relax at your hotel.
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya
This morning drive the scenic route towards the hill station of Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a historic tea planation where you can observe the tea pickers in the fields and learn about the process of tea production.
Day 11: Horton Plains
Early morning visit to Horton Plains National Park, situated on Sri Lanka's highest plateau (this excursion involves a 2.5-hour walk*). Horton Plains is inhabited by large populations of monkeys and sambar deer and offers one of the best vantage points to view the spectacular Central Highlands. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 12: Wadduwa
Drive to Wadduwa, a beach town on the west coast. Stay 2 nights at the Blue Water Hotel, a luxury hotel with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.
Day 13: Wadduwa
Day at leisure to relax on the beach. Farewell dinner with the group.
Day 14: Fly to London
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri Lankan Airlines.
Amaya Hills, Kandy
Amaya Hills (previously Le Kandyan) lies on a rocky outcrop, 15 minutes drive above the capital of Kandy, in tranquil, wooded surroundings with a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding hills. All 100 room and suites are elegantly furnished with a touch of local Kandyan influence and feature a private balcony or terrace. Hotel facilities include 24-hour room service, a shopping arcade and a health and fitness centre.
Amaya Lake, Kandalama
Set among spacious grounds on the shores of Kandalama Lake, Amaya Lake is ideally located to explore the many historic delights of the cultural triangle. Accommodation is in air-conditioned chalets or traditional style eco-lodges with walls and floors of packed mud and thatched roofs.
Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw
Tucked away between a sandy beach and a mangrove fringed lagoon, the Anantaya Resort & Spa is located in the charming resort of Chilaw and a mere 20 minute drive from Colombo. It lies in close proximity to some of Sri Lanka's most enduring sights such as Wilpattu National Park and Negombo town. Spacious, luxurious rooms are set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean whilst sun loungers are dotted beneath the palm trees or by the outdoor pool.
Araliya Green Hills, Nuwara Eliya
Araliya Green Hills is situated in the heart of Sri Lanka's picturesque hill country. This modern 4-star hotel offers 107 comfortably furnished guestrooms and suites in a minimalist style. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, a bar, a small gymnasium and a spa.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on solo travellers staying in their own twin/double room. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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