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Sri Lanka is a year-round destination: while the west and south succumb to monsoon rains, the period from May to September is the right time to travel to the rest of the country. This tour includes tea plantation tours, sacred Buddhist sights, wildlife tracking excursions, ancient architectural riches and beach relaxation.

What's Included
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  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Maximum group size - 26 people 
  • Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 12 breakfasts & 3 lunches
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Balanced pace
  • Perahera festival departure
Signature Experiences
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  • Authentic Sri Lankan lunch in a local village
  • 3 nights relaxation on a tranquil east coast beach
  • Visit the Primate Centre at Polonnaruwa
  • Scenic train journey through the tea country
  • Maximum group size - 26 people
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Fly to Colombo

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines.

Day 2: Colombo

Arrive in Colombo and transfer to the Jetwing Colombo Seven (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3: Colombo

Today immerse yourself in rural Sri Lanka with a visit to a quaint village set amid paddy fields. Meet the locals, take a tuk tuk ride, visit a traditional village home and observe traditional production of cinnamon and oil and the ancient art of rubber tapping. Later enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch followed by a panoramic city tour of Colombo, absorbing the city's unique mix of Portuguese, Dutch, English and Indian influences.

Day 4: Kandy

This morning drive to Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural centre and home to the country's holiest site, the Temple of the Tooth, which you will visit tonight for the auspicious evening ceremony. Before that, explore the town's bustling bazaar and Kandy's arts and crafts centre. Stay 3 nights just outside the city at the Amaya Hills (or similar), which offers panoramic views of Kandy and is surrounded by verdant wooded land. 

Day 5: Kandy

Wander through the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which contain an amazing variety of flowers, trees and plants. Peradeniya was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was later expanded by the British. Remainder of the day at leisure for you to further explore Kandy or to relax at your hotel.

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya

A trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without taking a train ride in the scenic hill country. Embark in Peradeniya and meander past verdant tea plantations, rolling hills and charming villages before reaching Nanu Oya station. Disembark and drive to Nuwara Eliya Golf Club for lunch. Founded in 1889, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia. On your way back to Kandy, visit a tea plantation and factory to see the manufacturing and grading process of tea, before tasting a cup of pure Ceylon tea.

Day 7: Sigiriya

This morning drive north to Sigiriya, an ideal base to explore the many heritage-listed sites that make up Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. En route visit the Dambulla cave temple complex which is filled with over 150 statues and paintings of the Buddha. From the caves you can also enjoy the surrounding countryside.

Day 8: Polonnaruwa

Another of the Cultural Triangle's wonders is Polonnaruwa, an ancient city which was once a medieval capital and a thriving and religious cultural centre. Within the complex, hidden beside ancient ruins and verdant jungle, you will find a Primate Centre dedicated to the conservation of three primate species (toque macaques, hanuman langurs and purple-faced langurs). Enjoy a guided field session from one of the conservationists who will be able to expound the behaviours of the primates that inhabit amongst the temples.

Day 9: Sigiriya • Minneriya

Rising majestically from the central plains, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is perhaps one of Sri Lanka's most dramatic sights. Ascend the steep stairs - 1,200 in total - to reach the summit of the fortress, admiring the colourful frescoes that adorn the side of the rocks along the way. You will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views of the surrounding lush landscape and countryside. Enjoy a typical farm lunch at Priyamali Gedara before continuing to Minneriya for an afternoon safari. 

Day 10: Passikudah

Travel to Passikudah for 3 nights' relaxation at Anantaya Resort & Spa (Superior room); located on a secluded beach on the lesser visited east coast of Sri Lanka, this luxurious resort is surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty, clear waters and exotic coral reefs. 

Days 11-12: Passikudah

At leisure.

Day 13: Colombo

Travel back to Colombo by road for an overnight stay at the Jetwing Colombo Seven (or similar).

Day 14: Fly to London

Take the direct flight back to London with Sri Lankan Airlines.

Accommodation
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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.

Anantaya Pasikudah, Pasikudah

Located on a secluded beach on the lesser-visited east coast of Sri Lanka, the luxury Anantaya Pasikudah offers all-inclusive accommodation surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty; crystal clear water and exotic coral reefs. The villas and suites are tastefully designed with modern facilities, some with their own private plunge pools.

Jetwing Colombo Seven, Colombo

Located in central Colombo, within walking distance of the city's vibrant cultural, dining and shopping districts, Jetwing Colombo Seven offers a combination of serviced apartments and spacious hotel rooms. The property has a contemporary, minimalist design.

Jetwing Lake, Dambulla

Located in a secluded forest on the banks of the Siyambalawewa reservoir, Jetwing Lake is a languid retreat sprawling over an area of 7 hectares. The historic sites of the Cultural Triangle are within easy reach, as are an array of wonderful hikes and treks in the rich bio-diversity of the surrounding area, teeming with birds and wildlife.

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. 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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