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Formerly the island of Ceylon, Sri Lanka has an abundance of natural treasures, historic towns and archaeological ruins for you to discover. The fabulous tour will take you on an exotic journey to the lesser-known sites in Northern, southern and central Sri Lanka. Accompanied by your Cox and Kings guide, you will travel each day to a new and exciting site or town, such as Nuwara Eliya, which is home to the famous tea plantations. Envisage yourself touring the beautiful villages of the south and visiting the stunning cave temples of Dambulla, where you will truly enjoy the full flavour of the rich diversity of this enchanting island.
International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
UK departure and overseas airport taxes
Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
4 and 5-star accommodation throughout
Discover the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa
Visit the impressive Dambulla caves and Sigiriya rock fortress
Wander through Kandy's botanical gardens
Witness a Puja ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth
Enjoy a wildlife safari in search of elusive leopards, elephants & sloth bears
Finish the tour with relaxation on the beach
Small group tour; maximum 26 people
Day 1 – To Colombo
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines.
Day 2 – Colombo
Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Cinammon Lakeside (or similar) for 1 night. Enjoy afternoon tea at the iconic Galle Face Hotel.
Day 3 – To Kandalama
In the morning transfer to Dambulla. Stay 3 nights at the Heritance Kandalama hotel.
Day 4 – Anuradhapura & Mihintale
Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. For 1,400 years this city was Sri Lanka’s capital and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines and relics. Afternoon visit to Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Day 5 – Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa
Morning visit to the rock fortress town of Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century medieval capital of Polonnaruwa.
Day 6 – To Kandy
Morning visit to Dambulla, home to Asia’s most impressive cave temples. Continue to the beautiful hill station of Kandy and stay 2 nights at the Earls Regency (or similar). Afternoon city tour. Later, in the evening, take time to watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance and visit the Temple of the Tooth for the evening puja.
Day 7 – Kandy
Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful manmade lake and the area abounds with rich and varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Day 8 – To Nuwara Eliya
Early morning drive to Nuwara Eliya hill station via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres above sea level, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in the 18th century and their legacy is still visible.
Day 9 – Horton Plains
Early morning visit to Horton Plains, 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.
Day 10 – To Yala
Transfer to Ella; the view through the Ella Gap – a break in the hills – is one of the finest in Sri Lanka. Visit the Rawana Ella Falls and impressive Buduruwagala statues before continuing to Yala
Day 11 – Yala
Morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park. Covering 1,300 sq km, Yala National Park encompasses a diversity of jungle habitats, including scrub, brackish lagoons and riverside locations.
Day 12 – 13: Galle • Ahungalla
Drive to Ahungalla, stopping for a visit to the Elephant Transit home and tour of Galle fort.
Day 14 – To London
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri Lankan Airlines.
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, Colombo
Nestled in the heart of Colombo, on the edge of the Beira Lake, the Cinnamon Lakeside is set among 2.8 hectares of lush landscaped gardens.
Earls Regency Hotel, Kandy
The Earl's Regency hotel is set in the Dumbara valley, overlooking the lush Knuckles mountain range and the Mahaweli river. The hotel has 104 en suite bedrooms each with private balcony overlooking the countryside
Heritance Ahungalla, Ahungalla
This 5-star property is situated in Ahungalla, an ancient fishing hamlet. The setting is idyllic - a long stretch of unspoilt palm-fringed beach on the south-west coast beside the Indian Ocean.
Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla
The Heritance Kandalama stands on the shore of an ancient manmade lake, at the foot of a rocky outcrop, which once was the home of hermits who sought isolation for meditation in its caves.
Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
Set 6,800 feet above sea level, The Heritance Tea Factory was built as the Heathersett Tea Factory in the days of the British Raj. The conversion combines much of the original building's style and machinery with a range of modern innovations. The views are entrancing, with a wide panorama to the front and gentle pastoral scenes to the rear.
Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park
Situated close to wildlife-rich Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala offers a perfect balance of affordable luxury and environmental harmony.
Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, Bentota
Situated on a hillock overlooking the Indian Ocean and a palm-fringed stretch of golden beach, the Vivanta by Taj - Bentota is a stylish de luxe property that has 162 luxurious rooms and suites, most of which offer spectacular views out to the Indian Ocean.
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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