Nov 252015
 
 13 nights /14 days  
Guideline price: £1,720 per person in high season (excluding flights)
A great introduction to beautiful Sri Lanka, this private tour includes a stay in the Cultural Triangle including the UNESCO World Heritage ancient cities and monuments and the lake city of Kandy famous for its cultural shows and Temple of the Tooth.  Continue to the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park and the fortified city of Galle on Sri Lanka’s southern coast.  All aspects of the tour can be customised to your requirements.

  • Elephants in the wild

    Elephants in the wild

  • Temple of the Tooth - Kandy

    Temple of the Tooth – Kandy

  • Waterfall

    Waterfall

  • Polonnaruwa

    Polonnaruwa

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  • Dambulla Golden Temple

    Dambulla Golden Temple

  • Flower Sellers

    Flower Sellers

  • Empty Beach

    Empty Beach

  • Kandy

    Kandy

  • Sigiriya

    Sigiriya

  • Dambulla Caves

    Dambulla Caves

For a small island, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer.  Palm lined beaches, glorious ancient cities, salubrious hill country, beautiful fauna & flora, exquisite handicrafts, world renowned gems, traditional dance & drama, colourful festivals, smiling people and not forgetting the mouth-watering Sri Lankan cuisine.

This tour will enable you to experience all of these varied highlights whilst staying in some wonderful properties.  We choose our accommodations very carefully preferring small, friendly establishments bursting with character and personality.  The Fort Printers in Galle for example is an 18th century mansion that at one time housed a printing facility and has now been restored into an elegant small private hotel.

Our friendly, professional local representatives will provide all the support you need to enjoy your holiday, stress free.  This includes our airport representatives who will assist you on arrival and departure, a dedicated licensed English speaking chauffeur who will also act as your personal guide throughout the tour and a local team who are ready to step in at any time should the need arise. And of course, we are always contactable in the UK, 24/7 if you need to speak with us.

Below is a suggested tour outline to experience the best of Sri Lanka. Please do talk with us to alter any details including places visited, length of stay and accommodation.  We are happy to include international flights to complete your holiday arrangements. Should you wish to extend your trip to the Maldives or India, we would be delighted to organise this too.

Visas are required by most visitors entering Sri Lanka, but these are easy to obtain online and relatively inexpensive.

Day 1: ARRIVE COLOMBO
Arrive at Colombo airport where you will be met and assisted by our local representative. Transfer to Colombo city hotel for 1 night.
Relax for the rest of the day.
Accommodation: Residence by Uga, Colombo: Park Suite, Bed & Breakfast
Day 2: TRANSFER TO SIGIRIYA
Morning transfer to your hotel near Sigiriya for 3 nights.  Afternoon visit to the famous Sigiriya rock fortress with your chauffeur guide. Climbing the rock involves around 1200 steps and requires a certain amount of energy.  For those unable to manage the climb, we suggest a visit to the Sigiriya museum as an alternative.
Accommodation: Vil Uyana, Sigiriya: Paddy/Marsh Dwelling, Bed & Breakfast
Day 3: POLONNARUWA & MINNERIYA
In the morning visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, which has many ancient statues and ruins to explore. In the afternoon, enjoy a safari at the Minneriya National Park which is most notable for its resident elephants, although there are many other wildlife opportunities.
Accommodation: Vil Uyana, Sigiriya: Paddy/Marsh Dwelling, Bed & Breakfast
Day 4: VILLAGE TOUR
Take a walking tour of a local village to learn about the local rural lifestyle. Enjoy a bullock cart ride through picturesque paddy fields to Hiriwaduna Lake where you will board a catamaran for bird spotting and views of the surrounding countryside. Finally, enjoy a delicious Sri Lankan lunch which you can assist the local ladies to prepare.
Accommodation: Vil Uyana, Sigiriya: Paddy/Marsh Dwelling, Bed & Breakfast
Day 5: DAMBULLA & KANDY
Visit the rock cave temples of Dambulla, another UNESCO World Heritage site, before transferring to Kandy.  Check in to your hotel for 2 nights. Enjoy an evening cultural dance performance, the highlight of which is a fire walking display. Afterwards, visit the famous Temple of the Tooth and experience the monks conducting their daily ritual worship of the only surviving relic of Buddha.
Accommodation: Stone House, Kandy: Standard Room, Bed & Breakfast
Day 6: ELEPHANTS & KANDY
In the morning, Kandy city tour including the busy market area, upper lake drive, gem museum, arts & craft centre and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Afternoon is free to relax or explore further independently.
Accommodation: Stone House, Kandy: Standard Room, Bed & Breakfast
Day 7: TRAIN JOURNEY & NUWARA ELIYA
Enjoy a scenic train journey through the tea covered mountains from Peradeniya to Hatton where you will be met by your chauffeur guide. City tour of Nuwara Eliya or ‘Little England’ as it was known to the British who established a hill station here in the 19th century. Transfer to your heritage hotel on a tea estate for 2 nights.
Accommodation: Stafford Bungalow, Nuwara Eliya: Deluxe Room, Half Board
Day 8: NUWARA ELIYA
A day to enjoy your tea plantation surroundings and take a guided tour of the estate.
Accommodation: Stafford Bungalow, Nuwara Eliya: Deluxe Room, Half Board
Day 9: YALA VIA ELLA
Scenic drive to Ella which has some fantastic views.  Continue to Yala and check in to your hotel for 2 nights which is located adjacent to the park boundary.
Accommodation: Cinnamon Wild, Yala: Jungle Chalet, Bed & Breakfast
Day 10: YALA SAFARI
Morning and afternoon safari in Yala National Park which is most famous for having the highest density of leopard in the world. Other animals found in the park include elephant, monkeys, sloth bear, civet, loris and 215 different bird species.
Accommodation: Cinnamon Wild, Yala: Jungle Chalet, Bed & Breakfast
Day 11: TRANSFER TO GALLE
Leisurely drive to the southern coastal city of Galle and check in to your hotel for 3 nights.  Situated in the heart of Galle, the Fort Printers is an 18th century mansion which used to serve as a college and then a printing company.  It has now been tastefully converted into an elegant small boutique hotel.
Accommodation: Fort Printers, Galle: Superior Suite, Bed & Breakfast
Day 12:  GALLE
City tour of Galle. Founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later taken over by the Dutch, this UNESCO World Heritage site is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South Asia.
Accommodation: Fort Printers, Galle: Superior Suite, Bed & Breakfast
Day 13:  GALLE
Full day at leisure to enjoy the local area.  Optional excursions are available if you prefer.
Accommodation: Fort Printers, Galle: Superior Suite, Bed & Breakfast
Day 14:  DEPART SRI LANKA
Transfer back to Colombo for your departure flight.
Early departures may require an overnight stay in Negombo (the closest town to the airport).