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Guide Price £1,149

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Overview

See the best of Sri Lanka on this private eight-day tour. With the help of your English-speaking chauffeur, you can explore this beautiful island in comfort and style. This fantastic tour lets you tick off cultural sites, colourful cities and amazing wildlife, all in one easy trip.

You’ll be able to visit UNESCO-protected cities, like laidback Kandy and ancient Galle, as well as famous temples. You can explore Sri Lanka’s rich interior, with a visit to iconic Sigiriya Rock and the country’s famous tea hills. Hop on a train and enjoy a scenic journey through misty tea country, and sip fresh Ceylon tea.

Wildlife plays a big part in this tour, too. You’ll have the chance to see baby elephants at Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, and go on safari in either Udawalawe National Park or Yala National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for leopards, sloth bears, elephants and more.

After your tour, your chauffeur will take you to either Colombo Airport or your chosen beach hotel.

Day 1

Minneriya National Park

Once you land in Colombo, you’ll be met by your chauffeur and set off towards Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle – the area between Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. On the way, you’ll be able to stretch your legs at Kadjugama, which is famous for its cashew nuts.

Once you’ve checked into your hotel in the Cultural Triangle, you can relax and take it easy after your flight. Or, if you’re feeling wide awake, go on an evening game drive at Minneriya National Park. This place is home to the largest gathering of elephants in the world, which takes place between August and October. But don’t worry if you’re visiting at a different time of year – you’ll still see plenty of wildlife on your safari.

You’ll stay at a hotel in the Cultural Triangle, near Dambulla and Sigiriya.

 

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Day 2

Anuradhapura and Dambulla

This morning you have two options to choose from. You can enjoy a trip to a local village, which includes a catamaran sailing and a ride in an ox cart. Or you can visit ancient Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka’s original capital city. Here, you’ll be able to see historical and archaeological sites, including the remnants of the Brazen Palace from 2nd century BC.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dambulla Cave Temple – one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive temples. Made up of five caves and fresco-covered walls, it contains over 150 images of the Buddha, the largest of which is a 14-metre long statue. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to explore Dambulla Market, one of the biggest vegetable markets in the country.

In the evening, you’ll return to your hotel. Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 3

Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya

Before you head off for the day, if you wish, you can join a bird-watching walk in the hotel grounds. Then, you’ll travel to age-old Polonnaruwa. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, this city still has impressive ruins of its Royal Palace, the Audience Hall and the Lotus Bath.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic sites, Sigiriya Rock. Rising 200 metres above the surrounding jungle, the citadel is worth the climb. On your way up you’ll see beautiful frescoes on the walls and, when you reach the top of this World Heritage Site, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views across the lush forest below.

In the evening, you’ll return to your hotel. Breakfast is included.



 

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Day 4

Kandy

In the morning, you’ll set off on the three-hour drive to Kandy – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sri Lanka’s cultural capital. On the way, though, you’ll be able to stretch your legs at an exotic spice garden in Matale, where you can learn about Sri Lanka’s delicious flavours.

Once you arrive in Kandy, it’s time to explore the city. Tradition is very much alive here, and there are plenty of cultural attractions. The highlight is the Temple of the Tooth – a sacred temple which houses a tooth of Buddha.

In the evening, you can enjoy a lively performance of traditional Kandyan dancing and drumming. You’ll spend the night in Kandy. Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 5

Kandy

On a personalised tour, you’ll explore Kandy’s local markets, bustling streets and Kandy Lake, which was built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. You can also visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, where 147 acres are filled with all kinds plants, trees and flowers.

Later, there are two activities for you to choose from. You can spend a wonderful evening in an artist’s cottage and home-studio. You’ll learn all about the contemporary art created by Rahju, who has lived and worked in Sri Lanka for over 30 years.

Alternatively, you can visit two temples – Gadaladeniya and Embekke. The former is famous for its beautiful stone carvings and is a perfect example of Sri Lanka’s ancient architecture. Meanwhile, Embekke Temple is constructed entirely of wood and features some rare, intricate Kandyan carvings.

You’ll spend the night in Kandy. Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 6

Nuwara Eliya

Today, you’ll discover Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. You’ll head to Nuwara Eliya – a quaint town in the heart of plantation country, perched 2,000 metres above sea level. Your chauffeur will drive you or you can take the train, which is a fantastic way to see the misty landscape, as you wind past leafy plantations and hill villages.

When you reach Nuwara Eliya, you can find out more about Sri Lanka’s famous Ceylon tea. The rest of the day is yours to relax. Why not play a round on the 18-hole golf course – one of the best in the country – or wander around the town? Nuwara Eliya is dubbed the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, thanks to its colonial architecture, rose gardens and, of course, endless tea.

You’ll spend the night in Nuwara Eliya. Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 7

Sri Lankan safari

This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your Sri Lanka tour – an incredible wildlife safari. After a scenic drive through Hill Country, you’ll spend the afternoon at either Udawalawe National Park or Yala National Park.

Stretching for 30,000 hectares, Udawalawe is home to a variety of animals, including buffalo, sambar deer and crocodiles. But the park is most famous for its 500 elephants. Go on a safari, and you’re guaranteed to see some of these gentle giants strolling around.

Meanwhile, Yala National Park covers nearly 400 square miles. The park has the highest density of leopards in the world, but you’ll also see elephants, sloth bears, wild boar and much more on an exciting game drive through Yala.

You’ll spend the night at either Udawalawe or Yala. Breakfast is included.

 

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Day 8

Galle

The final day of your tour kicks off with a visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where you can see baby elephants. This centre recues orphaned elephants, before rehabilitating them and releasing them back into the wild. Charity Born Free makes sure the orphans receive all the milk, care and medical attention they need.

Next, you’ll drive along Sri Lanka’s south coast, past tropical beaches and sleepy fishing villages. Your last stop is Galle – a multicultural city with British, Dutch and Portuguese influences. Within the walls of Galle Fort, you’ll find cobbled streets, colonial buildings and sleepy cafes. But step through the gates, and you’ll discover a hive of activity in the city beyond. Down by the sea, meanwhile, you’ll find powdery beaches and boutique hotels.

At the end of your tour, your chauffeur will take you to either your chosen beach hotel, or Colombo Airport if you’re heading home.

 

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  • What's Included

  • Essential Information

Included
  • Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis for five nights, from breakfast on day two to breakfast on day eight
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Entrance fees for sites mentioned
  • Services of English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • Prevailing government taxes
Not included
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Still Camera/video camera permits at the Kandy temple
  • Video camera permits at Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other services not specified above

All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.

What's Included

Included
  • Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis for five nights, from breakfast on day two to breakfast on day eight
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Entrance fees for sites mentioned
  • Services of English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • Prevailing government taxes
Not included
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Still Camera/video camera permits at the Kandy temple
  • Video camera permits at Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other services not specified above

Essential Information

All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.

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