Sri Lanka
9 Day Ancient Trails Beach Bliss
9 Day Ancient Trails & Beach Bliss
9 Day Ancient Trails & Beach Bliss
A fine nine day tour that encompasses both the old and new of Sri Lanka, with visits to the some of the main World Heritage Sites of the Cultural Triangle before time at a heavenly coastal getaway with sandy beaches and crystal blue waters – all in some of the most impressive accommodation that the island has to offer.
Tour highlights
  • Relax on arrival in a stunning restored plantation bungalow on a 50 acre coconut estate
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Yapahuwa and the stunning rock fortress at Sigiriya
  • Take a trip to the important religious site of Mihintale
  • Enjoy a catamaran ride to a traditional Sri Lankan farm and village
  • Spend time enjoying some of the best beaches in the country with two days in Trincomalee
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Day 1: Colombo - Horathapola
Arrive at Colombo International Airport to meet your guide and be transferred to your overnight accommodation in nearby Horathapola, stopping on the way to sample Sri Lanka’s sweet pineapples. You’ll spend the night in a grand plantation bungalow dating back to the early 1900s, which has been fully restored and which can found on a 50 acre coconut estate.
  • Horathapola Estate
Day 2: Horathapola - Thirappane
After a morning relaxing on the estate, head towards the centre of the island towards the Cultural Triangle, with a visit to the ancient ruins of Yapahuwa, which was built in the same style as the rock fortress at Sigiriya. You’ll spend the night at the unique Ulagalla Resort, located in 58 acres of land and with a 150 year old mansion at its centre.
  • Ulagalla Resort (B)
Day 3: Thirappane – Anuradhapura and Mihintale
Your exploration of the Cultural Triangle continues with a visit to the famous ancient ruins at Anuradhapura. Dating back thousands of years, the jungle city now features some of the most well-preserved ruins in the country, giving an insight into early Sri Lankan civilisation. You’ll then visit the pilgrimage site at Mihintale, believed to be the place where Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa inaugurated the presence of Buddhism into the country.
  • Ulagalla Resort (B)
Day 4: Thirappane – Sigiriya
The day starts with a visit to another of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage Sites as you climb the 200 metres from the jungle floor to the top of the huge granite stone that forms the Sigiriya Rock Fortress; complete with the Heavenly Maidens rock art. Having admired ‘Lions Rock’ and the stunning views from the summit of the climb, there is the chance to take a ride on a bullock cart through the paddy fields around a Sri Lankan village before a catamaran ride to a traditional farm and onwards to meet a local family.
  • Ulagalla Resort (B)
Day 5: Thirappane – Trincomalee
Head for the coast with a trip to the resort of Trincomalee, which is known for having some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, with golden sands and crystal blue shallow waters.
  • Jungle Beach Resort (B)
Days 6 & 7: Trincomalee
Spend two days at leisure enjoying your beachside location, with the chance to relax by the pool or on the beach itself. Depending on the season, you may be lucky enough to see whales swimming off the coast while you could also head out of the town to go snorkelling on the reef at Pigeon Island.
  • Jungle Beach Resort (B)
Day 8: Trincomalee – Negombo/Waikkal
Journey across the country to the city of Negombo, where you can explore the wide array of shops and restaurants on the final full day of your trip.
  • Club Hotel Dolphin (B)
Day 9: Depart Negombo
Head for the airport for your return flight home.
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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.
  • Accommodation (in standard rooms) on Bed and breakfast at hotels specified or at hotels of similar standard
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from and to the airport
  • Entrance fees for sites mentioned
  • Services of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • 12% VAT + 1% CESS fund + 2% NBT (Government Taxes)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Dinner & Lunch on tour
  • Video Camera permits at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Still Camera/video camera permits at the Kandy temple
  • Christmas & New Year supplement

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