9 Day Colonial Ceylon Tour
9 Day Colonial Ceylon Tour
Discover the colonial past of the island of Sri Lanka on this nine day tour that takes you from the bustling city of Colombo to the World Heritage Site at Kandy and up into the hills to experience life in a traditional plantation bungalow before a relaxing spell on the coast.
Tour highlights
  • Be blessed by a Buddhist monk while experiencing the colonial highlights of Colombia
  • Visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnawala to see young animals being cared for
  • Marvel at the religiously important Temple of the Sacred Tooth in the World Heritage Site of Kandy
  • Admire the stunning scenery as you climb into the mountains on a train ride through Sri Lanka’s lush tea plantations
  • Enjoy a unique stay in a traditional plantation bungalow
  • Pay a visit to the stunningly beautiful Horton Plains National Park and gaze over Worlds End
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Day 1: Arrive Colombo
Arrive at Colombo International Airport to meet your guide before being transferred to your hotel, with the remainder of the day being at leisure, with the possibility of some early sight-seeing in the bustling commercial capital of the island nation.
  • Hotel Taj Samdura, or similar
Day 2: Colombo
Explore some of the colonial highlights of Colombo, which sit side-by-side with architecture and buildings that showcase modern Sri Lanka. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, designed by Geoffrey Bawa and featuring a mix of architectural styles, will be the first port of call for a blessing from a local monk before continuing on to investigate locations like the Old Parliament House, the ancient Sri Kailawasanthan Swami Devasthanam temple and the colonial-style Town Hall located on the edge of Viharamahadevi Park.
  • Hotel Taj Samdura, or similar (B)
Day 3: Colombo – Kandy
Leaving Colombo after an early breakfast, you’ll call in at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where there will be the opportunity to watch the animals bathe in a nearby river and to witness youngsters being fed. On arrival in Kandy, you’ll then head for the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which is home to the most important Buddhist relics in Sri Lanka. While there, enjoy a traditional Puja Ceremony and witness a performance of Kandyan dancing and drumming, which originated in the area before spreading across the country.
  • Richmond House, or similar (B)
Day 4: Kandy
Enjoy an early morning visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens just outside Kandy, where you can enjoy a stunning walk around the grounds surrounded by more than 4000 different species of plant. You’ll also pay a visit to some of the ancient religious buildings located in the area, such as the Gadaladeniya and Lankatillake temples, which feature numerous paintings and murals that hark back to the Kandyan Kingdom of years gone by. On the return to Kandy, enjoy a personal tour that will include the chance to visit the huge man-made lake and to explore the local markets. 
  • Richmond House, or similar (B)
Day 5: Kandy – Hill Country
Weather permitting, board a train for a stunning journey through Sri Lanka’s tea country as you climb up into the highlands, passing through lush plantations and through small hill villages as you journey to Nuwara Eliya, located at more than 6,000ft above sea level and regarded as a key location in Sri Lanka’s vitally important tea industry. Ahead of a two-night stay in a beautiful heritage bungalow on one of the estates, pay a visit to the plantation and factory where you can gain an education on the Ceylon tea for which the mountain area is best known.
  • Stafford Estate Bungalow (B)
Day 6: Hill Country – Horton Plains
Rise early in the morning to visit the Horton Plains National Park, an area of mountain grassland located in the highlands home to two of the three highest peaks in Sri Lanka. Your early morning arrival will allow you to see the grasslands in all their glory, with the chance to admire the stunning scenery from the top of the 1050m precipice known as World’s End before the heavy mist usually found in the area descends.
  • Stafford Estate Bungalow (B)
Day 7: Hill Country – Mount Lavinia
Following breakfast, leave the mountains behind you to head for the coast and the resort of Mount Lavinia, known largely for its ‘golden mile’ of beaches. En-route, there will be the opportunity to visit Kitulgala, where much of the filming for the Academy Award-winning film Bridge on the River Kwai took place.
  • Mount Lavinia Beach Hotel (B)
Day 8: Mount Lavinia
Spend a day at leisure at Mount Lavinia, with the opportunity to lie back and relax under the warm tropical breeze of the Indian Ocean. Alternatively, take  walk along the sandy beaches or take part in one of the optional activities offered by your hotel.
  • Mount Lavinia Beach Hotel (B)
Day 9: Mount Lavinia departure
Leave your hotel to journey to the airport and your onward 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 basis for 8 nights
  • Transportation by air - conditioned vehicle from and to the airport at the start and end of your trip
  • 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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