Day 1 UK to Colombo
Take a scheduled flight from the UK to Colombo.
Day 2 Arrive Colombo, Transfer to Galle
Arrive at Colombo International Airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your accommodation in Galle.
Day 3 Galle (B)
Enjoy a city tour of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. See the well preserved 90 acre fort and ramparts built in 1663, and continue to the New Oriental Hotel, built for a Dutch governor in 1684, a colonial gem now converted to the internationally renowned Amangalle Hotel. In the afternoon visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where conservation work is carried out to try to protect these endangered species.
Day 4 Galle to Udawalawe (BD)
Today, leave behind Dutch architecture and drive to Udawalawe.
Day 5 Udawalawe (BD)
Visit the Elephant Transit Home, which caters for juvenile elephants that have been orphaned, and raises them until they are four years old, before releasing them back into the wild at Udawalawe National Park. Enjoy an afternoon safari. As well as being renowned for its large herd of elephants, the park is also known for several species of Deer, Wild Boar, the dangerous Wild Buffalo, Jackal and very rare sightings of Leopard!
Day 6 Udawalawe to Ella (BD)
This morning head to the hilly region of Ella, one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets. Ella is a remote hamlet amongst the mountainous peaks of the island’s central highlands, and has some of the best hikes the island has to offer. Views of mist and cloud covering the summits of the mountain range and the morning sunrise in Ella are spectacular scenes to behold.
Day 7 Ella (BD)
Climb the Little Adams Peak which takes around half an hour. The walk is enjoyable and clearly marked as you meander through tea plantations and take in breathtaking views of Ella Rock, Ravana Falls and the endless valley below. Afterwards, continue to the famous Nine Arches Bridge, then visit the Ravana Ella Waterfalls, one of the widest waterfalls in the country.
Day 8 Ella to Kandy (BD)
Travel to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive around Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1806. In the evening you will visit the Temple of the Tooth in time for the “Pooja” ceremony. The temple is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. Experience an exhilarating show of traditional cultural dances.
Day 9 Kandy to Habarana (BD)
Transfer to Habarana, located in the Cultural Triangle of the island. The central plains area boasts an abundance of temple ruins and ancient cities combined with national parks and glistening reservoirs. Visit the Rock Cave Temples of Dambulla, one of the largest and best preserved cave temple sites in Sri Lanka. Located in the north central province, this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 1st century BC, and is an amazing complex of five caves.
Day 10 Sigiriya Rock Fortress (BD)
An early start today as you set off to climb to the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of Sri Lanka’s most recognisable attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, drive to Minneriya National Park (depending on the elephant movement, you may visit the nearby Kaudulla National Park or Eco Park instead). The 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consist of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favourites such as elephants and sambar deer.
Day 11 Habarana to Trincomalee (BD)
Drive towards the east coast to Trincomalee, best known for its harbour, the biggest natural harbour in the world, which has seen the ships of the Portuguese, Dutch and British, among others. The rest of the day is at leisure, to perhaps relax on the beach.
Day 12 Trincomalee (BD)
This morning, you will travel to Pigeon Island by boat, a great place for snorkelling and sun bathing. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Trincomalee. Visit the World War II cemetery and Fort Fredrick. Built in 1624, the fort remains formidable to this day. Continue to the famous Koneswaram Temple, built atop ‘Swamy Rock’, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee.
Day 13 Trincomalee (BD)
Day at leisure.
Day 14 Trincomalee to Negombo (B)
Transfer to Negombo, a fishing village and beach resort north of Colombo. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 15 Negombo (B)
Day at leisure.
Day 16 Fly to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Your Sample Accommodation
Galle: Fort Printers
The Fort Printers in Galle, is located around 400 yards from the famous Galle Fort and Light House. Guestrooms offer modern amenities including kettle, toiletries and hairdryer. There is an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi is available for guests. The on-site restaurant serves a selection of local and international cuisine.
Udawalawe: Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort
Located just a 10-minute drive from the famous Udawalawe National Park, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort features an outdoor swimming pool and offers spacious rooms with views of the surrounding nature. Guestrooms have air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, hairdryer and electric kettle. Wired internet is provided at a charge. The in-house restaurant serves delectable local and international dishes.
Ella: 98 Acres Resort & Spa
98 Acres Resort and Spa is a luxurious boutique hotel set amongst stunning landscapes, around an 8-minute walk from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, 750 yards from Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock is 1.2 miles away. Guestrooms are spacious and have modern amenities including flat-screen TV, seating area, kettle, toiletries and hairdryer. Free WiFi is available and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a spa and wellness centre. There is also a bar and a restaurant.
Kandy: The Golden Crown Hotel
This 5-star hotel is located in the lush green hills of Kandy, around a 10-minute drive from the famous Temple of the Tooth. Guestrooms have modern comforts including air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, kettle, minibar and toiletries. There is an outdoor swimming pool with a swim-up bar, where guests can relax while sipping a cocktail. There are three restaurants serving a selection of European and Asian cuisine. There is also a fitness centre and a spa.
Habarana: Habarana Village by Cinnamon
Offering bungalow-style rooms surrounded by greenery, Habarana Village by Cinnamon is a 15-minute drive from Minneriya National Park. The hotel features an outdoor pool, as well as tennis, volleyball and badminton facilities. Featuring wooden furniture, the air-conditioned rooms come with private terraces, a TV with cable channels, a safety deposit box, and tea/coffee making facilities. Azmaara Spa provides a range of treatments, from massages to manicures and pedicures.
Trincomalee: Trinco Blu by Cinnamon
The Trinco Blu by Cinammon Hotel enjoys a beachfront location in the eastern coastal town of Trincomalee. Accommodation is offered in a selection of guestrooms and suites with modern amenities including safety deposit box, electric kettle, minibar, toiletries, cable TV and free WiFi. The Captain’s Deck Restaurant serves buffet spreads of international and Asian cuisine, while The Crab is a casual dining and beach bar with waterside seating. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a bar.
Negombo: Jetwing Beach Hotel Negombo
The Jetwing Beach Hotel, in the fishing village resort of Negombo, offers contemporary accommodation with home comforts and traditional Sri Lankan hospitality. Spacious guestrooms are elegantly furnished and have modern amenities including private balcony or terrace, free WiFi, minibar and satellite TV. There are a choice of restaurants serving a selection of Asian and international cuisine, two outdoor swimming pools and a spa.
Tour Name: Explore Sri Lanka Tour
Tour Code: ESL16
Duration: 16 Days
This is a tailor-made itinerary with flexible departure dates.
Price from £2,499
Single supplement from £895
Land only from £1,849
|Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.|
Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.
The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.
- International flights in economy class
- 4★ accommodation on twin share basis
- English speaking driver/guide
- Tours and meals as stated.
- Local tips
- Personal Spending
- Travel Insurance
- Visa fees