Sri Lanka Highlights

12 Days NEW TOUR

from £2,099

Galle Lighthouse, Sri LankaSri Lanka has so much to offer visitors; diverse landscapes, compelling culture, historic monuments, national parks, wildlife, sandy beaches, and delicious cuisine, there really is something for everyone. Your journey starts in the capital Colombo, then on to Sigiriya, visiting the imposing rock fortress and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Continue to the lakeside town of Kandy and onwards to the hill country of Nuwara Eliya, famous for its fields of emerald green tea bushes. After spending time at Yala National Park enjoying time on safari, your tour ends beside the beach for some rest and relaxation.

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2019-20

Sri Lanka HighlightsDay 1 UK to Colombo
You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Colombo.

Day 2 Arrive Colombo (D)
Arrive at Colombo International Airport, where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Perhaps explore Colombo’s interesting clothing, food and tea boutiques. Enjoy dinner this evening and meet your fellow travellers.

Day 3 Colombo to Dambulla and to Sigiriya (BD)
After breakfast journey towards Dambulla and the famous Dambulla Cave Temples. These cave temples have been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. The temple complex houses unique drawings and exquisite cave paintings as well as 150 statues of Buddha. The exterior of the cave is adorned with a gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold. Continue to Sigiriya.

Day 4 Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Sigiriya (BD)
After breakfast drive to Polonnaruwa. Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa was once the medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I. Walk across the scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – dotted with stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures. You can notice a subtle Hindu influence on the architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Continue to Minneriya. Explore the wilderness of Minneriya National Park by Jeep Safari. Spreading over 8,800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants, herds of deer and a variety of birdlife. Here you may witness one of the largest elephant gatherings in the world – usually over 700 at a time – which makes the park a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.

Day 5 Sigiriya Rock to Kandy (BD)
After breakfast visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa is a World Heritage Site. It showcases ancient Sri Lankan engineering and superior urban planning skills and is also one of the finest monuments of art and culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’, overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below, to appreciate the splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Explore the museum to learn more about this incredible sight. Drive onwards to Kandy and check in at your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon stroll across this small lakeside town, with a visit to the Kandy Bazzar, an arts and crafts centre, as well as a gem museum. In the evening visit Kandy Temple and witness a fascinating cultural show. Kandy Temple, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is dedicated to Buddha.

Day 6 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (BD)
After breakfast drive to Nuwara Eliya. Today you will tour a tea plantation to see the lush green carpeted fields where Sri Lanka’s tea grows. Visit the tea factory, witness the tea making process and be sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea! Continue to Nuwara Eliya, travelling along misty steep roads, twisting through fields of verdant tea bushes to the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. The climate here is cooler with an English countryside atmosphere. The city of light, once governed by English and Scottish planters, is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows and one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world.

Day 7 Nuwara Eliya (BD)
Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounding your hotel.

Day 8 Nuwara Eliya to Yala (BD)
After breakfast transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Yala. Yala National Park, which covers an area of 1,259 km2, consisting of grasslands, dunes and vegetation, and is home to a large variety of wildlife. Species that live here include elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, and the park has one of the highest density of leopards in the world. It is also home to a wide-ranging and extensive population of birdlife. This afternoon enjoy a jeep safari in Yala National Park.
(Note: Yala Park is closed from September to Mid October – all guests who have Yala National Park on their tour itinerary during this time will either be taken to Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park or Block 5 of Yala National Park).

Day 9 Yala to Galle, Kosgoda and to Beruwala (BD)
After breakfast, transfer from Yala to Galle. Located in the south of the country, Galle is a Dutch-Portuguese colonial destination, known for its fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. The architecture reflects influences from the Portuguese, Dutch and British, and this unique heritage has been preserved for more than three and a half centuries. Explore Galle, before stopping at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where eight species of turtle are known to exist, and continue towards Beruwala, a coastal town on the West Coast of the Island.

Days 10-11 Beruwala (BD)
At leisure in Beruwala to unwind and relax on the beach.

Day 12 Fly to the UK (B)
Transfer to Colombo International Airport for your flight to the UK.

Your 3 ★ and 4★ Sample Accommodation

Colombo: OZO Colombo 4★

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the OZO Colombo is 5 km from Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and 4 km from the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. Bright contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffee making facilities. There is a restaurant, a rooftop bar/lounge, a rooftop infinity pool and a fitness room.

Sigiriya: Sigiriya Village 3★

This scenic resort is less than 1 km from the ruined rock fortress at Sigiriya. Set in separate bungalows, the rooms feature furnished balconies and tropical decor, as well as flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, and tea and coffee making equipment. There is an open-air restaurant and a bar, an Ayurvedic spa, an outdoor pool.

Kandy: OZO Kandy 4

This 4★ hotel is less than 1 km from Kandy Lake and 2 km from Kandy Railway Station. Modern rooms, some with mountain views, have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV’s and sitting areas, as well as rainfall showers, mini fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a rooftop terrace with a pool and a bar serving light bites, a simple eatery, a terrace with lake views, and an airy lounge, plus a fitness centre.

Nuwara Eliya: St Andrews 4★

A former colonial-style country house, surrounded by landscaped gardens, the simply decorated rooms have wood floors and ceilings, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and sitting areas. There is a restaurant, a traditional British pub, and a snooker room with an antique table. 

Yala: Ekho Safari Tissa 4★

A short walk from the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara Buddhist temple, this 4★ hotel overlooks a lake and is not far from leopard-spotting in Yala National Park. Chic, modern rooms offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini fridges, safes, and tea and coffee making facilities. All have rainfall showers, and balconies with lake views. There is a bar, a lounge, a lakefront outdoor pool, along with volleyball and tennis courts.

Beruwala: Cinnamon Bey 4★

Set on tropical grounds along the Indian Ocean, this beachfront hotel’s rooms feature balconies with ocean and garden views, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as minibars, and tea and coffee making facilities. There are 7 restaurants and bars, including an open-air sushi bar, 2 outdoor pools, a gym and a spa.

Tour Name: Sri Lanka Highlights

Tour Code: SLH12

Duration: 12 Days

Prices are per person based on twin share departing from London Heathrow. Regional departures and flight upgrades available on request.

21/01 – 01/02/19 from £2,299
18/02 – 01/03/19 from £2,299
18/03 – 29/03/19 from £2,299
08/04 – 19/04/19 from £2,299
16/09 – 27/09/19 from £2,099
14/10 – 25/10/19 from £2,099
11/11 – 22/11/19 from £2,199
20/01 – 31/01/20 from £2,399
17/02 – 28/02/20 from £2,399
16/03 – 27/03/20 from £2,299
06/04 – 17/04/20 from £2,299

Single supplement from £545

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.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights in economy class
  • 3★ supperior and 4★accommodation
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance