Day 2 Arrive Colombo
Arrive at Colombo International Airport, where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free at leisure to relax, or perhaps explore Colombo’s interesting clothing, food and tea boutiques.
Day 3 Colombo to Dambulla (BD)
Drive to Dambulla this morning, which is located in the Cultural Triangle, the central plains area which boasts an abundance of temple ruins and ancient cities combined with national parks and glistening reservoirs. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 4 Dambulla (BD)
After breakfast, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa is a World Heritage Site, and showcases ancient Sri Lankan engineering and superior urban planning skills, as well as being one of the finest monuments to art and culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’, overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below, to appreciate the splendour that once dominated this rock fortress. This afternoon, explore the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa. Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city 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.
Day 5 Dambulla to Kandy (BD)
Morning departure for Kandy, stopping en-route to visit the Rock Cave Temples of Dambulla, one of the largest and best preserved cave temple complexes 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 labyrinth of five caves. In the evening, experience an exhilarating show of traditional cultural dances.
Day 6 Kandy (BD)
Morning at leisure, or optional trip to the Elephant Freedom Project. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth in time for the “Pooja” ceremony. The temple is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art, unique to Sri Lanka.
Day 7 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (BD)
Following breakfast, drive to Nuwara Eliya, to visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where one of the best teas in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and have the opportunity for a tasting.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya to Yala (BD)
This morning, set off for Yala. Arrive at your accommodation, and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Note: During Yala Park closure from September to Mid October – All guests who have Yala National Park in their tour itinerary will either be taken to Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park or Block 5 of Yala National Park.
Day 9 Yala (BD)
Today after breakfast you will embark on an exciting journey into the Yala National Park by jeep safari. Yala National Park is home to elephant, leopard, bear, crocodile and wild boar. The Park covers an area of 97,800 hectares, and is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 Yala to Kalutara (B)
Travel to Kalutara on the southern coast of the island and check in on arrival. The rest of the day
is at leisure.
Days 11-15 Kalutara (B)
Days at leisure.
Day 16 Fly to UK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
NOTE: The sample tour above is recommended for travel from October to April, with a beach stay on the south coast. For travel from March to September we recommend doing the itinerary in reverse and a beach stay on the east coast, please ask us for further details and a suggested itinerary.
Your 4★ Sample Accommodation
Colombo: Kingsbury Hotel 4★
Chic, traditionally furnished rooms with sea or harbour views, feature marble bathrooms, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making equipment. There are 4 restaurants offering international fare, as well as 3 bars, an outdoor pool, a plush spa and a fitness centre.
Dambulla: Amaya Lake 4★
Set in a forested area overlooking Kandalama Lake, this resort is 11 km from the Golden Temple of Dambulla and 13 km from the ruins of ancient Sigiriya. Featuring private terraces, the rooms offer flat-screen TVs, sitting areas, and tea and coffee making facilities, plus free WiFi. Amenities include a spa offering massages and yoga, as well as an outdoor pool, sports courts, lawn games and snooker. There’s also a international restaurant, an open-air poolside bar and event space.
Kandy: Amaya Hills 4★
Set on a wooded hilltop overlooking the lush Hanthana Mountain Range, this upscale resort features carved wood furnishings and balconies with valley views. The rooms offer flat-screens, minibars, and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a restaurant with terrace, plus a bar, a lounge serving tea, a valley-view outdoor pool, a gym and a spa.
Nuwara Eliya: Langdale by Amaya 4★
Surrounded by green hills and gardens, this bright, relaxed colonial-style hotel, features scenic views, antiques and handwoven linens. The rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, safes, sitting areas, and tea and coffee making facilities. A formal restaurant with garden views serves international and Sri Lankan cuisine. There’s also a garden terrace, a bar with a piano, an outdoor pool and a spa.
Yala: Jetwing Yala 4★
Set in a verdant forest by the Indian Ocean, the rooms in this beachfront resort hotel feature private balconies and canopy beds, minibars, free WiFi and flat-screen TV’s. The restaurant serves local dishes, plus there’s a tapas lounge and a bar. Beach and poolside service is available (fee), along with a spa and a gym. The garden offers an outdoor pool and beach access.
Kalutara: Avani Kalutara 4★
Overlooking the Laccadive Sea and surrounded by palm trees, this tropical resort is 5 km from Kalutara Bodhiya. Featuring balconies or terraces, the rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, tea and coffee making facilities, and rainfall showers. There are 2 restaurants, 2 bars, beach access, an outdoor pool with sunloungers, plus a gym, yoga classes and a games room.
Tour Name: Sri Lanka Tour & Beach
Tour Code: SLTB16
Duration: 16 Days
This is a tailor-made itinerary with flexible departure dates.
Price from £2,295
Single supplement from £895
Land only from £1,645
|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
- Local tips
- Personal Spending
- Travel Insurance
- Visa fees