Sri LankaSri Lanka at a glance Just south of India, and surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lies the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka. With miles of unspoilt, palm-fringed beaches, there is a wealth of attractions to be explored. Sri Lanka’s heritage dates back thousands of years and visitors can delight in its Read more
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- Horton Plains & Tea Country
- Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
- Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park
- Udawalawe National Park - Yala
From soaring hillsides of lush green vegetation to a coastline of golden sands and azure waters, Sri Lanka is a heady mix of contrasts. To make the most of your time we can arrange a number of excursions that will help you to unlock the secrets of majestic country at your own pace.
Day 1: Colombo – Kandy
On arrival, meet your guide and transfer to Kandy, stopping en route for a taste of tropical pineapples. In the World Heritage Site of Kandy, you’ll enjoy a tour of this last bastion of the Sri Lankan kings and an evening visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic for a traditional ceremony. (Touring subject to arrival time) Standard: Hilltop Hotel; Superior: Topaz Hotel; Deluxe: Grand Kandyan; Boutique: Stone House
Day 2: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens and a Ceylon tea factory, then continue on to Nuwara Eliya, home to Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala and known as ‘Little England’ because of its mountain climate and scenery. (B) Standard: Hill Club; Superior: St Andrews Hotel; Deluxe: Grand Hotel; Boutique: Goatfell (2 nights)
Day 3: Horton Plains & Tea Country
Take an early morning hike in Horton Plains National Park, a plateau of grasslands usually only visible before 10am due to the heavy mist that engulfs the area. See the sheer vertical drop from the escarpment at ‘Worlds End’, before a scenic drive through Sri Lanka’s tea country. (B)
Day 4: Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park
Begin with a scenic drive through the hill country and stop at the spectacular waterfall of Rawana Ella, site of the mythical kidnapping of Princess Sitha of India. Later, venture out on a jeep safari through Udawalawe National Park, known for its abundant elephant population. (B) Standard: Elephant Trails; Superior & Deluxe: Grand Udawalawe; Boutique: Mahoora (tented camp)
Day 5: Udawalawe National Park - Yala
Enjoy a visit to Yala National Park, popular due to its dense leopard population and opportunities to see elephants, crocodiles, and many species of bird. (B) Standard: Chandrika Hotel; Superior: Jetwing Yala; Deluxe: Cinnamon Wild; Boutique: Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris
Day 6: Yala – Galle
Continue to the fortified old town of Galle, a city best explored on foot; be sure not to miss Galle Fort, a famous Unesco World Heritage Site. Your tour ends as you transfer to the airport or your chosen beach hotel. (B) Note: Yala National Park is closed for approx. six weeks in Sep/Oct, jeep safaris will operate to Bundala during this time.
Package Inclusions & Exclusions
- Five nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar
- Meals as specified: five breakfasts (four lunches, four dinners Boutique option only)
- Touring by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Services of an English-speaking chauffeur guide
- Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary
Yala National Park is closed for approx. six weeks in Sep/Oct, jeep safaris will operate to Bundala during this time.