Known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has a wealth of cultural and natural treasures. This tour covers many of them, from the ancient city of Anuradhapura in the north, to the fortified city of Galle built by the Portuguese in the south, and passing by Sri Lanka's stunning highlands. Staying in small and intimate luxury properties where you will often be treated as family, this itinerary offers one of the best ways to explore the island.
Overnight flight from London to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Wallawwa hotel for 1 night. (N)
In the morning transfer to Ulagalla Resort for 2 nights, a short drive from the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Spend the rest of the day at leisure (B)
Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. For 1,400 years this city was Sri Lanka's capital and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines and relics. (B)
Early in the morning drive to the ruined city of Sigiriya, the former capital of King Kassapa I with an impressive palace-fortress situated high up on a protruding column of rock. Climbing to the top offers awe-inspiring views of Sri Lanka's central plains and provides an insight into this ancient civilisation. After your visit, continue to Kandy and stay 3 nights at the Bougainvillea retreat. (B)
In the morning visit the Temple of the Tooth, a Buddhist temple which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. In the afternoon visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens to see the impressive range of tropical plants and flowers on offer. (B)
Spend a day at leisure either relaxing at your hotel or exploring Kandy. (B)
Early morning drive to Koslanda via a tea plantation. Stay at Living Heritage Koslanda, featuring its own tea plantation, for 2 nights. (B)
Day at leisure to relax or take part in some of the experiences on offer at the hotel including cooking classes, hikes to the nearby waterfall and other walks through the forest. (B)
Drive to Tangalle on the southern coast and stay for 2 nights at the Last House. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Day at leisure. You may wish to relax on the beach or book yourself a spa treatment. (B)
Drive to fortress city of Galle and stay for 2 nights at Why House or Khanda Kanda. In the afternoon, take a short guided tour of Galle, including the fort built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later taken over by the Dutch. (B)
Day at leisure to explore the streets of Galle and the many boutique shops, cafes and Dutch colonial-inspired buildings, or relax at your hotel.
Transfer to Colombo and stay for 1 night at the Casa Colombo. In the afternoon take a guided walking tour of Colombo, a fascinating experience that shows how far this city has come in the last few years. (B)
Transfer to Colombo airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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On the edge of the exclusive Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Bougainvillea Retreat, surrounded by lush tropical garden, is set overlooking the picturesque Victoria reservoir and the distant Kandyan hills. Originally a private home, this Tuscan-style hotel features eight rooms including three rooms that are part of the main house and five cottages that are scattered around the mature, beautifully landscaped gardens. Each of the eight rooms is comfortably furnished and individually decorated in contemporary style. The chef and his team use local produce to prepare a fusion of Sri Lankan and western cuisine. Meals are usually served by the poolside or in the main house. Other facilities include a library, a cosy cinema room, billiards table and an infinity pool. With advance notice, it is possible to arrange relaxing massages. The retreat is approximately 45 minutes' drive from Kandy and...
Casa Colombo, a grand 200-year-old Moorish mansion, built by one of the wealthiest Indian families of the time, is set in the heart of Colombo's business district. The mansion is adorned Italian and Indian mosaic floors, carved arches, moulded ceilings and balconies, and combines elegantly old-world charm with urban contemporary lifestyle. Each of the 12 retro-chic suites is spacious, individual in design and décor, and features modern conveniences including WiFi and intelligent lighting. Each suite comes with its own Casa Domo (private concierge) for your entire stay. Facilities include the fusion restaurant HVN, offering a blend of Western and Asian flavours, ZaZa - the Tapas lounge that overlooks the magnificent façade of the mansion, the ICE bar and TRepublic - the tea...
Living Heritage Koslanda is a boutique style hotel built on its own estate and tea plantations with the help of local people, ensuring that traditional Sri Lankan design and architecture is portrayed throughout the property. The hotel's veranda and infinity pool offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and close to the hotel is the Diyaluma Waterfall, which can be reached on a walking tour through the lush forest. The hotel offers cookery demonstrations with their experienced chefs, who are always on hand to pass on their knowledge of Sri Lankan cuisine cooking dishes such as curry, string hoppers, rotis and many other specilaities.
Features: 10 rooms, outdoor infinity pool, Wi-Fi, restaurant and yoga.
Room amenities: Private courtyard, outdoor jacuzzi, hot water outdoor shower, TV, DVD player, minibar and en suite...
The Last House is a five-bedroom boutique property set on a secluded beach on Sri Lanka's south coast and 7km from Tangalle. The architectural swan song of Geoffrey Bawa, this two-storey seaside villa promises a luxurious, chic and relaxing stay; day beds, rooms cooled by ocean breezes, and doors and windows in tropical hues framing views of the garden and the sea.The house is laid out in a horseshoe shape with two bedrooms on the upper floor of the main building and a further three located in an adjacent building beside a courtyard swimming pool. The two upstairs balcony-wrapped bedrooms are booked on an exclusive basis only, which makes this spacious residence ideal for couples and families alike.
Features: 5 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant serving Asian-fusion cuisine, internet access in public areas, gardens.
Room amenities: En suite bathroom with shower and double or twin...
Set among lush tropical gardens, The Wallawwa, built over 200 years ago, is an ancient manor house. The lovingly restored colonial bungalow combines old world charm with luxurious comforts and stylish design. The 14 rooms and suites, located around a central courtyard pool, are spacious, beautifully designed with plenty of privacy and feature modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi and flat screen television. Facilities at The Wallawwa include a restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine, a library, spa, outdoor swimming pool and a croquet...
Tucked away in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the northernmost town in the cultural triangle, Ulagalla Resort is hidden amongst 58 acres of lush paddy fields, forests and the Ulagalla reservoir. The resort is built around a historic mansion that has been superbly restored by combining old-world charm with modern conveniences. The 25 stylishly laid out, luxurious chalets have been thoughtfully designed to make the most of the natural setting. Offering panoramic views of the lush paddy fields and the two reservoirs that border the resort, each of the chalets has separate living and sleeping areas. The chalets are elegantly furnished and feature a private plunge pool and a small courtyard. At Ulagalla guests can choose to have Sri Lankan or international cuisine either at the fine dining restaurant or in the privacy of their chalet. Other facilities include a pool, coffee lounge,...
An idyllic inland location near Galle's sultry coastline allows Why House to offer its guests the best of both worlds - a tranquil setting amid rural rice fields and easy access to picture-postcard beaches, a mere 5 minutes' drive away. Why House has a total of nine well-equipped rooms. The seven spacious and luxurious suites are spread across two separate buildings while two cottage cabanas overlook the paddy fields.
Features: 9 rooms & suites, open-sided dining pavilion, lounge, swimming pool, complimentary internet access, cookery classes, guided bicycle rides, gardens.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, DVD player, minibar, safe, en suite...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
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Break up the journey from Koslanda to Tangalle with a short wildlife break in Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka's wildlife hotspots. Stay 2 nights in an eco-friendly tented camp with wildlife drives and all meals included.
Drive to Yala National Park in the south, known for its high density of leopards, and stay 2 nights at Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris. Yala is also home to a great variety of other wildlife including sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes and over 200 species of birds. In the afternoon take part in a wildlife drive in the park. (B, L, D)
Morning and afternoon wildlife drives. (B, L, D)
Continue your journey towards Tangalle, as per the main itinerary. (B)
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SYK2016: 13 Nights