Sri Lanka holidays
This outstanding introductory tour to Sri
Lanka combines the cultural triangle’s
ancient cities with scenic hill country,
man-made marvels and abundant
wildlife. Explore Kandy, the last Sinhalese
city to fall to the British, and search for
leopards and sloth bears in Wilpattu
National Park. Finish the tour with a
relaxing 2-night stay on one of the
island’s golden palm-fringed beaches.
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Overnight flight from London to Colombo
with Sri Lankan Airlines (regional connections
Arrive and transfer to the Anantaya hotel (or
similar) for 1 night. Welcome dinner. (D)
Drive to Anuradhapura via Wilpattu National
Park, Sri Lanka’s largest wildlife reserve.
Afternoon wildlife safari in search of leopards
and sloth bears. Stay 3 nights at Hotel Palm
Garden Village. (B, D)
Full day safari in Wilpattu National Park. (B, L, D)
Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. For
1,400 years, this city was the capital of Sri Lanka
and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines and
relics. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)
In the morning enjoy an interactive demonstration of the cooking methods that are used in Sri Lankan cuisine. Transfer to Dambulla. Stay 2 nights at the Amaya Lake hotel. This evening enjoy a sunset boat ride on the lake. (B)
Morning visit to the town of Sigiriya, where you will be able to climb the 5th century Rock Fortress. Continue to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa to visit the 11th and 12th century ruins of the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka. (B)
Morning visit to Dambulla, home to Asia’s
most impressive cave temples. Continue to
the beautiful hill station of Kandy and stay 2
nights at the Ozo Kandy. In the evening, watch
a traditional Kandyan dance performance and
visit the Temple of the Tooth. (B, D)
Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful manmade
lake and the area abounds in rich and
varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal
Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure to
explore Kandy’s markets. (B, D)
Early morning drive to the hill station of Nuwara
Eliya via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000
metres, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in the
18th century and their legacy is still visible. Stay
at the Jetwing St Andrew’s for 2 nights. (B, D)
Early morning visit to Horton Plains, situated
on Sri Lanka’s highest plateau (this excursion
involves a 2.5-hour trek). Horton Plains is home
to large populations of monkeys and sambars.
The rest of the day is at leisure. (B, D)
Drive to Mount Lavinia. Stay 2 nights at the
Mount Lavinia Hotel, a colonial-style property set
on a hillock overlooking the Indian Ocean. (B, D)
Day at leisure. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
group tours have been specially created for solo
travellers. Benefits include single occupancy
of double / twin rooms as standard and at
sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
The majority of the tour is based
in 4- and 5-star accommodation, with the
exception of 2 nights in 3-star accommodation
in Nuwara Eliya.
Due to high altitude and uneven
terrain, the Horton Plains trek requires a
good level of fitness. Visits to certain ancient
monuments in the cultural triangle require steep
climbing, including ascending more than 1,800
steps in one instance.
Due to changes to seasonal
schedules and opening times, there are minor
itinerary variations for certain departure
dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour
consultant for details.
Set among spacious grounds on the shores of Kandalama Lake, Amaya Lake is ideally located to explore the many historic delights of the cultural triangle. Accommodation is in air-conditioned chalets or traditional style eco-lodges with walls and floors of packed mud and thatched roofs. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis courts, ayurvedic centre and shops selling...
Tucked away between a sandy beach and a mangrove fringed lagoon, the Anantaya Resort & Spa is located in the charming resort of Chilaw and a mere 20 minute drive from Colombo. It lies in close proximity to some of Sri Lanka's most enduring sights such as Wilpattu National Park and Negombo town. Spacious, luxurious rooms are set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean whilst sun loungers are dotted beneath the palm trees or by the outdoor pool.
Features: 87 rooms, open air restaurant, pool terrace and bar, lounge bar, spa, beach volleyball, badminton, cycling, boat rides, gym, outdoor pool and sun loungers.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, rain shower, mini fridge, hairdryer, private balcony, complimentary internet access, tea and coffee maker, television and...
Originally a Tudor-style country house, Jetwing St Andrew's, a simple, converted hotel, is set conveniently next to the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country. The 40 cosy, standard rooms, which are spread between the Golf Wing and the Nuwara Eliya Wing, are comfortably furnished, retain some of their traditional features and overlook either the golf course or the verdant rolling hills. The seven family rooms and five suites are spacious and furnished with period style furniture. Facilities at this hotel include a restaurant that serves Sri Lankan as well as international cuisine, a well-stocked bar that has been inspired by a traditional British pub, souvenir shop and a snooker room featuring an antique snooker table that is well over 100 years and is believed to be one of the oldest in Sri...
Mount Lavinia is one of the island's finest hotels. In 1805 Sir Thomas Maitland came to the island as the appointed governor of her majesty, and fell in love with a local girl named Lovina Aponsuwa. Sir Thomas began his search for ‘some place in the country’ where he could build his residence. A mansion was formed, laid out in mahogany and calamander wood, with its white columns, polished wooden floors, intricately carved wood ceilings and wide windows open to the ocean breezes, and became the trysting-place for the lovers. Today this holiday home is open to foreign visitors and it is a favourite choice for honeymoons. A total of 275 rooms either offer a view of the sanity sea or gardens, and the facilities include a swimming pool, extensive beach coverage and sport facilities. The Mount Lavinia Hotel has a long held reputation for excellent cuisine, and ranging from oriental to...
Ozo Kandy is centrally located and within easy reach of all the main attractions in the city. Rooms are decorated in a modern style while retaining the all-important Sri Lankan charm. The rooftop terrace has a bar, restaurant and a swimming pool, and offers stunning views over the mist-covered mountains.
Features: 122 rooms, rooftop pool & lounge, fitness room, restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, sofa seating area, television, radio, blackout curtains, minibar, desk, safe, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, en suite bathroom with rain...
The Palm Garden Village Hotel is situated on 20 hectares of land, which was originally used for chena cultivation. Today, it has a botanical garden with over 2,000 plant species and sits amongst 500 large trees, close to Anuradhapura. The hotel's rooms are are all tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities.
Features: 16 deluxe rooms and 48 standard rooms, restaurant, bar, games room, gym, swimming pool, Ayurveda spa.Amenities: En suite bathroom, air conditioning, television, dressing table, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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SCN2017: 12 Nights
In the Udawalawe National Park the wild elephants, several females with two babies, came right up to the jeep and continued to feed beside us without moving away. It was lovely seeing the elephants at the orphanage too, but a sight I shall not forget was watching a young one standing at the bottom of the slipway, crossing his front legs back and forth in time to the beat of the music coming from a restaurant nearby. He was dancing for fun! The visit to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandi made a deep impression on me. It was intensely crowded with devout Buddhists and I was in the middle of the crush when the doors of the casket opened, yet felt perfectly safe. I have a high regard for the gentle Sri Lankan people. I find tea plantations exceptionally beautiful, and am thrilled with the rich colours and patterns of the small fruit and spice stalls. Ms Phyllis Babb
Anuradhapura, ancient Sri Lanka’s first capital, was founded during the 4th century BC b...
Located in the middle of tea-growing country. Nuwara Eliya, meaning ‘City of Light’, is...