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. Afternoon wildlife safari in search of
leopards and sloth bears. Stay 3 nights at the
Forest Rock Garden Resort (or similar). (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)
Transfer to Dambulla. Stay 2 nights at the
Amaya Lake hotel (or similar). Afternoon
cookery lesson. This evening enjoy a sunset boat
ride on the lake. (B)
Morning visit to the Unesco-listed rock fortress
town of Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century
medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. (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 Amaya Hills (or similar).
Afternoon sightseeing tour. In the evening,
watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance
and visit the Temple of the Tooth for the
evening Puja ceremony. (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)
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
Araliya Green Hills (or similar) 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
inhabited by large populations of monkeys and
sambars. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B, D)
Drive to Wadduwa. Stay 2 nights at the Blue
Water Hotel, a luxury hotel with breathtaking
views of 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
travellers. View the complete collection at
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.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5073 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
Amaya Hills (previously Le Kandyan) lies on a rocky outcrop, 15 minutes drive above the capital of Kandy, in tranquil, wooded surroundings with a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding hills. All 100 room and suites are elegantly furnished with a touch of local Kandyan influence and feature a private balcony or terrace. Hotel facilities include 24-hour room service, a shopping arcade and a health and fitness centre. Sports on offer include squash, table tennis and snooker, and there is also a large swimming pool. The main restaurant serves Sri Lankan and international cuisine and there are three bars, one with terrace, Le Garage nightclub at weekends, a tea lounge with a selection of Sri Lankan teas, and a karaoke and jazz lounge in a cave...
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...
Araliya Green Hills is situated in the heart of Sri Lanka's picturesque hill country. This modern 4-star hotel offers 107 comfortably furnished guestrooms and suites in a minimalist style. Facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, a bar, a small gymnasium and a...
The eco-friendly hotel Forest Rock Garden is set amongst 50 acres of lush forest just 10km from the ancient site of Anuradhapura. The hotel is built on concrete pillars that are 6-metres (20ft) high in order to minimise the impact on the environment, with all the common areas and rooms connected via walkways built on top of the pillars. Rooms are stylishly decorated and feature large four-poster beds and some of them even come with their own private plunge pool. The hotel's restaurant serves vegetarian food exclusively.
Features: 21 rooms, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, gardens, restaurant, spa.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, writing table, flat-screen TV, minibar, safe, en suite...
The Blue Water Resort is located on a sublime stretch of the Wadduwa coastline and has 100 rooms with all modern facilities. The hotel offers a spectacular view of the sea, and stands amidst a cool cluster of coconut palms that line the water. There are 4 restaurants including all day dining, a fully equipped gymnasium and spa, tennis and squash court and a large swimming...
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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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...
Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...
Located in the middle of tea-growing country. Nuwara Eliya, meaning ‘City of Light’, is...
The small resort of Wadduwa lies 32 kilometres south of Colombo and 8...