Sri Lanka is a year-round destination: while
the west and south succumb to monsoon
rains, the period from May to September
is the right time to travel to the rest of the
country. This tour includes tea plantation
tours, sacred Buddhist sights, wildlife
tracking excursions, ancient architectural
riches and beach relaxation.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Colombo with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Arrive in Colombo and transfer to the Jetwing
Colombo Seven (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Afternoon at leisure. (N)
Travel to a rural village amid the paddy fields for
a tuk-tuk ride and a visit to a traditional village
home. Watch the traditional production of
cinnamon and oil and the ancient art of rubber
tapping. Enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch
followed by a panoramic city tour of Colombo, absorbing the city’s unique mix of Portuguese,
Dutch, English and Indian influences. (B, L)
Drive to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan
kings. Drive around Kandy lake, which was built
by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe,
in 1798. Visit the Kandy town bazaar, the arts
and crafts centre and lapidary. Later, watch an
evening Puja ceremony at the sacred Temple of
the Tooth followed by a cultural show. Stay at the
Amaya Hills (or similar), located in the heart of
the town, for 3 nights. (B)
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya,
which contains an amazing variety of flowers,
tree and plants. Peradeniya was first built as a
pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was later
expanded by the British. Remainder of the day
at leisure. (B)
Take the scenic train journey from Peradeniya
to Nanu Oya station, the heart of tea country
(subject to availability). Drive to Nuwara Eliya
Golf Club for lunch. Founded in 1889, it is one of
the oldest golf clubs in Asia. On your way back to
Kandy, visit a tea plantation and factory to see
the manufacturing and grading process of tea,
before tasting a cup of pure Ceylon tea. (B, L)
Transfer from Kandy to Sigiriya. En route visit
the Dambulla cave temples containing the
largest area of paintings found in the world and
over 150 images of the Buddha. The largest is a
colossal figure that spans 14 metres. Spend
3 nights at the Jetwing Lake (or similar). (B)
Visit the Primate Centre at Polonnaruwa including
a guided jungle tour of the three primate species (toque macaques, hanuman langurs and purplefaced
langurs), a documentary film, lecture and
refreshments. Continue to Polonnaruwa, once an
important medieval capital and the crown jewel
of King Parakramabahu I. (B)
Drive to Sigiriya to climb the fifth-century rock
citadel. Ascend the steep stairs – 1,200 in total
– to reach the summit of the fortress, admiring
the colourful frescoes that adorn the side of the
rocks along the way. Enjoy a typical farm lunch
at Priyamali Gedara. Continue to Minneriya
for an afternoon safari. Spreading over 8,800
hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants, herds
of deer and a variety of birdlife. Evening cookery
demonstration at the hotel. Learn how to make
a typical Sri Lankan chicken curry and two
vegetable dishes. (B, L)
Travel to Passikudah for 3 nights’ relaxation at
Anantaya Resort, Passikudah (Superior room).
Located on a secluded beach on the lesser-visited
east coast of Sri Lanka, the luxury Anantaya
Passikudah is surrounded by unspoilt natural
beauty, clear waters and exotic coral reefs. (B)
At leisure. (B)
Travel back to Colombo by road for an overnight
stay at the Jetwing Colombo Seven (or similar)
or opt for a domestic flight with Cinnamon Air
from Batticaloa, from £270. (B)
Take the direct flight back to London with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The 13 August 2018 departure coincides with
the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy.
Visits to certain ancient
monuments in the Cultural Triangle require
steep climbing, including ascending more than
1,200 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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
SSU2018: 12 Nights
Colombo is Sri Lanka's largest city and the country's political, economic and cultural...
Dambulla is located 72 km north of Kandy, within Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’. It is...
Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...