The island nation of Sri Lanka has a
wealth of cultural, archaeological and
natural treasures. This comprehensive
tour visits both the popular and some
of the lesser-known sites in northern,
central and southern Sri Lanka, offering
a full flavour of the rich diversity of this
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Overnight flight from London to Colombo with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Ramada
Colombo (or similar) for 1 night. (N)
In the morning transfer to Dambulla via a visit
to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Stay 3
nights at the Heritance Kandalama hotel (or
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.
Afternoon visit to Mihintale, the birthplace of
Buddhism in Sri Lanka. (B)
Morning visit to the 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 Earls Regency Hotel (or similar). Later, in
the evening, take time to watch a traditional
Kandyan dance performance and visit the
Temple of the Tooth. (B)
Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful manmade
lake and the area abounds with rich
and varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal
Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Early morning drive to Nuwara Eliya hill station via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres
above sea level, Nuwara Eliya attracted the
British in the 18th century and their legacy
can be seen in the Victorian houses, parks and
trout-stocked streams. Stay at the Heritance Tea
Factory (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
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 sambar
deer. The remainder of the day is spent at
Transfer to Ella, where the view through the Ella
Gap – a break in the hills – is one of the finest
in Sri Lanka. Visit the Rawana Ella Falls before
continuing to Yala. Stay 2 nights at The Safari
(or similar). (B)
Morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park.
Covering 1,300 sq km, Yala National Park
encompasses a diversity of jungle habitats,
including scrub, brackish lagoons and riverside
locations. Creatures that may be seen include
elephants, leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer,
sambar deer, wild pigs, jackals, marsh crocodiles
and a great variety of birdlife. (B)
Drive to Ahungalla, stopping en route for a city
tour of Galle Fort. Stay 2 nights at Heritance
Day at leisure. (B)
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri
Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Typically based in 4- and 5-star
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
quite a bit of step climbing. In some cases this is
in excess of 1,800 steps and in other instances
somewhere between 800 and 1,200 steps.
extension price is based on travel outside the
low season and is intended as a guideline. There are often special offers available for off-peak
travel and longer stays. Please contact your Cox
& Kings travel consultant for details.
This itinerary can be
taken privately, for which guideline prices are
shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6788
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Earl's Regency hotel is set in the Dumbara valley, overlooking the lush Knuckles mountain range and the Mahaweli river. The hotel has 104 en suite bedrooms each with private balcony overlooking the countryside. Facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and...
This 5-star property is situated in Ahungalla, an ancient fishing hamlet. The setting is idyllic - a long stretch of unspoilt palm-fringed beach on the south-west coast beside the Indian Ocean. The 160 air-conditioned rooms offer stunning views of the ocean and the property has two sprawling swimming pools. Within the Heritance Ahungalla's extensive premises, quiet luxury complements this picture of tranquillity and...
The Heritance Kandalama stands on the shore of an ancient manmade lake, at the foot of a rocky outcrop, which once was the home of hermits who sought isolation for meditation in its caves. Designed by leading Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the hotel has been designed to blend perfectly with the natural environment and is surrounded by forest. The main building, with more than 152 rooms, stretches out for more than a kilometre with the terraced building giving the appearance of being built into the cliff, while the overhanging jungle foliage is now an integral part of the hotel design. The hotel strives to be a model for sustainable development in south Asia, and became the first in Asia to be awarded the prestigious environmental 'Green Globe 21 Certification'...
Set 6,800 feet above sea level, The Heritance Tea Factory was built as the Heathersett Tea Factory in the days of the British Raj. The conversion combines much of the original building's style and machinery with a range of modern innovations. The views are entrancing, with a wide panorama to the front and gentle pastoral scenes to the rear. One of the hotel's restaurants is set in a train carriage.
Features: 54 rooms, Wi-Fi, billiards, mini golf, 2 restaurants, bar, garden, working tea factory.
Room amenities: Floor-to-ceiling windows, minibar, television, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, en suite...
The Ramada Colombo occupies a city centre location in Colombo in close proximity to the city's shopping and entertainment areas. Offering a sleek and modern design, the spacious rooms feature all modern amenities while the hotel itself has a choice of dining options and opportunities for relaxation including the Jai spa.
Features: 94 rooms, outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness centre, spa, steam room, sauna, business centre, laundry service, coffee shop, poolside bar serving light snacks, patisserie, lounge bar, restaurant serving local specialities and ballroom.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, bathroom with bathtub and separate rainforest shower, separate sitting area, minibar, tea and coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, high speed internet access, satellite...
Set on the edge of the ancient Tissa Wewa reservoir, the Safari-Tissa is conveniently located to visit the historic town of Kataragama, the Bundala bird sanctuary and the Yala National Park, which is about 40 minutes away. Each of the 50 rooms and suites is comfortably furnished and elegantly decorated in warm hues, and all overlook the scenic reservoir. The restaurant serves traditional Sri Lankan as well as international cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a bar and an outdoor 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.
Extend your stay in Sri Lanka by staying 3 extra
nights at Vivanta by Taj – Bentota on a bed and
breakfast basis. Set on a hillock overlooking a
palm-fringed stretch of golden beach, Vivanta
by Taj – Bentota is a stylish hotel that offers a
selection of dining options and a wide range
of recreational activities, including a large
freshwater swimming pool, which makes it an
ideal place to relax.
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
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CET2016: 12 Nights
Sri Lanka is a most beautiful Island and there is so much to see. To me, highlights were the elephant orphanage, the tea plantations and the safari but I did also enjoy visiting the temples and learning the culture.Miss Gillian Cowley
There were several inspirational moments - the visit to the temple of the Tooth in Kandy, the visit to Yala national park and the ascent of Sigirya. If I had to choose one it would be the leopard sighting at Yala.Mr Niall Bowser
The Botanical gardens in Kandy and the Yala National Park were both outstanding. Mrs Linda Green
Visiting ancient buddhist temples, caves and ruins. I was inspired imagining so many monks dedicating themselves the the dharma teachings of the Buddha. Mrs Anthea Murray
Ahungalla is an ancient fishing hamlet 9 kilometres north of Ambalangoda. A small town...
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...
Located in the middle of tea-growing country. Nuwara Eliya, meaning ‘City of Light’, is...
Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...