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 (regional
connections available) to Colombo with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Cinammon
Lakeside (or similar) for 1 night. (N)
In the morning transfer to Dambulla. 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). Afternoon
city tour. 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 is
still visible. 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
inhabited by large populations of monkeys and
sambar deer. The remainder of the day is at
Transfer to Ella; 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 Jetwing Yala
(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 for a tour of Galle. Stay 2 nights at Heritance Ahungalla or
upgrade to the Vivanta by Taj Bentota (Superior Charm room) from £245. Following day at
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 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.
This itinerary can be
taken privately, 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.
CET2018: 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...
The coastal town of Bentota has some of India's finest beaches, allowing for...
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...
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...