The beautiful Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka has a wealth of attractions for all the family - glorious white sand beaches, rich and exotic wildlife, mystical ruins and activities from elephant back rides to cycling, whale watching and snorkelling. Sri Lanka is genuinely a year round destination and whilst the south -west coast experiences the monsoon in the period May-September, this is a perfect time to visit the East Coast.
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Transfer to Marawila on Sri Lanka's west coast for a stay at Horathapola Estate (Family Lodge) for 1 night in this planter's bungalow with garden and outdoor pool. Afternoon at leisure. (D)
Drive to Wilpattu National Park for 2 nights at Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris. This beautiful wildlife sanctuary is known for its large number of watering holes which attract a variety of water birds and wildlife, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears. Afternoon wildlife drive. (B, L, D)
Morning wildlife drive in the park. In the afternoon relax at the estate or take part in optional activities such as birdwatching, cooking classes and amateur photography walks. (B, L, D)
Drive to the Cultural Triangle for 4 nights at Ulagalla (Deluxe room with attic). (B)
Morning climb of Sigiriya rock fortress, which rises 200 metres from the scrub jungle below and was once the stronghold of a fortified town. There are some stunning views over the surrounding countryside, although the climb is steep and in parts very narrow. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
In the morning cycle in Polonnaruwa where sights include the Royal Palace and the Gal Viharaya with three splendid statues of Buddha. Lunch at Priyamali Gedara before taking an optional afternoon trip to the Minneriya Tank, a large ancient reservoir. (B)
Morning elephant ride in rural Sri Lanka taking in the views of nature, wildlife and traditional lifestyles of the local villages. Later take a village trek through Hiriwadunna and interact with locals. Optional afternoon cookery lesson or cycle ride at Pewehera. (B)
Drive to Trincomalee on the east coast for 4 nights at Uga Jungle Beach (Beach Villa). There are a range of water sports on offer here including snorkelling on coral reefs at Pigeon Island. (B)
Days at leisure or take an optional whale-watching trip. Trincomalee, has recently been recognised by many oceanographers as the world's best vantage point for blue whale spotting. Other potential sightings include sperm whales and dolphins. (B)
Domestic flight to Colombo for an overnight at the Wallawa (Family suite). (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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Horathapola Estate is a heritage bungalow with its own garden, outdoor pool and restaurant located in Marawila, an hour's drive from Colombo airport. Situated on a working estate which grows coconuts, mangoes, pineapples and spices, Horathapola offers a tranquil stay in a rural location. Enjoy walks around the surrounding estate, take a bullock cart ride or cycle to the nearby village. The bungalow's grandiose architecture is matched with a priceless collection of Sri Lankan antique furniture blending with touches of luxury. It is an ideal spot to relax at the start or end of a tour of Sri Lanka.
Features: 7 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant, complimentary internet access and hot tub,
Room amenities: En suite bathroom with shower, ceiling fan, air conditioning, private balcony, veranda or...
Surrounded by the shimmering blue Indian Ocean on one side and a lagoon that attracts a myriad of colourful birds on the other, Jungle Beach is a stylish retreat that is set in the coastal village of Kuchchaveli in Trincomalee, on the eastern coastline of Sri Lanka. The 48 villas spread among 4 hectares are spacious, elegantly furnished with essential modern conveniences, and overlook the tranquil beach, the lagoon or the mature woodland and tropical mangroves. All villas feature a private balcony and are decorated in warm tones. The resort's facilities include an open-air restaurant that serves Sri Lankan as well as international cuisine, with special venues for exclusive dining. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, fully-equipped fitness centre and a spa that offers therapies based on ancient Ayurvedic system as well as modern spa concepts to relax and...
Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris, Wilpattu National Park
Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris is an award-winning safari outfit with boutique camp sites on the border of Wilpattu National Park. Clients sleep in customised South African tents, dine al fresco, and climb aboard customised Toyota 4X4s for exciting game drives into the wild. There are also a few family tents.
Features: customized South African tents, wildlife library, alfresco dining, relaxation areas, camera and phone charging, minibar for safaris, safe, binoculars
Room amenities: king-size beds or 2 single beds, en suite toilet, adjacent private bathroom with open air hot and cold water shower, waterproof and insect proof, living area with camp chairs, bedside table, mirror and solar powered...
With easy access to the airport, the beaches of Negombo and the city of Colombo, the Wallawwa is nestled amongst beautifully manicured gardens. This colonial manor house has 14 rooms, a spa and swimming pool, and is now one of Sri Lanka's most exciting boutique hotels. Strategically located close to the Dambulla, Kandy & Galle highways, it remains entirely secluded. The restaurant serves a blend the best of Sri Lankan and South Asian cuisine, along with some good traditional home cooked...
Tucked away in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the northernmost town in the cultural triangle, Ulagalla Resort is hidden amongst 58 acres of lush paddy fields, forests and the Ulagalla reservoir. The resort is built around a historic mansion that has been superbly restored by combining old-world charm with modern conveniences. The 25 stylishly laid out, luxurious chalets have been thoughtfully designed to make the most of the natural setting. Offering panoramic views of the lush paddy fields and the two reservoirs that border the resort, each of the chalets has separate living and sleeping areas. The chalets are elegantly furnished and feature a private plunge pool and a small courtyard. At Ulagalla guests can choose to have Sri Lankan or international cuisine either at the fine dining restaurant or in the privacy of their chalet. Other facilities include a pool, coffee lounge,...
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XFA2018: 12 Nights
Anuradhapura, ancient Sri Lanka’s first capital, was founded during the 4th century BC b...
Colombo is Sri Lanka's largest city and the country's political, economic and cultural...