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 (regional connections
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). 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 home
to large populations of monkeys and sambar
deer. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
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
Fort. Stay 2 nights at Heritance Ahungalla.
Following 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 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.
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.
Nestled in the heart of Colombo, on the edge of the Beira Lake, the Cinnamon Lakeside is set among 2.8 hectares of lush landscaped gardens. With elegant interiors and a modern design, the hotel features 349 air-conditioned rooms and suites, which overlook Colombo's skyline or Beira Lake. The hotel has an eclectic range of food and beverage outlets ranging from a Chinese restaurant to casual al-fresco dining by the pool, and other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, spa and a...
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...
Situated close to wildlife-rich Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala offers a perfect balance of affordable luxury and environmental harmony. The 82 rooms and 14 luxury tents are decorated in earthy muted tones and feature either a balcony or a terrace. The hotel's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and yoga platform. The range of dining options include local or international cuisine that can be served in the tree-house, in-room or on the sand dunes by the...
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.
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CEJ2018: 12 Nights
We are just returned from a magical trip to Sri Lanka. The whole trip was beautifully organised from end to end and the quality of the hotels was astounding. Cox & Kings have really excelled in this holiday and the Sri Lankan hotels were of the best. We greatly enjoyed the train trip out of Kandy – even more so when, in exchange for a small gift, we were both invited in to the drivers cab for the most spectacular section of the journey. Thank you again for a memorable trip, faultless from end to end. George and Sue Langton
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...