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Sri Lanka Summer Explorer

Group Tour | General interest 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £1645 Current prices from: £1645

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Authentic Sri Lankan lunch in a local village
  • 3 nights relaxation on a tranquil east coast beach
  • Visit the Primate Centre at Polonnaruwa
  • Scenic train journey through the tea country
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 12 people (maximum 18)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Colombo

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)

Day 2: Colombo

Arrive in Colombo and transfer to the Jetwing Colombo Seven (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Afternoon at leisure. (N)

Day 3: Colombo

Today immerse yourself in rural Sri Lanka with a visit to a quaint village set amid paddy fields. Meet the locals, take a tuk tuk ride, visit a traditional village home and observe traditional production of cinnamon and oil and the ancient art of rubber tapping. Later 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)

Day 4: Kandy

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 Cinnamon Citadel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, D)

Day 5: Kandy

Wander through the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which contain an amazing variety of flowers, trees 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 for you to further explore Kandy or to relax at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 6: Kandy • Nuwara Eliya

A trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without taking a train ride in the scenic hill country. Embark in Peradeniya and meander past verdant tea plantations, rolling hills and charming villages before reaching Nanu Oya station. Disembark and 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, D)

Day 7: Dambulla • Habarana

This morning drive north to Sigiriya, an ideal base to explore the many heritage-listed sites that make up Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. En route visit the Dambulla cave temple complex which is filled with over 150 statues and paintings of the Buddha. From the caves you can also enjoy the surrounding countryside. Stay 3 nights at Cinnamon Lodge (or similar). (B, D)

Day 8: Polonnaruwa

Another of the Cultural Triangle’s wonders is Polonnaruwa, an ancient city which was once a medieval capital and a thriving and religious cultural centre. Within the complex, hidden beside ancient ruins and verdant jungle, you will find a Primate Centre dedicated to the conservation of three primate species (toque macaques, hanuman langurs and purple-faced langurs). Enjoy a guided field session from one of the conservationists who will be able to expound the behaviours of the primates that inhabit amongst the temples. (B, D)

Day 9: Sigiriya • Minneriya

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, 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, D)

Day 10: Passikudah

Travel to Passikudah for 3 nights’ relaxation at Sunrise by Jetwing; located on a secluded beach on the lesser-visited east coast of Sri Lanka, this luxurious resort is surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty, clear waters and exotic coral reefs. (B, D)

Days 11-12: Passikudah

At leisure. (B, D)

Day 13: Colombo

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 £250. (B)

Day 14: Fly to London

Take the direct flight back to London with Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Accessibility:

Visits to certain ancient monuments in the Cultural Triangle require steep climbing, including ascending more than 1,800 steps in one instance.

Tour variations:

Due to changes to seasonal schedules and opening times, there are minor itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings travel consultant for details.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £435pp.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Sunrise by Jetwing
    Sunrise by Jetwing

    With a 200 metre share of the golden sands of Pasikudah beach, Sunrise by Jetwing is a wonderful beach property with an array of excellent facilities, dining options and activities. The swimming pool is one of the largest in eastern Sri Lanka and the spa features an open air jacuzzi, sauna and large fitness centre. The rooms have a bright and warm décor and feature private balconies, most of which are beach facing. Authentic local cuisine, specialising in freshly caught seafood, is served in the restaurant whilst international favourites are also available. There is a poolside bar serving beverages and light meals and snacks as well as a stylish, open-air bar which serves cocktails beneath the stars. There are a variety of water sports available including snorkelling and diving excursions as well as cultural day trips away from the hotel.Features: 58 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, direct beach access, poolside bar, open-air bar, ...

  • Jetwing Colombo Seven
    Jetwing Colombo Seven

    Located in central Colombo, within walking distance of the the city's vibrant cultural, dining and shopping districts, Jetwing Colombo Seven offers a combination of serviced apartments and spacious hotel rooms. The property has a contemporary, minimalist design. The luxurious infinity pool and fine-dining restaurant are located on the roof of the property offering fantastic views of the city and beach below.Features: 98 rooms and apartments, rooftop restaurant, bar / lounge, infinity pool, spa &amp; fitness centre, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, safe, tea &amp; coffee.

  • Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
    Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

    Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is set in a 10 hectare woodland on the fringe of a tranquil, ancient irrigation lake. The architecture of the lodge is based on Ritigala, the pre-Christian-era forest monastery near Habarana. The lodge consists of 150 air-conditioned rooms in 53 separate bungalows, all with modern amenities. 30 of the rooms overlook the lake. Facilities at Lodge Habarana include a swimming pool, tennis court, billiards, and an Ayurveda health centre, and the restaurant provides a selection of continental, eastern and Chinese cuisine.

  • Cinnamon Citadel
    Cinnamon Citadel

    Overlooking the Mahaweli river on the northern outskirts of the hill country capital of Kandy, Cinnamon Citadel is a 4-star hotel, offering tranquillity away from the city. It is just 30 minutes from one of the most sacred Buddhist places of worship, the Temple of the Tooth, as well as the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. All of the rooms overlook the river and are elegantly furnished and decorated in themes inspired by Kandy's rich cultural heritage. The main restaurant has views of the Mahaweli and offers international buffets, there is also an à la carte restaurant offering fine dining. The pool and sun terrace are great places to relax and watch the spectacular sunsets. Features: 119 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, balcony, television, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Destinations on this tour

  • Kandy

    Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...

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