Known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has a wealth of cultural and natural treasures. This tour covers many of them, from the ancient city of Anuradhapura in the north, to the fortified city of Galle built by the Portuguese in the south, and passing by Sri Lanka's stunning highlands. Staying in small and intimate luxury properties where you will often be treated as family, this itinerary offers one of the best ways to explore the island.
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Afternoon arrival and transfer to The Wallawwa hotel for 1 night, an old manor house built more than 200 years ago (N)
Morning transfer to Ulagalla Resort for 2 nights, a short drive from the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka's first capital, founded during the 4th, and is considered the cradle of Sri Lankan Buddhism. Remainder of day at leisure. (B)
Explore Anuradhapura the location of two world heritage sites. There is an archaeological museum, artificial lakes and various monastic buildings and palaces. Amongst the many sites of interest is the sacred Bo-Tree, Sri Maha Bodhi. The tree is reputedly a cutting of the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, and was brought to Sri Lanka as a sapling over 2,200 years ago. (B)
Early morning drive to the ruined city of Sigiriya
with its impressive palace-fortress high up on a
protruding column of rock. Continue to Kandy
and stay 3 nights at Bougainvillea Retreat. (B)
Morning visit to the Temple of the Tooth, a Buddhist temple which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Afternoon visit to the Peradeniya botanical gardens which contains a fine collection of orchids and a stately avenue of royal palms that were planted in 1905. (B)
Spend a day at leisure either relaxing at your
hotel or exploring Kandy. (B)
Early morning drive to Koslanda stopping en route at a tea plantation to learn about the process of making Sri Lankan tea, one of Sri Lanka's biggest exports. Stay at Living Heritage Koslanda, featuring its own tea plantation, for 2 nights. (B)
Day at leisure to relax or take part in some of
the experiences on offer at the hotel including
cooking classes, hikes to the nearby waterfall
and other walks through the forest. (B)
Tangalle is located by a beautiful and natural palm fringed sea bay and fishing harbour. The long beach and the coral reef are two of the main attractions, as well as the Dutch Fort built from corals which is now used as a prison. (B)
Day at leisure. You may wish to relax on the
beach or book yourself a spa treatment. (B)
Drive to the fortress city of Galle and stay for 2 nights at Why House or Kahanda Kanda. The afternoon explore Galle Fort which once played an important role in the trade route between Arabia and China. It was built in the late 16th century by the Portuguese and later destroyed and rebuilt by the Dutch in 1640. Galle Fort is today a listed Unesco world heritage site. (B)
At leisure to explore the streets of Galle and
the many boutique shops, cafes and Dutch
colonial-inspired buildings, or relax at your
Transfer to Colombo and stay for 1 night at
The Residence. Afternoon guided walking
tour of Colombo, a fascinating experience that
shows how far this city has come in the last
few years. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Featuring some of the most luxurious
accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are
based on the standard category, unless indicated
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SYK2019: 13 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...
Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...