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Sri Lanka holidays
This introductory tour combines the Cultural Triangle’s ancient cities with scenic hill country, man-made marvels and abundant wildlife. Finish the tour with a relaxing 2-night stay on a palm-fringed beach.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Colombo with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Anantaya hotel (or
similar) for 1 night. Welcome dinner. (D)
Drive to Anuradhapura via Wilpattu National
Park. Afternoon wildlife safari in search of
leopards and sloth bears. Stay 3 nights at the
Forest Rock Garden Resort (or similar). (B, D)
Full-day safari in Wilpattu National Park.
(B, L, D)
Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura.
For 1,400 years, this city was the capital of Sri
Lanka and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines
and relics. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)
Transfer to Dambulla. Stay 2 nights at the
Amaya Lake hotel (or similar). Afternoon
cookery lesson. This evening enjoy a sunset
boat ride on the lake. (B)
Morning visit to the Unesco-listed 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 Amaya Hills (or similar). Afternoon
sightseeing tour. In the evening, watch a
traditional Kandyan dance performance and
visit the Temple of the Tooth for the evening
Puja ceremony. (B, D)
Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful manmade
lake and the area abounds in rich and
varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal
Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure to
explore Kandy’s markets. (B, D)
Morning drive to the hill station of Nuwara
Eliya via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in
the 18th century and their legacy is still visible.
Stay at the Araliya Green Hills (or similar) for 2
nights. (B, D)
Early morning visit to Horton Plains,
situated on Sri Lanka’s highest plateau (this
excursion involves a 2.5-hour walk*). Horton
Plains is inhabited by large populations of
monkeys and sambars. The rest of the day is at
leisure. (B, D)
Drive to Wadduwa. Stay 2 nights at the Blue
Water Hotel, a luxury hotel with breathtaking
views of the Indian Ocean. (B, D)
Day at leisure. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These small group tours have been specially created
for solo travellers. Benefits include single
occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard
and at sensible prices, plus the company of
like-minded travellers. View the complete
The majority of the tour is based
in 4- and 5-star accommodation, with the
exception of 2 nights in 3-star accommodation
in Nuwara Eliya.
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 steep
climbing, including ascending more than 1,800
steps in one instance.
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.
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
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
SCN2019: 12 Nights
In the Udawalawe National Park the wild elephants, several females with two babies, came right up to the jeep and continued to feed beside us without moving away. It was lovely seeing the elephants at the orphanage too, but a sight I shall not forget was watching a young one standing at the bottom of the slipway, crossing his front legs back and forth in time to the beat of the music coming from a restaurant nearby. He was dancing for fun! The visit to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandi made a deep impression on me. It was intensely crowded with devout Buddhists and I was in the middle of the crush when the doors of the casket opened, yet felt perfectly safe. I have a high regard for the gentle Sri Lankan people. I find tea plantations exceptionally beautiful, and am thrilled with the rich colours and patterns of the small fruit and spice stalls. Ms Phyllis Babb
Anuradhapura, ancient Sri Lanka’s first capital, was founded during the 4th century BC b...
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...
The small resort of Wadduwa lies 32 kilometres south of Colombo and 8...