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.
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Colombo with
Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Arrive in Colombo and transfer to the Jetwing
Colombo Seven (or similar) for a 2-night stay.
Afternoon at leisure. (N)
Travel to a rural village amid the paddy fields for
a tuk-tuk ride and a visit to a traditional village
home. Watch the traditional production of
cinnamon and oil and the ancient art of rubber
tapping. 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)
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 Amaya Hills (or
similar) for 3 nights. (B)
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in
Peradeniya, which contains an amazing variety
of flowers, tree 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. (B)
Take the scenic train journey from Peradeniya
to Nanu Oya station, the heart of tea country
(subject to availability). 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)
Transfer from Kandy to Sigiriya. En route
visit the Dambulla cave temples containing
the largest area of paintings found in the
world and over 150 images of the Buddha.
The largest is a colossal figure that spans
14 metres. Spend 3 nights at the Jetwing Lake
(or similar). (B)
Visit the Primate Centre at Polonnaruwa
including a guided jungle tour of the three
primate species (toque macaques, hanuman
langurs and purple- faced langurs), a
documentary film, lecture and refreshments.
Continue to Polonnaruwa, once an important medieval capital and the crown jewel of King
Parakramabahu I. (B)
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, herds of 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)
Travel to Passikudah for 3 nights’ relaxation
at Anantaya Resort & Spa (Superior room);
located on a secluded beach on the lesservisited
east coast of Sri Lanka, this luxurious
resort is surrounded by unspoilt natural
beauty, clear waters and exotic coral reefs. (B)
At leisure. (B)
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 £225. (B)
Take the direct flight back to London with Sri
Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
The 5 August 2019 departure coincides with
the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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
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SSU2019: 12 Nights
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...
Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...