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The Enchanted Island

Group Tour | General interest | Wildlife 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £1995 Current prices from: £1995

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 lesserknown
sites in northern, central and
southern Sri Lanka.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the impressive Dambulla caves & Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Witness a Puja ceremony at the Temple of the tooth
  • Stay in an authentic converted tea factory
  • Finish the tour with relaxation on the beach
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 14 people (maximum 18)
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Superior Private 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

Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Cinammon Lakeside (or similar) for 1 night. Enjoy afternoon tea at the iconic Galle Face Hotel. (N)

Day 3: Dambulla

In the morning transfer to Dambulla. Stay 3 nights at the Heritance Kandalama hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 4: Anuradhapura • Mihintale

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)

Day 5: Sigiriya • Polonnaruwa

Morning visit to the rock fortress town of Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. (B)

Day 6: Dambulla • Kandy

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 (or similar). Afternoon city tour. Later, in the evening, take time to watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance and visit the Temple of the Tooth for the evening puja. (B)

Day 7: Kandy

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)

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

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 for 2 nights. (B)

Day 9: Horton Plains

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 sambar deer. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 10: Ella • Yala

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 and impressive Buduruwagala statues before continuing to Yala. Stay 2 nights at Cinnamon Wild (Jungle Chalet). (B)

Day 11: Yala

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)

Days 12-13: Galle • Ahungalla

Drive to Ahungalla, stopping for a visit to the Elephant Transit home and tour of Galle fort. Stay 2 nights at Heritance Ahungalla or upgrade to the Vivanta by Taj Bentota (Superior Charm Seaview room) from £80. Following day at leisure. (B)

Day 14: Fly to London

Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)

Meal basis:

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

Important information *Accessibility:

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.

Superior tour

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

Maldives extension price:

The Maldives extension price is based on travel in the low season and is intended as a guideline. There are often special offers available for off-peak travel and longer stays. Please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant for details.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Vivanta by Taj  - Bentota
    Vivanta by Taj - Bentota

    Situated on a hillock overlooking the Indian Ocean and a palm-fringed stretch of golden beach, the Vivanta by Taj - Bentota is a stylish de luxe property that has 162 luxurious rooms and suites, most of which offer spectacular views out to the Indian Ocean. The hotel is set in lush tropical landscaped gardens and offers a selection of dining options and a wide range of recreational activities, including a large freshwater swimming pool, which is surrounded by palm trees and frangipani. The guestrooms are elegantly appointed and feature large bay windows, a sea-facing balcony or terrace, air conditioning, a minibar, ceiling fan, personal safe and a television with satellite channels. The Standard rooms offer guests a partial sea view while the Superior rooms have a direct sea view and the Deluxe rooms are larger with a full sea view.

  • Jetwing Yala
    Jetwing Yala

    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 beach.

  • Heritance Tea Factory
    Heritance Tea Factory

    Set over 2,000 metres 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.<br>Room amenities: Floor-to-ceiling windows, minibar, television, tea &amp; coffee facilities, hairdryer, en suite facilities.

  • Heritance Kandalama
    Heritance Kandalama

    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' award.

  • Heritance Ahungalla
    Heritance Ahungalla

    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 seclusion.

  • Earls Regency Hotel
    Earls Regency Hotel

    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 bar.

  • Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
    Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

    Set 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 library.

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Dates & prices

CEJ2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2095 per person

High season from £2395 per person

 

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.

 
  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Flexible extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
    • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicles
    • 12 breakfasts
    • Wildlife safari & national park entrance fees

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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  • Nuwara Eliya

    Located in the middle of tea-growing country. Nuwara Eliya, meaning ‘City of Light’, is...

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  • Ahungalla

    Ahungalla is an ancient fishing hamlet 9 kilometres north of Ambalangoda. A small town...

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  • Yala National Park

    Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...

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  • Dambulla

    Dambulla is located 72 km north of Kandy, within Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’. It is...

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  • Bentota

    Bentota The coastal town of Bentota has some of India's finest beaches, allowing for...

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