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Hidden Sri Lanka

Private Travel | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £2495

Head off the beaten path to seek out indigenous local tribes and enjoy walks amid stunning scenery, with stays at unique properties and finishing on the palm-fringed south coast.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in a colonial planter's bungalow
  • Travel by train through scenic countryside
  • Stay at the peaceful Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge
  • Explore Gal Oya National Park
  • Visit tea plantations, hike or enjoy a cookery lesson
  • Search for elephants and exotic birds in Uda Walawe National Park
  • Relax by the coast at Thalpe
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Colombo


Day 2: Kegalle

Take the afternoon train to Rambukkana and transfer to the Rosyth Estate House, a colonial planter’s bungalow for a 2-night stay. The beautiful estate is set in 25-hectares of private tea and rubber plantations, 1,100ft above sea level. (D)

Day 3: Kegalle

Day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the Rosyth Estate House. Guests can explore the estate, visit the local tea factory, enjoy a cookery lesson, relax by the pool or simply take in the stunning views. (B, D)

Day 4: Kandy

Transfer to Bougainvillea Retreat for 3 nights. (B)

Days 5-6: Kandy

Explore the delights of Kandy including the Temple of the Tooth dating from the 16th century, Royal Botanical Gardens – the largest in Sri Lanla, local markets and artisan workshops. (B)

Day 7: Gal Oya National Park

Travel to Gal Oya National Park for 2 nights at the Gal Oya Lodge. Gal Oya is an area of outstanding beauty with evergreen forests; mountainous grasslands; and one of the Sri Lanka’s largest lakes, dotted with small picturesque islands. (B)

Day 8: Gal Oya National Park

Take a boat safari on Senanayake Samudraya lake in search of elephants who swim from island to island. Jeep safaris, nature walks and opportunities to meet the indigenous Vedda tribes are also available. (B)

Day 9: Ella

Travel to Ella for 2 nights at 98 Acres Resort & Spa. Climb Little Adam’s Peak. (B)

Day 10: Ella

Range of optional activities including tea plantation visits, hiking, birdwatching and cookery lessons. (B)

Day 11: Uda Walawe National Park

Travel to Uda Walawe National Park for 2 nights at Kalu’s Hideway. The National Park covers an area of 30,821 hectares, and includes a large reservoir, the Uda Walawe Tank, which is fed by the Walawe Ganga. The park is home to an estimated 500 elephants. (B)

Day 12: Uda Walawe National Park

Morning safari in the national park. In addition to elephant, deer species such as spotted deer, sambar and barking deer together with langur, water buffalo and jackal can also be found. Exotic birds that may be seen include hawk eagles, black capped bulbuls, kingfishers and peacocks. (B)

Day 13: Thalpe

Visit the Elephant Transit home en route to Thalpe for 3-nights at Apa Villa. Established by the Born Free Foundation, the Elephant Transit Home rescues orphaned elephants and assists in their rehabilitation back into the wild. (B)

Days 14-15: Thalpe

Days at leisure or take a tour of Galle. (B)

Day 16: Fly home


Meal basis:

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

Important information Superior tour:

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

Single supplement

Available on request.

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

  • Rosyth Estate House
    Rosyth Estate House

    The Rosyth Estate House is set in a 1926 colonial planter's bungalow in a 25-hectare private tea and rubber estate, 1,100ft above sea level. It offers outstanding boutique accommodation, exceptional Sri Lankan cuisine and the opportunity to experience the beauty and culture of rural Sri Lanka. Guests can explore the estate, visit the local tea factory, enjoy a cookery lesson, relax by the pool or simply take in the stunning views. Just 2 hours from Colombo and an hour to the south of Kandy, it is an ideal first or last stop on a tour of Sri Lanka. Facilities: 7 bedrooms, dining pavilion, lounge, library with satellite television, swimming pool with sun terrace and terraced gardens. Room amenities: En suite bathroom with rainforest shower, air conditioning and ceiling fans.

  • Kalu's Hideaway
    Kalu's Hideaway

    Set among 5 acres of wilderness at the edge of the Uda Walawe National Park, Kalu's hideaway is a small eco-friendly hotel with 14 en suite rooms. Each of the rooms and chalets is comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated. Facilities include a dining room that serves Sri Lankan curries and international cuisine, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar that serves fresh fruit juices and alcoholic beverages. Features: 14 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, television, desk, tea & coffee making facilities.

  • Gal Oya Lodge
    Gal Oya Lodge

    On the edge of Gal Oya National Park and set among 8 hectares of private forests, Gal Oya Lodge is a rustic eco-friendly lodge. It comprises spacious and elegantly furnished bungalows and villas, designed with timber walls and glass-to-ceiling windows and doors to enjoy the spectacular views. A range of experiences are on offer including 4x4 safaris, bicycle tours, bird walks, a boat safari and a jungle cooking course. Features: 9 bungalows & villas, restaurant, bar, swimming pool. Room amenities: En suite bathroom with bath or shower, seating & dining area.

  • Apa Villa Thalpe
    Apa Villa Thalpe

    Apa Villa Thalpe is located 8 km south of historic Galle Fort in southern Sri Lanka; it is often described as stylish, elegant, peaceful, private and a haven. Three distinctive villas offer a total of seven large suites. The mood is leisurely as you ease into swimwear or sarong and enjoy the garden, the stunning infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean and the sandy beach. Although located on a beach the narrow beach is only safe for paddling to knee height. It is not safe for swimming because of an undertow and you must walk 1km to swim in the surf.

  • 98 Acres Resort
    98 Acres Resort

    98 Acres Resort & Spa, as its name indicates, is set in 98 acres of lush green mountains, located close to the village of Ella in the Sri Lankan central highlands. Designed to blend in with the surrounding nature, the resort consists of charming chalets with an eco-friendly ethos in mind. Nature treks, archery, tea plantation tours and visits to a nearby wildlife sanctuary are some of the activities on offer at the resort.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2495 per person

High season from £2575 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

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Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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