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South Coast: Relax & Explore

Private Travel | General interest 10 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £2245 Current prices from: £2245
See the best of Sri Lanka’s south coast on this relaxing tour of its historic towns and forts, stunning beaches and endemic wildlife, spending 4 nights at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa.

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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Colombo


Day 2: Colombo

On arrival in Colombo, transfer to the Galle Face Hotel for an overnight stay. Visit the Gangaramaya Temple and enjoy high tea from the terrace of your hotel. (B)

Day 3: Udawalawe National Park

Drive to Udawalawe for an overnight stay at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort. Take an afternoon game drive to see wild elephants and other animals in their natural habitat. (B, D)

Day 4: Hambantota

Drive to Hambantota, en route visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home which rescues orphaned elephants and assists in their rehabilitation back into the wild. Spend 4 nights at the beachside Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa. (B, D)

Day 5: Hambantota

Day at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Hambantota

Take a 4×4 ride to Yala National Park for a morning safari. 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, L, D)

Day 7: Hambantota

Visit the Mulkirigala painted caves, a 2,200-yearold site of seven caves with frescoes and Buddha statues complemented by panoramic views of the surrounding lush landscape. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Galle

En route to Galle, visit Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, a quiet rock temple with a 9 metre reclining Buddha where monks have been living for at least 1,500 years. Enjoy a 2-night stay at Galle Fort Hotel. Afternoon tour of the Unesco-listed Galle fort. (B, D)

Day 9: Galle

Optional early morning whale watching excursion with Sail Lanka. Or visit the tea fields and factory of Handunugoda Tea Estate and sample their Virgin White tea. Alternatively, enjoy a boat and cycle ride followed by a cookery lesson in the countryside surrounding Galle.(B)

Day 10: 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

  • The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort
    The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

    Set among 2.8 hectares of land, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is conveniently located with easy access to the Uda Walawe National Park. The area boasts a fascinating history and culture and provides a diverse display of flora and fauna. Guest rooms and suites are of good size and comfortably furnished. Enjoy both Sri Lankan and international cuisine in the restaurant.

  • Shangri-La Hambantota
    Shangri-La Hambantota

    Overlooking the pristine southern coast of Sri Lanka, Shangri La Hambantota is located along the ancient Spice Route in a city steeped in rich history. Spanning nearly 60 hectares of verdant land, rich with tropical flora and fauna, the Sangri La offers 21 luxurious suites and an 18-hole immaculate golf course. A variety of dining options can be found in the resort, serving local dishes, south-east Asian and western cuisine. The property also features Shangri La's signature Ayurvada Spa CHI and offers exceptional Chinese and Ayurvedic treatments.

  • Galle Fort Hotel
    Galle Fort Hotel

    This 14 room hotel is in a 17th-century Dutch merchant's house in the heart of Sri Lanka's historic Galle fort. The hotel follows a simple philosophy of offering guests the romance of old-world charm complete with modern day luxuries that enhance the experience. No two rooms in the hotel are the same and all of them are equipped with modern ameneties. The facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, spa and a dining room.

  • Galle Face Hotel
    Galle Face Hotel

    The Galle Face Hotel is situated in the heart of Colombo along the seafront and facing the Galle Face Green. Built in 1864, it embraces its heritage with a gallery dedicated to its past and present clients and offers an elegant afternoon tea at The Verandah. Each of the guestrooms has been restored to reflect the hotel's colonial past along with modern amenities.Features: 156 rooms, restaurant &amp; wine cellar, Sea Spray restaurant, The Verandah restaurant, 3 bars, pub, salt water pool, spa, fitness centre, museum, library.<br>Room Amenities: complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite television, air conditioning, safe, en suite bathroom, hair dryer, complimentary minibar, selection of local teas.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2245 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.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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