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Sri Lanka in Slow Motion

Private Travel | General interest 18 Days & 16 Nights Lead-in price: £4295 Current prices from: £4295
With a wide variety of activities, an easygoing culture and beautiful golden beaches, east coast Sri Lanka is the perfect destination to discover from May to September.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

Ahungalla

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3188 3188 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2577 2577 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 894 1014 1345 25110 34914 2369 2098 1817 27011 36314 30512 1817
Rainy Days 5 5 8 12 12 13 10 10 12 14 14 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2882 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882 2882

Bentota

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 914 1426 25810 38815 2359 1807 1616 27011 37715 30912 1757
Rainy Days 5 5 8 12 13 14 10 10 13 15 14 10
Humidity H H H VH H H H H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Beruwela

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 914 1426 25810 38815 2359 1807 1616 27011 37715 30912 1757
Rainy Days 5 5 8 13 13 14 11 10 13 15 14 10
Humidity H H H VH VH H H H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Colombo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3290 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 552 743 1365 25010 38215 1867 1245 1165 2369 37115 30612 1667
Rainy Days 5 5 8 14 14 15 11 11 14 16 15 10
Humidity H H VH VH VH H H H H H H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Dambulla

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1365 803 964 1757 914 171 422 371 863 26410 26510 27911
Rainy Days 6 4 5 11 9 10 8 8 11 14 16 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Galle

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 3188 3188 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 944 1004 1225 2349 30412 2078 2028 1737 24910 34013 29612 1817
Rainy Days 5 5 7 11 12 12 10 10 12 14 14 10
Humidity H H H H H H H H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882

Habarana

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188 2984 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1466 813 873 1446 783 90 432 392 934 24510 26711 32213
Rainy Days 6 4 4 8 7 6 6 5 8 13 15 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kandalama

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3290 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 2984 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1094 873 843 1697 974 552 703 713 994 26711 29812 25810
Rainy Days 5 5 6 11 8 8 8 8 9 14 15 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kandy

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2984 3086 3086 2984 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882 2882 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1966 2170 2170 2170 2170 2170 2068 2068 2068 1966
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 863 823 894 2138 1646 1185 1195 1165 1556 29712 30312 2118
Rainy Days 6 5 8 13 11 13 11 11 12 16 15 12
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Minneriya National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3391 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2373 2475 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1516 833 833 1225 713 70 502 422 984 2319 27011 33713
Rainy Days 6 4 4 8 7 6 6 5 8 13 15 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Negombo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3290 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 472 713 1285 24410 29812 1546 1034 873 1877 35114 29412 1536
Rainy Days 4 4 8 13 12 13 10 9 12 15 15 10
Humidity H H VH VH VH VH H H H H H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Nuwara Eliya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2272 2373 2373 2272 2068 2068 2068 2068 2170 2170 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1152 1254 1457 1457 1457 1457 1355 1355 1254 1254
Sunshine hours 6 6 7 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1074 904 863 1787 1616 1757 1586 1446 1626 25810 24410 2118
Rainy Days 8 7 8 13 13 15 16 15 15 17 17 15
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Polonnaruwa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3290 3391 3391 3391 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1506 1114 813 1295 803 482 683 743 944 24410 31813 32213
Rainy Days 6 5 6 9 7 7 7 7 8 14 15 14
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Sigiriya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3290 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 2984 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1094 873 843 1697 974 552 703 713 994 26711 29812 25810
Rainy Days 5 5 6 11 8 8 8 8 9 14 15 13
Humidity M H H VH VH H H H H H H M
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Sinharaja

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2984 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2781 2781 2781 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2170 2170 2170 2068 2068 1966 1966
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1797 1626 27211 34514 37615 29712 1827 1887 2409 38515 43317 29211
Rainy Days 5 4 6 12 11 13 9 10 13 13 15 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Uda Walawe National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 763 833 1606 2209 1245 371 432 402 723 2349 29412 1677
Rainy Days 6 5 6 12 12 14 12 11 14 15 16 12
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wadduwa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 8 9 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 653 843 1416 25610 39315 2189 1566 1436 25810 37715 30912 1727
Rainy Days 5 5 8 13 14 15 11 11 14 16 15 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2882 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882 2882

Yala National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 3188 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2475 2373
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1295 904 813 1155 803 472 462 632 813 1837 2419 2289
Rainy Days 6 4 5 9 8 7 6 8 9 12 14 11
Humidity H H H VH VH VH VH VH VH H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2984 2882
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Colombo. (N) Day 2: Colombo

Arrive and check in to the Maniumpathy Hotel. (N)

Day 3: Colombo • Rambukkana

Explore the hidden charm of the bustling capital in the company of an avid historian and photographer. Travel to Rambukkana on the evening train and transfer to Rosyth Estate House for a 3-night stay. (B)

Days 4-5: Rambukkana

Relax by the pool, enjoy the stunning views or take a walk to the nearby tea factory for a guided tour. Mid-morning cooking class, followed by a lunch of the dishes you have prepared. Afternoon guided walk of the tea estate. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Kandy for 3 nights at Kings Pavilion. Enjoy an evening cultural show. (B)

Days 7-8: Kandy

Witness the early morning Puja ceremony at the sacred Temple of the Tooth, then continue to the Royal Botanical Gardens. At leisure. (B)

Day 9: Gal Oya

After breakfast, proceed to Gal Oya for 2 nights at Gal Oya Lodge . (B, L, D)

Day 10: Gal Oya

Enjoy a boat safari on Senanayake Samudraya to observe the local wildlife including crocodiles, deer, elephants and many rare and endemic species of birds. Afternoon at leisure with opportunities for additional activities such as meeting the indigenous Veddah tribes, taking a jeep safari or nature walk, or enjoying a guided bicycle ride to the beautiful Namal Oya reservoir. (B, L, D)

Days 11-13: Passikudah

After breakfast proceed to Passikudah for 3 nights relaxing at Uga Bay Passikudah. (B)

Day 14: Sigiriya

Travel to Sigiriya visiting the impressive Buddhist architectural gem of Polonnaruwa and the monkey rehabilitation centre en route. Spend 3 nights at Water Garden, Sigiriya. (B)

Days 15-16: Sigiriya • Dambulla

Climb the fifth-century Sigiriya rock fortress before marveling at the hillside cave temples at Dambulla. (B)

Day 17: Colombo

Travel back to Colombo by road for an overnight stay at the Maniumpathy Hotel. Or opt for a domestic flight with Cinnamon Air. (B)

Day 18: Fly home (B)

Climb the fifth-century Sigiriya rock fortress before marveling at the hillside cave temples at Dambulla. (B)

Meal basis

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

Important information

After breakfast proceed to Passikudah for 3 nights relaxing at Uga Bay Passikudah. (B)

Superior tour

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

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

  • Water Garden Sigiriya
    Water Garden Sigiriya

    The luxury Water Garden Sigiriya is located in lush countryside in central Sri Lanka, just 6km from Sigiriya Rock. Villas are spacious with a large living area and private plunge pools. They are equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning. Facilities include a spa, wellness centre, fitness centre and outdoor pool. The gourmet restaurant serves local delicacies and international cuisine.

    Features: 30 rooms, restaurant, billiards table, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi.
    Room Amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe.

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  • Uga Bay
    Uga Bay

    Set along the beachfront of Pasikudah Bay, the Uga Bay resort offers 46 spacious and elegantly decorated rooms, arranged semi-circularly to provide the best sea views and equipped with air conditioning, flat screen television, mini bar and WiFi access. The restaurant offers Asian and International cuisine and other resort facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a spa offering Ayurvedic, Asian and European style treatments and massages available indoors or in poolside cabanas.

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  • Rosyth Estate House
    Rosyth Estate House

    The Rosyth Estate House is set in a 1926 colonial planter's bungalow within a private tea and rubber estate at 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. It is an ideal first or last stop on a tour of Sri Lanka, being 2 hours from Colombo and an hour to the south of Kandy.

    Features: 7 bedrooms, dining pavilion, lounge, library with satellite television, swimming pool with sun terrace, terraced gardens.
    Room amenities: En suite bathroom with rainforest shower, air conditioning and ceiling fans.

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  • Maniumpathy
    Maniumpathy

    Located in the heart of Colombo, Maniumpathy is set in an atmospheric manor house that dates back to 1906. Originally built by a doctor from Jaffna, the house has been extended and its interiors modernised without affecting the property's period features. The eight guestrooms are all individually designed and have their own character. This boutique hotel is within easy reach of Colombo's sights, shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Features: 8 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, library, Wi-Fi.
    Room amenities: Air-conditioning, telephone, safe.

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  • 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.

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Dates & prices

SWM2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £4295 per person

High season from £4445 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 a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Sigiriya

    The ancient town of Sigiriya, set within Sri Lanka's 'Cultural Triangle' is an ideal and...

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