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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 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 Cinnamon Citadel
(or similar) for 3 nights. (B, D)
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, D)
Take the scenic train 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 to see the manufacturing
and grading process of tea, before tasting a
cup of pure Ceylon tea. (B, L, D)
Transfer from Kandy to Habarana. 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. Stay 3 nights at Cinnamon Lodge (or similar). (B, D)
Visit the Primate Centre at Polonnaruwa for
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
ParakramabahuI. (B, D)
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, 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, D)
Travel to Passikudah for 3 nights’ relaxation
at Sunrise by Jetwing; located on a secluded
beach on the lesser-visited east coast of Sri
Lanka, this luxurious resort is surrounded
by unspoilt natural beauty, clear waters and
exotic coral reefs. (B, D)
At leisure. (B, D)
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 £250. (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 travel
consultant for details.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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
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Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...