Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...Read more >
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 lesser known
sites in northern, central and
southern Sri Lanka.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 5 star property is situated in Ahungalla, a former fishing hamlet. The setting is idyllic: a long stretch of unspoilt palm fringed beach on the southwest coast beside the Indian Ocean. The air conditioned guestrooms offer stunning views of the ocean and the property has two sprawling swimming pools. Within the Heritance Ahungalla’s extensive premises, understated luxury complements an atmosphere of tranquillity and seclusion. Features: 152 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, cafe, 4 bars, infinity pool, green pool, gym, spa, tennis court, kids club, library, WiFi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, private balcony, cable television, minibar, safe, hairdryer, rain shower.
The Earl's Regency hotel is set in the Dumbara valley, overlooking the lush Knuckles mountain range and the Mahaweli river. Each of the 104 en suite bedrooms have their own private balcony overlooking the countryside. The Earl's Regency has two excellent restaurants with dining options ranging from local favourites to international feasts. Features: 104 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, desk, tea & coffee making facilities.
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.
Low season from £2095 per person
High season from £2395 per person
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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.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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