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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 lesserknown
sites in northern, central and
southern Sri Lanka.
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Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Afternoon arrival and transfer to the
Cinnamon Lakeside for 1 night. Enjoy
afternoon tea at the iconic Galle Face Hotel. (N)
In the morning transfer to Dambulla. Stay 3
nights at the Heritance Kandalama hotel. (B)
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)
Morning visit to the rock fortress town of
Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century medieval
capital of Polonnaruwa. (B)
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. 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)
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)
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)
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
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 Jetwing
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)
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 Taj Bentota Resort & Spa
(Superior Charm Seaview room) from £85pp.
Following day at leisure. (B)
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri
Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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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CEJ2020: 12 Nights
We are just returned from a magical trip to Sri Lanka. The whole trip was beautifully organised from end to end and the quality of the hotels was astounding. Cox & Kings have really excelled in this holiday and the Sri Lankan hotels were of the best. We greatly enjoyed the train trip out of Kandy – even more so when, in exchange for a small gift, we were both invited in to the drivers cab for the most spectacular section of the journey. Thank you again for a memorable trip, faultless from end to end. George and Sue Langton
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