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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 lesser-known sites in northern,
central and southern Sri Lanka, offering
a full flavour of the rich diversity of this
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Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Colombo with Sri
Lankan Airlines. (N)
Afternoon arrival and transfer to the
Cinammon Lakeside (or similar) for 1 night.
Enjoy afternoon tea at the iconic Galle Face
In the morning transfer to Dambulla. Stay 3
nights at the Heritance Kandalama hotel (or
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 (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)
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
(or similar) 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 Yala
(or similar). (B)
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 Vivanta by Taj Bentota
(Superior Charm Seaview room) from £80.
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.
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.
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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CEJ2019: 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
Ahungalla is an ancient fishing hamlet 9 kilometres north of Ambalangoda. A small town...
The coastal town of Bentota has some of India's finest beaches, allowing for...
Dambulla is located 72 km north of Kandy, within Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’. It is...
Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...
Located in the middle of tea-growing country. Nuwara Eliya, meaning ‘City of Light’, is...
Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...