Sri Lanka's south-west coast is renowned for its idyllic beaches and the renowned Yala National Park; home to the leopard. This journey combines the most important cultural sites with time spent amidst the tea plantations of Koslanda.
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Transfer to the Jetwing Lagoon in Negombo. (N)
Optional morning catamaran ride on the Negombo lagoon. The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers and is surrounded by a region comprising of rice paddies, coconut plantations and grasslands, mainly used for fishing and agriculture. Travel to Matale for 4 nights at Jim's Farm Villas. (B)
Full day tour to Sigiriya and Dambulla caves. The Sigiriya rock fortress rises 200 metres from the scrub jungle below and was a stronghold of a fortified town. The Dambulla caves have a history thought to date back to the first century BC when King Valagam Bahu took refuge here. (B)
Day at leisure or take part in an array of optional activities. Activities include cycling, walking in the Knuckles ranges or a cookery lesson where you will be able to select your own ingredients from the Farm's vegetable and herb garden before preparing some traditional dishes. (B)
Morning visit to Kandy's Temple of the Tooth for the morning Puja and wander through Kandy's local markets. Afternoon at leisure to relax or visit the Peradeniya botanical gardens or any of the local artisans. (B)
Take the midday train from Kandy to Hatton. Lunch at Governor's Mansion which offers a delectable range of food and can be accompanied by your choice from a selection of world-class wines. Drive to Koslanda and stay 2 nights at the Living Heritage. (B)
Day at leisure or take part in an array of optional activities. Activities include guided trekking where you will be able to learn about pepper and coffee cultivation, tea plantation visits, tree planting and Sri Lankan cookery lessons. (B)
Descend to Yala National Park stopping en route
at Buduruwagala – a series of well-preserved
Buddhist figures carved into sheer rock – and
Diyaluma waterfalls. Stay 2 nights at Noel
Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris. (B, D)
Enjoy a morning wildlife drive in the park. The density of leopards here is considerable and the park is also home to elephants, wild boars, sloth bears, mongoose and exotic birds. Afternoon optional cycle ride or wildlife drive and later dine under the stars. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the Fortress, Galle for 2 nights at the beach. Days at leisure or visit Galle Fort, Galle's mask museum or the turtle hatchery at Kosgoda. Alternatively take a whale watching trip where Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins are regularly spotted. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is typically based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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XTT2018: 11 Nights
Negombo, close to Colombo's airport, grew from an historic little town with...
Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...