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The Enchanted Island

Private Travel | General interest | Wildlife 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £2,095 Current prices from: £2,095
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the impressive Dambulla caves & Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Witness a Puja ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth
  • Stay in an authentic converted tea factory
  • Finish the tour with relaxation on the beach
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation

Ahungalla

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3188 3188 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2577 2577 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 894 1014 1345 25110 34914 2369 2098 1817 27011 36314 30512 1817
Rainy Days 5 5 8 12 12 13 10 10 12 14 14 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2882 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882 2882

Bentota

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 914 1426 25810 38815 2359 1807 1616 27011 37715 30912 1757
Rainy Days 5 5 8 12 13 14 10 10 13 15 14 10
Humidity H H H VH H H H H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Beruwela

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 733 914 1426 25810 38815 2359 1807 1616 27011 37715 30912 1757
Rainy Days 5 5 8 13 13 14 11 10 13 15 14 10
Humidity H H H VH VH H H H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Colombo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3290 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 552 743 1365 25010 38215 1867 1245 1165 2369 37115 30612 1667
Rainy Days 5 5 8 14 14 15 11 11 14 16 15 10
Humidity H H VH VH VH H H H H H H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Dambulla

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1365 803 964 1757 914 171 422 371 863 26410 26510 27911
Rainy Days 6 4 5 11 9 10 8 8 11 14 16 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Galle

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 3188 3188 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 944 1004 1225 2349 30412 2078 2028 1737 24910 34013 29612 1817
Rainy Days 5 5 7 11 12 12 10 10 12 14 14 10
Humidity H H H H H H H H H H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882 2882

Habarana

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188 2984 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1466 813 873 1446 783 90 432 392 934 24510 26711 32213
Rainy Days 6 4 4 8 7 6 6 5 8 13 15 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kandalama

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3290 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 2984 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1094 873 843 1697 974 552 703 713 994 26711 29812 25810
Rainy Days 5 5 6 11 8 8 8 8 9 14 15 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kandy

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2984 3086 3086 2984 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882 2882 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1966 2170 2170 2170 2170 2170 2068 2068 2068 1966
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 863 823 894 2138 1646 1185 1195 1165 1556 29712 30312 2118
Rainy Days 6 5 8 13 11 13 11 11 12 16 15 12
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Minneriya National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3391 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2373 2475 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1516 833 833 1225 713 70 502 422 984 2319 27011 33713
Rainy Days 6 4 4 8 7 6 6 5 8 13 15 13
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Negombo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3290 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 472 713 1285 24410 29812 1546 1034 873 1877 35114 29412 1536
Rainy Days 4 4 8 13 12 13 10 9 12 15 15 10
Humidity H H VH VH VH VH H H H H H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882

Nuwara Eliya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2272 2373 2373 2272 2068 2068 2068 2068 2170 2170 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 1152 1254 1457 1457 1457 1457 1355 1355 1254 1254
Sunshine hours 6 6 7 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1074 904 863 1787 1616 1757 1586 1446 1626 25810 24410 2118
Rainy Days 8 7 8 13 13 15 16 15 15 17 17 15
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Polonnaruwa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3290 3391 3391 3391 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 7 8 9 8 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1506 1114 813 1295 803 482 683 743 944 24410 31813 32213
Rainy Days 6 5 6 9 7 7 7 7 8 14 15 14
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Sigiriya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3086 3290 3290 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 2984 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2170
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1094 873 843 1697 974 552 703 713 994 26711 29812 25810
Rainy Days 5 5 6 11 8 8 8 8 9 14 15 13
Humidity M H H VH VH H H H H H H M
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Sinharaja

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2984 2984 2882 2781 2781 2781 2781 2781 2781 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2170 2170 2170 2068 2068 1966 1966
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1797 1626 27211 34514 37615 29712 1827 1887 2409 38515 43317 29211
Rainy Days 5 4 6 12 11 13 9 10 13 13 15 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Uda Walawe National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2373 2475 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 763 833 1606 2209 1245 371 432 402 723 2349 29412 1677
Rainy Days 6 5 6 12 12 14 12 11 14 15 16 12
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wadduwa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3290 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 8 9 9 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 653 843 1416 25610 39315 2189 1566 1436 25810 37715 30912 1727
Rainy Days 5 5 8 13 14 15 11 11 14 16 15 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 2984 2984 2882 2781 2781 2882 2882 2882 2882

Yala National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3086 3188 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2475 2373
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1295 904 813 1155 803 472 462 632 813 1837 2419 2289
Rainy Days 6 4 5 9 8 7 6 8 9 12 14 11
Humidity H H H VH VH VH VH VH VH H H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 2984 2984 2882 2882 2882 2882 2984 2882
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Colombo

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. (N)

Day 3: Dambulla

In the morning transfer to Dambulla. Stay 3 nights at the Heritance Kandalama hotel. (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. 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 Jetwing Yala. (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 Taj Bentota Resort & Spa (Superior Charm Seaview room) from £85pp. 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.

Single supplement

From £495pp.

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.

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Dates & prices

CEJ2020

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2,095 per person

High season from £2,395 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

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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.

 
  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Flexible extensions, room & flight upgrades available
    • Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
    • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicles
    • 12 breakfasts
    • Wildlife safari & national park entrance fees

Destinations on this tour

    https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/indian-subcontinent/sri-lanka/the-hill-country/nuwara-eliya
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    Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...

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