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Treasures of Sri Lanka

Private Travel | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £2285

Delve into Sri Lanka’s natural and archaeological wonders. Starting from Colombo, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, traverse quaint tea country and tropical rainforests to the jungles of Yala, which has one of the highest wild leopard densities in the world.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Climb the magnificent Sigiriya Rock
  • Stay at Jim's Farm Villas
  • Explore the hill country at Kotmale
  • Wildlife viewing in Yala National Park
  • Wander through historic Galle
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Colombo (N) Day 2: Colombo

Arrive and transfer to Cinnamon Lakeside for a 1-night stay. (N)

Day 3: Habarana

Drive to Habarana. Stay 3 nights at Cinnamon Lodge, set in a 10 hectare woodland on the fringe of a tranquil, ancient irrigation lake. (B)

Day 4: Habarana

Visit Sigiriya rock fortress which rises 200 metres from the scrub jungle below and was the innermost stronghold of a 70 hectare fortified town. At the top, there are some stunning views over the surrounding countryside, although the climb is steep and in parts very narrow. (B)

Day 5: Polonnaruwa • Minneriya

Visit Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park. At Polonnaruwa you will be able to see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya and the Parakrama Samudraya lake. Minneriya National Park is a habitat for elephants, deer, leopards, sloth bears and crocodile. (B)

Day 6: Dambulla • Kandy

Drive to Kandy and stay 2 nights at Jim’s Farm Villas. En-route visit Popham arboretum and the Dambulla caves, which has a history thought to date back as far as the first century BC when King Valagam Bahu took refuge here, having been driven out of Anuradhapura. (B)

Day 7: Kandy

At leisure or visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya which covers 60 hectares and is the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. (B)

Days 8-9: Hill country

En route to Kothmale, visit Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth which dates from the 16th century and is entered via two doors showing mythical beasts. Stay 2 nights at Mas Villa. At leisure to explore the tea fields, grand temples and waterfalls on foot or by bike. (B)

Day 10: Yala

Drive to Yala and spend 2 nights at Jetwing Yala. Yala is the largest, and busiest, national park in Sri Lanka and its terrains consist mainly of dry woodlands with patches of light forest, grasslands and lagoons, which provide residence for the park’s main attraction – the leopard. (B)

Day 12: Galle

Drive to Galle and stay 2 nights at the Jetwing Lighthouse. (B)

Day 13: Galle

Explore Galle fort which once played an important role in the trade route between Arabia and China. It was built in the late 16th century by the Portuguese and later destroyed and rebuilt by the Dutch in 1640. Galle Fort is today a listed Unesco world heritage site. (B)

Day 14: Wadduwa

Drive to Wadduwa, a quiet stretch of the coast, near to a small fishing community. Spend 2 nights at the Blue Water. (B)

Day 15: Wadduwa

At leisure. (B)

Day 16: Fly home

Drive to Colombo and fly home. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour:

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

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.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Blue Water Hotel and Spa
    The Blue Water Hotel and Spa

    The Blue Water Resort is located on a sublime stretch of the Wadduwa coastline and has 100 rooms with all modern facilities. The hotel offers a spectacular view of the sea and stands amid a cool cluster of coconut palms that line the water. There are four restaurants including all day dining, a fully equipped gymnasium and spa, tennis and squash courts and a large swimming pool.

  • Jim’s Farm Villas
    Jim’s Farm Villas

    A luxury boutique hotel set within a 20-hectare organic farm with stunning mountain views, Jim's Farm Villas is centrally located midway between Dambulla and Kandy. Surrounded by wooded hills and paddy fields, the farm is a haven for birds: 102 species have been spotted so far. Specially designed to showcase the best of Sri Lankan craftsmanship, all the rooms have cool kumbuk wood flooring, vaulted wooden ceilings and traditional teak and rattan furniture. With a choice of three villas, which can be booked in their entirety or by room, Jim's Farm Villas offers a good base for day trips to the fabulous heritage sights of the Cultural Triangle, nature parks and local ancient temples. Cookery lessons with the in-house chef and bicycle rides around the surrounding area are also available.

  • Jetwing Yala
    Jetwing Yala

    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.

  • Jetwing St. Andrew’s
    Jetwing St. Andrew’s

    Originally a Tudor-style country house, Jetwing St Andrew's, a simple, converted hotel, is set conveniently next to the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country. The 40 cosy, standard rooms, which are spread between the Golf Wing and the Nuwara Eliya Wing, are comfortably furnished, retain some of their traditional features and overlook either the golf course or the verdant rolling hills. The seven family rooms and five suites are spacious and furnished with period style furniture. Facilities at this hotel include a restaurant that serves Sri Lankan as well as international cuisine, a well-stocked bar that has been inspired by a traditional British pub, souvenir shop and a snooker room featuring an antique snooker table that is well over 100 years and is believed to be one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

  • Jetwing Lighthouse
    Jetwing Lighthouse

    The Jetwing Lighthouse is a delightful character property that occupies a dramatic seafront position just 2km north of the historic port city of Galle. The architecture of the hotel blends modern design with the Dutch colonial style that is typical of this region of Sri Lanka. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Jetwing Lighthouse provides a touch of luxury and bygone colonial charm in truly magnificent surroundings. Guestrooms are spacious and centrally air-conditioned and feature twin beds, teakwood floors, fabulous attached bathrooms, a satellite television, minibar, hair dryer, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and a balcony. The hotel also has three suites; each of these has a different theme and features a separate sitting area. Other facilities at the hotel include two swimming pools and a spa.

  • Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
    Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

    Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is set in a 10 hectare woodland on the fringe of a tranquil, ancient irrigation lake. The architecture of the lodge is based on Ritigala, the pre-Christian-era forest monastery near Habarana. The lodge consists of 150 air-conditioned rooms in 53 separate bungalows, all with modern amenities. 30 of the rooms overlook the lake. Facilities at Lodge Habarana include a swimming pool, tennis court, billiards, and an Ayurveda health centre, and the restaurant provides a selection of continental, eastern and Chinese cuisine.

  • Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
    Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

    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.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2285 per person

High season from £2375 per person


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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

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  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local excursions where applicable

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