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Lead Price
From £4220pp
16 days & 14 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Hidden Sri Lanka

Head off the beaten path to seek out indigenous local tribes and enjoy walks amid stunning scenery, with stays at unique properties and finishing on the palm-fringed south coast.


DAY 1: Fly to Colombo
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Fly to Colombo


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

DAY 2: Kegalle
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Take the afternoon train to Rambukkana and transfer to the Rosyth Estate House, a colonial planter’s bungalow for a 2-night stay. The beautiful estate is set in 25-hectares of private tea and rubber plantations, 1,100ft above sea level. (D)

DAY 3: Kegalle
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Day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the Rosyth Estate House. Guests can explore the estate, visit the local tea factory, enjoy a cookery lesson, relax by the pool or simply take in the stunning views. (B, D)

DAY 4: Kandy
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Transfer to Bougainvillea Retreat for 3 nights. (B)

DAY 5: Kandy
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Explore the delights of Kandy including the Temple of the Tooth dating from the 16th century, Royal Botanical Gardens – the largest in Sri Lanka, local markets and artisan workshops. (B)

DAY 6: Kandy
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At leisure.

DAY 7: Gal Oya National Park
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Gal Oya National Park

Travel to Gal Oya National Park for 2 nights at the Gal Oya Lodge. Gal Oya is an area of outstanding beauty with evergreen forests; mountainous grasslands; and one of Sri Lanka’s largest lakes, dotted with small, picturesque islands. (B)

DAY 8: Gal Oya National Park
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Gal Oya National Park

Take a boat safari on Senanayake Samudraya lake in search of elephants who swim from island to island. Jeep safaris, nature walks and opportunities to meet the indigenous Vedda tribes are also available. (B)

DAY 9: Ella
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Travel to Ella for 2 nights at 98 Acres Resort & Spa. Climb Little Adam’s Peak. (B)

DAY 10: Ella
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Range of optional activities including tea plantation visits, hiking, birdwatching and cookery lessons. (B)

DAY 11: Uda Walawe National Park
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Uda Walawe National Park

Travel to Uda Walawe National Park for 2 nights at Kalu’s Hideway. The National Park covers an area of 30,821 hectares, and includes a large reservoir, the Uda Walawe Tank, which is fed by the Walawe Ganga. The park is home to an estimated 500 elephants. (B)

DAY 12: Uda Walawe National Park
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Uda Walawe National Park

Morning safari in the national park. In addition to elephant, deer species such as spotted deer, sambar and barking deer together with langur, water buffalo and jackal can also be found. Exotic birds that may be seen include hawk eagles, black capped bulbuls, kingfishers and peacocks. (B)

DAY 13: Thalpe
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Visit the Elephant Transit home en route to Thalpe for 3-nights at Apa Villa. Established by the Born Free Foundation, the Elephant Transit Home rescues orphaned elephants and assists in their rehabilitation back into the wild. (B)

DAY 14: Thalpe
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Days at leisure or take a tour of Galle. (B)

DAY 15: Thalpe
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At leisure.

DAY 16: Fly home
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Fly home


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

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in a colonial planter's bungalow
  • Travel by train through scenic countryside
  • Explore Gal Oya National Park
  • Visit tea plantations, hike or enjoy a cookery lesson
  • Search for elephants and exotic birds in Uda Walawe National Park
  • Relax by the coast at Thalpe
Low Season
From £4,220 per person
High Season
From £4,480 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local transfers and sightseeing by private chauffeur guide
  • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-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.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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