You are here:

Splendours of Sri Lanka

Group Tour | Solos 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £2395

This introductory tour combines the Cultural Triangle’s ancient cities with scenic hill country, man-made marvels and abundant wildlife. Finish the tour with a relaxing 2-night stay on a palm-fringed beach.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • 3 safaris in Wilpattu in search of wild elephants and leopards
  • Sri Lankan cookery lesson
  • 2-night luxury beach stay
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 12 people (maximum 18)
Prevsee moreNext

Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Colombo

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines*. (N)

Day 2: Chilaw

Arrive and transfer to the Anantaya hotel for 1 night. Welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3: Anuradhapura

Drive to Anuradhapura via Wilpattu National Park. Afternoon wildlife safari in search of leopards and sloth bears. Stay 3 nights at the Forest Rock Garden Resort. (B, D)

Day 4: Wilpattu National Park - Anuradhapura

Full-day safari in Wilpattu National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Anuradhapura

Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. For 1,400 years, this city was the capital of Sri Lanka and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines and relics. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 6: Habarana

Transfer to Habarana. Stay 2 nights at the Cinnamon Lodge. Afternoon cookery lesson. (B)

Day 7: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

Morning visit to the UNESCO-listed rock fortress town of Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. (B)

Day 8: 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 Cinnamon Citadel. Afternoon sightseeing tour. In the evening, watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance and visit the Temple of the Tooth for the evening Puja ceremony. (B, D)

Day 9: Kandy

Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful man-made lake and the area abounds in rich and varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure to explore Kandy’s markets. (B, D)

Day 10: Nuwara Eliya

Morning drive to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in the 18th century and their legacy is still visible. Stay at The Blackpool for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 11: 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 sambars. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B, D)

Day 12: Wadduwa

Drive to Wadduwa. Stay 2 nights at the Blue Water Hotel, a luxury hotel with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. (B, D)

Day 13: Wadduwa

Day at leisure. Farewell dinner. (B, D)

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.


Solo travellers group tours: These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers.

* Jan-Mar ’22 flights will be with Emirates via Dubai†

Accessibility: Due to high altitude and uneven terrain, the Horton Plains walk requires a good level of fitness. Visits to certain ancient monuments in the Cultural Triangle require steep climbing, including ascending more than 1,800 steps in one instance.

Tour variations: Due to changes to seasonal schedules and opening times, there are minor itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings travel consultant for details.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Anantaya Resort and Spa Chilaw
    Anantaya Resort and Spa Chilaw

    Tucked away between a sandy beach and a mangrove fringed lagoon, the Anantaya Resort & Spa is located in the charming resort of Chilaw and a mere 20 minute drive from Colombo. It lies in close proximity to some of Sri Lanka's most enduring sights such as Wilpattu National Park and Negombo town. Spacious, luxurious rooms are set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean whilst sun loungers are dotted beneath the palm trees or by the outdoor pool.

  • Forest Rock Garden Resort
    Forest Rock Garden Resort

    The eco-friendly Forest Rock Garden hotel is set among 20 hectares of lush forest just 10km from the ancient site of Anuradhapura. The hotel is built on concrete pillars that are six metres high in order to minimise the impact on the environment, with all the common areas and rooms connected via walkways built on top of the pillars. Rooms are stylishly decorated and feature large four-poster beds and some have a private plunge pool. The restaurant serves vegetarian food only.

  • 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 Citadel
    Cinnamon Citadel

    Overlooking the Mahaweli river on the northern outskirts of the hill country capital of Kandy, Cinnamon Citadel is a 4-star hotel, offering tranquillity away from the city. It is just 30 minutes from one of the most sacred Buddhist places of worship, the Temple of the Tooth, as well as the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. All of the rooms overlook the river and are elegantly furnished and decorated in themes inspired by Kandy's rich cultural heritage. The main restaurant has views of the Mahaweli and offers international buffets, there is also an à la carte restaurant offering fine dining. The pool and sun terrace are great places to relax and watch the spectacular sunsets.

  • The Blackpool
    The Blackpool

    The Blackpool is a charming property located approximately 3km to the south-west of Nuwara Eliya and surrounded by lush hills and tea estates. Throughout the property you will find antique furniture and original artwork. The atmospheric bar which overlooks the surrounding valley is the finest example of this and also includes a snooker table. All of the 50 tasteful rooms have private balconies for guests to enjoy the views. The restaurant 1881 is a pleasant reminder of the altitude of the hotel and serves a carefully curated menu of both Sri Lankan and European cuisine.

  • 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.

Superior group tour extensions

Back to top

Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
16 Nov 2022 - 29 Nov 2022 £2,395 £0 £0 Yes Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

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.

  • * Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • * 4-& 5-star accommodation
  • * Twin / double rooms for single use
  • * Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • * Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 10 dinners
  • * Welcome & farewell group dinners
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Wildlife safaris & national park entrance fees

Destinations on this tour

  • Anuradhapura

    Anuradhapura, ancient Sri Lanka’s first capital, was founded during the 4th century BC b...

    Read more >
  • Anuradhapura

    Anuradhapura, ancient Sri Lanka’s first capital, was founded during the 4th century BC b...

    Read more >
  • Anuradhapura

    Anuradhapura, ancient Sri Lanka’s first capital, was founded during the 4th century BC b...

    Read more >
  • Kandy

    Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...

    Read more >
  • Kandy

    Kandy, situated at an altitude of 500m, is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and was the capital...

    Read more >
  • Nuwara Eliya

    Located in the middle of tea-growing country. Nuwara Eliya, meaning ‘City of Light’, is...

    Read more >
  • Nuwara Eliya

    Located in the middle of tea-growing country. Nuwara Eliya, meaning ‘City of Light’, is...

    Read more >
  • Wadduwa

    Wadduwa The small resort of Wadduwa lies 32 kilometres south of Colombo and 8...

    Read more >
  • Wadduwa

    Wadduwa The small resort of Wadduwa lies 32 kilometres south of Colombo and 8...

    Read more >
Prev see more Next