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perfect ingredients for an unforgettable journey through Sri Lanka, this 12 day private highlights tour stays in a combination of beautiful boutique hotels all offering top notch hospitality and a great selection of local activities as you travel through the Cultural Triangle, Kandy and Tea Country to the stunning south west coast of Galle.
Day 1: UK to Colombo
Fly overnight from the UK to Colombo.
Day 2: Colombo to Kigalle
On arrival you will be met by your driver/guide and transferred in your private vehicle 2 hours east to spend 2 nights at the Rosyth Estate, a family owned tea and rubber estate with a beautifully refurbished 7 bedroom planters bungalow set on a hill with stunning views of the surrounding plantations. Spend the afternoon exploring the estate or relaxing by the pool.
Days 3: Kigalle
This morning you will be collected by your guide and transferred 30mins to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to enjoy the famous elephant river bathing.
You will then return to Rosyth to enjoy the great selection of activities – we definitely recommend a tour of the tea factory and a walk to the local village and temple. Remember, this is just a starting point idea to give you a flavour of what we can do. All our holidays are designed for each individual. Contact us on 01273 923100 to start designing yours.
Day 4: Kigalle to Cultural Triangle
Setting off this morning you will head into the heart of the Cultural Triangle, starting with a guided cycling tour of the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. A UNESCO World Heritage site it was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 and contains some incredible well-preserved stupas, temples and Buddha statues.
Heading towards Sigiriya you will spend 2 nights at Vil Uyana, a beautiful eco hotel with a selection of luxurious “dwellings” spread out amongst its own nature reserve with views of Sigiriya Rock – we particularly love the stylish sundowner lounge and tucking into a delicious Sri Lankan curry on the deck of your private dwelling!
Day 5: Cultural Triangle
This morning you will be collected by your guide and driven to the iconic Rock Fortress of Sigiriya to enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating UNESCO complex and a hike to the top to enjoy the stunning scenery. You will then return to Vil Uyana for a well-earned relax by the pool. Want to stay an extra day or two in the Cultural Triangle & see Anuradhapura? Contact us on 01273 923100 to design a holiday tailored to you or to get more ideas.
Day 6: Cultural Triangle to Kandy
Today you will head to the incredible Dambulla Cave Temples, another of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and the largest temple cave complex in Sri Lanka.
You will then continue south to Kandy to spend 2 nights at the Elephant Stables, a chic boutique guesthouse with amazing views over the surrounding mountains, an incredible pool and a very cool tented suite which is huge!
Day 7: Kandy
Today you will enjoy a guided tour of Kandy, starting with the UNESCO Temple of the Tooth and Royal Palace, followed by a walk around Kandy Lake. You will then continue to the Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens which contains over 4000 species of plant.
Day 8: Kandy to Tea Country
Today will be driven 7km south of Kandy to Station where you will board the train south through the stunning tea plantations and many local villages to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya where you will spend 2 nights at Warwick Gardens, a 5 bedroom colonial country mansion with commanding views of the surrounding tea plantations.
Day 9: Tea Country
Full day to explore this beautiful region with your guide and vehicle at your disposal. No trip is complete to this region without a visit to a tea factory and if you are feeling active we definitely recommend a nature hike in the Horton Plains National Park to the “Worlds End”!
Days 10: Tea Country to Galle
A long but beautiful drive today will take you from the heart of the Tea Country to the south west of the island where you will end your holiday with 3 nights at the relaxing Why House, a country retreat set in beautiful surroundings with first class hospitality, wonderful food and a great location only minutes from the beaches of Galle.
Day 11 & 12: Galle
Two days to relax and explore. During your stay you can head by tuk-tuk to the beautiful Galle beaches, take a guided bike ride, enjoy a cooking class, explore Galle Fort or simply relax and enjoy Why House. There are plenty of wonderful things to do in or around Galle. Talk to us about the different options.
Day 13: Colombo to UK
Following a final breakfast in the fort you will be transferred north to Colombo Airport for your flight back to the UK. Or add-on a few nights at the beach for a relaxing end to your holiday.
Welcome Home..(it may take a while to get back into the routine!)
This Sri Lanka holiday idea costs from £2,937pp and includes – International flights (price based on London), all accommodation on a sharing basis, 11 nights B&B, a private vehicle with driver/guide for 8 days, all entrance fees in the cultural triangle (as outlined above), train tickets and all transfers.
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