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collection of beautiful boutique retreats offering fantastic Sri Lankan hospitality, this 11 day private tour will allow you to enjoy the iconic highlights of the Dambulla Cave Temples, Sigiriya Rock and Kandy, whilst also allowing you to get under the skin of the country with cooking classes, bike rides to local temples, local markets visits, tea picking and even driving a tuk-tuk around the farm!
Day 1: UK to Colombo
Fly overnight from the UK to Colombo.
Day 2: Negombo
On arrival you will be met by your driver/guide and transferred in your private vehicle a short distance towards Negombo where you will spend 1 night at the Wallawwa, a stunning boutique retreat which is a fantastic start to any Sri Lanka holiday with its beautiful grounds, relaxed atmosphere, lovely little spa and excellent Asian-fusion cuisine.
Days 3: Negombo to Cultural Triangle
Today your adventure really starts as you head into the Cultural Triangle region of the country to explore the incredible Dambulla Cave Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest temple cave complex in Sri Lanka. 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.
You will then head for 2 nights at Jim’s Farm Villa, an independently owned eco-retreat on a large coconut and spice plantation that offers beautiful surroundings, friendly service and a great selection of activities – we particularly love the cooking classes with the farm chef and cycling to the nearby local temples.
Day 4: Cultural Triangle
This morning you will be collected by your guide and driven to the iconic Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Definitely a great opportunity to burn off that lovely breakfast at Jim’s Farm you will 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 Jim’s Farm Villa for a well-earned relax by the pool or you may want to explore the local surroundings on foot or bike. Want to stay an extra day or two in the Cultural Triangle & see Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura? Contact us on 01273 923100 to design a holiday tailored to you or to get more ideas.
Day 5: Cultural Triangle to Kandy
This morning you will be driven south to the scenic city of Kandy, heading to the UNESCO Temple of the Tooth and Royal Palace where you will enjoy a guided tour and walk by Kandy Lake. With its central location you will spend 2 nights at The Secret Kandy a former governor’s residence and now a beautiful 5 room boutique guesthouse offering first class service and delicious food.
Day 6: Kandy
This morning your guide will collect you for a tour of Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens. You will then return to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon or you can explore Kandy under your steam and simply get a tuk-tuk back to the house.
Day 7: Kandy to Galle
A longer drive today you will see you heading to the southwest of the island where you will spend a relaxing 3 nights at Niyagama House, a friendly owner run plantation retreat on a working tea estate with wonderful views, beautiful surroundings and a complete focus on relaxation.
Day 8 & 9: Galle
Two full days to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Elke the owner will ensure you have a great stay and activities on the estate include cooking classes, tea picking & tasting, nature walks, guided bike tours and tours to Galle Fort only 25 minutes away. Elke, a trained yoga teacher, also offers a number of yoga and meditation courses.
Days 10: Galle to Bentota Beach
This morning you be transferred north to Bentota Beach to end with 2 nights at Rock Villa, a 170 year old heritage house which has been transferred by its owner, the famous Sri Lankan designer Taru, into a stylish beach retreat with beautiful gardens, lots of hammocks and only 60 metres from the beach. Or add-on a few more nights at the beach – call us to tailor this holiday to you & your budget and to receive a quote based on your travel dates.
Day 11: Bentota Beach
A final day to relax. Bentota beach offer lots of water-sports if you are feeling active but for this final day you may want to relax by the pool with a good book.
Day 12: 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.
Welcome Home (it may take a while to get back into the routine!)
This Sri Lanka holiday idea costs from £2,298pp and includes – International flights (price based on London), all accommodation on a sharing basis, 10 nights B&B, a private vehicle with driver/guide for 6 days, all entrance fees in the cultural triangle (as outlined above) and all transfers.
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