Highlights of Sri Lanka

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What we came up with

A perfect combination of culture, wildlife, beaches and some fantastic food, Sri Lanka has no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites, including ancient cities, temples and nature reserves. Miles of palm fringed beaches also make the perfect conclusion to a fascinating cultural tour.

— Miranda, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Colombo - 1 day
    Colombo is Sri Lanka's bustling capital, and the entry point for all travellers to Sri Lanka. Some might find the traffic clogged streets, bustle, sights, sound and smells a little overwhelming (though others might find this alluring), and so The Wallawwa Hotel is our top pick place to stay. Within reaching distance of Colombo, yet nestled within five acres of beautiful gardens, this colonial manor oozes the heritage and style of a bygone era.

  • Cultural Triangle - 3 days
    Sitting amid verdant paddy fields, the thatched cabanas of Vil Uyana are stilted, standing above reed beds in a man-made nature reserve, and they are the ideal place from which to explore the surrounding wildlife and tropical jungle. An expedition for those feeling adventurous can be undertaken to the Sigiriya rock fortress, whereupon beautiful frescoes and 5th century formations can be discovered.

  • Kandy - 2 days
    The last royal capital of Sri Lanka was the city of Kandy, and today it remains one of Sri Lanka's most charming destinations to visit. Tucked just outside this glorious area is Kandy House, a colonial style private home that has been transformed into a peaceful oasis overlooking the hills beyond.

  • Tea Country - 2 days
    In the days of the Raj, the Tea Country of Sri Lanka was renowned for its wonderful aromatic produce, and today the tea plantations continue this legacy. A stay at Ceylon Tea Trails Bungalows will enlighten visitors to the colonial ways of yesteryear, with the rolling hills providing a scenic view as you sample a tipple of the finest Ceylon leaves.

  • Yala National Park - 2 days
    The Yala National Park is home to the greatest concentration of leopard in the world, and a stay at the fantastic Leopard Safaris, run by expert guide Noel Rodrigues, is most definitely the way to go about exploring the area. Spotting one of these regal creatures is pretty much guaranteed, and for birders this is also a top location, as there are a staggering 220 species of birds in the region.

  • The Southern Beaches - 3 days
    The Southern Beaches of Sri Lanka take the top spot, with pristine sands and lapping waters to tempt travellers from far afield. Why House is one of our favourite southern Sri Lanka boltholes, located just under a mile from the beautiful Thalpe beach, and a few minutes rickshaw ride from the lovely UNESCO city of Galle.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £3,750 per person which includes all flights, hotels, transfers and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Key Stats

Where
Sri Lanka
When
December to April
Who
Honeymooners, Couples and Families
Price PP (Inc Flights)
£3,750

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