Tea, Sea & Safari in Sri Lanka
Travel to the imposing Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the important pilgrimage site of the Temple of the Tooth. Track leopards in Yala National Park and marvel at the sheer number of elephants in Minneriya. Undertake an epicurian adventure as you discover Sri Lanka’s amazing cuisine and hike through green hilltops of cinnamon, tea and artisanal spice plantations. From the palm-fringed beaches of Weligama to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, and with ample opportunity for rest and relaxation, this itinerary provides you with a fantastic overview of Sri Lanka – an island that will leave you seriously impressed.
You will love
- Magnificent accommoation
- Picturesque tea and spice plantations
- Plethora of wildlife in Yala & Minniyera National Parks
- Stunning coastline
- An all encompassing journey
17 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
DAY 1 | KOTUGODA | 1 NIGHT
Arrive in Colombo. Transfer to The Wallawwa and enjoy the remainder of today at leisure – an opportunity to enjoy this iconic property.
DAY 2 | ANURADHAPURA | 3 NIGHTS
Road transfer to Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka (approx 4.5 hours). Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the sprawling 58-acre lush green garden & the historically significant, 150-year-old mansion at its centre.
DAY 3 | ANURADHAPURA
Take a tuk tuk ride through the ancient kingdom of UNESCO Anuradhapura today before experiencing an authentic ‘Kamatha’ meal – an epicurian adventure serving revered royal recipes in a pavillion in the centre of a rice paddy.
DAY 4 | ANURADHAPURA
This morning visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress where, as you climb, you can take time to enjoy the ancient frescoes in the caves in the cool of the morning. This afternoon visit Minneriya National Park home to the largest known wild Asian Elephant gathering, in one place, in the world!
DAY 5 | KANDY | 2 NIGHTS
Road transfer to Kandy (approx 2.5 – 3 hours). Enroute, stop to visit the Dambulla Cave Temples – a series of 80 caves containing many beautifully ornate Buddha statues & painted with intricate religious imagery. After lunch wander through a beautifully landscaped Sri Lankan Botanical Garden before checking in to Kandy House.
DAY 6 | KANDY
This morning enjoy a hosted Kandy Culinary Food Trail and a wander through Kandy town. Early in the evening head out to visit the Temple of the Tooth – a popular pilgrimage site where a relic of the Buddha’s tooth is housed and witness the nightly Thevava Pooja ceremony.
DAY 7 | HATTON | 2 NIGHTS
This morning you willl be delivered to Peradeniya Railway Station to board the train bound for Hatton. For the next 3 hours you will wind your way through astonishingly beautiful scenery. Your driver will meet you at the station and deliver you to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 8 | HATTON
Participate in a guided Tea Factory Tour today with the afternoon at leisure to wander through the tea plantations or rest and take in the Central Highlands, laid out before you with Castlereagh Lake making a splash in the landscape.
DAY 9 | YALA | 2 NIGHTS
Catch the morning flight from the Castlereagh reservoir to Hambantota. A further one hour’s drive will deliver you to Wild Coast Tented Lodge, where the jungle meets the sea, adjacent to Yala National Park. Settle in with an afternoon & evening at leisure.
DAY 10 | YALA
Enjoy morning & afternoon jeep drives in Yala National Park. Teeming with biodiversity it is renowned for its leopard population, elephant and bear sightings, mugger crocodiles & migrant birds.
DAY 11 | WELIGAMA | 3 NIGHTS
Head out on another morning jeep drive. In addition to wildlife Yala also hosts multiple historic archaeological sites that date back centuries. On return to your tented camp checkout and drive to Weligama (approx 3 hours). Your afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 12 | WELIGAMA
A full day is at leisure today at Cape Weligama. Activities available for pre-booking include healthy doses of fun, adventure & pampering, along with a holistic wellness offering to soothe mind, body and soul.
DAY 13 | WELIGAMA
With a plethora of activities from a rural bike ride through scenic rice paddies, rubber & cinnamon estates to Cape Weligama’s Signature Ocean Safari there is plenty for you to do today; or you may elect to simply relax on the beach or by the pool. (activities must be pre-booked).
DAY 14 | GALLE | 2 NIGHTS
On the leisurely drive from Tangalle to Galle today you may wish to stop enroute for sightseeing or photographic opportunities along the ocean shore. On reaching Galle you have the afternoon at leisure to wander the Fort, shop or simply relax.
DAY 15 | GALLE
Meet a local Sri Lankan family and learn to cook traditional recipes before savouring your creations over lunch with your hosts. Later this afternoon, accompanied by a 5th generation resident of Galle Fort, you will explore this living museum.
DAY 16 | COLOMBO | 1 NIGHT
Road transfer to Colombo (approx 3 hours) stopping at Lunuganga Gardens – the old home of iconic Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, enroute. Enjoy a short sightseeing drive of Colombo before being delivered to your hotel late this afternoon.
DAY 17 | END OF ITINERARY
Pending your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport this morning, or you will have the morning at leisure (with late checkout) and will be delivered to the airport later today To begin your journey home or continue your adventure.
This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular tour, however it can be designed to suit your preferred pace, price and pursuits. Contact us for a tailormade journey.
OUR ACCOMMODATION RECOMMENDATIONS
A handpicked selection of Sri Lanka's best
The Wallawwa – near Colombo airport
Just outside Colombo, amongst three acres of manicured gardens, The Wallawwa is a 200 year old colonial manor house, lovingly restored to provide 17 beautifully furnished bedrooms and suites. Original features have been brought right into the 21st century with luxuriant interiors and a glamorous pool to name a few. Read More
Ulagalla – Anuradhapura
Ulagalla is a resort located south of Anuradhapura, in the heart of the cultural triangle. It offers a host of activities to enjoy during your stay including nature trails, horse riding, cycling, archery and kayaking. Ulagalla is a triumph of eco-friendly design with luxurious, fully-facilitated interiors meaning that comfort is not forgotten. Read More
Kandy House – Kandy
The grand ancestral home of one of Kandy’s most influential aristocratic families, Kandy House sits in 6 acres of lush gardens on the outskirts of a quiet village close to Kandy. It is a luxurious and nostalgic jungle escape and an excellent base to explore Kandy’s Botanical Gardens, the Temple of the Tooth and the charming town itself. Read More
Camellia Hills – near Hatton
Overlooking a mirror-still reservoir and sitting amidst plantations and pine forests, Camellia Hills is a 5-room boutique hotel that encapsulates the peaceful tranquility of Sri Lanka’s tea country. A modern interpretation of a tea planter’s bungalow, sympathetically designed to echo the heritage of the area. Read More
Wild Coast Tented Lodge – Yala NP
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, is wild and authentic, perfectly positioned in prime leopard country. Its unique design sees man-made structures blend seamlessly into the encircling landscape with the use of carefully selected natural materials while daily excursions into Yala National Park are a highlight for all. Read More
Cape Weligama – Weligama
Thirty minutes east of Galle in southern Sri Lanka, lies Cape Weligama, a luxury resort with sweeping views overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is strategically nestled into the natural slopes atop Weligama's striking headland creating the welcoming illusion of a traditional Sri Lankan village. Stay, relax and enjoy the resort's facilities. Read More
The Fort Bazaar – Galle
The Fort Bazaar is set amidst ageing coral walls on historic Church Street, within the historic walls of Galle Fort. The décor is fresh and contemporary with understated interiors and a distinctly Middle Eastern feel. It is a fabulous base from which to explore then to stop for coffee in a stylish café to watch the world go by. Read More
Maniumpathy – Colombo
Nestled between art galleries, chic boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and national monuments, Maniumpathy is a unique stately home converted boutique hotel in Colombo. Maniumpathy is a more refined choice for long or short stays in Colombo, as well as the ideal place to meet, relax or celebrate. Read More
NEED TO KNOW
17 nights of all encompassing the highlights of Sri Lanka
17 nights of all encompassing the highlights of Sri Lanka
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START: Colombo, Sri Lanka | Finish: Colombo, Sri Lanka
This itinerary provides the perfect inspiration for a spectacular journey & can be tailored to suit your style, pace, preferences and budget. Elements of this trip may vary based on your chosen season & dates of travel which may also present the opportunity to see & do even more!
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