Highlights Of Sri Lanka - Ceylon Tour
10 nights from £1545
|"This has been one of our most popular Sri Lanka tours for many years because as well as covering the main sites, it's quite easy to bolt on extensions to Udawalawe or Yala National Parks, and any amount of time on one of Sri Lanka's beaches. And many customers chioose to extend with 6 or 7 nights in the Maldives."|
2. Summary Itinerary
Popular Small Group Tour with optional beach or Maldives extensions
3. Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Overnight flight
Fly direct from Heathrow to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines, or from other airports with Emirates via Dubai.
Day 2: Mount Lavinia
On arrival you will transfer to your hotel where you have an afternoon at leisure to either relax, or if you arrive early in the day, you could hop on a tuk tuk into Colombo to explore. In the evening you’ll get to meet your group at a welcome dinner hosted by your guide (approx. 5½ miles, 20 minutes).
Day 3: Mount Lavinia to Habarana
This morning your tour begins with a short drive to the spice plantations of Matale. Here you'll be taken on an interactive guided tour of the plantation which is home to some of Sri Lanka’s most valuable spices. You’ll then take part in a cooking course, where an experienced chef will teach you how to make a traditional Sri Lankan curry. Should you choose, you can then have it for lunch! You can also pop into the spice shop to pick up some to take home should you wish. After lunch the tour will continue on to Habarana where you will stay for two nights (approx. 130 miles, 5½ hours).
Day 4: Habarana
An early start for your visit to Sigiriya to beat the crowds and the heat. If you wish to visit the ruined palace at the top you will have to climb up many stairs, so sensible shoes are a must. The views from the top are more than worth the climb however, and Lion Gate and the frescoes half way up are beautiful and provide a great spot to rest. This afternoon there is an optional sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa, the 12th Century Sinhalese capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the best archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka, it contains the remains of countless temples, palaces and dagobas. Just outside the ancient city is a small town with some shops, ideal for souvenir hunting. (approx. 135 miles, 1¾ hours).
Day 5: Habarana to Kandy
After breakfast you will continue your tour to Kandy, stopping en route at Minneriya National Park where you will enjoy a morning Jeep safari. In the park you’ll find a plethora of birdlife, as well as great herds of elephant and possibly a leopard or two. Continue on to Kandy, where you can either transfer straight to the hotel or get off and explore Kandy for a couple of hours before the bus returns to pick you up (approx. 80 miles, 2½ hours).
Day 6: Kandy
Get to know Kandy a little better with a morning at the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, where you’ll find a vast selection of Sri Lanka’s native flora as well as many exotic species and a renowned orchid collection that’s one of the finest in the world. This afternoon you’ll visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, said to house an ancient relic of Lord Buddha himself. Here you’ll find not only the temple, but also to Royal Palace, Audience Hall and the Mahamalua where some other ancient relics can be found. Later you will experience a Kandyan dancing and culture show which will teach you more about the history and culture of Kandy and Sri Lanka as a whole (approx. 20 miles, 1 hour).
Day 7: Kandy to Nuwana Eliya
After breakfast you’ll drive toward the hill country and Nuwara Eliya, set in a stunning mountain valley some 6,000 feet above sea level. The landscape here is of rolling green hills covered in tea plantations, with early morning fog gathering in the dips of the valleys. This afternoon you’ll enjoy a sightseeing trip to see all the natural wonders in the area. From those beautiful hills, to rushing waterfalls and spot the wildlife that call this area home.
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya
This morning you can visit the Horton Plains, home to beautiful landscapes including rolling grassland and verdant forest, with the renowned World’s End precipice a popular destination, as well as the impressive Baker’s Falls. The plains are also inhabited by a great many species of plants and animals, including the sambhar deer and the Sri Lankan blue magpie. On your return enjoy afternoon tea, where you can sip traditional Sri Lankan tea whilst you enjoy both British and local delights. Today you can also visit a tea plantation and non-working factory. Here you’ll learn about how to pick tea as well as the process that it goes through to get from the rolling hills to your cup. You’ll even get to try a few varieties, and can purchase some to take home. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure.
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya- Bentota
Today transfer to Bentota Beach Hotel, or an alternative hotel of your choice for 3 nights. You can extend this further if you wish, or go to the Maldives instead.
Days 10 - 11: Bentota
Continue your stay at Bentota Beach Hotel
Day 12: to UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue to the Maldives.
Mount Lavinia, Colombo
One of our closest hotels to Colombo, the Mount Lavinia is famed worldwide for its colonial charm and amazing location. Once the home of British Governors, it overlooks a stretch of private beach and oozes colonial-style elegance, whilst ensuring a high level of service and excellent food.
The Mount Lavinia has quite a few options for foodies, but if you love seafood, The Sea Food Cove will be a little slice of paradise. Offering fresh fish and other delights down on the beach, you can pick your dinner, request how it’s cooked and then dig your toes into the sand as you’re serenaded by the calypso band. Another popular spot is the Fish Tale Bar, a relaxed Cajun-style beach tavern offering a range of beverages for your enjoyment down on the beach, the perfect stop-off before or after your visit to The Sea Food Cove.
The colonial charm continues into the rooms with those in the Governors Wing being particularly in keeping with the history of the hotel. There are a range of simply furnished room types in a selection of hotel wings, with each offering different views.
Chaaya Village, Habarana
Featuring views out over Habarana Lake and modelled after a traditional Sri Lankan village with small chalets dotted through the lush landscape, the Chaaya Village is a paradise for nature lovers and those looking to get away from it all. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful treehouse private dining venue, or find your perfect spot to dine on request.
Hotel Suisse, Kandy
Beside the historic Kandy Lake and close to the centre of Kandy itself, the Hotel Suisse is a beautiful colonial hotel established in the 1880’s which oozes character and style.
Jetwing St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya
Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota
Bentota Beach is one of those hotels that calls people back time and time again. A friendly atmosphere permeates the entire resort and the staff do their utmost to make sure you feel relaxed and well taken care of.
Set between the ocean and the river, Bentota Beach is well suited for watersports, and also offers boat trips up river through the mangroves. Great for bird lovers, the river is home to an array of species and a resident expert will point out any he spots.
Lots of facilities makes Bentota Beach a great place for those looking to try out new things, or improve existing skills. You can try your hand at archery, enjoy a spa treatment or take a PADI dive course. Alternatively, just kick back and relax on the 3kms of golden sand that make up Bentota Beach. Dining can be as social or as intimate as you like. From the laidback atmosphere of the buffet restaurant, Peacocks, to private dining on the pontoon, as it slowly cruises along the river.
6. Dates & Prices Per Person - Full Package Including Flights
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