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An Introduction to Sri Lanka
Best time to go: January to MarchDecember
8 Nights | from £3,217pp
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- Visit the fifth century rock fortress at Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa
- Explore the colourful town of Kandy, famous for its iridescent lake and the Temple of the Tooth
- Sample the famous ‘virgin white’ tea, untouched by human hands at Handunugoda Tea Estate
- Take in the vibrant and cosmopolitan vibe of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo
Day 1 UK/Colombo
Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Colombo.
Day 2 Colombo
Landing in Sri Lanka’s charismatic capital you will be met by an airport representative who will fast track you through immigration. You will then be driven to the coastal fishing town of Negombo. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Jetwing Blue, Negombo | Meals: Dinner
Day 3 Colombo/Sigiriya/Kandalama
Afrer an early breakfast you will be transferred for your flight to Sigirya. Enjoy a visit to the 5th century rock fortress at Sigiriya, where you’ll get to see the ruins of King Kassapa’s Palace. Rising from the central plains, the near vertical walls of the ‘lion rock’ soar to a flat summit that conceals the ruins of an ancient civilisation; from the top you’ll also be treated to mesmerising views across the mist-enveloped forests. A series of sheer staircases meander the walls to the top. Later transfer to your hotel at Kandalama.
Heritance Kandalama | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Kandalama/Polonnaruwa/Minnerya/Kandalama
After breakfast we will drive to Polonnaruwa to visit this 5th century ancient city and the Archaeological Museum. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, today the city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archeological relic sites in the country
Later in the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the Minneriya National Park. Minneriya national park is a haven for flora and fauna. Being part of the elephant corridor, which joins up with Kaudulla National Park and Wasgomuwa National.
Heritance Kandalama | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Kandalama/Dambulla/Matale/Kandy
After breakfast, drive to Kandy. Along the way, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Dambulla, known for its richly painted cave temples.
Enroute to Kandy, visit a spice garden in Matale.
Earls Regency Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Kandy
Begin the day with a visit to the famous Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. After lunch explore Kandy town, dodging your way around the swirling silk sarees and careening three-wheelers that characterise the city streets. Shop for trinkets at the market, see artisans in action at an arts and craft centre, pore over the jewels on display at the gem museum and later visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, said to hold Buddha’s tooth.
Earls Regency Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Kandy/Galle
Today you will travel to Galle. Galle is the jewel of the south, bursting with exotic scents of spices and sea air, the fort area crammed with pretty little shops and the architecture characterised by its collection of Dutch colonial buildings. You’ll get to stay in one yourself as you spend two nights at Tamarind Hill.
Tamarind Hill | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Galle
Spend the day exploring the historic fort town of Galle with craft shops, jewellers and coffee shops set within the fort walls. You may wish to visit the Handunugoda Tea Estate, a short drive from Galle and the sea. The estate is home to the famous ‘virgin white’ tea, untouched by human hands.
Tamarind Hill | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Galle /Colombo
Depart for Colombo Airport for your flight home.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 9 day suggested holiday will cost from £3,217 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights at low season.
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Best time to be there
During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.
Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)
10 hours non-stop
GMT +6 hours
Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area