Uncovering the secrets of Sri Lanka

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Best time to go: January to April, September to December

17 Nights | from £4,995pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the ancient sites of the cultural triangle
  • Learn the importance of tea to Sri Lanka
  • Search for leopard and elephant in Yala National Park
  • Relax on the south coast beaches
  • Explore the charming port town of Galle

Day 1 UK / Colombo
Depart London Heathrow on your overnight Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Colombo.

Day 2 Colombo / Anuradhapura
After landing in Colombo we’re whisking you off to Anuradhapura, where you’ll spend three nights at Ulagalla, the ideal base from which to explore the ancient sites of the ‘cultural triangle’. Your boutique hotel is home to an open-air spa and its neighbours are the local wildlife, such as monkeys, peacocks and elephants.
Ulagalla Resort | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
Drive 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 – particularly striking in the early morning. A series of sheer staircases meander the walls to the top. Later visit Polonnaruwa, an ancient city that was once the second capital of Sri Lanka.
Ulagalla Resort | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura’s ruins are one of the country’s most evocative sights. A sprawling complex of pools and temples, famous for its well-preserved ruins of the ancient Sri Lankan civilisation, some of the temples are still used in religious ceremonies.
Ulagalla Resort | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Sigiriya / Kandy
Today travel on to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Spend three nights at the delightful Kandy House.
The Kandy House | Breakfast

Day 6 - 7 Kandy
You’ll 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. The next day we’ll take you around the Three Temple Loop, taking in three of the most ancient temples in the central highlands.
The Kandy House | Breakfast

Day 8 Kandy / Tea Country
Today you’ll travel to Peradeniya to take a scenic train journey through the tea plantations to Hatton. Spend two nights at Tea Trails, in a colonial era tea planters' bungalow with authentic period furnishings. Each of the bungalows has its own housekeeper, chef, butler, to convey a sense of being welcomed into a planter's home.
Ceylon Tea Trails | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Tea Country
Visit a tea plantation and explore many of the hiking trails in this beautiful part of Sri Lanka. Before heading to Yala National Park the following morning.
Ceylon Tea Trails | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 10 –11 Tea Country / Yala National Park
Today you will travel to Yala National Park, the home of the elusive leopard that slips like a shadow through the undergrowth. Here you’ll spend two enchanting nights at Mahoora Camp, where experienced guides will share the secrets of the park with you. Home to the densest population of leopard, you may also be fortunate to see sloth bears, Asian elephants and a profusion of birds.
Mahoora Camp | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 12 - 14 Yala National Park / Tangalle
After your safari adventure, travel to Tangalle for a relaxing few days on the beach staying at Amanwella. Each of the suites has its own private plunge pool and the spa offers traditional therapies to soothe mind, body and soul.
Amanwella | Breakfast

Day 15 Tangalle / Galle
After relaxing in your own private paradise it’s time to head back into civilisation, to the pretty colonial town of Galle, the jewel of the south, bursting with exotic scents of spices and sea air. Your route is the dreamy coast road, and you’ll check into Amangalla for two nights in the heart of the town.
Amangalla | Breakfast

Day 16 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.
Amangalla | Breakfast

Day 17 Galle / Colombo
You’ll be driven to Colombo’s international airport today for your return flight home.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 18 day suggested holiday will cost from £4,995 per person, based on two sharing including international flights.

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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.

Fly to

Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)

flying time

10 hours non-stop

time difference

GMT +6 hours

Visas

Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area

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