It’s time to gather the family and head for the airport as the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka await. Today, you’ll catch a night flight to Colombo.
Your flight arrives in Colombo. Your driver will be waiting to welcome you in the arrivals hall and will take you directly to your hotel. Ishq Colombo is one of the most desirable private homes in the city and provides a tranquil base to explore this vibrant city.
Today, you get the chance to explore this cosmopolitan capital in a unique way. You can choose from four military jeeps to cruise the streets taking in the compelling mix of modern life, landmark architecture, monuments, and ruins. These collector pieces include a Willys MB, manufactured in 1942 and used in World War II. You can also get behind the wheel of a Land Rover Series 1 early version, manufactured in 1948 and considered the world’s oldest Land Rover and the Willys M38A1, manufactured in 1945 and used in the Vietnam and Korean wars.
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will start your journey to the hill country of Dickoya. The drive, which will take approximately four hours and 30 minutes, will take you through the terraced fields of the verdant tea plantations.
After a relaxing breakfast, learn more about the tea growing in the plantations around Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort. The resident expert will lead you on a bespoke Tea Experience where you will get up close and personal with handpicked Ceylon tea. After lunch you can hop on a bike and ride through the plantations but make sure you arrive back for a traditional afternoon tea which offers a choice of 15 varieties and an array of sumptuous sweet and savoury treats.
Today, wake to a fresh brew and leisurely breakfast. Spend the day enjoying the facilities and taking in the undulating hill country. Relax in your renovated planter's bungalow resplendent with panelled library and claw-foot baths attended to by your personal butler. You can spend the day relaxing with a tea-based spa treatment before exploring the surrounding tea estates, ravines, and waterfalls.
Today, you will embark on a scenic railway journey through hill country. This train trip is considered one of the most scenic in the highlands taking you to the town of Ella. As you roll past the emerald tea estates that blanket the mountains, you cannot help but indulge in the unmistakable aroma of pure Ceylon tea that wafts in the air. The hill country train ride usually takes around two and half hours. On arrival you will be taken to 98 Acres Resort, a property that blends seamlessly nature.
After breakfast, you will check out and transfer to Yala. On arrival you will be met by a specialised ranger and travel to Yala National Park by private jeep. During your safari through the park, which covers 151,778 hectares, you may be able to spot animals including the Sri Lankan Leopard, sloth, bear, and elephant which are all found here. The park is known to have one of the highest density of leopards in a concentrated area. Tonight, share stories over dinner with family and new friends at the tented lodge.
Today, enjoy a day watching the wildlife in Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest. Start the day with an early morning drive and you may be able to spot three of country’s Big Five which include; leopard, sloth, and the Sri Lankan elephant. Budding young photographers will also delight in seeing herds of spotted deer, wild boar, buffaloes, and crocodiles. Bird-lovers can spot more than 200 species, including large flocks of migratory birds. After a relaxing afternoon at the lodge, you can join a mini night safari. The use of night-vision infrared lights is fun for all the family.
Start your day with a sunrise safari drive around Yala National Park on board a luxury shared jeep with fellow guests. This is the perfect time to watch the wildlife stir as the day begins. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast before checking out. Today, you will travel for three hours to Thalpe. On arrival at Ishq Thalpe take the time to relax before dinner. The hotel offers the best of both worlds – an inspiring oceanfront setting along with easy access to Galle’s activities and attractions.
Located along Galle’s ‘French Riviera,’ round off your Sri Lankan odyssey with a couple of days relaxing on the beach bathed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. From your beachfront villa you can explore the rock pools while whale watching or dip into the culture of the southern capital Galle which is only a short drive away. The more active may want to follow the paddy and lake cycling trail or enjoy a trek through Kanneliya Rainforest. Enjoy a menu of fresh seafood prepared by your private chef as you recharge within this tropical paradise.
After a memorable family break, it’s time to bid your farewells to this beautiful country. You will return to Colombo Airport in plenty of time to catch your flight back to the UK.