Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka In Style

Discover the many attractions of Sri Lanka while experiencing world-class luxury, superb service and mouth-watering cuisine on this sensational circuit departing from the country’s fascinating capital. Travel back in time, visiting coastal cities and highland tea plantations featuring beautifully preserved colonial architecture. Tour enchanting ancient ruins and one of the world’s most sacred Buddhist sites.

During your journey, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the country’s picturesque white sand beaches and search for its fabulous wildlife. Stay at unique properties throughout the trip, infused with the island’s rich history, vibrant traditions and natural charm.

14 days/13 nights
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Departs daily ex Colombo

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Highlights:

  • Stay in some of Sri Lanka’s finest luxury boutique hotels
  • Explore ancient Anuradhapura and Sigiriya from Ulagalla, a superbly restored historic estate
  • Enjoy the idyllic beaches of the island’s east coast from a treehouse-themed resort
  • Sleep inside an exquisite 19th century mansion and a former tea planter’s elegant bungalow
  • Discover the wildlife of Yala National Park from a stylish safari lodge set beside the Indian Ocean

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Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka In Style

Itinerary

14 days/13 nights

Day 1

Colombo
Arrival transfer to Uga Residence, a grand Victorian mansion that once welcomed the cream of Ceylon society.

Days 2-4

Anuradhapura
Morning Colombo city tour to see its bustling markets and gracious colonial buildings, before travelling to Ulagalla, a superbly restored historic residence offering stunning guest villas with private plunge pools. During your 3-night stay, visit the impressive dagobas and temples of Anuradhapura and admire the magnificent rock citadel at Sigiriya, built in the 5th century by a king who overthrew his own father. One afternoon, trek through a traditional Sri Lankan village for an insight into rural life. B

Days 5/6

Trincomalee
Head to Trincomalee, a breezy city on Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, with a recorded history spanning some 2,000 years. “Trinco” is home to various interesting landmarks that bear testament to the importance of its natural deep water harbour, including the alluring Portuguese-built Fort Frederick and the tidy British war cemetery. Your accommodation is in the relaxed treehouse-themed Jungle Beach, which offers secluded guest cabins, a beautiful lagoon-like swimming pool and a wide range of activities including cooking classes and kite-making. B

Days 7/8

Kandy
Discover Sri Lanka’s cultural capital – Kandy – a cool, compact and laid-back city brimming with sights, with the most remarkable being the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses a tooth that belonged to Buddha. Overnight at The Kandy House, a 19th century manor where modern luxury and age-old traditions seamlessly combine. B

Days 9/10

Haputale
After breakfast, transfer to Thotalagala, a former tea planter’s bungalow turned boutique hotel that boasts stupendous vistas over classic Sri Lankan hill country. Sip premium tea on the lawn, hike up to Lipton’s Seat or learn about the journey from leaf to cup at the historic Dambatenne Tea Factory. B

Days 11/12

Yala National Park
Depart for the country’s most visited national park, located in the island’s southeast. Enjoy four game drives within Yala, providing plentiful opportunities to observe Asian elephant, peacock and leopard in their natural habitat. Retire in the evening to your glamorous thatched pavilion at Chena Huts, a stylish hideaway situated where jungle meets the Indian Ocean. BLD

Day 13

Colombo
Return to Colombo after a final morning combing the park for interesting animals. Be welcomed once again to the sumptuous Uga Residence. B

Day 14

Tour ends Colombo
Your trip concludes with a transfer to the airport. B

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Sri Lanka Overview

Why Sri Lanka: This remarkable island off the south eastern coast of India might be small but it is jam packed with spectacular landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites including 7 World Heritage Sites! Sri Lanka is also still relatively unspoilt by tourism, although there are many unique and wonderful hotels throughout the country.

When to Go: Dec – Mar is considered the best time to visit, being the driest season on the west and south coasts, in the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and up in hill country. The east coast is best from May – Sep when many of the beaches along the west and south coasts are experiencing the monsoon. During the monsoon, it is possible to travel as the rain is not constant – you’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds. The temperatures are high throughout the year, averaging around 27°C.

Combine With: Neighbouring India, Bhutan or Nepal.

Getting There: Fly into the international airport north of Colombo, the capital.

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