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Stay and Explore
Stay and Explore

Explore Sri Lanka from Cinnamon Lodge

Sri Lanka

from £1,499 per person 9 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
  • VIP travel service VIP door to door
  • Great savings per person* Save £
  • All inclusive All Inclusive

Let the beautiful island of Sri Lanka seduce you…

The unspoilt tropical island of Sri Lanka is a perfectly proportioned paradise with pristine, palm-fringed beaches, mangrove lagoons, paddy fields and lush rainforest. Strategically positioned between the continents, the island has been fought over for centuries and has a rich cultural and spiritual heritage. In National Parks elephant, buffalo and all manner of primates roam free, and rainbow-hued birds and delicately painted butterflies add flashes of colour wherever you go.

Including...

8 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

Excursions and visits
  • Buddhist Monk’s alms giving
  • Minneriya National Park Safari
  • Dambulla Gold Cave Rock Temple


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Day 1 UK to Chilaw

Plane

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Sri Lanka.

Chilaw Puttalam District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 2 Chilaw

Anantaya Resort and Spa

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by your Saga Tour Manager and make your 90 minute transfer to the Anantaya Resort and Spa (4Q) for an overnight stay. Dinner is included at the hotel. Sri Lanka may be small, but travel is mostly done on local roads busy with bicycles and tuk-tuks and often at a relaxed pace. Therefore you’ll spend your first and last nights at the Anantaya Resort & Spa so you can relax after and before your flights. D

Chilaw Puttalam District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 3 - 7 Chilaw to Habarana

Cinnamon Lodge

After breakfast at your hotel  transfer by coach to Habarana for a six-night stay at Cinnamon Lodge (4Q) in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. 

Cinnamon Lodge is surrounded by 37 acres of lush grounds which are home to 100 species of large tree and teeming with birds, exotic insects and troupes of macaques and grey langur monkeys that scamper around outside your accommodation. 

During your holiday, search these expansive gardens for some of the 60-odd species of dry-zone birds on a escorted bird and butterfly watching tour, or join a excursion to the Minneriya National Park where between June and September you can witness ‘the gathering’ of 100s of elephants, deer and water buffalo in the drying Minneriya Tank – a reservoir dug by an ancient civilisation. The terrain in the park varies from grass and scrubland to ecologically-driven teak plantations and in addition to spotting larger beasts you might see great flocks of cormorants sweeping across the horizon and diving for food in the lake.

Another included excursion takes you to the the Dambulla golden cave rock temple, which is by far the most impressive temple of its kind in Sri Lanka. Beautiful icons, a legion of statues and mural-covered walls dating back centuries lie under a windswept rock 340 metres above sea level. To visit the shrine you must climb up a flight of 150 steps, then you can admire the spectacular view and tour the caves at leisure. As you'll need to leave your shoes behind to enter the temples, a thick pair of socks will make exploring them a little more comfortable. Please note: You need to wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders, as shorts or sleeveless shirts are not considered acceptable attire and you will not be allowed to enter.  

Food and its preparation are pillars of Sri Lankan society and on a spice identification and cookery demonstration you can learn about the island’s indigenous spices, how they are prepared and then cook and devour a specially spiced meal in the company of the hotel’s resident chef. You can also sample locally grown Ceylon teas and learn the art of making ‘yard tea’ on a tea tasting session and prepare a multi-dish traditional meal in the home of a local family which you then offer to Buddhist monks at the village temple. This is an important tradition in Sri Lankan culture and it’s an honour to be allowed to participate. 

Enjoy an in-depth talk by your tour manager at the beginning of your stay to add context to these and other excursions and give you a deeper understanding of Sri Lanka, its history, culture and religions. B, L, D

Habanara Anuradhapura District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 8 Habarana to Chilaw

Anantaya Resort and Spa

Enjoy breakfast and lunch at the hotel and take advantage of the hotel facilities before you transfer back to the Anantaya Resort and Spa (4Q) for an overnight stay. B, L, D

Chilaw Puttalam District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 9 UK to Chilaw

The wing of a plane over clouds

After breakfast travel to the airport for your return overnight flight. B

Chilaw Puttalam District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 10 UK

Your VIP door-to-door travel service

Arrive in the UK for your included UK door-to-door travel service.


Your hotels

Anantaya Resort & Spa QQQQ

You will stay at the Anantaya Resort on the first and final night of your holiday on a all-inclusive basis. The hotel is sandwiched between a long, golden sandy beach and a lagoon haunted by local and migratory birds. This beautifully located hotel has a buffet-style restaurant serving local and international dishes, and an à la carte restaurant (extra charge). There is a bar, and a pool bar – the large pool is ringed by loungers and swaying palm trees, and overlooks the beach. Swimming in the sea is not recommended on the west coast, but you can go kayaking on the lagoon, use the fitness centre or pay a visit to the spa (extra charge). The large, air-conditioned hotel rooms have balconies overlooking the sea, each has a television, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Cinnamon Lodge QQQQ+

Spend six-nights all inclusive at the Cinnamon Lodge in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Set at the edge of a natural lake in 37 acres of wooded grounds it makes a peaceful base. Hotel facilities include an open-sided restaurant and fine dining, an open-sided bar where Saga customers receive a 10% discount on branded alcohol, a veranda, outdoor swimming pool, spa with sauna and steam room (Saga guests get a 10% discount on treatments), tennis courts (extra charge) and butterfly garden. Stay in one of the two-storey air-conditioned chalets dotted around the grounds and linked to the communal areas by paths which are lit by night. Rooms include a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, hairdryer and safe. At night there is a program of entertainment including traditional dancing and live music. 


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Explore Sri Lanka from Cinnamon Lodge

Sri Lanka

from £1,499 per person 9 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required