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Sri Lankan Odyssey for solo travellers

Sri Lanka

1 passenger
  • Small Group < 20 Small Group 20 or less
  • Top Performer Top performer
  • Solo travellers Solo Travellers
  • Half Board Plus Half board plus

Discover Sri Lanka's cultural heritage and magnificent wildlife on this thrilling tour for solo travellers

On this intriguing tour exclusively for solo travellers you can experience the elegance of a bygone era – Sri Lanka's colonial past – with stays in four heritage properties and discover the historic attractions of bustling Colombo, sacred Kandy, Nuwara Eliya hill station and Galle Fort. From the start of your adventure when you’ll be met at the airport with fastrack and airport lounge services, to the farewell dinner at the end of your tour, we’ll ensure you get the most out of travelling solo.


12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

30 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 12 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Colombo city tour
  • Dambulla Cave Temple and Matale spice garden
  • City tour of Kandy
  • Royal Botanical Garden and tea estate
  • Game drive in Yala National Park
  • Visit to the shrine of Lord Skanda and Temple of Kiri Vebera
  • Bundala Bird Sanctuary Guided walking tour of Galle

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Day 1 UK-Colombo

Colombo's skyline, Sri Lanka

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to Colombo.

Day 2 Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive in the morning for an overnight stay at the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. Look forward to a welcome drink and dinner this evening. D

Day 3 Colombo-Habarana

Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo

Get a panoramic taste of Colombo city with its tuk-tuks and mopeds on a tour that takes you past stupas and the bustling bazaar. Then escape the chaos of the city and follow a scenic route past pineapple farms and paddy fields to Habarana. Stay two nights at the locally rated 5-star Cinnamon Lodge. Visit the hotel's organic farm and enjoy a cookery demonstration of traditional dishes. B, D

Day 4 Habarana

Today is at lesiure. Optional excursions to Sigirya Rock Fortress and Polonnaruwa in the afternoon. B, L, D

Day 5 Dambulla-Matale-Kandy

Buddha statues at Dambulla

Head for the hill country and cooler temperatures, stopping to explore UNESCO-listed Dambulla Cave Temple. Join white-robed pilgrims visiting this venerable cave complex that is packed with murals and figures of Buddha, and other gods and goddesses. Keep an eye out for monkeys that snatch and grab floral temple offerings. Stop at a spice garden in Matale to learn more about the cultivation, trade, and uses of local spice. Continue to the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Citadel Hotel in the historic former kingdom of Kandy for a two-night stay. Tonight take in a riotously colourful and athletic performance of traditional dance. B, L, D

Day 6 Kandy

Temple of the Tooth

Explore the Royal Palace and the ornate golden-roofed Temple of the Tooth, home to a sacred tooth relic of Buddah that attracts thousands of pilgrims. By way of contrast visit the Royal Botanic Garden of Peradeniya and admire its orchid collection and towering exotic trees. You’ll also visit a gem lapidary, and take a shopping tour in Kandy. B, L, D

Day 7 Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Head high into the beautiful hill country, stopping to visit one of the great tea plantations. Learn all about tea cultivation, the finer points of production, and have a cuppa of the local leaf. Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star The Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, a former colonial retreat. B, L, D

Day 8 Nuwara Eliya-Udawalawe-Yala

Sri Lankan elephant refugee camp - Udawalawe

Travel to the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Wild Yala for a three-night stay, stopping en route to see orphaned elephants at Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Cinnamon Wild Yara is situated at Kirinda, beside the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary. B, L, D

Day 9 Yala-Kataragama-Yala

Elephants at Yala National Park

Go on a jeep safari in wildlife-rich Yala National Park with a knowledgeable local guide to see elephants, water-buffalo, monkeys, crocodile, all manner of exotic bird life, and perhaps even a leopard. In the evening visit the holy town of Kataragama, one of the 16 places consecrated by Buddha. Here visit the Shrine of Lord Skanda and the Buddhist temple of Kiri Vehera that dates back to the 3rd century. B, L, D

Day 10 Yala

Look out for spotted deer, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Champagne breakfast at the hotel, and, if your visit is in term time, visit a local school supported by the Saga Charitable Trust, the rest of the day is at leisure, you might like to watch the wildlife from the hotel observation decks. B, D

Day 11 Yala-Bundala-Galle-Beruwala

Eurasian spoonbill in Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka

Look for spoonbill and pelican at the Bundala Bird Sanctuary, then head for the former Dutch-colonial trading port of Galle for a walking tour of this atmospheric UNESCO-listed city. Continue to the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Bey for a three-night all-inclusive stay. The hotel is set on Sri Lanka's west coast, famous for its golden sands. B, D

Day 12 Beruwala

Beruwala beach

At leisure, or perhaps join an optional excursion. B, L, D

Day 13 Beruwala

Beach at Beruwala, Sri Lanka

Today is at leisure, you might want to spend it on the wonderful beach. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. B, L, D

Day 14 Beruwala-UK

Travel to Colombo Airport for your return flight, arriving for your included UK door-to-door travel service home. B

Important information

This tour involves some long but rewarding journeys. If in any doubt as to its suitability, please speak to our Travel Consultants. If Yala National Park is closed due to drought visit Udawalawe National Park instead.

Sri Lankan Odyssey for solo travellers

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Odyssey for solo travellers

Sri Lanka

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