- Yala National Park
Sri Lanka’s beautiful top predator, the leopard, is elusive, but elephant, buffalo and the extraordinary Malabar pied hornbill are easier to spot.
- Ancient Galle
Famous for its stilt fishermen, Galle’s fascinating past includes periods as a Portuguese, Dutch and British colony.
- Cave Temples at Dambulla
This city is home to a UNESCO-listed cave temple complex, complete with statues and paintings, that date back to the 1st century BC.
- Relax on the golden west coast
Palm-fringed beaches lapped by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean – Beruwala is the perfect place to unwind.
- The birds of Bundala
The lagoons, salt pans and mud flats here boast 150 bird species including flamingos, blue-tailed bee eaters and spot-billed pelicans.
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Sri Lankan Odyssey for solo travellers
Sri Lankafrom £3,299 per person 13 1 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £71 if not required
- Small Group 20 or less
- Top performer
- Solo Travellers
- 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
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
- Fast track security and airport lounge UK
- Welcome drink and dinner
- Drinks party
- Farewell dinner
- Meet and greet at the airport
- Social activities
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
Day 1 UK-Colombo
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
At leisure, or perhaps join an optional excursion. B, L, D
Day 13 Beruwala
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
You will find the ruins of the ancient Sinhala civilisation at Polonnaruwa, which became Sri Lanka’s capital between the 11th and 12th centuries. Highlights include the ruins of the king’s council chamber, the Royal Citadel and the Vatadage Relic House. Another will undoubtedly be the Gal Vihare where unknown artists carved four separate images out of a granite cliff face: the great reclining image of the Buddha entering nirvana is 14-metres long and is generally held to be the most impressive of the sculptures. Also of interest are the reservoirs – they are so large that one, the Parakrama Samudra, is bigger than Colombo Harbour!
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
This river safari takes you past six islands, and includes a visit to a cinnamon plantation. Cinnamon, a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka, has been cultivated since antiquity for the spice obtained from its bark.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
This excursion takes you to Sigiriya’s famous ‘Lion Rock’ which was the brief capital of King Kassapa I some 1,500 years ago. Two colossal paws still stand either side of ancient limestone steps, a reminder of the lion figure that once guarded the entrance to the lofty palace gardens on the summit of this 370-metre-high granite rock. Cuts and grooves carved out of the rock face will give you an idea of the size and shape of the original lion structure. Sigiriya is also well known for the Maidens of the Clouds, paintings of 21 beautiful women found on a sheltered ledge.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is a locally run turtle conservation project dedicated to monitoring the activity of sea turtles in the local area and to conserve their nesting sites. In the hatchery salvaged and rescued turtle eggs can hatch unthreatened, the baby turtles being released into the ocean under supervision to protect them from predators and poachers. There are five species of turtle that may be found in Sri Lanka, the most common being the Green Turtle.
Occasionally a Hawksbill, Loggerhead or Olive Ridley turtle may also be seen and, on rare occasions, the seriously endangered Leatherback Turtle, largest of all sea turtles. Learn about the work of the hatchery and gain valuable insights into the importance and challenges faced by the turtles and those protecting them. You may even have a chance to see some baby turtles being released as they start out on their new life.
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
Pre-holiday extension including breakfasts
Before your tour, stay at the locally rated 4-star Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa in the heart of Dubai (available only when flying via Dubai). Single room supplement (per person, per night).
Alternatively, upgrade to the contemporary locally rated 5-star JA Ocean View Hotel, set on The Walk overlooking the sea.
Sri Lanka's 'Gold Coast'
All-inclusive post holiday extension
After your tour, extend your stay in Sri Lanka at the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Bey, giving you a full week on its golden west coast.
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.