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    Yala National Park

The Best of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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Welcome to the magical ‘Land of Serendipity’

This introduction to the ‘Land of Serendipity’ reveals mountaintop fortresses, ancient capitals hidden in dense forest and national parks where elephants roam free.

Starting and finishing in the island’s capital, Colombo, you’ll journey to Buddhist temples and botanical gardens, stopping to sample some of the world’s best tea along the way.

A safari drive in Yala National Park is a great opportunity to spot Sri Lankan wildlife - we’ll be on the lookout for leopards, buffalo, elephants and crocodiles.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

A plate with a knife and fork 20 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 3-12) 10 dinners (days 2-11)

A person Local tour manager

Plus...

  • International flights
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • City tours of Colombo and Galle
  • Buddhist shrines at Anuradhapura
  • Visits to Hiriwadunna local village; Sigiriya Rock fortress; Golden Temple, Dambulla; Royal Botanical Gardens; Temple of the Tooth; and Elephant Transit Home
  • Kandyan dance performance
  • Tea plantation tour in the Nuwara Eliya area
  • High tea at the Colonial Hill Club
  • Yala National Park safari

Prices are based on return flights with SriLankan Airlines or Qatar Airways from London Heathrow - Qatar Airways flights via Doha. Supplements may apply from other airports

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Day 1 UK to Colombo

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Colombo.


Day 2 Day 2 Colombo

On arrival in Colombo we transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Day 3 Colombo to Habarana

Colombo is Sri Lanka’s commercial centre, a curious mix of eastern tradition and western infiltration.

Our morning tour includes a visit to the fort built by the Portuguese. From our coach, we’ll also view the buzzing Pettah bazaar district, where the streets are crammed with stalls and shops.

We continue our journey to Habarana, in the heart of the island, where we’ll stay for three nights.


Day 4 Anuradhapura to Hiriwadunna Village

We head to Anuradhapura, ruled by the Sinhalese Kings for over 1,000 years. Star attractions include ancient Buddhist shrines, dagobas (bell-shaped memorials) and pokunas (stone water tanks).

Later, we’ll visit a typical Sri Lankan village for an introduction to local culture and indigenous farming practices.


Day 5 Sigiriya

Adventure awaits us this morning in Sigiriya, a 182m-high rock plateau on which a 5th-century ruler built a fortress and palace. The spectacular ‘lion rock’ fortress stands majestically over the green jungle. Carved in a niche in the rocks are frescoes of beautiful women.

This afternoon you’re free to relax or join an optional excursion to Polonnaruwa, built in the 12th century by King Parakramabahu. The remains of the King’s Palace include shrines, temples, dagobas and the Gal Vihara.


Day 6 Dambulla to Kandy

Today’s tour takes in the serene Golden Temple at Dambulla, named for its gilded interior. Marvel at the rock-hewn Buddha and explore the five caves that make up the shrine.

We then stop at a spice garden before reaching Kandy, last capital of the ancient kings, which nestles among low hills looped by the Mahaweli River.


Day 7 Royal Botanical Gardens to Temple of the Tooth

This morning’s tour reveals the Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can admire stunning flora and fauna.

Later, watch Kandyan dancers perform the enchanting national dance of Sri Lanka, before we continue our journey to the sacred Temple of the Tooth.


Day 8 Nuwara Eliya

Today, we’ll make tracks for Nuwara Eliya, home of Ceylon tea, built during the 19th century in the style of an old English country town.

Victorian- and Tudor-style homes line the pretty lake, adding to its charm. Tea lovers will be in their element as we tour a plantation, where workers - or ‘pluckers’ - pick each delicate leaf by hand.

See the entire manufacturing process, from grading the tea by quality and size through to its final preparation.

Later on, we’ll head to the wonderful Colonial Hill Club for high tea.


Day 9 Elephant Transit Home to Yala

Our journey continues to the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe. Unlike many other sanctuaries, this home rehabilitates orphaned and injured elephants until they are strong and old enough to be released back into the wild.

We continue on to Yala, on the south coast of the island.


Day 10 Yala National Park

We rise early for our safari in Sri Lanka’s best-known national park, in search of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard.

Even if we fail to catch a glimpse of this majestic predator, there’s plenty more to see, including elephants, buffalo, monkeys, deer and crocodiles.

After all the excitement you can relax for the rest of the day, or join an optional evening bird trail with an expert local guide.


Day 11 Galle to Beruwala

The Old Town of Galle, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in southern Asia.

The Portuguese first took control of the city in the early 16th century and began the fortification process, only to surrender it to the Dutch East India Company around 150 years later. The Dutch built substantial ramparts and walls, which are still standing today.

Following our short tour, we head up the coast to Beruwala.


Day 12 Colombo to UK

Today we transfer to Colombo Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


The Best of Sri Lanka

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