Trip reference number: Group Tour

Trip Operator: TransIndus

Emerald Isle Sri Lanka

From: £1665.00

Experience the very best Sri Lanka has to offer on this luxury group tour combining the principal sights of the Cultural Triangle with a handful of less well known locations amid the tea plantations of the interior. It includes stays in Kandy and the famous Yala National Park, with a relaxing two-night beach break on the southwest coast at the end. Whether this is your first trip or you’re an old hand, we’re confident you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our varied, carefully devised trip around South Asia’s Emerald Isle.

Day 1 Colombo

On arrival at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by the TransIndus team and escorted to the Galle Face Hotel or similar. In the afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the capital, followed by a welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2 Colombo, Habarana

After breakfast, board our tour coach for the four-hour drive inland to Habarana, in the Cultural Triangle region, where the group will be spending three nights at The Village by Cinnamon or similar. Enjoy a guided village walk in the afternoon.

Day 3 Habarana

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Sinhalese capital of Anuradhapura, a forty-minute drive away from the hotel. Today it remains an important site for all Buddhist pilgrims.

Day 4 Habarana

In the morning, we visit the UNESCO-listed site of Sigiriya, a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Accessed by a steep 600 feet hike up to the ancient natural rock fortress that dominates the surrounding landscape. After lunch, head to Polonnaruwa the most compelling of the ancient capitals. From the 11th to 13th centuries, a succession of ancient kings developed an immense city here.

Day 5 Habarana, Kandy

Promptly after breakfast, the group will depart for Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second city in the Central Highlands, stopping to see the beautiful Dambulla Caves en route. In Kandy stay at the Swiss Residence or similar for two nights.

Day 6 Kandy

The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya will be the first stop on today’s tour. Later, we’ll visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic before attending a music and dance performance at the neighbouring Kandyan Cultural Centre.

Day 7 Kandy, Nuwara Eliya

A long but scenic drive takes us in the morning from Kandy to the undulating tea country of Nuwara Eliya, where we’ll spend a couple of nights at the Blackpool Hotel or similar. The afternoon will be at leisure to enjoy the hotel grounds and pool.

Day 8 Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy an early excursion to the Horton Plains, site of the famous World’s End viewpoint, followed by a tour of Nuwara Eliya’s sights in the afternoon.

Day 9 Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park

The tour continues with another half-day journey, this time to Sri Lanka’s deep south, to visit the island’s premier wildlife reserve, Yala National Park. You’ll be staying at the EKHO Safari Hotel or similar, 20 minutes from the park gates.

Day 10 Yala National Park

Enjoy morning and evening game drives in the park. Between safaris, relax in the pool and grounds of your hotel, located beside a lake that is home to the leopard and herds of wild elephants as well as a variety of birdlife.

Day 11 Yala National Park, Waskaduwa

Today drive along the coastal highway to the World Heritage city of Galle. Enjoy lunch before a tour of the town’s main sights, including the Dutch Museum, Groote Kerk (Great Church) and the National Maritime Museum. Later, drive onward 90-minute to Waskaduwa Beach, where you’ll be spending the last two days of your trip. Stay at the Citrus Waskaduwa or similar for two nights.

Day 12 Waskaduwa

Spend the day enjoying Waskaduwa’s magnificent golden sand beach.

Day 13 Waskaduwa, UK

Time to bid farewell to Sri Lanka as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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