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  • Colonial heritage route of Sri Lanka tour

    Sri Lankan Colonial Heritage Route touring holiday

    8 nights/9 days

    Experience the colonial heritage of seaside Negombo, the life of a tea planter in the tea-clad valleys of the highlands, the old Dutch fortress city of Galle and bustling Colombo, as well as picturesque mountain scenery, coastlines, tropical forests and plantations, a turtle hatchery and much more besides.

    Click here to download the full pdf itinerary for this touring holiday.

    This tour takes you first from London to Bandaranaike International Airport. Here, your English-speaking chauffeur-guide meets you and transfers you to your hotel in Colombo, where you experience the traditional atmosphere of the Regency at the Galle Face Hotel. There is time to explore the capital with a guided tour and then you are at leisure to explore on your own. Then on day three you are driven inland towards Kandy, a bustling town of colonial buildings and ancient religious symbols. Your first tea country hotel is south of here near the famous first tea plantation established by James Taylor. A free day in this area gives you change to explore the history of tea and this region in more depth. Then on day five your driver heads south, stopping first at Nuwara Eliya, known as Little England, before stopping at your second tea country hotel in the Highlands, another tea planter’s house. There is a free full day here to explore, perhaps a tea factory, plantations or Hakgala Botanical gardens. Your final two-night stop is in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle and you stay within the Galle Fort itself.

    Day 1 Arrive Colombo
    You will be met on arrival and driven by your English-speaking chauffeur guide who will accompany you throughout your tour of Sri Lanka. You are taken to your hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and a hectic mix of old and new, colonial architecture sitting alongside modern glass. We suggest you soak up the traditional atmosphere of Colombo by staying at the Regency at the Galle Face Hotel. 

    Day 2 Colombo
    Enjoy a city tour this morning, offering a chance for you to experience the colonial charm of buildings such as the Lighthouse Clock Tower in North Chatham Street and the 18th century Queen’s House, now the president’s official residence. Religious architecture reflects the mix of peoples here – there is the Dutch Church at Wolfendal and the Hindu Temple at Sea Street. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own, perhaps to visit the National Museum or the lively Pettah Bazaar.. 

    Day 3 Colombo to Deltota in Tea Country

    It’s a drive of about 3.5 hours from Colombo to your first hotel in the hills of the Tea Country, south of Kandy, where you stop en route to visit the town, the Temple of the Tooth and the botanical gardens at Peradeniya. You continue south to Taylor’s Hill, a tea planter’s house, named after James Taylor, who historically began the cultivation of tea in Sri Lanka. The small hotel retains the charm and warmth of a beautifully preserved colonial house.

    Day 4 At Taylor's Hill - Tea Country
    A full day to explore the cultural and historic sites of the area around the house, with Loolecondera tea estate being nearby and the plantation started by James Taylor in 1867. There is a museum at the estate.

    Day 5 Taylor's Hill to Ambewala
    After breakfast, you are driven south further into the hills of high tea country, stopping in Nuwara Eliya. Pause a while in this curious hill town known as Little England with its racecourse, golf course, lake and British colonial buildings. Then continue to Jetwing Warwick Gardens, near Ambewala. Rejuvenate your spirit in the heart of the magical world of Ceylon tea, a place for solitude and picturesque surroundings wherever the eye can see.

    Day 6 In Ambewala - Tea experience in the Highlands
    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the sun burns through the morning mist. This 118-year-old English planter’s house is picturesquely tucked within the Ambewala mountain range overlooking a deep tea-clad valley, located on 30 acres of its own farm and tea plantation. Walk through the tea plantations and visit a tea factory to see how tea is manufactured. Attractions such as Nuwara Eliya, Hakgala Botanical Gardens and Horton Plains are nearby.

    Day 7 From Ambewala to Galle

    Today after an early breakfast, you will be driven through mountain scenery and down to the lush tropical forests and plantations of Sri Lanka’s south-west (approximately 6 hours’ drive). Stay inside the Galle Fort itself.  

    Day 8 Galle
    After breakfast, head off to explore Galle at leisure, taking in the rich heritage, culture and architecture of this historic fortress town and port. Galle Fort, constructed by the Dutch East India Company as a fortified town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is still intact and has a thriving community living and working within its walls. Walk along the ramparts with the sea on one side and the famous Galle cricket ground on the other. The myriad narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture and are lined with official buildings, shops and town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels.. 

    Day 9 Departure from Colombo 
    Transfer to the airport (approximately 2.5 hours’ drive) for your flight home..

    PRICE INFORMATION
    Prices from £2,270 per person

    Included in this tour:
    • Return scheduled flights with British Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo in economy class
    • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
    • Private English-speaking chauffeur-guide in an air-conditioned Japanese car throughout the itinerary
    • Entrance fees to the monuments listed above

    Not included: 
    • Visas
    • Meals, except as specified above 
    • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
    • Camera fees where applicable
    • Insurance

    Click here to download the full pdf itinerary for this touring holiday.
    Click on the 'Hotel Information' tab above to find out about each of the hotels featured in this itinerary. 

    Sri Lanka Colonial Heritage

    Hotel information

    Below is some information about the hotels featured in this touring holiday itinerary.
    Colombo: The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel, dating back to 1864, the colonial Galle Face continues to feature prominently in Colombo life. There are nine places to eat, a swimming pool and spa. The south wing is known as The Regency and retains the original features alongside luxurious additions (Deluxe Room).

    Tea Country: Taylor’s Hill, named after James Taylor who began the cultivation of tea in Sri Lanka, is a boutique hotel south of Kandy and north of Nuwara Eliya. (Double room on bed and breakfast) and Jetwing Warwick Gardens, a boutique tea estate ‘bungalow’ hidden in scenic mountains. Bedrooms are spacious with luxuriously fitted bathrooms (Deluxe Room)

    Galle: The Galle Fort Hotel, a merchant’s house dating from the 1690s and now a luxurious boutique hotel with just 13 rooms, and decorated with Dutch antiques and fine porcelain (Garden room)

    Prices from £2,270 per person

    Included in this tour:
    • Return scheduled flights with British Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo in economy class
    • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
    • Private English-speaking chauffeur-guide in an air-conditioned Japanese car throughout the itinerary
    • Entrance fees to the monuments listed above

    Not included:
    • Visas
    • Meals, except as specified above 
    • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
    • Camera fees where applicable
    • Insurance.

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