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  • Unique Sri Lanka touring holiday

    Kalpitiya

    Mahoora Tented Safari Camp

    Tea workers

    Sigiriya

    Jetwing Vil Uyana

    Unique Sri Lanka touring holiday

    11 nights/12 days
    Our Unique Sri Lanka touring itinerary aims to capture each of the diverse and fascinating sides to the island, be it cultural and historic, or natural. This tour of Sri Lanka incorporates the famous Galle Dutch fort, wildlife safaris at Yala National Park, a stay amongst the paddy fields and sweeping hills of Tea Country, and a chance to explore the rock temples of the Cultural Triangle. In addition you will have the chance to wander off the beaten track with a stay in the Mudhouse in the little explored Puttalam district and go dolphin-watching in the Indian Ocean from Kalpitiya. This tour is an excellent way for visitors to become well- acquainted with Sri Lanka as a whole.
    Click here to download a full pdf itinerary for this touring holiday.

    This tour takes you first from London to Bandaranaike International Airport. Your chauffeur-guide will take you first to Galle Fort, where you will spend one night at Fort Bazaar. Explore this historic area, before departing on Day Two for Mahoora Luxury Tented Safari Camp, where you will stay for two nights. On Day Four, begin your journey north, stopping for two nights at Jetwing Warwick Gardens in Ambewela. Take the time to wander through the tea estates and visit one of the tea factories. On Day Six, head further north to Sigiriya for two nights at Jetwing Vil Uyana, a secluded getaway stood on stilts above paddy fields. On Day Seven, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. On your eighth day, travel to Anamaduwa, where you will spend two nights at the very rustic Mudhouse. Then, carry on to the coast and spend two nights at the Palagama Beach Resort. After relaxing on the beach and dolphin-watching, return to the airport on your twelfth day.

    Day 1 Arrive Colombo to Galle
    You will be met on arrival in Colombo and driven by your English-speaking chauffeur guide who will accompany you throughout your tour of Sri Lanka. Drive to the Galle Heritage Villa in Galle Fort (approximately 2.5 hours) to check-in for one night. Depending on your flight arrival time, take a walk around Galle Fort and enjoy some sightseeing. Its rich heritage derives from the colonial influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British respectively, spanning four centuries. Galle was a key harbour city for centuries, hence its value to successive colonial superpowers. The town’s centrepiece, the Dutch Fort, remains a hive of activity and is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage listed sites in which a bustling population continues to thrive.

    Day 2 Galle to Yala
    In the morning, drive to Yala (approximately 5 hours). You will be taken into the Yala National Park in a 4WD jeep, where you will be camping in style here for the next two days (just outside the park). Enjoy lunch at the Mahoora tented safari camp followed by an afternoon safari. Yala National Park is famous for its leopards. The best chance to see a leopard is at dawn and dusk. Male leopards can often be seen walking the tracks during the day. 

    Day 3 Yala National Park
    Spend the day enjoying a full day safari at Yala National Park. In addition to the leopards, there are a large number of elephants living in the park. Spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mangoose can also be seen. The bird life is fantastic too. Enjoy a fine al fresco dinner back at the camp.

    Day 4 Yala to Ambewala

    After breakfast, drive to the hill country of Ambewala (approximately 6 hours). You will be staying at Jetwing Warwick Gardens for two nights. On arrival, walk around the property with the resident manager to learn about the history of the property. This old colonial ‘bungalow’ was built in the style of a Scottish country mansion over a century ago and offers a home from home experience. 

    Day 5 Tea Country
    Tea Country opens up a breath-taking panorama of colour with beautiful gardens, cascading waterfalls, lakes and sweet mountain air. Spend your day enjoying these beautiful sites. You could also visit a tea plantation and a tea factory.

    Day 6 Ambewela to Sigiriya
    After breakfast, set off on the journey to Sigiriya in the Cultural Triangle (approximately 5.5 hours). En route, visit Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom. Sightseeing will include the famous Temple of the Tooth as well as the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. On arrival in Sigiriya, check into Jetwing Vil Uyana for two nights. 

    Day 7 Cultural Triangle
    Today, you will be taken to the Hiriwaduna village (approximately 30 minutes) for a small nature trail where you will cross a lake in a traditional local boat. Afterwards, enjoy a typical Sri Lankan style rice and curry in a local village where you can talk to the villagers. In the afternoon, visit Sigiriya rock fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as Lion Rock, this was built in the 5th century during the reign of King Kasyapa. 

    Days 8 and 9 Sigiriya to Anamaduwa
    Drive to Anamaduwa (approximately 3.5 hours) where you will experience the lifestyle of a typical Sri Lankan village in The Mudhouse for two nights. Nestled in sixty acres of forest in the ancient rural heartlands of Sri Lanka, this is a private and seductive retreat, far from the beaten track providing an authentic back to nature experience.

    Days 10 and 11 Anamaduwa to Kalpitiya
    Today, drive to Kalpitiya (approximately 2 hours) and check-in to the Palagama Beach Resort for two days at leisure on the beach. While you are here, you could opt to do some water sports or go dolphin watching. There is also a chance of spotting whales in season. The Palagama is not a grand resort but offers quiet sunsets, good food and a friendly atmosphere.

    Day 12 Departure from Colombo 
    Transfer to the airport (approximately 4 hours drive).

    PRICE INFORMATION
    Prices from £3,370 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
    • All meals at Mahoora Tented Camp
    • Private English-speaking chauffeur-guide in an air-conditioned Japanese car throughout the itinerary
    • Entrance fees to the monuments listed above

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

    Unique Sri Lanka

    Hotel information

    Below is some information about the hotels featured in this touring holiday itinerary.

    Galle: 41 Lighthouse Street, with only three guestrooms, this is a luxury boutique villa that was once a Dutch residence. An idyllic pool, warm communal living areas, and very homely bedrooms give you a beautiful insight into Galle’s colonial heritage.

    Yala: Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris, blends exceptional service with a uniquely indigenous and luxury touch in remote and genuine wilderness. All meals are included during your stay.

    Tea Country: Warwick Gardens, a boutique tea estate ‘bungalow’ hidden in scenic mountains. Bedrooms are spacious with luxuriously fitted bathrooms (Deluxe Room)

    Sigiriya: Vil Uyana, this eco-luxury hotel has 25 individual ‘dwellings’ most with own plunge pool and private deck. There is a spa, yoga pavilion and two great restaurants (Forest Dwelling)

    Anamaduwa: The Mudhouse, Flanked by lakes and blessed with abundant birdlife, wildlife and natural beauty, The Mudhouse was selected by The Guardian as one of the 100 most romantic destinations in the world. There is no means of electricity; lighting is provided by plentiful candles and lanterns (Standard)

    Kalpitiya: Palagama Beach Resort, a charming and relaxed, laid back village atmosphere with a great chance of spotting dolphins offshore (Wooden Cabana)

    Prices from £3,370 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
    • All meals at Mahoora Tented Camp
    • 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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