Tea, Temples and Tuk-Tuks
This two week itinerary provides a superb introduction to the country combining the Cultural Triangle with the Horton Plains, Galle and a few days on the coast.
Highlights: Colombo – Anuradhapura – Dambulla – Sirigiya – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Galle – Beach
Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Afternoon city tour will take in the key sights of the city such as Slave Island and Galle Face Green. There are excellent examples of neo-classical buildings in Colombo’s old city centre.
The Cultural Triangle
Anuradhapura has been continuously inhabited for over two millennia. The Sigiriya riock fortress is definitely worth a visit along with the impressive cave complex at Dambulla and wonderful sights at Polonnaruwa.
We will advise you on hotels and will adapt the excursions and itinerary accordingly.
Kandy sits at the southernmost tip of the Cultural Triangle and is one of Sri Lanka's most attarctive cities.
Explore Kandy by Tuk Tuk
Travel by tuk tuk with your guide to take in the back roads and meet local people who keep the traditions of the Royal City of Kandy alive, from the caretaker of a Buddhist temple, to locals working in small cottage industries.
Visit also the important Temple of the Tooth which is part of a complex which includes the Royal Palace and the Temple Museum.
The Ceylon Tea Museum in Kandy is well worth a visit for anyone with a passing interest in the production process. Amongst the exhibits is a fully working model of a tea factory. The museum contains information about the pioneers of the tea industry and the Planters Association.
Train to Nuwara Eliya
There's a daily service by train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya passing by tea plantations and hillside villages.
You will be met on arrival at Nanu Oya station and driven from here to your hotel.
Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is surrounded by lush tea plantations. It is a pretty little place with a cool climate and unpredictable weather which became known as “Little England”.
Half day excursion to Horton Plains
Nuwara Eliya is an ideal gateway from which to visit Horton Plains but it does require a pre-dawn start.
Follow a trail with your guide to take in waterfalls and ice-cold streams, marshland areas and dramatic views. At ‘Worlds End’ the plateau plunges almost 1000m in a sheer drop. Butterflies and birdlife, rare lizards, hares, deer, monkeys, giant squirrels and wild boars are amongst the wildlife here.
The Fortress city of Galle is one of the ‘must see’ places on the island. With restored colonial mansions, attractive local shops and a vibrant culinary scene the city has been greatly revitalised in recent years.
Walking tour of Galle is included.
Spend your last few nights at a beach on the Indian Ocean. We will advise on hotels and locations according to your preference. Unawatuna, Dickwella, Mirissa and Hikkaduwa are close to Galle. Nearer to the airport are Bentota and Negombo.
Departure transfer to airport for your flight home.
The above tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.
Sri Lanka has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka.
The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in this Sri Lanka holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made holiday.
If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your trip to Sri Lanka, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.
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