Highlights of Sri Lanka

From £2,174.00
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
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From £2,174.00
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Nov 2021
Tour Overview
Discover this paradise island teeming with wildlife, incredible landscapes and a colourful culture. Start in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, a bustling metropolis where colonial-era buildings and Buddhists temples rub shoulders with modern skyscrapers. Visit Minneriya National Park, home to elephants, deer and wild boar, before heading to see the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya which features the impressive Lion Gate. Next, visit Kandy, the location of Travelsphere Cares Project Sthree Café, which you'll visit, as well as the Temple of The Scared Tooth – the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists in the world. Continue your discoveries in the hills of Sri Lanka where you'll have a tour of a tea plantation, and venture to Yala National Park. Your last stop is Beruwala, home to one of the longest beaches in Sri Lanka, where you can enjoy some relaxation at the end of your tour.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • 11 nights  in 4 and 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Eat in a wonderful restaurant serving Sri Lankan food, with a menu specially chosen for Travelsphere and accompanied by unlimited beer and wine
  • Minneriya National park
  • Village walk including catamaran ride
  • The UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress​
  • Spice garden visit with cookery demonstration
  • Visit the Dambulla cave temples
  • Royal Botanical Gardens and Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit a school supported by Travelsphere Cares
  • Yala National Park safari
  • See reminders of Dutch colonial rule in Galle
  • Visit a turtle hatchery ​

Free Private Chauffeur Transfers

Your very own private executive car will whisk you in comfort to and from the airport.

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Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Colombo

​You'll depart on your flight to Colombo today.​

Day 2 Colombo

​On arrival in Colombo we'll transfer you to your hotel, where you'll stay overnight. After your flight, a relaxed afternoon is the perfect way to start your holiday. Why not pick a spot by the hotel's swimming pool and soak up some sun.​​ 
Tonight, you will join your fellow travellers for a traditional Sri Lankan meal in a restaurant. You will enjoy a variety of local dishes, specially chosen for Travelsphere, including rice served with a curry of fish or meat, and curries made with vegetables, lentils and fruits, accompanied by pickles, vegetables and salads, and unlimited beer and wine.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Colombo - Minneriya

​Today, a short sightseeing tour will introduce you to Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, a bustling metropolis boasting an attractive blend of old and new. Grand colonial-era buildings and Buddhist temples rub shoulders with modern skyscrapers, fine restaurants and high-end boutiques. 
​You will then drive to Sigiriya, in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. A two-night stay here means there's time to visit Minneriya National Park, where elephants, deer and wild boar roam.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Minneriya - Sigiriya

​You've the chance to experience local life today in the nearby village of Hiriwaduna, where a walk and a catamaran ride are all included. Depart early from the hotel with a packed 'local' breakfast for a great walk over village paths, a tank (ancient reservoir), a bund and through forested areas. You'll cross a jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmers simple wattle and daub house, where you can enjoy your breakfast.
Back on the road, we'll visit the UNESCO-listed site of Sigiriya, a spectacular rock fortress featuring water gardens, moats and the impressive Lion Gate. Explore the frescoes of beautiful maidens and the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Sigiriya - Kandy

​Kandy is a beautiful town, and it's your next base. On the way here we're going to stop at the Dambulla cave temples, home to more than 150 Buddha images. We'll also visit a spice garden in Matale, where you'll learn how these aromatic ingredients are used in traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and pick up some tips to take home. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Kandy

Today's included tour takes you to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, which were laid out by British colonial rulers in 1821 and are home to more than 5,000 species of plants and trees. 

For lunch, you'll visit the Sthree Café, which works with women in the local community to increase their income, strengthen their financial independence, and help them become economically empowered. The café provides the women with a fair wage, together with the skills and training needed to work in the service sector. At the café, we will enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan dining experience as we're served fresh, vegetarian cuisine, prepared from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 

You'll then have a tour of Kandy, where highlights include the Market Square and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Buddhism's most sacred places of worship. Said to have been built in the early 1700s, it houses the tooth relic of Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

​After breakfast, we're setting our sights on Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country. Home of the famous Ceylon tea, it is surrounded by a lush green carpet of plantations, and en route to our hotel we'll visit one. Here we'll see how the leaves are delicately picked by hand and turned into our favourite brew. 
On arrival in Nuwara Eliya, settle into your hotel, then get your bearings on a sightseeing tour.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Nuwara Eliya - at Leisure

​It might be tempting to spend today lazing by the pool and soaking up the sunshine. Alternatively, if you want to discover more of Sri Lanka, come with us on an optional trip to Horton Plains National Park. At World's End you can peer over a 3,700ft sheer drop to take in fabulous views of the surrounding tea estates. There's wonderful flora and fauna to discover here too. Keep a lookout for some of the 24 species of mammal, which include the endemic slender loris, purple monkey and sambar deer. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Nuwara Eliya - Yala

​Your day begins with a visit to a school in Nuwara Eliya, which is supported by the Travelsphere Cares scheme. You'll then continue by road to Yala, where you'll find the landscape ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. En route you'll visit The Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, sponsored by the Born Free Trust, where injured or orphaned elephants from around the island are brought and given treatment and care, before being relocated at Udawalawe National Park.
As you reach Yala, look out for watering holes, small lakes and lagoons. These attract the many animals that thrive here, including a sizeable population of elephants, which we'll hope to spot tomorrow. End the day relaxaing at your hotel.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Yala

This morning enjoy an exciting safari in Yala National Park, where elephants and leopards may be spotted as well as many other species such as sloth bears, monkeys and crocodiles. This afternoon there's a guided nature drive.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Yala - Beruwala

Your final destination is Beruwala, home to one of the longest beaches in Sri Lanka. You will stay here for two nights and en route you'll visit Galle, the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. Captured later by the Dutch, you'll see plenty of reminders of Dutch colonial rule among its narrow alleys, churches and monuments. You'll then visit a turtle hatchery where these endangered creatures are protected and released into the wild. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing on the beach.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Beruwala - at Leisure

Why not begin your day with with an optional morning yoga session before enjoying some time at leisure. Beruwala is a busy little town which has managed to retain its charm, so maybe head out to explore or just stay put and enjoy the facilities of your beachfront hotel.
This evening you could choose to join an optional dinner which introduces you to Arrack - a Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower, which has to be collected by hand and aged in oak casks. Your multi-course meal, which was developed by chef Adam Gaunt from the Flying Fish in Sydney, Australia, will be accompanied by several different types of 'arrack'.

Meals included: B,L

Day 13 Beruwala - UK

​Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. ​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

TAILOR YOUR TRIP

ROOM UPGRADE

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala
Updgrade to a Deluxe room at the Cinnamon Bey Beruwala for the duration of your stay. Call for details.

EXTEND
Extend your holiday and relax for a little longer at the beautiful beach resort of Beruwala. Includes two nights bed-and-breakfast in a 5-star hotel. Upgrade to a Deluxe room for the duration of your add-on stay. Available on all dates.​

Accommodation

Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo

Located along the banks of Beira Lake in Colombo, the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo features an outdoor pool, a spa and wellness area, tennis, squash courts and also a gym. All rooms are stylishly appointed and have a flat-screen TV, safety deposit box and tea and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. All rooms have en suite facilities.

Habarana Village - Habarana

The 4-star Habarana Village by cinnamon is wonderfully situated and borders a stunning lake.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

The 4-star Cinnamon Citadel in Kandy is an ideal base from which to discover this fascinating ancient city while also providing plenty of opportunities for relaxation in a peaceful setting.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants, bar and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, minibar and hairdryer.

The Blackpool

Surrounded by vast tea estates, the Blackpool Hotel has the style of ancient colonialism but with modern touch. The hotel has an outdoor warm water pool, lounge, bar and restaurant. The 57 rooms are decorated with traditional Sri Lankan design and feature air conditioning, TV, safe, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom facilities.

Jetwing Yala

The 4-star Jetwing Yala is situated within reach of Yala National Park.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, gym and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and a TV.

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala

The 5-star Cinnamon Bey is situated in Beruwela.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
  1. Travelsphere Cares

    When you book this holiday you are helping us to donate vital supplies to a school in Nuwara Eliya, which you'll visit during your stay. We will also visit the Sthree Cafe which promotes economic empowerment, inclusion and social reintegration. The Sthree Cafe employs local women providing them with a fair wage and the skills and training needed to work in the service sector.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.