Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Tea Country, Beach (12 nights)
Flights: Return flights from London Heathrow to Sri Lanka on Oman Air via Muscat.
|DAY 01||ARRIVE COLOMBO AIRPORT TRANSFER / NEGOMBO|
Met on arrival at the Bandaranayke International by our representative & transfer to Colombo.
Check in at the Park Street Hotel 5* (Deluxe Room) - rest of the day at leisure with an opportunity for shopping in Colombo.
Step into the lavish embrace of Park Street Hotel in Colombo. Upon arrival, all eyes are drawn to the exquisite antique fittings and colonial architecture that lends an Old World charm to this boutique hotel. Turn to the hallway, which boasts an exposed-beam ceiling, to be led to sumptuous rooms decked with every modern convenience. Match those with a range of first-class amenities and services, including a gym, swimming pool, and in-room massage service.
Alternatively for those not looking to visit Colombo, stay at the boutique hotel The Wallawwa. The Wallawwa is nestled amongst acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this antique colonial manor house, or Wallawwa, is now an exciting boutique hotel. This old and new concept provides guests with unrivalled setting and style just 20 minutes from the airport and the hustle and bustle of Colombo. The Wallawwa is the perfect start or end to any visit to this enchanting island; a luxury private hideaway.
|DAY 02||COLOMBO / PINNAWELA / SIGIRIYA|
Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Sigiriya, En route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala - This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is to coincide with feeding time, when baby elephants are bottled fed, followed by the elephants walking through the village for a session of bathing & fun in the river.
Check in at Vil Uyana 5* - (Paddy / Marsh Dwelling Room) - Rest of the day at leisure - stay at the hotel.
Vil Uyana, in the heart of the Cultural Triangle is without a doubt one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka. Set just only 5 kilometers from Sigiriya Rock Fortress, 25 individual thatched roof chalets are set on a pattern of raised pathways above lake and paddy fields. The paddy field dwellings and two of the marsh dwellings have private plunge pools. There is fine dining, an infinity pool an Ayurvedic centre and spa. This is a perfect location for those seeking a peaceful, luxurious place to stay.
Drive time: 6 Hours
|DAY 03||SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA|
Breakfast at hotel – Morning proceed to climb the Sigiriya rock fortress, including visiting the world renowned rescos painted in pigments on plaster.
Proceed in the afternoon on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa - which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site - Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures are carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Drive time: Less than 75 Minutes
|DAY 04||SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / KANDY|
Breakfast at hotel - Morning proceed to the Dambulla which is a World Heritage Site. The complex of caves have over 2000 sq meters of painted walls and the ceiling has the largest collection of paintings found in the world. On completion leave for Kandy. If preferred the visit to the rock fortress can be combined with day 4 or day 5.
Check in at the Kandy House 5* (Ultra Deluxe Room)
Afternoon proceed on a Sightseeing tour of Kandy - Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
|DAY 05||KANDY / HATTON|
Breakfast at hotel – Leave for Hatton passing through the heartland of the Sri Lankan tea country with breath taking views and a journey back into the bygone era of colonial tea plantations.
Check in at Ceylon Tea Trails 5* (Luxury Room) - rest of the day at leisure - lunch, dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of four bungalows built for the British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. Each has been beautifully restored and offer between four and six bedrooms. Each room and bungalow is individually designed in a traditional style. Two bungalows have swimming pools, there is croquet, tennis, mountain biking and gentle walks through the estate. A great opportunity to learn more about tea, be indulged with great food, on an all inclusive basis and take in the stunning views.
Irrespective of which property you stay in, you will be afforded the same personal service. In-room spa treatments are available. To make the most of your stay, wonder through the Estates, learn to pick and grow tea, hill walk or mountain bike. Throughout your stay you will be offered excellent food and drinks on an all inclusive basis. Cooked English or Sri Lankan breakfast, Lunch traditional afternoon cream tea, pre-dinner cocktails & a 4-course gourmet dinner. Chilean house wines, International house spirits, beer, juices and soft drinks are included.
Drive time: 3 hours
Breakfast at hotel – Rest of the day at leisure to explore the vicinity.
|DAY 07-13||HATTON / HIKKADUWA BEACH RESORT|
Transfer from Hatton by road to the South West Coast of Sri Lanka to the close to the town of Hikkaduwa and check in to the Luxury Boutique property Aditya for 6 nights of relaxation by the Beach. Accommodation at Aditiya is on a room only basis.
Aditya is a small all suite hotel with just twelve suites. However, the suitrs have been built with generous sizes and the property has been furnished with antiques and tropical art. Located on a beautiful stretch of beach, this is a great place to relax and unwind to end a memorable stay in Sri Lanka. Galle Fort is just 20 minutes away by car.
Drive time: 6 Hours
|LOCATION||HOTEL / ROOM TYPE||MEAL PLAN||STAR CATEGORY|
|Colombo||Park Street Hotel Deluxe Room||B&B|
|Sigiriya||Vil Uyana - Paddy/Marsh Dwelling||Half Board||
|Kandy||Kandy House - Super Deluxe Room||Bed & Breakfast||
|Hatton||Ceylon Tea Trails - Luxury Room||All Inclusive||
|Hikkaduwa||Aditiya – Shanthi suite||Room Only||
Price: From £2481 per person based on two sharing & economy flights