Idyllic Sri Lanka
• Mineriya National Park • The Temple of the Tooth • Galle Fort
Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka, from ancient cities to rich religious festivals, colonial memories to rolling tea plantations and some of the best beaches in the India Ocean. Sri Lanka intoxicates its visitors with a potpourri of cultures, religions, races, customs and sheer natural beauty. You will stay in boutique accommodation with exclusive visits to really see classic and idyllic Sri Lanka.
Day 1: Colombo > Kotugoda On arrival into Colombo you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Kotugoda > Dambulla > Thirappane Travel northeast on back roads through towns and coconut and pineapple plantations. Visit Dambulla Cave Temples dating back to the 1st century BC.
Day 3: Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya Visit Sirigiya (Lion Rock), an ancient rock fortress and palace. Continue to Polonnaruwa and time permitting; join a 4WD safari in Minneriya National Park.
Day 4: Anuradhapura > Thirappane Visit the first royal capital of Sri Lanka, which flourished for 1300 years. The site covers several kilometres with its palaces, monasteries and monuments.
Day 5: Thirappane > Kandy En route to Kandy visit a spice garden and enjoy lunch at the private estate of batik artist Ena da Silva. Later enjoy the moonrise over Hunas Mountain at the artist's Rajhu's studio set on a beautiful hilltop.
Day 6: Kandy Visit the Botanical Gardens with a professor of Botany this morning and later visit eclectic Kandy Town and the Temple of the Tooth.
Day 7: Kandy > Tea Trails Take a train ride from Kandy to the heart of tea country. Travel from jungle to cloud forest through extraordinary scenery.
Day 8: Tea Trails Visit a tea plantation with a resident planter. This afternoon choose to visit some of the villages in the valley to see their homes, schools and markets.
Day 9: Tea Trails > Galle Travel to Galle stopping at the site of filming of 'The Bridge Over the River Kwai'.
Day 10: Galle Visit Galle Fort, a vibrant and bustling area with a Mediterranean feel. Galle Fort Mosque, lighthouse, churches and the museum should be on your list of must-sees.
Day 11: Galle > Colombo Visit Lunuganga, and the house designed and owned by Geoffrey Bawa. It was his tropical vision of an Italian Renaissance garden in Sri Lanka. Continue to Colombo for an afternoon city walk through a myriad of buildings that date from the 17th century.
Day 12: Colombo Transfer to the airport.
• Tailor-made journey with an English speaking National guide • 11 nights of accommodation in the category of your choice, • Transfers by air-conditioned car • Sightseeing and entrance fees • 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches (5 star option only) and 9 Dinners.
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions Independent tour with a local English speaking driver / guide. Utilising boutique accommodation and exclusive visits, this itinerary will really showcase Idyllic Sri Lanka.
Independent tour with a local English speaking driver / guide. Utilising boutique accommodation and exclusive visits, this itinerary will really showcase Idyllic Sri Lanka.
Not included • International or domestic flights
• Travel insurance
• Optional excursions
• Personal expenses
• Tips or gratuities
• International or domestic flights • Visas • Travel insurance • Optional excursions • Personal expenses • Tips or gratuities • Porterage