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Sri Lanka In Luxury

Sri Lanka In Luxury
A Deluxe Tour Of Sri Lanka

Paddy Field Villas At Vil Uyana

Sri Lanka In Luxury

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Tour Schedule

7 Night Tour

 

1

Depart UK

 

2

Arrive
Colombo 

  • Relax On Arrival At Colombo

3

Dambulla

  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

4

Dambulla

  • The Medieval Capital Of Polonnaruwa

5

Kandy 

  • The Magnificent Sigiriya Fortress

6

Kandy 

  • Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth
  • Orchids At Peradeniya Gardens

7

Hill Country

  • By Train Through The Hill Country

8

Hill Country

  • Relax Among Tea Estates

9

Beach

  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required

 

Depart
Sri Lanka
Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport

 

This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle And Driver-Guide

 

Locations Visited On This Tour

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The island’s No 1 visitor attraction is a very relaxed place to spend in the company of 70 elephants.

 

The Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

Anyone who appreciates art and history should visit these fascinating cave temples hidden in a gigantic rock.

 

Polonnaruwa

The very interesting and well preserved medieval capital city with lots of that ‘lost in the jungle’ feeling.

 

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress

One of the great Wonders Of The Ancient World requires a bit of climbing but has that ‘wow’ factor in abundance

 

Kandy 

A very pretty town and the gateway to the Hill Country with lots of quaint reminders of colonial era Ceylon.

 

The Hill Country By Train

Beautiful mountain ranges covered with tea plantations and amazing waterfalls that are best experienced by train.

 

Beach Stay –  Should You Choose The West Coast or East Coast

From November to April, the West, South West and Deep South of the island experiences fine weather and calm seas. The tropical scenery and well established resorts make these areas popular even during the Summer months of July and August even though seas are slightly rough.

From May to October, the amazing East Coast beaches are among the finest in the entire world with shallow seas where you can just wade out for hundreds of feet into the sea! There are now many upmarket beach hotels on the East Coast at Pasikudah and Nilaveli, many aimed at luxury back to nature themed beach experiences.

Why Do This Tour?

Sri Lanka has some of Asia’s best boutique and luxury hotel properties. The island has seen a profusion of exclusive hotels at various locations that offer some of the highest standards of comfort and service to be found in South Asia.

 

This is a tour of Sri Lanka using the best luxury and deluxe hotels available. By spending 2 nights at each property you can sample these special places while also having enough time to explore the main sights of the island.

 

Upon arrival, stay at The Wallawwa, a beautiful boutique hotel that is easily reached from Colombo Airport or the colonial Gale Face Regency, which has played host to millionaires like Rockerfeller. At Dambulla, the luxury nature resort of Vil Uyana is located on a wetland of paddy fields and lakes and is one of the world’s great nature hotels. Alternatively, stay at the superb Cinnamon Lodge, with luxury chalets in a forested park. The Kandy House is one of Sri Lanka’s most famous aristocratic mansions, dating from the early British Raj. Villa Rosa is a fantastic luxury small hotel with perhaps the most charming view in Sri Lanka. In the Hill Country, Amaya Langdale is a luxurious boutique hotel located in a tea estate with amazing views. The Heritance Tea Factory at 6000 ft above sea level is one of the world’s most unique high altitude hotels.

 

You can easily combine a luxury beach stay with this tour for a fabulous 2 week holiday in Sri Lanka.

 

Recommended for anyone looking to do a classic tour tour the island in luxury

 

When To Go?

This Tour Is Possible All Year Round

 

November-April

Clockwise Tour With South West Or Deep South Coast Beach Stay

 

May-September

Anti-Clockwise Tour With East Coast Beach Stay

 

Frequestly Asked Questions About This Tour?

How Much Travelling Is Involved?

This tour averages around 3 hours of travel between destinations. Since you spend 2 nights at each location, including the Hill Country, it is as relaxed as can be for a luxury tour tour that incorporates all of the islands main attractions.

 

Can Families Go On This Tour?

Yes but some hotels will have to be replaced as they have minimum age limits for children (usually 12 years). In this instance we will substitute luxury resort type hotels instead.

 

Can I Do A Mix And Match Of Hotels?

Yes, this way you can sample one or two of the top-end boutique hotels in Sri Lanka along with more reasonably priced hotels resulting in a much more affordable tour. Please feel free to ask us for our advice about what we would recommend.

 

Is It Possible To Miss Out Kandy?

Our advice is don’t, because there are lots of logistical headaches in trying to go straight from Dambulla to the Hill Country. Also, Kandy is a really pretty town and one of the the island’s main attractions!

 

Is There A Luxury Carriage On The Hill Country Train?

Yes, there are 2 operators, Expo Rail and Rajadhani who operate luxury carriages on express trains and we always aim to get our clients booked on one of these if at all possible. Early booking ensures guaranteed seat reservation as these carriages are extremely popular with tourists.

 

Can You Go To Galle From The Hill Country In One Day?

Yes, especially with the new Southern Expresway cutting journey times but still be prepared for a 5 hour journey! Many of the more up-market boutique hotels in Sri Lanka are located in and around Galle’s beautiful beaches.

The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa

Elephant Ride At Dambulla And Baby Elephant At Pinnawala

Elephant Ride At Dambulla And Baby Elephant At Pinnawala

 

Sigiriya Frescoe

Sigiriya Frescoe

 

Rambuttan Fruit

Rambuttan Fruit

 

Pool At Cinnamon Lodge

Pool At Cinnamon Lodge

 

Temple Of The Buddhas Tooth

Temple Of The Buddhas Tooth

The Kandy House At Night

The Kandy House At Night

Orchids At Peradeniya Gardens

Orchids At Peradeniya Gardens

Heritance Tea Factory

Heritance Tea Factory

Fine Dining At Amaya Langdale

Fine Dining At Amaya Langdale

Sri Lanka’s Beautiful South West Coast

Sri Lanka’s Beautiful South West Coast

 

Cinnamon Bey

Cinnamon Bey

 

Upgrade To A Luxury 4 WD Vehicle

Upgrade To A Luxury 4 WD Vehicle

DAY 1 - DEPART UK

The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.

 

DAY 2 - COLOMBO

COLOMBO AIRPORT-COLOMBO

22 Miles Approx 1 Hour

 

Relax On Arrival At Colombo

Arrive in Colombo and relax at your hotel or villa after your long flight.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

The Wallawwa , Negombo


Luxury Hotels :

The Cinnamon Grand , Colombo


DAY 3 - DAMBULLA

COLOMBO – DAMBULLA

94 Miles Approx 4 Hours

 

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. It is home to the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world!  Most of the 70 animals have been found injured or abandoned in the wild.

 

Depending on the time of day, you can watch the little baby calves some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A not to be missed experience.

 

The Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

The 5 Cave Temples Of Dambulla are a series of rock temples that have been hewn from a gigantic boulder that contain a very beautiful collection of sculptures, paintings and frescoes from various periods of the island’s history.

 

Cave No 2 – The Temple Of The Great Kings is the biggest and most spectacular cave temple with over 150 statues and 1500 paintings! The ceilings and walls are covered by the finest murals to be seen in Sri Lanka.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

Jetwing Vil Uyana , Dambulla


Luxury Hotels :

Heritance Kandalama


DAY 4 - DAMBULLA

The Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa

The Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa has the feeling of a city that was once ‘lost in the jungle’ – which indeed it was, until it was ‘rediscovered’ by colonial administrators in the 19th Century. Ruins of royal palaces, stupas and monasteries are scattered over several square kilometers around a vast lake known as the Sea Of Parakrama.

 

The Inner Quadrangle area of the ancient city contains the most exquisite historical remains in the whole of Sri Lanka. The highlight of any visit to Polonnaruwa is The Gal Vihare (Temple Of The Rock) consisting of 4 rock cut Buddhas that are among the masterpieces of Buddhist Art, and one of the world’s great artistic treasures.

 

DAY 5 – KANDY

DAMBULLA – KANDY

44 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours

 

The Magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya is often listed as 8th Wonder Of The Ancient World and is easily the most impressive historic sight in Sri Lanka. You enter through The Royal Pleasure Gardens with a series of ponds and landscaped terraces until the ascent of the rock fortress begins through a series of dramatic staircases.

 

Hidden half-way is a cave that reveals the Sigiriya Frescoes. This is Sri Lanka’s premier artistic treasure and is a must for all visitors. If you have a head for heights, you can reach the top via the gigantic Lions Paws, which are the remnants of a huge stone lion that used to guard the entrance. There are stunning views of the forested plains below from the top.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

The Kandy House


Luxury Hotels :

The Elephant Stables , Kandy


DAY 6 - KANDY

Peradeniya Gardens And Its Beautiful Orchid Houses

The gardens at Peradeniya were one of the jewels of colonial era Ceylon. Initially developed to try out introduced tropical crops like rubber in the island, it soon expanded to become one of the great tropical collections of the world.

 

During WW2, the Supreme Headquarters of Lord Mountbatten Of Burma were hidden inside the gardens. The Orchid House at Peradeniya contains 300 varieties of orchids that are wonderfully displayed.

 

Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth

Delightfully located in a valley surrounded by hills, Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth and the Kandy Lake, magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background.

 

Visit The Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth in the evening, for the ‘’pooja ceremony’’ that starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing – a magical experience.

 

DAY 7– THE HILL COUNTRY

KANDY – HILL COUNTRY

A Train Journey Of Approx 4 Hours

 

By Train Through The Hill Country

The Highland Queen leaves Kandy Railway Station for a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

Tea Trails , Hatton


Luxury Hotels :

Stafford Bungalow , Nuwara Eliya


DAY 8 - THE HILL COUNTRY

Relax In The Hill Country Of Sri Lanka

For those who wish to explore the natural beauty of the Highlands, the options are endless. Tea estate paths are ideal for those who like to walk and ramble. Discover gushing streams and waterfalls with natural pools along the way and trek through Pine and Eucalyptus forests that line the ridges, containing abundant birdlife and interesting flora. There are ample spots for picnic lunches and afternoon teas among the tea gardens.

 

DAY 9 – TO BEACH HOTEL

HILL COUNTRY – SOUTH WEST COAST

A Journey Of Approx 5 Hours

 

Devon And St Clair’s Falls

The spectacular descent of the Hill Country towards Sri Lanka’s beaches passes two of the island’s most famous waterfalls, Devon and St Clair’s Falls, which are easily viewed from the roadside.

 

The Mlesna Tea Centre overlooking St Clair’s Tea Estate has a nice viewing platform and a Tea Museum. A great place to stop for a cup of tea.

 

Kithulgala

Kithulgala is a very pretty location with tropical rainforest and luxuriant vegetation in the valley of the Kelani River. This is where Sir David Lean’s classic wartime film ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai was filmed.

 

Sri Lanka’s Beach Resorts

A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 week holiday on the island.

DEPART SRI LANKA

Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

Sri Lanka In Luxury

Luxury - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Deluxe – Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

SUMMER: 01/05 – 31/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04


FEATURED TOUR – LAND HOLIDAY ONLY
HOTEL CATEGORY
SUMMER 2018 WINTER 2017
LUXURY HOTELS £1588 PP
£1664 PP
DELUXE HOTELS £2344 PP
£2536 PP

*Price Excludes Beach Stay

*Special Choice - an eclectic choice of properties providing accommodation at affordable prices

 

Terms and Conditions

INCLUDES

• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.

• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks. 

• Meal plan as stated. 

 

EXCLUSIONS

• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.

 

OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS

• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!

• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.

• Discounts available for families and groups.

 

TAILOR MADE ALTERATIONS

• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.

• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.

If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.

 

DISTANCES AND TRAVELLING TIMES

All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.

 

YOUR BEACH STAY

There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the View All Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 5 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.

 

You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require - otherwise a 6 night beach stay is featured.

 

TOUR FORMAT

Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour, even for Summer Season enquiries, as the beach resorts on the South West and Deep South remain very popular at all times of the year. The East Coast is still regarded as a rather ‘adventurous’ destination.

 

If you request guaranteed fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling or watersports, we will feature beach hotels located on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

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HOTELS FEATURED ON THIS TOUR

  • The Wallawwa

    The Wallawwa

    Simply one of the best boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. Located just 15 minutes away from Colombo Airport, the Wallawwa is a beautifully renovated old manor house with one of the island's finest private gardens. Ideal for stopovers on arrival or departure.

    http://www.thewallawwa.com/
  • Vil Uyana

    Jetwing Vil Uyana

    Luxurious cottages featuring plunge pools that are built on stilts over a bird filled wetland and working paddy fields. The back to nature concept features thatched villas with spacious and tastefully designed interiors. Lovely spa and huge swimming pool.

    http://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingviluyana/
  • The Kandy House

    The Kandy House

    The beautifully renovated old manor house of one of Sri Lanka's most aristocratic families is now a superb boutique hotel combining masterful design touches with a mixture of colonial and Kandyan styles. Beautiful outdoor pool looking out over rice fields.

    http://www.thekandyhouse.com/
  • Tea Trails

    Tea Trails

    World Class properties that are featured in style magazines like Vogue and Conde Nast. Immaculately restored Planters Bungalows in the highly picturesque Bogawantalawa Valley that offer a highly evocative but luxurious Planters Life in the hills of Sri Lanka.

    http://www.teatrails.com
 

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Our driver Rohan was exceptional. He drove us with care, explained everything in detail and offered us numerous additional stops for activities such as elephant rides, a look around Kandy market and a trip to Nuwara Eliya. I would make sure, next time I go to Sri Lanka, that I had Rohan driving me around.

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