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The Fort Of Galle

Sri Lanka In Style
A Luxurious Grand Tour Of Sri Lanka

The Old Dutch Fort At Galle

Sri Lanka In Style

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Sri Lanka In Style

 A Luxurious Grand Tour Of Sri Lanka

 

Tour Schedule

9 Nights

 

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

Yala

  • Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

9

Galle 

  • The Deep South Coast Road

10

Galle 

  • The Old Dutch Town At Galle

11

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.

 

Yala National Park 

One of the great national parks of Asia and the best location in the world to spot Leopards in the wild.

 

Galle 

The ramparts of an Old Dutch Fort enclose a perfectly preserved town full of historic colonial buildings.

 

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!

Why Do This Tour?

This is a full tour of Sri Lanka using the island’s most luxurious hotel properties. Expect superb cuisine, attention to detail and world-class facilities in some of the best hotels in Asia.

 

After an initial stopover night at The Wallawwa or The Galle Face Regency, you will travel to Dambulla and The Cinnamon Lodge or the nature resort of Vil Uyana, located on a wetland of paddy fields and lakes. This is in the island’s Cultural Triangle which contains fascinating historic sights such as the old capital city of Polonnaruwa and the world famous Sigiriya Citadel.

 

In the foothills of the island’s Hill Country lies the exquisite town of Kandy. The Kandy House is a renovated historic mansion built during the days of the British Raj. The Villa Rosa is a superb intimate small hotel located high above Kandy.

 

Head to the hills and spend a few days relaxing at Amaya Langdale. Alternatively, try the Heritance Tea Factory, often listed among the most unique hotels in the world.

 

Yala National Park is the island’s premier wildlife destination. The Safari at Tissa overlooks a beautiful lake. The Chaaya Wild hotel borders onto the adjacent jungle next to the reserve. A highly scenic drive along the south coast brings you to Galle, the old Dutch town that features a set of highly desirable boutique hotels, including The Sun House and The Fort Printers.

 

You can add on a few extra days at the beach to make a fabulous 2 week holiday in Sri Lanka.

 

Recommended For: Anyone wishing to see the whole of Sri Lanka while staying at the most luxurious hotels on the island.

 

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

 

From 01 September - 15 October Yala National Park May Sometimes Be Closed To Visitors. In This Event, Uda Walawe National Park Will Be Used With Comparable Accommodation At Uda Walawe.

 

Frequestly Asked Questions About This Tour?

How Much Travelling Is Involved?

Quite a bit. This tour is recommended for those who are used to luxury tour based travel and don’t mind long journeys in order to see everything that is worth seeing in the island.

 

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.

 

What Meal Plans Are Available?

Top end boutique hotels in Sri Lanka will always quote for Room And Breakfast meal plans only. Tea Trails offers an All Inclusive package.

 

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 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.

 

Is Yala Open Year Round?

Yala has remained open all year round for the past few years and we expect this to contiue but there is no guarantee. If Yala is closed in September – October we will include Uda Walawe National Park instead.

 

Is It Easy To Stay On The Deep South Beaches Around Galle After This Tour?

Yes, this tour is ideal for a beach stay in and around Galle. In fact 2 days are included at the town of Galle on this tour. Instead of this, you can request a beach stay near Galle which will enable an extended time at a beach location at the end of this tour, giving you around 5 beach nights on a 2 week holiday format.

The Galle Face Regency

The Galle Face Regency

 

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The Gal Vihare At Polonnaruwa

The Gal Vihare At Polonnaruwa

Dining At Vil Uyana

Dining At Vil Uyana

 

Sri Lanka Spices And Image At Kandy Temple

Sri Lanka Spices And Image At Kandy Temple

Blue Sapphires And Gems At Premadasa’s Gallery

Blue Sapphires And Gems At Premadasa’s Gallery

Stunning View From Villa Rosa

Stunning View From Villa Rosa

Fairlawn Falls In The Hill Country

Fairlawn Falls In The Hill Country

Luxury Expo Rail Carriage

Luxury Expo Rail Carriage

98 Acres At Ella

98 Acres At Ella

Leopard At Yala National Park

Leopard At Yala National Park

 

Mouth Watering Sri Lankan Cuisine

Mouth Watering Sri Lankan Cuisine

 

The Sun House

The Sun House

 

Dlophins At Mirissa

Dlophins At Mirissa

 

Apa Illuketia

Apa Illuketia

 

The Fortress

The Fortress

 

Upgrade To A Luxury 4WD Vehicle

Upgrade To A Luxury 4WD 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 Galle Face Regency


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 :

Vil Uyana , Dambulla


Luxury Hotels :

Cinnamon Lodge Dambulla


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.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

Vil Uyana , Dambulla


Luxury Hotels :

Cinnamon Lodge Dambulla


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


Villa Rosa , 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.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

The Kandy House


Villa Rosa , Kandy


Day 7 - THE HILL COUNTRY

KANDY – HILL COUNTRY

A Train Journey Of Approx 6 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.

 

We include the full-length railway journey through pine and cloud forests near Horton Plains as well as the mind-boggling views of the Eastern Hill Country at Haputale. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.

 

The Magnificent Views At Ella And Haputale

The most beautiful views in the entire island can be seen from the so called Ella and Haputale Gap – spectacular breaks in the mountains with views all the way down to the coast from the edge of the southern escarpment.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

98 Acres , Ella


Day 8 - YALA

HILL COUNTRY (HAPUTALE) – YALA

44 Miles Approx 3 Hours

 

Encounters With Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

The jewel among Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves and one of Asia’s premier sanctuaries is justifiably famous for its population of Leopards that can easily be observed hunting and lazing around during daylight hours. The island’s big cat is attracted by the presence of large herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar that comprise its staple diet.

 

Apart from the wildlife, the stunning landscapes at Yala consist of strange shaped rock outcrops that are the ideal habitat of the aggressive Sloth Bear and a coastline dotted with beautiful lagoons harbouring migratory flamingoes and ferocious Marsh Crocodiles.

 

Around 100 Elephants are also found in and around the park. Today there are said to be 18 to 20 ‘tuskers’ in the reserve, including some huge ‘cross-tuskers’.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

Chaaya Wild , Yala


Eco :

Big Game Safari Camp , Yala


Day 9 - GALLE

YALA – GALLE

92 Miles Approx 3 Hours

 

The South Coast Road And The Stilt Fishermen Of Koggala

A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Deluxe :

The Sun House , Galle


First Class And Villa Hotels :

Apa Illuketia , Galle


Day 10 - GALLE

The Old World Town Of Galle

Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) which is the best preserved in Asia. Huge ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. The labyrinth of streets and alleyways contain about 200 old colonial buildings that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prime importance.

 

Day 11 – TO SRI LANKA’S BEACHES

GALLE – BEACH RESORTS

A Journey Of Approx 1 Hour

 

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

See turtle hatchlings prepared for release back in to the sea. If you are lucky you may be allowed to release some yourself.

 

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 Style

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 2014 WINTER 2014
LUXURY HOTELS £1128 PP
£1194 PP
DELUXE HOTELS £1428 PP
£1554 PP

 

FEATURED TOUR - WITH FLIGHT PACKAGE (LHR)
HOTEL CATEGORY
SUMMER 2014 WINTER 2014
LUXURY HOTELS £1728 PP
£1794 PP
DELUXE HOTELS £2028 PP
£2154 PP

 

*Based On Lowest Non – Peak Period Airfares

*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.

  • 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.

  • Chaaya Wild

    A safari hotel with a chic, luxury feel that has the huge advantage of a location right next to the Yala National Park entrance. The surrounding jungles contain an abundance of wildlife that occasional wanders into the hotel itself!

  • 98 Acres

    98 Acres

    A luxury nature resort on a tea estate near the pretty village of Ella with an unbelievable view stretching down through the Ella Gap towards the lowlands in the far distance. Cottages are scattered among tea gardens and reached by electric buggies.

  • The Sun House

    The Sun House

    The original property that kick started the boutique hotel revolution in Sri Lanka. The Sun House is an old spice merchant's house located on a hill overlooking the Galle Harbour. It has a room that was once famously described as 'the most beautiful room in the world'

  • Vil Uyana

    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.

 

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