Sri Lanka is a colourful country rich in culture and heritage. On this private tour you will stay in a superb collection of properties which offer a memorable and comfortable stay. The Wallawwa is a country house hotel that exudes style and serenity. The Stone House in Kandy transports you back in time when life was at a slower pace. Located high up on a hill near Nuwara Eliya, the Goatfell is a luxurious tea bungalow that resonates with charm of a bygone era. The jungle will be your orchestra when you stay in a luxurious air-conditioned canvas tent Leopard Trails. Finish your journey with a luxurious boutique stay at Aditya Resort.
DAY 1 NEGOMBO
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel, The Wallawwa. Set in 200-year-old tropical gardens and just a short distance from both the airport and the seaside city of Negombo, the boutique 18th century manor house holds a unique charm and exudes serenity.
The Wallawwa (Luxury)
DAY 2 NEGOMBO – SIGIRIYA
Depart Negombo and travel along the bustling Kandy Road past small villages, chaotic towns and roadside carts selling an array of local produce. On arrival, enjoy the balance of the day at leisure at the Jetwing Vil Uyana. Secluded in tranquil marshland, the exclusive sanctuary is a mystifying blend of rustic tradition and natural magnificence.
In the evening join a resident naturalist on a Loris walk around the grounds of the hotel. The Loris is the smallest recorded primate in Sri Lanka and is facing extinction. Learn about the conservation efforts and explore its beautiful habitat. BD
Jetwing Vil Uyana (Luxury)
DAY 3 SIGIRIYA
Today visit nearby Sigiriya Rock Fortress, or Lion Rock, one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic sights. Take the opportunity to climb to the top of this striking rock with its sheer vertical walls supporting the remnants of an ancient 5th century city. BD
DAY 4 SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY
Proceed to Kandy, stopping en-route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Dambulla Cave Temple, the best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. This Buddhist place of worship is thought to date back to the 1st century, and houses the country’s most sacred Buddha images. On arrival in Kandy check in at your hotel, before an evening Kandyan Dance performance, a colourful spectacle including fire-walkers. Overnight at the Stone House, a 1940’s colonial mansion located just 5 minutes from the centre of Kandy but feels a world away with its serene location, breathtaking views and luxurious accommodation. BD
Stone House (Luxury)
DAY 5 KANDY
Today explore the UNESCO listed city of Kandy by Tuk-Tuk. Wander through the local bazaar, arts and craft museum as well as the local fruit and vegetable market. Enjoy the opportunity to walk along the lake and admire the view of the misty hills and green forests. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a complex said to hold the tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. Continue to the Royal Botanical Garden the largest and most impressive gardens in Sri Lanka. BD
DAY 6 KANDY – CAMPOLA – NUWARA ELIYA
Continue through the scenic high country to Nuwara Eliya, stopping en-route at Elpitiya Walauwa heritage house in Gampola to watch a cooking demonstration and savor authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. In Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as Little England, you will find colonial bungalows, well-tended lawns and red telephone boxes a nod to the city’s colonial heritage. Stay at Goatfell, a former tea bungalow which still resonates with the charm of a by-gone era. Enjoy a drink by the warm crackling fire after an enjoyable day spent in the cool climate of Sri Lanka’s stunning hill country. BLD
*Your all inclusive experience at Goatfell includes: Daily tea factory tour at 4pm (excludes Sundays and public holidays), a la carte breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, tea/coffee, and other soft drinks and house wine, beer and spirits.
DAY 7 NUWARA ELIYA
Discover the journey from tree to cup of the world-famous high-grown Ceylon Tea. With your expert guide, walk through a local tea plantation, meet with a Tea plucker and visit the factory to see the processing stage. In the afternoon enjoy high tea at the elegant Grand Hotel where you can savour a selection of small sandwiches washed down with a cup of local brew. (All Inclusive)
DAY 8 NUWARA ELIYA – YALA NATIONAL PARK
Descend from high country and journey to Yala National Park. Stay in the air-conditioned luxury tents at Leopard Trails located within Yala National Park. This is a unique and memorable experience which combines elegance and comfort with the beauty of the wild. (All inclusive*)
Leopard Trails Camping (Luxury)
*Your all inclusive experience at Leopard Trails includes: A qualified naturalist/game ranger to be a personal guide and host to you during your stay, snacks and drinks on game drives, breakfast, lunch and dinner at camp, water, fruit juices, tea/coffee, and other soft drinks and wine, beer and spirits
DAY 9 YALA NATIONAL PARK
Depart early for your jeep safari in Yala, the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka and home to a great diversity of wildlife, most famous of which is the leopard. Look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffaloes, peacocks, wild boars, mugger crocodiles and of course leopards. Yala is known as one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive big cat. (All inclusive)
DAY 10 YALA NATIONAL PARK – RATHGAMA
Travel the scenic route from Sri Lanka’s southeast coast to Galle in the southwest. Stop at beautiful beaches, the Wevurukannala Buddha Statue (the largest in the island) and stilt fishermen in Koggala. Afterwards your last stop for the day is the small beach town of Rathgama at the Aditya Resort (Shanti suite), a boutique hotel sitting on a secluded beach where you can relax under a palm tree and enjoy the personalised service. BD
DAY 11 RATHGAMA / GALLE
Just a stones throw away from Rathgama is Galle, an historic fort town and prominent seaport and trading centre for centuries. Your tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city will visit the fort area with its charming laneways, rich trading history and Dutch-colonial buildings. BD
DAY 12 RATHGAMA – COLOMBO
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)
4 persons (Quad) will be understood to mean 2 x Double / Twin rooms
For Single Supplement pricing where groups of 2 or more passengers are travelling together and individual clients require their own room, please contact Beyond Travel for a quote.