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Compared to its vast neighbour, Sri Lanka is a relatively straightforward country to navigate across, allowing visitors a chance to have a varied experience even when time is short. From rolling lush green tea hills and golden sandy beaches, to  ancient cities and world class wildlife, Sri Lanka is a destination that never disappoints. Follow our lead and stray away from the usual well-trodden route and you will be rewarded with unforgettable experiences and life-affirming encounters. We can help you delve deeper into the culture and connect with the country's heart as you take a slower look at what makes this island so special. Sri Lanka can be enjoyed all year round and gives the perfect taste of adventure for families and couples alike.

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COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climb to the top of Pidurangala Rock to witness the sunrise over Sigiriya

  • Travel on one of the world's most scenic train journeys

  • Go on a private safari through one of the national parks

  • Experience the cultural contrasts of Jaffna and the north

  • Enjoy an interactive walk through Colombo with an expert

  • Stay on a tea estate and watch the sunset over the rolling hills

THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS

Journey through the heart of Sri Lanka to discover a rich collection of cultural highlights, from ancient wonders to bustling markets. Spend time in boutique hotels whilst having the chance to experience the hidden corners of the cities, and breathtaking scenery on top of Pidurangala Rock. This trip is the perfect combination of the 'must see's' whilst also delving deeper into the culture with the experts. 

Best time to visit: Year round

Private tailormade tour price from:

£2,800 per person

(including return economy flights, all transfers, experiences and accommodation)

  • Horathapola (Horathapola Estate)

  • Sigiriya (Water Garden)

  • Kandy (Kandy House)

  • Colombo (Maniumpathy)

  • Day 1 - Depart UK

  • Day 2 - Transfer to the beautiful and peaceful countryside for time at leisure (Overnight Horathapola Estate)

  • Day 3 - Day to explore the surroundings, including a bullock cart ride and cycling (Overnight Horathapola Estate)

  • Day 4 - Transfer to the cultural triangle, visiting the Selyn Handlooms en route (Overnight Water Garden) 

  • Day 5 - Morning visit to the ancient city of Polonnuwara. Afternoon safari to see the wild elephants  (Overnight Water Garden)

  • Day 6 - Early morning climb up Pidurangala Rock to watch the sunrise over Sigiriya Rock (Overnight Water Garden)

  • Day 7 - Transfer to Kandy, visiting Dambulla Caves en route. Evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth (Overnight Kandy House)

  • Day 8 - Explore Kandy on foot and meet locals and a temple monk with an expert guide (Overnight Kandy House)

  • Day 9 - Morning at leisure to enjoy the hotel. Afternoon visit to a traditional Kandyan dance academy (Overnight Kandy House)

  • Day 10 - Transfer to Colombo. In the evening experience the local street food (Overnight Maniumpathy)

  • Day 11 - Explore Colombo on foot including visiting Pettah Market with expert Mark Forbes (Overnight Maniumpathy)

  • Day 12 - Depart Colombo

FAMILY ISLAND ADVENTURE

Travel on a family adventure of a lifetime to experience spectacular scenery and impressive wildlife. Learn how to pluck tea in the rolling hills and travel on one of the world's most beautiful train journeys. Continue the trip by going on search for the Asian elephants before then finishing off at one of the friendliest boutique hotels on the south coast. Children and adults alike wont want this trip to end. 

Best time to visit: Year round

Private tailormade tour price from:

£2,350 per person

(including return economy flights, all transfers, experiences and accommodation)

  • Waikkal (Wattura Resort & Spa)

  • Deltota (Taylors Hill)

  • Udawalawe National Park (Banyan Camp)

  • Galle (Why House)

  • Kotugoda (Wallawwa)

  • Day 1 - Depart UK

  • Day 2 - Transfer to the coast a short distance from the airport (Overnight Wattura Resort & Spa)

  • Day 3 - Day at leisure or enjoy activities at the hotel including kayaking and deep sea fishing (Overnight Wattura Resort & Spa)

  • Day 4 - Transfer to the hill country. Remainder of the day at leisure to settle in to the hotel (Overnight Taylors Hill) 

  • Day 5 - Morning visit to a traditional tea factory. Afternoon enjoy cycling around the tea estates (Overnight Taylors Hill)

  • Day 6 - Take a scenic ride on the train, before transferring further south to Udawalawe (Overnight Banyan Camp)

  • Day 7 - Morning visit to the elephant transit home. Afternoon private game drive into the park (Overnight Banyan Camp)

  • Day 8 - Transfer to Galle. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the pool and surroundings (Overnight Why House)

  • Day 9 - Morning tour in Galle Fort with an expert - a children's treasure hunt can also be arranged (Overnight Why House)

  • Day 10 - Day at leisure to spend time by the pool or beach - whale watching can also be arranged (Overnight Why House)

  • Day 11 - Transfer to the final hotel, close to the airport. Spend the afternoon relaxing (Overnight The Wallawwa)

  • Day 12 - Depart Colombo

JAFFNA EXTENSION

For those wanting to add further adventure to their trip, or for anyone that is interested in the Tamil culture of Sri Lanka, then Jaffna is the place to come. With a beautiful untouched coastline and colourful Hindu temples, Jaffna and the northern tip of the country has a rich culture that is just waiting to be explored. Since the end of the civil war in 2009, there is still some military presence in the region but don't let that put you off as Jaffna is safe and welcomes visitors with friendly open arms. Now is the time to venture north to discover the area before everyone else does. This private extension trip can be added to your itinerary and tailored accordingly.

Best time to visit: All year round (November has the highest rainfall)

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  • Day 1 - Leave the hustle and bustle of Colombo behind and travel to the northern city of Mannar. En route, visit the interesting coastal town of Udappu. Udappu is a traditional Tamil fishing village with a close knit community made up of 2500 families. Very few tourists visit the village, so it is a the perfect place to experience a preserved traditional way of life, and meet fishermen working on their prawn farms as well as witness colourful Hindu festivals. Once at Mannar, venture across to the legendary Adam's Bridge where you can step away from the main Sri Lankan land mass and enjoy the spectacular surroundings.
     

  • Day 2 - Spend the morning with the host of your guesthouse, where he will show you around the grounds to see the woodapple trees. Continue the journey north, where you will get to see the impressive 100 meter hanging bridge which is located in the village of Kunchukulam. Afterwards, enjoy a ride on a fishing catamaran before sitting down for a hearty traditional lunch overlooking lush green paddy fields. The day will conclude with the final drive up to Jaffna.

  • Day 3 - Start the day exploring the village of Karainagar to learn the process of collecting palm wine, which is more commonly known as 'toddy'. Afterwards, you will get the opportunity to meet a 70 year old palmyrah artisan, who will talk all about his passion for his craft. After a delicious Jaffna crab lunch, continue exploring the area and learn more about how organisations in the region are helping children who were displaced by the civil war, along with visiting the celebrated Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil temple. 

  • Day 4 - An early start to travel to the coastal town of Mullativu where you will get the rare chance to meet with an ex-LTTE cadre, who joined the group as a child soldier. Learn his story about how he grew up within the terrorist organisation before turning his life around through a rehabilitation program. After the insightful meeting, the day will continue with learning how to make a traditional northern Sri Lankan curry. 

MALDIVES EXTENSION

Just a short flight away from Sri Lanka is the beautiful ocean paradise of the Maldives, which boasts some of the best beaches in the world. With over 100 island resorts to choose from, there is a getaway for everyone. The country is often seen as an exclusive location just for honeymooners, however there are islands to suit most budgets, with many also being family friendly. Some of the regions highlights include snorkelling and diving in crystal clear water, private dining on remote sandbanks and swimming with manta rays.

 

To make the most of your stay, we recommend adding at least 4-5 nights to the end of your Sri Lanka or India journey. 

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For an in-depth day to day itinerary or for a trip completely tailored to you, please contact us via phone or email.