Classic Sri Lanka: Hill Tranquility & Southern Explorer

This extraordinary island set in the Indian Ocean, off the south-eastern tip of India, has thousands of years of diverse culture. Still a predominantly Buddhist country, it also has strong Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities as well. Incredibly fertile and a great producer of exotic fruits and it was for centuries the spice producer of the world-famous sand incredibly picturesque hill country. With a strong cultural past that now offers over 8 UN World Heritage sites, Sri Lanka was once one of the richest countries in Asia. In recent times, it has not developed at the dramatic pace of its neighbors’ in the region adding to its charm and character. The relative lack of development and gentle island pace make Sri Lanka the perfect destination for those looking for a varied and stimulating holiday. From beautiful beaches, unbelievable flora and fauna (much endemic), amazing architecture as well as a vast number of historical & religious sites, white water rafting, cycling and many other adventures for the more active and finally the friendliest of people who carry infectious smiles with them every day! 

Price breakdown

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Day One: AIRPORT – KANDY, 2HRS 30MINS 

You arrive on our Paradise isle and proceed to Kandy. 

Arrive into the last stronghold of Sinhala Kings & UN World Heritage Site – the Hill Country capital of Kandy. A good night sleep in a seriously comfortable bed – you will think you are floating! 

You have just arrived so we suggest you take it easy today. 

Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel – Superior Room 
Meals: —

Day Two: KANDY

In the morning wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy getting a feel for this wonderful city and explore the local markets. 

Later, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which the prime landmark of the hill capital – the temple is the pride of Buddhists in Sri Lanka and world-over. Located at the heart of the Kandy town, right before the green waters of the Nuwara wewa, the temple’s white washed walls with tops shaped like that of clouds surround the temple grounds. Within the wall, the ancient temple stands majestically surrounded by a moat, its golden roof gleaming in the sunlight as white-clad pilgrims bearing lotus blossoms throng to revere the sacred tooth-relic of Lord Buddha. 

The present temple was constructed mainly under Kandyan kings from 1687 to 1707. The temple embellishments of wooden and ivory carvings and elaborate frescoes bear the strong marks of Kandyan artist-styles. The tooth relic is placed within seven golden caskets and the pilgrims are only permitted to view the casket a few feet away from the altar. 

Overnight at Cinnamon Citadel – Superior Room 
Meals: breakfast

Day Three: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA , 5HRS 

After a relaxed breakfast, take the most magical train journey through Sri Lanka’s tea country with prime seats in the observation carriage. A fabulous way to see Sri Lanka’s hill villages, tea country and see the daily lives of the local people. 

Your driver will take your luggage/s and meet you at the other end. It’s hassle free! 

(Confirmation of the ticket will be provided 14 days prior to the date of train journey also there are chances for the train to get delayed because it is a one way track in hill country areas, and due to uncertain weather conditions etc, train journeys can generally be postponed or even cancelled. In case of cancellation the tickets will not be refunded.) 

Nuwara Eliya, dubbed the ‘Little England of Sri Lanka’ is located in the thick, misty hills of this paradise isle. The colonial atmosphere remains preserved, resembles a British countryside complete with rose gardens, hedges and red-roofed bungalows. 

If interested, you could stop here and walk around the town. 

Set amongst the stunning tea plantations in Sri Lanka, Stafford Bungalow is a heritage tea plantation bungalow, initially built by the pioneering Scottish planters in 1884. It is located in the outskirts of the Hill resort of Nuwara Eliya. 

Overnight at St. Andrews Hotel – Superior Room 

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Day Four: NUWARA ELIYA 

Today it is all about Sri Lanka’s famous Ceylon Tea. 

Guests are free to explore the estate. The Estate contains walking trails and mountain biking routes to experience the serene landscapes, flora, birdlife and the activities involved in plantation life. The staff will be happy to assist and join guests. 

Or enjoy a morning activity by wrapping on your sacks, and head for the tea gardens with the tea baskets to hand pick the best shoots or “two leaves and a bud”, which by late noon the gatherings will reach the factory before becoming your cup of tea. 

In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a local tea factory and see the process first hand. The Bungalow’s Tea Superintendent can also enhance your tea tasting skills, by presenting a unique tea tasting demonstration on request. Slurp, Roll, Twist, Spit – an interesting experience to do during your stay. 

Overnight at St. Andrews Hotel – Superior Room 
Meals: breakfast, dinner

Day Five: NUWARA ELIYA – YALA NATIONAL PARK, 6HRS 

After a relaxed breakfast leave the Hill country and travel to the South. 

Arrive at Tissamaharama and check in at Cinnamon Wild for lunch. 

After settling in to your chalet and refreshing yourselves we head out into the park on safari. 

Yala National Park, its magnificent sights of majestic elephants, fine-feathered peacocks, great black bears and agile leopards that steal away into the shadows of the thick foliage are unparalleled to any of the national parks in the country. 

Return to hotel and get ready to welcome the New Year! 

Overnight at Cinnamon Wild – Jungle Chalet 
Meals: breakfast

Day Six: YALA NATIONAL PARK 

If you are up for a safari, you can enjoy an early morning safari; the game drive starts at the crack of dawn so you will see the abundance of wildlife at sunrise. (Optional) 

In the afternoon set out on another safari. 

Make sure you keep your camera fully charged after the morning venture, to ensure you don’t miss out on taking some great photographs of beautiful animals you will come across. 

Overnight at Cinnamon Wild – Jungle Chalet 
Meals: breakfast

Day Seven: YALA NATIONAL PARK – UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK , 2HRS – GALLE, 4HRS 30MINS 

Enjoy another morning game drive at Yala National Park before you leave for Galle. En route visit the Udawalawe National Park. 

Udawalawe National Park, Home to scenic landscapes and rare wildlife that rival the savannah reserves of Africa, the park is a treasure of this emerald isle. It is most popular for elephant sightings as the verdure shelters close to 500 jumbos. 

If interested you may visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home as well. 

Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, run by the Born Free Foundation is definitely a must-visit. Located about 5 km away from the Udawalawe National Park, it is a halfway house that cares for wounded adult elephants and orphaned, baby elephants. 

Later proceed to Galle. 

Check-in at the hotel and relax. 

Overnight at Amari Galle – Deluxe Ocean View 
Meals: breakfast

Day Eight: GALLE 

This morning proceed to Mirissa to experience the giant whales. Whale watching excursion in Mirissa – A very early start this morning as its best to depart from the docks around 6:30am. Whale Watching, during December to April swarms of Sperm whales, Fin whales and Blue whales can be sighted swimming about freely the sapphire waters. You can witness the most extraordinary sites of these creatures in Mirissa and Kalpitiya. 

Return to hotel in the afternoon. 

Enjoy a walk around Galle Fort; The fortified old town is enjoying an artistic renaissance and the beautiful beaches around it are dotted with luxurious villas and classy boutique hotels. The revival of Galle, in fact, has quietly influenced its coastline, which has regained its confidence and which has become a favoured retreat for intelligent, independent travellers. 

Overnight at Amari Galle – Deluxe Ocean View 
Meals: breakfast

Day Nine: GALLE – BENTOTA, 1HR 30MINS

After a leisurely breakfast proceed to Bentota. 

Today we head north, up the western coast to your next stop in Bentota, where you will spend the next few days at leisure (No chauffeur at your disposal these days). 

Bentota, located in the Southern coastal line some 60km away from Colombo, the pride of this small town is its beautiful beaches – renowned to be the best on the West Coast and experience scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing or a jet-ski/water-ski ride. 

Rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight at Avani Bentota, Bentota – Superior Room 
Meals: breakfast

Day Ten & Day Eleven: BENTOTA 

Full day at leisure 

Overnight at Avani Bentota, Bentota – Superior Room 
Meals: breakfast

Day Twelve: BENTOTA – AIRPORT, 2HRS 

After breakfast this morning proceed to the Airport. 

Homeward bound! It’s time to leave the isle of Serendipity! 

Stop for your last Tambili on the way to the airport! 

We recommend arriving at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure time. 

Meals: breakfast


Price and Package Inclusions

CLASSIC SRI LANKA
from R40'175 pps
Flights (Emirates Economy Class)
Hotel Accommodation as specified in itinerary
All sightseeing tours and transfer services as detailed in itinerary
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Service of English speaking guides as mentioned
Site Entrance Fees: Kandy Cultural show · Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy · Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy · Pedro Tea factory · Yala Jeep safari + entrance fee · Udawalawe jeep safari · Udawalawe Transit home · Mirissa whale watching · Galle fort walks

Services excluded: 

• Personal travel insurance 
• Personal expenditure, such as meals, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc. 
• Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme 
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme. 
• Optional extras and visas

  • All itineraries can be tailored to suit your individual needs and budgets.
  • Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability