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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,895 pp incl. flights

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Short description

A luxury tour of the country's best-known attractions, including Sigiriya, Kandy and Yala National Park


  • Unlock the secrets of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka's 5th century rock fortress
  • Taste tea amid the verdant plantations of the UNESCO-listed Central Highlands
  • Go in search of leopards in the Yala National Park

In Brief

  • 1 Night Negombo
  • 2 Nights Sigiriya
  • 2 Nights Kandy
  • 2 Nights Hatton
  • 2 Nights Yala
  • 4 Nights Galle


Recommended for:
Beach | History & culture | Natural world | Wildlife

This tailor-made holiday takes in the historic sites of Sri Lanka's central north, including Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla; the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of the Minneriya and Yala National Parks; the rich history and culture of the city of Kandy; and the verdant tea plantations of the Central Highlands and the southern city of Galle, famed for its 17th century fort and nearby beaches. Throughout your holiday you'll stay at some of the country's best hotels and enjoy the company of expert guides as they help bring to life Sri Lanka's fascinating and often complex past.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
London to Sri Lanka

Fly overnight from London to Sri Lanka. 

Day 2
Arrive in Sri Lanka

Arrive in Sri Lanka and transfer to the Wallawwa in Minuwangoda, a luxury hotel around 30 minutes from the international airport. Check in and spend a relaxing day at the hotel recovering from your flight.

Stay: The Wallawwa Hotel, Negombo (Superior)

Day 3

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Sigiriya, located in the centre of the country around four hours by road from Minuwangoda. On arrival, check into the Jetwing Vil Uyana for a two night stay. You'll have time this afternoon to explore one of Sri Lanka's try icons, a spectacular rock-top fortress that dates back to the 5th century. Climb to Sigiriya's summit to see the ruins of the palace complex and to admire the magnificent views of the central Sri Lankan countryside, sprawled out before you.

Stay: Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 4
Polonnaruwa & Minneriya National Park

Spend this morning exploring the medieval city of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was established as the country's capital in the 11th century, replacing Anuradhapura, which was laid to ruins by the invading armies of South India. The city reached its dazzling, albeit brief zenith during the 12th century and, though ravaged by invasion in the following centuries, still retains much of its old grandeur to this day.

After a morning of history and culture, this afternoon is set aside for a trip to experience the wildlife and landscapes of Minneriya National Park, one of Sri Lanka's leading eco-tourism destinations and home to an abundance of animal life, including elephants, sambar deer, leopards and an astonishing array of bird life.

Stay: Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 5
Sigiriya to Kandy

Travel south to the cave temples at Dambulla. The largest cave contains 48 statues of Lord Buddha, as well as a number of statues of Hindu gods Vishnu and Saman, dating back to the 12th century, when Hinduism gained a foothold in the country.

Continue south to Kandy, visiting the Spice Garden in Matale along the way. Whilst there, you'll have the opportunity to see cinnamon, cardamom, pepper creepers, and other spice trees growing naturally. You can also buy spices if you'd like to. After a guided tour of the Spice Gardens, you'll visit a batik factory, where you will see how beautiful batik prints are manufactured.

Stay: The Kandy House, Kandy (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 6

Today, you'll enjoy a city tour in Kandy, including a visit to the Temple of the Tooth relic, and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. In the evening, take a trip to the famous Kady Cultural Dance Show, one of the city's most famous cultural events. Covering various aspects of Sri Lanka's traditions, expect to see drummers, fire dancers, and more in a cultural spectacle that's not to be missed.

Stay: The Kandy House, Kandy (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7
Kandy to Hatton

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey south to the town of Hatton, located in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka's Central Province. Check into the wonderful Ceylon Tea Trails, a luxury hotel set among the verdant tea plantations of Sri Lanka's central highlands.

Stay: Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Hatton and Sri Lanka's tea country

Spend this morning enjoying the essential Tea Trails experience as you join resident Tea Planter Andrew Taylor who'll show you first hand the tea making process from fields to the factory, and finally to the cup. The tour ends with a tasting of the estate's finest blends.

This afternoon you'll head to the mountain station of Nuwara Eliya, set high in the hills 1,868 metres above sea level. Wander the town's pretty streets and discover the 19th century British colonial architecture, which bears a striking resemblance to an English country town. Nuwara Eliya is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away, so if you'd prefer, spend the day at leisure, exploring the tea plantations at your own pace.

Stay: Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Hatton to Yala

Leave the tea plantations behind this morning as you drive further south to the Yala National Park, stopping at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe along the way. Yala, as well as being scenically beautiful, is among the best place on earth to spot leopards, sloth, bears and elephants. It's also an ornithologist's paradise, with a myriad of bird species making their home here. On arrival in Yala, you'll check into the luxurious Jetwing Yala, where you can indulge in incredible cuisine and relaxing spa treatments in one of Sri Lanka's most beautiful settings.

Stay: Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 10
Yala National Park

Spend today in the company of an expert guide as you explore the diverse ecosystems of the Yala National Park, home to 44 species of mammal, including the highest density of leopard in the world. Yala also harbours an incredible 215 species of bird, six of which are endemic to Sri Lanka.

Stay: Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 11
Yala to Galle

Check out of your hotel for a three-hour drive along the south coast to Galle, a city renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed 17th-century fort. The city's narrow streets are lined with buildings from the Dutch and British colonial eras and some of Sri Lanka's best beaches are just a short distance away.

Stay: The Fortress Resort and Spa, Galle (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 12-14

Spend the next few days exploring Galle at your own pace, or soak up some sunshine on one of the many nearby beaches, a relaxing end to your Sri Lankan adventure.

Stay: The Fortress Resort and Spa, Galle (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 15
Depart Sri Lanka

Depart Galle after breakfast, transferring to the international airport before flying home. Arrive in London and continue your onward journey home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,895 incl. flights


Special Offer

Save up to £100 pp.

Book by: 15 November 2018

Low Season

from £3,895 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,465 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Colombo
  • Private transfers and touring with English-speaking driver/guide
  • 13 nights accommodation in typically 4/4+* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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