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CLASSIC SRI LANKA

Enjoy 14 days of Sri Lanka's fascinating history, rich culture and spectacular scenery. Explore the cultural triangle with a private guide, climb the 5th century Rock Fortress known as Lion Rock, travel through magnificent tea plantations and waterfalls on the train and wander through the historic Galle Fort.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring the spiritual heart of Sri Lanka at Mihintale
  • Discovering ancient Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Enjoying plantation lifestyle near Kandy
£4,015
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RACHEL COOPER

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Colombo

    Arrive Colombo from your international flight and privately transfer to the Wallawwa. Located a short drive from Colombo's international airport yet tucked away in amongst tropical vegetation and small villages, this old colonial manor house has been lovingly restored to create a boutique, luxury private hideaway and is the perfect place to unwind after your long journey.

    Overnight: The Wallawwa

  3. Day 2 The Cultural Triangle

    This morning, after breakfast your private chauffeur-guide will meet you at the hotel and drive you towards Mihintale and Anuradhapura, a monastic city built around four forested hills. Mihintale is revered for being the place where the Sri Lankan king was converted to Buddhism, enabling the religion to spread over the whole island, and therefore is a place of great spiritual significance. Anuradhapura's monuments and gleaming white dagobas rise out of the jungle and show a very advanced ancient civilization. On arrival at your lovely accommodation, enjoy the evening relaxing and unwinding after a busy day.

    Overnight: Vil Uyana

  4. Day 3 Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    This morning you will be driven to Polonnaruwa, the famous medieval capital of Ceylon. After visiting the museum you will have plenty of time to explore the ancient city, which became Sri Lanka's capital in 1073 and retained power until the late 13th century. Today, the ancient city's ruins remain in remarkably good repair with palaces, treasuries, meeting halls and temples all visible. After lunch, you will be taken to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Rising 200m from the plains, Sigiriya Rock was one of the most short-lived, yet fascinating citadels of ancient Sri Lanka. Although little remains of the pleasure palace on the summit, it is still impossible not to marvel at such an achievement, as well as the incredible views.

    Overnight: Vil Uyana

  5. Day 4 At Leisure

    Vil Uyana is a serene retreat in Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. Possibly one of the first hotels in the world to construct a wetland system with lakes and reed beds to form a private nature reserve, this hotel is remarkable and unique. The hotel's large infinity pool merges into the lake, and there is a snug library with a tranquil view across the lake. There are plenty of walks to be taken within the property's land and you can venture further afield on a bike ride; why not take a picnic lunch with you too?

    Overnight: Vil Uyana

  6. Day 5 Transfer to Kandy

    After a leisurely breakfast, your driver will meet and transfer you by road to Kandy, often described as the most picturesque city on the island. The journey will take around three hours. On arrival you will check-in to a wonderful bungalow, the alleged Kandy residence of Lord Mountbatten with only four rooms and two suites, magnificent views, stunning pool and excellent service. Set high up in the hill country and only fifteen minutes from Kandy, the property is surrounded by well-maintained tea gardens and comes with several delightful staff. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight: Mountbatten Bungalow

  7. Day 6 - 8 At Leisure 

    Enjoy two full days to explore the city including the spectacular Botanical Gardens, opened originally for an ancient Sri Lankan queen and now home to an impressive variety of trees, plants and beautiful flowers. Also enjoy wandering around the fascinating golden roofed Dalada Maliga, where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha is enshrined. Evenings to relax.

    Overnight: Mountbatten Bungalow

  8. Day 9 Train to Hatton

    This morning, you will be transferred to the station to board your train to Hatton. Your driver will wait for you to board the train, before continuing by road to Hatton with your luggage. The train journey will take around three hours. Enjoy watching spectacular scenery roll by as you travel at a gentle pace through tea plantations and lush vegetation with waterfalls and tea pickers. On arrival at Hatton, your driver will meet you and transfer you to Ceylon Tea Trails, which will be your home for the next two nights. Enjoy an evening to relax and take in the spectacular views and scenery.

    Overnight: Ceylon Tea Trails

  9. Day 10 At Leisure

    Four colonial era tea planters' bungalows located in central Sri Lanka make up Ceylon Tea Trails. Located in prime tea growing country in the Bogawantalawa Valley and all within a short distance of Castlereagh Lake, each bungalow, built between 1890 and 1939, offers a taste of gracious living thanks to authentic period furnishings and the presence of a manager, chef, butler and support staff to welcome guests as at a planter's home. Enjoy one full day to hike, explore, swim and cycle. We do recommend walking between bungalows for high-tea, lunch or dinner. We also recommend booking this in advance and we would be delighted to do that for you.

    Overnight: Ceylon Tea Trails

  10. Day 11 Transfer to Galle

    After breakfast, bid your farewell and transfer by road to your magnificent accommodation, which is a ten minute drive from the historic city of Galle. Your home for the next three days is Kahanda Kanda, which is surrounded by lush greenery of a working tea estate, wonderful views over Koggala Lake and delicious cuisine.

    Overnight: Kahanda Kanda

  11. Day 12 Exploring Galle

    One full day to explore the magnificent Galle Fort with your guide and meet interesting residents of the Fort along the way. Join a local resident whose family has lived and worked in Galle for generations for a guided walk through Galle's historic 17th Century Dutch Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wonder the maze of narrow cobblestone paved roadways lined with colonial period buildings still in use and old merchant houses where generations of Moorish families still live. Stroll along the sturdy ramparts looking out to sea and visit colonial period churches, the lighthouse and museums. Evening at leisure.

    Overnight: Kahanda Kanda

  12. Day 13 At Leisure

    One full day at leisure to relax in your wonderful surroundings. You may wish to stroll through the beautifully maintained garden, where there is an abundance of tropical flowers and birdlife or wander through the tea estate to learn about the fascinating tea process and chat to the tea pluckers. In the evening, the chef will come and personally meet with you to discuss your evening meal, which can be arranged in a private location on the estate.

    Overnight: Kahanda Kanda

  13. Day 14 Home

    After a leisurely breakfast, your driver will meet and transfer you back to Colombo by road for your flight home.

  14. Depart

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