Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean
With its incredible natural beauty, ancient sights and cultural treasures, Sri Lanka has much to offer. Admire the majestic elephants of Habarana, visit Sigiriya's 'Fortress in the Sky' and view the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, then round off your tour with days of relaxation on the beach.
13 nights from £3299pp
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Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean Itinerary
Day 1 UK to Colombo
Today you'll fly to Colombo, arriving on day 2.
Day 2 Colombo
Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo is a bustling metropolis boasting an attractive blend of old and new. Grand colonial-era buildings and Buddhist temples rub shoulders with modern skyscrapers, fine restaurants and high-end boutiques. A short sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city's highlights. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner.
Day 3 Habarana
Today we head to Habarana. En route we will visit UNESCO-listed Anuradhapura, the first capital and the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka.
Day 4 Sigiriya & Minneriya
Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka's seven World Heritage sites and is situated in the heart of the island's Cultural Triangle. This spectacular rock fortress complex is home to water gardens, moats and the impressive Lion Rock - the entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a carved lion. All you'll see today are two huge paws but they are still an incredible sight. You will visit Minneriya National Park in the afternoon.
Day 5 Habarana
Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's cities and you can discover more on our optional excursion here on day 5. Alternatively, take the day to explore at your own pace. The villages surrounding Habarana offer a taste of local life. As you take the 2km stroll along the Hiriwaduna Lake dam, keep an eye out for some spectacular birdlife as well as land and water monitors.
Day 6 Habarana
On day 6 we'll visit the ancient Hiriwaduna Buddhist Temple before crossing a jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmer's 'wattle and daub' house.
Day 7 Kandy
Dambulla cave temples contain more than 150 images of Buddha, why not take the option to visit them in the morning before we head to Kandy. The aromatic Matale Spice Gardens are our port of call en route to the city. Nutmeg, pepper, cloves and cinnamon, all of which are regularly used in Sri Lankan cuisine, grow here.
Day 8 Kandy
Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and the Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Peradeniya are a delight to explore. First planted for King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha (1747-1780), and covering some 150 hectares, you'll see towering trees, elegant lawns, flowering shrubs and exotic crops such as coffee, tea and nutmeg during our visit here. Highlights include a palm avenue planted by the British in 1905 and an enormous Java fig grown from a sapling brought over from the East Indies.The famous Tooth Relic of Buddha can be found in Kandy and this afternoon we'll visit the temple.
Day 9 Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, which we reach by a combination of train and road, is an area carpeted in lush green tea plantations and the home of the famous Ceylon tea. During a plantation visit we'll get to see how the leaves for England's favourite brew are picked by hand and taste a cup in its purest form.
Day 10 Beruwala
We arrive in Beruwala today, where you can spend the next three days at leisure. Our hotel is located right on the beach and boasts an inviting pool and a rooftop spa. It's also just 1km from the town, where there are plenty of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops.On day 12, you might choose to join an optional yoga session with an expert teacher. Later that day , and following an included lunch we offer a special optional dinner. This dinner will introduce you to Arrack - a Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower. This can only be collected by hand and is aged in oak casks. Your multi-course meal, which was developed by chef Adam Gaunt from the Flying Fish in Sydney, Australia, will be accompanied by several types of Arrack.
Day 11 Beruwala
A city tour of Galle today will introduce you to the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505, while a visit to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery allows you a privileged view of these endangered creatures. This evening we'll gather as a group to enjoy a special farewell barbecue dinner on the beach with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.
Day 12 Colombo to UK
Today we'll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.
Just You Tour Manager as your host
Return flights from Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines
Use of an airport lounge in the UK
12 nights half board in 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
24 meals: 12 breakfasts,Â 1 Lunch & 11 dinnersPLUS
Specialist Local Guide
Welcome drink & farewell get-together
Overseas transfers & other transportation
Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports