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Classic Sri Lanka
The perfect introduction to this beautiful country: visit the Cultural Triangle, the hill country town of Kandy and lush tea plantations.
- Style: Private Tour
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Starts in: Negombo
Guide Price £877
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- Minneriya National Park
- Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
- Tea country
Day 1 Negombo
Upon arrival at Colombo airport transfer to your hotel in nearby Negombo.
Day 2 Negombo to the Cultural Triangle
Depart Negombo and drive to the Cultural Triangle, your base for the next three nights. If you don’t mind an early start, pay a visit to the fish market in Negombo before you leave where you can see local fisherman selling the catch of the day. Ask your consultant to add this experience.
Day 3 Polonnaruwa
Visit the former capital of Polonnaruwa, built during the 11th and 12th Centuries and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ruins of its ancient Royal Palace and temples before an afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 Sigiriya & Minneriya NP
Start the day at Sigiriya or ‘Lion Rock’, an impressive rock fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hike to the top is fairly strenuous but worthwhile to see rock frescoes, the ruins of the 5th Century palace and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Later drive to Minneriya National Park for a game drive.
Day 5 Cultural Triangle to Kandy
Head first to the Dambulla cave temples, a complex of five caves filled with Buddha images and statues, reached by a hike to the top of a sloping rock. Continue to the hill country capital of Kandy, with an optional stop at a spice garden en route.
Day 6 Kandy
Spend the morning exploring Kandy. Visit the bustling market and the British Garrison Cemetery then head to the beautiful Peredeniya Botanic Gardens located outside the town for a leisurely stroll. Return to your hotel to relax and later enjoy a show of Sri Lankan music and dance before a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Day 7 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Climb the scenic, winding roads up to Nuwara Eliya in the heart of the tea producing region, stopping to visit a tea factory where you can see the manufacturing process in action. Take a walk around the town centre, passing buildings which date from its time as a British hill station, before continuing to your hotel.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya to Colombo
Transfer to Colombo airport or choose to extend your stay in Sri Lanka and head to one of the beach hotels on the west or south coast.
Additional Options:This itinerary covers Sri Lanka’s highlights, but why not add extra days to really immerse yourself in this wonderful country? Extend your time in the hill country to relax and enjoy the scenery, add one of our extensions on the following pages, or head to the beach for time to unwind.
Your Bespoke Tour can depart on any day you please.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- Private vehicle & driver/guide
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- 7 breakfasts
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