Sri Lanka is a year-round destination: while the west and south succumb to monsoon rains, the period from May to September is the right time to travel to the rest of the country. This tour includes tea plantation tours, sacred Buddhist sights, wildlife tracking excursions, ancient architectural riches and beach relaxation.
Amaya Hills (previously Le Kandyan) lies on a rocky outcrop, 15 minutes drive above the capital of Kandy, in tranquil, wooded surroundings with a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding hills. All 100 room and suites are elegantly furnished with a touch of local Kandyan influence and feature a private balcony or terrace. Hotel facilities include 24-hour room service, a shopping arcade and a health and fitness centre. Sports on offer include squash, table tennis and snooker, and there is also a large swimming pool. The main restaurant serves Sri Lankan and international cuisine and there are three bars, one with terrace, Le Garage nightclub at weekends, a tea lounge with a selection of Sri Lankan teas, and a karaoke and jazz lounge in a cave...
Located on a secluded beach on the lesser-visited east coast of Sri Lanka, the luxury Anantaya Pasikudah offers all-inclusive accommodation surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty; crystal clear water and exotic coral reefs. The villas and suites are tastefully designed with modern facilities, some with their own private plunge pools. One of the two restaurants specialises in freshly caught seafood and the other serves a variety of international dishes. Features: Beach front, 2 restaurants, pool bar, swimming pool, spa, kids club, sports-complex, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television,...
Located in central Colombo, within walking distance of the the city's vibrant cultural, dining and shopping districts, Jetwing Colombo Seven offers a combination of serviced apartments and spacious hotel rooms. The property has a contemporary, minimalist design. The luxurious infinity pool and fine-dining restaurant are located on the roof of the property offering fantastic views of the city and beach below. Features: 91 rooms, rooftop restaurant, bar / lounge, infinity pool, spa & fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, safe, tea &...
Located in a secluded forest on the banks of the Siyambalawewa reservoir, Jetwing Lake is a languid retreat sprawling over an area of 7 hectares. The historic sites of the Cultural Triangle are within easy reach, as are an array of wonderful hikes and treks in the rich bio-diversity of the surrounding area, teeming with birds and wildlife. All of the rooms feature their own private balcony and are replete with modern amenities and plush bathrooms. The main restaurant serves authentic Sri Lankan cuisine using produce grown in the local area, or if you prefer, dine in the speciality Chinese restaurant. Features: 94 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars / lounges, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, balcony , television, minibar, tea &...
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Arrive in Colombo and transfer to the Jetwing Colombo Seven (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Afternoon at leisure. (N)
Travel to a rural village amid the paddy fields for a tuk-tuk ride and a visit to a traditional village home. Watch the traditional production of cinnamon and oil and the ancient art of rubber tapping. Enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch followed by a panoramic city tour of Colombo, absorbing the city’s unique mix of Portuguese, Dutch, English and Indian influences. (B, L)
Drive to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Drive around Kandy lake, which was built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1798. Visit the Kandy town bazaar, the arts and crafts centre and lapidary. Later, watch an evening Puja ceremony at the sacred Temple of the Tooth followed by a cultural show. Stay at the Amaya Hills (or similar) for 3 nights. (B)
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which contains an amazing variety of flowers, tree and plants. Peradeniya was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was later expanded by the British. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Take the scenic train journey from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya station, the heart of tea country (subject to availability). Drive to Nuwara Eliya Golf Club for lunch. Founded in 1889, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia. On your way back to Kandy, visit a tea plantation and factory to see the manufacturing and grading process of tea, before tasting a cup of pure Ceylon tea. (B, L)
Transfer from Kandy to Sigiriya. En route visit the Dambulla cave temples containing the largest area of paintings found in the world and over 150 images of the Buddha. The largest is a colossal figure that spans 14 metres. Spend 3 nights at the Jetwing Lake (or similar). (B)
Visit the Primate Centre at Polonnaruwa including a guided jungle tour of the three primate species (toque macaques, hanuman langurs and purple- faced langurs), a documentary film, lecture and refreshments. Continue to Polonnaruwa, once an important medieval capital and the crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I. (B)
Drive to Sigiriya to climb the fifth-century rock citadel. Ascend the steep stairs – 1,200 in total – to reach the summit of the fortress, admiring the colourful frescoes that adorn the side of the rocks along the way. Enjoy a typical farm lunch at Priyamali Gedara. Continue to Minneriya for an afternoon safari. Spreading over 8,800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants, herds of deer and a variety of birdlife. Evening cookery demonstration at the hotel. Learn how to make a typical Sri Lankan chicken curry and two vegetable dishes. (B, L)
Travel to Passikudah for 3 nights’ relaxation at Anantaya Resort & Spa (Superior room); located on a secluded beach on the lesservisited east coast of Sri Lanka, this luxurious resort is surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty, clear waters and exotic coral reefs. (B)
At leisure. (B)
Travel back to Colombo by road for an overnight stay at the Jetwing Colombo Seven (or similar) or opt for a domestic flight with Cinnamon Air from Batticaloa, from £225. (B)
Take the direct flight back to London with Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Visits to certain ancient monuments in the Cultural Triangle require steep climbing, including ascending more than 1,800 steps in one instance.
Due to changes to seasonal schedules and opening times, there are minor itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour consultant for details.
The 5 August 2019 departure coincides with the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
• 4- & 5-star accommodation
• Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
• Small group size - 12 people (max 26)
• Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• Experienced local tour manager
• 12 breakfasts & 3 lunches
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Balanced pace
• Perahera festival departure
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Wherever you choose to travel with Cox & Kings, you can travel with confidence. With over 250 years of expertise, you can rest assured that you’ll be safe in the hands of a dedicated team of regional experts with the best support in country. Over the years, Cox & Kings has sought out and developed working relationships with the finest local agents on the ground. These are all companies that have a detailed knowledge of their own country, a wide network of local representatives and expert guides, an understanding of Cox & Kings’ standards and, not least, an appreciation of the expectations of those who travel with them.
As the longest-established travel company in the world (founded 1758), they have the experience to create travel arrangements of the highest calibre and they offer excellent value for money.
Service is paramount to them and they offer the highest quality! From the personal tour consultants who help you with your initial inquiry through to the detailed itineraries and tour notes sent to you prior to departure, to the expert local guides, who are especially chosen local English-speaking guides who really know their subject and can bring places to life. In addition to providing relevant background information, they can also explain the local way of life, customs and issues in depth, far beyond what is covered in even the best guidebooks.
Cox & Kings arranges group tours made for those who enjoy the company of like-minded travellers. Enjoy savings that group travel affords, while exploring with a small group of people who share your passion for seeing new sights. To enhance your enjoyment of the tour, they like to keep their groups small and manageable. Therefore, numbers are normally restricted to a maximum of 25 and a minimum of 10 people. Their general interest group tours uncover the best the world has to offer, whether that means a destination’s fabulous heritage, charming cultural traditions, mesmerising landscapes or enthralling wildlife.
Cox & Kings also specialise in group tours for solo travellers with no supplements on their dedicated tours, and they also run very popular RA (Royal Academy) art tours. On all of their tours they seek to strike a good balance between organising meals for the group and giving people the freedom to choose where and with whom to eat.
They have won numerous awards, most recently Silver at the 2016 British Travel Awards for Best Luxury Holiday Company and Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company.
Cox & Kings recognises that they have social, cultural and environmental responsibilities to respect the destinations they visit and the people who live there. They believe that their holidays should benefit the local people and their environments and they strive to ensure that the local culture and communities form an integral part of their trips. They wish to maximise the benefits of tourism to each destination, while minimising the environmental impact while abroad. They also support numerous charities around the globe - Magic Bus http://www.magicbusuk.org/ ,Travel Operators for Tigers http://www.toftigers.org/ and Cool Earth https://www.coolearth.org/cox-kings/.
You can contact Cox and Kings directly by: