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Cox and Kings Sri Lanka: The Enchanted Island

Cox and Kings Sri Lanka: The Enchanted Island

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Formerly the island of Ceylon, Sri Lanka has an abundance of natural treasures, historic towns and archaeological ruins for you to discover. The fabulous tour will take you on an exotic journey to the lesser-known sites in Northern, southern and central Sri Lanka. Accompanied by your Cox and Kings guide, you will travel each day to a new and exciting site or town, such as Nuwara Eliya, which is home to the famous tea plantations. Envisage yourself touring the beautiful villages of the south and visiting the stunning cave temples of Dambulla, where you will truly enjoy the full flavour of the rich diversity of this enchanting island.

– International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
– UK departure and overseas airport taxes
– Selected meals: 12 breakfasts
– Small group size – average 14 (max 18)
– Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
– Experienced local tour manager
– Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
– Wildlife safari and national park entrance fees
– Welcome drink to meet the group

– Visit the impressive Dambulla caves and Sigiriya rock fortress
– Witness a Puja ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth
– Stay in an authentic converted tea factory
– Finish the tour with relaxation on the beach
– Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation

Day 1 – To Colombo

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines.
(No Meals)

Day 2 – Colombo

Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Cinammon Lakeside (or similar) for 1 night. Enjoy afternoon tea at the iconic Galle Face Hotel.
(No Meals)

Day 3 – Dambulla

In the morning transfer to Dambulla. Stay 3 nights at the Heritance Kandalama hotel.
(Breakfast)

Day 4 – Anuradhapura & Mihintale

Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. For 1,400 years this city was Sri Lanka’s capital and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines and relics. Afternoon visit to Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
(Breakfast)

Day 5 – Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa

Morning visit to the rock fortress town of Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century medieval capital of Polonnaruwa.
(Breakfast)

Day 6 – Dambulla to Kandy

Morning visit to Dambulla, home to Asia’s most impressive cave temples. Continue to the beautiful hill station of Kandy and stay 2 nights at the Earls Regency (or similar). Afternoon city tour. Later, in the evening, take time to watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance and visit the Temple of the Tooth for the evening puja.
(Breakfast)

Day 7 – Kandy

Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful man-made lake and the area abounds with rich and varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Afternoon is at leisure
(Breakfast)

Day 8 – To Nuwara Eliya

Early morning drive to Nuwara Eliya hill station via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres above sea level, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in the 18th century and their legacy is still visible. Stay at the Heritance Tea Factory for 2 nights.
(Breakfast)

Day 9 – Horton Plains

Early morning visit to Horton Plains, situated on Sri Lanka’s highest plateau (this excursion involves a 2.5-hour walk*). Horton Plains is inhabited by large populations of monkeys and sambar deer. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
(Breakfast)

Day 10 – Ella to Yala

Transfer to Ella; the view through the Ella Gap – a break in the hills – is one of the finest in Sri Lanka. Visit the Rawana Ella Falls and impressive Buduruwagala statues before continuing to Yala. Stay 2 nights at Cinnamon Wild (Jungle Chalet).
(Breakfast)

Day 11 – Yala

Morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park. Covering 1,300 sq km, Yala National Park encompasses a diversity of jungle habitats, including scrub, brackish lagoons and riverside locations.
(Breakfast)

Day 12 – 13: Galle • Ahungalla

Drive to Ahungalla, stopping for a visit to the Elephant Transit home and tour of Galle fort.
(Breakfast)

Day 14 – To London

Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri Lankan Airlines.

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, Colombo

Nestled in the heart of Colombo, on the edge of the Beira Lake, the Cinnamon Lakeside is set among 2.8 hectares of lush landscaped gardens.

Earls Regency Hotel, Kandy

The Earl’s Regency hotel is set in the Dumbara valley, overlooking the lush Knuckles mountain range and the Mahaweli river. The hotel has 104 en suite bedrooms each with private balcony overlooking the countryside

Heritance Ahungalla, Ahungalla

This 5-star property is situated in Ahungalla, an ancient fishing hamlet. The setting is idyllic – a long stretch of unspoilt palm-fringed beach on the south-west coast beside the Indian Ocean.

Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla

The Heritance Kandalama stands on the shore of an ancient manmade lake, at the foot of a rocky outcrop, which once was the home of hermits who sought isolation for meditation in its caves.

Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Set 6,800 feet above sea level, The Heritance Tea Factory was built as the Heathersett Tea Factory in the days of the British Raj. The conversion combines much of the original building’s style and machinery with a range of modern innovations. The views are entrancing, with a wide panorama to the front and gentle pastoral scenes to the rear.

Cinnamon Wild Yala, Karinda

Cinnamon Wild Yala is situated at Kirinda, bordering the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary and the Indian Ocean. Spanning 4 hectares of jungle and endless miles of beach, Cinnamon Wild Yala is truly a nature resort of untamed beauty.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

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