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Negombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hatton, Colombo / Boutique Sri Lanka

The perfect introduction to Sri Lanka, this tour encompasses the very best of the island’s culture and includes stays in some of the country’s most stylish boutique properties.

Start your journey in a quiet corner of Negombo’s rural hinterland, just north of Colombo, with a stay at an award-winning country house hotel. The following day, depart for Sigiriya, renowned for its sacred rock fortress and intricate fresco paintings. Enjoy a spice infused Sri Lankan lunch before heading on to the hillside retreat of Kandy, where you can enjoy a tuk tuk city tour and explore the charming street markets. Take a scenic train journey to Hatton; a fabulous way to admire the tea country. You’ll then enjoy a stay at Ceylon Tea Trails, the world’s first tea bungalow resort, where you can unwind and observe life on a working Ceylon tea estate.

Itinerary highlights:

  • Visit the Ritigala Monastery archaeological site and reserve
  • Participate in an alms giving ceremony with a local family
  • Explore the Minneriya National Park
  • Climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Enjoy a Sri Lankan meal at a private spice garden with a hands on cooking demonstration
  • Tour the city of Kandy in tuk tuks
  • Visit the house of a local dancing master
  • Take a scenic train journey through tea country
  • Visit the royal botanical gardens at Peradeniya
  • Learn the story of Ceylon Tea at a tea factory
  • Explore the Colombo heritage area and Pettah districts with a local guide

from £4220pp

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Price includes economy international flights, 9 nights accommodation, private transfers and meals as specified.

Meal basis: BB Bed & Breakfast, AI All-inclusive.

This itinerary is only a suggestion - our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, bespoke itineraries.

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Nights 9
Destinations 5
Flights 4

Negombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hatton, Colombo /Itinerary

Boutique Sri Lanka

9nights

Day /1

Fly to Colombo

Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Colombo. You will be met on arrival, assisted through immigration and shown to the Silk Route arrival lounge for a warm welcome with flower garlands and refreshments.

Day /2

Negombo

Negombo

Take a short 15 minute transfer to Negombo for an overnight stay at The Wallawwa. This lovingly restored manor house is a welcome retreat for the travel-weary; take high tea on the lawn, slip into the shaded pool hidden away in the tropical gardens and revive mind and body at the signature spa. (BB)

The Wallawwa

Day /3 - 5

Sigiriya

Sigiriya

Travel through rural villages and coconut groves to Sigiriya for a 3 night stay at Water Garden Sigiriya. From here, venture to the top of Sigiriya Rock, passing remarkable frescoes and carvings, where the views of the surrounding landscape from its summit are well worth the effort – the best time of day is early morning when the forests, water gardens and shrines are shrouded in mist. Further experiences include exploring the ruins at Ritigala monastery, taking part in an alms giving ceremony with a local family to a group of forest dwelling monks and a trip to Minneriya National Park for the chance to spot deer, crocodiles and wild elephants. (BB)

Water Garden Sigiriya

Day /6 - 7

Kandy

Kandy

En route to The Kandy House for a 2 night stay, stop to visit Alu Vihare rock temple with its numerous cave shrines, followed by a cooking class and lunch at a private spice garden. Arriving in Kandy, the best way to explore is a panoramic city tour via tuk tuk and a guided walk through the markets. Here you can also learn about the origins of Kandyan dance with a visit to the home of a local dancing master; and about Sri Lankan botany at Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest on the island. (BB)

The Kandy House

Day /8 - 9

Hatton

Hatton

Journey through the tea country on a scenic train ride to Hatton for a 2 night stay at Ceylon Tea Trails, passing through dramatic landscapes including lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. A stay here must include a visit to a tea factory to learn more about the famous Ceylon Tea; and exploring the area further on guided hikes or on the complimentary mountain bikes. You can also receive a blessing at a Hindu Kovil. (AI)

Day /10

Colombo

Colombo

Return to Colombo for an overnight stay at Residence by UGA. Spend time with resident host Mark Forbes as he takes you through the Colombo heritage area and Pettah districts with a focus on photography, architecture and history. Dinner at the Gallery Café or Ministry of Crab comes highly recommended. (BB)

Residence By Uga Escapes

Day /11

Return to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London Heathrow.

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