Welcome to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country filled with endless wonders and hidden charms. Once an overlooked and forgotten destination, Sri Lanka is now at the forefront of many traveller’s minds. Home to tantalising white sand beaches, iridescent waters, exotic and rare wildlife and a history brimming with diversity, Sri Lanka offers everything from a destination you didn’t know you wanted.

With jaw dropping views across hypnotic lush green tea fields, cascading waterfalls and countless paradise panoramas, there is nowhere quite as exquisitely beautiful as this gem of the Indian ocean. A country overflowing with enchanting beauty, Sri Lanka is also home to a fascinating past, which resonates from every nook and cranny. Teeming with temples and religious monuments, the island’s colourful history is displayed for all to uncover. The spirituality of these lands and the pride of its unique culture and traditions shines out of each and every local and is certain to leave a lasting impression.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Sigiriya Rock, an exquisite example of ancient architecture
  • Witness the unspoiled beauty of the tea fields
  • Experience a jeep safari at Yala National Park
  • Uncover Sri Lankas vibrant past in the Dambulla Caves
  • Journey to traditional Sri Lankan dwellings and discover the unique culture of its people
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  • Dates & Prices

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    February 15 - February 28, 2019 (14 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £2999 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1899 Book Now

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 2369 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1269 GBP Book Now

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    Sri Lankan elephant family
  • A Sri Lankan woman in the tea fields

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 1 night accommodation at Pegasus Reef in Wattala
    • 3 nights accommodation at Sigiriya Village Hotel in Sigiriya
    • 2 nights accommodation at Earls Regent in Kandy
    • 2 nights accommodation at Ella Gap in Ella
    • 2 nights accommodation at Grand Tamarind Lake Resort in Yala
    • 2 nights accommodation at Citrus Waskaduwa in Waskaduwa
    • All breakfasts and dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Visit a traditional fishing village
    • Visit to a banana and pineapple plantation
    • Guided tour of Anuradhapura
    • Visit a Chena cultivation site
    • Visit Sigiriya Rock
    • Visit Dambulla Temples
    • Experience the famous Kandy to Ella train ride
    • Walk up Mini Adam's Peak
    • A boat safari on the river Madu
    • Visit a turtle hatchery
    • Visit to the village of Polonnaruwa
    • Visit the village of Hiriwadunna
    • Visit Matale Spice Garden
    • Visit a local drummers house for traditional music
    • Visit a local school and village in Hiriwadunna
    • Experience the Puja ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth
    • Jeep safari at Yala National Park
    • Visit colonial Galle Fort
    Tea fields with houses and trees on horizon

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Friday 15th February

Today we shall depart for our flight to Sri Lanka.

Overnight in flight.

Saturday 16th February

Today we arrive into Sri Lanka, where we will be met by a local guide who will transfer us to our accommodation. The day is yours to rest after our travels.

Dinner included. Overnight in Wattala.

Sunday 17th February

This morning we will have breakfast at our hotel before we proceed to a local fishing village, here we can witness the traditional fisherman’s way of life. The largest fishing village in the country, Negombo boasts an impressive and lively market. Constantly a buzz with a hive of activity, from the bustling market stalls to the ever incoming stream of boats laden with fish, Negombo offers a unique perspective of traditional life in Sri Lanka. We shall then continue with our day as we transfer to Habarana. Our journey takes us through scenic Sri Lanka, as we snake through roads enveloped by emerald green paddy fields lined with dense, mysterious forest edges. Along the way we shall stop at Giriulla and visit a pineapple and banana plantation, an important aspect in Sri Lanka’s eco-system. Here we will learn about the process behind banana and pineapple cultivation and the farm work  that goes into this produce. Once we have spent time here, we’ll make our way to a local village house for some sumptuous tea, something Sri Lanka is renowned across the globe for. This afternoon we shall continue to our accommodation for the night and the rest of the days is yours at leisure.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Sigiriya.

Monday 18th February

Today we make our way to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first ancient capital. Recognised as one of the greatest cities of its age, and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura is home to a plethora of monasteries and overflowing with history. We shall embark on a guided tour of this centre of spiritual power and discover all the ancient stories and myths left behind. Following from this we’ll continue to visit a chena cultivation site, the oldest form of cultivation in Sri Lanka. Here we can discover the four different types of chena and learn the spiritual beliefs and rituals behind this cultivation. This area of agriculture plays a pivotal role in Sri Lankan history and our tour allows us to peer into the past and in turn, understand the present.

We shall later return to our accommodation for the rest of the day.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Sigiriya.

Tuesday 19th February

Today we will journey to Sigiriya Rock fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built atop an imposing and magnificent rock set in the plains of the dry zone. This archaeological site is a sight to behold, a sheer and impregnable fortress, which can be seen for miles in these sparse lands. We shall climb up the rock to find unforgettable views across the land, lush green forest covers as far as the eyes can see, pools of still emerald waters and jagged rock faces. If we are lucky, we will be greeted by the locals who reside on this rock- the toque macaque monkey! These friendly inhabitants love to say hello so don’t be surprised if the come over to introduce themselves!

Our day will continue as we head to a village to experience a traditional market, here we will purchase local produce which we will be using to make our lunch. Once we’ve collected all the ingredients necessary, we will transfer via Tuk Tuk, the only true way to travel in Sri Lanka, to a nearby house to experience cooking with our goods from the market!

After lunch we will then travel to the Dambulla Cave Temples, which housed King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile. Made up of 5 separate caves, Dambulla houses over 150 Buddhist statues and is considered a great place of worship. The caves are full of intricate and delicate art work, depicting the great events in the life of Buddha. As we walk through the caves you will get a feeling of the importance and value of religion and spirituality in Sri Lanka, even to this day. We shall later transfer back to our hotel for the evening.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Sigiriya.

Wednesday 20th February

Today we will journey to the ruined capital of Polonnaruwa, an undisputed highlight of the cultural triangle and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa’s extensive and well preserved remains offer an insight into the fascinating world of medieval Sri Lanka. Today we shall also enjoy a walk around Hiriwadunna, a tiny village home to less than 2500 people. Here we can experience authentic rural Sri Lanka, as we see those who inhabitant this quaint village go about their day to day lives and experience the calm, serenity to be found here.

We shall continue with our days activities visiting Matale Spice Garden. Across the globe, Sri Lanka is renowned for it’s use of spices and delicious foods. We’ll learn about the different spices grown across these lands, surrounded by the sumptuous aromas and tastes of this vibrant country.

Our journey will then take us to Kandy where we will reside for the night. We shall also experience a truly unique event, as we visit a local drummers house where we’ll uncover the rhythmic sounds of Sri Lanka.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Kandy.

Thursday 21st February

Today we transfer from our hotel to a local school where we can gain an understanding of the culture and day to day life of the children who attend here. We’ll then embark on a walk around the village of Polwatta-Digana, which prides itself on eco- tourism and sustainable living. This is an increasing area of concern in Sri Lanka, with an ever increasing population  having detrimental effects, there is an overwhelming consensus that something needs to change to preserve this magnificent country.

This afternoon we shall transfer back to Kandy for a city tour, where we shall drive around the vast city lake, visit the bazaar and discover the arts and crafts centre. We shall also make a stop at the gem museum, a pivotal and important aspect in Sri Lankan history, often referred to as Ratna-Dweepa, meaning Gem Island. Our tour will conclude with a visit to Peraeniya botanical gardens, a haven of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of Kandy.

Tonight we shall visit the Temple of Tooth during the evening for the Puja Ceremony, during which the tooth is taken from is golden casing and displayed to the room. The room fills with the beat of drums, the scent of the flowers brought as gifts and the overwhelming sense of the importance of this ritual.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Kandy.

Friday 22nd February

Today we leave the hustle and bustle of Kandy and transfer to the hills of Ella. Our method of travel today is unique and often regarded as one of the most memorable aspects of any trip to Sri Lanka, as we journey through the scenic hills via train. Often overlooked by travellers as simply a method to get you from A to B, this trip has been hailed by many as the most beautiful journey they have ever taken.  As we travel through the breath-taking scenery, note the rolling tea bushes that coat the lands, splashed with vibrant and dazzling colours from the clothes of the pickers. For those who dare, head to the observation doors, where you can stand in the open door way and feel the fresh air wash over you as you soar through the hills and valleys.

We will later arrive into Ella where we shall transfer to our hotel for the evening.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Ella.

Saturday 23rd February

Today we wake up in arguably the most spectacular location on the island, with tantalising views as far as the eyes can see. Filled with tea plantations, lush forests and gushing waterfalls, Ella is the definition of picturesque. Our adventure todays sees us making our way to the top of Mini Adam’s Peak, which promises unparalleled views across the valleys surrounding Ella. Following on from our hike, we shall return to the hotel to rest and the remaining day is yours at leisure.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Ella.

Sunday 24th February

Today we journey from Ella to Yala, stopping at a local pottery house en-route. Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in Sri Lanka and to this day plays an important part in society. Each piece is a work of art, crafted with intricacy and delicate touches. Here we will get the opportunity to see these unique creations and learn about the work that goes into each piece’s formation. We shall then travel to Yala and the rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Yala.

Monday 25th February

Today we shall embark on a truly special experience, a jeep safari at the Yala National Park. Yala is home to hundreds of indigenous animals, from leopard cubs hiding behind shrubs, to the sloth bear hanging from a tree. The reserve is regarded as a bird watchers paradise, with birds such as the elusive blue faced Malkoha and black- necked stork spotted around the park. In particular, one sight to behold is that of the Sri Lankan Elephant. These elephants are the largest and darkest of their breed in Asia and are classified as an endangered species now. Seeing one of these magnificent and regal creatures up close and personal is a highlight of many traveller’s trips, and not something to be missed.

Later we shall return to our hotel for the evening.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Yala.

Tuesday 26th February

Today we shall continue our journey to Beruwala, stopping at Galle Fort on our way. Galle was built by the Dutch in 1663, with its colonial influences found across this old port town.  As you meander through the quaint old cobbled streets, note the contrast of architectural styles found in Galle compared to places we have travelled on our trip. Galle is often referred to as a European city that dropped into Sri Lanka, as its Dutch influences remain pertinent even to this day. Once we have spent ample time exploring this charming town, we shall continue to our hotel for the night.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Waskaduwa.

Wednesday 27th February

This morning we will enjoy a boat safari on the Madu River. As we laze down the river, we will pass local villages sprawled alongside the river bed, which are coated with thick and twisted mangroves, and find ourselves surrounded by beauty at every twist and turn. Home to many indigenous species, this enchanting river is a nature lovers paradise.

Today we shall also find ourselves at a turtle hatchery, operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka. This sanctuary established in 1981 was opened in the hopes of helping the prevention of mass extinction of turtles in Sri Lanka. Here we will learn about the process of rescuing these endangered creatures and the work that the sanctuary does in order to protect them. The preservation and protection of wildlife in this country is an extremely important part of life and this can be seen across the many national parks and sanctuaries the are dotted across Sri Lanka. Learning about these values and beliefs is integral in truly understanding the very core of the Sri Lankan community.

Following from this we shall return to our hotel for dinner and some rest, before beginning our evening departure to the airport. We will have access to our rooms until we check out for late departure home.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Thursday 28th February

Today we depart Sri Lanka and begin our journey back to the UK.

Single supplement- £650

UK passport holders need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa online at Electronic Travel Authority.

No transit visa is required for British Passport holders.