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Discover the best of Sri Lanka on this all-encompassing 12-night itinerary. Beginning in Colombo, you'll visit the top sites and attractions of the Cultural Triangle and the lush hill country before enjoying a safari in the wildlife-rich Yala National Park. You'll conclude your holiday with one night in a luxury beach resort in Bentota on Sri Lanka's southwest coast. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Private transfers between accommodation and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night at the 4.5-star Residence by Uga Escapes
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Water Garden Sigiriya
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Elephant Stables Hotel
  • 2 nights at the 4.5-star 98 Acres Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Cinnamon Wild Yala Hotel
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Cinnamon Bentota Beach
Day 1-2
Fly from London to Colombo

Upon arrival in Colombo, you'll be greeted by your private driver and taken to the first accommodation on your Sri Lanka itinerary. 

Day 2-3
1 night at Residence by Uga Escapes

A colonial-style hotel, Residence by Uga Escapes is both elegant and modern, set next to a Buddhist shrine on a leafy street in Colombo. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a courtyard garden, and a delectable restaurant and bar. 

Day 2
Colombo

Spend a balmy evening wandering Colombo's lively streets on a street food tour of the city. Boasting a unique mix of Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil, and Malay cuisines, you'll be able to visit a variety of street food vendors to sample some of the best food the city has to offer. Your tour will also take you past iconic sites like Fort Station, the Red Mosque, and the Khan clock tower. 

Day 2
Road transfer from Colombo to Sigiriya

Today your private driver will collect you from your hotel and take you to your next accommodation, Water Garden Sigiriya.

Day 3-5
2 nights at Water Garden Sigiriya

With views across Sigiriya Rock, Water Garden Sigiriya is set within a tranquil environment of lakes and lush greenery, and offers a selection of contemporary-style villas. Spend your time here visiting Sigiriya Rock, only 6km away, unwinding in the outdoor swimming pool, or relaxing in the spa. 

Day 3-4
Sigiriya Rock & Minneriya National Park Safari

On the evening of day three, you'll enjoy sundowners at the River Bunt, one of the 221 nature preserves in Sri Lanka. The following day, you'll visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th Century that offers panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. Later that afternoon, you'll head to Minneriya National Park for an exhilarating safari, where you'll have the opportunity to sight a whole variety of wildlife, including Asian elephants, wild buffalo, and spotted deer. 

Day 5
Road transfer from Sigiriya to Kandy

You'll enjoy a breakfast at Pidurangala Rock, benefitting from spectacular views overlooking Sigiriya Rock. Afterwards, you driver will transfer you to Kandy, the next stop on your itinerary.

Day 5
Dambulla Cave Temples

You'll visit the Dambulla Cave Temples en-route to Kandy; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temples are some of the most astounding in Sri Lanka. Visit the five main caves and marvel at the array of paintings and statues, most depicting Buddha, whilst learning about the fascinating history of the site. 

Day 5-7
2 nights at The Elephant Stables Hotel

Situated just outside Sri Lanka's historic city of Kandy, The Elephant Stables Hotel is a colonial-style property with elegant interiors and traditional furnishings. The hotel benefits from spectacular views of the surrounding hilly landscape from its outdoor swimming pool, with its restaurant serving dishes inspired by the region. 

Day 6
Kandy

Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that holds the tooth that is said to have belonged to Buddha himself. Guarded in a gold casket, this legendary relic lies in the central temple of a complex of smaller shrines, museums and tinier temples. During puja, a time for offerings or prayers, the heavily guarded room housing this incredible tooth is open to devotees and tourists. 

Explore the city on a tour of its markets, visiting lively bazaars, an arts and craft centre, and a gem museum, where you'll be able to purchase unique souvenirs. 

Day 7
Train Journey to Ella

Today your driver will escort you to the train station where you'll board a train to Ella. Often cited as the most beautiful train journey in the world, you'll pass mountains, tea plantations, and waterfalls as you weave your way through Sri Lanka's hill country. Once you've arrived, your private driver will meet you at the station with your luggage and take you to your next accommodation. 

Day 7-9
2 nights at 98 Acres Resort & Spa

Set within Sri Lanka's beautiful hill country, 98 Acres Resort & Spa is a boutique property comprised of spacious hillside chalets. Dine on aromatic Sri Lankan cuisine at the on-site restaurant, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or retreat to the spa pavilion for a revitalising treatment.

Day 8
Little Adam's Peak & Ravana Falls

You'll explore the verdant landscapes surrounding Ella, beginning with a visit to Nine Arch Bridge -  also known as Bridge in the Sky - one of Sri Lanka's finest colonial-era railway constructions. Afterwards, you'll hike to Little Adam's Peak to enjoy views of the breathtaking mountain scenery of Sri Lanka's hill country, before visiting the impressive Ravana Falls, a site steeped in myth and legend.

Day 9
Road transfer from Ella to Yala National Park

Today, your driver will escort you from Ella to Yala National Park on the south coast of the island, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Day 9-11
2 nights at Cinnamon Wild Yala Hotel

Situated on the coast on the border of Yala National Park, Cinnamon Wild Yala Hotel is a modern hotel that places guests in an ideal location for going on a safari. The hotel features a selection of luxury chalets, a large swimming pool, and a tranquil spa. 

Day 10
Yala National Park

Set off into Yala National Park on sunrise and sunset safaris, where you'll have the opportunity to spot wildlife including leopards, wild peacocks, sloth bears, and Asian elephants. Spanning an area of 321,000 acres, the terrains of Yala are diverse, ranging from vast deciduous forest to expansive grasslands. 

Day 11
Road transfer from Yala National Park to Bentotat

You'll be collected by your private driver and taken to the final accommodation of your Sri Lanka holiday in Bentota.

Day 11-14
3 nights at Cinnamon Bentota Beach

Situated on Sri Lanka's renowned 'Gold Coast', Cinnamon Bentota Beach is a luxury five-star beach resort nestled on a palm-fringed beach. The resort features a therapeutic spa, six restaurants and bars, and a spacious outdoor swimming pool.

Day 12-13
Bentota

Bentota Beach is one of Sri Lanka's finest, boasting a long stretch of golden sands lined with a thicket of palm trees. Spend your days here relaxing under the sun or trying watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, and jet skiing. For those looking to explore the area, go birdwatching on Bentota River or visit Kande Vihara Temple, just slightly north of Bentota. 

Day 14
Fly from Colombo to UK

You'll be collected from the hotel and taken back to the airport in Colombo, where you will begin the journey back to the UK. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Private transfers between accommodation and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 1 night at the 4.5-star Residence by Uga Escapes
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Water Garden Sigiriya
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Elephant Stables Hotel
  • 2 nights at the 4.5-star 98 Acres Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Cinnamon Wild Yala Hotel
  • 3 nights at the 5-star Cinnamon Bentota Beach
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