Sri Lanka's Heritage Trail
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Embark on the ultimate heritage tour of Sri Lanka on this 11-night itinerary showcasing the country's rich history and vibrant culture. Tour the colonial relics of Colombo and discover the magnificent temples of Kandy before travelling into Sri Lanka's lush central highlands on the world-famous train to Nuwara Eliya for a captivating wildlife safari. Embark on an unforgettable whale and dolphin watching excursion in the picturesque city of Galle before finishing off with a tranquil stay in Negombo. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Private transfers between accommodation and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star Maniumpathy
  • 2 nights stay at the 4.5-star Ellerton Bungalow
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Thotalagala
  • 3 nights stay at the 4-star Galle Fort Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Wallawwa Hotel
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Colombo

Welcome to Colombo. Upon arrival, you'll be warmly welcomed by your driver and transferred to the first stop of your adventure through Sri Lanka. 

Day 2-4
2 nights stay at Maniumpathy

Maniumpathy is a charming, family-run boutique hotel situated in the heart of Colombo. Characterised by an elegant colonial design, a stay at the property is an experience in and of itself, with opulent accommodation adorned in antiques, a glamorous pool and an atmospheric dining venue serving authentic Sri Lankan favourites. 

Day 3
Colombo Colonial Tour by 4x4

With a colonial past spanning four centuries, Sri Lanka is scattered with fascinating colonial relics, including churches, forts, government buildings and more. Explore the best of Colombo's colonial landmarks on a private 4x4 tour throughout the city. Marvel at the unique architecture of the era, exemplified in buildings such as the Dutch Protestant church of Wolvendaal and step further back in time with a tour of the Colombo Port Maritime Museum.

Spend the afternoon dining at one of Colombo's finest colonial landmarks, the Grand Oriental Hotel, and indulge in a selection of delicious dishes in the company of glorious views of the Port of Colombo.

Day 4
Road transfer from Colombo to Kandy

Once you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be greeted by your driver and transferred to your next destination, the lakeside city of Kandy. 

Day 4
Tour of The Temple of The Sacred Tooth

Before reaching your next accommodation, you'll stop at one of Kandy's most revered religious monuments, The Temple of The Sacred Tooth. Constructed in the 16th-century, the temple houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Comprised of a complex of smaller shrines, museums and smaller temples, the temple is a true cultural marvel, with an extraordinary interior of gold-embossed ceilings, intricately carved wooden entryways and magnificent statues. 

Day 4-6
2 nights stay at Ellerton Bungalow

Nestled amidst tropical forestry, Ellerton Bungalow resides amidst rolling hills in the heart of Kandy's stunning countryside. Dating back to the colonial era, the property has retained much of its original charm with an enchanting bucolic design, sophisticated period furnishings and manicured garden featuring a pool overlooking the hills.

Day 5
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, Kandy Temple Tour & Kandy Brassware Village

You'll visit a number of the Kandy's most notable attractions, including the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, a magnificent 60-hectare garden comprising an array of stunning exotic flora, the temples of Gadaladeniya, Lankatilaka, and Embekka Devalaya, each spectacular in their beauty and craftsmanship, and the Kandy Brassware Village, providing insight into the brass-making process, one of Sri Lanka's oldest art forms.

Day 6
Train Journey from Nuwara Eliya to Haputale

It's time to say goodbye to Kandy and move on to the next leg of your adventure. Once you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be met by your driver and embark on a three-hour drive to your next destination, the scenic region of Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy an exclusive lunch experience at colonial-style The Grand Hotel before continuing to the train station. From there, you'll travel through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Sri Lanka's enchanting tea country, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Day 6-8
2 nights stay at Thotalagala

Set within a former tea plantation bungalow, Thotalagala is an elegant boutique hotel residing atop a mist-swept hill in Haputale. Offering just seven country-style suites featuring exquisite period furnishings, the hotel affords guests an immersive and tranquil stay in the heart of one of the country's most beautiful regions.

Day 7
Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park, located at an elevation of over 2000 metres in Sri Lanka's lush central highlands, encompasses most of the country's wet and montane zones, offering visitors a unique opportunity to see some of the country's most sought-after wildlife in an environment of lush grassland interspersed with clusters of dense montane cloud forest. 

It is here you'll embark on a captivating trekking tour of the plains, passing through the rich ecosystems and spotting an array of wildlife along the way, including elusive leopards, several species of primate, sambar deer and over 80 bird species, 12 of which are endemic. 

Day 8
Road transfer from Haputale to Galle

Enjoy one final breakfast at the hotel before meeting your driver for a transfer to Galle on Sri Lanka's southern Indian Ocean coastline. Along the way, you'll stop at Kitulgala for a quick tour of the forest-fringed Kelani River, home to an array of birdlife such as mountain hawk eagles, crested treeswifts, and Layard's parakeets.

Day 8-11
2 nights stay at Galle Fort Hotel

Galle Fort Hotel is an extraordinary boutique hotel set in the heart of the 16th-century Galle Fort heritage site, providing an immersive stay in the embrace of one of Galle's most exquisite cultural monuments. Spend your time here indulging in sumptuous regional cuisine, lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand, or simply admiring your surroundings from the expansive veranda. 

Day 9-10
Private Whale Watching Tour & Galle Fort

The warm ocean waters of Mirissa are world-famous for the vast numbers of whales and dolphins that frequent the waters during the migration season, making it Sri Lanka's leading whale-watching location. During your time in Galle, you'll be led out by expert operators on a private tour where you'll have the chance to closely view these spectacular marine creatures.

Once you're back on land, spend some time touring Galle Fort, a picturesque site with low-gabled homes, Dutch-style colonial terraces ruins and monuments, chic boutique hotels and unique shops that demonstrate the region's eclectic European and South Asian heritage.

Day 11
Road transfer from Galle to Negombo

Following an incredible stay in Galle, your final destination in Sri Lanka awaits you. Once you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be greeted by your driver who will ensure a comfortable transfer

Day 11-13
2 nights stay at The Wallawwa Hotel

Nestled within a verdant tropical garden, The Wallawwa Hotel is a stunning luxury property offering complete seclusion and tranquillity whilst maintaining accessible links to many of Negombo's most notable sights. Home to spacious, garden-facing accommodation, an outdoor pool and an elegant dining venue, the hotel provides everything you may need to rejuvenate before beginning your journey back home. 

Day 12
Colonial Negombo & Boat Ride Along Negombo Lagoon

Scattered with remnants of the city's Portuguese and Dutch colonial eras, Negombo's historic streets offer visitors a vivid glimpse into the city's eclectic heritage. Feel as if you've stepped back in time on a day tour highlighting the most notable sites, including the 19th-century, neoclassical St. Mary's Church, the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal, and the iconic 17th-century Dutch fort that sits afront the harbour. 

Finish off with a serene sundowner boat ride along the Negombo Lagoon, a calm body of water surrounded by spellbinding scenery of verdant rice paddies, flourishing grassland, and scenic coconut plantations, undoubtedly the best way to take in the exquisite landscapes. 

Day 13
Fly from Negombo to UK

Following an enthralling adventure across Sri Lanka's most remarkable heritage destinations, it's time to bid farewell to this incredible country and begin your journey back home. Once you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be greeted by your driver one final time and transferred to the local airport for your flight 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
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star Maniumpathy
  • 2 nights stay at the 4.5-star Ellerton Bungalow
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Thotalagala
  • 3 nights stay at the 4-star Galle Fort Hotel
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star The Wallawwa Hotel
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