Introduction to Sri Lanka

4 Nights

Colombo Sri Lanka

Perfect for those on a first time trip looking for a taster of Sri Lanka's highlights, taking in Kandy's magnificent temples and a tea plantation. Not forgetting the World Heritage Site Sigiriya Rock. Customers can add on a relaxing beach break in Sri Lanka or Maldives before or after their tour. Tour operates daily from Colombo.

From £500pp
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Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Medieval Polonnaruwa dating back to the 12th century with its temples, statues and tombs
  • Dambulla rock caves a former Buddhist monastery
  • Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha in Kandy
  • Scenic drive passing waterfalls
  • Working Tea Plantation
  • Day 1 - Colombo/Habarana
  • Day 2 - Habarana/Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa
  • Day 3 - Habarana/Kandy
  • Day 4 - Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 5 - Nuwara Eliya/Colombo
  • Additional Information

Arrive at Colombo and transfer to Habarana passing paddy fields and rubber plantations on a scenic drive.

Accommodation:
Standard: Habarana Village by Cinnamon or similar
Premium: Cinnamon Lodge or similar

Meals Included: Dinner

Habarana Village by Cinnamon

Property Location With a stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon in Habarana (Anuradhapura District), you'll be within the vicinity of Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya Archaeological Site. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Minneriya National Park and Sigiriya Museum.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sigiriya Rock Fortress, where King Kasyapa built his capital city and his brightly decorated palace. The site gets its nickname Lion Rock from the entrance which is a huge rock carved in the shape of a lion. Next you will go to a Batik workshop to see the craft of handmade Batik. The afternoon takes you to the medieval city and UNESCO World Heritage site Polonnaruwa, with its splendid remains of statues, temples and tombs from the 12th Century. Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Accommodation:
Standard: Habarana Village or similar
Premium: Cinnamon Lodgeor similar

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

Habarana Village by Cinnamon

Property Location With a stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon in Habarana (Anuradhapura District), you'll be within the vicinity of Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya Archaeological Site. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Minneriya National Park and Sigiriya Museum.

Depart to Kandy with an en-route excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dambulla Rock Caves. This series of caves are cut into a granite outcrop that’s 160 metres high, from here the views of the surrounding countryside are outstanding. It was used as a Buddhist monastery and is very decorative with many ornate murals and statues. The afternoon includes a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha, a visit to a bazaar and a Gem Lapidary where you might want to buy a personalised gem or jewellery. Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Accommodation:
Standard: OZO Kandy or similar
Premium: Earls Regency or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

OZO Kandy

Property Location With a stay at OZO Kandy in Central Province (Kandy District), you'll be minutes from Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre and close to Temple of the Tooth. This hotel is within the vicinity of Royal Botanical Garden.

Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, a lush 47 acres featuring 300 species of orchids and a variety of tropical birds. Followed by a scenic mountain climb passing waterfalls to Nuwara Eliya, a dense forest area with fantastic wildlife. Onwards to a working tea plantation. Breakfast and Dinner are included.

Accommodation:
Standard: Jetwing St Andrews or similar
Premium: Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

Jetwing St. Andrew's

Surrounded by mist swathed mountains in the centre of Sri Lanka, sits the hill capital Nuwara Eliya. Hotels and guest houses from the rustic to the grandiose dot the slopes and hide in lush green plantations. Tucked away, down its own little lane, close to the heart of town yet away from the bustle is the quaint old mansion of Jetwing St. Andrew’s.

Enjoy a scenic drive followed by a city tour of Colombo. Tour ends in Colombo. Breakfast included.

You cannot fly home the same day, as the tour ends in Colombo late afternoon. You must book a night in Colombo at the end of your tour before leaving Sri Lanka, or book a beach break in Sri Lanka if you want to extend your stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast

What's Included:

  • Four nights accommodation and meals on a half board basis as specified
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle and driver guide
  • Entrance fees to sites detailed
  • Pick up and drop off in Colombo after your tour
  • Bottle of water per person per day

Your tour price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Transfer to beach hotel or back to the airport after your tour
  • Tipping and other miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Lunches
  • Accommodation on day 5 to stay on