Compact Tour of Sri Lanka

To get from A to B, overland road travel is a necessity in Sri Lanka but we’ve designed this holiday for those who prefer to keep that to a minimum. And you won’t feel like you’ve compromised the experience by not exploring the whole island.

You’ll primarily focus on the dry zone region around the central and northern parts of Sri Lanka. This area has incredible variety so you’ll still get a feel for the diverse scenery and culture, from the historical sites in the Cultural Triangle to spectacular mountain scenery and tea plantations, and from the array of wildlife in Wilpattu National Park to some relaxation time on Kalpitiya’s beaches. Along the way, your accommodation will be comfortable and in lovely, peaceful settings, perfect for you to retreat to.

Highlights include:

  • Head to the Knuckles mountain range for spectacular scenery in the tea plantations
  • Take our signature tour of the Cultural Triangle to discover the more well-known sights from a unique vantage point and see how the locals live in the surrounding farmland
  • Relax on the beaches of the Kalpitiya Peninsula
  • Spend a full day on safari in Wilpattu National Park; the protected area is wilder and a lot less crowded than other parks in Sri Lanka
  • Services of in-country support team and your own expertly trained chauffeur-guide

Prices

As every holiday is unique to you, prices vary. To give you an indication, two-week holidays range from roughly £2,500 to £8,000 per adult, with an average price of £3,300. We also offer substantial child and seasonal discounts.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 DEPART UK

Depart the UK on your flight to Colombo.

DAYS 2 & 3 THE NOTARY’S HOUSE    FARM LIFE

You will be welcomed by your local chauffeur-guide on arrival at Colombo Airport. They will transfer you to your boutique hotel where you will be for a two-night stay. Your holiday begins with a full day of relaxation amidst the tropical gardens.

DAYS 4- 6  HILL COUNTRY   TEA & MOUNTAINS

With your chauffeur-guide, you’ll transfer to the scenic hill country for three nights on the edge of the Knuckles mountain range. Spend your time exploring the tea fields with your guide, learning how the leaves are grown, picked and processed. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet the pickers and perhaps try carrying one of the tea baskets.

On your second day, trek around the remote Knuckles mountain range to the top of Mount Hunnasgiriya with your local naturalist and guide. Along the way you’ll have an expert’s insight into the wildlife and landscape, as well as the opportunity to enjoy incredible views over the tea estates and Victoria Reservoir.

DAYS 7 –  9  CULTURAL TRIANGLE   HISTORY AND LOCAL LIFE

Head east with your chauffeur-guide towards Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Visit the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress from unique vantage points and also learn first-hand about the history of the area and the life and work of villagers.

DAYS 10 & 11  WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK    WILDLIFE ADVENTURES

Your driver will transport you to Wilpattu National Park, one of the country’s most important conservation areas. During your two-night stay, you’ll enjoy an authentic wilderness adventure, spotting leopards, elephants, sloth bears and an array of beautiful birdlife. Wilpattu is a lot less busy than other parks in the country, making for a much more peaceful location to venture out on safari without the tourist crowds.

DAYS 12 – 15  KALPITIYA   BEACH RELAXATION

Head to the west coast with your driver for several days of relaxation on the beaches of Kalpitiya – the perfect way to end your holiday. The area is known for its whale and dolphin watching opportunities, as well as watersports. Sit back and chill out at your lovely accommodation or on the quiet beaches.

DAY 16 FLY HOME 

Your driver will drop you at Colombo airport to depart on your flight back to the UK.

INCLUSIONS

Your personalised quotation will include:

  • International Flights
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK