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Sri Lanka Heritage Tea Trail Jungles and Beaches

  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
  • Sri Lanka Heritage Trail
    Sri Lanka Heritage Trail

Take 10 unforgettable days to discover the exceptional island country of Sri Lanka! Discover UNESCO wonders, visit tea plantations and discover a unique part of the world so few get to see.


Does spending ten days wandering around World Heritage Sites, visiting exquisite tea plantations and exploring an island once described by Marco Polo as “the finest island of its size in the world” sound like it would float your boat? Well, look no further.

Swap the gloomy, grey clouds of Britain for the glistening sun of Sri Lanka, an exotic island found at the tip of India, whose breathtaking beauty will have you begging for more by the end. Experience not only spectacular safaris and pristine beaches, but also a fascinating culture of honest, hard-working people whose love for their island runs deeper than you could possibly imagine. 

Whether your idea of a perfect holiday is to be firmly planted on a sunbed sipping Daiquiris until nightfall, or perhaps tearing up the wilderness while trying your hand at some adventure sports, exotic Sri Lanka has something for every traveler. 

Trekking, hiking and supervised dives under the deep, blue surf are on offer for any thrill-seekers out there, and an Ayuryedic wellness holiday may well be overdue for some of you who are looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle of back home. Even business trips don’t have to be all work and no play when visiting Sri Lanka. Our package not only includes excursions, hotels, transfers and dances, but also heritage train rides, bullock cart rides, cooking classes and massages. 

Lonely Planet describes Sri Lanka as “endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, rolling surf, fun trains and famous tea.” Why don’t you see if they’re right? 

What's Included:

All tours, transfers and monument fees

  • Return international flights are taken care of by us
  • We’ll welcome you at the airport and assist you during your stay
  • You’ll be privately chauffeured to and from the airport 
  • Keep cool as a cucumber during your transfer in an air conditioned car
  • Have all your questions answered by an English-speaking chauffeur and guide
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at a hotel in Sigiriya
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at a hotel in Kandy
  • 1 night accommodation at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at a hotel in Koggala
  • Breakfast & dinner available at all the hotels throughout the tour
  • Vehicles with WiFi access allow you to stay in touch with friends
  • A breathtaking Private Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park
  • Get pampered with a sublime head and shoulder massage in Matale
  • Enjoy a bullock cart ride through the village paths 
  • Release your inner Delia Smith with a cooking demonstration in Matale
  • Have lunch like a local at the Spice Gardens in Matale
  • Go canoeing on Lake Agoda Wawe
  • Boogie on down at a dance show in Kandy
  • Have lunch aboard the train ride to Nuwara Eliya 
  • Enjoy some tea tasting at the factory and plantation of Nuwara Eliya 
  • Gaze in awe at the endangered baby turtles at the Turtle Hatchery in Bentota
  • Enjoy a romantic Beach Side Candle Light Dinner with personal waiter
  • 10% discount on Food and Beverages at the Beach Resort
  • Entrance fees to Danbulla Cave Temple, Minneriya National Park (One Game Drive), Tea Plantation, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Cultural Dance Show & Sea Turtle Conservation Hatchery
  • Hotel service charge & government tax  
  • Optional Yala National Park Excursion available at £139 per person!

Inclusions

  • Half-board accommodation at Tamarind Tree Hotel, Tissamaharama
  • Entrance fees to visit Yala National Park (One Game Drive)
  • Private Jeep Safari to visit Yala National Park
  • Ground transportation

Holiday Highlights:

Take in the marvels of Sri Lanka, with a beach stay at the end to relax

  • Experience the beauty of Sri Lanka with hand-picked hotels
  • Delve into the history of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Discover the blockbuster gem of the Lion Rock in Sigiriya
  • Unearth the many treasures of Dambulla Cave Temple 
  • Take in the exotic aromas of the Spice Gardens in Matale 
  • Visit Sri Lanka’s Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Enjoy atmosphere at the Cultural Dance Show in Kandy
  • Drive through scenery lifted straight out of the Lost World
  • See baby turtles scamper in Bentota
  • Lay back on Koggala's beaches and watch the world go by! 

Kassapa Lion Rock Resort, Sigiriya

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An ideally located hotel situated facing the magnificent Sigiriya rock in the midst of a small village named Digampathaha .The,"Travellers Choice Award", by tripadvisor winning property is located just 20 minutes from the beautiful and ever famous town of Dambulla.

“Kassapa Lions Rock” is an ideal base from which you can explore the many picturesque sites famous for its historic and cultural importance, such as Anurahapura, PoIonnaruwa, SigIriya, Dambulla and Ritigala.

National parks which are famous for wild elephants such as Minnariya, Kaudulla and Eco park are located in close proximity to the hotel.

If you are on your way to the east, (TrincornaIee, BatticaIoa etc.) or you are in the vicinity visiting renowned cultural sites, just drop in for a moment of relaxation and enjoy a drink, have meal or take a swim in the blue waters surrounded by a peaceful environment.

Kassapa Lions Rock takes you back to an era of lavish grandeur offering calm and serenity … amidst a peace and quiet village… all set to make you relax and enjoy

Hotel Topaz, Kandy

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The propertys accommodation is stylish and comfortable would be an understatement. These rooms and suites feature calming atmosphere that can already induce one to relax.

All 73 guestrooms are fitted with modern comforts like air-conditioning, satellite TV, plush bedding, Wi-Fi Internet access, and wide windows. Rooms also have private balconies from which resplendent views of lush mountains and hills can be seen.

Hotel Topaz features an outdoor tennis court and an outdoor pool. The resort offers a coffee shop/café. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the resort's bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge.

Jetwing St.Andrew's, Nuwara Eliya

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Situated in Nuwara Eliya, which was a favorite holiday destination for the Colonial rulers, this mock Tudor Country house is the ideal location to retreat to for those in search of cooler climates. 

Designed in an old world style without compromising on any of the modern world’s amenities, these rooms are in a class of their own. Well furnished and fully equipped with Hot/Cold water and a heater to keep you warm during the night, there is also Cable TV, tea/coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.

Jetwing St. Andrew's has two main dining options, the Old Course which is the main restaurant and the Road Hole Bar which is styled along the lines of a traditional British pub. Delicious meals are cooked here as the a la carte menu proves. Enjoy five course dinners in the main restaurant or a less traditional meal with some excellent spirits at a pub that knows how to keep you best entertained.

Guests can take a leisurely stroll or have high tea in St. Andrew’s Jetwing’s gardens.Leisure trips to the Cloud Forest and Hakgala Botanical Gardens can be arranged at the tour desk.


The Beach Cabanas Retreat & Spa, Koggala

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Situated in Koggala Beach, The Beach Cabanas is the perfect place to experience Unawatuna and its surroundings. It is the perfect beach getaway for discerning guests looking for a luxury holiday that provides complete indulgence. The luxury beach cabanas are located on the golden sands of the Koggala Beach with the echoing waters of the Indian Ocean that gently laps the beach. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At The Beach Cabanas, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. The star class accommodation immediately relaxes our guests as they are wrapped up in calming luxury.

At The Beach Cabanas you will find entertainment staff, water sports facilities and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, fishing and diving. The swimming pool is centrally located in The Beach Cabanas is centrally located and is the ideal place to enjoy lazy laps, a refreshing cocktail and completely relax.

For true pampering guests staying at the Beach Cabanas have access to the Spa Margossa which with its professionally done treatments will leave you relaxed, refreshed, rejuvenated.

The Beach Cabanas is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Unawatuna. This is the place to experience a true beach front holiday as the cabanas are in complete harmony with the surroundings excluding a sense of well being and peacefulness.

Hotel Tamarind Tree, Tissamaharama

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Hotel tamarind tree is an ideal location for romantic excursions, peaceful family vacations, and holiday lovers from the hectic pace of everyday life.

Experience the true luxury and comfort at hotel tamarind tree –Tissamaharama which offers luxurious accommodation and warm hospitality. Rooms at hotel tamarind tree are designed to deliver ultimate luxury and comfort with private balcony to all rooms. Pool view with landscaped garden adds more relaxation to your mind. Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a minibar, seating area with sofa and cable TV. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathroom comes with a hairdryer and a bidet. 

At Hotel Tamarind Tree you will find a garden and terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a tour desk, dry cleaning and an ironing service. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling. 

This hotel will make your holiday dream come true adding an unforgettable experience to your life.

Day 1 ARRIVAL SIGIRIYA

Arrive in Sri Lanka,  Bandaranayke International Airport. There you will meet one of our representative and will be transfered to Sigiriya. 

COMPLIMENTARY MEAL ON ARRIVAL & OVERNIGHT IN SIGIRIYA


Day 2 SIGIRIYA / ROCK / VILLAGE HOUSE / SIGIRIYA

After breakfast leave for leave for Sigiriya which is is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World this ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is probably the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya rock plateau, formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles.

After Sigiriya want to try something traditional and completely different? A delightful evening bullock cart ride is just the ticket, which will take you to some of the nicest places on the island. It’s pretty unconventional and definitely an adventure. Riding in the shade of the forests, you will see the country’s historic sites and some of the lovely scenery as well. What makes this ride exceptional is that you will visit a Sri Lankan village and enjoy a cookery demonstration and home-cooked meal from the local women and then top it off with a canoe ride across a beautiful lake! This tour will make your holiday that much more unforgettable! 

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN SIGIRIYA

Day 3 SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / MINNERIYA / SIGIRIYA

After breakfast proceed to visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla is a popular destination in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. With a history that dates back to the 1st century, Dambulla has historic statues and paintings in its caves that has made it a popular destination for archeological studies. This temple was built by King Walagambahu during the 1st Century B.C. Dambulla is a UNESCO world heritage site. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding and the paintings are done on the ceiling. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess.

Thereafter proceed on a jeep safari to visit the Minneriya National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Sri Lanka to get close to free-ranging elephants. Bordering the Minneriya tank and the Giritale tank, the 7,529 hectare park attracts hundreds of elephants during the dry season, as surrounding water source dries up. Watching them travel in herds of 10 to 20, it is impossible not to be impressed with the sheer bulk of a fully grown adult, but equally spectacular is seeing how they interact. There is also a host of water birds, both large and small, so keep your eyes open for delicately hued storks, slender and elegant grey herons, and great white pelicans.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN SIGIRIYA

Day 4 SIGIRIYA / MAWANELLA / KANDY

After breakfast you will leave for Kandy. Just 25 km from the hill capital of Kandy, the Matale spice gardens are among the best on the island. Here you will be introduced to different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for and and will also be shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Visitors may buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics, taste a herbal brew and in some venues.

In Matale, you will also enjoy the full flavors of Sri Lankan spices over lunch or an Ayurveda massage based on natural products from the garden.

Evening at leisure.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN KANDY

Day 5 KANDY (SIGHTSEEING)

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kandy - which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.  

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN KANDY

Day 6 NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast, proceed to the Kandy Train Station to board the Train leaving for Nanu Oya – It is an unforgettable train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Sit back in the comfort where from you can catch jaw-dropping views as the train powers up through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels. The railway in Sri Lanka was first introduced by the British Colonial government in 1864, to transport tea from places like Nuwara Eliya to the capital, Colombo.

Nuwara Eliya which is at an elevation of 1890 meters above the sea level is the highest city in Sri Lanka and it lies beneath the tallest peak of the island. Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights) is a resort city blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery. Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create the resort into a typical English Village.  

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN NUWARA ELIYA


Day 7 NUWARA ELIYA – KOGGALA OR TAKE THE OPTIONAL YALA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, travel through the twisting roads of a tea plantation and factory where you will see the women, mainly of Tamil origin, at work in the plantations. Here you will see all the stages of the tea-making process and can also enjoy a cup of pure Celyon tea in the factory.

It is then onto the beautiful village of Kitulgala; with forest-covered hills plunging down to the wild waters of the Kelani Ganga, astounding waterfalls and towering trees, the scenery is particularly dramatic. Kitulgala’s original claim to fame is as the location for David Lean’s 1957 film “Bridge on the River Kwai”. Nowadays, Kitulgala is best known as the site of Sri Lanka’s best white water rafting with grade two and grade three rapids some 5km upriver from the village. After lunch we then head for the paradise beaches of Koggala.

En route we visit the town’s Turtle Hatchery. Koggala is one of Sri Lanka’s most import ant breeding spots for the endangered Sea Turtles.

The sandy beaches serve as sanctuary for several types of marine turtles including Loggerheads and the Leatherback Turtle. The

small turtle hatchery first opened in 1996, in an effort to promote responsible tourism and conservation. The hatchery buys turtle eggs off fishermen, in an attempt to discourage them from poaching and selling the eggs.

You will be educated on the importance of protecting turtle life, via the hatchery’s facilities that care for new born turtles until they are ready to be released back into the ocean, an experience that you may even have the opportunity to do yourself first-hand! Continue to hotel.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN KOGGALA

Day 8 KOGGALA

A relatively unknown when it comes to beach escapes, Koggala is authentic, captivating and entirely without guile and location-wise it doesn’t get much better than this. The small coastal town stretches across the south coast of Sri Lanka and has one of the island nation’s longest beaches, where you can explore the reef straight from the beach. A stay here takes your Sri Lanka adventure to an altogether different level, bringing together the exceptional and beautiful in one special paradise.

After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing day at leisure. Your beautiful hotel is set beside the sublime sands and coconut palms of Koggala Beach. Take a walk along the coast to look out for turtles wading in the shallows. Retire to the serenity of the spa for a soothing

treatment or lounge beside the outdoor pool and be pampered. Nearby to the historic city of Galle, its famous fort is a site you will not once to miss and between November and April feel free to join a whale-watching excursion at nearby Mirissa.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN KOGGALA

Day 9 KOGGALA

End your holiday in this very beautiful and relaxing part of Sri Lanka by reclining on the golden sandy beaches or sipping cocktails overlooking the sunset.

If you keep your eyes open you might even see the Green Flash! A sudden short pinprick of green that happens as the sun sinks towards the horizon.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN KOGGALA

Day 10 KOGGALA– COLOMBO--UK

After breakfast, check out from the hotel. If there’s time discover the meaning behind Sri Lanka’s affectionate nick name “Ratna- Dweepa” which means Gem Island.

At the local bazaar you will find the world’s finest sapphires, topazes and many other beautiful jewels. It is time to head home via private transfer to the international airport to connect with the departure flight.

END OF TOUR

  • Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
  • Bars, Clubs or similar entertainment is prohibited during “Poya” Days. As such liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time.
  • Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400 hrs and check out is at 1200 noon.
  • All transfer times are subject to variation due to road conditions, weather & traffic.
  • Meals as per Inclusions.
  • Yala National Park excursion available at £139 per person which includes accommodation, guided transfers, game drive in the National Park and Half Board Basis.
  • There will be an an entrance fee of £30 per person if you would want to climb Sigiriya rock fortress.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
  • Optional excursions to Polonnaruwa, Horton Plains, Yala and Madu River
  • Early Check in / Late Check out.

Get a closer insight into Sri Lanka with our below optional tours!

Discover the Jewels of Polonnaruwa  

Roam the grand temples built by the kings of the 11th to 13th centuries. Savour the beauty of the Royal Palace and at Gal Vihare and the Temples of Shiva gaze at the exquisite paintings and superb statues. 

Mountains & Lakes of Horton Plains 

Lying in the lap of the central highlands, the beauty of the Horton Plains is unsurpassable – dotted with lakes of ice-cold waters, montane forests, rocky outcrops and tumbling waterfalls. The experience is enhanced with a visit to “World’s End” for mind-blowing views.

Wilderness of Yala National Park 

This tour is a fantastic opportunity to explore the country’s oldest and most popular nature reserve – Yala National Park, a prime place for spotting leopards. Feel the thrill of being up close to some of nature’s most stunning and elusive creatures - home to the sloth bear, elephants and prolific bird life.                                                                                          

Cruise the Beautiful Madhu River 

Immensely beautiful and deeply vital to those who call its banks home, the Madhu River is a must-see destination. Take this rare opportunity to sail pass dozens of islets and get a closer insight into local life.