The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Discover Sri Lanka’s holiday hotspots on this two-week island tour. After an initial night close to the airport, travel north to the Cultural Triangle. Spend the next two days exploring the many historic sites in this region, from the awe-inspiring Sigiriya Rock to the 2,000-year-old cave paintings and Buddha status in Dambulla Cave Temple. You can even meet the monkeys that are the modern-day rulers of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s medieval citadel.
From here, wind down to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s last royal capital. Your two nights here are at a comfortable contemporary hotel close to the city centre, convenient for exploring the sites. Kandy is a cultural melting pot: relics of British colonial rule are scattered across the city, including the British Garrison Cemetery and beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, sitting side by side with mosques and Buddhist temples, the most famous being the iconic Temple of the Tooth. Kandy’s clamouring bazaars are also fascinating to visit, especially for foodies, and the region is famous for its traditional arts and crafts such as Kandyan dancing.
Your journey then takes you to Hatton in the tea hills, a journey which can be made by car or by rail should you wish to follow in the footsteps of the British planters. The train journey has been described by Lonely Planet as one of the most beautiful in the world. You have two days to enjoy the cooler climes of the hills, either soaking in the views by the heated pool or exploring the surrounding tea estates on foot.
Wind out of the hills and down to Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s largest and most beautiful parks which is one of the best places in the world to see leopards. You have time for four jeep drives in the park during your stay, and as well as leopards you can spot many different animals including elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles and a wide variety of birds.
End your holiday with four nights on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Idyllic tropical beaches await, with whale watching excursions and variety of water-sports to delight those who want to be active. Historic Galle Fort is just a short drive away, and the adventurous may wish to go cycling through the scenic inland countryside or take a traditional cooking class – as always, the choice is yours.
Valid: 1st September to 30th November 2020. T&Cs apply.
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