Our East Coast Sri Lanka special offer is a great option for those looking to travel between April and October. This 11-night tour of Sri Lanka begins with two nights by a rural coconut plantation, then takes you to Kandy, a cultural melting pot known for its artistic heritage. From here, travel to Wellawaya, a town on the south-eastern edge of Sri Lanka’s tea hills which boasts glorious views and walking trails. Afterwards, head north-east to Pasikudah, an east coast town with a long, shallow bay, a picturesque and family-friendly spot for swimming and water-sports. End with a couple of nights in the Cultural Triangle to visit Sri Lanka’s most iconic historical monuments before a final night close to the airport.
To ensure total flexibility, no activities have been included in the cost of this special offer. Your travel consultant can help you to organise any activities you wish to pre-confirm before your arrival in Sri Lanka.
- Indulge in exhilarating water-sports in Pasikudah
- Experience the panoramic views of the southern highlands
- Explore Kandy’s diverse history and artistic heritage
- Visit Sri Lanka’s most astonishing cultural sites
- Accommodation in a shared double / twin room on a BB basis in Level 1 ‘Safe and Secure’ hotels
- English-speaking chauffeur-guide and vehicle for the duration of the tour (including leisure days)
- Both airport transfers
- Customer Care for the duration of your tour
- Covid-19 insurance and healthcare package including two PCR tests per client and health & safety equipment
Terms & Conditions
- Valid for travel dates between 1st August – 31st October 2021 and 1st May – 30th June 2022
- Price shown is a starting price based on two people sharing and may be subject to change
- There may be additional charges required relating to coronavirus H&S protocols
- See our Booking Conditions for more details
Day 1 & 2 Makandura, North-West
Upon arrival at the airport, drive for about an hour to Makandura, a rural location which provides a relaxing and scenic countryside setting for your first two nights. Your property sits on the edge of a working coconut plantation.
Day 3 & 4 Kandy
Today, head to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s last royal capital and gateway to the island’s hill country. Kandy is a melting pot of ancient artistic traditions, different religions, historic monuments and vibrant modern-day markets. The highlights are the relics of British colonial rule, such as the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens and British Garrison Cemetery, and the Temple of the Tooth, one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Asia which houses a tooth relic believed to have belonged to Lord Buddha.
Day 5 & 6 Wellawaya, Hill Country
Take the train or drive to Wellawaya, a town in the south-eastern corner of the hills with spectacular views and a variety of great nature trails from gentle strolls to more strenuous hikes. Over the next two days, enjoy the cooler climes of the hills, either soaking in the views by the pool or exploring your surroundings on foot.
Day 7 & 8 Pasikudah, East Coast
Leave the hills behind and head to Pasikudah on the east coast. Over the next two days, relax on the beautiful tropical beaches of this area, indulge in exhilarating water-sports and, between April and October, go whale watching.
Day 9 & 10 Kandalama, Cultural Triangle
Head back inland to Kandalama in the Cultural Triangle. Spend the next two days exploring the awe-inspiring historic sites in this region, from the 5th-century fortress-palace and astonishing views atop Sigiriya Rock to Dambulla Cave Temple which boasts 2,000-year-old murals and ancient statues of Lord Buddha. Another favourite is to visit the medieval citadel Polonnaruwa – children will love meeting the modern-day monkey population.
Day 11 Negombo, North-West
Today, you will travel to a hotel close to the airport for your final night. Relax by the pool with views over the lagoon and enjoy a delicious last meal under the stars.
Day 12 Airport
Your chauffeur-guide will collect you and transfer you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.
Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa
Pasikudah, East Coast
Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa lies secluded on a pristine stretch of beach fronting the turquoise waters of Pasikudah Bay on the East Coast. Opened in June 2011, this idyllic beach escape became the first to open in Batticaloa after the dawning of peace in Sri Lanka. A blissful resort designed along the lines of a ‘wadiya’ or fishing village.
Kandalama, Cultural Triangle
Amaya Lake is a simple hotel of four-star standard which enjoys a peaceful and beautiful setting by the banks of Kandalama Lake in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. An excellent eco-hotel with a personal feel that offers low-level cabanas in tranquil woodland.
Villa Hundira is a 12-bedroom boutique hotel nestled in tropical gardens overlooking the picturesque Negombo Lagoon. Situated in the village of Thalahena, it lies just 20 minutes away from Colombo’s international airport, making it a good spot to recuperate after a long flight.
Royal Botanical Gardens
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The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, located just outside of Kandy, are Sri Lanka’s largest landscaped gardens, spanning over 60 hectares, and can lay claim to being the finest in Asia. They will delight anybody who loves to see nature showcased at its best.
Kandy Temple and City Walk
Walk back in time through the historic hill capital of Kandy and visit the temple that houses Sri Lanka’s most valued Buddhist relic. Kandy is a place steeped in history, culture and religion. Although the effects of modernisation are visible, peek into the heart of this hill country capital and you will see that the core of this cool city remains traditional and friendly.
Sailing in Trincomalee or Pasikudah
Pasikudah, East Coast
Sri Lanka’s east coast is a paradise of soft, white sands and turquoise waves; tranquil palm-fringed beaches that will enchant those seeking romance, relaxation or anyone looking to indulge in some exhilarating water-sports. This experience gives you the opportunity to explore the waters beyond the picturesque shores and witness the endless splendour of Sri Lanka’s east coast.
The Monkey Kingdom of Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa, Cultural Triangle
Quite apart from the incredible ruins of this medieval city, Polonnaruwa is home to a large monkey population who were famously featured in Disney’s engaging documentary film ‘Monkey Kingdom’. Polonnaruwa is a gloriously majestic backdrop for this experience, which allows you to closely observe the three diurnal primates of Sri Lanka: grey langur, purple-faced leaf monkey and toque macaque. Although these creatures can be seen in various parts of the island, this is one of the best places for travellers to get up close and personal with the monkeys of Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya, Cultural Triangle
Sigiriya is one of the most dramatic and inspiring historical locations in the world, a huge rock fortress rising impossibly from Sri Lanka’s central plains, and possessed of a glorious history that has caused millions of travellers to gape in wonder.
Polonnaruwa, Cultural Triangle
The well-preserved ruins of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s medieval royal capital, are one of the country’s most prominent cultural sites. You can spend several hours wandering freely between the various ruined temples, imposing Buddha statues and royal bathing pools.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla, Cultural Triangle
Dambulla Cave Temple is one of the most popular religious cultural sites in Sri Lanka, attracting tourists from across the globe. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, it is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. This World Heritage site has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place, including a colossal, 14-metre-long figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock.