Spend two weeks staying in exquisite boutique hotels as you journey from Sri Lanka’s historic Cultural Triangle to its modern-day commercial capital, passing through the east coast, lush tea hills and Yala National Park along the way. All of the hotels included in this special offer are either UGA or Teardrop properties, some of the most luxurious and beautiful properties in Sri Lanka.
To ensure total flexibility, no activities have been included in the cost of this special offer. Your travel consultant can help you organise any activities you wish to pre-confirm before your arrival in Sri Lanka.
- Explore Sri Lanka’s most iconic heritage sites
- Traverse the beautiful Wilpattu National Park
- Indulge in exhilarating water-sports at Pasikudah
- Relax on beautiful tropical beaches
- Go on picturesque walks in the tea hills
- Spot leopards and other wildlife in Yala National Park
- Discover the best of Colombo on a guided walking tour
- Accommodation in a shared double / twin room on a BB, HB or AI basis
- Ulagalla and Uga Bay are on a half-board basis (complimentary upgrade)
- Nine Skies is on an all-inclusive basis including limited alcoholic beverages
- Chena Huts is on an all-inclusive basis including alcoholic beverages and one private ‘dinner on the sand’ experience
- 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
- Booking period: 1st October 2021 – 31st October 2021
- Travel dates: Before 30th June 2022 – peak season dates are excluded (15th December 2021 – 15th January 2022, February 2022, 10th – 24th April 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 Kotugoda, North-West
Your first two nights will be spent at The Wallawwa, an old manor house with exquisite architecture set within attractive tropical gardens, less than 30 minutes from Colombo’s international airport. Dine under the stars on the open-air veranda, and take high tea in the garden each day. Relax by the pool or in the spa – a complimentary 60-minute massage for each guest is included as part of your stay. The lively fishing town of Negombo is nearby, should you wish to venture out and explore.
Day 3, 4 & 5 Cultural Triangle
Head north to Anuradhapura, a rural area which was once the capital of Sri Lanka and is where civilisation in Sri Lanka first began. Explore the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura; see the 2,000-year-old murals and statues at Dambulla Cave Temple; climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock, topped by the ruins of a 5th-century fortress-palace, and drive to nearby Wilpattu National Park to spot leopards, elephants, crocodiles and birds – and much more. Ulagalla, your hotel for these three nights, is unquestionably one of the best in Sri Lanka – set within paddy fields and woodland, nature abounds, and the rooms are sumptuous villas with private plunge pools. Many activities are on offer, including lake kayaking, village cycling tours, cooking classes and horse riding.
Day 6, 7, 8 & 9 Pasikudah, East Coast
Wind out to the east coast for four days of blissful relaxation on some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful tropical beaches. Many water-sports are on offer here, including snorkelling, sailing and jet-skiing, or you may wish to just lie back and soak up some rays.
Day 10 & 11 Demodara, Hill Country
Drop down and wind slightly inland to Demodara, a small railway town close to Ella on the south-eastern edge of Sri Lanka’s tea hills. Your accommodation is a highly-coveted colonial tea bungalow, set within a working tea estate. Go on picturesque walks around Ella and enjoy the spectacular views at every turn.
Day 12 & 13 Yala National Park, Yala
A scenic drive out of the hills takes you down to Yala on the south-east coast. Chena Huts, your accommodation, is as luxurious as the rest, and sits on the very edge of Yala National Park, perfect for early morning game drives. Spend your time here relaxing by the pool and exploring the park with an expert guide in a private jeep – leopards are the highlight, but also look out for elephants, buffalo, mongoose, crocodiles, monitor lizards, a wide variety of birds and much more. The scrubland scenery is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset.
Day 14 Colombo
Return back close to where you started for your final night. Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, is a fascinating blend of old and new – historic buildings and religious traditions contrasting with modern shopping centres and lush green parks. Your walking tour will help you uncover the many charms of Colombo. This is a great place to get souvenirs should you wish to take home a memento of your trip, and there are lots of wonderful restaurants to choose between for your last evening meal.
Day 15 Airport
Your chauffeur-guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight home.
Nestled amongst acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this colonial manor house, or Wallawwa, is now a luxurious boutique hotel. This old and new concept provides guests with unrivalled setting and style just 15 minutes from the airport. 18 bedrooms, Asian fusion cuisine, Z spa and The Wallawwa’s swimming pool – all set amongst one of the finest private gardens in Sri Lanka.
Ulagalla Resort is the most luxurious choice close to the ruins of the ancient capital Anuradhapura. Individual villas are set amidst 58 acres of lush woodland, paddy fields and the Ulagalla Reservoir. Among the many activity options, Ulagalla even has its own riding stables, enabling you to explore the area on horseback.
Pasikudah, East Coast
Uga Bay is a luxury beach resort in the re-energised beach settlement of Pasikudah on Sri Lanka's east coast .The resort is set on a seven-acre property scattered with coconut palms leading to a beautiful bay where the waters are safe for swimming and water-sports for much of the year.
Chena Huts by Uga Escapes
Yala National Park, Yala
Yala’s first boutique hotel, Chena Huts is comprised of fourteen private cabins sprawled across seven acres of scrubland, edged by the ocean and just five minutes from the entrance to Yala National Park. This luxurious accommodation offers exquisite food, excellent service and a peaceful atmosphere. There is a pool, spa, and each cabins is complete with a private plunge pool.
Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle
Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka’s first civilisation and the centre-point of the island’s greatest kingdoms, acting as the royal capital for over 100 kings between the 2nd century BC and 1073 AD. At its height, Anuradhapura was home to thousands of monks from dozens of different monasteries, and it remains Sri Lanka’s most important cultural site, both in terms of history and religion.
Sigiriya, Cultural Triangle
Pidurangala is an enormous rock located a few kilometres north of Sigiriya. The two rocks have an interlinked history: whilst King Kasyapa was building Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the 5th century, he moved monks living around Sigiriya to a new monastery on Pidurangala Rock. An ancient cave temple still houses objects from various vintages that reflect Buddhist, Hindu and western beliefs, and the stupa to the left of the temple entrance is believed to mark the spot where King Kasyapa was cremated. Pidurangala is a more challenging climb than Sigiriya, so should not be attempted by those with poor physical fitness. There is no clear path to the top: steep, uneven steps give way to an expanse of boulders and crevices that climbers must navigate in order to reach the summit. From the top, there are glorious vistas of the surrounding landscape and an incredible view of the majestic Sigiriya Rock. Allow about two hours, which should leave time for relaxation and photographs. Although Pidurangala lacks the global appeal of Sigiriya, if you pick your time wisely it is almost certain to be much quieter and it is certainly cheaper.
Yaddigama, Cultural Triangle
After the fall of the great city of Polonnaruwa, the Kandyan kings fled to a succession of inaccessible crags, bearing with them the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. One of them was Yapahuwa, a huge, yet little-visited rock fortress a little way off the Kurunegala-Anuradhapura road which is one of the great architectural sites of the island. This early-13th century stronghold, developed by King Bhuvanekabahu I, is reminiscent of Sigiriya: a massive granite outcrop, set in a shady location, rises 100m above the lightly-populated plains below and is home to ruins of a palace and temple. The temple housed the famous tooth relic for 11 years from 1272 when King Bhuvenakabahu transferred the capital to Yapahuwa to outwit invading Dravidian forces from South India. Eventually captured, it was largely abandoned and became a refuge of monks and religious ascetics.
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.
Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle
Historically recorded as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Mihintale is commonly believed by Sri Lankans to be the meeting place of the Buddhist monk Mahinda, son of Emperor Ashoka of India, and King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century BC. Mahinda preached the doctrine of Lord Buddha to the King and his people on the full moon day in June (Poson),which remains a special holiday in Sri Lanka and also led to all Poya (full moon) days becoming holy days for Sri Lankan Buddhists – tourists should note that meat and alcohol are not served in the island on Poya days. This meeting was the beginning of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, which quickly became a core part of Sinhalese culture, something that is evident in all the island’s ancient cultural sites, such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla Cave Temple.
For further information on Sri Lanka’s main historic sites please see our regional guide to the Cultural Triangle.
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.
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.
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella, Hill Country
Nine Arch Bridge in the Sri Lanka highlands town of Ella regularly takes centre stage in one of the most iconic pictures in the hill country. It is part working railway viaduct, part tourist photo opportunity. This setting, beloved by thousands of Instagram accounts, somehow conveys the relaxed vibe that makes Sri Lanka one of the most treasured holiday destinations in the world.
Little Adam's Peak
Ella, Hill Country
Little Adam’s Peak offers one of the finest viewpoints in the Sri Lanka Hill Country and is also part of a three-venue loop that can be done in one day. The youthful highlands town of Ella is the starting point for a short trek that can be extended to a three-section, 15km trek to include Little Adam’s Peak, Ella Rock and Nine Arch Bridge.
Although the climb to Little Adam’s Peak from Ella town is relatively easy, the views from the top of Little Adam’s Peak are sensational. Begin the climb with a gentle stroll through a sloping tea field, passing endless neat rows of terraced tea plants, before ascending a short stretch of winding steps up to the top of the peak.
From the top, there is a spectacular panorama featuring Ella Rock, rolling tea fields and the Ella Gap, a deep gorge that leads all the way down to the southern valleys. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the south coast with the ocean glimmering on the horizon.
The trailhead for Little Adam’s Peak, also known as Punchi Sri Pada, hits the main road at the Ella Flower Garden Resort. There is also an alternative entrance by 98 Acres Resort which is marked by a white Buddha statue. An hour to reach the summit is ample for a leisurely climb with lots of time to take photos along the way.
Tour a Sri Lankan tea estate
Red Dot's Tea Estate experience takes place in one of the most beautiful organic tea estates in the Sri Lanka hill country, hidden above Ravana-Ella Falls and with breathtaking views of Ella Rock and Lipton's Seat.
On this activity, you get the chance to explore a working organic farm and learn more about the manual techniques used to produce the teas, coffee, cinnamon and preserves that brought Sri Lanka to worldwide attention.
Your guide will lead you through carefully-tended slopes where tea, cinnamon and lemongrass are cultivated before taking you to the factory.
Try your hand at plucking and rolling some tea leaves yourself before tasting four signature teas at a viewpoint overlooking Ella Gap.
You can also choose a more upmarket “Teaology” option which includes a menu of vegetarian dishes specifically matched with the teas on offer.
The experience can be arranged on Sundays and Public holidays upon request. However, it is advised to visit the estate during the regular working days to experience the best.
Yala National Park
Yala National Park, Yala
Yala National Park is one of the largest and certainly the most popular national park in Sri Lanka, and has the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world. Hidden away in the far south-east of the country, it comprises five separate blocks covering 141sqkm.