Discover Sri Lanka’s awe-inspiring tea hills, diverse wildlife, vibrant history and tropical beaches on this luxury 12-day tour of southern Sri Lanka. After an initial two days in an elegant boutique hotel close to Sri Lanka’s main international airport, wind into the central tea hills for two days of sensational scenery, walking trails and luxury living in a colonial tea bungalow. Next, discover the diverse wildlife of Yala. Finish with three days in Tangalle followed by a final two nights at the highly sought-after Kahanda Kanda, a collection of opulent villas within striking distance of beaches and historic Galle Fort.
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.
- Go walking or hiking through the tea hills
- Enjoy afternoon tea in sensational scenery
- See leopards, sloth bears and more at Yala
- Explore the streets and ramparts of Galle Fort
- Loll on picture-perfect tropical beaches
- Accommodation in a shared double / twin room on a BB basis in Level 1 ‘Safe and Secure’ hotels
- Ceylon Tea Trails and Wild Coast Tented Lodge are on an all-inclusive basis
- 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 from 1st November 2021 to 31st March 2022
- Price shown is 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 in an enchanting boutique hotel with beautiful gardens just half an hour from Bandaranaike International Airport. Relax and unwind by the pool in your idyllic surroundings; visit the nearby fishing town of Negombo; enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn, and dine on delicious cuisine on the open-air veranda.
Day 3 & 4 Hatton, Hill Country
Wind into Sri Lanka’s central hills, an undulating landscape of lush hills, mountain peaks and rushing waterfalls, covered with a patchwork of tea estates. Soak in the astounding scenery from your luxury colonial bungalow, or head out on foot along tranquil tea estate trails. You can also sail across Castlereagh Reservoir to an old British church. Your opulent accommodation also offers lots of culinary activities, including a Sri Lankan cooking experience, picturesque picnics, afternoon tea and a private sundowner experience.
Day 5 & 6 Yala National Park, Yala
Next, head south to Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife parks which boasts the highest density of leopards of anywhere in the world. You can also spot elephants, sloth bears, deer, buffalo, wild boar, crocodiles and a wide variety of birds here – just to name a few! Head out on twice daily jeep drives through the park and enjoy the beautiful scenery whilst you look out for the diverse wildlife.
Day 7, 8 & 9 Tangalle, South Coast
Wind along the southern coastline to Tangalle, Sri Lanka’s most romantic beach destination. Here you will find mesmerising tropical beaches of golden sand and turquoise sea, fringed with palm trees. This part of Sri Lanka is a nesting ground for marine turtles, and you can go on night safaris run by a local conservation organisation to have the chance of seeing these endangered creatures up close. Whale watching is also possible at nearby Mirissa Harbour.
Day 10 & 11 Koggala, Galle Coast
Journey further along the south coast to Koggala, a peaceful inland spot surrounded by lush foliage just a short drive from the beach. Spend your last two days unwinding in total tranquillity in a private villa in one of the most sought-after luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.
Day 12 Airport
Your chauffeur-guide will pick you up and take you to the airport in 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.
Ceylon Tea Trails Castlereagh
Hatton, Hill Country
Castlereagh, a colonial tea bungalow nestling in a wooded dell close to a lake, offers unrivalled lake views and superb garden suites. One of five wonderful tea-estate bungalows in the acclaimed Tea Trails collection in the south-west highlands.
Flameback Eco Lodge
Weerawila, Tissa and Kataragama
Experience a total immersion in nature at Flameback Eco Lodge, stylish tented accommodation set on the edge of Weerawila Bird Sanctuary between historic Kataragama and the iconic Yala National Park. This area is a patchwork of wetlands and reservoirs which attract thousands of birds each year.
Koggala, Galle Coast
Beaches are beaches anywhere in the world but it is often said that the interior of a country is where the true spirit lies. Sri Lanka is no different and Kahanda Kanda provides the perfect example. Set on a hill amidst a working tea estate which slopes down to the Koggala Lake at one end, this stylish property was built in 2000 as a private villa and is now an award winning boutique hotel.
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.
Galle Guided Bicycle Trails
Galle, Galle Coast
Galle’s rural inland landscape is largely unfrequented by tourists who visit this region, as they are often more preoccupied with visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, or relaxing on the popular beaches along the Galle Coast. However, the countryside around Galle is truly picturesque and is particularly nice to explore if you are looking to discover the ‘authentic’ Sri Lanka which is sometimes hidden on the tourist trail – cycle past lush green paddy fields dotted with water buffalo, bright white egrets and vibrant kingfishers, sloping tea plantations, rice fields, small villages, temples and colourful gardens growing spices and fruit.
Galle Boats and Bikes
Gal Oya, East Coast
Feeling active? Leave the beaches of Galle behind and explore its inland rural beauty by boat and by bike. Galle’s inner landscape is covered in patches of jungle, rice paddies, cinnamon plantations, lowland tea fields and quaint mud roads joining small villages, and is home to beautiful tropical plants and lots of Sri Lanka’s wildlife.
Guided Walk of Galle Fort History and Architecture
Galle Fort, Galle Coast
One of the most popular holiday destinations in Sri Lanka, Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which once served as a key trading port for the European colonial powers that occupied most of the island for over 300 years between the 16th and 19th centuries. Although first built by the Portuguese, it is commonly referred to as the Dutch Fort, as it was they who heavily fortified it in the 1700s to include ramparts constructed from granite and coral, 14 bastions and cannons to protect the port from invading ships. When the British took control in the 19th century they constructed a variety of administrative buildings, as well as the ‘New Oriental Hotel’ (now called Amangalla),one of the first hotels in Asia.
Galle Dutch Fort
Galle Fort, Galle Coast
Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and then further developed by the Dutch and the British over the next 350 years. It covers nearly 4sqkm and is protected by 12 bastions and connecting ramparts. During the early 18th century, the Old Dutch Gate was the entrance to the Fort, but subsequently the British built the Main Gate that is still used today. Buildings of interest include the Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel (formerly the New Oriental Hotel),the lighthouse and bell tower. The Dutch also developed what was then an innovative tide-based sewage-system within the Fort.