Discover Sri Lanka’s awe-inspiring tea hills, diverse wildlife, vibrant history and tropical beaches on this ten-day tour of southern Sri Lanka. Begin in Koslanda and explore tea estates and secluded forest waterfalls, then wind down to the jungles of Yala and go on jeep drives through the park to spot leopards, sloth bears and a variety of other animals. You will then drive along the south coast to stay two nights in Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to historic monuments, restaurants and quirky shops, before ending with three days of relaxation on the beach.
- Go whale watching and try water-sports
- See leopards, sloth bears and more at Yala
- Experience the sensational views of Koslanda
- 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
- Cinnamon hotels are on a HB basis
- 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
Terms & Conditions
- Valid from 1st May 2021 to 15th July 2021
- 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 Koslanda, Hill Country
Upon arrival at the airport, head straight to Koslanda in the southern highlands. Spend the next two days admiring the spectacular scenery and walking through forest to hidden waterfalls. Why not also take a tour of a tea factory during your stay? Otherwise just relax by the pool and take in the views.
Day 3 & 4 Yala National Park, Yala
Wind out of the hills and down to Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s most popular 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 5, 6 & 7 Rekawa, South Coast
Journey along the south coast on a scenic drive that hugs the coastline until you reach Rekawa, a tranquil part of the Deep South that is sandwiched between sea and lagoon. This area boasts secluded and picturesque tropical beaches and is a popular spot for nesting marine turtles. These fascinating creatures can sometimes be observed laying their eggs in the sand during night time excursions with the Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project.
Day 8 & 9 Thalpe, Galle Coast
Your final two days will be spent in a tranquil boutique hotel just 20 minutes from Galle Fort and five minutes from idyllic beaches offering surfing, jet-skiing, sailing and safe swimming. Whale watching is possible at nearby Mirissa Bay. There are a wide range of restaurants and cafés to choose from in and around Galle – read our Galle Restaurant Guide for inspiration.
Day 10 Airport
Today, your chauffeur-guide will pick you up and take you to the airport in time to catch your flight home.
Rekawa, South Coast
Buckingham Place is an appealing boutique hotel on a five-acre estate overlooking the tranquil Rekawa lagoon in the deep south. This is a peaceful spot in a relatively undiscovered part of Sri Lanka, a stylish 11-roomed hotel contemporary in design with tasteful interiors.
Thalpe, Galle Coast
Why House, inland from Galle's upmarket beach resort of Thalpe, consists of a spacious main house, a garden villa, and two cottages in three acres of tropical gardens. The architecture is typical of Sri Lanka's south with verandahs, courtyards and high timber roofs.
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.
Whale Watching in Mirissa
Mirissa, South Coast
Go whale watching in Sri Lanka, acclaimed as one of the best places in the world to see whales. Spot dolphins, sperm whales and blue whales near Mirissa. The island’s shoreline lies unusually close to the continental shelf, the point when the ocean floor drops dramatically and where larger marine life is found, and so it does not take too long to reach these deep waters from Sri Lanka’s western, southern and eastern coastlines. Whale and dolphin watching is possible from Kalpitiya, Bentota and Mirissa between December and April, and from Trincomalee and Pasikudah on the east coast between June and August, but Mirissa is widely thought of as the best place for whale watching in Sri Lanka.
Rekawa Turtle Watch
Rekawa, South Coast
Sri Lanka is globally recognised as one of the few places in the world where you can observe marine turtles in their natural habitat. Five out of seven of the world’s marine turtle species are found in Sri Lanka and come ashore in Rekawa to lay eggs, including green, loggerhead, hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback.
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.
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.