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CLASSIC SRI LANKA

This classic itinerary is a delightful combination of awe-inspiring scenery, luxurious accommodation, glorious beaches and a seemingly endless procession of temples. All on one utterly captivating island.
SRI LANKA, SOUTH ASIA

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From Colombo you’ll journey into the Cultural Triangle to discover the astounding rock fortress of Sigiriya and the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa.

You’ll also see Dambulla’s atmospheric cave temples, the legendary Temple of the Tooth and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. You’ll search for wild leopards in Yala National Park, and finally bathe in the Indian Ocean from a hidden stretch of beach close to the historic city of Galle.

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DESIGNED BY SPECIALISTS

Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

Wallawwa Gallery The Garden And Pool | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 1

ARRIVE COLOMBO

Upon arrival in Sri Lanka’s capital, you will be met and transferred to The Wallawwa, a luxurious Dutch warehouse-style hotel just a few miles from the airport. You’ll also be given a welcome pack that includes a mobile phone, so you can contact your driver whenever you need.

Stay: One night in a garden suite at The Wallawwa – including breakfast

Water Garden | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 2-3

CULTURAL TRIANGLE

This morning you’ll make the four-and-a-half-hour journey into the Cultural Triangle. Here you’ll be staying in a boutique hotel that pays tribute to the ancient water gardens that once surrounded the Sigiriya rock fortress.

The following day sees you climbing to the top of this astonishing royal citadel. Sigiriya is a rock fortress of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres above the jungle on the monumental Lion Rock. On the way up, you’ll pass the frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’, and at the top you’ll find the remains of the palace as well as sensational panoramic views.

You’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure to either relax or explore your surroundings further. You might like to make the drive over to Polonanruwa – a journey of about 1.5 hours one way. The second capital of Sri Lanka, Polananruwa was built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and is now a World Heritage Site. If you have a love for rice and curry, there is a great local restaurant here where you can stop for lunch.

Stay: Two nights in a Superior Deluxe Villa with Plunge Pool at the Water Garden – breakfast included

Kandy | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 4-5

KANDY

This morning you’ll transfer to Kandy. En route, you’ll visit the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples at Dambulla – a designated World Heritage Site. Expect to find five caves containing over 2,000 square metres of painted walls and more than 150 images of Buddha – the largest being a colossal, rock-carved statue spanning 14 metres.

You’ll then continue your drive to Kandy to visit the fabled Temple of the Tooth. As legend has it, the tooth was taken from Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre and smuggled into Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali. It has survived numerous attempts to capture and destroy it, and today lives in Kandy where a temple was built to honour it.

Later you’ll visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, originally built by a Sinhala king, where you’ll find 147 acres of vivid flowers, plants and trees. Before returning to your hotel, there’s also time to attend a cultural show and explore the bustling Kandy market.

Stay: Two nights in an Ultra Category Room at Kandy House – including breakfast

Camellia Hills | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 6-7

TEA COUNTRY

From the lowland heat and bustle of Kandy, you’ll board a scenic train that winds its way high into the hills where the climate is cooler – perfect for growing tea. You’ll stay here at a modern-day tea planter’s bungalow with sweeping views across carpeted hillsides to the shimmering expanse of Castlereagh Reservoir and the perfect base for exploring the traditional tea factories, colonial-era churches and colourful Hindo shrines of this idyllic region.

Stay: Two nights in a Lake View Bedroom at Camellia Hills – including all meals

Deluxe Tent New Dhanush | Ultimate Travel Company
Day 8-9

YANA NATIONAL PARK

After the cool of the uplands, and the quiet gentility of the tea plantations, it’s time for something completely different. Your driver will take you on a six-hour journey to Yala National Park. This is the natural habitat of one of the world’s largest populations of wild leopards – so you’ll have an excellent chance of seeing these magnificent cats in their proper environment.

Morning and afternoon game drives will take you into the heart of Yala on the track of leopards and a whole selection of other wildlife that includes majestic elephants, sambars, sloth bears, spotted deer and over 200 species of birds.

Stay: Two nights in a Deluxe Tent at Leopard Trails Yala – including all meals

Aditya Resort | Sri Lanka | Ultimate Travel Company
Courtesy of Aditya Resort
Day 10-12

RATHGAMA

This morning you’ll depart for Galle (approximately three hours away).

Galle’s core is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. The ancient Dutch fortress – now a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site and believed to be the largest lived-in citadel in the world – has retained much of its 300-year-old history and atmosphere. Expect quaint streets, a beautiful central square, and a charming mixture of churches, mosques and traditional cottages. If you like a bargain, buy the exquisite hand-made lace for which the town is famed, from the local vendors.

From Galle, you’ll continue by road to Rathgama where you will check in to the Aditya. Here, with a hidden beach setting and golden sands to enjoy, you will be able to fully relax and unwind at the end of your journey.

Stay: Three nights in an Ocean Suite at Aditya – including breakfast

Aditya Resort | Ultimate Travel Company
Courtesy of Aditya Resort
Day 13

FLY HOME

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
13 days from £5,685 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers in private vehicles
  • Private car and driver/guide for 10 days
  • Accommodation, meals and activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Based on two people travelling

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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