Sri Lanka Tour 2018

Click here  for our Colour Brochure on Sri Lanka

Tour Dates:  March 15 – Mar 27, 2018   

Price: USD 3695 per person (twin share); Single supplement USD 1465

We first offered this tour to Sri Lanka in 2014, and it was a resounding success. Everyone loved the accommodation – particularly our fabulous tea plantation hotel at Ella, and the celebrated luxury Lighthouse Hotel, in Galle.

Sri Lanka has had a magnetic appeal for many centuries and its gems, pearls, ivory, and spices have always attracted wide interest from seafaring traders. Marco Polo visited the island twice, first in 1284 and again in 1293. Less than 50 years later his Moslem alter ego, Ibn Battuta, arrived in a place he called ‘Battalah’ where he was entertained as a guest of the Tamil king.

This well-paced tour takes in all the major highlights. From Colombo we drive up towards Sigiriya, stopping on the way to see the amazing cave temple complex at Dambulla, home to 15o statues. From our hotel we drive to the ancient ruins ruins at Polonnaruwa, where we have plenty of time to explore this expansive site. The next morning we climb the incredible rock fortress at Sigiriya, in the shadow of our hotel, before heading south along a backroad into the heart of the Knuckles Mountain Range, an area of great natural beauty.

We reach the old Sinhalese capital at Kandy and a day here allows ample time to see everything before driving up to colonial Nuwara Eliya, once known as ‘Little England’. While here we learn the secrets of one of the world’s favourite beverages, having first visited the informative Tea Museum in Kandy and later a working plantation near Nuwara Eliya. To the southeast, shrouded in mist-covered hills, is Ella, the nicest of the hill towns, where we can walk up to ‘Little Adam’s Peak’ before learning the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine at a fun cooking class.

Driving south we see the world’s tallest Buddha, at Buduruwagala before reaching Ude Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka’s premier elephant reserve. We enjoy an afternoon jeep safari and the next day drive down to the stunning south coast for a night at an idyllic hideaway.

Our final highlight is Galle, where stay at the celebrated Lighthouse Hotel, designed by the late Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most celebrated architect. We have a full day and a half to explore the old Dutch Fort, which is a great finale to our tour. On our last day we drive up the west coast, stopping at various places of interest before taking a boat ride on the picturesque Madu River. We reach Colombo in the afternoon, and can enjoy a final dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in nearby Fort.

For a copy of our Sri Lanka brochure, click here.     

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