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We think that the best way to discover fabulous Sri Lanka is to have your own Car & Driver to take you where you want - flexible, fascinating and great value for money!
Your Car & Driver will meet you on arrival at the airport and will be with you up until you arrive at your beach hotel (we include a separate transfer back to the airport for your journey home, of course) You can then do as much or as little as you wish each day, with no mileage limitations and up to 8 hours a day for sightseeing and travelling. Pack in as much as you can - or have a day off if you wish! Your driver can help you plan sightseeing, and you just pay for any entrance fees locally.
Day 1 - Depart
Fly from Gatwick to Colombo, arriving the next day. Other departure points including Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available.
Day 2 - Habarana
You’ll be met on arrival at Colombo airport by your Car & Driver and taken to Habarana, where you’ll check in to the Habarana Village by Cinnamon for a three night stay.
Habarana is a great base from which to explore much of the Cultural Triangle as it is roughly central within easy reach of Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. It is also an ideal gateway to safaris in both the Habarana Jungle and the Minneriya Sanctuary, home to a great many Sri Lankan elephants as well as the leopard, loris and sloth bear.
Day 5 - Kandy
Drive from Habarana to Kandy, perhaps travelling via the Rock Temple at Dambulla en route. On arrival in to Kandy check in to the Cinnamon Citadel Hotel for a two night stay.
Sri Lanka’s second largest city, Kandy is famed for not only its history, artefacts and temples, but also for its tea, stunning scenery and lush botanical gardens. The most visited site is the famed Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, home to the tooth relic, said to be a piece of Buddha himself. There are also a number of temples including the Lankatilaka Temple and the Gadaladeniya Temple as well as some beautiful gardens such as the Royal Botanical Gardens. Surrounding Kandy are rolling tea plantations and mountainous, thickly forested hills that offer fantastic walking and hiking opportunities.
Day 7 - Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Continue by road to Nuwara Eliya, perhaps travelling via the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. On arrival check in to the beautiful Heritance Tea Factory for a two night stay.
Rolling hills and deep valleys shrouded in early morning mist are often the first things to greet travellers entering the hill country, an area that was nicknamed Little England due to its capacity for hosting English pastimes including hunting, fishing, boating golf and of course, tea drinking. While here you can also visit non-working factories and enjoy tea making demonstrations to learn the history of the process. Nuwara Eliya is also the gateway to the Horton Plains National Park famed for its stunning flora and fauna as well as the sheer precipice of World’s End and the Baker’s Falls.
Day 9 - Beach
Continue to the Avani Kalutara Resort. where your Driver will say goodbye as they drop you off. Spend a few days relaxing on the beaches of Sri Lanka.
Day 14 - Return
Return to Colombo airport by road, for your return flight to the UK.
Issue date: 06 February 2020
Depart Gatwick on 15 September
3 nights Habarana
4* Habarana Village by Cinnamon
2 nights Kandy
4* Cinnamon Citadel Hotel
Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Nuwara Eliya
4*+ Heritance Tea Factory
5 nights Beach
4* Avani Kalutara Resort
Bed & Breakfast
Superior Courtyard room
£1799 per person
Special offers Prices are per person based on two sharing, including flights, transfers and accommodation, and are subject to availability.