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Take in some of Sri Lanka’s finest scenery with the opportunity to see some of its magnificent wildlife on this 5-night private tour. Visit the last stronghold of Sinhala Kings and enjoy a personalized city tour of Kandy. Visit the spectacular Horton Plains, Udawalawe National Park and Yala National Park.
2020 package holidays escorted tours of Sri Lanka Holiday prices are per person based on two sharing.
Prices include flights, transfers and accommodation, and are subject to availability. Flights from Heathrow - other departures also available, call for details. Holiday code: T0919W.
Scenic & Wildlife
5 night Escorted Tour
from £1815 per person
Scenic & Wildlife Tour
Day 1: UK to Colombo
Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Sri Lanka.
Day 2: Colombo
On arrival in Colombo your chauffeur guide will meet you, afterwards commence your journey through this amazing island and travel to Kandy. First stop and a chance to stretch your legs at Kadjugama, the Cashew Nut town of Sri Lanka. Purchase some of Sri Lanka's finest nuts. A great gift for someone back at home or to keep as a snack whilst travelling around the island. If you like to taste some tropical fruit, suggest to stop at a place where you could taste some Pineapples Sri Lanka is well known for its sweet pineapples.
Arrive into the last stronghold of Sinhala Kings & UN World Heritage Site the Hill Country capital of Kandy and enjoy a personalized city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.
Wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy getting a feel for this wonderful city and explore the local markets. In the evening explore the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and experience at Pooja Ceremony. Afterwards enjoy a colourful performance of traditional Kandyan dancing and drumming. Stay: Hotel Topaz (or similar).
Day 3: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
You will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens and a Ceylon tea factory before continuing on to Nuwara Eliya for a 2-night stay. The region is home to Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala and is also known as Little England because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery.
Nuwara Eliya, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort and is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. After the drive, walk around Nuwara Eliya, also called Little England. Stay: St Andrews Hotel (or similar)(breakfast included).
Optional - For anyone interested in Climbing Sri Lankas Holy Mountain Adams Peak (Sri Pada) we can arrange this amazing experience for you! We thoroughly recommend it. (Seasons are December to May) - Need to add additional night in Nuwara Eliya
Day 4: Horton Plains & Tea Country Train Journey (B)
Early morning stretch your legs for a walk in Horton Plains National Park. For those wanting the exercise we recommend walking to Worlds End. The Horton Plains form an undulating plateau over 2000 meters high, which consists mainly of grasslands interspersed with patches of forest, with some unusual high-altitude vegetation. The plains are more often than not, visible only before 10.00am due to the heavy mist, which engulfs the area. The most unique feature of the Horton Plains is the "World's End". This is a sheer 1,000 feet vertical escarpment which visitors throng to see. The Horton Plains was once the hunting ground for Mr. Farr, a former British Governor which is today home to rare species of fauna and flora.
Tea Country Train - Confirmation of the ticket will be provided 14 days prior to the date of train journey subject to availability, there are possibilities of delays because it is a one way track in this area, and due to uncertain weather conditions etc., train journeys can be postponed or even cancelled. If factors mean that the train cannot be taken the journey will be taken by road. Train journeys in Sri Lanka are an absolute must. Take the most magical train journey through Sri Lankas tea country. A fabulous way to see Sri Lankas hill villages, tea country and see the daily lives of the local people. Your driver will take your luggage and meet you at the station. Its hassle free! Enjoy traditional High Tea at the hotel (optional). Stay: St Andrews Hotel (or similar)(breakfast included).
Day 5: Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe National Park
In the morning drive to Udawalawe, home of the National Park well known for its elephants. Scenic drive through the hill country and stop off at the spectacular waterfall Rawana Ella which according to the great epic Ramayana the mythical King Ravana of Lanka kidnapped Princess Sitha of India and kept her hidden somewhere close to this waterfall. It really is a site to see.
Optional - Today you get a chance to visit a local village school (during weekends / holidays schools are closed) if you wish you could distribute some pens/pencils notebooks and interact with the local children. On completion visit a vegetable garden in a nearby village, In the year 1847 the great colonial explorer Samuel Baker introduced the gardening of English vegetable at Nuwara-Eliya. To date Nuwara Eliya, the leading producer of European vegetables in Sri Lanka, distribute its all-vegetable products to the rest of the island.
Your first stop will be the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe rescues orphan elephants and returns them to the wild when they are ready. Born Free helps make sure the orphans receive the milk, care and medical attention they need. With the help of our sponsors elephant.co.uk and Land Rover we have provided the site with life-saving facilities and equipment such as a hospital and intensive care centre, an elephant ambulance and a kitchen. Born Free also funds post-release studies run by the University of Colombo, monitoring the orphans with the help of radio collars once they have been returned to the wild. Afterwards venture out on a jeep safari at Udawalawe National Park, great place to see wild elephants. Stay: Centuria Lake Hotel (or similar)(breakfast included).
Day 6: Udawalawe to Yala National Park
Gear up to visit the Yala National Park today. Yala National Park was declared as a Game Park in 1938 and is 965 sq. kilometres in extent. According to the Leopard Research, Yala Block 1 probably has one of the highest densities of Leopards in the world. Yala therefore offers one of the best chances in Asia to see Leopards. You may also see Elephant, Sloth Bear, Sambhur, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Stripe-necked, Brown & Ruddy Mongooses, Black-naped Hare & several civet species. In the water holes you may see Mugger Crocodile, Painted Stork, Lesser Whistling Teal, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Great, Median & Little Egrets & the rare Black-necked Stork Its Safari time! Leopard, elephant, crocodiles, bears, deer, amazing birds.they are all here. Stay: Jetwing Yala (or similar)(breakfast included).
Day 7: Yala to UK
Travel to the airport today. Enroute schedule a visit to Galle, a thriving city. The fortified old town is enjoying an artistic renaissance and the beautiful beaches around it are dotted with luxurious villas and classy boutique hotels. The revival of Galle, in fact, has quietly influenced its coastline, which has regained its confidence and which has become a favoured retreat for intelligent, independent travellers. Wander on the ramparts and through the streets of the UN World Heritage Site Galle Fort. Considered one of the best examples of a living fortified city built by Europeans in South and South East Asia. There is so much to discover and it is best to do it on foot.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK (breakfast included).
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