14 nights/15 days itinerary in Sri Lanka
Discovering the Jewels of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for those looking to experience a diverse journey full of new culture, historical discoveries, wildlife spotting and more - whilst also offering a laid back and relaxing escape. Sri Lanka is relatively compact which means not sacrificing whole days travelling from one place to the next, so every day brings something memorable. The Cultural Triangle is home to ancient relic cities, a reminder of when bygone dynasties ran this central region and filled them with temples and tombs. Admire the striking green landscape of the Hill Country and drink a fresh cup of tea in the very plantation where the leaves where picked, and there is wildlife to marvel throughout the twenty-two National Parks, from the herds of Asian elephants to the wild leopards. Don’t forget to save a few days for the South Coast beaches - they are both wild and beautiful and make sure you kick back and enjoy the welcoming Sri Lankan hospitality and mouth-watering cuisine – we recommend the delicious crab curry.
- Climb Sigiriya Rock, an ancient 5th Century fortress and UNESCO site, perched on top of a huge boulder and take in the spectacular views as your reward when you reach the top
- Visit Minneriya National Park and witness large gatherings of wild Asian elephants, one of the world’s largest meeting places of these majestic animals, as they migrate across the parkland
- Experience Sigiriya from a new perspective and enjoy an exhilarating Hot Air Balloon ride at dawn, floating high above the relics of past kingdoms as the sun rises over them
- Ride the famous train from Kandy to Hatton, and soak up the sight of the lush green countryside and tea fields as they roll past
- Safari time! Join a game drive in Yala National Park and keep an eye out for the Sri Lankan Leopard and buffalo
- Refine your skills with a traditional Sri Lankan Cookery class, with the wild sandy beaches of the South Coast as your backdrop
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The Wallawwa, Colombo
Wallawwa Bedroom | Includes Breakfast | 1 Night
Set in a beautifully restored manor house, this boutique hotel is nestled within tropical gardens more than 200 years old and is within easy reach of Colombo Airport. This intimate spot offers guests a peaceful environment in which to recover from a long journey or prepare for the next, aided by bright and airy bedrooms, a spa complete with yoga pavilion, as well as an outdoor pool with chic striped loungers.
Water Garden, Sigiriya
Deluxe Villa | Includes Breakfast | 2 Nights
This resort hotel’s design is inspired by Sigiriya’s ancient water gardens, and the result is quite stunning, with the water gardens offering beautiful symmetry of the surrounding grassy landscape, and a serene, peaceful atmosphere. The accommodation is made up of free-standing chalets, most of which have private plunge pools, but the highlight of this hotel is the unbeatable views of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress 20 minutes away which dominates the skyline and offers a rare and striking view whilst relaxing poolside.
Kandy House, Kandy
Deluxe Room | Includes Breakfast | 2 Nights
Formerly a traditional Walauwe, meaning “manor house”, this romantic adult only boutique hotel is perfect for couples and has an intimate ambience that is more akin to staying in a private home. The 9 unique bedrooms are each named after indigenous butterflies and have a boho-chic vibe cleverly combined with Dutch colonial furnishings, including wicker chaise lounges on their private verandas, whilst the expansive palm fringed infinity pool has an authentic jungle feel and views of the surrounding paddy fields.
Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton
Luxury Room | All Inclusive | 2 Nights
An exquisite property which oozes colonial charm whilst delivering a 5* experience. Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of five immaculately renovated planter's bungalows which are perfect for family groups and each come with a private butler, outdoor pools and stunning views thanks to their position overlooking the idyllic Castlereigh Lake. This is a unique opportunity for guests to stay on a working tea plantation, and enjoy other activities like trekking and biking amongst breath-taking backdrop.
Chena Huts, Yala National Park
Cabin with Pool | All Inclusive | 2 Nights
Ideally situated with Yala National Park to one side and a beautiful private beach, chosen by nesting turtles each season to the other, Chena Huts is an exceptional hotel for nature lovers with an eco-friendly ethos. The 14 thatched roofed huts have an African-style safari feel whilst remaining contemporary and a private plunge pool, ideal for a refreshing dip after an early morning game drive whilst soaking up the sounds of nature, or head to the small spa for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
Garden Pool Suite | Includes Breakfast | 2 Nights
This all-suite retreat enjoys a beachfront location on a crescent shaped bay on the South Coast. The understated yet contemporary suites all face the sea and have their own private pools, but it is the hotel’s main swimming pool which is its greatest treasure. The vast infinity pool looks over the bay where your view will be dotted with a number of large swaying palm trees which look too perfect to be real, and ultimately retain the resorts very private ambience.
Bedroom | Includes Breakfast | 2 Nights
Amangalla occupies a privileged location, nestled within the walls of the Galle Fort, a 17th century Dutch fort and housed amongst a collection of colonial style buildings, all tastefully furnished with antiques, rich dark mahogany and incorporating Aman’s signature minimalist lines and modern flourishes. Boasting a very fine spa, The Baths recapture a bygone era of taking water to rejuvenate the body and mind, and the pool area is a peaceful haven set back from the hustle and bustle of the streets beyond.
UGA Residence, Colombo
Park Suite | Includes Breakfast | 1 Night
This charming all-suite boutique hotel dates back to the 19th century, and was once host to royalty and the colonial elite which is evident in the main house with its elaborate façade, whilst the 11 identical suites are more contemporary, and very spacious for Colombo. The hotel boasts a large swimming pool in the central courtyard, and is fashionably located close to Park Street Mews, known for its food scene and shops, yet is an oasis of calm from the hustle and bustle.
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