This is the ultimate Sri Lanka tour; the one that takes you from north to south and from east to west, with everything in between. Combining culture, history, nature and beach, it is the tour for those who want to see everything, even if it means relinquishing some of their creature comforts for a visit to an untouched, authentic part of Sri Lanka.

• Jaffna: 2 nights

• Trincomalee: 1 night

• Dambulla: 3 nights

• Kandy: 2 nights

• Nuwara Eliya: 2 nights

• Wellawaya: 1 night

• Yala: 1 night

• Mount Lavinia: 1 night

14nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

This is the ultimate Sri Lanka tour; the one that takes you from north to south and from east to west, with everything in between. Combining culture, history, nature and beach, it is the tour for those who want to see everything, even if it means relinquishing some of their creature comforts for a visit to an untouched, authentic part of Sri Lanka.

• Colombo: 1 night
• Yala: 2 nights

• Nuwara Eliya: 2 nights

• Kandy: 2 nights

• Sigiriya: 3 nights

• Jaffna: 2 nights
• Passikudah: 1 night
• Negombo: 1 night

Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Colombo Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Sri Lanka.

Day 2: Colombo to Jaffna Transfer to the Cinnamon Air departure lounge where you will catch your flight up to Jaffna. This afternoon join your group and local tour leader for a short walk along the city’s main street and enjoy a unique opportunity to try some local ice cream. Approx. journey time Stay: Jetwing Jaffna. D.

Day 3: Jaffna Today you will explore Jaffna, visiting Jaffna Fort, the Nallur Kovil Temple, Jaffna Library and Jaffna Museum. After lunch continue on to the Springs of Keerimalai and Dambakola Patuna Port. Stay: Jetwing Jaffna. B, D.

Day 4: Jaffna to Trincomalee Travel southwards towards the island’s beautiful east coast and the city of Trincomalee. After checking in to your beachside hotel head out on a sightseeing tour of the area. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours, 155 miles. Stay: Trinco Blu by Cinnamon. B, D.

Day 5: Trincomalee to Dambulla Today a half-day tour takes you to Polonnaruwa, the striking ruins of the second Sri Lankan capital. Lunch will be served at the nearby Hotel Sudu Araliya before you continue on your hotel, Jim’s Farm Villas, a secluded retreat in the countryside of the cultural triangle. Approx. journey time: 2½ miles, 87 miles. Stay: Jim’s Farm Villas. B, D.

Day 6: Dambulla In Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle there’s no shortage of fascinating sites to visit. And today you will have the opportunity to visit one of the region’s star attractions, Sigiriya rock, which is well worth a climb for our active guests. Approximately 1200 steps of varying steepness and difficulty levels take you to the top. This is undoubtedly a tough climb, however it is well worth the effort once you get to witness the views over the jungle and ruins of the ancient city below. Your afternoon of exploration takes you on a game drive into Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours, 40 miles. Stay: Jim’s Farm Villas. B, D.

Day 7: Dambulla Begin the day with a visit to the once-glorious Sacred City of Anuradhapura. This afternoon continue to the incredible Dambulla cave temple complex which has been in continuous use for over 2200 years. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 90 miles. Stay: Jim’s Farm Villas. B, D.

Day 8: Dambulla to Kandy There’s an early start this morning as you depart Dambulla for Hiriwaduna Village. During your time here you will join a short nature trek through the village to a nearby reservoir which is frequented by many species of bird. As you make your way south you will have the opportunity to visit a spice garden and discover a little more about the varieties grown. Following a typical Sri Lankan lunch at Ranweli Spice Garden and Restaurant, you’ll continue on to Kandy. This evening, witness a Kandyan dance and cultural show. Approx. journey time: 3 hours, 75 miles. Stay: The Elephant Stables (15 Feb); Bungalow by Amaya (all other departures). B, L, D.

Day 9: Kandy Today begins at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. You’ll find a vast selection of Sri Lanka’s native flora as well as many exotic species and a renowned orchid collection. There’s a slight change of pace this afternoon with some time spent on your own in Kandy, which is one of the country’s busiest cities. This afternoon you will head to the most famous of Kandy’s attractions, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is said to house an ancient relic of Lord Buddha. Stay: The Elephant Stables (15 Feb); Bungalow by Amaya (all other departures). B, D.

Day 10: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya This morning it’s onwards deep into the island’s beautiful hill country towards Nuwara Eliya. You will head to a local plantation and tea factory where you will learn the skill of tea plucking, and how the leaves make their way from the plant to your cup. The tea picking will be followed by lunch at the Glenloch Tea Factory. Approx. journey time: 2 hours, 68 miles. Stay: The Langdale by Amaya. B, L, D.

Day 11: Nuwara Eliya A morning of sightseeing takes you to the beautiful Hakgala Botanic Gardens. As well as tea, the Nuwara Eliya is also known for its many strawberry fields, one of which you can visit this morning. Alternatively, active guests can opt for the Horton Plains optional excursion. A three-hour trek, over relatively challenging terrain takes you to the renowned World’s End precipice for incredible views over the surrounding countryside. Later the whole group will take high tea at The Grand Hotel. Stay: The Langdale by Amaya. B, D.

Day 12: Nuwara Eliya to Wellawaya A unique opportunity to ride one of the most scenic stretches of Sri Lanka’s rail network is today’s highlight. You’ll travel to Nanu Oya railway station where you will board your train that will whisk you south through some of the island’s most glorious scenery. From Bandarawela you will transfer to Wellawaya. En route enjoy a short stop at the Diyaluma waterfall. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours, 56 miles. Stay: Jetwing Kaduruketha. B, D.

Day 13: Wellawaya to Yala A leisurely morning is spent at your hotel. The rest of the day’s sightseeing – a visit to the world-famous Yala National Park – is a real highlight of the entire tour. It is known locally as leopard country as it plays host to one of the world’s highest density of leopards. This afternoon’s safari into the park provides you with one of the best chances to see one of these elusive creatures. Approx. journey time: 2 hours, 62 miles. Stay: Cinnamon Wild. B, D.

Day 14: Yala to Mount Lavinia Following breakfast set off on your return journey

to Mount Lavinia for your final night. A final spot of sightseeing will take place in the beautiful walled city of Galle, where lunch will be served at the Lady Hill Hotel. If you have chosen to extend your stay in on the island’s south or south west coast you will transfer straight to your chosen resort from Yala. Approx. journey time: 5½ hours, 186 miles. Stay: Mount Lavinia. B, D.

Day 15: Mount Lavinia to UK Transfer to the airport (approx. journey time: 1 hour, 40 miles) for your flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Sri Lanka beach 3 nights

Kick back and relax after your tour with a short beach stay on one of Sri Lanka’s beautiful golden beaches.

Maldives 3 nights

Relax in paradise on your chosen Maldivian Island. Snorkel, dive or just dig your toes into the powder soft sand.

Day 1: UK to Colombo Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Sri Lanka.

Day 2: Colombo On arrival in Colombo transfer to your hotel where you’ll stay one night. This evening there will be a welcome dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant at the hotel. Approx. journey time: 1¾ hours; 32 miles. Stay: Mount Lavinia (or similar). D.

Day 3: Colombo to Yala Travel south to the beautiful walled city of Galle. On arrival, proceed to the Lady Hill Hotel for a lunch that will be accompanied by fantastic views over the city. A short introductory tour of Galle will follow, taking in the beautiful Old Town and its fortifications. Continue along the south coast towards Yala National Park. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 174 miles. Stay: Cinnamon Wild (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Yala A leisurely morning is spent at your hotel. The rest of the day’s sightseeing – a visit to the world-famous Yala National Park – is a real highlight of the entire tour. It is known locally as leopard country as it plays host to one of the world’s highest density of leopards. This afternoon’s safari into the park provides you with one of the best chances to see one of these elusive creatures, as well as species such as boar, deer and wild elephants. Stay: Cinnamon Wild (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Yala to Nuwara Eliya Head away from the coast and into the beautiful Hill Country towards Nuwara Eliya. Stop for lunch at the 98 Acres Resort & Spa, a scenic tea estate, and then head to the Hakgala Botanic Gardens. As well as tea, the countryside surrounding Nuwara Eliya home to many strawberry farms, one of which you can visit en route to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 105 miles. Stay: The Langdale by Amaya (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya Today begins with a few free hours to relax. You’ll then head into the town to take in the sights and perhaps get some lunch at one of the local restaurants. Later, take high tea at The Grand Hotel – a quintessential Sri Lankan experience. Stay: The Langdale by Amaya (or similar). B, D.

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya to Kandy This region of Sri Lanka is the heart of Sri Lanka’s renowned and historic tea producing industry, a subject you will learn more of during the day’s experience. Head to a local plantation and factory where you can learn the skill of tea plucking and discover the process the leaves go through between the plant and your cup. The tea picking will be followed by lunch at the Glenloch Tea Factory before you continue on to the city of Kandy. Later in the afternoon, head to the most famous of Kandy’s attractions, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses what is believed to be an ancient relic of Lord Buddha. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the local city market to witness the day-to-day life of the people of Kandy. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours, 75 miles. Stay: The Bungalow by Amaya (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Kandy Today begins at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. You’ll find a vast selection of Sri Lanka’s native flora as well as many exotic species  and a renowned orchid collection. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to spend an hour or two exploring the city at your own pace. Stay: The Bungalow by Amaya (or similar). B, D.

Day 9: Kandy to Sigiriya The journey continues this morning as you head north towards the Cultural Triangle. Stop for a typical Sri Lankan lunch at Ranweli Spice Garden and Restaurant en route to the incredible Dambulla cave temple complex which has been in continuous use for over 2200 years. Approx. journey time: 2 hours, 68 miles. Stay: Amaara Forest (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 10: Sigiriya This morning, join an excursion to the iconic Sigiriya Rock, which we recommended for guests who are active and willing to climb to the summit of this granite peak. Approximately 1200 steps of varying steepness and difficulty levels take you to the top. This is undoubtedly a tough climb, however it is well worth the effort once you get to witness the views. This afternoon, a game drive into Minneriya National Park – one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants – is included. Stay: Amaara Forest (or similar). B, D.

Day 11: Sigiriya There’s an early start this morning as you depart Sigiriya for Hiriwaduna Village. During your time here you will join a short nature trek through the village to a nearby reservoir which is frequented by many species of bird. Stay: Amaara Forest (or similar). B, D.

Day 12: Sigiriya to Jaffna Following breakfast, depart your hotel and travel north to the once-glorious Sacred City of Anuradhapura. You’ll have time to explore the ruins before transferring to the train station for your journey to Jaffna. As you travel north you’ll witness some incredible off-the-beaten-track landscapes. Approx. journey time: 2 hour drive, 46 miles; 2¾ hour train journey. Stay: Jetwing Jaffna (or similar). B, D.

Day 13: Jaffna Today, explore Jaffna, visiting Jaffna Fort, the Nallur Kovil Temple, Jaffna Library and Jaffna Museum. This afternoon, enjoy a unique opportunity to try some local ice cream before continuing on to the Springs of Keerimalai and Dambakola Patuna Port. Stay: Jetwing Jaffna (or similar). B, D.

Day 14: Jaffna to Passikudah Travel south towards the island’s beautiful east coast. It’s a relatively long journey, however you pass through a part of Sri Lanka that has been off limits to international travellers for many years – an experience not to be missed. Stop in the city of Trincomalee and join a city tour before continuing on to the coastal resort of Passikudhah, where you will stay for one night. Approx. journey time: 6 hours, 211 miles. Stay: Uga Bay (or similar). B, D.

Day 15: Passikudah to Negombo Transfer to Batticaloa airport for your Cinnamon Air flight to Colombo. Stay: Jetwing Sea (or similar). B.

Day 16: Negombo Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Sri Lanka beach 3 nights

Kick back and relax after your tour with a short beach stay on one of Sri Lanka’s beautiful golden beaches.

Maldives 3 nights

Relax in paradise on your chosen Maldivian Island. Snorkel, dive or just dig your toes into the powder soft sand.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

For the traveller who wants to visit the untouched north of Sri Lanka, as well as everything else it have to offer, with a particular focus on culture and history.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

• For guests over 16

• Average group size of 6 guests

• A maximum of 6 guests.

What to expect

• Basic but adequate accommodation in Jaffna

• The Sigiriya excursion and the Horton Plains optional experiences are recommended for energetic and physically fit guests as there will be lots of climbing or hiking involved

• If travelling in September you will visit Bundala National Park instead of Yala National Park.

Is this for you?

For the traveller who wants to travel from the south of the island to the untouched north, as well as taking in the Hill Country and Cultural Triangle in between.

What to expect

• Basic but adequate accommodation in Jaffna

• Intercity rail travel between Anuradhapura and Jaffna

• The Sigiriya excursion is recommended for energetic and physically fit guests as there is lots of climbing involved.

Accommodation on tour

We have chosen some charming, secluded or beautifully-situated boutique style properties. In Jaffna we have opted for the most centrally located and best quality hotel available. Particular favourites are the The Langdale by Amaya in Nuwara Eliya, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Group and The Bungalow by Amaya which is located in a secluded position on the outskirts of Kandy.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £1290

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Oct 11; Nov 15

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Excursions

Day 11: Horton Plains hike from £50 per person.

Tour dates

2018 Feb 14; Mar 14; Apr 25; Jun 20; Jul 25; Aug 08; Oct 17; Nov 14

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £2566 per person.

Why Kuoni?

This tour offers the unique opportunity witness the contrast between each of the different regions of Sri Lanka, visiting the city of Jaffna, which has not long been opened up to visitors after a troubled recent history. As well as temples and colonial architecture you will also witness the thought-provoking remnants of the civil war, giving you a completely different view of the island.

Why Kuoni?

This tour offers the unique opportunity to witness the contrast between each of the different regions of Sri Lanka, visiting the city of Jaffna, which has not long been opened up to visitors after a troubled recent history. As well as temples and colonial architecture you will also witness the thought-provoking remnants of the civil war, giving you a completely different view of the island.