With its incredible natural beauty, ancient sights and cultural treasures, Sri Lanka has much to offer. Admire the majestic elephants of Habarana, visit Sigiriya’s ‘Fortress in the Sky’ and view the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, then round off your tour with days of relaxation on the beach.
Just You Tour Manager as your host
Return flights from Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines
Use of an airport lounge in the UK
12 nights half board in 4 & 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
25meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 11 dinners
Welcome drink & farewell get-together
Overseas transfers & other transportation
Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
- Day 1 UK to Colombo
- Today you’ll fly to Colombo, arriving on day 2.
- Day 2 Colombo
- On arrival transfer to your hotel in Colombo where the rest of the day is at leisure. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant where you’lleat traditional Sri Lankan food from a menu that has beenexclusively curated for Just You. You will also be offered unlimited beer and wine.
- Day 3 Colombo & Habarana
- After breakfast,ashort sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city’s highlights. Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo is a bustling metropolis boasting an attractive blend of old and new. Grand colonial-era buildings and Buddhist temples rub shoulders with modern skyscrapers, fine restaurants and high-end boutiques.
We will then head to Habarana.This afternoon,we will visit Minneriya National Park, which is home todeer, leopards and elephants.
- Day 4 Sigiriya & Minneriya
- Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s seven World Heritage sites and is situated in the heart of the island’s Cultural Triangle. Aspectacular rock fortress, the Kerala complex is home to water gardens, moats and the impressive Lion Rock – the entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a carved lion. All you’ll see today are two huge paws but they are still an incredible sight.
Later today we’ll visit the ancient Hiriwaduna Buddhist Temple before crossing a jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmer’s ‘wattle and daub’ house.
- Day 5 Habarana
- Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s cities and you can discover more on this morningsoptional excursion here.
This afternoon why not take the optional excursion toDambulla cave temples thatcontain more than 150 images of Buddha.Alternatively, take the day to explore at your own pace.
- Day 6 Anuradhapura
- Today we’ll visit UNESCO-listed Anuradhapura, the first capital and the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka.This ancient buried city is full of stone carvings and sculptures, and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals.Anuradhapurais alsohome to the oldest historically documented tree on earth – The Sri Maha Bodhi –whichisover 2,200 years old and is respected by Buddhists all over the world.
- Day 7 Kandy
- This morning wehead to Kandy. The aromatic Matale Spice Gardens are our port of call en route to the city. Nutmeg, pepper, cloves and cinnamon, all of which are regularly used in Sri Lankan cuisine, grow here.
- Day 8 Kandy
Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and the Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Peradeniya are a delight to explore. First planted for King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha (1747-1780), and covering some 150 hectares, you’ll see towering trees, elegant lawns, flowering shrubs and exotic crops such as coffee, tea and nutmeg during our visit here. Highlights include a palm avenue planted by the British in 1905 and an enormous Java fig grown from a sapling brought over from the East Indies.
Today, you will visit Sthree Caf for lunch.The Sthree caf- supported by Planeterra,works with women in the local community to increase their income, strengthen their financial independence, and help them become economically empowered. The Sthree Caf employs local women from WDC’s Kandy forum as well as differently-abled persons, providing them with a fair wage and the skills and training needed to work in the service sector. The caf serves fresh, locally sourced, seasonal vegetarian cuisine andprovides a traditional Sri Lankan dining experience.
You’ll then tourKandy, wherehighlights include the temple housing the famous Tooth Relic of Buddha and the MarketSquare. The Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic,commonly known as ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’,is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century this temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed.The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka, where thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.
- Day 9 Nuwara Eliya
- Nuwara Eliya, which we reach by a combination of train and road, is an area carpeted in lush green tea plantations and the home of the famous Ceylon tea. During a plantation visit we’ll get to see how the leaves for England’s favourite brew are picked by hand and taste a cup in its purest form.
- Day 10 Beruwala
- We arrive in Beruwala today, where you can spend the next three days at leisure. Our hotel is located right on the beach and boasts an inviting pool and a rooftop spa. It’s alsojust 1km from the town, where there are plenty of restaurants, cafs, bars and shops.
- Day 11 Beruwala
- A city tour of Galle today will introduce you to the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505, while a visit to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery allows you a privileged view of these endangered creatures.
- Day 12 Beruwala
- Today, youmight choose to join an optional yoga session with an expert teacher. Later today, and following an included lunch we offer a special optional dinner. This dinner will introduce you to Arrack – a Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower. This can only be collected by hand and is aged in oak casks. Your multi-course meal, which was developed by chef Adam Gaunt from the Flying Fish in Sydney, Australia, will be accompanied by several types of Arrack.
- Day 13 Beruwala
- Today has been left free for you to spend at leisure. Perhaps spend some time relaxing on the beach or beside the hotel’s pool, alternatively you may wish to book a treatmentat the hotel spa.
This evening we’ll gather as a group to enjoy a special farewell barbecue dinner on the beach with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.
- Day 14 Colombo to UK
- Today we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK.