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Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Culture & Beach, First Time Visitor, Cultural & Immersive, Historical

Sri Lanka is exceptionally diverse, and each day will allow you to experience something new and profoundly interesting. This suggested tour comes with your own private driver/guide throughout, giving you an element of flexibility to see some of the hidden gems that lie off the main tourist trail. It goes without saying that Sri Lanka is packed with lovely boutique hotels, many of them in beautiful locations offering stunning views. We love to jazz up the experience, such as seeing some of the Ancient Cities on bikes rather than in a car, visiting local villages to see the rural way of life, maybe learning Sri Lankan cookery in Galle or taking breathtaking walks through verdant green tea plantations. In fact, any element of the day-to-day schedule can be tailored around exactly what you want, as we know some people love delving into historical sites, whilst others just like to dip in and out. A private tour of Sri Lanka is simply a magical, varied and stunning experience.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£2595-£4135
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Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Explore the Cultural Triangle with its superb ancient cities; Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, the Buddhist Caves of Damulla, the rock-fort of Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park
  • Stop in Kandy to see the Temple of the Tooth before taking a train through the tea plantations to the Hill Country
  • Spend a few days taking leisurely walks through the tea plantations
  • Delve into Yala National Park, famous for wild leopard and elephant
  • Explore the colonial town of Galle before ending on the beach

Day 2-4

Gold: Ulagalla
Silver: Vil Uyana

Day 5-6

Gold: Kandy House
Silver: Elephant Stables

Day 9

Gold: Chena Huts
Silver: Cinnamon Wild

Day 10-11

Gold: Amangalla
Silver: The Fort Bazaar

Day 12-13

Gold: Rock Villa
Silver: Aditya
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1 Negombo Horathapola Estate The Wallawwa
Day 2-4 Cultural Triangle Vil Uyana Ulagalla
Day 5-6 Kandy Elephant Stables Kandy House
Day 7-8 Tea Country Mandira Bungalows Ceylon Tea Trails
Day 9 Yala National Park Cinnamon Wild Chena Huts
Day 10-11 Galle The Fort Bazaar Amangalla
Day 12-13 South Coast Aditya Rock Villa

Suggested Hotels

Day 1

Horathapola Estate

$ $ $ $ $  

Horathapola Estate is an original planter’s bungalow, an hour inland from Colombo and the airport making it a perfect first or last stop on a tour of Sri Lanka.

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Day 1

The Wallawwa

$ $ $ $ $  

The Wallawwa is a beautiful boutique property with wonderful service set in stunning gardens, ideal for the beginning or end of your trip.

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Day 2-4
Water Dwellings At Dawn, Vil Uyana, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Vil Uyana

$ $ $ $ $  

Vil Uyana is a luxury eco resort set amongst paddy fields just a few miles from Sigiriya in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka.

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Day 2-4

Ulagalla

$ $ $ $ $  

Ulagalla is the most unique and luxurious property in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, sitting mid-way between the main sites of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

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Day 5-6

Elephant Stables

$ $ $ $ $  

Elephant Stables is a beautiful boutique villa in a peaceful location just 10 minutes from the centre of Kandy in Sri Lanka.

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Day 5-6
Kandy House | Luxury Sri Lanka Boutique Hotels | Millis Potter Travel

Kandy House

$ $ $ $ $  

The Kandy House is a magnificent manor house located in the quiet outskirts of Kandy offering nine gorgeous rooms and a delightful pool.

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Day 7-8
Mandira Bungalows, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Mandira Bungalows

$ $ $ $ $  

Mandira Bungalows are a collection of three original planter’s bungalows set in the tea hills around Hatton in Sri Lanka.

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Day 7-8

Ceylon Tea Trails

$ $ $ $ $  

Staying in one of the five Ceylon Tea Trails plantation houses is the most luxurious way to experience Sri Lanka’s hill country. In many ways, a stay at Tea Trails is the highlight of any tour of Sri Lanka. You can expect the most amazing service, cuisine and a chance to stretch your legs and …

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Day 9
Cinnamon Wild, Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Wild

$ $ $ $ $  

Cinnamon Wild is a low key safari lodge with comfortable chalets on the edge of Yala National Park, a perfect base from which to explore the wildlife.

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Day 9

Chena Huts

$ $ $ $ $  

Chena Huts is a luxurious African safari style property close to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, offering private pool villas next to a secluded beach.

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Day 10-11

The Fort Bazaar

$ $ $ $ $  

The stylish Fort Bazaar is located in the heart of Galle Fort offering a wonderful chic retreat and delicious dining.

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Day 10-11

Amangalla

$ $ $ $ $  

Amangalla is the most exclusive and prestigious hotel in Galle offering excellent service and the highest level of accommodation.

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Day 12-13
Aditya, South Coast, Sri Lanka | Luxury Beach Hotels in Sri Lanka

Aditya

$ $ $ $ $  

Aditya is a contemporary style boutique hotel set on a quiet stretch of beach just up the coast from Galle on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

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Day 12-13

Rock Villa

$ $ $ $ $  

Taru Villas – Rock Villa is pretty boutique hotel set in tropical gardens by the beautiful beaches of Bentota on the south coast of Sri Lanka.

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