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

A journey through Sri Lanka makes for a wonderful holiday. Explore ancient cities, lost temples, travel through the stunning mountain scenery and tea estates and end by kicking back on the palm-fringed beaches of the south coast. This suggested itinerary doesn’t aim to do it all (although we can add in any destination in Sri Lanka you want), but showcases the absolute highlights which is perfect if this is your first-time trip to Sri Lanka. You’ll have a private driver/guide as you travel, being able to stop off at points of interest you might come across in your guidebook or make a detour to some more off-the-beaten track highlights. That might mean stopping in a rural village to see Sri Lanka away from the tourist trail. Your private guide will be there to showcase the main sights, and we love to see these in innovative ways. If you want, you can cycle around the ancient city of Polonnaruwa for instance. All in all, this itinerary is relaxing and immersive, showcasing the amazing highlights of this wonderful country.

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£1755-£2980
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Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • This short private tour combines the amazing ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, Dambulla Caves, Sigiriya, Kandy and the Tea Country alongside a chance to kick-back on the beaches around Galle to end
  • Have a private driver/guide throughout
  • Perfect as a base itinerary to add on specific interests such as wildlife safaris
  • Stay in lovely boutique hotels
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1 Negombo Horathapola Estate The Wallawwa
Day 2-4 Cultural Triangle Wildgrass Vil Uyana
Day 5-6 Hill Country Taylor’s Hill Ceylon Tea Trails
Day 7-9 Galle The Frangipani Tree The Fortress
Day 10 Fly home

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

Wildgrass

$ $ $ $ $  

Wildgrass is located in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle allowing you to both reconnect with nature at this eco resort and explore Sri Lanka’s ancient cities.

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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 5-6
Taylor's Hill, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Taylor’s Hill

$ $ $ $ $  

Taylor’s Hill is a laid-back colonial country house in the tea hills of Sri Lanka and has a contemporary finish, perfect as a retreat from which to explore the hill country.

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Day 5-6

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 7-9
Frangipani Tree, Sri Lanka | Luxury Beach Hotels | Millis Potter Travel

The Frangipani Tree

$ $ $ $ $  

The Frangipani Tree is a Geoffrey Bawa inspired contemporary beachside hotel near UNESCO world heritage Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.

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Day 7-9

The Fortress

$ $ $ $ $  

The Fortress is a well polished luxury resort ideal for families set on golden sands only 30 minutes from Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.

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Further Itinerary Suggestions

A Summer holiday in Sri Lanka

Horathapola - Kandy - Cultural Triangle - Wilpattu National Park - Trincomalee - Negombo  

Most people think Sri Lanka is just a winter-sun destination, but much of the north and east of the county is perfect in the summer months.

15 days from £3654 p. p.

Ultimate Luxury Holiday to Sri Lanka

Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Hill Country - Southern Beaches  

Sri Lanka has it all; amazing luxury boutique hotels, fantastic experiences, breath-taking scenery, sumptuous cuisine and you can even hop around in a private helicopter.

14 days from £7020 p. p.

Sri Lanka’s Tea Hills and Palm-fringed beaches

Negombo - Hill Country - Galle - Tangalle  

This journey to Sri Lanka combines the tea country with a stay on Sri Lanka’s south coast, more of a relaxing holiday than immersive tour, a way to sit-back and relax and simply enjoy the destination.

14 days from £5528 p. p.