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Best time to go: April - October
Best for: Adventure & Off-the-beaten track, Wildlife & Safari, Culture & Beach, Repeat Visitors

Summer in Sri Lanka is surprisingly pleasant as the north and east of the country are at their best. The southern coast and lower foothills will be experiencing the monsoon, but this doesn’t make it over the high hills beyond. The eastern beaches are at their best, meaning you can gradually work your way along to them seeing some wildlife and culture en route before flying back. August is a popular month to travel to Sri Lanka, mainly as the famous Perahera Festival takes place in Kandy when the Buddha’s tooth is paraded through the town on ceremonial elephant. This itinerary begins with a night to sit back and relax just north of Colombo Airport before working your way to Gompola Estate and a stay at Ellerton. The British owners are charming, and you are within easy reach of seeing Kandy. Head north to the Cultural Triangle where you can spend two days or so seeing the ancient cities, Dambulla caves and climbing up Sigiriya Rock. Minneriya National Park is a must, partly as in the summer the ‘Elephant Gathering’ takes place when some 200 of them gather around the lake. Continuing on a wildlife theme, visit Wilpattu National Park, a beautiful park where you can possibly spot leopard and wild elephant. Sleep under canvas in a luxury tented camp, just feeling away from it all. Finally cross over to the east coast to stay at the delightful Jungle Beach Hotel, just north of Trincomalee. There are then direct flights back to Colombo where you can have a quick explore of the city before flying home.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£3654
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Head north in Sri Lanka, staying away from the south coast which gets affected by the summer monsoon
  • Explore Kandy, and maybe tie in your visit with the summer Perahera Festival
  • Explore the Cultural Triangle seeing the ancient cities, but also stopping to see the wonderful Elephant Gathering which takes place in Minneriya National Park
  • Continue to Wilpattu National Park for a spot of wildlife
  • End on the beach at Trincomalee, perfect to visit during the Summer Holidays
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1 Horathapola Horathapola Estate Horathapola Estate
Day 2-3 Kandy Bougainvillea Retreat Bougainvillea Retreat
Day 4-6 Cultural Triangle Wildgrass Wildgrass
Day 7-8 Wilpattu National Park Leopard Trails
Day 9-13 Trincomalee Jungle Beach Resort Jungle Beach Resort
Day 14 Negombo The Wallawwa The Wallawwa

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

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 2-3

Bougainvillea Retreat

$ $ $ $ $  

Bougainvillea Retreat has the feel of a private villa overlooking the mountains and golf courses surrounding Kandy.

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Day 2-3

Bougainvillea Retreat

$ $ $ $ $  

Bougainvillea Retreat has the feel of a private villa overlooking the mountains and golf courses surrounding Kandy.

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Day 4-6

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 4-6

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 9-13

Jungle Beach Resort

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Jungle Beach is a spectacular property set in natural surroundings on the unspoilt north east coast of Sri Lanka close to Trincomalee.

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Day 9-13

Jungle Beach Resort

$ $ $ $ $  

Jungle Beach is a spectacular property set in natural surroundings on the unspoilt north east coast of Sri Lanka close to Trincomalee.

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Day 14

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 14

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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Further Itinerary Suggestions

Shakti Ladakh

Delhi - Nimmo - Likhir - Stok - Gurgaon  

Ladakh is perfect for visiting India during the summer holidays, being high up in the Himalayas offering a wonderful glimpse into its colourful Buddhist culture.

9 days from £5120 p. p.

Remote Burma: Cruising the Chindwin

Mandalay - Chindwin River - Yangon  

The further you get off-the-beaten track in Burma, the more remarkable the destination becomes. Ideal for a second-time trip, this tour explores the hidden Chindwin on the luxury Belmond Orcaella.

17 days from £6150 p. p.