Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Classic Touring

13 Days from $4,849

Feb 2020 - Mar 2020 Departures

​​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.

Overview

What's included

​Just You Tour Manager as your host
12 nights half board in 4-star hotels
24 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 11 dinners

PLUS
Specialist Local Guide
Welcome drink & farewell get-together
Overseas transfers on arrival & other transportation
Porterage

Included excursions

Tour of Colombo
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya including Lion Rock
Walk at Hiriwaduna
Matale Spice Gardens
Kandy Botanical Gardens
Kandy tour including Temple of the Tooth
Train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya
Tea plantation visit
Tour of Galle & Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
Farewell beach barbecue dinner in Beruwala with unlimited drinks (soft & alcoholic)

Optional excursions

Polonnaruwa
Dambulla cave temples​
Yoga session in Beruwala
Sri Lankan Arrack dinner

Itinerary

Make your own way to Colombo, where we’ll transfer you to your hotel. Sri Lanka ’s capital 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. A short sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city’s highlights. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner.

​Today we head to Habarana. En route we will visit UNESCO-listed Anuradhapura, the first capital and the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka.​

​Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka's seven World Heritage sites and is situated in the heart of the island's Cultural Triangle. This spectacular rock fortress 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. You will visit Minneriya National Park in the afternoon.​

​Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's cities and you can discover more on our optional excursion here on day 4. Alternatively, take the day to explore at your own pace. The villages surrounding Habarana offer a taste of local life. As you take the 2km stroll along the Hiriwaduna Lake dam, keep an eye out for some spectacular birdlife as well as land and water monitors.​

​On day 5 we'll visit the ancient Hiriwaduna Buddhist Temple before crossing a jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmer's 'wattle and daub' house.

​Dambulla cave temples contain more than 150 images of Buddha, why not take the option to visit them in the morning before we head 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​.

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. The famous Tooth Relic of Buddha can be found in Kandy and this afternoon we'll visit the temple​.

​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​.

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 also just 1km from the town, where there are plenty of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. On day 11, you might choose to join an optional morning yoga session with an expert teacher. Later that day, 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.

​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. 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.

At the end of the tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to Colombo airport or make your own arrangements.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Sri Lanka - Yoga Session

Sri Lanka - Yoga Session

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Why not ease into the day with Yoga!
Yoga is a collection of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is an early method of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. It helps to improve health and happiness. Your Guru today will help and guide you through this authentic practice.

Two-hour experience – Moderate activity – Enlightening

Sri Lanka - Ceylon Arrack Dinner

Sri Lanka - Ceylon Arrack Dinner

from $199

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This evening you will experience a true taste sensation; learning about and sampling the famous Ceylon drink; Arrack, along with a complementary multi course meal.

Ceylon Arrack is a spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower, the sap is the juice that would have turned the coconut flower into a coconut. Sap collection is a timeless art handed down from one generation to another. The Ceylon 'toddy tappers' can be seen early morning at the top of the tall coconut trees 'tight-rope walking' effortlessly from tree to tree, where coconut trees grow in abundance. The sap has its own natural yeast and starts fermenting naturally once collected and must be distilled within 24 hours of being collected. Arrack is therefore one of the few/rare spirits in the world which is a distillate of a 100% natural fermentation.

Before the dinner you will be taken through the history of arrack and the brand, concluding in a tasting of the different types of arrack. To follow, a specifically designed multi-course dinner by Chef Adam Gaunt from the Flying Fish in Sydney. Which is sure to excite your palette and tingle your taste buds!

Evening excursion – Minimal walking – A taste sensation!

Sri Lanka - Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka - Polonnaruwa

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Polonnaruwa - The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilized to this day. The greatest of these systems – the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) is a tank so vast that it is often mistaken for an ocean. It circles the main city like a ribbon, acting both as a defensive border against intruders and the lifeline of the people in times of peace.

Half day - Moderate walking - Historical Highlight

Sri Lanka - Dambulla Cave Temples

Sri Lanka - Dambulla Cave Temples

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Dambulla – located in the north central province, this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 1st century BC is an amazing complex of five caves. First used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Cave inscriptions dating from the 2nd Century BC can be found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century).

This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

Half day - Moderate walking - Not to be missed

Accommodation

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The 4-star Habarana Village by cinnamon is wonderfully situated and borders a stunning lake. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
The hotel is located minutes away from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the popular attractions in this UNESCO World Heritage City which is located 10 minutes away. The hotel provides high speed internet (Wi-Fi), has a pool area, a restaurant, bar/lounge, breakfast, fitness centre with gym/workout room. Room amenities include air-conditioning, minibar and also provides dry cleaning/ laundry service, concierge, multilingual staff, meeting rooms, business centre with internet access.
Surrounded by vast tea estates, the Blackpool Hotel has the style of ancient colonialism but with modern touch. The hotel has an outdoor warm water pool, lounge, bar and restaurant. The 57 rooms are decorated with traditional Sri Lankan design and feature air conditioning, TV, safe, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom facilities.
The 5-star Cinnamon Bey is situated in Beruwela. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 28 Feb 2020

13 Days

$5,349

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 20 Mar 2020

13 Days

$4,849

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