Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean

From $5,149
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Mar 2020
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From $5,149
Duration 13 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Mar 2020
Tour Overview

Head to this paradise island afloat in the Indian Ocean to discover mysterious ancient sites, lush tea plantations, idyllic beaches and more.

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 12 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels      
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 dinners including welcome drinks & dinner and farewell dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included

Included Holiday Highlights

  • 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
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Tour of Galle & Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • Train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya
  • Local Flavours - Farewell beach barbecue in Beruwala with unlimited soft & alcoholic drinks

Itinerary

Day 1 Colombo

Make your own way to Colombo where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Arrive at 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’ll eat traditional Sri Lankan food. Meals included: D

Day 2 Colombo - Habarana

After breakfast, a short sightseeing tour will introduce you to the highlights of Colombo. Grand colonial-era buildings and Buddhist temples rub shoulders with modern skyscrapers and high-end boutiques.

We will then head to Habarana. This afternoon, we will visit Minneriya National Park, which is home to deer, leopards and elephants.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Sigiriya & Minneriya

Today we visit Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka’s seven World Heritage sites in the island’s Cultural Triangle. Later, we’ll visit the ancient Hiriwaduna Buddhist Temple before crossing a jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmer’s ‘wattle and daub’ house.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Habarana - at Leisure

Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s cities and you can discover more on this mornings optional excursion here.

This afternoon there’s an optional excursion to Dambulla cave temples that contain more than 150 images of Buddha. Alternatively, take the day to explore at your own pace.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Anuradhapura

Today we’ll visit unesco-listed Anuradhapura, the first capital and the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Habarana - Kandy

This morning we head to Kandy via the aromatic Matale Spice Gardens.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Kandy

Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and the Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Peradeniya are a delight to explore. The famous Tooth Relic of Buddha can also be found in Kandy and this afternoon we’ll visit the temple. For lunch you’ll visit the Sthree Café which serves fresh vegetarian cuisine, providing a traditional Sri Lankan dining experience.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, which we reach by a combination of train and road, is the home of Ceylon tea. Visit a tea plantation and enjoy a tasting.

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Nuwara Eliya - Beruwala

We arrive in Beruwala today, where you can spend the next three days at leisure. On day 11, you might choose to join an optional morning yoga session and later that day we offer a special optional dinner. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Galle

We’ll take a city tour of Galle today before visiting the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell barbecue dinner on the beach with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.

Meals included: B,D

Days 11 - 13 Colombo - Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport​, please see www.justyou.com/transfers Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Please note: This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps with little or no hand rails to offer assistance​.

Accommodation

Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo

Located along the banks of Beira Lake in Colombo, the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo features an outdoor pool, a spa and wellness area, tennis, squash courts and also a gym. All rooms are stylishly appointed and have a flat-screen TV, safety deposit box and tea and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. All rooms have en suite facilities.

Habarana Village - Habarana

The 4-star Habarana Village by cinnamon is wonderfully situated and borders a stunning lake.

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.

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

The 4-star Cinnamon Citadel in Kandy is an ideal base from which to discover this fascinating ancient city while also providing plenty of opportunities for relaxation in a peaceful setting.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants, bar and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, minibar and hairdryer.

The Blackpool

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.

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala

The 5-star Cinnamon Bey is situated in Beruwela.

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.