Seeing Ceylon

A draft itinerary for a classic tour of Sri Lanka in January 2020

 

DAY 1

  • Arrival
  • Katunayaka to Kurunegala (2 hrs). Lunch
  • Drive to Habarana Village (2 hrs)
  • Rest of the day free to relax by the pool. Dinner

DAY 2

  • Day trip to Anuradapura – the 5th century BC first capital of Sri Lanka to visit the most interesting archaeological sites

DAY 3

  • Visit Sigiriya – the 5th century AD rock fortress and pleasure gardens & the cave temple Dambulla with it’s frescoes

DAY 4

  • Day trip to Polonnaruwa – the 12th century capital of Sri Lanka to visit major archaeological sites

DAY 5

  • Drive to Jaffna with lunch on the way (5 hrs +). Stay at Fort Hammenhiel boutique hotel for 2 nights

DAY 6

  • Tour of  Jaffna & boat trip to Delft island with its wild ponies

DAY 7

  • Drive to Trinco. Stay at Nilaveli Beach hotel or similar

DAY 8

  • Trincomalee tour

DAY 9

  • Drive to Kandy via Matale with its herb gardens. Visit Temple of the Tooth, Royal Palace, St Paul’s Church and British Garrison Cemetery

DAY 10

  • Kandy: Visit tea pioneer James Taylor’s Loolkandura estate, the First Tea Plantation in Sri Lanka 

DAY 11

  • Drive to Hatton to stay at “Tea Trails” tea estate bungalow with all the trimmings and luxury of the British Raj

DAY 12

  • Tea Trails. Visit Nuwara Eliya (‘Little England’) & drive to the top of Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka at over 8000 ft

DAY13

  • Scenic train ride to Ella. Lunch. Drive to Hambantota. Stay at Shangrila beach hotel or similar

DAY 14

  • Hambantota. Udawalawe National Park Safari

DAY 15

  • Drive to Colombo. Stay at Mt. Lavinia Hotel on the beach

DAY 16

  • Colombo tour. Dinner at Tuna Paha Restaurant with cultural show

DAY 17

  • Fly to UK

 

Interested

  1. , Renna (16 March 2019)
  2. Lee, Tony (16 March 2019)

 

(Last updated 14 May 219)

 

 

 

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