Day 1. To Colombo
Fly from London on a scheduled flight to Colombo.
Day 2. To Kandalama
Met on arrival and then a delightful drive through ever changing countryside to spend two nights at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel.
Day 3. Excursion to Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa
Early morning climb the impressive Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, a massive granite outcrop soaring 600 ft above the plain. It was built by the patricidal King Kasyapa in the 5th C. AD, and is home to the heavenly ‘Sigiriya Maidens’ frescoes. Afternoon visit to Polonnaruwa, the fascinating ruins of the 11th C. Capital of Sri Lanka. The highlight of the visit must surely be the remarkable carvings of the Buddha at the Gal Vihara. Majestic Dagoba’s grace the ancient city. On a less grand scale look out for the charming granite bath built, it is thought, to immerse and rehydrate patients!
Day 4. To Kandy via Dambulla with Spice/Batik visit
En route to Kandy visit the famous Cave Temples of Dambulla with earliest works dating from the 1st C. BC. See the stunning frescoes and numerous fascinating Buddha statues. The view across to Sigiriya is dramatic. Stop off at a Spice Garden and a Batik Factory to watch tracing, waxing and dyeing of the fabrics. Late afternoon arrival at the Chaaya Citadel for a two nights stay.
Day 5. Kandy Tour with Temple of Tooth & Cultural Show
After breakfast take a city tour of Kandy with time to browse the shops. Walk around the delightful Lake and look out for huge water monitors reclining on the banks. Evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic followed by an energetic cultural show.
Day 6. To Ahungalla via Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage & Galle Fort
Early start to the day with a visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, if lucky ‘feed’ one of the babies, then watch them revel as they bathe in the waters of the Mahaweli Ganga. Later drive to Ahungalla via the Dutch Fort of Galle. Stay four nights at the Heritance Ahungalla.
Day 7 - 9. At Leisure
Walk the golden beaches and dip your toes into the dazzling ultramarine waters of the Indian Ocean relax in the spa for perfect pampering. Chill out in the breathtaking infinity pool then, while away the evening dining on award winning cuisine.
Day 10. To London
Transfer to the airport for your scheduled return flight to London.
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £1,695.00
Single room supplement £345.00
International flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
Learn the ancient art of Batik from an expert
From mixing the paints to hanging the finished masterpiece out to dry. A perfect keepsake!