• Sri Lanka Experiences

    Sri Lanka Experiences

    Ayubowan! Taprobane comes alive as a new day dawns: the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura shake off the dewdrops and rise in majestic splendour: vast white painted Dagoba sparkle in the dancing sunbeams…..wherever you look, the enigmatic smile of the Lord Buddha welcomes one and all. High in the Hill Country, bathed in hues of emerald green, tea pickers pluck the delicate buds of tea. At Sigiriya the delectable frescoes of lovely Maidens transcend heaven and earth; in Kandy the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic stands resolute. Herds of elephant, buffalo and shy leopard roam the Wildlife Parks, whilst offshore whales and dolphins grace the shimmering seas.
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The Colonial Collection

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Colombo Pinnawela Elephant Orphange Kandy Dickoya Tea Experience  Galle Mount Lavinia

Day 1. To Colombo
Fly from London on a scheduled flight to Colombo.

Day 2. Colombo
Arrive Colombo. Met on arrival & transfer to The Galle Face Hotel for one night.

Day 3. To Kandy via Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Temple & Cultural Show
After breakfast set out bright and early for a morning excursion to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see the clamouring ‘babes’ fed. Then watch the herd luxuriate in the river waters for their morning bath. Evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth followed by a Kandyan dance and cultural performance. Two nights at the Kandy House.

Day 4. Kandy City Tour & Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Afternoon city tour of Kandy including a visit to the Art and Crafts workshop and the Bazaars. Later visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, on a loop of the Mahaweli Ganga, with its beautiful Orchard House and avenues of double coconut palms.

Day 5. To Dickoya - Drive to Dickoya or Optional Train Journey via Hatton
After breakfast take a splendid train ride to Hatton. (Or drive to the hotel). The views from the rail carriages are magnificent, though at times almost too breathtaking! If opting to travel by train the car awaits at Hatton for the lovely journey to an elegantly restored Planters Bungalow, climbing ever higher through rolling hills dotted with tea plantations. Two nights at a Ceylon Tea Trails Bungalow.

Day 6. Dickoya - Tea Experience
Follow in the footsteps of the Tea Planter and walk, with the Resident Planter, through the jungle listening to the sights and sounds. At the tea plantation watch the tea pluckers deftly nip two leaves and a bud from the bushes. See the care taken with the leaves as they are dried and processed to make the famous Sri Lankan ‘single origin tea’. Afternoon at leisure to walk in the pure cool airs of the hill country; then relax and enjoy a refreshing pot of tea on the veranda.

Day 7. To Galle - Drive or Fly to Galle
Morning drive to the southern coast of Galle or take to the skies in an air taxi. Two nights at the Dutch House.

Day 8. Galle - Morning Tour
Morning guided tour of this delightful scenic Fort. Virtually untouched by modernisation the Fort still maintains its Dutch Colonial air, visits include the Dutch Reform Church, the Bastions and the National Maritime Museum.

Day 9. To Mount Lavinia
After breakfast drive up the coast, passing by beautiful lagoons and sandy shores. Three nights at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

10 - 11. Mount Lavinia
Built in 1806 as a weekend home for the British Governor General of Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, the walls could tell many an intriguing story about his liaison with the beautiful dancer, Lovina; and the secret passages built - allegedly - to allow him to visit his lover in secret! Relax with a massage at the spa, unwind in the pool or walk the golden beaches.

Day 12. To London
Transfer back to the airport for your scheduled return flight to London.

The Cost From

Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis                      £2,500.00

Single room supplement                                                  £930.00


Cost Includes:

  • International flights in economy class.

  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.

  • Daily breakfast throughout. All inclusive basis at Ceylon Tea Trails

  • 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.


Cost does not include:

  • Visa Fee.

  • Any optional Excursions.

  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

  • Travel Insurance.


Discover the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine from a Masterchef at the iconic Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Or visit the excellent Sri Lankan Air Force Museum at Ratmalana.

  • Shop for mementos in Colombo’s markets, shops and boutiques
  • Take to the skies and explore the island thrilling Air Taxi
  • Travel by train through rolling hills dotted with tea plantations in Sri Lanka’s cool, green highlands
  • Pluck your own tea and relax at restored Tea Planters bungalow

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  •   quote-mark  We were very pleased with the organisation of our visit to Kamptee. With such short notice, you did a great job getting the contacts with the gentleman, Father Sebasti who in turn made contact with Noel Joseph and in turn George Taj. We were thrilled that our guide Irfan and driver Mr Singh, rearranged our afternoon so that we could wait till Noel could return to Kampti in the afternoon. We enjoyed a fill-in drive and visit to Ramtek temple. Guide Irfan and driver Roshan were most accommodating, as our day didn't finish til 5.50pm back in Nagpur. Noel took us back to the cemetery. He had arranged for us to go to the Nagpur Diocese office the next day, where he had arranged with George to view the archived books and registers kept there from the Garrison Church in Kampti. Several officials helped us in Nagpur. We were thrilled to find our family Baptism registrations and some extra information, which proved our ancestor had been in the Army at Kampti a gunner in the D Troop, Horse Artillery, Kampti. quote-mark2

    J Armsrong - India Tour April 2019 – reseraching her ancestors in India

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