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Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean

From £3,349
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Oct 2022 - Oct 2023
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From £3,349
Duration 14 Days
Departures from: Oct 2022 - Oct 2023
Tour Overview
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.
  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from London
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 12 nights half-board in 4 & 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 25 included meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 dinners including welcome drink & diiner & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
  • Scenic rail: Train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya

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
  • Farewell beach barbecue dinner in Beruwala with unlimited drinks

AIRPORT TRAVEL Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* on the value of your booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Colombo

Today, make your own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Colombo, arriving on day 2.

Day 2 Colombo

On arrival transfer to 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 from a menu that has been exclusively curated for Just You. You will also be offered unlimited beer and wine.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Colombo - Habarana

After breakfast, a short sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city's highlights. Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo 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.
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 4 Sigiriya & Minneriya

Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka's seven World Heritage sites and is situated in the heart of the island's Cultural Triangle. A spectacular rock fortress, the 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.
Later today 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 5 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 why not take the 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 6 Anuradhapura

Today we'll visit UNESCO-listed Anuradhapura, the first capital and the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. This ancient buried city is full of stone carvings and sculptures, and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals. Anuradhapura is also home to the oldest historically documented tree on earth - The Sri Maha Bodhi - which is over 2,200 years old and is respected by Buddhists all over the world.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Habarana - Kandy

This morning 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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Kandy

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.

Today, you will visit Sthree Café for lunch. The Sthree Café, supported by Planeterra, works with women in the local community to increase their income, strengthen their financial independence, and help them become economically empowered. The Sthree Café employs local women from WDC's Kandy forum as well as differently-abled persons, providing them with a fair wage and the skills and training needed to work in the service sector. The café serves fresh, locally sourced, seasonal vegetarian cuisine and provides a traditional Sri Lankan dining experience.

You'll then tour Kandy, where highlights include the temple housing the famous Tooth Relic of Buddha and the Market Square. The Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic, commonly known as 'Sri Dalada Maligawa', is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world. Built in the 16th century, this temple houses the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Kalinga province in ancient India in the 4th century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed. The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka, where thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Beruwala

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. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Beruwala

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Beruwala - at Leisure

Today is yours to spend as you like, you may choose to relax at your hotel or you could join an optional yoga session with an expert teacher. Meals included: B,L

Day 13 Galle

Today has been left free for you to spend at leisure. Perhaps spend some time relaxing on the beach or beside the hotel's pool, alternatively you may wish to book a treatment at the hotel spa.

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 14 Colombo - UK

Today we'll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Just You Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

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 (as specified or similar)

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.

What our customers say

  1. A once in a lifetime experience

    "A once in a lifetime experience seeing different cultures in Sri Lanka led by an experienced, caring, knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide. Amazing experiences with our tour guide, who for the duration of the trip was so knowledgeable and caring for our safety. Good hotels throughout the tour" - Frances Bennett

  2. We had a great time

    "We had a great time. The other people wanted to communicate and mix. The places we visited were very interesting" - Margaret Smith

  3. Good balance of activities

    "A great holiday with a good balance of activities and an excellent local guide" - Julia Delwiche

  4. Smiling faces and warm welcome by all

    "I enjoyed my holiday. Friendly people with smiling faces and warm welcome by all" - Alexandra Duckworth

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Sri Lanka - Habarana - Dambulla cave temples

Sri Lanka - Habarana - Dambulla cave temples

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
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...

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Sri Lanka - Habarana - Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka - Habarana - Polonnaruwa

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
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...

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Sri Lanka - Beruwala - Yoga session

Sri Lanka - Beruwala - Yoga session

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
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 metho...

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  1. Just You Cares

    We'll visit the Sthree Cafe which promotes economic empowerment, inclusion and social reintegration. Supported by Planeterra, the Sthree Cafe employs local women from WDC's providing them with a fair wage and the skills and training needed to work in the service sector

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