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Indian Ocean
Sri Lanka
Sometimes described as a teardrop on India’s
cheek, Sri Lanka has long existed in the shadow of
its huge neighbour, but this fertile island has an
identity all of its own. Warmed by the equatorial
sun and watered by the monsoon rains, this
tropical island is a treat of varieties, from ancient
sites of religious pilgrimage to quiet beaches
lapped by the clear waters of the Indian ocean.

Dubai Flights
Flights are also available with Emirates, British
Airways, KLM via Amsterdam, Qatar Airways via
Doha.

Climate
With a daily twelve hours of daylight, and an
average seven hours of sunshine a day, Sri Lanka’s
consistent climate makes for an ideal all year round
destination. Days are warm and sunny with the
nights sometimes humid, although the sea breezes
can keep it feeling fresh. Sri Lanka has two rainy
seasons; April to June and October to November,
during this time rain falls mainly in the afternoon.
The northeast has one main rainy season from
October to January.

Visa
Not required for British passport holders.




Accommodation




KANDY Kandy House                                              COLOMBO Galle Face Hotel                                            GIRITALE Royal Lotus Hotel
The Kandy House is situated in the spice-growing hills that    The Galle Face Hotel is a splendid example of Victorian             Nestled on the banks of the scenic Giritale Reservoir and in
surround Kandy and the house has been carefully renovated      architecture and has been welcoming guests since 1864.              close proximity to the historical sites in the Cultural Triangle,
with white interiors, polished hardwood floorboards and        Located right on the sea front in the heart of Colombo the          the Royal Lotus Hotel provides magnificent views in a truly
Dutch-style antique furniture. All of the eight bedrooms are   setting is fantastic and the rooms have all the latest amenities.   beautiful setting. This three star hotel has a mellow, elegant
unique and provide timeless accommodation.                                                                                         style that combines modern design with historical
                                                                                                                                   references. The fully refurbished, stylish en-suite rooms are
                                                                                                                                   finished with contemporary furnishings, using subtle pastel
                                                                                                                                   shades and have an eastern feel; all have balconies offering
                                                                                                                                   exceptional views.




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Sri Lanka

Golden Triangle and Tea Trails 8 Days
   Sometimes described as a teardrop on India’s                       INDIA

   cheek, Sri Lanka has long existed in the
   shadow of its huge neighbour, but this fertile                                                Anuradhapura
                                                                                          Sigiriya
   island has an identity all of its own. Our short
                                                                                         Dambulla Polonnaruwa
   cultural tour travels through Sri Lanka’s                                                 SRI LANKA
   cultural triangle and its wonderful hill country.                           Negombo                Kandy
                                                                                                         Ella
                                                                              Colombo                  Nuwara Eliya
                                                                                  Berwala    Yala National Park
                                                                                                      Uda Walle National Park
                                                                                   Bentota
                                                                                              Galle

                                                                                                                                                                Tea Pickers, Nuwara Eliya
Day 1: Colombo – Dambulla – Sigiriya.                           Capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th Century AD and rose            Day 6: Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Nuwara
Arrive at Colombo airport drive to Sigiriya. En route           to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. There                Eliya.
visit the Elephant Orphanage and see the world's                are many fascinating things to see and there is                 Today explore this charming colonial retreat and visit
largest herd of domestic elephants. Later on visit the          plenty of time to explore with your guide before                the Horton Plains that, located 7,000 meters above
Dambulla Cave Temples which are some of the                     returning to Sigiriya. (B)                                      sea level is Sri Lanka's highest and most isolated
largest painted caves in the world with more than                                                                               plateau. These misty, silent grasslands offer some
22,000 sq ft of painted surfaces. The afternoon is at           Day 4: Sigiriya – Kandy.                                        excellent walks, including the appropriately named
leisure.                                                        This morning drive to Kandy and on arrival start                'World's End' sheer drop of 1,050 meters. Nature
                                                                exploring this city with your guide. Highlights include         lovers will revel in this wide, patna-grass covered
Day 2: Sigiriya.                                                the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, the             plain, the haunt of many wild, yet harmless, animals
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the unique Rock             Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, one of the best of its            and the home of many species of birds. (B)
Fortress or 'castle in the sky' as it is sometimes              kind in Asia with more than 5000 species and the
known at Sigiriya. This afternoon go on a Jeep Safari           Gem Museum. (B)                                                 Day 7: Nuwara Eliya – Colombo.
in Minneriya National Park. The park is less-visited                                                                            Drive to Colombo. Afternoon at leisure in Colombo.
than some of the others and is renowned for its                 Day 5: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya.                                    (B)
elephants. Also leopard, bear and spotted deer can              After breakfast drive through the hills visiting tea
be seen here. (B)                                               plantations and factories en route to Nuwara Eliya.             Day 8: Colombo.
                                                                Acres of tea with its lush green foliage extend miles           Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Day 3: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigirya.                        across the hills; no visit to the hill country is complete
Today go on a full day trip to Ritigala and                     without a visit to a tea estate. (B)
Polonnaruwa. Ritigala is the highest mountain in
northern Sri Lanka and an important place of
Buddhist worship. Polonnaruwa was the Medieval



             PRIVATE TOUR
 Departures: Daily
 Tour price per person:          2 persons, twin room
 01 Jan – 31 Dec                           £645

 INCLUDES:
 • 4 nights four star hotels. 3 nights three star plus hotel.
 • 7 breakfasts.
 • Accompanied by an experienced English speaking
   driver/guide. Private basis.
 • Private vehicle, normally a saloon car for one or two
   people.
 • Sightseeing programme including all entrance fees
 • Private guided transfers to and from all airports
 SUPPLEMENTS:
 • Single room supplement £195.
 COMMENT
 With your private driver/guide you will have plenty of
 time to discover Sri Lanka’s historical sites and try plenty
 of the local food.




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Sri Lanka

Classical Sri Lanka 14 Days
                                                                                                                       Day 9: Nuwara Eliya – Uda Walawe National
                                                                                                                       Park - Buttala.
   With a history full of myths, legends and                                                                           Leaving Ella, move on to Uda Walawe national park,
   folklore Sri Lanka has a story to be told                                                                           home to the largest concentration of wild elephants
   around every corner. Explore the country’s                                                                          in Sri Lanka. Take a 4WD jeep safari in search of
                                                                                                                       them. Continue to Buttala where you stay overnight
   classical sights, stay in eco lodges in                                                                             in Gallapita Eco Lodge deep in the Sri Lankan interior
   spectacular Wildlife National Parks and                                                                             on the banks of the Gem river. (B)
   relax on Sri Lanka’s famed beaches at an
                                                                                                                       Day 10: Buttala - Yala National Park - Buttala.
   exclusive beach resort.                                                                                             Yala National Park covers a huge area consisting of
                                                                                                                       scrub jungle, brackish lagoons and stunning rock
                                                                                                                       monoliths. Travel deep into the jungle on your
                                                                                                                       morning and afternoon 4WD jeep safaris in search
                                                                                                                       of wild animals. You may spot a leopard and there is
                                                                                                                       a substantial elephant population along with
                                                                                       Uda Walawe National Park        spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal,
Day 1: London - Colombo.                                     Day 6: Sigiriya - Kandy.                                  mongoose, pangolins and crocodiles. The bird life
Overnight international flight to Colombo with Qatar         Stop off at Dambulla Cave Temple and see the life         comprises over 120 species, and ranges from lesser
Airways.                                                     size Buddhas located in caves before arriving in          flamingos to paradise flycatchers, crested hawk
                                                             Kandy. After checking in to your hotel go out in the      eagles, and black bitterns. (B)
Day 2: Colombo.                                              evening and witness the 'puja' ceremony at the
Arrive at Colombo airport and transfer to your hotel.        Temple of the Tooth followed by a performance of          Day 11: Buttala - Galle.
The afternoon is at leisure to recuperate from your          Kandyan dancing. (B)                                      Stop off at Wewurukannala Temple before visiting
flight.                                                                                                                the 17th Century Dutch fort at Galle. Continue
                                                             Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya.                              overland to Bentota on Sri Lanka's beautiful coast
Day 3: Colombo - Anuradhapura.                               After breakfast enjoy a guided city tour of Kandy, the    and stay for three nights at the Lighthouse hotel. (B)
Today drive North to Anuradhapura, the first capital         last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings, and visit the
of Sri Lanka and one of the great monastic cities of         Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, renowned for its            Day 12: Galle.
the ancient world. See the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi Tree        orchid collection. Later on drive to Nuwara Eliya to      The Lighthouse hotel is located justside Galle on the
and Isurumuniya, the first temple to be built on the         visit the tea plantations. Spend the night in the hill    beach front. This is the perfect tropical getaway –
island. (B)                                                  country. (B)                                              enjoy relaxing on the beach, swimming in the pool
                                                                                                                       and eating fine food at one of the excellent
Day 4: Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya.                Day 8: Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Nuwara              restaurants. (B)
This morning visit nearby Mihintale where Buddhism           Eliya.
was first introduced in Sri Lanka. Continue to Sigiriya      Today explore this charming colonial retreat and visit    Day 13: Galle.
via Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital and view the           the Horton Plains, located 7,000 meters above sea         Spend the day at leisure at this luxurious boutique
impressive lying Buddha and the Royal Palace. (B)            level that is Sri Lanka's highest and most isolated       hotel. (B)
                                                             plateau. These misty, silent grasslands offer some
Day 5: Sigiriya.                                             excellent walks, including the appropriately named        Day 14: Galle - Colombo - London.
See Sigiriya’s famous Rock Fortress, built on a 600ft        'World's End' sheer drop of 1,050 meters. Nature          This morning follow the coast north to Colombo
high square of granite. Known as the Lion Rock it            lovers will revel in this wide, patna-grass covered       airport and take your Qatar Airways international
completely dominates the landscape. Climb to the top         plain, the haunt of many wild, yet harmless, animals      flight to London. Arrive the same day. (B)
and be rewarded with spectacular views. Spend the            and the home of many species of birds. (B)
day with your guide exploring this splendid site. (B)



            PRIVATE TOUR
                                                                                                                                We can tailor-make any of our
 Departures: Daily                                                                                                                   itineraries for you!
 Tour price per person:         2 persons, twin room
 01 Jan – 13 Dec                         £1985
 14 Dec – 31 Dec                         £2095

 INCLUDES:
 • Qatar Airways economy class international flights.
 • UK Airport Passenger Duty and airport taxes
 • 7 nights four star hotels. 3 night three star plus. 2
   nights eco lodges.
 • 12 breakfasts.
 • Private vehicle, normally a saloon car for one or two
   people.
 • Accompanied by an experienced English speaking
   driver/guide. Private basis.
 • Sightseeing programme including all entrance fees
 • Private guided transfers to and from all airports
 • Driver/guide’s expenses.
 SUPPLEMENTS:
 • Single room supplement £390.

 COMMENT
 After the classical sights the focus of the tour is
 spending time with nature at the Eco Lodges. The
 national parks are explored on foot and 4WD jeep. The
 walks in Horton Plains are graded as easy to moderate
 and are optional. Yala National Park’s drier season falls
 between May and August and the park closes during
 September and October.

                                                             Rock Fortress, Sigiriya
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