Sri Lanka Beach Holiday
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Tangalle, Sri Lanka, is an important fishing port, located on the south coast. Situated on one of the largest bays in Sri Lanka, it is protected from the ocean by an enclosing reef. The coastal town of Tangalle, is known for wide-open, palm fringed sandy beaches and picturesque coves. The sea here is particularly good for swimming and diving, making a popular beach destination on the south coast.
This Sri Lanka journey explores the Cultural Triangle, with its ancient Buddhist cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Visit Sigiriya Rock, an ancient rock fortress and Kandy, the one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. In the Hill Country, take hiking tours into tea gardens or climb Adam’s peak. Then relax on palm fringed beaches of Tangalle (Tangalla) near the jungles of Yala National Park. The nearby Medaketiya beach has excellent swimming conditions. Continue to Galle, famous for its 17th century Dutch Fort.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 15-DAY SRI LANKA BEACH HOLIDAY…
And, experience ancient Buddhist sites, wildlife safaris and scenic train ride.
This comprehensive tour through Sri Lanka features a full range of the country’s most interesting cultural, scenic and wildlife experiences. Highlights include touring ancient Buddhist sites, visiting tea and spice plantations, exploring colonial sites, riding elephants, private wildlife safaris, a scenic train ride, a Sri Lankan cooking lesson, and staying in Sri Lanka’s most exclusive and luxurious resorts.
Begin in Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka, a city of contrasts. Opt to sleep in an elegant colonial mansion or a suite at the Hilton, feast at gourmet restaurants or on irresistible street foods, shop at chic boutiques or barter in chaotic Pettah market, pray at holy… you get it. The list goes on and on.
Next, explore the highlights of the Cultural Triangle, a region filled with fascinating monuments of the great Sinhala civilization. Tour the ancient Buddhist cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. See monumental stupas, ruined palaces and sculptures carved in stone. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist sites, a temple built around a sacred bo (bodhi) tree thousands of years old.
Visit Sigiriya Rock, an ancient rock citadel that is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular site and a treasure trove of rare art. See the Sigiriya Damsels frescoes, which were painted on the rock walls and climb to the top of the rock to explore the ruins of a fifth-century palace and take in panoramic views over mountain valley below.
Continue to Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka that lies in a wooded valley deep in the hills, around an artificial lake. It is considered as one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka and is famous for The Temple of the Tooth, one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community. Kandy truly comes alive in late July/August for Kandy Perahera, a 10-day festival where Buddha's tooth in a golden casket is paraded – one of the most spectacular in all Asia.
Venture into the Hill Country, where verdant tea plantations cover rolling mountains. Stay at a luxurious Relais & Chateaux-affiliated hotel in a renovated tea planter’s cottage. Learn about tea picking and processing during a tour of a historic tea factory, and sample different types of high-quality Sri Lankan tea. During leisure time, hike through the tea fields or relax by the pool.
No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without a safari through Yala National Park. Regarded as one of the best game parks outside of Africa, Yala boasts a plethora of wildlife from herds of elephants and adorable sloth bears to wild boars and over 100 species of birds. If you’re looking to find out how the leopard found his spots, this is the place as Yala has the highest concentration of leopards anywhere in the world!
Next transfer to Tangalle (Tangalla) located just after the jungles of Yala National Park. Relax for a couple of days at Amanwella, an exclusive ultra-luxury resort overlooking a palm tree-shaded beach on the southern coast of Sri Lanka outside Tangalle. If you are travelling between January and July, you can see giant sea turtles coming ashore at night to lay their eggs (esp. Rekawa and Kahandamodara beaches). If you have a free day, then visit Mulkirigala, a fascinating ancient rock temple about 30 minutes inland.
Continue to Galle, one of Sri Lanka's most cosmopolitan cities. Famous for its 17th century Dutch Fort, it is possibly the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions.
Stay in the heart of the Galle Fort historic district at Amangalla, one of the finest and most romantic luxury resorts in Sri Lanka. Also, enjoy flexible private excursions to regional highlights such as a sea turtle hatchery, a traditional mask workshop, a lace-making workshop, and the private country estate of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most acclaimed modern architect.
Sri Lanka Journey in style Experience ancient Buddhist sites, tea plantations, wildlife safaris and scenic train ride.
(15 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Galle
Day 1 – Arrive
Colombo Private transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon flexible private city tour.
Day 2 – Cultural Triangle
Pinnawala Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights with touring en route.
Day 3 – Cultural Triangle
Mihintale & Anuradhapura Full-day private tour.
Day 4 – Cultural Triangle
Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa Full-day private tour.
Day 5 – Cultural Triangle
Dambulla – Kandy Private transfer to hotel for 1 night with private touring en route.
Evening private dance performance.
Day 6 – Transfer
Hill Country Morning private tour. Afternoon private transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 7 – Tour
Hill Country Morning tea factory tour.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 8 – Transfer
Yala National Park Morning first-class train from Hatton to Ella with picnic lunch on board.
Afternoon transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 9 – Safari
Yala National Park Morning private game drive.
Afternoon private game drive or at leisure.
Day 10 – Safari
Tangalle Morning private game drive.
Afternoon private transfer to resort for 2 nights.
Day 11 – Rest
Tangalle At leisure.
Day 12 – Transfer
Galle Private transfer to resort for 3 nights with touring en route.
Afternoon private tour.
Day 13 – The surrounds
Galle Full-day private flexible tour of the region.
Day 14 – Experience
Galle Morning private cooking lesson.
Day 15 – Depart
Galle Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go Sri Lanka is a year round destination with a tropical climate. However the best time to go is between December and April when there are less rains and the climate is cooler. It is also the peak time for whale-watching in the south of the island where both blue and sperm whales can be seen. Rains arrive in May and stay until September during which it is hot and humid in the cultural triangle and the west coast. However, the hill country around Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains and Bandarawela remains cooler. June is a good time to visit the eastern port of Trincomalee, where blue and sperm whales are observed closer to land. Try and avoid travelling between September and November when cyclones may occur with heavy rains.
Getting There Sri Lankan Airlines flies twice daily from Heathrow to Colombo. Sri Lanka airlines and BMI fly direct to Colombo while other International carriers like Emirates fly via Dubai and Jet Airways via India. Direct flights take 10 hours. If your itinerary includes India, then you can take domestic carrier (Indian Airlines or Jet Airways), which operates daily flights to Colombo from a number of southern Indian cities. The airport Colombo airport is located 32 km north of capital. You should leave at least an hour and a half for the drive to/from the city centre.
Passport/Visa UK Passport holders travelling to Sri Lanka for business or tourist purposes are required to get the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Visa. ETA holders are issued a 30 day short visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, you are required to produce your passport to the immigration officer to obtain the necessary clearance. It is advisable that you keep a copy of the ETA approval with you. Passports should have one blank page and be valid for no less than six months from the date of arrival.