When to Travel

Nov to Feb/March are the months when the temperature is at its most pleasant.  In the pre-monsoon build up during May and June, it can get particularly hot.


The end of May to September is the monsoon season, when wet conditions bring a welcome respite from the temperatures of the previous two months. Torrential downpours followed by sunny spells are a feature of this time of year.


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Sri Lankan Honeymoon

Highlights

  1. Sights of the Cultural Triangle including Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonarruwa

  2. Explore the cultural city of Kandy

  3. Relax amidst stunningly beautiful surroundings at Tea Trails

  4. Luxury tented safaris in Yala National Park

Day 13. Transfer to airport for flight home



Tour Includes:

  1. All transfers as per itinerary

  2. All sightseeing as per itinerary with an English speaking guide.

  3. Excursions as mentioned

  4. Transportation in private A/C vehicle

  5. Accommodation on a B&B basis throughout except at Kulu Safari’s which is on a full board basis Public liability insurance

  6. All taxes




Tour Excludes:

  1. All International flights & Visa fees

  2. International airport tax (Included in Airline Ticket)

  3. Meals, unless mentioned differently

  4. Optional tours & activities mentioned in the itinerary.

  5. Beverages and personal expenses

  6. Other excursions and entrance fees

  7. Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)



Entry requirements


Visas are required to enter Sri Lanka. As of 1 January 2012, British nationals should obtain short stay visas to Sri Lanka through an online visa application process, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), and pay the appropriate processing fee. Further details can be obtained from the ETA official website  - http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ of the Department of Immigration and Emigration. If you experience any difficulty in accessing the ETA System, you can obtain a visa in person from the Sri Lankan High Commission or by post prior to travel. Further details can also be found on the High Commission’s website.

You must hold a valid passport to enter Sri Lanka. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of exit from Sri Lanka

Day 02.

You will be transferred to the Cultural Triangle some 4 hours drive away (approx). Later in the day you will have the opportunity to go to the top of Sigiriya.

Sigiriya is possibly the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Situated on the top of a vast 200m granite rock lie the ruins of the legendary sky citadel (477 AD), which is famous for its frescoes of celestial maidens. Although it is a steep climb to the top, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort.

Day 02 - 04 (2 Nights)

Kandalama Hotel, Kandalama – 2 nights, B&B

This is a large hotel designed by Sri Lanka’s most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.  Nestled against the cliffs of a huge granite outcrop, overlooking a large ancient manmade lake, open views extend for miles around and can be enjoyed from the roof gardens and bedrooms (all with balconies).  The swimming pools are lovely, particularly the infinity pool overlooking the lake.

Day 03. You will be met and escorted on a private sightseeing tour of Polonarruwa.

Polonnaruwa was the islands medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century. Built along side a large ancient artificial lake there are well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, stupas and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha. Later visit the museum, which though small, is excellent.

Day 04. You will be transferred to Kandy, visiting the Dambulla temples along the way.

The Dambulla Cave Temples date back to the 1st century BC. They are sited on a gigantic granite outcrop, which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land. The insides of the caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting religious and secular scenes and house hundreds of statues, many of which are carved out of the living rock and the largest of which is the 15m long dying Buddha.

Days 04 - 06 Villa Rosa, Kandy – 2 Nights, B&B

With stunning views from the hills over the Mahaweli river below, the location of this small boutique property allows close proximity to the sights of Kandy, whilst maintaining a relaxed, friendly and private atmosphere.  The 6 rooms are well designed and tastefully furnished, as is the rest of the hotel which has additional spacious common areas for relaxation.

Day 05. You will be met and escorted on a private sightseeing visit to the temple of the Tooth.

Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations. Set in the mountainous area of the island, there are fantastic views over the city from some of the hotels.

The Botanical gardens are fantastic with an excellent orchid house and a wide variety of plant species from all over the world. For keen gardeners I would recommend at least a morning to visit the gardens, possibly longer. There is also a local dance performance which is a little touristy but entertaining none the less.

Day 06. Transfer to Tea Trails visiting Nuwara Eliya along the way

Meaning ‘City of Light’, this is the highest town in Sri Lanka (1990m) and a major hill resort.  This cool and misty escape was a favourite with the British who built lovely, colonial houses with immaculate lawns and colourful flower beds, an 18-hole golf course and a race track.  Within a short drive of the town are some of the island’s finest tea plantations.

Day 08. You will be transferred to Yala

Yala National Park is teeming with wild life – elephants, leopard, bears and a myriad of birds congregate around the waterholes. This is the best opportunity to see the abundance of fauna and flora on the island. You will be taken on three Jeep Safaris into the park in the evenings and early mornings.

Days 08 - 10. Kulu tented safari. 2 Nights, Tented accommodation, Full Board basis.

This safari experience offers guests accommodation in comfortable tents.  Days are spent tracking the local wildlife, in 4x4 vehicles, accompanied by a guide and, at night, falling asleep to the sound of the forest under a canopy of stars.

Day 12. You will be transferred to Colombo.

Day 12. Wallawwa, 1 Night B&B

The Wallawwa, an old colonial manor house, has been lovingly restored to provide 14 beautifully furnished bedrooms and suites – ten Garden Suites, two Wallawwa Bedrooms and two Family Suites.

Nestled amongst three acres of magnificent manicured gardens, The Wallawwa is strategically located close to the Dambulla, Kandy and Galle highways and is just 15 minutes from Sri Lanka’s only international airport and approximately 45-60 minutes from the hustle and bustle of central Colombo. Easily accessible yet entirely secluded - a luxury private hideaway.

Days 06 - 08. Tea Trails, 2 Nights, B&B basis

In central Sri Lanka, just four hours from Colombo by car to the Castlereagh Lake, lies the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea and home to old Ceylon, replete with rolling green hills, plantation bungalows, high tea and exquisite service. Here in solitude, at an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level, lies Ceylon Tea Trails, four colonial era tea planters' bungalows , infused with a new and decidedly gourmet vibe. Each villa, built between 1890 and 1939, offers a taste of gracious living thanks to butler service & authentic period furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals.

Day 10. You will be transferred to Galle.

Days 10 - 12. Galle Fort, Galle, 2 Nights, B&B

An old, Dutch mansion that has been restored with meticulous dedication to detail and converted into a striking boutique hotel.  A courteous, relaxed atmosphere perfectly compliments the stylish rooms, furnished with antiques and the finest Italian linen.  The cuisine too is outstanding, a fusion of creative flair and international influence and reflecting the owners’ passion for food.

Day 11. You will be taken on a private sightseeing tour of Galle.


Thought to be the Biblical city of Tarshish, Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting coastal towns, having been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  The impressive 17th century Dutch fort, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, encloses the quaint and charming old town. 

Sri Lankan Honeymoon

Explore this mystical isle, taking in the very best of its sights. From the wonders of the Cultural Triangle to the natural beauty of its wildlife and beaches. All the while, stay in comfort & style, in some of our favourite properties.

Depart for Colombo (Overnight flight)

Day 01.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo - 1 Night, B&B


As one of the oldest colonial hotels in Asia, this charming and romantic property has an air of faded elegance and is located beside the sea, in the heart of Colombo, overlooking Galle Face Green.