Colonial Sri Lanka

14 days

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Day 1
Overnight flight to Sri Lanka
Day 2
This morning/afternoon you will arrive into Colombo where you will be met by your private chauffeur guide and car. You will be driven directly south to Galle, a 17th century fort and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This journey should take around 2.5hrs. You can either stay inside the fort or on one of the idyllic beaches nearby.
Day 3
Enjoy today completely at leisure. Alternatively you might like to enjoy our Merchants of Galle Fort Walking Tour. Run by a local expert, this captivating tour explores Galle's past as an important colonial trading spot.
Day 4
Enjoy today completely at leisure. You might like to go and see the stilt fishermen nearby to Galle today.
Day 5
Enjoy today completely at leisure. Between November and March it's possible to see blue and sperm whales close to the coast, perhaps you might like to go whale watching this morning.
Day 6
Today your chauffeur guide will take you along the south coast to Yala National Park, famous for its leopard population and wild landscape. The drive along the coast takes no more than 4 - 5 hours.
Day 7
Enjoy our Yala National Park Morning Jeep Safari before heading north into Sri Lanka's iconic tea country. You will either stay in Nuwara Eliya or Hatton, these were once key tea growing areas for the British and are still today carpeted in tea to this day. The journey to the tea country normally takes 3 to 4 hours. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy the views.
Day 8
Today you will enjoy a visit to a local tea factory, here you will learn the traditional ways of creating team, that date back to the British colonial era. Alternatively you might like to go walking in Horton Plains.
Day 9
Your driver will take you to the train station today for your train journey through the hills and up to Kandy. The vast railway network through Sri Lanka was created by the British through the 1800 and 1900s. This afternoon you will enjoy some traditional Kandyan dancing before visiting the Temple of The Tooth.
Day 10
This morning you'll enjoy a Tour of Kandy before visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Day 11
Today you will be driven back to Colombo where you will enjoy our Old Colombo Walking Tour, which explores the city's hidden colonial treasures.
Day 12
This morning you will be taken back the airport for your flight home after the most wonderful trip.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Most itineraries through Sri Lanka go in a clockwise direction, however our Colonial Sri Lanka itinerary travels in the opposite direction to make the most of beautiful Galle, and the idyllic beaches nearby, at the beginning of your trip.  This journey really focusses on Sri Lanka’s colonial past, rather than on Sri Lanka’s ancient civilisations. It explores how merchants and traders that have shaped Galle, Sri Lanka’s best preserved fort and colonial landscape. It heads to Yala National Park, once a hunting ground for the British Elite but now home to a high density of leopard. The trip also takes in the spectacular tea growing region, where you’ll stay in an orginal tea planter’s bungalow.  One of the main highlights is catching the train from the tea plantations all the way up to Kandy. The trip ends in Colombo, the capital city that is home to both British and Dutch colonial architecture. This is a fascinating trip that takes in some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful countryside and towns.

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