Travel 2 Touring 18/19

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INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

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LAND NIGHTS STAYED

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SRI LANKA

Thirappane

Wilpattu National Park

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Sigiriya

Passikudah LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 2

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Polonnaruwa

Gal Oya National Park

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Kandy

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Kotugoda

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LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

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Haputale

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £3099pp

Colombo

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RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

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LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Stay in some of Sri Lanka’s best boutique luxury hotels • Explore Wilpattu National Park, the biggest in Sri Lanka • Visit Sri Lanka’s cultural highlights Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Kandy • Relax and unwind in Passikudah on Sri Lanka’s glorious east coast • Discover the wildlife of Gal Oya National Park, away from the crowds • Enjoy the peace, tranquility and beauty of Sri Lanka’s hill country 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

11 day Beautiful Sri Lanka Colombo • Kotugoda • Wilpattu National Park • Sigiriya • Thirappane • Polonnaruwa • Passikudah • Gal Oya • Haputale • Kandy

Day 1: Colombo to Kotugoda Arrive on our Paradise isle and proceed to Kotugoda. You have just arrived so we suggest you take it easy today. Plunge yourself into the refreshing pool and spend the afternoon relaxing with a good book and a cup of Ceylon tea in the beautiful gardens of this superb colonial manor house. The Wallawwa Day 2: Kotugoda - Wilpattu National Park After breakfast, proceed to Wilpattu National Park in time for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a game drive; the Park is popular for its sightings of majestic elephants, lithe leopards, spotted deer, sloth bears and gigantic crocodiles. Also, bear witness to striking flocks of peacocks, painted storks, jungle fowl and mongooses. (BLD) Mahoora Explorer Day 3: Wilpattu National Park - Sigiriya - Thirappane After an early breakfast, enjoy another game drive before heading to the Cultural Triangle. En route visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an 8th Wonder of the World, it is a rare jewel among many Sri Lankan treasures. (BD) Ulagalla Resort (2 nights) Day 4: Thirappane Enjoy a day at leisure or if interested visit Anuradhapura, the first capital of ancient Ceylon on an optional tour. Although limited to picturesque ruins today, this sacred city was the epicentre of the country’s civilization during the medieval era and is renowned for its many religious and archaeological sites. Ulagalla Resort has a wide array of activities for their discerning guests, it’s time to explore and enjoy. (BD) Day 5: Thirappane - Polonnaruwa - Passikudah After breakfast, proceed to Polonnaruwa. Once the site of Sri Lanka’s second medieval capital, Polonnaruwa, enthrals its visitors with a timeless reflection of the country’s glorious history. The quaint landscapes studded with sites of archaeological importance are all well preserved. Thereafter, proceed to Passikudah. (B) Uga Bay (2 nights) Day: 6 Passikudah It’s time to enjoy the Indian Ocean! Passikudah, the unspoilt beauty of the paradisiacal coasts – the white, sandy beaches and the calm, turquoise waters are unrivalled. Coastlines are shallow and currents are comparatively weak, considered a perfect and safe locale for swimming. (B)

Day 7: Passikudah - Gal Oya After a leisurely breakfast, proceed to Gal Oya. After lunch, set off on a game drive at Galoya National Park, one of the less explored parks in Sri Lanka but with an abundance of wildlife. For the more adventurous, park walks are also possible and your naturalist will help you to spot the flora and fauna. (BLD) Gal Oya Lodge Day 8: Gal Oya - Haputale Start early today if you are interested in watching the sun rise over the hills in the distance, observing the never ending jungle canopy below from the top of Monkey Mountain. Return to the hotel and set off to Haputale after a sumptuous breakfast. Arrive at the bungalow in time for lunch. Rest of the day at leisure or explore the stunning surroundings in the afternoon. (BLD) Thotalagala Plantation Bungalow Day 9: Haputale After breakfast, proceed to visit the Lipton Seat, one of the highest look-out points in Sri Lanka; it is named after Sir Thomas Lipton, the Scottish tea-baron. The walk up is pleasant owing to the mild climate, walk the paved roads adjoining the tea factory across lush tea plantations. If interested visit Dambatenna Tea Factory before returning to the bungalow for lunch, then late afternoon enjoy high tea in the gardens of Sir Thomas Lipton’s residence. (BLD) Day 10: Haputale - Kandy After breakfast, proceed to Kandy, referred to as the hill capital. Sri Dalada Maligawa that houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, remains the prime landmark. Apart from the ancient monuments, the delightful jumble of antique shops and the bustling market are places to visit. In the afternoon enjoy a personalised city tour in Kandy. Later, explore the temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. (B) The Theva Residency Day 11: Kandy - Colombo Airport After breakfast, visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, dating back to medieval times but much changed over the colonial and industrial eras. Thereafter, proceed to Colombo Airport. Onward flights should be booked no earlier than 18:00 (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£3099 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 10 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar (inc. 1 night luxury tent) • Meals as specified, 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners • Transfers and tours with local English- speaking driver guide in private air- conditioned vehicles • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 - 5 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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