OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Colombo Round Trip

East Coast and Inland Explorer

PRIVATE TOUR

GAL OYA NATIONAL PARK | ARUGUM BAY | KUMANA NATIONAL PARK | ELLA | KANDY| ANURADHAPURA | WAIKKAL BEACH | GALLE

This private tour takes you on a journey along the East Coast of Sri Lanka, off the beaten track enjoying eco lodges, jungles, safaris, and beaches. You then head inland to central Sri Lanka to explore tea plantations, temples and historic cities.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sunrise trek to the top of Monkey Mountain
  • Leopard, bear and elephant safari
  • Rock fortress climb
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INCLUDES FLIGHTS
12 Days
Guide Price £5439 Per Person

11 nights accommodation on a mixed meal plan, return flights from London and all inclusions as described

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East Coast and Inland Explorer
Guide Price £5439 Per Person

Your Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12

Day 1 : Colombo - Gal Oya National Park

Upon arrival enjoy CIP fast track assistance at the airport where the airport concierge manager will welcome the guests at the Silk Route lounge.

Arriving via CIP fast track service -  as soon as you exit from the plane, there will be an airport representative with your name on a signboard. You will be escorted to the Silk Route lounge where you will meet your chauffeur guide. You can relax here until the luggage will be brought to you on your behalf. Refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided while you wait. Also, washrooms and WiFi facilities are available. If you want to change foreign currency, please inform the guide or the airport representative who will assist you with this. The airport staff will borrow your passports to clear your luggage through customs on your behalf. You will exit the airport via a separate exit and your vehicle will be waiting for you at a designated car park for an easy exit.

Take the morning 10.00 am scheduled Cinnamon air flight from Colombo airport and transfer to Batticaloa.

Drive to Gal Oya (approx. 2.5 hours) Relax the rest of the day in your eco lodge.

Hotel for 2 nights -Gal Oya Lodge – Bungalow – Bed and breakfast 
Gal Oya Lodge is an ecolodge specialising in high-end, environmentally responsible tourism in Gal Oya National Park, eastern Sri Lanka. Spread across 20 acres of private jungle, the accommodation invites guests to explore the rich wildlife of one of Sri Lanka’s most remote and least visited wilderness areas. Nestled in the forest and grasslands, the design concept of Gal Oya Lodge follows nature, using sustainable and local materials wherever possible and taking advantage of the spectacular views. The large 74 square metre bungalows each include a king-sized bed and an al fresco bathroom. A private living area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a garden veranda complete the secluded space in which guests can relax and unwind in a truly natural paradise.
 

Day 2 : Gal Oya National Park

Early morning hike to the top of Monkey Mountain. The 1.5 hour uphill trek first thing in the morning is a must. Up top, dramatic 180-degree views over the large forested valley await. An early start allows guests to watch the sunrise over the hills in the distance, observing the never-ending jungle canopy below. After they've finished, guests will return for a well-earned breakfast and enjoy the rest of the day at the lodge.

In the evening, enjoy a boat ride in Sri Lanka’s largest lake. This is the only experience in Sri Lanka that allows one to spot wildlife from the water. It’s a unique way to immerse oneself in the animals’ habitats. With a little luck, guests could spot elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. A 2-3 hour safari by boat, and a scenic 40-minute drive from the lodge to the lake is perfect to explore the national park and surrounding villages.

Day 3 : Pottuvil

After breakfast drive to Maligawila Buddha statue. This is the tallest free-standing Lord Buddha statue in the country which is located in the middle of a jungle area. It is the tallest free-standing ancient statue of the Buddha found in the country. Maligawila Buddha statue is considered one of the best examples of the standing image of the Buddha from ancient Sri Lanka.

Afterwards, drive to Arugam Bay and en-route watch out for elephants close to the road while you pass by Lahugala national park.

Relax the rest of the day next to the Indian Ocean

Hotel for 2 nights – Jetwing Surf – Chalet, Bed and breakfast
On the eastern edge of our teardrop-shaped island, an uncharted coastline separates the verdant lands from the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. This harmonious relationship with nature is a story of complementary coexistence, effortlessly brought to life at our cabana resort in Pottuvil Point, a serene hideaway near the celebrated beaches of Arugam Bay.

The eastern home of Sri Lankan hospitality is a prime example of luxurious eco-tourism in the family, with the bold move of natural ventilation throughout the property and rooms to ensure a minimum carbon footprint. Inspired by the intricate seashells that rest upon the unspoiled beaches, natural structures made of wood, woven coconut palm leaves and dried illuk grass welcome you into a truly Sri Lankan environment - named after a world-famous pastime that has drawn travellers to the neighbouring waves for decades.
 

Day 4 : Pottuvil

Early morning drive to Kumana National Park (approx. 1 hour) for a leopard, bear and elephant safari. The Kumana National Park is an 18 149 hectare park situated in Sri Lanka. The park is a popular ecotourism spot well known for its bird sanctuary that is home to a multitude of birdlife. One of the highlights of the park is the Kumana Cilly, a natural mangrove swamp lake, that is fed by the Kubukkan Oya. The swamp forms a natural habitat and breeding ground for birds such as painted storks, spoonbills, cormorants, pelicans, egrets, and herons. The park is also home to mammals such as elephant and leopard. Vegetation in the area consists mainly of mangrove trees, Karan ferns, and Kumbuk trees.
Return back to the hotel for lunch and relax the rest of the day next to the Indian Ocean.

Day 5 : Ella

In the morning, drive to Ella (approx. 3 ½ hours). Check into the hotel, and in the evening enjoy a hike up Adam’s Peak. Little Adam’s Peak is a hiking spot in the small town of Ella, in the Badulla District. The hike is unchallenging and is only 15 minutes away from the centre of town. The distance from the entrance to the top is 1141 metre in height. The hike to the summit takes up to 45 minutes and the view from the top boasts panoramic views of green landscape.

Hotel for 2 nights – Nine Skies – Demodara bedroom, All inclusive
Promising far-reaching hill country views, our stylishly refurbished five-bedroom tea bungalow hotel is majestically perched on a tea-fringed hill near Ella. Dating back to the colonial era, the bungalow epitomises its legacy yet indulges discerning guests with contemporary facilities and high-end personalised service – be pampered by our butlers, feast on gourmet food and dip into a garden pool with stunning views across the valley and famous Demodera Loop.

There are three Demodara Bedrooms, with views into our upcountry garden, and beyond, to the tea fields and verdant south eastern mountains. These bedrooms are furnished with a king-sized bed, a cosy sitting area, private veranda and an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub. Handpicked antique furnishings and custom-made pieces marry eclectic style with contemporary comfort.

Welimada is a warm, cosy bedroom bathed in light and is unique for its twin aspect valley-side and garden facing views. The private veranda gazes west, offering vistas of the working tea factory and Demodara Loop. Badulla, to the front of the bungalow, is private and indulgent, and opens directly onto the garden and swimming pool through a set of French windows. 
 

Day 6 : Ella

Visit a tea factory and learn the secrets of the world-famous Ceylon tea. After, visit the famous Nine Arch Bridge. Located in the village of Ella in Sri Lanka, the Nine Arch Bridge is a must-see when travelling to the country. The stone bridge is hidden between the green tea fields and features nine spectacular arches. Tourists can hike through the jungle to the bridge or embark on a train ride which runs six times a day.

Day 7 : Kandy

Scenic train journey from Ella to Kandy (Approx 6-7 hours journey). Your chauffeur will wait with you until the train arrives, escort you to your seats and then leave to pick you up from your destination. If the chauffeur can’t make it on time, we will arrange a separate vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. 

Hotel for 2 nights – W15 Hanthana Estate – Stable Suite, All Inclusive
Located in the Hanthana Mountain Range in Kandy, Sri Lanka, W15 Hanthana Estate offers breath-taking views and is an ideal option for leisure travellers looking for a luxurious getaway. The hotel offers a selection of bungalows, all of which feature air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and luxury bathroom amenities. Delectable cuisine is prepared fresh and served in-room. The sprawling gardens and infinity swimming pool are perfect spots for guests to relax. Activities in the surrounding area include hiking, cycling, and partaking in cooking classes.

Day 8 : Kandy

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Kandy (approx. 30 mins drive) and explore the Temple of the tooth. Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.

Visit an ancient manor house and meet the last descendent of the Nugawela dynasty and explore this house visited by ancient kings and queens of old and listen to his stories of how his ancestors sat in the royal court with the kings of Sri Lanka. He will host you for lunch after the tour.

Return back to your bungalow,
 

Day 9 : Anuradhapura

Drive to Anuradhapura, and en route visit the UNESCO Dambulla cave temple. Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include two statues of Hindu gods, the god Vishnu and the god Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres. Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.

Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.

Continue to the hotel and relax the rest of the evening in your hotel.

Hotel for 2 nights - Ulagalla Resort – Ulagalla Pool Villa, Half Board
Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, this luxury hotel in Sri Lanka features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, with 20 private ecologically built chalets across 58 acres of land. As one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, with its LEEDS green certificate and own solar farm generating half of its own energy requirements, Ulagalla is a unique boutique hotel. Enjoy the riches of the kingdom or a natural adventure while immersed in luxurious, ecologically sustainable beauty, both inside and out.

Ulagalla Pool Villa is the perfect fit for those looking for a small private residence. It has a large glass wall with unobstructed views of the natural surroundings. The interior is pure luxury and comfort and it features a separate living area and a large king-sized bed. There is also a plunge pool attached to an outdoor deck.

Day 10 : Anuradhapura

In the morning enjoy a Backroads cycling journey in UNESCO Anuradhapura. This is an exciting excursion whereby participants are invited to cycle through the back roads of the Kingdom of Anuradhapura with a resident guide. While cycling, participants will be taken through the inner city, where they will witness the amazing features of Anuradhapura, as well as the hidden gems of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

In the evening drive to Yapahuwa (approx: 2 hrs drive) and climb the Yapahuwa rock fortress. Yapahuwa Rock Fortress is 4m in height and 22m in width. The most eye-catching feature of the fort is the stone staircase with intricate carvings which leads to the palace grounds. A museum is also located at the entrance of the fortress, displaying a variety of antiquities of Yapahuwa. The palace and fortress were constructed by King Buvanekabahu I in 1273.

Day 11 : Waikkala

In the morning take the scheduled Cinnamon air flight from Sigiriya to Colombo airport and proceed to your beach destination for the night with your own private plunge pool.

Check-in to the hotel and relax the rest of the day.

Hotel for 1 night - Wattura Resort & Spa – Pool Villa – Bed and breakfast
Wattura Resort and Spa is a luxury boutique hotel nestled between Waikkal beach and the Gin Oya estuary, which acts as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The resort offers 4 room types namely the Suite, Gin Oya Suite, Wattura Villa with Plunge Pool, and the Wattura Residence. All villas and suites types offer guests a mesmerising view of the ocean or the lagoon. The exclusive facilities at the hotel are designed to ensure comfort and luxury at everyone's fingertips. Guests can relax at the hotels' spa and swimming pool or enjoy a workout at the fully equipped gym fitted with cardio and muscle-building equipment.

Day 12 : Colombo

Proceed to the Airport in time to connect with your departure flight.


 

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