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Embark on an exciting 15-day journey around Sri Lanka exploring some of its most sought-after sites. Start your trip with an exciting game safari in Wilpattu National Park – the largest park on the island – where you can try your luck at spotting Sri Lanka’s elusive leopard and sloth bear in the wild amongst much other wildlife. From there travel to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first royal kingdom, where you can visit the many archaeological sites scattered in the area and climb the Sigiriya fortress recognized as the 8th Wonder of the World. Head to the south where you will be staying within the 17th-century Dutch ramparts. Explore the fort with a local host before heading to the beaches on the West Coast where you can relax by the beach or try your hand at some water sports.

How long?

  • 14

    Nights
  • 15

    Days

Depending on the time of your flights, you may need an extra initial night near the airport. We will be happy to advise you.

Price?

Price is available upon request. Rates vary depending on the time of the year and the number of people traveling. Email us if you’re interested in this particular itinerary. Let us know when you’d like to travel and how many rooms you need in each hotel.

Day 1 to 2
The Wallawwa
Negombo
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The Wallawwa

Negombo

The Wallawwa is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Though situated just a few kilometers from the airport, The Wallawwa feels nothing like a transit hotel. Sitting in acres of beautifully mature gardens, this charming boutique hotel is a sanctuary of serenity and style where the old merges beautifully with the new. Built over 200 years ago in the traditional “Dutch warehouse’ colonial design, The Wallawwa is the most ancient manor house in the entire province and was an ancestral home for many years.

With its completely secluded location, The Wallawwa is a luxurious private hideaway whose 17 boutique bedrooms, exquisite food and wonderfully oversized Z Spa are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing and memorable stay. The hotel’s signature swimming pool sits in the garden a short distance from the main house, while a yoga garden is peacefully located beside the spa.

Activities during your stay

  • Spend the evening at leisure
Day 2 to 4
Leopard Trails Wilpattu
Wilpattu National Park
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Leopard Trails Wilpattu

Wilpattu National Park

Leopard Trails Wilpattu is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Based on the borders of the Wilpattu National Park, Leopard Trails offers a bespoke tented camping setup, inspired by old English camping of the past. Elegant and exclusive, Leopard Trails combines the best of a game drive experience with modern day comforts and amenities for the modern explorer.

A typical day with Leopard Trails begins in the afternoon with a fantastic lunch spread of Sri Lankan rice and curry, followed by a short introduction to the camp. Guests can choose to cool off in a hammock or laze in the main lounge with a number of books from the Leopard Trails wildlife library until the evening game starts at 3pm.

Designed especially for photographers and comfort, in either a Toyota Land Cruiser or Toyota Hilux, the evening game drive is led by either Aaron Sivarajah, Indika Nettigama or Avijja Fonseka. Passionate about wildlife and game drives, they each lead memorable game drives and walks and have years of experience tracking down the elusive leopard in Sri Lanka.

Back at the camp, guests can enjoy private bucket showers, followed by drinks and appetizers around the camp fire before dinner. Dining under the stars makes for an unforgettable experience in the jungle. The next day, rise at dawn to freshly brewed Ceylon tea of coffee and depart on morning game drive or walk at 6am which is an amazing time to get up close to peacocks and wild buffalos. On return to the camp, freshly squeezed juices from seasonal fruits await you before a breakfast fit for kings.

The Leopard Trails operates on an all-inclusive basis offering tented accommodation, two game drives per day in a customized vehicle accompanied by an experienced guide, snacks and drinks on game drives, all meals at camp, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and all park entry fees. If guests are interested in going on a private game drive accompanied by a naturalist an additional supplement is applicable.

Activities during your stay

  • Game safaris in Wilpattu National Park
Day 4 to 6
Ulagalla Resort
Anuradhapura
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Ulagalla Resort

Anuradhapura

Ulagalla is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Ulagalla incorporates an eco-friendly design blended with modern comforts. Spread across 58 acres of working paddy fields, organic vegetable plots and ornamental gardens that host 25 chalets, a sensitively-restored ancient Wallauwa (manor house), a 30m swimming pool, a gym and a sensual sunken spa.

Public areas of the resort – a first-floor restaurant, fully-equipped bar and reception area – are all located in the main house, a 150-year-old fully-restored mansion once home to the village chieftain. Linking all areas of the resort is an eco-friendly transport system through on-call golf buggies and pedal bicycles, two of which are provided for guests in each chalet. With an emphasis on sustainability, Ulagalla operates on a solar energy farm that powers half of the energy requirements and their chalets are built using recyclable material.

The activities offered at Ulagalla – archery, horse riding, kayaking and nature walks – have also been chosen for their minimal impact on the environment.

Activities during your stay

  • Cycle through the UNESCO Anuradhapura citadel
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Safari in Minneriya
Day 6 to 8
The Kings Pavilion
Kandy
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The Kings Pavilion

Kandy

The Kings Pavilion is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Sprawled across three acres in a serene part of Aniwatte, a residential neighborhood 10 minutes from Kandy, Kings Pavilion is a contemporary hotel offering luxury accommodation.

Settled amidst greenery and chirping birdlife, with vistas of the Hunnasgiriya and Knuckles mountain range in the backdrop, the hotel’s location is ideal for relaxation and sightseeing due to its proximity to Kandy town.

The hotel combines contemporary style with Kandyan arts and culture, from the elaborate batik wall hanging done by renowned Sri Lankan artist Ena De Silva’s workshop that welcomes guests at the entrance to the photographs and paintings capturing Kandyan dancers placed in the rooms, Kings Pavilion provides an insight into different aspects of Kandy.

Activities during your stay

  • Explore Kandy city and street markets
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth
  • Dambulla cave temples
  • Botanical gardens with a botanist
Day 8 to 10
Camellia Hills
Hatton
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Camellia Hills

Hatton

Camellia Hills is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, in the heart of the tea country surrounded by picturesque lush green valleys, Camellia Hills is a modern five-bedroom tea bungalow. A sister property of The Wallawwa in Kotugoda and Fort Bazaar in Galle Fort, Camellia Hills features a minimalist design appointed with contemporary furniture decorated in greys and blues and floral designs creating an ambience of warmth. The five bedrooms at the bungalow are split into Lakeview rooms and Camellia bedrooms. Architecturally designed to offer spectacular views of the Castlereagh reservoir from the central areas of the bungalow, Camellia Hills is a hotel that should not be missed.

Activities during your stay

  • Gin & tonic at a secret view point
  • Tea factory
  • Trekking
Day 10 to 13
Fort Bazaar
Galle
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Fort Bazaar

Galle

Fort Bazaar is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

The ramparts of the iconic Galle Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and heavily fortified by the Dutch a century later, is home to many acclaimed hotels and villas of various styles and a haven for cuisines from all parts of the world. Nestled in this bustling UNESCO World Heritage site is Fort Bazaar, a Portuguese inspired boutique hotel offering stylish accommodation with a touch of minimalism.

Tiled with handmade Vietnamese floor tiles and a Moroccan styled courtyard, Fort Bazaar is a unique hotel that is much sought-after by travelers from all walks of life.

Activities during your stay

  • Galle Fort walk with a local
  • Mask making experience
  • Learn to make biriyani with a fort family
Day 13 to 15
Villa Bentota by KK Collection
Bentota
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Villa Bentota by KK Collection

Bentota

Villa Bentota by KK Collection is one of Geoffrey Bawa’s masterpieces, created over 50 years ago when he converted it from an ancestral home into Sri Lanka’s first ever boutique hotel. In 2007, celebrated designer Udayshanth Fernando made many improvements and extensions: taking care to respect its original architecture and design, it is now a seamless blend between the old and new, with the rooms and bathrooms in particular receiving a contemporary upgrade. This chic hotel has 15 stunning individually-designed rooms and two swimming pools – guests can enjoy modern amenities and the rustic charm of olden-day Ceylon. Choose from five different room categories. Most have a balcony, terrace or courtyard and feature a unique layout and décor.

Activities during your stay

  • Water sports in Bentota

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