Sri Lanka tailor made tours

A comprehensive tailor made tour that winds its way through lush hill country, along stunning beaches and through historic cities to give you a taste of the magical island of Sri Lanka.
Colombo Kandalama Polonnurawa Minneriya National Park Kandy Horton Plains National Park Nuwara Eliya Yala National Park Ahungalla Galle
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£2850To£4032 excluding flights
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Duration
14 Days
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Tailor made
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This cost range is based on 2-adults traveling and includes services of our dedicated English-speaking Local Guide and air-conditioned private car for the duration of your trip, accommodation in boutique properties at all destinations and all the activities mentioned in the itinerary with one-time entry fees and charges, local government service charges and taxes for the duration of the holiday.
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Description of Sri Lanka tailor made tours

This tailor made tour takes you to the island of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean. Covering a total area of 65,000 square kilometres, it lies close to the subcontinent of India but couldn't be more different.

Buddhism laid the foundations for the ancient culture of this island nation and this is evident in the magnificent architecture and sites that are around today. From the ancient 5th-century rock fortress at Sigiriya, the home of early Buddhist monks, to the temple complex near Kandalama, the influence of Buddhism is still evident in the lives of the people that live around these ancient sites and on the island in general.

Sri Lanka's abundant wildlife, unique birdlife and diverse topography are arguably one of the island's greatest attractions. There aren't too many places on this earth that can boast having the highest leopard population density in the world! With diverse topography ranging from prehistoric rock and mud plains, to moist monsoon forests and marine wetlands, Yala National Park offers you the opportunity to see these magnificent cats on safaris that can last for up to seven hours!

Not to be left behind the leopards, the awesome elephants at Minneriya National Park boast some of the largest free-roaming herds on the subcontinent. Also at the National Park are endemic species of Gray Hornbill and Hanging Parrot. For the more water inclined, Sri Lanka's east, west and southern coasts offer a diverse range of scuba dive options from historic wreck-dives to a fascinating diversity of reefs and marine life.

Undiluted nature and plantation experiences round up everything green, ecological and beautiful on this island. With some of the most sensational settings for walks and vistas possible, we offer a ecologically sensitive Horton Plains National Park Trek through montane tropical forest and open grassland ending at a set of cliffs aptly referred to as the 'World's End.'

Colonialism left its mark on this small island nation and the results can be seen in the plantation-rich and culturally distinct mountain regions of Nuwara Eliya and Kandy. A comprehensive insight into the plantation history of the island ends with the ultimate indulgence - accommodation inside a once functioning tea factory!

Kandy's greatest contribution to Sri Lankan culture, apart from its beautifully landscaped gardens, is its 2,500-year old tradition of Kandyan dancing and drumming! Historically performed to banish demons with the accompaniment of rhythmic drumming, today it stands proudly as Sri Lanka's classical dance form.

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival and day at leisure - You arrive into Colombo from where you transit to Kandalama for the first day at leisure settling into the tropical Island conditions!
Day 2Temples and the Wild Elephant - We begin the day weaving through the World Heritage 13th-century Buddhist and Shaivite Temple complex and once former urban-capital of the region at Polonnurawa. The afternoon is dedicated to a private wildlife experience at Minneriya National Park; home of the largest herds of wild Elephant on the Island.
Day 3Ancient Buddhism & Kandayan traditions - The day begins with the historically and geographically unique 3rd-century rock shelters and fortress from where you head to the historic town of Kandy for the evening.
Day 4A walk-through of Kandy's history and traditions - Historic buildings, well laid-out botanical gardens and bazaar streets define what Kandy is all about. We'll cap these experiences with a performance of the 2,500-year old dance and drummer routine.
Day 5Kandy at leisure - You spend the day at leisure catching up on the sights and experiences you would like to re-visit in more detail.
Day 6Night at a Tea Factory! - Traveling into Sri Lanka's heart of it's historic tea plantations, you get to indulge in the ultimate - nights in an authentic Tea Factory!
Day 7At World's End! - This refreshingly different guided hiking experience will take you through the protected Horton Plains National Park where you make progress through Montane Tropical forest and open grassland ranging from 800 to 2,150 metres, culminating at the dramatic cliffs of World's End!
Day 8Nuwara Eliya at Leisure - You spend this day at leisure, soaking in your plantation surroundings post your trek.
Days 9, 10The Leopards of Yala! - These two days will cover some of the most comprehensive sojourns into the Yala National Park with the hope of catching sight of the elusive Leopard, known to thrive in it's greatest numbers here other than any where else in the world!
Day 11, 12The Beaches of Ahungalla - Capping a trip in Sri Lanka should most definitely be done by the beaches of Ahungalla on the South-west of the Island. However before you get to the coast, we will give you a comprehensive insight into another traditions of Sri Lanka - elaborate face-masks, proudly displayed in their heritage museum.
Day 13Colonialism, Colombo & Galle - We complete the circuit of the island but not before re-visiting the history of the Colonial British and Dutch and the influence they had on the western coast of this Island Nation with comprehensive insights into their history in the town of Galle and the capital of Colombo.
Day 14Leaving the Island - You depart Sri Lanka from Colombo after completing a circuit hopefully covering the unique culture and natural beauty of this Island nation.

Price information

£2850To£4032 excluding flights
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This cost range is based on 2-adults traveling and includes services of our dedicated English-speaking Local Guide and air-conditioned private car for the duration of your trip, accommodation in boutique properties at all destinations and all the activities mentioned in the itinerary with one-time entry fees and charges, local government service charges and taxes for the duration of the holiday.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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4 Reviews of Sri Lanka tailor made tours

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Reviewed on 15 Apr 2016 by

Our holiday was a lifetime experience in a lot of ways. We had so many great moments and would not have managed to do so much without the opportunity of our own chaffeur guide. Ash was a star! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2016 by

It was really wonderful. We still have a million things that we would like to do next time we go to Sri Lanka :)It was relaxing to have it all reserved and taken care of in advance. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2015 by

It was excellent thanks to the organizational skills of the tour company, and to lovely people of Sri Lanka, who always had a smile and a greeting for us. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2014 by

Great moments full of adventure, culture, history, natural and wild life along with a deep buddhist culture. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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Eco-conscious family stays
We support Carla & Muna, a Sri Lankan Family and their quaint eco-homestay situated near Yala National Park. As a company we will only use their property for all our travelers in the area due to their policies on conservation, eco-sensitivity and their rich local knowledge.

Carla & Muna have a small property, situated by a river besides the Yala National Park with cottages constructed entirely out of local eco-material such as compacted earth, coconut thatch, the wood from coconut trees and other materials sourced locally. As pure vegetarians, they ensure that all their food prepared, served and consumed is from raw materials present on their property and additionally from only local farmers in the region that surrounds them.

Given Carla & Munaís respect for their local environment, their property is designed and laid out to be as natural as possible with a proliferation of natural flowering and fruiting plants and trees; all set within a few metres away from the river. As a result their property attracts a multitude of endemic bird species from the nearby Yala National Park, making their property an important pollen generator for the surrounding region.

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Local Driver and Guide
Jayanth De Silva is a not only a local expert and Guide on Sri Lankaís history, sights and the local cultures but is also an expert Driver. As an professional, Jayanth has the ability to not only chauffer visitors through Sri Lanka safely, but also provides unique insights into this Island Nationís unique culture, the history of itís people and the nuances of the various communities and their religions; all this apart from being a qualified Guide to all the local Monuments and historic sights of the regions.

Like Jayanth de Silva, we hire only locals to serve this exact role for all our travelers through the Island Nation of Sri Lanka. With this job, Jayanth is not only able to support his family and give his children the future they deserve, but also serves as an inspiration and model for other young Sri Lankans who realize that there is such a great potential in being a professional like Jayanth.

Local employment
We use local, eco and socially responsible properties such as the property of Carla & Muna near the Yala National Park. As local Sri Lankans themselves, they strongly believe in employing locals from their surrounding villages. This serves a couple of functions where firstly it gives locals a form of steady, well paying employment without having to travel away from their home bases and it encourages and keeps alive the traditions of local cuisine styles and practices Ė from the use of local ingredients to the use of age-old cooking practices and use of spices and ingredients. For example, the property and the locals who work there have expert knowledge on the right use of all the elements of the Coconut tree, from construction to the use of itís fruit in cooking and as an effective repository for natural minerals that the body requires.

Scuba Diving is another area that provides much needed training and employment to the boys of local Fishing families by the coast, especially since the devastating Tsunami. Since then we have supported PADI training institutes and organizations that recruit and train locals and who have helped them overcome the trauma of the water and return to life by the coasts.

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