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Splendours of Sri Lanka

Lighthouse, Galle
Bentota Beach
Peacock, Yala
Polonnaruwa ruins, Sri Lanka
Leopard, Yala NP, Sri Lanka
Dambulla Caves, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka
Train to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £2449 £2149
12 days

Holiday highlights

  • Spot leopards in Yala National Park.

  • Discover the Cultural Triangle with ancient kingdoms and roaming elephants.

  • Explore the well-preserved colonial city of Galle on the Indian Ocean.

  • Relax on tropical beaches at Negombo and Bentota.

  • Travel on one of the world’s most scenic rail routes from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.

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  • Fly overnight from the UK to Colombo.

    Meals included: Meal included on the flight.

  • After a morning arrival in Colombo, you are met at the airport and taken to your hotel in the coastal town of Negombo, where you check in to your hotel on the beach. Situated less than an hour north of Colombo, Negombo is the perfect location to start your Sri Lankan holiday, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

    Meals included: Meal included on the flight.

  • After breakfast, you are collected by your driver and guide who will accompany you on your journey through Sri Lanka. The route to the Cultural Triangle takes around four hours, and goes along a new highway to the interior of the country. The Cultural Triangle sits in the island’s central northern plains and is packed full of ancient kingdom ruins, wildlife and traditional villages.

    On arrival, check in to your hotel after which you have some free time to get lunch and relax by the pool for the afternoon. In the late afternoon take the optional Dambulla Caves excursion. Located 30 minutes from the hotel, the caves sit atop a rocky hill overlooking the surrounding plains. The temples date back to the 1st century BC, and are widely regarded as the best-preserved cave complexes in Sri Lanka. There are five caves with a total 153 Buddha statues inside, the largest measuring 15 metres long. 

    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner at the hotel.

  • A free day to relax or explore the Cultural Triangle independently. Alternatively take our optional full-day Lion Rock and Buddhas excursion. Depart after breakfast to one of the most iconic sites in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya Rock rises almost 200 metres from the surrounding forest and is home to an ancient fortress dating back to the 5th century. The climb to top of Sigiriya rock is quite tough with around 1,200 steps to the summit, and may not be suitable if you have a fear of heights. However, the ascent is broken up into sections giving you plenty of time to catch your breath whilst you gaze over the surrounding treetops. After exploring the summit, head back down, stopping to view the 1,600-year-old frescos.

    Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch, then continue to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa is the former capital of Sri Lanka, containing the remains of King Parakramabahu I’s palace from the 12th century. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins, and then stop at Gal Vihara, home to four Buddhas carved into a large granite rock, the highlight being a reclining Buddha almost 15 metres long.

    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner at the hotel. Lunch is included on the Lion Rock & Buddhas excursion.

  • Enjoy another free day around your hotel, or rise early to take the optional Wasgamuwa National Park excursion. Depart from your hotel and take a 90-minute drive to Wasgamuwa National Park.  This national park is less visited than others in Sri Lanka, giving it an exclusive feel with fewer safari vehicles on the trails. Wasgamuwa means ‘forest of sloth bear’ in Sinhalese, and is said to contain the greatest number of sloth bears in Sri Lanka. You will still be lucky to see one, however, as threats to the sloth bear’s habitat means there are less than 1,000 left in the country. Wasgamuwa is also one of best parks for seeing wild elephants, and bird watching. There are 143 recorded bird species in the park, including the endemic Red-faced Malkoha, Peafowls, Eurasian Spoonbill and Painted Stork. Return to your hotel in the early afternoon in time for lunch. Rest of the day at leisure. 

    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner at the hotel.

  • Depart in the morning for the ancient city of Kandy in the central highlands. The historic capital was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese monarchy as they resisted Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation efforts. The drive from the cultural triangle takes around three hours, passing through lush Sri Lankan countryside dotted with rural villages. On arrival in Kandy, you visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, which were first cultivated for King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha (1747-1780) before the British converted them to botanical gardens in 1821. The gardens boast over 4,000 species of plants, including the largest orchid in the world, the Tiger Orchid. 

    You have free time for lunch in the botanical gardens, then enjoy a city tour of Kandy, starting with a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The Temple houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. The tooth is kept safely locked away and cannot be seen, but you can explore the temple and the surrounding grounds. Finish the day with a stop at Kandy’s local market, where vendors sell a dazzling array of local fruits, vegetables and spices, before you check in to your hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Today is a real highlight: you travel on one of the world’s most picturesque rail routes. The four and half hour journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes you past tea estates, traditional villages, forests and gushing waterfalls. In the morning you are collected from your hotel and driven the short distance to the station, where you board the train. Seating is in a comfortable 2nd class* carriage with windows which open to let you take pictures of the incredible scenery. The train slowly winds its way through stunning villages and countryside before arriving at Nanuoya, where you disembark. Here you are reunited with your driver and guide who transport you the short distance to the town of Nuwara Eliya, where you have the rest of the day to relax.

    Situated in the hill country, Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s most important tea-producing region. You can’t miss the brightly coloured workers picking leaf tips on the nearby estates. The town has a strong connection with UK and is often referred to as ‘Little England’ thanks to its cool climate and colonial architecture.

    *Tickets for the train only go on sale 30 days prior to departure, and in the high season they can sell out very quickly. We therefore cannot guarantee which class you will be booked in. We prefer 2nd class as the windows open, offering you the best way to enjoy the scenery, but this may be 1st class which is air conditioned without opening windows; or 3rd class which is more basic than 2nd class. There are several trains a day, so it is extremely unlikely that we are unable to get tickets at all, though this is not impossible. In this case you will make the journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by road.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the peaceful town of Nuwara Eliya or take the optional End of the World Hike. Those taking the hike get an early wake-up call at 5:30am for the 90-minute drive to Horton Plains National Park. The dawn rise is necessary, as visibility is best in the early morning when temperatures are cooler. The 9km hike takes you on an undulating circular loop, stopping off at the World’s End viewpoint. Here the plain ends abruptly, giving way to a precipice that plunges 880m to the valley floor. The lookout offers stunning views of the vast green landscape below, and on a clear day you can see the Indian Ocean. The park is also home to a diversity of flora and fauna, including elk, deer, giant squirrels and over 80 species of birds. You walk through a variety of terrain from open grasslands, to wetlands and forests. Afterwards, return to your hotel in time for lunch, with the rest of the afternoon free to relax or explore the town of Nuwara Eliya.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel (box breakfast if taking the optional End of the World Hike)

  • After breakfast you are taken to one of the many tea plantations, where you receive a short tour of a working tea factory.  From there you begin your journey to the south coast and Yala National Park, starting with a two-hour drive to the laid-back tourist town of Ella. Here you stop for a delicious Sri Lankan lunch and have a chance to stretch your legs. Your journey continues to Buduruwagala Temple, which features carved Buddha rock reliefs dating back to the 9th-10th centuries. After a short stop, you continue on your way to Yala National park arriving in the late afternoon.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included at a local restaurant in Ella.

  • Enjoy an early-morning game drive in Yala National Park, departing at sunrise to give you the best chance of spotting local wildlife. Yala boasts the densest concentration of leopards in the world, making it a popular spot for animal-loving travellers, who flock from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the elusive big cat. Consequently, when a leopard is sighted the park can feel busy with jeepfuls of tourists eager to get a look. Yala has much more to offer than just leopards though, and your naturalist guide will help you try to spot the Asian elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, and diverse bird species that populate the reserve.   

    After your safari, enjoy a hearty breakfast back at your hotel where you can relax by the pool, or even treat yourself to a massage. The hotel also posts lifeguards at the nearby beach so you can bathe in the sea when conditions are calm (always check that there are lifeguards on duty before you swim).

    In the afternoon, you may choose to take our optional Afternoon Yala Game Drive Excursion, allowing you a second chance to explore this wonderful national park. Late afternoon is another excellent time for wildlife spotting as the animals become active again closer to nightfall. Once more, you are accompanied by a naturalist guide who will help you get the most out of your visit to the park.  Return to the hotel in the late evening.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Today is a full day journey from Yala to Bentota beach, stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort en route. You depart after breakfast for the three-hour drive from Yala to the historic town of Galle. The fort contains Sri Lanka’s best-preserved colonial buildings, constructed in the 17th century when the town was captured by the Dutch. Galle was later taken over by the British in 1796, and by the early 20th century, the town had entered a slow decline. However, in recent decades Galle has experienced a renaissance, and much of the colonial architecture has been restored. Your guide will lead you on a short walking tour of Galle Fort, taking you up the ramparts and explaining the history of this iconic town.

    After your guided tour, you have some free time to grab lunch and explore the fort’s cobbled backstreets. You can visit Galle’s picturesque lighthouse, nestled among the palms and overlooking the glassy blue sea, or check out the clock tower, which offers an eagle-eye view of the Galle International Cricket Stadium. In the late afternoon you are driven up the coast to the laid-back beach town of Bentota, where you spend your final night in Sri Lanka.

    If you would like to extend your holiday with a few extra nights on the beach, see our Splendours of Sri Lanka + Beach extension

     

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • A two-hour journey from Bentota beach to Colombo airport to catch your flight to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, meals on the flight.

  • Your flight arrives in the UK

Accommodation

Accommodation in Negombo

Goldi Sands

Included

Standard Hotel: Goldi Sands is a 131-room hotel located in the town of Negombo, and less than one hour from the international airport. The rooms are all sea facing with air conditioning and free WiFi. The hotel has two large outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant, a bar and a spa.

Why stay here: With its own pool and restaurant on site, Goldi Sands offers ample opportunity to kick back and relax after a long flight. The hotel is walking distance from the beach and a number of local bars and restaurants.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel, free of charge.

  • Two outdoor swimming pools, bar and restaurant.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, a minibar, and a safe.

Room types available

Standard

Jetwing Blue

£55
(£55 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Located on the shorefront in the relaxed beach town of Negombo, the Jetwing Blue gives you an excellent introduction to Sri Lankan hospitality. You are greeted by a breezy open-air reception and a traditional welcome.  The hotel has an eye-catching swimming pool lined with tropical palm trees and views of a golden-sand beach.  All rooms are ocean facing with views over the pool, and include a private terrace or balcony. There is also an excellent restaurant, a sushi bar and beach bar.  

Why stay here: A more luxurious choice for your first night in Sri Lanka. The open-air beachside restaurant is a great place to enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan meal. Perhaps try the hoppers and curry, one of Sri Lanka’s staple dishes.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Swimming pool, beach bar, restaurant, sushi bar

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, and a safe.

Room types available

Deluxe

Accommodation in Cultural Triangle

Jetwing Lake

Included

Standard Hotel: A sleek modern hotel situated in the green forests of Dambulla. The rooms look out over the peaceful waters of the Siyambalawewa Lake, which is framed by jungly mountains on the horizon. There is a 71-metre outdoor pool, a gym and spa for guests to enjoy. The hotel has two restaurants, serving Sri Lankan, European and Chinese specialities. There is also a rooftop bar and a poolside bar. 

Why stay here: The Jetwing Lake provides a peaceful escape where you can sit by the pool and relax after a busy day exploring the cultural triangle.

Hotel facilities

• Free WiFi is available in all areas

• There is are two restaurants, bar, outdoor pool, spa and gym

About the room

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a telephone,  a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer.

Room types available

Deluxe Room

Accommodation in Kandy

Radisson Kandy

Included

Standard Hotel: The Radisson Kandy is located in central Kandy, just a short walk from the city’s main attractions. The hotel has a rooftop pool and bar boasting excellent views over Kandy Lake and the surrounding city. The in-house restaurant gives you a choice of both international and Sri Lankan cuisine. The hotel has 122 rooms, all equipped with modern amenities such as free WiFi and air conditioning.

Why stay here: The Radisson Kandy is just a 15-minute walk from the heart of Kandy and the shores of Kandy Lake. The lake is home to a surprising diversity of wildlife, including monitor lizards, monkeys and the many bird species that populate the lake’s shores.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Swimming pool, gym, bar and restaurant.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Room types available

Superior

Accommodation in Nuwara Eliya

Galway Heights

Included

Standard Hotel: Positioned on the edge of Nuwara Eliya, and opposite the lush forests of Galway’s Land National Park, this cosy 47-room hotel is an excellent base from which to explore the city. The hotel’s comfortable rooms have either mountain or courtyard views, and each comes with free WiFi. The hotel has a restaurant and bar.

Why stay here: A good standard hotel which is conveniently located for exploring the nearby town of Nuwara Eliya.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Restaurant and bar.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Room types available

Deluxe

The Grand Hotel

£190
(£190 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Set in an Edwardian estate, the Grand Hotel was originally built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Barnes, fifth Governor of Sri Lanka. All of the Grand’s 154 rooms have been tastefully decorated in the period style, and have either garden or mountain views. There are four restaurants, a billiards room, a heated indoor swimming pool, and several bars dotted around the premises.

Why stay here: The Grand Hotel is perfect for those wanting a luxurious experience in an authentic 19th century estate. For dining, you are spoiled for choice; the Grand offers Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, and international cuisines which you can enjoy in a range of settings, from decadent English halls to stylish modern coffee bars. The hotel is only a short walk from the town, making it an ideal base from which to explore the region.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Swimming pool, four restaurants, billiards room, heated indoor swimming pool, bar

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, heating, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Room types available

Deluxe

Accommodation in Yala National Park

Jetwing Yala

Included

Standard Hotel: Stationed on Sri Lanka’s wild and rugged south coast, the Jetwing Yala is ideally positioned for visiting the nearby Yala National Park. The reception area offers stunning views of the broad turquoise ocean and rolling sand dunes below. For those wanting to swim, there is direct access to the beach, with lifeguards stationed there during daylight hours (always check there are lifeguards on duty before you enter the water). The rooms are spacious and each has its own private terrace or balcony overlooking the swimming pool. As well as a large outdoor pool, the hotel also features a spa, a gym, and a restaurant which offers a delicious mix of Sri Lankan and International cuisines.

Why stay here: This is an excellent hotel, not least because of its proximity to Yala National Park. From the hotel grounds, the park gates are only 15 minutes away by car. The food at the Jetwing Yala is a highlight, and we recommend the seafood in particular.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Swimming pool, gym, bar and restaurant.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Room types available

Superior

Accommodation in Bentota

Cinnamon Bey

Included

Standard Hotel: Located on a palm-fringed beach to the north of Bentota, Cinnamon Bey is the perfect spot to unwind after your Sri Lankan road trip. Each of the hotel’s 200 rooms has its own private balcony or terrace, with either garden or ocean views. There are also two large swimming pools, a poolside bar and a restaurant.

Why stay here: Located to the north of Bentota town, the sea here is a bit calmer than the surrounding coastline, making this an excellent spot for a swim in the Indian Ocean. 

 Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Swimming pool, gym, bar and restaurant.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Room types available

Superior

Bentota Beach by Cinnamon

from £50
(£50 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Situated on a strip known as the ‘Gold Coast of Sri Lanka’, the Bentota Beach by Cinnamon has heritage dating back to the 60’s, when the building was first designed by celebrated Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa. The building has since been refurbished, but maintains many of the original features, including the majestic hand-crafted tapestry on the lobby ceiling. The comfortable and well-appointed rooms have views to either the garden or the pool, and each has a private balcony. The hotel has a total of four restaurants serving a mix of international and local cuisine, a number of bars, two swimming pools and spa.

Why stay here: An excellent beach hotel with great facilities and first-class service. An ideal place to relax at the end of your holiday.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Two swimming pools, spa, four restaurants and two bars.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and a safe.

Room types available

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Excursions

Excursions Package

Sri Lanka Excursion Package Save £71

Take the Dambulla Caves, Lion Rock & Buddhas, Wasgamuwa National Park and Yala Afternoon Safari excursions for a discounted price.

from £219

Dambulla Caves

£20

Discover the Dambulla Cave Temples, a sacred pilgrimage site dating back 22 centuries. Depart in the late afternoon and climb the 364 steps to the caves. Once inside, explore the five temples and witness more than two thousand years of Buddhist art. There are over 150 statues within the cave’s elaborately patterned walls, the largest measuring 15 metres long.  

Full Description:

Set off in the late afternoon for a visit to the Dambulla Caves. Located 30 minutes from the hotel, the caves sit atop a rocky hill overlooking the surrounding plains. The walk up to the temples has a total of 364 steps, but there are plenty of places to stop and admire the view along the way. On a clear day Sigiriya rock can be seen in the distance. Once at the top, you will be asked to remove your shoes to enter the site. The temples date back to the 1st century BC, and are widely regarded as the best-preserved cave complexes in Sri Lanka. The insides of the caves are awash with red, blue and gold patterns covering every surface. There are 153 statues of the Buddha in the caves, as well as three of Sri Lankan kings and four of gods and goddesses.

Lion Rock & Buddhas

£110

Experience the best of Sri Lanka on an excursion that covers two iconic sights. The ancient palaces of Sigiriya sit atop a giant column of rock, jutting out from the miles of flat jungle that surround it. Take a tour of this cultural wonder and discover its many charms. Enter at the gates that give ‘Lion Rock’ its name, flanked by a gigantic pair of lion’s paws. Walk through the ancient palace of King Kashpaya, with its elaborate gardens and fountains, and discover the mysterious frescoes hidden on the rock’s western face. Afterwards visit Sri Lanka’s former capital, the UNESCO heritage site of Polonnaruwa. Here you can see the Royal Palace complex, with the well-preserved King’s Palace, Audience Hall and Quadrangle. Return in the early evening to relax at your hotel.

Full Description:

Depart after breakfast for a visit to one of the most iconic sites in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya Rock, which rises almost 200 metres from the surrounding forest and is home to an ancient fortress dating back to the 5th century. The climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock is quite tough with around 1,200 steps to the summit, and may not be suitable if you have a fear of heights. However, the ascent is broken up into several sections giving you plenty of time to catch your breath whilst you gaze over the surrounding treetops. After exploring the summit, head back down, stopping to view the 1,600-year-old frescos. 

If you do not want to summit the rock, talk to your tour guide. The route loops back on itself, so there are plenty of places that you can stop and meet the tour again if you decide not to ascend to the top. You can still enjoy excellent views from the gardens at the base of the mountain.

Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch, then continue to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka, succeeding the former capital of Anuradhapura when it was razed by Chola conquerors in the late 10th century. Polonnaruwa remained the capital for three centuries, and in the 12th century King Parakramabahu I undertook a mass building project, constructing palaces, monuments and parks, the ruins of which are still visible today. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins, visiting the remains of the Royal Palace, King’s Palace and audience hall. The visit finishes with a stop at Gal Vihara (or “rock monastery”), home to four Buddha reliefs carved from a large granite boulder. These are thought to be some of ancient Sinhalese’s best-carved artworks, the highlight being a reclining Buddha almost 15 metres long. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. 

Wasgamuwa National Park

£70

Take a morning jeep safari in Wasgamuwa National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known wildlife reserves. Wasgamuwa stands out for its population of predators, especially bears. In fact, ‘Wasgamuwa’ means ‘forest of the sloth bear’ in Sinhalese. Besides predators, the park is also great for seeing elephants, and hosts a vast array of bird species.

Full Description:

Depart from your hotel in the early morning, with a box breakfast, for a 90-minute drive to Wasgamuwa National Park. This national park is less visited than others in Sri Lanka, giving it an exclusive feel with fewer safari vehicles on the paths. Wasgamuwa means ‘forest of sloth bear’ in Sinhalese, and is said to contain the greatest number of sloth bears in Sri Lanka. You will still be lucky to see one, however, as threats to the sloth bear’s habitat mean there are less than 1,000 left in the country. Wasgamuwa is also one of best parks for seeing wild elephants and birds. There are 143 recorded bird species in the park, including the endemic red-faced Malkohas, Peafowls, Eurasian Spoonbills and Painted Storks. You return to the hotel in time for lunch.

End of the World Hike

£70

A walk through Sri Lanka’s central highlands, taking you through open grasslands and scenic mountain trails. Arrive at Horton Plains National Park in the early morning, when the weather is cool and the visibility is best. The climax of the hike is the World’s End viewpoint, a mountainside lookout with scenic vistas of Sri Lankan Landscape. On a clear day, the Indian Ocean is visible in the distance.  

Full Description:

Receive a wake-up call at 5:30am for the 90-minute drive to Horton Plains National Park. The journey to the park takes you through picturesque villages and tea plantations. The park is best visited early in the morning when the weather is cool, and visibility is best. Warm clothing is recommended as it can be quite chilly in the early hours, though the temperature will rise as the day progresses.

Upon arrival, enjoy a box breakfast before entering the park. The park rangers thoroughly check your bags for food and single-use plastic before admitting you, as these items are strictly forbidden on site. From here you start the hike, which takes you on an undulating circular loop of the park. The route is 9km long, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Along the way you stop at the World’s End viewpoint, where the plain ends abruptly, giving way to a precipice that plunges 880 metres to the valley floor. The lookout offer stunning views of the Sri Lankan countryside, and on a clear day you can see the Indian Ocean.

The park is home to a diversity of flora and fauna, including elk, deer, giant squirrels and over 80 species of birds. You walk through a variety of terrain from open grasslands, to wetlands to forests. Afterwards return to your hotel, with the rest of the afternoon free to relax or explore the town of Nuwara Eliya.

Yala Afternoon Safari

£90

A second chance to explore this wonderful national park later in the day. Late afternoon is an excellent time for wildlife spotting as the animals become more active as nightfall approaches. You are accompanied by a naturalist guide who will help you spot some of Yala’s famous wildlife.

Full Description:

Depart from your hotel in the mid-afternoon for a guided tour of the national park. Your guide will aim to visit areas not covered on the morning safari; however, the route will depend on the wildlife you spot en route. The tour is in a six-seater safari vehicle, with every seat a window seat. Your guide will again be on the lookout for Yala’s famous leopards, and a myriad of other species including bee-eaters, pied hornbills, macaques and wild water buffalo. Once the sun starts to set, it’s time to head back to your lodge, where you can discuss the day’s sightings with your fellow travellers.

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Prices include

Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    Holidays in Europe usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    Holidays in Namibia or South Africa usually have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    Holidays in Kenya usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    Holidays in Asia usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.
    Holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico usually have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

    For holidays not including any flights, financial protection is provided through IPP: https://www.llamatravel.com/ipp-protection

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Before You Go

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate.

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate. You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    British nationals require a visa to enter Zimbabwe for Victoria Falls, which can be purchased upon entry. The Kaza Univisa allows you to cross the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and also allows for day trips to Botswana (cost is approximately US$50). On occasions, the Zimbabwe border staff may not issue a Kaza Univisa, and you may need to purchase a Zimbabwe visa (single or double entry), which has a slightly higher cost. Citizens from other countries should consult the specific embassy to check entry requirements.

    Currently, no visa is required to visit Namibia, but the Namibian government has announced that it will introduce a visa upon entry in April 2025.

    British nationals to Kenya require an electronic travel authorisation, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for this on the eTA website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Asia & the Middle East

    To visit Jordan, you need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate.

    All visitors to Sri Lanka, including British nationals, require an electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which must be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the ETA website. For more information, see the website of the Sri Lanka High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Sri Lanka consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    All visitors to India, including British nationals, require a visa, which can be obtained online in advance, and for which there is a cost. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visa website. For more information, see the website of the India High Commission. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Indian consulate. You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    Visitors from 13 countries, including the UK, can travel to Vietnam visa-free for stays up to 45 days. For stays longer than 45 days, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. Stays longer than 90 days are not permitted. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Vietnamese consulate.

    To visit Cambodia, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Cambodian consulate.

    To visit Laos, a visa is required at a cost. This can be applied for online on the e-visa website. You need a full 10-year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Laotian consulate.

    If you are arranging a stopover in Singapore, you must complete an electronic SG Arrival Card up to three days before entry into Singapore.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

     

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through the local operator. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

When Your Are Travelling

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Morocco, Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms. In much of Africa and the Middle East, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    In most of Asia, attitudes to same sex relationships can be conservative, but there are not usually any problems. In Sri Lanka, same sex relationships are illegal, but hotels do not discriminate and same sex couples can share rooms.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, game drives have exposure to wild animals, and there will always be some risk in this, which you accept by going on holiday. Game drives run according to a schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen, and off-road vehicles can occasionally break down or get stuck in the uneven terrain.

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Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at NaTHNaC  

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    Asia

    Malaria tablets are not usually advised when visiting the areas that Llama Travel offers in Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, although a low risk exists in south-east Asia, so general precautions are recommended. If you have visited a country with yellow fever recently, you will usually require a valid yellow fever certificate to enter. Please be aware that Shimla in the Himalayas in India is at a moderately high altitude, so we recommend you take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart of lung condition, or think you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for an additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long-haul business class cabins with seats that convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals, and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the US when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have visited certain restricted countries, including Cuba, you may not qualify for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

  • Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

Travelling in Sri Lanka

  • The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee. Credit and debit cards can be used in hotels, larger shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. 

    All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately £15 – 20 for a meal. Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around £2-3 in a hotel bar. This can be higher in more remote areas.

    If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. If you want to tip guides, $3 – 5 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately $2-3 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. 

  • Sri Lankan cuisine is marked by its fragrant combination of spices, which are one of the country’s major exports. Sri Lanka was once a hub in the oceanic Silk Road, which introduced new ingredients and cultural influences into the country’s repertoire. Local ingredients also play a major role in Sri Lankan cookery, with coconut, rice and seafood featuring heavily. Meals are generally composed of many smaller dishes, with curries and Dhals a mainstay.

    A popular Sri Lankan dish is hoppers, thin bowl-shaped pancakes with crispy edges. Hoppers are usually served with chutney alongside breakfast or lunch, or as a meal in their own right when filled eggs or vegetables. Kottu is another one to look out for: a spicy stir fry of shredded roti bread, scrambled eggs, vegetables, chillies and spices.  

    Tea is an integral part of Sri Lankan culture and hospitality, and it’s served on all occasions from business meetings to family get-togethers. Sri Lankans take it dark and strong, with a spoonful of sugar to help curb the bitterness; however, milky tea is also an option. Around 4% of the country’s landmass is used for tea cultivation.

    All hotels offer Western as well as Sri Lankan cuisine. The cost of a good-sized lunch is typically £15-20 per person.   

  • Temperatures in Sri Lanka can vary significantly depending on where you are visiting. On the coast, daytime highs of over 30°C are possible, while in the Central Highlands, temperatures can drop below 10°C at night. Due to the variations in weather, we recommend taking a variety of clothing suitable for warm and cooler weather. Rain is possible throughout the year, and can be heavy, so waterproofs are also recommended. Insect repellent is advisable, especially for jungle areas.

    Electricity in Sri Lanka is 230V, and there are two plug standards: British (3 square pins), and D-type (3 round pins). British plug sockets are fairly ubiquitous, but we still recommend taking an adapter. 

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.