• HOLIDAY IDEAS - HIGHLIGHTS OF SRI LANKA

    Discover the best of this beautiful country on a 15 day fly drive itinerary; taking in national parks, local wildlife and cultural experiences aplenty.
    There are endless options to enhance and extend your trip, such as boutique hotel stays and exciting excursions to break up your holiday. Speak to our Travel Specialists to create your own tailor-made itinerary.

    HIGHLIGHTS OF SRI LANKA

    DAY 1
    Depart UK for overnight flight to Colombo, why not make a stopover in Dubai to break up the journey?
    DAY 2
    Arrive Colombo, and transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay
    DAY 3 - 4
    Pick up your motorhome and drive to Wilpattu National Park. Its unique features are the 60 or so ‘willus’ – natural sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rain water that attract a wide variety of wildlife, especially wetland birds. A jeep safari of Wilpattu is a must whilst you are here.
    DAYS 5 – 7
    Drive to Dambulla. Enjoy a village trek in Habarana or catamaran ride on the Hirawaduna Lake whilst en route. Visit the Sigiriya rock fortress where you can climb the 1,200 steps to the top. Guarded by an enormous lion’s-head gateway, hence the name Lion Mountain, this magical and mysterious complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site containing a fantastic collection of painted frescos on a ‘mirror wall’ of polished granite.
    DAYS 8 – 9
    Head to Kandy. En route visit a spice garden in Matale to get the bigger picture of Sri Lanka’s taste and colour. While in Kandy take a train or tuk tuk ride to see what this vibrant city has to offer. Visit the ancient Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a Buddhist temple which is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, housing the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
    DAY 10
    Leave Kandy and head to Nuwara Eliya, a city in the hill country of the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The name means ‘city on the plain’ or ‘city of light’. This delightful and historic hill country town is known as ‘Little England’ because it was here that the colonial British administrators made their summer retreats in the image of their home country.
    DAYS 11 – 12
    Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Yala. We recommend you take the train journey from Nanu Oya train station to Ella, which is renowned as one of the best in the world. Yala National Park is the most visited and second-largest national park in Sri Lanka. Take a jeep safari here and you are likely to see elephants, leopards, sloth bears, monkeys, alligators, to name but a few.
    DAYS 13 – 14
    Time for a beach stop as you make your way to Talalla. Talalla is one of the most unspoiled and truly magnificent stretches of beach in Sri Lanka. Be sure to try a Sri Lankan delicacy of curd and honey whilst you are there.
    DAY 15
    Today we journey back to Colombo, but make sure you leave yourself enough time to visit Galle on the way. Best known for its fort, Galle was founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, surround car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. We also recommend a city tour of Colombo if you have time – why not spend an extra night in a hotel and enjoy what the city has to offer? In the evening transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

    For information on driving conditions in Sri Lanka, visit our Driving in Sri Lanka page.