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12 days in Kandy, Tea Country, Yala National Park, the beaches of Tangalle and historic Galle Fort

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Explore Sri Lanka’s beautiful south on this twelve-day luxury honeymoon.

Begin in the sacred city of Kandy, home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the holiest places of worship in the Buddhist world, and a wonderful first taster of the country with is bustling centre and rich history. The colonial grandeur continues in Tea Country, a laid-back region of endless emerald plantations that have shaped the landscape here for 150 years.

Venture south to the vast Yala National Park for two days of safari, venturing out from your romantic safari camp or opulent lodge in search of leopard, elephant and more. Then enjoy three days at your own pace on the long beaches of Tangalle at a blissful seaside resort before a final two nights in Galle Fort, a charming colonial town with an irresistible atmosphere

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Kandy

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

VIP meet and greet at Colombo airport

Transfer

Private transfer to Kandy

Accommodation in Kandy

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Two nights in Kandy Two nights in Kandy

A world of ancient kings, ornate temples, lush gardens and vibrant traditions, Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and its cultural capital. Nestled in the midst of hills and surrounded by tropical paddy fields and tea plantations, the town is the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), the country’s most important religious shrine. Browse the bustling market places with bright, fresh produce, local delicacies and fragrant spices, or spend the day exploring the opulent temples and learning about the city’s rich history. The dense downtown area is surrounded by tropical rainforest, so look out for exotic monkeys swinging overhead.

Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden tour with botanist Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden tour with botanist

The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest of the botanical gardens of Sri Lanka and one of the finest in Asia. In the Mediterranean climate of Kandy, the gateway to the central highlands, the Gardens lies at an elevation of 460 meters above sea-level, tightly bounded on three sides by the loop of the River Mahaweli. Your expert botanist guide will take you on a leisurely walk around, sharing interesting and insightful stories about this place and Sri Lanka.

Temple of the Tooth tour Temple of the Tooth tour

Sri Dalada Maligawa, or the Temple of the Tooth, is a temple in the city 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. Monks of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily, at dawn, at noon and in the evenings.

Afternoon tea at the Queen's Hotel Afternoon tea at the Queen's Hotel

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the historic Queen's Hotel in Kandy.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to the Tea Country

Days 3-5

Tea Country

Accommodation in Tea Country

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Two nights in Tea Country Two nights in Tea Country

Undulating hills blanketed in green plantations, Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea. You'll see the hills dotted with women quickly but meticulously harvesting leaves by hand, baskets slung across their backs. Skilful workers deftly pluck the most flavoursome and aromatic parts of the bushes – the topmost leaves and buds – which are then sent to nearby factories to be dried and processed.

The first tea plantations were established in Kandy in the 1860s and now most of the scenic central region’s elevated slopes are covered in contoured rows of painstakingly maintained plants.

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Tea Country hike Tea Country hike

A leisurely walk or an adventure trek is a delightful way to experience the varied landscapes, exotic flora, abundant birdlife and the relaxed rhythm of life here. Take in vistas of mountain lakes, manicured tea gardens, forests and doll’s house villages. A guide can be provided or self walk on marked trails which are selected for varying levels of ability.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Yala National Park

Days 5-7

Yala National Park

Accommodation in Yala National Park

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Two days on safari in Yala National Park Two days on safari in Yala National Park

Occupying the south-eastern corner of the island, the vast Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s second largest national park and also its most popular. The park itself is divided into five blocks, two of which, Ruhuna and Kumana, can be explored on guided game drives, and stretches from the sea inland, encompassing some 979 square kilometres (378 square miles) of forest, wetlands and savannah. This varied landscapes provides a vital home for hundreds of Sri Lankan elephant, sloth bear, crocodile and rare wild water buffalo, as well over 200 bird species.

But it is the leopard, found here in perhaps the highest concentration in the world, that are iconic of the park. Their secretive nature means spotting Sri Lanka’s top predator is still a challenge, but accompanied by a skilled guide and a little luck, there a few better places in the world to find these enigmatic cats.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Tangalle

Days 7-10

Tangalle

Accommodation in Tangalle

Three nights in Tangalle Three nights in Tangalle

Enjoy your days relaxing on the laid back sands of Tangalle and exploring the verdant landscape of the interior. A meandering stretch of rugged cliffs and beautiful sandy bays on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, all protected by a vast enclosing reef, you’ll find a collection of the island’s best beaches and a small collection of blissful resorts.

The waters are a wonderful place for surfing, diving, whale watching or simply lounging alongside and you may find yourself sharing the low key sands with Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles, the area being a vitally important nesting site.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Galle

Days 10-12

Galle Fort

Accommodation in Galle Fort

Two nights in Galle Fort Two nights in Galle Fort

Spend your days soaking up the unique atmosphere of Galle, a stunning town at the southern edge of Sri Lanka with fascinating colonial history evident at every turn through its eclectic assemblage of architecture. It's walls and everything inside them are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful Dutch fusion architecture, a commanding Victorian lighthouse, grand churches and mosques, all in a sultry tropical setting.

Walking tour of Galle Fort with an archaeologist Walking tour of Galle Fort with an archaeologist

Spend an afternoon discovering the historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument that is the Galle Fort with a Researcher and Building Archaeologist. First built in 1589 by the Portuguese, and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, Galle Fort has a colorful history, and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site today.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Colombo airport

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