Sri Lanka City, Safari & Beach

11 nights
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Travel 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Aug 2020
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  • 2 nights Cinnamon Grand, Colombo - Deluxe room with breakfast
  • 2 nights Yala Safari Adventure, Yala National Park - Standard room at Cinnamon Wild with half board
  • 7 nights The Fortress Resort & Spa, South Coast Beach - Fortress room with breakfast
  • Tour includes Yala jeep safaris & half board
  • Flights to Colombo via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation throughout, privately escorted Yala Safari Adventure including 2 Jeep safaris, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. A weekend surcharge of £25 per direction (outbound & inbound) per person applies for travel on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
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2 nt Cinnamon Grand, Colombo

Deluxe room with breakfast

Whether you’re here for a break, for work, or for a celebration, your comfort becomes the  priority. From the moment you check in, to every experience you have, the ambience and service blend in perfect harmony, creating a string of memorable moments for you.

2 nt Yala Safari Adventure, Yala National Park
Standard room at Cinnamon Wild with half board

2 nights from £475pp

Explore the Yala National Park by jeep on this wildlife adventure.

7 nt The Fortress Resort & Spa, South Coast Beach
LUXURY

Fortress room with breakfast

The Fortress Resort & Spa mimics the style of a powerful ancient fortress from its position alongside the glimmering sands of the southern coast.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Colombo via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation throughout, privately escorted Yala Safari Adventure including 2 Jeep safaris, return private transfers and prepayable taxes. A weekend surcharge of £25 per direction (outbound & inbound) per person applies for travel on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh & Glasgow from £50 per person.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

2 nts Cinnamon Grand, Colombo

Deluxe room with breakfast

More often than not Sri Lanka's capital is considered as nothing more than a transit point, however those that do allow a day or so to explore Colombo will be pleasantly surprised to find a dynamic city that pulses with life whilst preserving an old world charm – indeed many of the boutique colonial homes have been restored as hotels.

Within this urban hub, which is located on the island's west coast, you will find everything from colonial buildings and historical monuments to temples and museums along with exciting shopping, delectable dining and a vibrant nightlife.

The British influence is clearly visible in the buildings located in the Fort, an area where the larger corporations and stock exchange are situated, as well as the official residence of Sri Lanka's President. Close by is Pettah Market, a bustling maze of stalls with each section selling its own speciality, ranging from foodstuffs to shoes and even gold. The New Parliament is situated at Sri Jayawardenapura on the outskirts of Colombo, while the Old Parliament on Galle Road is now the Presidential Secretariat. Galle Face Green is the scenic promenade where the locals gather during the evenings and at the weekend to enjoy a stroll and the cool breeze from the Indian Ocean. Nearby are temples, mosques and churches catering to the diverse population, including Gangaramaya Temple and the famous Buddhist temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, one of Sri Lanka's most sacred sites.

The city is littered with malls, boutique shops, department stores and roadside stalls selling everything you could ever wish for. There's also a fantastic range of restaurants offering all types of international fare and authentic Sri Lanka dishes including crab, which you really must try. When looking to sit back and relax, there's perhaps nowhere better to enjoy evening cocktails than the historic Galle Face Hotel with its views across the city or out to the Indian Ocean.

2 nts Yala Safari Adventure, Yala National Park
Standard room at Cinnamon Wild with half board

Yala National Park, located in the south east of Sri Lanka and hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, is one of the largest and most famous national parks in the country. The park is divided into five sectors, of which two are currently open to visitors on guided 4x4 jeep safaris which give the opportunity to view wildlife.

Yala's terrain is very diverse ranging from dense jungle to grasslands, lakes, wetlands, flat plains, rocky outcrops and sandy beaches (although these are not recommended for swimming). This varied environment supports one of the richest and most varied collections of wildlife in the country, with 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species, including storks, kingfishers, flamingos and peacocks.

Among its more famous residents are a substantial elephant population, elusive sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer and, a significant leopard population – the densest concentration of these cats anywhere in the world. As you drive through the park you may also see a number of crocodiles in both the rivers and pools.

Yala National Park closes for around six weeks each year during September and October, exact dates are decided by the Department of Wildlife and will only be advised nearer the time.

7 nts The Fortress Resort & Spa, South Coast Beach
LUXURY

Fortress room with breakfast

This glorious coast encapsulates Sri Lanka with its sleepy villages sheltering under countless palms, a wonderfully unhurried pace of life, colonial townscapes and local life that revolves around coconut farming, rice cultivation and fishing, particularly stilt-fishing. Factor in countless bays and gorgeous beaches and it's easy to understand why the south coast is such an attractive option for visitors.

Gateway to the south is the charming town of Galle, which has a spectacular setting on the south western tip of Sri Lanka and is home to an atmospheric old port along with some perfectly preserved colonial architecture. At the heart of the city is the old Dutch quarter. Known as the Fort and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's a lovely place to stroll and explore the winding streets, churches, stalls, shops and charming cafes. The nearby beaches offer wide expanses of sands to laze upon and clear waters with multi-coloured corals and a plethora of marine life that includes vibrantly coloured fish and sea turtles.

The sleepy fishing town Weligama meanders around a broad, beautiful bay that is dotted with rocky outcrops and fringed with fine golden sand. At dawn and dusk you can see the iconic stilt fishermen as they cast out their nets whilst balancing precariously on poles planted into the sea bed. Nearby, the little village of Mirissa is renowned as the whale watching capital of Sri Lanka with large numbers of blue and sperm whales frequently spotted relatively close to shore while boat trips can be arranged between November and April.

The town of Tangalle is home to stunning beaches, picturesque coves and gentle reminders of the colonial Dutch days of the 18th century. The lovely beaches are lapped by invitingly warm waters and are just perfect for swimming or exploring the reef. Within a short drive of Tangalle is the Bundala National Park, famous for its diverse profusion of aquatic birdlife as well as reptiles, crocodiles and a small population of elephants.

Hambantota, which overlooks the pristine southern coast, is renowned for its richness of natural beauty, wildlife and heritage sites, including dagobas and viharas. Along with sweeping sandy beaches Hambantota is within easy reach of Yala National Park and the bird sanctuary at Bundala.

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