Sri Lanka Tour

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  • 2 nights Cinnamon Lodge, The Cultural Triangle - with half board
  • 2 nights Cinnamon Citadel, The Cultural Triangle - with half board
  • 1 nights Heritance Tea Factory , Nuwara Eliya - with half board
  • 2 nights Cinnamon Wild, Yala National Park - with half board
  • 3 nights Cinnamon Bentota Beach, South West Coast Beach - with breakfast
  • Full sightseeing itinerary included with private guide
  • Half Board except in Bentota when breakfast only
  • Return flights with Sri Lankan Airlines from Heathrow. Valid for travel Selected dates throughout September.
  • This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
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2 nt Cinnamon Lodge, The Cultural Triangle

with half board

Would you like to travel back to a classier era, where polished architecture was still earthy, food was ‘organic’ without calling it that, trees and birds lived around humans because they trusted them. Well, if you like the sound of it, you’re most welcome to Cinnamon Lodge Habarana.

2 nt Cinnamon Citadel, The Cultural Triangle

with half board

Cinnamon Citadel fuses retro chic design with the rich heritage of this ancient kingdom from its position close to the historic monuments of the Cultural Triangle.

1 nt Heritance Tea Factory , Nuwara Eliya

with half board

Formerly a withering loft where fresh leaves were laid to dry, this is accommodation of the most unique kind.

2 nt Cinnamon Wild, Yala National Park

with half board

Bordering the Yala National Park close to the town of Kirinda, this is a true nature resort.

3 nt Cinnamon Bentota Beach, South West Coast Beach

with breakfast

Five star luxury awaits you at this tranquil retreat where the river meets the sea. The foundation of Cinnamon Bentota Beach has a heritage dating back to the 60s, when it was first expertly designed by the island’s most renowned architect, and one of Asia’s most influential architects, Geoffrey Manning Bawa.


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Return flights with Sri Lankan Airlines from Heathrow. Valid for travel Selected dates throughout September.


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


The dry, flat area northeast of the Hill Country is known as the Cultural Triangle and is a treasure trove of famous archaeological sites and ancient monuments. The Triangle is home to five of Sri Lanka's nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the cave temples of Dambulla; Sri Lanka's first ancient capital Anuradhapura; Polonnarawa, the second ancient capital; the Sigiriya rock fortress and sacred Kandy.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, considered one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, is located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle. Visible for miles in all directions and dominating the surrounding plain, this ancient fortress is built on and around a towering 650ft high rock and is an extraordinary sight. Not to be missed are the well-preserved Water Gardens, which frame the main approach to the Rock; the Boulder Gardens; the Mirror Wall and, for those with a head for heights and who are fit and able, the summit itself. To reach the top it's necessary to climb a series of staircases attached to sheer walls, during which you'll pass the world-renowned frescoes of the "heavenly maidens of Sigiriya'. The compensating view from the top over the surrounding countryside and the landscape gardens at the bottom is simply stunning.

Hidden away amid green hills in the heart of the island is Kandy, the undisputed cultural capital of Sri Lanka and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although modern Kandy has begun an inevitable sprawl, the surrounding hills, scenic lake at its centre and low-rise streets lined with characterful Kandyan and colonial-era buildings preserve a certain old-fashioned charm and small-town atmosphere. Kandy's most notable landmark is the impressive Temple of the Tooth, the country's most important religious shrine housing the legendary Buddha's Tooth. Another highlight is the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, styled on London's Kew and a lovely place to while away a few hours. Kandy is also famous for the Kandy Esala Perahera, a huge ten day cultural pageant that takes place in the month of July or August, concluding on the day of the full moon. It's one of the most colourful processions in the world as thousands of drummers, acrobats, singers and dancers accompany a parade of lavishly decorated elephants in the streets of Kandy. Hotels are in high demand, and additional supplements apply, during this period so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The small town of Habarana is around an hour's drive from Anuradhapura, the former capital, where a plethora of well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilisation can be seen. Habarana is also the gateway to Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, particularly during the annual Gathering (Aug-Sep) when hundreds of elephants come to feed and bathe in the Minneriya Reservoir.

Imposing Dambulla Rock houses the most impressive and best preserved Buddhist cave temples in Sri Lanka. While there are more than 80 caves within the complex, it is the five crammed with over 150 statues and decorated with fine murals that are the main attraction. To reach the caves it is a steep 20 minute walk, where the views of the surrounding hills and Sigiriya are as spectacular as the caves themselves.


The dry, flat area northeast of the Hill Country is known as the Cultural Triangle and is a treasure trove of famous archaeological sites and ancient monuments. The Triangle is home to five of Sri Lanka's nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the cave temples of Dambulla; Sri Lanka's first ancient capital Anuradhapura; Polonnarawa, the second ancient capital; the Sigiriya rock fortress and sacred Kandy.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, considered one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, is located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle. Visible for miles in all directions and dominating the surrounding plain, this ancient fortress is built on and around a towering 650ft high rock and is an extraordinary sight. Not to be missed are the well-preserved Water Gardens, which frame the main approach to the Rock; the Boulder Gardens; the Mirror Wall and, for those with a head for heights and who are fit and able, the summit itself. To reach the top it's necessary to climb a series of staircases attached to sheer walls, during which you'll pass the world-renowned frescoes of the "heavenly maidens of Sigiriya'. The compensating view from the top over the surrounding countryside and the landscape gardens at the bottom is simply stunning.

Hidden away amid green hills in the heart of the island is Kandy, the undisputed cultural capital of Sri Lanka and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although modern Kandy has begun an inevitable sprawl, the surrounding hills, scenic lake at its centre and low-rise streets lined with characterful Kandyan and colonial-era buildings preserve a certain old-fashioned charm and small-town atmosphere. Kandy's most notable landmark is the impressive Temple of the Tooth, the country's most important religious shrine housing the legendary Buddha's Tooth. Another highlight is the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, styled on London's Kew and a lovely place to while away a few hours. Kandy is also famous for the Kandy Esala Perahera, a huge ten day cultural pageant that takes place in the month of July or August, concluding on the day of the full moon. It's one of the most colourful processions in the world as thousands of drummers, acrobats, singers and dancers accompany a parade of lavishly decorated elephants in the streets of Kandy. Hotels are in high demand, and additional supplements apply, during this period so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The small town of Habarana is around an hour's drive from Anuradhapura, the former capital, where a plethora of well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilisation can be seen. Habarana is also the gateway to Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, particularly during the annual Gathering (Aug-Sep) when hundreds of elephants come to feed and bathe in the Minneriya Reservoir.

Imposing Dambulla Rock houses the most impressive and best preserved Buddhist cave temples in Sri Lanka. While there are more than 80 caves within the complex, it is the five crammed with over 150 statues and decorated with fine murals that are the main attraction. To reach the caves it is a steep 20 minute walk, where the views of the surrounding hills and Sigiriya are as spectacular as the caves themselves.


Inland from Colombo rise the verdant highlands of Sri Lanka's mist-shrouded Hill Country with its lush green tea plantations, scenic mountains, rolling hills and cascading waterfalls. Centre of the country's tea industry is the old British town of Nuwara Eliya which lies close to the highest point of the island at the heart of the southern Hill Country.

Established by the British in the 19th century Nuwara Eliya is often referred to as 'Little England' due to the colonial buildings, Victorian style village post office, English church, golf club and horseracing track. History aside, this is tea country and Nuwara Eliya produces some of the finest tea in the world. Be sure to visit a tea factory to discover the skills of tea blending and tasting whilst drinking in the sheer magnificence of the mountains, valleys and verdant tea plantations dotted with the bright colours of the sari-clad tea-pickers. Follow the Tea Trails on foot or by bicycle, taking the time to enjoy a picnic at spectacularly scenic locations along the way. We highly recommend staying in one of the restored colonial era plantation bungalows at Ceylon Tea Trails, where guests enjoy a taste of gracious living thanks to high tea, gourmet meals, exquisite butler service and authentic period furnishings all within stunningly beautiful gardens.

Nuwara Eliya is also the gateway to the Horton Plains National Park famed for its stunning flora and fauna as well as some excellent hikes; the most popular being the round trip to World's End, a stunning viewpoint at the very edge of the Hill Country where the cliffs suddenly fall away to the plains below.

Another popular place to visit is the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where up to 100 elephants young and old are given sanctuary in a natural habitat. Try to coincide your visit with either the morning or midday meals, after which you can enjoy the unique spectacle of these magnificent animals bathing and splashing around in the shallow waters of the river.


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.


This scenic coastline shows Sri Lanka at its most developed with the established resort of Bentota along with the bustling town of Kalutara, both of which are dotted with wonderful hotels and dining options, while those who enjoy a more serene pace of life, should look no further than the small resort of Ahungalla. However, what they all share are golden beaches, swaying coconut palms and the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Nestled between the beautiful Bentota River, a tropical lagoon and the Indian Ocean is Bentota, one of the south west coast's most established beach resorts. The wide expanse of golden sands face the Indian Ocean and are lined by a superb choice of hotels, from boutique to bustling, suiting all tastes and budgets. Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy everything from jet skiing and windsurfing to wakeboarding and canoeing on the calm waters of the lagoon, take an excursion along the river or enjoy diving and snorkelling around the reefs that can be found close to the shore.

Once an important spice trading centre, Kalutara is today best known for its long stretch of fine sandy beach and whilst it is one of the largest settlements along the coast, it remains reasonably unspoilt. When you can tear yourself away from the beach, you'll find busy, colourful markets to explore along with some beautiful Buddhist temples.

Ahungalla is a small coastal fishing village nestling amidst coconut groves and with an idyllic palm-fringed sandy beach. Surrounded by farmland and paddy fields, it really is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday.

The south west coast beaches are a prime nesting site for turtles and at the Turtle Conservation Project in Kosgoda you can visit the hatchery and observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. This stretch of coastline is also known for its Ayurvedic centres with an array of therapies designed to relax and rejuvenate.

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