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Sri Lanka / East Coast Explorer

Barely penetrable jungle giving way to virgin beaches; animal sanctuaries where leopard, elephant, jackal and wild boar roam; tranquil tea plantations and teeming cities brimming with history…there remains a feeling of discovering the undiscovered in Sri Lanka. Just as the island packs a lot into a little space, so this 12-night tour fills every moment with sights and sounds of interest, from the melting pot culture of Galle to the cooler climes of Koslanda, with a chance to explore the colonial riches of Colombo before flying home.

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Price includes all economy international and internal flights, accommodation, selected game drives at Yala National Park, private transfers and meals as specified. Meal basis B Breakfast. This itinerary is only a suggestion - our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, tailormade tours.

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Nights 12

Sri Lanka /Itinerary

East Coast Explorer


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Fly to Colombo

Direct flight from London Heathrow to Colombo.

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Koggala, near Galle

Koggala, near Galle

On arrival transfer to The Fortress in Koggala, near Galle for a two night stay. Galle is the country’s oldest living city – boasts a unique fusion of European and Arabic cultural influences. Having first risen to prominence as a port of call for Chinese, Persian, Arab and Indian traders, the city was later colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, all adding their individual signatures to the city’s rich history. It is said that Galle was the ancient seaport of Tarshish, from which King Solomon drew ivory, peacocks and other valuables. (B)

The Fortress

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After an early breakfast we drive to Yala for two nights at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, the setting for spectacular guided safaris through the Yala National Park, famed for its leopards, sloths and elephants. (B)

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

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This morning, travel inland towards Sri Lankan tea country to spend three nights at Living Heritage, Koslanda, a secluded base from which to trek tangled jungle paths, climb nearby mountains, have river baths or go cycling through sleepy farming towns. Prime sights include the Rawana Falls along the Ella Gap in Bandarawela and the numerous Theraveda Buddhist temples around Monaragala. (B)

Living Heritage Koslanda

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Today after breakfast, travel from the emerald greenery of the hills to the eastern shores of Passekudah, a charming coastal village where we will spend four nights at the blissful Uga Bay resort. Wade out in clear, shallow waters, take advantage of the resort’s wide range of water sports equipment or borrow a bicycle to visit local fishing villages, markets and temples. (B)

Uga Bay by Uga Escapes

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Take a scenic flight by shared seaplane back to Colombo for a day at leisure and a night at Residence by Uga Escapes, a unique boutique hotel set in the very heart of the city. (B)

Residence By Uga Escapes

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Fly Home

Return to Colombo Airport for your return flight to London.

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