Essential Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Culture

Temples, tea plantations & tranquil beaches

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Intro

Experience the unique charm of Sri Lanka as you embark on a journey through some of the islands most iconic sights. Wander through a myriad of sacred dagobas and temples in the UNESCO heritage site of Anuradhapura. Climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress for panoramic views across mist-shrouded forests and visit the ruins of the historic kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Venture into the wilderness of Sri Lanka's national parks in search of the majestic leopard. Look out across the rolling valleys of the Horton Plains tea plantations as you taste traditional Sri Lankan tea. Finally, unwind at the tranquil fishing village of Beruwela and immerse yourself in the laid-back Sri Lankan way of life.

Places Visited

Accommodation

Accommodation

All accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.

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Amagi Lagoon Resort

The Amagi Lagoon Resort lies beside the scenic Negombo Lagoon, just outside of Colombo. The decor of the resort is inspired by Sri Lankan heritage, whilst also providing modern comforts for guests. There is a choice of on-site restaurants, which offer a variety of local and international cuisine options along with scenic sea views. 

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Rajarata Hotel

The Rajarata Hotel is located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka in Anuradhapura. The bedrooms are equipped with modern amenities that offer guests a comfortable stay. The on-site restaurant offers traditional Sri Lankan and international cuisine options. Guests can also choose to relax in the bar area or hotel swimming pool.

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Cinnamon Lodge

Nestled amidst lush green forests, Cinnamon Lodge provides a comfortable and relaxing retreat for guests, complete with a large outdoor pool, spa and butterfly garden. There are multiple dining options available onsite: Restaurant Ehala and The Lotus offer international and local cuisine, whilst guests can enjoy a traditional tea at the Veranda and relax in the Tuskers Bar.

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Swiss Residence Hotel

The Swiss Residence is located at the heart of Kandy, surrounded by rainforests and rolling hills. The spacious bedrooms have a warm decor and are equipped with modern facilities, including wifi, and satellite television. Guests can relax on their balcony after a day of exploring the world heritage city, where they can enjoy scenic views across the town of Kandy and Knuckles mountain range.

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Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel is located in the central highlands of Nuwara Eliya. Nearby sights include the Haggala Botanial Gardens, tea plantations an scenic waterfalls. The decor is simple, whilst the hotel bedrooms are each furnished with modern facilities to allow for a comfortable stay. The hotel restaurant serves a buffet to guests, who can also choose between the hotel bar, cafe, or Grand Indian Restaurant for other cuisine options. Guests can also choose to relax in the hotel spa or enjoy a round of golf on the neighbouring course.

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The Safari Hotel

The Safari Hotel is situated in Tissamaharama, just on the outskirts of Wirawila Tissa Sanctuary. The hotel has a warm and modern decor, which has been inspired by its safari location. Each ensuite bedroom is spacious and fitted with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Guests can enjoy views from their rooms across the scenic lake and hotel swimming pool. The hotel is located near to many key sights, including the Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, Yala Wildlife Sanctuary and Yala and Bundala National Parks.

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Cinnamon Bey Hotel

The Cinnamon Bey Hotel lies on the southern coastline of Beruwala. The hotel has a contemporary design, offering spacious and comfortable bedrooms. Each bedroom provides guests with access to en suite bathrooms, wifi and satellite television. There are a variety of on site dining options, including a tapas lounge, a buffet and a Mediterranean restaurant. Guests can also enjoy the hotel spa, fitness suite and swimming pools. 

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Extensions

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Essential Sri Lanka

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Reviews

I'm delighted with all the trips that I have arranged through Travel the Unknown for myself and a couple of friends. We've stayed in some wonderful places and have had exceptional encounters with local people. Our guide was very good about checking in with us about what we wanted to do.

Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade Sri Lanka
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