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Two Weeks in Sri Lanka with Ampersand Travel

Two Weeks in Sri Lanka with Ampersand Travel

Our Senior Consultant Emily recently returned from an incredible couple of weeks researching new and existing client experiences in Sri Lanka. From exploring ancient cities and temples across the length and breadth of the country to an elephant safari, hiking up Sigiriya Rock and beach hopping between Tangalle and Bentota, this truly was the trip of a lifetime. Find out more about her itinerary and travel highlights below.

Day 1 & 2: Colombo - stay at Uga Residence (2 nights)

Arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s former capital, to enjoy a relaxing evening at the beautiful Uga Residence - a 180-year-old mansion converted into a trendy boutique hotel before getting up early the next day for a guided tour of Colombo.

Despite being the country’s commercial capital, the city has a thriving art scene, great shops and restaurants, and the beautiful home of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most acclaimed architect, which is well worth a visit.

Day 3 & 4: Sigiriya - stay at Maia (2 nights)

Car transfer to Sigiriya (3hrs) for a sunset hike to the top of the famous Rock Fortress, a 370m high rock citadel and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The panoramic views across the Sri Lankan countryside were worth the 30-minute hike!

The next day began with a visit to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital from the 11-13th centuries, followed by a wildlife jeep drive in Minneriya National Park to see the elephants, as well as buffalo, spotted deer, monkeys and lots of exotic birds.

Day 5: Kandy - stay at Kandy House (1 night)

Day 5 started with a 2-hour drive to Kandy via Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka’s greatest cave complex which is covered with frescoes of religious and secular scenes and beautiful geometric designs in orange and gold.

They arrived in Kandy in time for a half-day tour of the city - which is set around a beautiful lake and surrounded by mountains - followed by an evening visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth to see the nightly blessing ceremonies. This is Sri Lanka’s most significant shrine as it is said to contain one of the Buddah’s teeth.

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Day 6 & 7: Ella - stay at Nine Skies (2 nights)

Day 6 started with a beautiful drive through the Hill Country to Ella (4hrs) in time for an afternoon trip to Little Adam’s Peak.

The next morning, they visited Haputale and Lipton’s Seat lookout, which is one of the country’s most impressive viewpoints offering stunning panoramic views across the green hills and tea estates.

Day 8 & 9: Tangalle - stay at Amanwella (2 nights)

On day 8, Emily visited the Nine Arch Bridge in Demodora before driving to Tangalle, a small fishing village on the southernmost part of the island, for two days of complete relaxation at Amanwella, one of Ampersand’s Top 10 Beach Hotels and Top 10 Aman Resorts in Asia. It also has one of our Top 10 Swimming Pools!

Day 10 & 11: Galle - stay at Amangalla (2 nights)

After breakfast, they made the short drive (1hr) to Galle in time for an afternoon guided tour of Galle Fort, the old part of the city and another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The next day, they spent the morning enjoying a cycling tour of rural Galle, followed by a free afternoon in Galle to explore the shops, galleries and narrow streets, before a spoiling dinner at Fort Bazaar.

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Day 12 & 13: Bentota - stay at The Muse (2 nights)

The next day they headed 2 hours north up the coast to Bentota, for another two days of beach bliss, staying at The Muse, one of Taru Villas most luxury beach villas.

Day 14: Colombo - stay at The Wallawwa (1 night)

For their last full day, they drove back to Colombo (2 hrs) in time for lunch at Gallery Café and a relaxing afternoon at The Wallawwa before our flight home the following morning. All in all, this was a fantastic mix of culture, history, exploring, beach and relaxation… what Sri Lanka is the undisputed best at delivering.

If you'd like to find out more about Emily's trip and how to plan your own luxury holiday to Sri Lanka, please get in touch with her at or give us a call on +44(0) 207 81 99 770.

Client Testimonials

I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India

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