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Three Little Tastes of Heaven in Sri Lanka

10 days from £5,400 per person

It is said that Sri Lanka was the original Garden of Eden and it only takes one visit to understand why. On the basis that less is more we have chosen our three favourite spots where the combination of bliss and luxury are as close to heaven as one can achieve on Earth. These are the historical 17th century Dutch Fort of Galle staying at the exquisite, colonial hotel Amangalla, the pristine and stunning palm fringed beach at Amanwella, and the emerald undulating tea plantations at Tea Trails.

This in-depth tour encompasses all the major sites of the Cultural Triangle before taking a leisurely route through the centre and south visiting temples, tea plantations and a national park to reach one of the glorious beaches that stretch the length of the southwest coast. Highlights of the north include Anuradhapura, 4th century BC cradle of Buddhism, the exquisite carved rock Buddhas at Polonnaruwa and Kandy with its wonderful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the Temple of the Tooth.

Carry on up to the High Country to relax on a charming tea plantation before going to the elephant and leopard filled Yala National Park located in the southeast. Follow the coast and explore the fort in Galle, then head north to beautiful beaches of Bentota and finish in Colombo, one of Asia's smaller and more charming capitals.

This luxury holiday is a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your perfect tailor-made tour of Sri LankaIf you would like to see similar trips, take a look at our Honeymoon and Family Holiday collections as well as our Beach, Trekking and Spa itineraries.


Itinerary details

10 days from £5,400 per person

  • Day 1 - Amangalla - Galle
    On arrival, your driver will take you to your hotel in Galle. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the restaurants, boutiques and cafés in Galle’s 17th-century fort.
  • Day 2 - Amangalla - Galle
    This morning explore the markets Amangalla’s chefs before lunch time a cooking lesson. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 3 - Amangalla - Galle
    Spend the morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to Handunugoda tea plantation followed by tea and cake with the planter himself.
  • Day 4 - Amanwella - Tangalle
    After check out drive along the coast to Tangalle. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 5 - Amanwella - Tangalle
    Full day safari in Udawalawe National Park and a visit to the elephant sanctuary.
  • Day 6 - Amanwella - Tangalle
    Visit the village of Palapotta and and discover its pottery heritage. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 7 - Summerville Bungalow - Bogawantalawa Valley
    After check out, drive north to Bogawantalawa Valley and enjoy the beautiful scenery en-route.
  • Day 8 - Summerville Bungalow - Bogawantalawa Valley
    Morning guided tour of the Dunkeld Tea Factory followed by a Tea Planter's picnic lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 9 - Summerville Bungalow - Bogawantalawa Valley
    Morning kayaking on Castlereagh lake. Afternoon guided walk through the tea gardens, forest and jungle, and pass streams and mini waterfalls.
  • Day 10 - In transit.
    Transfer to Colombo for overnight flight home.
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I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.
Bill Bryson

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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
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
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!
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- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
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
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!
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