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Wind your way through Sri Lanka's verdant Tea Country by train to reach charming colonial-style hill stations.

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Stay within Bogawantalwa Valley's mist-shrouded tea plantations.

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Admire the colourful tea pickers in Ceylon's cool central tea plantations

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Overlook the mesmerising Castlereagh lake from up high at Dunkeld Bungalow, the latest addition to the Ceylon Tea Trails.

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Stay at Thotalagala, a firm Ampersand favourite, to experience one of the first and most beautiful 19th century tea planters’ bungalows in Sri Lanka.

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Take in the phenomenal views over Sri Lanka's rolling hills from Thotalagala's prime position in Haputale.

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SRI LANKA - Amanwella.

Base yourself at the Amanwella in Tangalle, a super slick, James Bond-esque beach resort located in the fishing village of Tangalle.

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Enjoy poolside sunsets at Amanwella to witness the sky setting ablaze behind silhouetted swaying palm trees.

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During a stay at Amangalla, explore the historic town of Galle by foot, passing friendly locals as you go.

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SRI LANKA - Yala National Park - leopard

Head to Yala National Park to witness enchanting birdlife, elephants, monkeys, peacocks, crocodiles, buffalo, deer, bears and the highest density in the world of the elusive leopard

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SRI LANKA - Heritance Kandalama

Join wandering elephants at Heritance Kandalama, an architectural marvel of a hotel enveloped in vegetation and the centrepiece of the Geoffrey Bawa pilgrimage route.

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Go whale watching in Mirissa and Weligama Bay to see these magnificent creatures leaping in and out of the ocean.

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Be treated to great service at luxury hotels like Kahanda Kanda, our favourite boutique hotel in Galle.

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We highly recommend the luxury eco-resort of Ulagalla, which is within easy reach of the attractions of the Cultural Triangle.

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Enter another world at the wildly atmospheric Dambulla Caves, Sri Lanka's most extraordinary cave temple complex.

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Continue along the Cultural Triangle journey to see other impressive temples in Mihintale and Anuradhapura.

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SRI LANKA - Polonnaruwa

Visit the extraordinary ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century.

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Bask in the Sri Lankan sun at The Last House in Tangalle, under the shade of frangipani trees.

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Sri Lanka - Perahera Festival

Visit during the spectacular Perahera Festival in Kandy, which comprises of ten nights of lively festivities, involving bejewelled elephants, street dancers and drummers.

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SRI LANKA - Peredineyah Gardens

Head to the Peredineyah Gardens in Kandy to stroll around luscious gardens and observe local life

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Take in the Perahera Festival at the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka's most holy Buddhist temple where it is said that Buddha's tooth is buried 22/41
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Try Sri Lanka's local cuisine, the ubiquitous rice & curry 23/41
SRI LANKA - Kahanda Kanda living room bar

Kahanda Kanda near Galle is one of Sri Lanka's chicest addresses and a wonderfully stylish spot for an arak sour at the living room bar

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SRI LANKA - Jaffna local swimming pool
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SRI LANKA - inside the tea factory

Enjoy a private tour of a working tea factory in Sri Lanka's ravishing Bogawantalawa Valley

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SRI LANKA - Sigiriya Rock

Take in the exhilarating views from the top of Sigiriya Rock

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SRI LANKA - Kids at Dambulla

Make friends with smiley local school kids playing at Dambulla cave temple

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SRI LANKA - Tangalle market

Soak up the sights, smells and smiles at Tangalle food market which takes place once a week

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SRI LANKA - Castlereagh Lake views (1)

Castlereagh Lake in Sri Lanka's central Tea Country, a stone's throw from one of her chicest boutique bungalows, Castlereagh, which is part of the Ceylon Tea Trails.

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SRI LANKA - cricket

Try and watch a game of cricket when in Galle or Colombo - Sri Lankans are fanatical about it!

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SRI LANKA - Sun House

Enjoy the homely Sun House, great at any time of year and the social hub during the Galle Literary Festival

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SRI LANKA - Amangalla roof bar

Enjoy sundowners at the Amangalla roof bar with views over the walled fort town of Galle

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SRI LANKA - Club Villa

Club Villa, one of our favourite boutique hotels on the west coast of Bentota

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SRI LANKA - Castlereagh Lake views

While away your time gazing at Castlereagh Lake from the living room window at Castlereagh bungalow.

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The Amanwella’s ultra sexy 45-metre infinity pool is back by an elegant restaurant and looks out over a gorgeous coconut grove and the sea beyond. 

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With plenty of open air living and social spaces, the contemporary design of the Amanwella pays homage to Sri Lanka's renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa.

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SRI LANKA - Villa Bentota

Set on a former coconut plantation a stone's throw from a dazzling beach is one of Sri Lanka's most sophisticated boutique hotels: the Villa Bentota

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SRI LANKA - Amangalla Zaal

The Amangalla's Zaal is the grandest living room in Sri Lanka and the perfect location for a glamorous party - New Year's Eve celebrations here are incredible!

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Amangalla is steeped in history: once home to a Dutch commander and a billet for British soldiers, it has been revamped by Kerry Hill who has maintained the unique history of the building allowing you step right back to Galle’s colonial heyday.

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Sri Lanka, 20 Middle Street, Galle

Treat yourself with a stay at one of Sri Lanka's most exclusive and beautifully designed villas - 20 Middle Street, Galle - which sleeps 6 people, and is situated next door to the Amangalla.

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Getting There

Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, has direct flights from most major European cities, as well as from Delhi, Cochin, Chennai and many other Indian cities. If you are considering a holiday to Sri Lanka then it works very well as a two-centre holiday with the Maldives or with destinations in 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
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, 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
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
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North 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
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

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