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Private guided round trip - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in Style

Highlights

  • Get to know the diversity of Sri Lanka in only 13 days

  • Experience contrasts: Past meets modernity

  • Sri Lanka's great wildlife watching at Yala National Park

  • Stay in selected luxury hotels

  • Including meals, English-speaking chauffeur guide & transfers

Description

Sri Lanka is always worth a trip. From fine sandy beaches, great wildlife to ancient cities, you will find everything here. During this 13-day-long round trip, you will stay in first-class 5-star luxury hotels of Uga Escapes and take part in unforgettable safaris in the famous Yala National Park. Look forward to very special experiences that will make your heart beat faster here in the Indian Ocean.

Destination

Asia

Colombo - Galle - Yala National Park - Passikudah - Trincomalee - Thirapanne - Colombo

The first day begins after landing at Colombo International Airport with a transfer to your first hotel, the luxurious Residence by Uga Escapes.

Located in the heart of the city, this small boutique hotel dating back to the 19th century offers the best conditions for a great sightseeing tour. Arrive at leisure and freshen up briefly in your suite before hitting the bustling streets of the vibrant capital.

Colombo is a great city. With a population of over three million, here you will not only experience the country's largest city, but also the political, cultural and economic center of Sri Lanka.

Enjoy this lively city flair during a leisurely stroll - first-class restaurants and modern stores, which you would otherwise search for in vain on the rest of the island, are lined up here. If you have enough time, you should not miss the Galle Face Green. This is the largest and most elegant promenade in Colombo. The 500-meter-long green strip stretches along the coast and is lined with palm trees. Several restaurants and a small beach invite you to linger.

Other attractions worth seeing are the Gangaramaya Temple, which is one of the most important temples in Sri Lanka, the Viharamahadevi public park and the Independance Memorial Hall, which was modeled after the Capitol in Washington in 1946.

Would you have guessed that Colombo has one of the most important transshipment harbors in all of Asia? Tip: The best view of the harbor area is from the Harbour View Restaurant, located on the fourth floor of the Grand Oriental Hotel.

Best time to visit: Sri Lanka is a destination that can be visited all year round.

Trip duration: 34 km / approx. 1 hour

1 night stay at the Residence by Uga Escapes***** with breakfast in a Park Suite, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Today's destination is the fortified town of Galle in the south of the island, about 2.5 hours away. You will check in at your hotel and then visit the important Galle Fort. Feel as if you have been transported to another world - built by the Dutch in the 17th century, you will experience the largest European fortress construction in Southeast Asia, which has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Stroll along the mighty ramparts, enjoy the magnificent views of the clear waters of the Indian Ocean and explore the small cafes and luxurious villas that complete the colonial-style atmosphere.

Within this fortification, you will also find the Meera Jumma Masjid Mosque, the Sri Sudharmalaya Vihara Buddhist Temple and the National Museum - all major sights of the city just waiting to be discovered by you.

Trip duration: 126 km / approx. 2.5 hours

1 night in the Galle Fort Hotel***** with breakfast in garden room, Galle, Sri Lanka

We hope you have your camera ready - after breakfast, drive to the popular Yala National Park, where you will encounter Sri Lanka's diverse wildlife in the wild.

Located in the south of the country, Yala National Park boasts one of the densest populations of leopards in the world, in addition to crocodiles, wild boar, elephants and numerous monkeys. Look forward to an unforgettable safari in the afternoon: Listen to the sounds of nature and let your eyes wander over the untouched landscape! Can you hear the rustling in the trees? With a little luck, you will be able to take great photos of sloths, deer and even maybe a leopard.

Trip duration: 174 km / approx. 3,5 hours

2 nights at the Chena Huts by Uga Escapes***** with all inclusive (meals + activities) in a chalet, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Getting up early today is definitely worth it - at dawn, you will take part in an exciting safari. You will drive towards the colorful sunrise and, with a little luck, you can marvel at nocturnal animals that are just returning from their nightly hunt.

Additionally, Yala National Park is also known for its colorful variety of birds. About 300 species of birds make their home here - most of them are migratory birds escaping the cold and spending the winter here in the national park.

After enjoying a fresh lunch, another safari awaits you in Yala National Park. Just don't forget to pack your camera! Keep an eye out for Sri Lanka's magnificent wildlife and marvel at the fascinating animals as they stand in close proximity before you - pure adrenaline!

Tip: The months of February to July offer ideal conditions to observe leopards in the wild. Deer, birds and crocodiles can be seen up close especially from October to December at Yala National Park.

If you haven’t had enough of Sri Lanka's rich wildlife, rejoice - in the early hours of the morning, you will go on an unforgettable safari at Yala National Park for the last time before packing your bags and continuing your journey north.

During the afternoon, check into your hotel, the luxurious Uga Bay by Uga Escapes, which will be your home for the next two nights. Situated directly on the fine sandy beach, you can relax here and simply unwind. Treat yourself to some time out and sample the finest delicacies from the region in the in-house restaurant.

Organize the coming day according to your taste. Not far from your hotel, diving and snorkeling enthusiasts can explore the impressive underwater world or rent a jet ski for one or more hours.

From Passsikudah, there are also ideal day trips. For example, visit the world cultural heritage site of Polonnaruwa or the nature reserve at the rock of Thoppigala.

Trip duration 253 km / approx. 5.5 hours

2 nights at Uga Bay by Uga Escapes***** with breakfast in a beach studio, Passikudah, Sri Lanka

Well rested and fortified by breakfast at your luxurious beach hotel, you will leave the picturesque seaside resort of Passikudah and continue north until you reach your destination today, the Jungle Beach Resort in Trincomalee.

Trincomalee is located in the northeast of the country. Its name means "the temple". Wondering where the name comes from? Legend has it that one of the largest Hindu temples in Asia was once built here under Tamil rule.

Although the small coastal town is not one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka, a trip to Trincomalee is always worth a visit due to its eventful past. Pack your camera - in the afternoon, join a guided sightseeing tour to see the city's main attractions. You'll visit Fort Frederick, built by the Portuguese in 1627 and expanded by the Danes 38 years later, as well as Koneswaram Temple, which offers fascinating views of the local harbor and coastline. Nature lovers beware! From time to time, you have a chance of seeing blue whales here.

Trip duration: 135 km / approx. 3 hours

3 nights at Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes***** with breakfast in a Lagoon Cabin, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

We have no activities planned for you today. Strengthen yourself at the rich breakfast and arrange the day exactly as you wish.

Today you can just relax and unwind on the beautiful sandy beach. If you don't want to just relax, but also discover what the beach has in store for you: Jungle Beach Resort, located directly on the beach, also offers a wide range of exciting water sports activities - explore the colorful underwater world of Pigeon Island or get up close to dolphins and whales on a boat trip.

Did you have a good rest yesterday? Today is time to pack your bags again - your next stop is the luxurious Ulagalla by Uga Escapes in Thirapanne.

You will check in at your hotel and then drive to the royal city of Anuradhapura, which is about 45 minutes away. Many centuries ago, Anuradhapura was one of the largest cities in the world and the first capital of the country. You will visit well-preserved ruins and temples of the ancient Sri Lankan civilization, which are known far beyond the country, with your guide.

Of course a visit to the famous Mahabodhi tree is also essential. But what exactly is so special about this fig tree? This is the holiest tree of Asia, also known as the "Tree of Enlightenment". It was under this tree that Gautama Siddharte became the Buddha in 528 BC.

Trip duration: 114 km / about 3 hours

2 nights including half board at Ulagalla by Uga Escapes***** in an Ulagalla Villa, Thirapanne, Sri Lanka

A mandatory experience of any Sri Lanka round trip is a visit to the Lion Rock of Sigiriya. Pack your walking shoes - you will visit the fortress, which was built in the 5th century AD on the 200-meter monolith. After a proud 1,860 steps, you will make it - Once at the top, you'll be rewarded with a magnificent view over the landscape. Stroll through the royal garden - here you will learn about one of the most important chapters of the country's history.

After reaching your transfer vehicle again, continue to Polonnaruwa. Known as the second capital of Sri Lanka, serving as the royal seat from 1070 to 1288, large stupas, countless Buddha figures, park and palace grounds, and historic buildings are reminders of a time long gone. Experience it yourself: Aunique atmosphere awaits you!

Your itinerary takes you back to Colombo today. Is there anything you want to see again? Stroll through the streets of the big city and use the day to maybe get one or two souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

Trip durationn 206 km / 4.5 hours

1 night at the Residence by Uga Escapes***** with breakfast in a Park Suite, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Today is the last day of your trip. Do you also find that time has flown by? Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred to Colombo International Airport today, where you will board your return flight with numerous new impressions and great pictures in your luggage.

If you would like to customize details of the trip according to your wishes, just contact us. We will be happy to advise you!

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Uga Residence *****, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2 nights)

Built in the 19th century, this charming luxury boutique hotel awaits you in a Victorian townhouse in the heart of the city. All eleven suites are lovingly designed: Warm colors, ornate furniture, and carpets from Belgium define this unique ambience. The spacious bathroom has a rain shower and a separate bathtub. Other room amenities include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a minibar, and coffee and tea facilities. Fresh delicacies are served at the on-site restaurant, and the lovely outdoor pool invites you to relax. The country's famous National Museum is just a 15-minute walk from your hotel.

Galle Fort Hotel*****, Galle, Sri Lanka (1 night)

The house is the ideal accommodation to explore the city of Galle. Situated in an old mansion that is part of the famous Galle Fort, the luxurious boutique hotel offers 12 spacious suites equipped with all modern amenities. Restaurant specialties include freshly caught lobster and giant jumbo shrimp. You'll experience a true oasis of tranquility: Relax by the inviting outdoor pool and take in the place that combines culture and romance. Of course, to stay in touch with your loved ones back home, complimentary internet connection is available throughout the resort.

Uga Chena Huts*****, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka (2 nights)

Just five minutes away from the important Yala National Park, the luxurious Uga Chena Huts welcomes you on a 29,000-square-meter property hidden in the dunes, surrounded by unspoiled nature. All 14 luxurious chalets feature separate living and sleeping areas, as well as a shaded outdoor deck with a private plunge pool and outdoor rainforest shower. Enjoy fine dining at Basses Restaurant and end the day with a cool drink at the bar. The outdoor pool is a welcome cool down on hot summer days. Fancy some soothing massages? Then the in-house spa area is perfect for you.

Uga Bay*****, Passikudah, Sri Lanka (2 nights)

Uga Bay by Uga Escapes is one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka. Located directly on the fine sandy beach of Passikudah, this first-class, 5-star luxury hotel combines comfort, excellent dining and Sri Lankan hospitality. Each of the 46 spacious rooms and suites offers mesmerizing views over Pasilkuda Bay, with direct access to the beach in some cases. Amenities include air conditioning, a rain shower, complimentary Internet, and a minibar. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, you'll be treated to freshly caught fish and local dishes at the restaurant. Spend a relaxing afternoon by the magnificent infinity pool, and balance your body and mind with soothing massages and refreshing body treatments at the on-site spa.

Uga Jungle Beach*****, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (3 nights)

Jungle Beach is the ideal accommodation for nature-loving guests. Amidst tropical nature, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, it awaits you on a beautiful sandy beach. The 48 rooms are kept in warm colors and lure you in with a dreamy view of the sea. Let yourself be pampered at the Jungle Beach Resort: You can enjoy local dishes in the in-house restaurant and the spa area offers a wide range of different wellness packages. You will certainly never get bored here: Relax on the fine sandy beach or spend eventful moments on a jet ski, fishing or kayaking.

Uga Ulagalla*****, Thirapanne, Sri Lanka (2 nights)

Surrounded by picturesque rice paddies and fruity orchards, the luxurious Ulagalla is set on 23 acres of land. The 20 spacious villas with a minimum size of about 78 m² leave nothing to be desired: The panoramic windows offer great views into the tropical paradise and other amenities include air conditioning, the latest multimedia facilities and a private plunge pool. The in-house restaurant, Liya Wela, is one of the best restaurants in the area and serves local and international delicacies. Relax by the outdoor pool or unwind at the hotel's spa. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is about 30 kilometers from your hotel.

Duration of the trip: 13 days / 12 nights

Included

  • 12 nights in the hotels listed or similar
  • Meals as described in the program
  • Transfers and sightseeing in an air-conditioned car with English-speaking driver-guide
  • 4 safaris at Yala National Park
  • Entrance fees for the national park
  • Taxes

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Optional activities and activities not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips

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