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Trails through the Colonial Ceylon

Best time to travel
Dec – Sep
Ideal length
13 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Colombo.
  • All private transfers and guiding requirements.
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in Anuradhapura, Kandy, Dickoya, Tangalle and Galle.
  • Privately guided tours of historical landmarks including Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Caves, the Temple of the Tooth and Galle Fort.
  • Memorable experiences like hot air ballooning in the Cultural Triangle, a ride aboard the tea train and a privately guided tour to a local tea factory and plantation.
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Introduction

Set out on a luxury exploration of the spiritual lands of Sri Lanka. Set amid its striking and dramatic landscapes, ancient wonders arise in the form of religious landmarks like the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple. From British colonial charm to spiritual celebration, this suggested itinerary takes you on a historical exploration of Sri Lanka’s cities, fortresses and tea plantations. We’ve also incorporated a luxurious beachside stay as well as exclusive experiences like hot air ballooning over the Cultural Triangle at sunrise.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Your private driver will transfer you to the ancient capital of Anuradhapura, where you will spend three nights. The Ceylonese former capital dates back as far as the 10th-century BC and is home to a wonderful variety of well-preserved ruins.
Cycle through the ruins of Anuradhapura.
With your local guide, ride alongside scenic rice fields, villages and architecturally stunning structures like Abayagiri Dagoba, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Along the way, enjoy a delicious picnic by the Elephant Pond.
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Enjoy a hot air balloon over the Cultural Triangle at sunrise.
Gently float over the country’s World Heritage Sites on an exclusive experience above the skies. From the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura to the Golden Temple of Dambulla, discover the holiest lands of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, Golden temple of Dambulla
Transfer to Kandy, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.
During your two night stay, climb the world-famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress with your local guide. Marvel at one of the most dramatic and inspiring landmarks in the world and discover its incredible history.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka
Marvel at the beauty of Dambulla Cave Temple.
One of the most visited landmarks in Sri Lanka, the temple complex is home to over 2,000 years of history, with ancient statues and frescos to admire. We’ll finish the day at a local farm, where you’ll follow a farmer through his plantations.
Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka
Next stop, the Temple of the Tooth.
Another religious masterpiece, the sacred tooth relic was brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD. Your guide will take you through various chambers, explaining the history and significance of the temple and its contents.
Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
Board the tea train to the green hills of Dickoya.
Enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys in the world as you travel through the weaving tracks amid tea plantations, rice fields and mountainsides. On arrival, check in to your luxury hotel in Dickoya for your three night stay.
Tea train, Sri Lanka
Set out on an exploration of a local tea factory and plantation.
Explore the plantation with your private guide and visit the factory to see the fascinating ancient machines that pre-date the industrial revolution. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious tea tasting in the gardens.
Tea plantation, Sri Lanka
Take a scenic transfer to Tangalle for a relaxing beach-side stay.
Spend three nights in a luxurious resort and relax and unwind by the spacious swimming pool, in the peaceful gardens or by the shores. We’ll arrange restaurant reservations throughout your stay.
Tangalle beach, Sri Lanka
Transfer to the historic city of Galle.
During your two-night stay, explore the fortified old city which was founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Wander through cobblestone streets and visit sites like the famed Galle Fort, Galle Fort Lighthouse and the Dutch Reformed Church.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

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OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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Amanwella

Amanwella

Set along the pristine shores of Sri Lanka’s southern coastline, Amanwella is a luxurious all-suite resort overlooking the Indian Ocean. The stylish property features just a small selection of guest accommodation but meanwhile offers a wealth of luxury facilities and over 800 metres of private beachfront. Aman is renowned for its exclusive experiences and here at Amanwella, expect an excellent selection. Highlights include guided meditations with monks at a local temple and sunset canapés aboard your private boat, sailing the Mawella Lagoon.

Amangalla

Amangalla

The luxurious Amangalla hotel is set within a historic building in the heart of the UNESCO protected Galle Fort. Interiors celebrate its ancient history, with classically colonial furnishings and vintage artworks throughout the common areas. The property evokes a laid-back vibe, with private shaded garden cabanas, a peaceful swimming pool and a glamorous spa. The on-site Ayurvedic specialist is on hand to offer personalised treatment programmes for guests.

The Fort Bazaar

The Fort Bazaar

The Fort Bazaar is situated within a beautiful 16th-century townhouse in the heart of Fort Galle. A former merchant’s home, interiors are homely yet luxurious and the outdoor courtyard is a wonderful spot for a relaxing afternoon. The Z Spa is a peaceful space which offers a selection of massage and beauty treatments. Those who wish to explore will find a variety of landmarks within walking distance as well as the nearby beach.

The Kandy House, Sri Lanka

The Kandy House

One of the area’s most prestigious hotels, The Kandy House is renowned for its elegant tropical gardens and luxurious 19th-century interiors. As there are just nine bedrooms within the colonial manor, there is an undisputed sense of privacy and exclusivity. Set on a hillside overlooking Sri Lanka’s rice paddies, the manicured garden features a panoramic infinity pool and cricket field. Indoors, guests will find relaxation at the luxury spa which specialises in Ayurvedic treatments and yoga classes.

Ulagalla Resort

Ulagalla Resort

Ulagalla Resort is a beautiful resort that is surrounded by acres of tropical vegetation, paddy fields and orchards. This eco-friendly resort, neighboured by traditional villages and farmlands, is home to a diverse range of wildlife including langur monkeys and over 100 species of birds. Located in the heart of the cultural triangle, there are endless activities to enjoy during your stay. Embark on exciting excursions like village tours by tuk tuk, jungle kayaking and exploring the estate on horseback. For relaxation, unwind at the spacious pool or in the beautiful open-air spa, ideal for an afternoon pampering session.

Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails’ luxurious property features five colonial-style bungalows scattered around the shores of Castlereagh Lake. Set at an altitude of 1,250 m in the famed tea region of Ceylon, it offers guests a peaceful setting with spectacular panoramic vistas. Home to one of the most picture-perfect pools in Sri Lanka, the infinity pool spills out onto the cascading gardens towards the rolling hills below. After spending the morning by the pool’s edge, indulge in a decadent afternoon tea in the gardens or set out on guided plantation and nature tours.

What people are saying

We recently travelled to Paros, Naxos and Mykonos for our honeymoon and OROKO seemed like a perfect fit for what we were looking for. Everything from the planning stages all the way to the actual trip was executed perfectly. The OROKO team were extremely friendly, and their advice and expertise helped us create and plan the most unforgettable honeymoon!

James & Sam – Honeymoon, July 2019

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