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Treasures of Sri Lanka – Exclusively Solos

Home Icon 14-day Treasures of Sri Lanka from £3,895pp

Sri Lanka is so much more than an island. A rich history meets raw, natural beauty in this exquisite country off the coast of India. Its verdant hills, hypnotising beaches and ancient ruins paint a canvas of its complexities. Its cuisine is unparalleled, combining the influences of countless cultures.

On this new tour, exclusively for solo travellers, with no single supplement, we’ll dive into Sri Lanka and all it has to offer.

Over 14 days, we’ll visit Sri Lanka’s most bountiful national parks and admire a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat, including Asian elephants, birds, crocodiles, and hopefully, leopards. We’ll discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from medieval cities to networks of caves, and the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya.

Sacred Buddhist shrines precede idyllic train journeys past sprawling tea estates and cascading waterfalls, and we’ll learn about spices and tea-plucking at their source, with the help of local professionals. We take a tuk-tuk to Menikkumbura market, where we meet the village’s Ayurvedic doctor, and sample exquisite Sri Lankan cuisine – even preparing an authentic traditional meal ourselves.

Join a small group of like-minded travellers as we explore the Treasures of Sri Lanka together on this superb solo tour.

Save £200 per person on all Sri Lanka tours departing from September 2025 when you book by 30th November 2024.

Day 1

Depart UK

Depart from London Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham with Emirates. All flights to Colombo operate via Dubai.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Negombo, 2 nights

On arrival, we transfer to the coastal town of Negombo, for our first two nights in Sri Lanka. We’ll check in at the scenic Jetwing Sea Hotel. Later, enjoy a welcome drink with our Tour Manager and fellow travellers, followed by dinner.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks and dinner

Day 3

Colombo

Following a leisurely morning, we take a sightseeing tour of Colombo, with its fascinating mix of cultures, religions, and colonial influences. We’ll see the stately New and Old Parliament, Independence Square, the Pettah – a neighbourhood famed for open-air bazaars – and the captivating architecture of Gangaramaya Temple. We will then embark on a walking tour of Colombo’s thriving food scene, sampling local street food, browsing artisanal markets, and visiting traditional eateries.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 4

Dambulla and Minneriya National Park, 2 nights

If you’re an early bird, don’t miss out on the optional visit to Lellama village. We’ll see the second-largest fish market in the country, where over 4000 boats depart daily. Chat with locals while admiring the day’s catch. We return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast before travelling to Dambulla. On arrival, we check in at Amaya Lake Hotel, where we will stay for the next two nights. This afternoon, experience a game drive in either Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park, both set in the mesmerising Sri Lankan countryside, where wild Asian elephants roam in abundance.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Sigirya and Polonnaruwa

Tour Highlight
We take an early breakfast before visiting the famous site of Sigiriya to discover its fascinating history. Surrounded by the remains of extensive gardens, the most celebrated site is Sigiriya Rock, with its flat-topped summit some 200 metres above sea level, amidst the ruins of an ancient civilisation. The more energetic amongst us can climb to the summit, passing remarkable frescos and the famous ‘Lion’s Paws’ along the way. Later, we enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch before travelling to the medieval city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the grand Royal Palace complex, including the majestic Kings Palace and Audience Hall. We witness the spectacular Gal Vihare complex featuring four gigantic images of Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – a dramatic highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Kandy, 2 nights

This morning, we embark on our journey to the Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy. En route, we visit the Cave Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This complex of magnificent caves dates back to the 1st century BC. Later, we stop at the Sri Lankan Spice Garden in the rural village of Matale, a working spice and fruit farm, to learn about the local trees and crops in the company of our host. Enjoy a traditionally-prepared rice and curry lunch, then continue to Kandy and the charming Cinnamon Citadel Hotel or Earl’s Regent Hotel for our next two nights.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Kandy

After breakfast, we enjoy a village walking tour. We will visit Yatiwawala, through lush jungle paths and verdant rice fields, spotting the roaming buffalo. We’ll see spices at their source and visit an Ambalama, a shelter built by ancient kings to house weary travellers. Afterwards, we’ll take a tuk-tuk to Menikkumbura market, where we meet the village’s Ayurvedic doctor. We will then prepare and sample an authentic Sri Lankan meal and return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. In the early evening, we visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth, also known as ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’. A significant shrine for Buddhists worldwide, the temple holds the blessed tooth relic of the Lord Buddha himself. We arrive in time for the evening ceremony, followed by a cultural show – a fascinating performance of traditional Sri Lankan dances.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Nuwara Eliya, 2 nights

Tour Highlight
Today, we journey towards the cooler climates of Sri Lanka’s hill country, as we join a local train travelling through an idyllic panorama of forests, villages, tea estates, and waterfalls. Please note, whilst we endeavour to arrange seats on the train as soon as tickets become available to book, this included rail journey is always subject to availability. Disembarking in Nuwara Eliya, enjoy a brief city tour before arriving at the Jetwing St Andrew’s Hotel, offering scenic views of the countryside.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, enjoy a tea-plucking experience. Prepare to be decked out in local attire as we head to the organic tea fields. We’ll be taught the art of which leaves to pluck and the tricky techniques to ensure the leaves end up in our baskets and not on the ground! We’ll be accompanied by professional tea pluckers along the way. We’ll conclude the day with High Tea at the hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast, High Tea and dinner

Day 10

Udawalawe, Overnight

After enjoying our breakfast, we travel to Udawalawe, where we’ll stay the night in either the Hotel Centauria Wild or the Grand Udawalawe. After settling in, we’ll embark on an afternoon safari. The park is renowned for its elephants, so get ready to admire these majestic creatures up close. The park is a birders’ paradise and you can spot deer, buffalo, and crocodiles from the comfort (and safety) of our guided vehicle.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 11

Yala, Overnight

For those interested, there is the option to purchase an early morning safari in Udawalawe National Park. After breakfast, we visit the Elephant Transit Home, a wonderful facility which rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants, aiming to release them back into the wild. We continue our journey towards Yala and our overnight stay at the Cinnamon Wild Hotel. This afternoon, we embark on a safari in Yala National Park, the largest National Park in Sri Lanka, located approximately 24km northeast of Tissamaharama. Yala is the best location to see rare leopards. Other highlights of Yala include elephants, bears, wild boars, buffalos, deer, crocodiles, and many species of birds. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle, with an abundance of water for the wildlife.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 12

Kalutara, 2 nights

We will have an opportunity this morning to take a second safari (own expense) in Yala National Park, before we begin our journey to Kalutara, via Galle. We will experience a city tour in Galle, a striking and historic city on the southwest coast. The main maritime port for the country for more than 200 years, Galle is famous for its Dutch fort with its colonial buildings, stylish cafés, and quirky boutique shops. We continue to Kalutara beach and spend our final two nights in Sri Lanka at the Anantara Kalutara Resort.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Kalutara Freedom Day

We have the chance to spend the day at leisure. Alternatively, there are various optional excursions for you to further explore the area. The first is a Madu River Boat Safari, heading out into the wetland estuaries to discover their mangroves. Lunch is included in this excursion, and so is a visit to Kosgoda Beach, one of Sri Lanka’s most important nesting grounds for marine turtles. Admire these beautiful creatures and learn about the conservation efforts. The other optional excursion is a tour to Ahangama to participate in the local art of stilt fishing! This excursion also includes a visit to local villages to learn about finger-weaving and how various artisanal household items are made.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 14

Depart Sri Lanka / Arrive UK

After 14 amazing days full of unforgettable memories, it’s time to say goodbye to Sri Lanka. We depart early this morning for Colombo airport for our Emirates flight home. All flights will operate via Dubai. We arrive at our chosen UK airport this evening, bringing to a close our amazing Sri Lankan adventure.

Included meals:

Breakfast and in-flight meals and
drinks

See more of Sri Lanka

Why not extend your stay in Kalutara? If you wish to spend a little longer relaxing at the Anantara Kalutara Resort, please speak with one of our travel experts.

 

Departure dates & prices

Save £200 per person on all Sri Lanka tours departing from September 2025 when you book by 30th November 2024.

To really help you make the most of your time in India we have a maximum group size of 19 passengers, allowing more time to experience this wonderful country.

Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
2025
22 January^£3,995AVAILABLE
29 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT
05 February£3,8959 ROOMS
12 February^£3,995JUST LAUNCHED
19 FebruarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT
05 March£3,8956 ROOMS
02 April£3,895AVAILABLE
2026
28 January£4,295 £4,095JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person
18 February£4,295 £4,095JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person
04 March£4,295 £4,095JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person
01 April£4,195 £3,995JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE £200 per person

 

^This date uses some alternative hotels. Please call for further details.

Deposit
£500 per person if travelling Economy Class, £1,000 per person if travelling Premium Economy Class and £1,500 per person for Business Class.

Flight upgrades
Emirates upgrade to Premium Economy from £1,895 per person return, or Business Class from £3,895 per person return.

Visa information
A Tourist visa is required for travel to India. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to our FAQ’s page.

Important information
Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

Please note, alternative airlines may be considered or further supplements may apply in certain periods when international flight prices are higher.

So much included

At Distant Journeys, we offer a leisurely tour of Sri Lanka that represents exceptional value for money. Your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, experienced local tour managers and knowledgeable guides and many amazing excursions are all included. Great food is always a feature of India tours, and we make it easy for you by including breakfast and dinner every day, plus three lunches and a High Tea. Knowing that so much is taken care of in the price of your tour means you can relax and truly enjoy every minute.

Small group touring

  • Maximum only 19 passengers

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals worth £412 per person

  • Daily breakfasts
  • Three lunches
  • One High Tea
  • Dinner each evening

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Galle
  • Walking tour of Colombo’s thriving food scene
  • Explore the medieval city of Polonnaruwa
  • Safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park
  • Discover the ancient site of Sigiriya
  • View the caves and frescos of Dambulla
  • Witness the ‘Temple of the Tooth’ ceremony, Kandy
  • Scenic train journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Enjoy a tea-picking experience
  • Safari in Udawalawe National Park
  • Search for leopards on safari in Yala National Park
  • Explore the old Dutch Fort in Galle

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

Jetwing Sea Hotel, Negombo

Nestled beside the lapping waves of the Indian Ocean, Jetwing Sea is a modern, elegant seaside resort in Negombo on Sri Lanka’s west coast, just north of the capital Colombo. It offers modern amenities, swimming pools and a lavish rooftop… Find out more >
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Amaya Lake, Dambulla

Amaya Lake is a stunning lakefront resort with breathtaking views of Kandalama Lake. It is conveniently located near local attractions, including the UNESCO world heritage site Sigiriya – an ancient rock fortress near the town of Dambulla in the Central… Find out more >
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Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Kandy

Kandy is known as one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. Surrounded by lush green hills, Cinnamon Citadel Kandy sits in an elevated position over 1,600 feet above sea level. Its large outdoor pool has spectacular views over… Find out more >
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Earl’s Regent Hotel, Kandy

Set on a lush hillside in the historic district of Kandy, the Earl’s Regent Hotel provides a great base for exploring the local area on this escorted tour of Sri Lanka. This modern hotel benefits from airy public areas and… Find out more >
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Jetwing St Andrew's Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Set high above the coastal plains and tea plantations of central Sri Lanka, the city of Nuwara Eliya is nicknamed ‘Little England’ for its quaint charm. The colonial British once retreated here to enjoy the cooler climate, and built hill… Find out more >
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Hotel Centauria Wild, Udawalawe

Centauria Wild is located in Udawalawe, on the banks of Udawalawe Lake and next to the beautiful Udawalawe National Park, famous for its beauty and for being one of the best spots to catch a glimpse of elephants in the… Find out more >
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Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, Udawalawe

The Grand Udawalawe is a beautiful safari resort enveloped by the lush Sri Lankan jungle and ideally located just a five-minute walk from the Ath Athuru Sevana (elephant orphanage) in Udawalawe National Park. It is also close to other local… Find out more >
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Cinnamon Wild, Yala

Cinnamon Wild Yala is a wonderful retreat with cabin-like accommodation, a beautiful swimming pool and stunning surroundings in the famous Yala National Park, world-renowned for its wildlife and natural beauty – which can be seen roaming both on and off… Find out more >
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Anantara Kalutara Resort, Kalutara

Guests can take a deep dive into island life at Anantara Kalutara Resort, located in a peaceful setting on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast where the Kalu Ganga estuary meets the Indian Ocean. Kalutara itself is a sacred Buddhist location and… Find out more >
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Holiday Extensions

To make the most of your time in Sri Lanka, why not extend your stay after the Treasures of Sri Lanka tour, with our relaxing Kalutara extension?

If you wish to spend a little longer relaxing at the Anantara Kalutara Resort, please speak with one of our travel experts.

Kalutara - Anantara Kalutara Resort

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