Sri Lanka Revealed - our new luxury tour

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Hotels in idyllic settings make perfect base for safaris, whale-watching, boat rides and cultural visits to ancient royal cities and Buddhist shrines

Sri Lanka Revealed - our new luxury tour

Discover a different side to Sri Lanka on a luxurious escorted tour to enjoy both the unspoilt character and palm-fringed coastline of the east and the west coast’s wildlife and ancient Buddhist shrines.

Saga’s new holiday starts with a two-night stay at the Suriya Resort, Waikkal (4Q). The hotel is steps away from the sparkling Indian Ocean and the tranquil Ging Oya River meanders through the resort’s 11-acre stunning landscape to create a stunning backdrop.

Travel to Negombo Lagoon for a boat ride in the Muthurajawela Sanctuary to look for tropical birds, monitor lizards, crocodiles and python.

Visit a plantation to learn about cashew cultivation and step inside a Kaffir village, home to one of the island's few remaining communities of African descent.

Join a wildlife safari in Wilpattu National Park and move on to stay two nights at the Ulagalla Resort (4Q+) where guests have their own deck and secluded plunge pool.

Visit Thanthirimale Temple in the sacred city of Anuradhapura and while staying at Cinnamon Lodge in the cultural region of Habaran opt for an excursion to Sigiriya, the 'Lion Rock' or the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Polonnaruwa where kings ruled the central plains 800 years ago.

Spend three nights at Uga Bay (4Q) to enjoy idyllic Pasikuda Bay or take an optional whale and dolphin watching trip for sightings of sperm whales, blue whales, spinner and bottlenose dolphins.

Another option is to take a motorboat to Pigeon Island National Park, a little piece of paradise with powdery white sands, crystal clear waters and coral reefs teaming with fish, reef sharks and turtles.

11 nights from £1,699, departing London Heathrow to Colombo from April to Nov 2015 and January to March 2016.

Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, travel insurance and cancellation cover.

A  three-night post-holiday extension at Uga Bay (4Q+) or a three-night pre-holiday extension at Suriya Resort (4Q), are priced from £1948.

For details call free on 0800 414 8986 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/holidays

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Editors: Saga Holidays is the winner of seven British Travel Awards 2014 including Best for Escorted Adventures, Best for Special Interests and Best for Singles.

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