A spectacular Sri Lankan safari
Wildlife-spotting from city to coast
5 HOTEL STAYS
14 DAYS, 13 NIGHTS
per person, including transfers
(based on two people sharing)
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- Stay in the best available room or suite in a handpicked selection of luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels
- Experience Colombo's colonial splendour
- See a secluded waterfall cascade into Kandy’s green surrounds
- Meet members of the indigenous Vedda tribe in their National Park home
- Spot leopards on twice-daily drives through Yala National Park
- Wave at whales from the south coast
In the jungle, the mighty jungle…
Days 1–2: Colombo
Before heading into the wild, get to know Sri Lanka's dizzying capital Colombo. Wander through the city's temples, sample street food by lively gathering spot Galle Face Green and marvel at idiosyncratic modern and colonial architecture.
StyleLavish colonial pile
SettingNestled in Negombo
A warm welcome awaits at the Wallawwa, a centuries-old colonial manor house turned boutique stay. It lies close to the city, but when swimming in its sizeable pool, stopping to smell the jasmine in the garden or fanning yourself on the veranda, it feels like a quiet country home.
Smith ExtraA 10-minute head massage for two
Days 3–5: Kandy
Deep in Hill Country, former capital Kandy's colourful houses and glittering lake are surrounded by vibrant greenery and swathed in mountain mist.
StyleJust a spot of cool
SettingLoolecondera’s heavenly hills
Boutique stay Taylors Hill has deftly captured a homely ambience with its collection of antiques and whimsical decor in each four-poster-furnished room.
Smith ExtraA take-home tea gift pack with two tins of your choice
Days 6–7: Gal Oya National Park
Less famous than Yala or Udawalawe parks, Gal Oya sits in the lesser-trodden east of Sri Lanka, on the banks of vast Senanayake Samudraya lake.
HotelGal Oya Lodge
SettingOff-the-radar national park
Gal Oya Lodge sits within the National Park, so every effort has been made to make it eco-friendly and sustainable. Large comfortable bungalows are made of teak and mara wood, and bamboo, as are the locally crafted furnishings. Its at-one-with-nature setting, amid 20 acres of untouched forest will make you feel far away from it all too.
Smith ExtraA guided discovery walk with the chief of the indigenous Vedda tribe, who will show you ancient hunting grounds and medicinal herb gardens
Meet the Vedda tribe
Days 8–10: Yala National Park
As the natural habitat of leopards, elephants, sloth bears and other photogenic critters, Yala's greenery has been interfered with as little as possible.
RoomLuxury Cabin With Private Plunge Pool - All Inclusive
Chena Huts adds a touch of luxury to traditional lodgings; these truly unique guestrooms are shaggily thatched domes with all mod-cons inside, including super-soft beds, a flatscreen TV and plumbed bathroom with a freestanding bath tub. Animals roam at will close by, and while a little distance is advised, the sight of wild elephants taking a sunset stroll through the dunes will stay with you long after you’ve flown home.
Smith ExtraA 30-minute massage for two; GoldSmiths get a signature dinner for two
Days 11–14: Tangalle
Rich in biodiversity – with bird and turtle sanctuaries, wild swimming spots and a natural rock blowhole – Tangalle is the largest town in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province, and the next stop on your trip.
StyleModern-day manor house
SettingPatchwork-pretty paddy fields
You're assured attentive personal service at boutique hotel Maya, which has just five suites set in the historic main house and its New Wing. Here, four-poster beds are romantically swathed in netting, the pool is ideal for lazy laps and its setting amid rice paddies makes it wonderfully serene.
Smith ExtraOne-night stays: a cocktail each; stays of two nights or more: dinner for two, plus a cocktail each
Further along the coast is Hummanaya blowhole – a famed rocky patch of coast known for losing its temper in spectacular fashion.
Whale-watching tour in Tangalle
When to go
Sri Lanka's weather is at its loveliest from January to March, when the rains have stopped, the sun beams down and the leopards in Yala National Park are on the prowl. You're most likely to spot breaching whales from February through to April.
International flights aren't included in the package, so you'll need to book return flights to Colombo's Bandaranaike Airport, the start and end point of your trip. Or, our team can save you the hassle and book them for you. All inland transport is by luxury, air-conditioned sedan with a private English-speaking driver; for longer transfers between destinations, you can choose to upgrade to a seaplane ride.
Bring your trusty binoculars for up-close views of shy animals, neutrally hued clothing for park stake-outs, and a guide to exotic birds: to avoid anecdotes about the one with the red-and-yellow feathers and the massive beak back home.
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