A spectacular Sri Lankan safari

Wildlife-spotting from city to coast
5 HOTEL STAYS
14 DAYS, 13 NIGHTS

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£2,989 (US$4,046)

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(based on two people sharing)

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Highlights

  • 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

Destinations

In the jungle, the mighty jungle…

Sri Lanka may be an island, but its jungly national parks are home to some fantastic beasts, and we know exactly where to find them… We can't guarantee that once-in-a-lifetime leopard sighting, but we can customise your trip: just ask and the Smith24 Team will book your flights to and from Sri Lanka, upgrade your hotel room, arrange a meal in the bush – whatever you desire.
Look out for the board with your name on it at the airport – a personal driver will be waiting to drive you in comfort to Colombo.
Colombo Bandaranaike Airport

1 Hour

Colombo

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.

Hotel

The Wallawwa

Style

Lavish colonial pile

Setting

Nestled in Negombo

Room

Garden Suite

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 Extra

A 10-minute head massage for two

Day 1

Guests are at leisure to explore the city, whether you want to see the flock of meditating Buddha statues (and the vintage Rolls Royce) at Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple or plunge into the madness of old quarter Pettah’s markets. On request, we can arrange a tuk-tuk city tour for a whirlwind introduction.

Day 2

Today, you could prep for your journey into leafier climes with a trip to the Muthurajawela Wetlands, just north of the hotel, where crocodiles and monitor lizards make the occasional appearance. The Smith24 Team can arrange this on request.
A private driver will chauffeur you in a luxurious (air-conditioned) car to Kandy. It's a long drive into Sri Lanka's wonderfully verdant interior, but the scenery is well worth ogling.
Colombo

4 Hours

Kandy

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.

Hotel

Taylors Hill

Style

Just a spot of cool

Setting

Loolecondera’s heavenly hills

Room

Lipton

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 Extra

A take-home tea gift pack with two tins of your choice

Day 3

After a long drive, we'll let you take it easy on your first day in Kandy. Those who prefer to roam rather than relax amid the region's lush greenery, can stroll through the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, or lap the perimeter of Kandy's lake.

Day 4

Today, you'll trek to Rathna waterfall, a cascading marvel hidden within a wildlife-roamed sanctuary.

Waterfall trek

You'll meet with an experienced private guide for a trek to Rathna waterfall, the highest in Sri Lanka. Set within the Victoria Randenigala Rantambe sanctuary, there are plenty of critters that may cross your path along the way; keep your eyes peeled for native civets, porcupines and mouse deer. The adventurous can scale the 101 metres to the top and dive from the waterfall into the lagoon at the bottom (ask your guide first), but it's equally acceptable to take pictures from the bottom and enjoy a gentle swim.
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Day 5

Today, you're free to explore. If you need some inspiration, Smith's in-destination team can plan a tour of Kandy by bike or foot, where you can stop at Buddhist relic-shrine the Temple of the Tooth. Alternatively, we can arrange a tour of Loolecondera Estate's tea fields.
A private car and driver will be on hand to transport you to Gal Oya National Park. Along the way you'll see the landscape get wilder and wilder.
Kandy

3.5 Hours

Gal Oya National Park

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.

Style

Back-to-nature bungalows

Setting

Off-the-radar national park

Room

Bungalow Bedroom

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 Extra

A guided discovery walk with the chief of the indigenous Vedda tribe, who will show you ancient hunting grounds and medicinal herb gardens

Day 6

You're free to explore the wilds of the park on your first day. There's a chance to capture elephants paddling in the park's lake on their signature boat tour, or private game drives can be arranged on request (ask Smith24 to book).

Day 7

Sri Lanka's indigenous, hunter-gatherer Vedda tribe have been marginalised by modern developments, but within Gal Oya they thrive. On this tour you'll have the opportunity to learn about their distinct culture.

Meet the Vedda tribe

Today we've arranged for you to meet the Vedda, an indigenous tribe who live within Gal Oya's borders. An English-speaking guide will lead you on a private tour to mingle with its members. Be inspired by their live-off-the-land ethos and the chief's stories of how their ancestors survived in ancient times.
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Your driver will head towards the beautiful beachy coast of the Southern Province today. Bring music, snacks and entertainment for the long ride (the driver will keep a few bottles of mineral water in the car), and keep your eyes open for cheeky monkeys playing in the roadside greenery.
Gal Oya National Park

3.5 Hours

Yala National Park

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.

Hotel

Chena Huts

Style

Wonder domes

Setting

Elephant-patrolled outpost

Room

Luxury 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 Extra

A 30-minute massage for two; GoldSmiths get a signature dinner for two

Day 8

Once you arrive in your safari-ready stay, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax; keep an eye out for elephants in the distance at dusk.

Days 9-10

For the two full days you're here, twice-daily game drives are included. Each rife with opportunities to pap Yala's residents. Keep your eyes peeled to spy deer, sloth bears, water buffalo, and maybe even an elephant or one of the park's famed, yet lesser-spotted, leopards. In between the (early) morning and afternoon sojourns, a naturalist can take you on a tour of the terrain, on request.
Your personal driver will transfer you along the coast to Tangalle. This route passes by some of Sri Lanka's most come-hither beaches, so you can enjoy tropical views and ocean breezes along the way to your next destination.
Yala National Park

2 Hours

Tangalle

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.

Hotel

Maya

Style

Modern-day manor house

Setting

Patchwork-pretty paddy fields

Room

Luxury Suite

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 Extra

One-night stays: a cocktail each; stays of two nights or more: dinner for two, plus a cocktail each

Day 11

Welcome to Tangalle, where guests can enjoy both golden beaches along the coast and the hinterland. On your first day you decide what you'd like to do; those heading coastwards – around a 15-minute drive away – can unroll their beach towels at Tangalla Bay or Goyambokka (both oft proclaimed the best beaches in the world by wowed visitors).

Further along the coast is Hummanaya blowhole – a famed rocky patch of coast known for losing its temper in spectacular fashion.

Day 12

Hummanaya isn't the only blowhole Tangalle is famous for – whales are known to breach off the south coast and sightings are fairly frequent. We hope you brought your waterproof camera, because we're sending you on a private, guided boat trip to spy these gentle sea giants.

Day 13

Leave Sri Lanka on a high – spend your last day seeing Mulkirigala Rock Temple, a lofty place of worship with a breathtaking natural aspect, just a 20-minute drive inland.

Whale-watching tour in Tangalle

Your Herman Melville of a guide – versed in where whales might launch themslves from the surf – will take you on a boat trip off the south coast a well-known spot for undersea socialising. These beasts are sizeable, so dress for imminent splashings.
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Your driver will pick you up and take you back to Colombo for your flight home, or onwards.
Tangalle

3.5 Hours

Colombo

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.

Getting there

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.

Packing tips

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.

Day 14

After one last leisurely breakfast, it’ll be time to wave goodbye to the languid Buddhas, hills of saturated green, fragrant cups of freshly plucked tea and exotic critters.

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Terms and conditions

What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
General conditions
The price for this itinerary applies for each guest. All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel. All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.

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