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Botanica

Sri Lanka Gardens of Paradise, Culture & History

Colombo Return

Trip Code: BTSLG14
14 Days
7 Apr 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 14 Days with a Tour Manager and Botanical Guide travelling in a small group

  • 13 nights stay in centrally located, 4-5 star hotels plus 27 meals
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with space to spread out
  • See the sights of Kandy including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Attend the Flower Festival of Nuwara Eliya and explore the Kandy and Hakgala Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Geoffrey and Bevis Bawa's homes and gardens and visit a tea plantation
  • Visit World Heritage listed Sigiriya and stay in Udawalawe National Park

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • High Fitness Level - pace moves quickly with long days, multiple one and two-night stays as well as unexpected cultural challenges. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
  • Date of flower show is subject to change. In the event we are unable to attend, alternative touring will be provided
  • Train booking not guaranteed. Coach transport will be provided in the event seats cannot be confirmed
Asia map BTSLG14 2020-2021
Colombo Return

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Flower Show of Nuwara Eliya

Visit the annual Flower Show of Nuwara Eliya* which dates back to Colonial days

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Negombo, Heritance Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

Tour the sites of Negombo this morning before visiting the Brief Garden, the private garden of Bevis Bawa, brother of Geoffrey. Afterwards visit the beautiful Bawa Gardens, home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The garden at Lunuganga Estate was his ‘laboratory’ for new ideas. Arrive into Bentota located on one of the finest beaches in Sri Lanka.

Stay: Bentota, Vivanta by Taj Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Arriving to Udawalawe, this afternoon take a safari to the National Park. The park proves to be one of the best places to see herds of elephants in their natural habitat. Other species also survive here such as spotted deer, sambur, barking deer, water buffalo and jackal.

Stay: Udawalawe, Centauria Wild Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Established in 1995, visit a rehabilitation project for orphaned elephants before travelling to Ella to visit Ravana Falls.

Stay: Ella, 98 Acres Resort & Spa

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Built at 3100m above sea level from 1921, visit the Nine Arch Bridge. Discover the cooler climate, English-influenced Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a walk of Victoria Park.

Stay: Three Nights, Nuwara Eliya, Grand Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, when the terraced rose garden will be in bloom. Visit a tea plantation, see how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure ceylon tea in the factory. This afternoon enjoy a high tea at the Grand Hotel, which is a must for all those who visit this iconic hotel.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Flower Show of Nuwara Eliya

Visit the annual Flower Show of Nuwara Eliya* which dates back to Colonial days


Explore the colonial town of Nuwara Eliya. Visit the annual Flower Show of Nuwara Eliya* which dates back to Colonial days. With its cool climate and hill-country setting, Nuwara Eliya became known as ‘little England’.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Board your scenic train** to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and a World Heritage-listed site. See the renowned Buddhist temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, drive around Kandy Lake and visit the town and bazaar.

Stay: Two Nights, Kandy, Earl’s Regency Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Be joined by a leading Botanist to tour the Botanical Gardens, known for orchids, medicinal plants and palm trees. The gardens are also home to WWII garrisons which were commanded by Lord Mountbatten, whose son-in-law, Timothy Knatchbull, is a personal acquaintance of your guide. This evening over dinner enjoy traditional Sir Lankan entertainment.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

On the way to Kandalama we visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for.

Stay: Two Nights, Kandalama, Heritance Hotel overlooking Sigiriya

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya rock fortress and learn about this historic monument at the museum. See the water gardens and frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ before an afternoon at your leisure.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Before travelling to Colombo, visit Popham’s Arboretum to learn about Sri Lanka’s dry zone forests.

Stay: Two Nights, Colombo, Galle Face Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning enjoy time to explore at leisure, followed by an afternoon walking tour. This evening enjoy a Sunset Drink at the Galle Face Hotel’s famous Checkerboard terrace before a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast be transferred to the airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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