Sri Lanka: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

12 days

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Summary

Like a pearl earring set in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a perfect jewel of an island, with a wonderfully warm climate and a rich and varied culture. It is also home to lush vegetation, colourful flora, amazing wildlife and a stunning collection of gardens. Our itinerary has been designed to lead you through the horticultural highlights of this beautiful island, with national parks, spice gardens and verdant gardens to discover. Combined with some of the cultural highlights and relaxed way of life, it should be as refreshing as a cup of finest Ceylon tea. We begin in Kandy where we visit a spice garden and the splendid Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, both of which will give us an insight into the spectacular flora that thrives here. We then move into the cooler hill country and visit the garden at Hakgala and tour the outstanding nature reserve at Horton Plains. Another fine reserve awaits us at the Yala National Park where we go on safari and see elephants, bears and monkeys; tropical birds and fragile butterflies. A couple of days on the beach, in the south west near Galle, follows along with visits to Bevis Bawa’s famous Brief Gardens and Lunuganga Estate. One of the highlights of the tour will be our stay in Sinharaja, the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest where we will have the most wonderful experiences of flora and fauna with which to conclude our circular tour of this glittering island gem.

Tour led by: Horticulturist Tony Russell will be our expert guide. A former Head Forester at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tony is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading authorities on trees and shrubs, having written 18 books and presented many programmes for both TV and radio.

Tour highlights:

  • Cultural dance performance in Kandy
  • Tea tasting in the most authentic of surroundings
  • Looking for leopards in the Yala National Park
  • Famous gardens by a pair of brothers
  • All the sights, smells, colours and warmth of the Indian Ocean

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Deposit: $349 Single supplement: $1,235

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
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Tony Russell

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A former Head Forester at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tony Russell is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading authorities on trees and shrubs, having written 18 books and presented many programmes for both TV and radio.

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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
14 October 2022 BSRI221013 14 October 2022 (Friday) 25 October 2022 (Tuesday) Tony Russell $3,495
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