Includes: Colombo city, Experience Sri Lankan/Ceylon Tea Trails while enjoying the authentic Sri Lankan food and the comfort, A Tea plantation and a Tea factory visit, Enjoy the Sri Lankan south coast sunset, Galle historical city
Our Sri Lankan representative will be there at the airport to welcome you on arrival. You will then be introduced to your chauffeur/guide to begin the journey to uncover the wonders of this emerald isle. Visit, feel and discover! Feel the vivacity of this island nation, bask in its intoxicating beauty and enjoy an extraordinary travel experience. Explore Sri Lanka’s golden beaches, glorious history, rich wilderness, bustling cosmopolitan cities and be dazzled!
DAY 01 : Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), personal assistance through passport control and a Sri Lankan traditional dance on arrival as a special welcome.
Transfer to the city center of Colombo. (All transfers and sightseeing will be done by a luxury SUV’s)
Check-in at Tintagel Colombo and relax, In the late afternoon engage in a city tour of Colombo
Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker ‘the garden city of the East’ is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right. The legacies of colonial Colombo’s garden roots are still very much intact along its often shady boulevards. Fort is in the midst of widespread historic restoration of its landmark colonial architecture, while Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Roadd is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes, while the seafront benefits from new roads that are spurring hotel construction.Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and museums. Surprises abound in its old quarters where you can find great local food and discover a characterful shop or tiny, convivial cafe. The capital is an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.
Evening relax at the hotel.
Dinner & overnight stay at Tintagel Hotel in Colombo (A unique and elite hotel which hosted Prince of Wales and duchess for the commonwealth in 2013)
DAY 02, 03, 04 : After breakfast at Tintagel Hotel, proceed to Hatton for a life time experience on Sri Lankan/Ceylon Tea.
Check in at Ceylon Tea Trails Bungalows, Sri Lanka’s only Relais & Chateaux Resort in the highlands, comprising four luxurious colonial era tea planters bungalow, connected by walking trails through stunningly beautiful Ceylon Tea Gardens, all bungalows comes on All Inclusive basis.
CEYLON TEA COUNTRY
The English and Scottish planters who created “a little bit of England” in Ceylon’s “upcountry” to make way for the island’s tea plantations have long gone but their legacy of meticulously managed tea gardens and the good planters’ life is alive and well at the four luxurious Tea Trails bungalows in the Bogawantalawa Valley. These hardy Englishmen and Scotsmen braved long and arduous steamship journeys, sailing across the Indian Ocean to arrive on the shores of Ceylon, eager to exploit the island’s extraordinarily benevolent climate and rich soil. In their inimitable way, British planters rewarded themselves for the backbreaking work of creating first coffee and then tea plantations in the mountain highlands of Sri Lanka by also creating a comfortable lifestyle that is memorable and unique. The tea planters’ way of life in Sri Lanka is perhaps one of the few aspects of island life that remains unchanged, offering a glimpse of a bygone era amidst the pristine natural surroundings and the unchanged rhythms of a tea estate.
Excursions can be arranged from Ceylon Tea Trails Bungalow to Kandy (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic), Nuwara Eliya, and Horton’s Plains National Park
TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. Which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.
Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. While most British visitors struggle to recognize modern England in Nuwara Eliya, the toy-town ambience does have a rose-tinted English country village feel to it, though it comes with a disorienting surrealist edge. Three-wheelers whiz past red telephone boxes.
Water buffalo daubed in iridescent dye for the Tamil Thai Pongal festival mingle outside a pink, brick Victorian post office. A well-tended golf course morphs seamlessly into a rolling carpet of tea plantations. The dusty and bustling center of town is a thoroughly Sri Lankan tangle, but scratch the surface a little to reveal colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens.
HORTONS PLAINS NATIONAL PARK
Nestled high in the southern portion of the central hills of Sri Lanka, near the confluence of the Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces, is an ecological jewel known as Horton Plains National Park. A mere 3,160 hectares in extent, this enchanting mixture of patana (grassland) and sub-montane wet evergreen forest is part of a larger expanse which connects in the west with the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. The sub-species particular to these ratified heights is known locally as the bear monkey because of its unusually dense coat evolved in order to ward off the persistent night chill. Jet black giant squirrels (Ratufa macrours) also inhabit this realm as do barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak), fishing cats (Felis viverrinus) and wild boar (Sus scrofa).
Overnight stay at one of the Tea trails Bungalows on All Inclusive basis
DAY 05, 06, 07 : After breakfast at Ceylon Tea Trails Bungalows, proceed to Cape Weligama Hotel in Weligama to enjoy the shimmering sea, while the timeless breeze ensure elegant swells unfurl onto the sun kissed sand.
Check-in at Cape Weligama Hotel in Weligama which is the only Relais & Chateaux Resort in the southern coast area. Emerald hues of the coconut palm frond dappled headlands meet the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean here along this isle’s curvaceous southern stretch. Just off the craggy coast, sarong clad fishermen perch acrobatically on their wooden stilts.
Excursions can be arranged from Cape Weligama to Udawalawa and Yala National Parks.
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, Sambar deer and leopards, Udawalawa National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. In fact, for elephant-watching, Udawalawa often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. The park, which centers on the 308.2-sq-km Udawalawa Reservoir, is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy. It’s certainly the one national park in Sri Lanka not to miss.
YALA NATIONAL PARK
Yala National Park that consists of five blocks is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Though Yala spreads over an area of 1260 square kilometers, only one fifth of the area is open to the visitors. Four-fifths of the park is designated a Strict Natural Reserve. Adjoining the eastern border of the park is Yala East National Park (Kumana). Of all the National Parks in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park affords the greatest opportunities to sight the Sri Lanka’s broad variety of wildlife: colorful painted stork in troops are seen perched at the shores of lagoon where the crocodiles too have chosen to doze off; lovely fantailed peacocks in their resplendent blues and greens parade about amidst the woods where monkeys hang, leap and chatter; in the bush jungle are the Elephants; crossing the tracks and wandering off into the thorny scrub jungle is the star attraction of the park – the leopard. A total of 32 species of mammals have been recorded. The threatened species are sloth bear, Leopard, elephant, water buffalo, Wild boar, spotted deer, and golden jackal.
Overnight stay at Cape Weligama Hotel in Weligama on All Inclusive basis.
Day 08, 09 : After breakfast at Cape Weligama Hotel, proceed to Amangalla Resort in Galle.
A stately Grande dame in the city of Galle on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Amangalla Resort has the period charm of a bygone era. Built in 1684, the historic edifice retains its heritage in every architectural and decorative detail .The charmed grounds of Amangalla are spread across nearly 9,000 square meters on the peninsula, defined by the 400-year-old fort. The resort’s mature garden dates back to the building’s construction in the 1860s, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort is the best preserved colonial fortification in Asia. The peninsula offers boundless opportunities for discovery, as does the surrounding city, countryside and ocean, from temples and tea plantations to blue whale watching.
GALLE HISTORICAL CITY
Galle is the big unmissable destination in the south. It’s at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings, a town of great beauty. Classic architecture melds with a dramatic tropical setting to create a reality that is endlessly interesting. Built by the Dutch, beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of a promontory that’s surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Just wandering the old walls and streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another as you explore the amazing collection of structures dating back through the centuries. Its glories have earned the Fort status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Dinner & overnight stay at Amangalla Resort in Galle.
DAY 10 : After breakfast at Amangalla Resort, transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for the departure flight.