Luxury Tea Trails
Despite its repute as a resplendent island and a leading tourist destination, the secret of Sri Lanka’s attraction lies with its people. The spice addicted and tea drinking people of Sri Lanka are famed for big smiles and a bigger heart.
With multitude of roads winding through expanding mountains, lush green forests, paddy fields, parks and sleepy villages, Sri Lanka also offers many opportunities to keen hikers and trekkers. Sri Lanka had continued to inspire and heal many who travelled to its shores ever since its existence was known to the world. Many who set foot on the island had considered it a part of a divine existence, Sri Lanka still continues to wrap its charm around its visitors, capturing their imagination with sights, sounds and flavors.
|Residence By Uga Escapes
|Water Garden Sigiriya
|Ceylon Tea Trails
B&B:Bed and Breakfast
Upon arrival at Colombo International airport, you will be met by our welcome ambassador and escorted to your hotel in Bentota, where you will be assisted with Check-in.
Nestled between leafy Park Street and the lakeside Buddhist shrine of Gangarama, Residence by Uga Escapes is amongst one of the most unique boutique hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital. Built in the 19th century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, the halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, Despite its central location, its atmosphere of secluded peace and quiet is pure balm for weary travellers.
Enjoy visit of Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence. Interaction and Prayer ceremony with Buddhist monks.
Enjoy Sun Downer at Galle Face seaside bar: Nothing can prepare you for the magnificent terrace overlooking the ocean. It is quite simply one of the most beautiful settings for an evening drink. A cool stout, palm trees swaying and so far from the madding crowds of Colombo.
After breakfast, visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. (Optional- if client wants to drive instead of Sea Plane to Habarana from Negombo)
Later visit Angurukaamulla Temple -Most Buddhist tourists would appreciate visiting the Angurukaamulla temple. Rendezvous with Buddhist monks and prayer good health.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lion's Rock. guardian spirit.
Overnight stat at hotel.
After breakfast , enjoy visit of:
Visit the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa with its grand monuments to Shiva and its enchanting garden city. Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Learn the art of Sri Lankan rice and curry cooking.
Sigiriya Fort by hot air ballooning: Floating at heights of 500 to 2000 feet on average, this feeling of peace and tranquility is apparent from the extent of sighs & smiles as the earth seems to slowly descend & rotate below you whilst the views rapidly expand.
Sunset at Pidurangula- offers amazing views of Sigiriya from its wide summit. It's a 20-minute hike up to the top, past several small temples, a 12.5m reclining Buddha and a final tricky scramble over boulders..
Early morningenjoy safari excursion to Minneriya National Park, Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa , the 8890 hectares of Minneriya National park is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka 's favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants.
Later drive towards Kandy. On arrival check in at hotel and rest of the day is free for leisure.
Evening enjoy Kandyan Dance Performance: This performance is a good rest from a day of travel or walking around. While it is a show definitely for tourists but the performers and staff seem to enjoy it all and it was entertaining to watch. They go through a program of traditional Kandyan dances ending with a whole show with fire out in the back
Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy visit of 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 and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple.
Visit of 18 Centaury Botanical Garden and Commonwealth War Cemetery.
Evening participate prayer ceremony in compound of Kandy temple with Buddhist priest.
Kelaniya Ganga White-water Rafting: From Kandy it is around two hours to drive towards Kitigala for a white-water rafting tour on the Kelaniya Ganga. The Kelaniya Ganga is a stunning river offering some excellent, though relatively gentle, white-water rafting.
Enjoy breakfast and commence drive to Hatton and your luxurious hideaway in Sri Lanka's verdant hills. Stay in a restored, colonial-era bungalow in the heart of lush tea country. Settle in to your luxurious estate before embarking on a scenic train journey through the "Golden Valley of Tea."
On arrival check in at hotel and later enjoy activities like:
Discover the art and science of growing, harvesting and making some of the world's finest tea.
After breakfast, day free for leisure.
Follow the trails of the original planters as they trekked through the jungle in search of fertile land. Then learn from the master planter about caring for and harvesting the leaves and buds of the trees.
Tea Experience :This is the essential Tea Trails experience. Resort resident Tea Planter will demonstrate the age-old tea making process. First, follow the trail of the planters of old Ceylon, as they trekked through the dense jungle looking for the best slopes on which to plant tea. Then on to watch the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands.
Scenic Walks- A leisurely walk is a delightful way to experience the varied landscapes, exotic flora, abundant birdlife and the sweet rhythm of life in a tea garden.
Morning transfer from Sea plane to Koggale. On arrival check in at resort.
he Frangipani Tree is an intimate, elegant beach sanctuary with 9 exquisitely furnished suites in 3 villas. It is located on the West end of Thalpe bay on a long stretch of secluded and picturesque beach.The Frangipani Tree is sun, sand, trees, culinary, sensuous and spiritual indulgences.
Day free for leisure.
After breakfast enjoy sightseeing near Galle. Places to visit:
Galle Fort: Galle Fort was established by the Portuguese in the C15th, and was completed by the Dutch 100 years later. The British came in the C18th, and in 1988 it was designated a World Heritage Site.
Galle Light house: The Galle Lighthouse, or Pointe de Galle Light as it was also known, was the very first light station to be built in Sri Lanka. Dating back to 1848; the lighthouse was built by the British to ensure the safe arrival of their ships at the Galle harbour.
Tea Trail: Visit nearby Handunugoda Tea Estate, to discover what goes in to making your favourite cuppa! Tour the factory, have a sample tasting and even see their speciality White Tea!
Temples: There are literally hundreds of Buddhist temples in the area, the most interesting being Yatagala and Kataluwa. Well worth a visit, especially on Poya (full moon day)
After breakfast, day is free for leisure.
Whale Watching: Between December and April, take a boat trip to see these amazing creatures just an hour or so off the southern coast. Whilst out spotting Blue Whales or Sperm Whales, you may well see Spinner Dolphins and Bottle Nosed Dolphins. A truly enthralling experience. (Only Operational between December and April)
Udawalawe National Park: Visit Udawalawe National Park, which was created in 1972 to provide habitat for wild animals, especially elephants. Covering 120 square miles, the park is inhabited by a herd of approx 250 elephants, as well as many other mammals and birds
Bike Ride: Explore the area on bicycles, and experience the real Sri Lanka. We can arrange an escorted bike ride down to the coast, via paddy fields, finishing up at Wijaya for a swim and a cocktail.
Cookery Class: For those interested in learning more about Sri Lankan Rice and Curry, our Chefs will be happy to conduct a cookery class. Using recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation, this is a truly fascinating experience.
DAY 11 : END OF ITINERARY
Transfer to the airport to connect flight for your onward destination.