Romantic Sri Lanka
Located to the south of India, surrounded by the Indian ocean, the small island country”Sri lanka” makes for a perfect honeymoon destination in Asia. Also varying climates and Geography packed into a small island Sri Lanka offers a range of adventures from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans.
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.
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.
'The Ark' is a contemporary, elevated estate villa nestled on the heights of a 40 acre estate in Mathugama, amidst the rubber and cinnamon plantations and jungle. Its unique and elevated sitting allows a breathtaking view of the estate, the valley below and hills beyond, leaving you in lush green seclusion.
After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing near Bentota. Places to visit:
Kalugala Monastery: Close to the wilderness of the Sinharaja strict natural forest reserve there is a place by the name of Kalugala Arannanaya, a Buddhist monastery – a perfect setting for peaceful meditation. For that reason, for the monks in this monastery, meditation has become a daily ritual in their search for a path to nirvana. People from far away places comes here to give their offerings to the monks
Makeli Ella Fall: The 10m Makeli Ella Fall is said to resemble a bride’s veil from a distance, and round weather-eroded granite stones pepper the landscape. Before the fall there is a large natural pool, and 6m downstream a fairytale-like islet watershed, known as Thumodara. Later the streams fuse and flow to the Kuda River, and via the Kaluganga River to the sea.
Fa-Hsien Cave,: This cave is also known as Pahiyangala Cave, which is the biggest of its kind in Asia and where evidence of 30,500 year old ancient man was recently discovered
After breakfast enjoy walk through the estate – wander through the lower rubber and tea plantations and trek the upper portion of the estate for spectacular views .
Water Sports: Bentota is the island’s water sports capital. Activities range from jet skiing and waterskiing atop the lagoon to diving, fishing and snorkeling out at sea. Bentota’s 4km stretch of beach is beautiful.
Bird watching – the house acts as a luxurious hide for glimpsing birds and wildlife from the comfort of the indoors
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive towards Galle. On arrival check in at hotel and 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: 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).
Boat Trip: Take a boat trip on Koggala Lake for approximately two hours, visiting Talathuduwa Temple Island, followed by a Spice Garden. Then back in the boat and on to a small island where you will meet a couple who harvest cinnamon. Finally in the boat you circle a Bird Sanctuary before returning across the Lake for the tuk tuk ride back to the hotel.
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 experince the real Sri Lanka. We can arrange an escorted bike ride down to the coast, via paddy fields, finshing 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.
After breakfast, check out and drive towards Tangalle. On arrival check in at hotel.
Coconut palms sway above the golden sand beach at Amanwella, a tranquil hideaway set in a cove on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The seaside town of Tangalle is nearby and Sri Lanka’s diverse flora and fauna is ready to be explored.
Tangalla is known as gateway to wide-open beaches of southeast Sri Lanka. Here you will find the perfect beachs, where you can spent the day at leisure.
After breakfast, visit the following sites:
Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple: According to tradition, the monastery here dates from the arrival of Kassapa, when the monks who were then living at Sigiriya were relocated to make room for the king’s palace; Kassapa constructed new dwellings and a temple here to recompense them.
Mulgirigala Rock Temple: this temple is set on an isolated butte rising 210 Metres from the forest floor.
Tea Plantation visit: Learn about the island’s history of tea growing from Amanwella’s own experts over an afternoon cup, or visit the plantations with a guide.
Visits to traditional villages or artisans’ studios offer other insights into Sri Lankan culture within easy reach of Amanwella.
Spa & Wellness Experiences: You can enjoy massages and body treatments, using all natural products,.
After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure and later you can enjoy the visit to Turtle watching: Rekawa Beach, some 10km east of town, has a growing reputation as a turtle-watching beach. From April to September, green, hawksbill and occasion-ally even leatherback turtles struggle ashore at night to lay their eggs.
Village visit: Master potter B. Karunasena invites Aman guests into his home workshop to learn the skill required to craft his family’s renowned terracotta designs, before encouraging visitors to try their own hand at creating a unique piece.
Snorkeling: Farther out to sea, blue whales can be sighted on their annual migration from December to April, as well as sperm whales and spinner dolphins
Today is free for leisure on the beautiful beaches, where you can enjoy seabathing, sunbathing, swimming, surfing and snorkeling in the nearby villages like Medilla, Pallikaduwe, Mawella and Seenimodera.
After breakfast, drive towards Negombo. On arrival check in at hotel and day is free for leisure.
Rejuvenating Treatments: Ayurveda therapies have been conceived with real people in mind and are designed specifically to rejuvenate. The collection of signature massages, scrubs and wraps, which blend Asian techniques with a hint of Ayurveda, or opt for a shiatsu session, a cleansing facial or a herbal compress.
DAY 11 : END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast, check out from hotel and assisted departure transfer to Colombo airport to connect flight for onwards journey.