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Start your beach escape with a relaxing stay at a boutique hotel close to the Colombo Airport so that you can recover from your flight. Afterwards, make your way to Sigiriya, where you can climb UNESCO Sigiriya Fortress and go on a game drive to Minneriya National Park. After a dose of history and culture, travel towards Passikudah known to have the longest stretch of shallow beach on the East Coast, with a stop in Polonnaruwa to visit the ancient ruins of the second Sinhalese kingdom. Much like the south, the beaches in the east have their own set of distinct features that have enticed many beach-loving travelers for years. Swim, sunbathe and enjoy afternoon naps to the lull of the ocean. Journey to Gal Oya National Park, where you can go on a night game safari in the park, boat safari and walk with a native Vedda. Discover the simple pleasures of life while staying in the wilderness with minimum connection to the outside world.

How long?

  • 15

    Nights
  • 16

    Days

Depending on the time of your flights, you may need an extra initial night near the airport. We will be happy to advise you.

Price?

Price is available upon request. Rates vary depending on the time of the year and the number of people traveling. Email us if you’re interested in this particular itinerary. Let us know when you’d like to travel and how many rooms you need in each hotel.

Day 1 to 2
Horathapola
Negombo
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Horathapola

Negombo

Horathapola is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Horathapola, a family-owned mansion dating back to the 1920s lies tucked within a vast green coconut belt that stretches up the west coast from Negombo to Puttalam and inland to Kurunegala. Its relative proximity to Colombo International Airport makes it a perfect base for those who want to unwind, slow down and recover after a long flight, or a place to relax before leaving, although Horathapola is well worth at least two nights. The estate is also located en route to the Cultural Triangle.

The main house which is elegantly furnished, lies within a 50 acre coconut plantation. Coconut, rice, cashew nuts, mangoes and other fruits, as well as spices and hardwood trees are all grown on the estate.

An elegant hall greets you upon entrance with beautiful terracotta floors, ceiling beams and furnished with simple, stylish antiques. There is an extensive library and plenty of hidden nooks for those wanting to read a good book or relax in peace and tranquility.

Day 2 to 4
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Sigiriya
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Jetwing Vil Uyana

Sigiriya

Jetwing Vil Uyana is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

The work of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in the UK was unusually the source of inspiration for Vil Uyana. The goal was to construct a privately owned wetland nature reserve, out of bare land. A wild refuge for otters, crocodiles and dragonflies and perhaps even for a thirsty elephant or monkey, when the seasonal drought follows the monsoons. Oh… and some dwellings for discerning tourists, who would want the ultimate chill-out, but without sacrificing creature comforts.

The end result is a matrix of wetland and organic paddy studded with luxurious dwellings spread across 28 acres and an island spa, in the culturally rich North Central plains. Plunge pools, butler service, village trails to explore, inspiring companionship from naturalists… the lifestyle decisions are yours to take. It’s truly the ideal abode for all nature lovers, and a taste of rural simplicity with a dash of modernism intertwined.

Accommodation is offered in 36 dwellings situated in five different habitats.

Activities during your stay

  • Climb Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Game drive in Minneriya
  • Ritigala
Day 4 to 7
Uga Bay
Passikudah
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Uga Bay

Passikudah

Uga Bay is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Uga Bay will reopen on 1st February 2021.

Set on pristine white sand meters away from the calm and clear ocean, Uga Bay is a coastal resort located in Passikudah, a town known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow beaches in the world – with the water only inches deep and a gentle current, visitors to this part of the island’s coast can walk kilometers into the sea at day or night.

The hotel itself ranks up as one of the best properties on the East Coast and offers family friendly accommodation by the sea with an infinity pool and the most modern comforts one can find in the area. Fusing tropical and Mediterranean architecture, the modern new property features amazing views of the beautiful bay; stepping into the hotel, the semi-circular design of the property allows ocean views from every one of the 44 spacious rooms, as well as from the luxuriously private Bay Suite and Beach Villas.

Activities during your stay

  • Enroute visit ruins in Polonnaruwa
  • Relax by the beach
  • Cooking Crab curry
Day 7 to 9
Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya
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Gal Oya Lodge

Gal Oya

Gal Oya Lodge is currently offering special flexible terms and conditions to help you book Sri Lanka with confidence despite the uncertainty surrounding global travel at the moment. Read our blog or contact one of our expert trip planners to find out how you can take advantage of this special policy.

Located on the fringes of the Gal Oya National Park, Gal Oya Lodge blends naturally into its forest surroundings, offering innovatively designed luxury accommodation in the island’s south-east.

Spread across 20 acres of private forest, the loge is strategically located for guests who want to enjoy boat safaris over Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir.  Gal Oya Lodge practices environmentally responsible tourism and each of its ten bungalows have been constructed from locally sourced natural materials.

Sightings of a resident elephant herd are frequent throughout the year, and the real magic lies in seeing them swim between islands. Gal Oya is also home to over a 150 species of birds, other animal species and rare medicinal plants used in Ayurveda medicine.

Activities during your stay

  • Night safari in Gal Oya National Park
  • Walk with a native veddha
  • Boat ride in Senanayake Samudraya
Day 9 to 12
Hideaway Resort
Arugam Bay
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Hideaway Resort

Arugam Bay

Set just across the road from the main surfing beach, Hideaway is a boutique guesthouse in Arugam Bay that was formerly a beloved holiday home. It still has a homely atmosphere and Sharon, the owner, runs it with a holistic approach. Sustainability and conservation are undoubtedly part of their ethos: aside from cultivating their own organic produce and establishing a water-bottle refill policy, they also launched the ‘Arugam Bay Beach Clean-Up Scheme’. Hideaway consists of 14 rooms altogether: 5 in the Main Villa, 6 Double Bungalows, 2 Garden Bungalows and one Family Bungalow.

The main villa sits amongst wonderful tropical gardens, resembling a wildlife bungalow in a juxtaposing beach setting, with open verandas on both storeys. As well as the five rooms on the upper floor, there is also a living and dining area on the ground floor, furnished with comfortable chairs and cushioned ledges, and a garden complete with flowerbeds and a vegetable patch. There are also six whitewashed, thatched-roofed cabanas which offer more privacy including a bungalow designed especially for families with small children.

Activities during your stay

  • Leisure by the beach
  • Surfing, Kudumbigala climb, excursion to Kumana
Day 12 to 14
Living Heritage
Bandarawela
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Living Heritage

Bandarawela

Living Heritage is a tranquil hillside retreat that shows its guests Sri Lankan nature and heritage in all its ancient glory. Set on 80 acres of magical ‘Deyoge Kaele’ (God’s Forest) which extends from Sri Lanka’s famous mountain Adam’s Peak to the sacred Katagarama, the retreat is positioned on an ancient elephant migratory route and, even today, wild elephants can be spotted crossing through for a drink at the nearby Iriwendunpola river. Surrounded by mountains and scenic tea, rubber and pepper plantations, this escapist four-bedroom property is a secluded base where travelers can trek through thick jungle paths, climb nearby mountains like the Ella Gap in Bandarawela, have river baths or go cycling through sleepy farming towns like Monoragala. One of Living Heritage Koslanda’s main advantages is the secluded waterfall nearby. They also have an infinity-edge pool which has a glorious view of the stunning surrounding hills.

Activities during your stay

  • Picnic lunch and swim at the waterfall
  • Nature walk
Day 14 to 16
Why House
Galle
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Why House

Galle

A luscious tropical garden, two acres of privacy and a striking swimming pool are just some of Why House’s many enticements. Serene and secluded yet just five minutes’ drive inland from the buzzing beaches of south coast Galle, Why House is a gorgeous eight bedroom hotel spread between two architecturally designed buildings and a pair of cabanas that smoothly blend sophisticated European elegance with the Sri Lankan tropics.

Views across the neighbouring paddy fields linger from the lushly tended garden that houses an amazing swimming pool. Refreshingly huge and stained a gorgeous shade of green Why House’s pool is easily one of the biggest of any property around. The cushioned pavilion flanking the swimming pool is perfect for gossiping amongst friends or for curling up on your tod with a magazine or a book.

Access to Galle’s beaches is just a hop and a skip from the hotel but we guarantee it will be harder than you think to leave the serenity of this gorgeous inland haven.

Activities during your stay

  • The story of cinnamon
  • Cooking experience at Why House

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