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We designed this trip for couples and friends who are looking to uncover the mysteries of the most remote parts of Sri Lanka and explore the island’s rich cultural heritage whilst staying in a range of elegant boutique hotels. After a night at The Wallawwa to recuperate after the flight, go to Hatton and spend your first few days walking or cycling through tea estates, meeting friendly pluckers as you go, and visiting a nearby tea factory, before driving up to Kandy. Explore the delights of Kandy town, which include visiting the Temple of the Tooth and walking around the Royal Botanical Gardens which are utterly tranquil. From here, journey to the Cultural Triangle and see the incredible Finish the tour in Colombo and wander through the streets of Sri Lanka’s thriving capital before settling down to a delicious last-night dinner.

How long?

  • 15

    Nights
  • 16

    Days

Depending on what time your flight arrives, you may need an extra night at the beginning near the airport – we will 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
The Wallawwa
Negombo
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The Wallawwa

Negombo

The Wallawwa 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.

Though situated just a few kilometers from the airport, The Wallawwa feels nothing like a transit hotel. Sitting in acres of beautifully mature gardens, this charming boutique hotel is a sanctuary of serenity and style where the old merges beautifully with the new. Built over 200 years ago in the traditional “Dutch warehouse’ colonial design, The Wallawwa is the most ancient manor house in the entire province and was an ancestral home for many years.

With its completely secluded location, The Wallawwa is a luxurious private hideaway whose 17 boutique bedrooms, exquisite food and wonderfully oversized Z Spa are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing and memorable stay. The hotel’s signature swimming pool sits in the garden a short distance from the main house, while a yoga garden is peacefully located beside the spa.

Day 2 to 4
Ceylon Tea Trails - Castlereagh
Hatton
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Ceylon Tea Trails - Castlereagh

Hatton

Ceylon Tea Trails - Castlereagh 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.

Welcome to Ceylon Tea Trails, a range of luxurious planters’ bungalows in Dickoya, found approximately 4,000 feet above sea level in the southern highlands of Sri Lanka’s tea country. Tea Trails comprises five classic colonial bungalows, all of which are Relais & Châteaux bungalowsbuilt for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. Each bungalow is different, combining both classical and contemporary styles: the effect is quintessentially luxurious and colonial, a stroll back in time but entirely resplendent in modern amenities. Within the confines of each bungalow guests will find over-sized rooms with four-poster beds, lavish bathrooms and a blazing log fire in the dining and drawing rooms. The meticulously maintained gardens also feature sun-decks and summer houses where traditional English Cream Teas are served by the bungalow’s resident butler. Enjoy reading by the pool, having high tea in the summerhouse or a gin and tonic on the terrace.

This bungalow, built in 1925, lies nestled on the banks of Castlereagh Lake in a woody glade and is perhaps the most romantic of the five. It is also the most remote and is reached along a windy, sometimes bumpy road that passes through tea plantations where pickers are busy at work. All the bungalows have three types of rooms: Luxury Suites, Garden Suites and Master Suites, each with its own touch of opulence, and individually named after former tea planters who served the estate. With the exception of Tate Luxury Room, which has twin beds, the rest of the rooms at Castlereagh include king-sized beds. The Garden Suites have sensational views over the glassy waters of the lake.

Activities during your stay

  • Tea factory with a resident planter
  • Trekking
Day 4 to 5
The Kings Pavilion
Kandy
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The Kings Pavilion

Kandy

The Kings Pavilion 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.

Sprawled across three acres in a serene part of Aniwatte, a residential neighborhood 10 minutes from Kandy, Kings Pavilion is a contemporary hotel offering luxury accommodation.

Settled amidst greenery and chirping birdlife, with vistas of the Hunnasgiriya and Knuckles mountain range in the backdrop, the hotel’s location is ideal for relaxation and sightseeing due to its proximity to Kandy town.

The hotel combines contemporary style with Kandyan arts and culture, from the elaborate batik wall hanging done by renowned Sri Lankan artist Ena De Silva’s workshop that welcomes guests at the entrance to the photographs and paintings capturing Kandyan dancers placed in the rooms, Kings Pavilion provides an insight into different aspects of Kandy.

Activities during your stay

  • Temple of the Tooth
  • Tea and stories with a photographer
Day 5 to 7
Ulagalla Resort
Anuradhapura
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Ulagalla Resort

Anuradhapura

Ulagalla 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.

Ulagalla incorporates an eco-friendly design blended with modern comforts. Spread across 58 acres of working paddy fields, organic vegetable plots and ornamental gardens that host 25 chalets, a sensitively-restored ancient Wallauwa (manor house), a 30m swimming pool, a gym and a sensual sunken spa.

Public areas of the resort – a first-floor restaurant, fully-equipped bar and reception area – are all located in the main house, a 150-year-old fully-restored mansion once home to the village chieftain. Linking all areas of the resort is an eco-friendly transport system through on-call golf buggies and pedal bicycles, two of which are provided for guests in each chalet. With an emphasis on sustainability, Ulagalla operates on a solar energy farm that powers half of the energy requirements and their chalets are built using recyclable material.

The activities offered at Ulagalla – archery, horse riding, kayaking and nature walks – have also been chosen for their minimal impact on the environment.

Activities during your stay

  • Kamatha dinner
  • Climb the majestic Sigiriya Rock
  • Cycling tour of Anuradhapura with a local followed by lunch at a farmer hut
Day 7 to 10
Jungle Beach
Trincomalee
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Jungle Beach

Trincomalee

Jungle Beach 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.

Jungle Beach will reopen on 1st February 2021.

In the seemingly innocuous little hamlet of Kuchchaveli, on the eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka, Jungle Beach is every bit as its name implies; spectacularly set in an entirely natural and harmonious blend of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated virtues – its wondrous beaches and teeming jungles.

Nestled within a 10-acre estate, sandwiched between the vast Indian Ocean and a lagoon filled with colorful birds, this luxury beach resort beckons with pristine sandy beaches, tropical mangroves and endless pursuits.

The hotel has cleverly incorporated prevailing trees and other natural greenery into its design, which sets it apart from other hotels. Jungle Beach offers 48 luxury chalets in four categories and also has a spa, gym and swimming pool.

Activities during your stay

  • Go snorkeling at Pigeon Island, or head out to sea in search of whales
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches
  • Visit the Koneswaram Kovil at Lover’s Leap
Day 10 to 13
Fox Jaffna
Jaffna
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Fox Jaffna

Jaffna

Fox Jaffna is a beautiful boutique hotel just outside the Jaffna town, offering 24 rooms of comfort and luxury.

A house that once belonged to an influential family in the region, the cessation of the civil war saw its return to the rightful owners. The property today consists of the main house block offering four rooms and the new wing which consists of six blocks, each with four rooms. Fox Jaffna features numerous artwork by some of Sri Lanka’s prominent artists and each block is also named after them. The four suites in the main house are also named after these artists.

Each room is air-conditioned and comes complete with modern amenities such as flat screen cable TV, Wi-Fi and in-room safe. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and have a shower cubicle.

Activities during your stay

  • Nallur Kovil
  • Visit Delft Island and see the wild horses left behind by the Portuguese
  • Cycle through Jaffna town centre and admire the architecture
Day 13 to 15
Leopard Trails Wilpattu
Wilpattu National Park
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Leopard Trails Wilpattu

Wilpattu National Park

Leopard Trails Wilpattu 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.

Based on the borders of the Wilpattu National Park, Leopard Trails offers a bespoke tented camping setup, inspired by old English camping of the past. Elegant and exclusive, Leopard Trails combines the best of a game drive experience with modern day comforts and amenities for the modern explorer.

A typical day with Leopard Trails begins in the afternoon with a fantastic lunch spread of Sri Lankan rice and curry, followed by a short introduction to the camp. Guests can choose to cool off in a hammock or laze in the main lounge with a number of books from the Leopard Trails wildlife library until the evening game starts at 3pm.

Designed especially for photographers and comfort, in either a Toyota Land Cruiser or Toyota Hilux, the evening game drive is led by either Aaron Sivarajah, Indika Nettigama or Avijja Fonseka. Passionate about wildlife and game drives, they each lead memorable game drives and walks and have years of experience tracking down the elusive leopard in Sri Lanka.

Back at the camp, guests can enjoy private bucket showers, followed by drinks and appetizers around the camp fire before dinner. Dining under the stars makes for an unforgettable experience in the jungle. The next day, rise at dawn to freshly brewed Ceylon tea of coffee and depart on morning game drive or walk at 6am which is an amazing time to get up close to peacocks and wild buffalos. On return to the camp, freshly squeezed juices from seasonal fruits await you before a breakfast fit for kings.

The Leopard Trails operates on an all-inclusive basis offering tented accommodation, two game drives per day in a customized vehicle accompanied by an experienced guide, snacks and drinks on game drives, all meals at camp, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and all park entry fees. If guests are interested in going on a private game drive accompanied by a naturalist an additional supplement is applicable.

Activities during your stay

  • Game drive
Day 15 to 16
Maniumpathy
Colombo
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Maniumpathy

Colombo

Maniumpathy 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.

A grand family home hidden unsuspectingly down a busy street in the heart of Colombo, Maniumpathy is an ideal abode for those looking to combine shopping, sightseeing and home-like luxury. Having been home to five generations of a family hailing from Jaffna, this refurbished colonial villa evokes feelings of old world charm mixed with modern comforts. 

Named after the town of Manipay – a wealthy area in Jaffna – this eight-bedroom boutique hotel whose original structure is over a hundred years ago, offers large expanses of greenery with a pool tucked away in the centre. Restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and historical sites of Colombo are not too far away and ensures there’s much to do while here.

Activities during your stay

  • Colombo city tour

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