Sri Lanka's south-west coast is renowned for its idyllic beaches and the renowned Yala National Park; home to the leopard. This journey combines the most important cultural sites with time spent amidst the tea plantations of Koslanda.
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Transfer to the Jetwing Lagoon in Negombo. (N)
Optional morning catamaran ride on the Negombo lagoon. The lagoon is fed by a number of small rivers and is surrounded by a region comprising of rice paddies, coconut plantations and grasslands, mainly used for fishing and agriculture. Travel to Matale for 4 nights at Jim's Farm Villas. (B)
Full day tour to Sigiriya and Dambulla caves. The Sigiriya rock fortress rises 200 metres from the scrub jungle below and was a stronghold of a fortified town. The Dambulla caves have a history thought to date back to the first century BC when King Valagam Bahu took refuge here. (B)
Day at leisure or take part in an array of optional activities. Activities include cycling, walking in the Knuckles ranges or a cookery lesson where you will be able to select your own ingredients from the Farm's vegetable and herb garden before preparing some traditional dishes. (B)
Morning visit to Kandy's Temple of the Tooth for the morning Puja and wander through Kandy's local markets. Afternoon at leisure to relax or visit the Peradeniya botanical gardens or any of the local artisans. (B)
Take the midday train from Kandy to Hatton. Lunch at Governor's Mansion which offers a delectable range of food and can be accompanied by your choice from a selection of world-class wines. Drive to Koslanda and stay 2 nights at the Living Heritage. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure or take part in an array of optional activities. Activities include guided trekking where you will be able to learn about pepper and coffee cultivation, tea plantation visits, tree planting and Sri Lankan cookery lessons. (B, L, D)
Descend to Yala National Park stopping en route
at Buduruwagala – a series of well-preserved
Buddhist figures carved into sheer rock – and
Diyaluma waterfalls. Stay 2 nights at Noel
Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris. (B, D)
Enjoy a morning wildlife drive in the park. The density of leopards here is considerable and the park is also home to elephants, wild boars, sloth bears, mongoose and exotic birds. Afternoon optional cycle ride or wildlife drive and later dine under the stars. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the Fortress, Galle for 2 nights at the beach. Days at leisure or visit Galle Fort, Galle's mask museum or the turtle hatchery at Kosgoda. Alternatively take a whale watching trip where Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins are regularly spotted. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Spread over 3 hectares of tropical gardens, Jetwing Lagoon, the first resort to be created by Sri Lanka’s legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa, is set near the coastal fishing village of Negombo, between the Indian Ocean and the tranquil Negombo Lagoon. Previously known as the Blue Lagoon, the hotel now features 55 comfortably furnished rooms and suites in contemporary style while retaining the original architectural features. Between the two restaurants, Jetwing Lagoon offers guests choice of cuisines to choose from, including traditional Sri Lankan food. Other facilities at this hotel include two well-stocked bars, an expansive pool, fully-equipped gymnasium and a...
A luxury boutique hotel, set in a 50 acre organic farm with stunning mountain views, Jim’s Farm Villas is centrally located midway between Dambulla and Kandy. Set amongst wooded hills and next to paddy-fields, the farm is a haven for birds - 102 species have been spotted so far. Specially designed to showcase the best of Sri Lankan craftsmanship all the rooms have cool kumbuk wood flooring, vaulted wooden ceilings and traditional teak and rattan furniture. With a choice of 3 villas which can be booked in their entirety or by individual room, Jim’s Farm Villas offers a good base for day trips to the fabulous heritage sights of the Cultural Triangle, nature parks and local ancient temples. Cookery lessons with the in house chef and bicycle rides around the surrounding area are also available.
Facilities: 14 rooms including family rooms, spa offering Ayurveda treatments,...
Living Heritage Koslanda is a boutique-style hotel built on its own estate and tea plantations with the help of local people, ensuring that traditional Sri Lankan design and architecture is portrayed throughout the property. The hotel's veranda and infinity pool offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and close to the hotel is the Diyaluma Waterfall, which can be reached on a walking tour through the lush forest. The hotel offers cookery demonstrations with their experienced chefs, who are always on hand to pass on their knowledge of Sri Lankan cuisine cooking dishes such as curry, string hoppers, rotis and many other specialities. Nature walks can also be arranged at the hotel.
Features: 10 rooms, outdoor infinity pool, Wi-Fi, restaurant, yoga.
Room amenities: Private courtyard, outdoor jacuzzi, hot water outdoor shower, television, DVD player,...
The award-winning Leopard Safaris, brainchild of Noel Rodrigo, a renowned Sri Lankan naturalist, offers luxury eco-friendly tented camps. Set on the edge of Yala National Park, the tents comprise sleeping areas equipped with comfortable beds, side tables and a private open-to-sky washroom.
Features: 10 tents, alfresco dining area, jungle bar, campfire.
Room amenities: Sleeping area with comfortable beds, side tables, en suite toilet and private open-to-sky washroom with changing...
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XTT2017: 11 Nights
Negombo, close to Colombo's airport, grew from an historic little town with...
Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...