7D/6N SRI LANKA ADVENTURE
Valued at USD 300 per person
- Off the beaten Track Experiences
- Unique high-end accommodation
- Meeting interesting personalities – Shanjei & Surangi
- Welcome gift pack on arrival
- Snacks and soft drinks in the vehicle
- Meal Upgrade to Half Board at Wallawwa Kotugoda
- Spa Credit at Kings Pavilion for USD 100/- (per couple)
- Mother’s Curry & Gin Tonics – Signature Program
Day 01: Airport – Kotugoda (Approx. 20 minutes) (Dinner)
Ayubowan! – you have arrived! Welcome to Sri Lanka!
On arrival to Colombo, clear immigration and customs. Exit into the arrival area where your chauffeur guide will meet you and escort you to a beautiful Manor House for your overnight stay.Experience your first impressions of this amazing island. Emerson Tennet a traveler to Sri Lanka in the 1850’s wrote:
There is no country in the world that has attracted the attention of authors in so many distant ages and of so many different countries as Ceylon…Its aspects, its religion, its antiquities, and productions, have been described as well by the classic Greeks, by the Romans; by the writers of China, Burma, India and and Kashmir; by the geographers of Arabia and Persia; by the mediaeval voyagers of Italy and France; by the annalist of Portugal and Spain; by the merchant adventures of Holland, and by the travelers and topographers of Great Britain. …Ceylon, from whatever direction is approached, unfolds a scene of loveliness and grandeur unsurpassed, if it be rivaled, by any land in the universe.
Exchange hellos with your guide and drive straight to a nice little rural village closer to the Airport.
After a long flight there is nothing like finding a good bed and a place to rest. The Wallawwa is a traditional manor house built during the Dutch East Indies period, with thick cooling walls, red tiled roofs and ample gardens. It makes for the ideal retreat to unwind and start to get Sri Lanka under your skin. We love playing crocket in the garden make sure you ask the staff to give you the gear and off you go!
Overnight at The Wallawwa – Wallawwa Bed Room
Day 02: Kotugoda – Kandy (Approx. 3.5 hours) (Breakfast)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, drive to the hill capital of the Island – Kandy!
Kandy belongs to the fabric of legends. While Sri Lanka was under Portuguese and Dutch rule the Kings of Kandy remained defiant and independent. It was much later during the British rule that Kandy finally fell to the biggest Empire in the world.
Check in to your hotel and later visit the Temple of the Tooth in time for the evening ceremony.
Today Kandy is a big city that still retains touches of its colonial history in building such as the Queen’s hotel a beautiful 19th century neoclassical beauty. The temple of the Tooth is no doubt the citiy biggest pride. As Bella Woolf described in her 1927 guide How to see Ceylon.
“The courtyard is crammed with worshipers of all ages, bearing offerings in their hands, leaves of young coconut, scent, flowers, fruit. As the door opens, they surge up in the dark and narrow stairway to the silver and ivory doors behind which lies the tooth. The doors are opened and a flood of hot heavy scented air pours out. The golden karandua or outer casket of the tooth stands revealed dimly behind gilded bars. In the weird uncertain light of candles in golden candelabra the yellow-robbed priests move to and fro. The tooth is enclosed in five karanduas and slowly and solemnly each is removed in turn, some of the them are encrusted with rubies, emeralds and diamonds. At last the great moment approaches. The last karandua is removed – in folds of red silk lies the the wondrous relic – the center point of faith”.
Afterwards return to your hotel for a mouthwatering dinner.
Overnight at Kings Pavilion, Kandy – Standard Room
Day 03: Kandy – Hatton via Train (Approx. 3 hours) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning, get on board the train for a scenic ride to the Tea country!
Today you will experience the most magical train journey through Sri Lanka’s hill country. Lush Tea Plantations, Mountains covered in mist and smiling people, what more could you ask for!
It’s also a fabulous way to see Sri Lanka’s hill villages and gain an insight into the daily lives of the local people. The chauffeur guide will pick you up with the luggage at the Hatton Railway Station. It’s a hassle-free process.
High up in the highlands of Sri Lanka is the little town of Hatton. Here the air is cooler and the vegetation is lush, fruits grow aplenty in the pleasant hill climate. A perfect spot to unwind for a few days, read a book, or enjoy a cup of tea.
Check in your stunning boutique hotel overlooking the Castlereagh reservoir and spend the rest of the evening enjoying the spectacular colours of a brilliant sunset.
With stunning views across Castlereagh reservoir, Camellia Hills is a beautiful modern bungalow with open terraces to admire the vista over the rolling hills. Perfect hideaway up in the hills to relax and unwind, the fabulous swimming pool and ambalama located in the front garden, surrounded by tea fields, taking full advantage of the inspiring panorama across the reservoir.
Overnight at Camellia Hills, Hatton – Camellia Bed Room
Day 04: Hatton (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, how about a stroll along the tea plantations to enjoy a couple of great views and also to have a glance at the day to day life of the working women at the tea plantations as they get ready for their daily routines.
By 0630 hrs. take a walk up-hill with a lad from Camellia Hills on the long twisting roads up to a little village in the hills. Here tea plantation workers’ call their homes ‘Line Houses’ built and offered to them by the Tea Estate.
Not every day that you see the local kids go to school clad in their white uniforms and the mothers equipped in the tea plucking gear ready to report to work.
The higher you walk up the mountain the view of the Castlereagh lake keeps getting better, keep your cameras on standby to click away some postcard fit pictures!
It’s about a 6km walk up hill, make sure you carry your bottle of water from the bungalow.
Overnight at Camellia Hills, Hatton – Camellia Bed Room
Day 05: Hatton – Galle (Approx. 5 hours) (Breakfast)
This morning, you will drive along the coast to Galle and check in at your lovely hotel in the famous Dutch Fort.
There are places in the world that speak of another era of times gone by and the Galle Fort is one them. Imagine cobbled streets that have seen 400 hundred years of history from Arab merchants to the adventurous Portuguese and the industrious Dutch, with colonial homes complete with their red tiled roofs, an impressive rampart surrounding a small peninsula jutting out to the Indian Ocean and you begin to get an idea of the Fort in Galle.
In the afternoon you will embark on a spiritual journey at the Yatagala Temple. This is a blessing from the Buddhist Monks!
The 20 minutes tuk tuk drive to get there is already something everybody should experience as you drive on little back roads through the lush and green paddy fields, no tourists to be found but a few villagers harvesting the crops or having a chat with their neighbor while sipping on some toddy freshly extracted from a nearby palm tree.
Once on site, climb the stairs to get to the Yatagala Temple – which means “under the rocks” as the Buddhist statues lay under the huge stones piled up on each other, do not forget to look up! As soon as you get rid of your flip-flops, you will feel the peaceful yet mystical atmosphere crawling up from your toes and calming the mind.
Your guide will take you on a spiritual journey to purge the body and mind from negative thoughts and pay tribute to Buddha. This symbolic act practiced by every Sri Lankan Buddhist gives a sense of happiness, peace and relief. You will feel impressed standing in front of the big Buddha statue while you offer the traditional Pichcha Flowers. Other rituals you will experience are the burning of incense, lighting up votive lamps and offering water to a sacred Bo Tree – your guide will tell you more about the meaning of these Pujas.
Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Fort Bazaar, Galle – Bazaar Bed Room
Day 06: Galle (Breakfast)
After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning at leisure or enjoy a stroll by yourself in the Fort. Sometimes it’s nice to do some exploring alone to give perspective to something as you see it! Later in the evening discover the faces of Galle!
We travel to seek experiences to create memories and to learn from the people and places we visit; this sounds simple but can sometimes be difficult if we don’t take time to open our mind and let the destination in. The port city of Galle in Southern Sri Lanka is one of the must see on the island, join us finding a way to look beyond the touristy facade and finding the Fort true nature.
There are places that capture the imagination of travelers and Galle is one them. The walls that enclosure the fort have kept the inner city intact from years of turmoil and conquest Galle is a synthesis of the history of Sri Lanka. In a way the walls have also kept the city protected from outside but also from the inside creating a unique atmosphere of a place lost in time.
From Muslim gem traders, Portuguese adventurers, savvy Dutch privateers, and let’s not forget the English they all made Galle their home at some point in history. With cute shops, restored colonial mansions, and an upcoming food scene the city has a hip vibe to it. But how about looking beyond the glitzy magazine articles and boutique hotels and experiencing Galle through its people who are non-other that the repository of hundreds of years of living history.
Taking the time to sample tea with a gentleman who pours a magical cup, enjoying a chat with a passionate local amateur historian, or buying some samosas from a smiling lad on a bicycle cart. Galle reveals itself in its full depth once you pull the veil and find its true treasure, which will be incommensurably more rewarding that the restored hotel you will be staying at, its people.
Overnight at Fort Bazaar, Galle – Bazaar Bed Room
Day 07: Galle – Mirisswatta (Approx.1.5 hours)
Sadly, it’s time to leave our lovely little island. But before that stop by at a local home and enjoy one of our signature programs – Mother’s Curry and Gin Tonics!
When we travel we always try to look for authentic cuisine, that is not simple as many restaurants cater to tourist tastes and they will give you a watered down version of the classics. That is not what we are after we want to find the real flavors of Sri Lanka. Let us show you what real home cooked Sri Lankan food taste like – it will be an eye opener a world apart from the dreaded hotel buffet.
Memories of childhood and food always lead to mothers and grandmothers, their food always tasted special for the simple reason that it was made with love a powerful ingredient. Tonight prepare to meet your Sri Lankan Mother at her home who will make you a curry crab that will make you cry – of happiness and of spice. And if we pair the fiery curry with some gin tonics to battle the heat you are in for one memorable evening; a trip down memory lane to a faux childhood in Sri Lanka.
OJust tell us if you have any special dietary requirements and the wonderful Surangi will work her magic with the curries, you can curry basically everything from pineapple, to veggies, seafood and meats. One thing is guaranteed it will take your taste buds to the moon and back!
Standard check out time from the Hotel 1200h.
A) PRICES LAND ARRANGEMENTS
Price land arrangement based on Double sharing in SGD per person:
|Rate in SG$ Nett for per person sharing doube room|
|Pax Range||Nett per person for double room|
|2 pax traveling together||$ 2448.00 /- Nett per person sharing a double room|
B) INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
OUR TOUR IS INCLUSIVE OF
- Accommodation in shared double room with private bathroom
- Meals are as stated in the programme
- Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guide in private air-conditioned vehicle
- All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
- Temple of the Tooth
- Train from Kandy to Hatton
- Local activity at Camellia Hills
- Spiritual Journey – Signature Program
- Faces of Galle with Shanjei
- Mothers’ Curry & Gin Tonics – Signature Progran
- Bottled drinking water available on the vehicles
OUR TOUR PRICES ARE EXCLUSIVE OF
- Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
- International airfare to / from Sri Lanka (quoted separately, if requested)
- Optional tours
- Surcharges for other language guides
- Surcharges for Christmas & New Year Eve
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
- Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
- Drinks with meals
- Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
- Electronic Travel Authorization fee for Visas upon arrival (Please note that an ETA is compulsory for nationalities besides nationals from the Republics of Singapore and Maldives)
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced.
Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the company or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors, other penalties imposed by suppliers such as hotels):
o Between 29 – 21 days prior to departure on tour : According to the costs incurred will be charged
o Between 20 – 15 days prior to departure on tour : 25% of package price
o Between 14 – 8 days prior to departure on tour : 50% of package price
o Between 7 – 5 days prior to departure on tour : 75% of package price
o 4 – 1 day prior to departure on tour or no show : 100% of package price
o Between 29- 21 days prior : 30% of accommodation price**
o Between 20 days and 15 days prior to departure : 60% of accommodation price**
o Between 14 days and 0 days prior to departure : 100% of accommodation price**
**Certain Hotels impose stricter cancellation policies which will be advised separately.
D) AIRFARE (not included in prices mentioned above)