Sri Lanka

Koneshwaram Temple

Introduction

Surrounded on all sides by the shimmering Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a stone’s throw from India; separated only by the diminutive Palka Strait. Just north of the equator, the island is scene to a variety of flora and fauna; from mountainous jungle terrain, and scattered green tea plantations, down to expansive sandy beaches which are perfect for any given afternoon of relaxing and reflecting on all that this majestic country can offer. The highest peaks can be found in the island’s interior and, naturally, the climate in this region is altogether cooler than on the coast so the intrepid explorer will need to dress accordingly.

Sri Lanka was a British Colony until as recently as 1972, when the name of Ceylon was formally dropped and the country once more returned to embrace its unique and varied culture. This unique fusion, of British colonialism and colourful Sri Lankan culture, can still be experienced today, with the central highlands possessing many of the architectural reminders of the colonial era. In addition, spectacular ruins such as Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, can all be found to the north and are not to be missed.

There is a huge amount of amazing wildlife native to the country to see and get up close to in any one of the many national parks such as Yala and Willpattu. Here you will be able to meet some of Sri Lanka’s more famous residents, such as leopards, buffalo and the majestic Indian elephant. With variety and culture around every corner, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination to explore and discover. The convenient location of luxurious, boutique hotels ensures that – when you are not immersing yourself in all that this wonderful culture has to offer – you can relax and unwind in the surrounds of pure paradise.

The Basics

Capital: Colombo
Population: 20,899,031
Area: 65,610 sq km
Language: Sinhala, Tamil and English
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee

Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit – all year, the country has two weather pattern and so you will always find a sunny spot.

Essential Experiences

  • Sleep in a Treehouse'
  • Stay in a Tea Factory and sample fresh tea
  • Transfer from Kandy to the Tea plantations by train and enjoy the viewing platform
  • Meet the Blue Whales in Trimcomalee

Food and Drink

As you would image, spices play a big part in the local dishes. Curry and rice is a must try that will include many flavours and accompaniments from sambols to hoppers. Do be careful as they do tend to be on the hot side! Due to the location the island also offers a wide assortment of seafood and tropical fruits from pineapple to mangosteen. Tea is also the drink of choice as well as delicious fresh fruit juices

Galle – Southern District

Located in the Southwest of the island the city of Galle has had a turbulent past as occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and laterally the British. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dutch Fort with its historic ramparts overlooks the city and the cobblestone streets that lead to colonial buildings, museums, old churches and charming cafes. A perfect spot to be based in the South and also close enough to visit down the beach area of Thalpe.

Thalpe – Southern District

Thalpe Beach within a 15 minute drive of Fort Galle, it provides a good base for not only relaxing by the beach but also visiting Galle.

Yala National Park – Southern District

One of the more established national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is situated in the South eastern corner of the island and is close to the Indian Ocean. The park is home to a diverse range of birdlife and wildlife such as elephants buffalo and the hard to spot leopard. The area comprises five extensive areas and your guides will lead you to the best areas.

Nuwaraeliya – Central Province

High up in the Tea Country and boasting a rich historical and cultural heritage, the city Nuwara Eliya, also known as little England has stunning scenary and of course is famous for the tea grown and here.

Hotel Hotel 25 Rampart Street - Galle

Found in the historical centre of the city, this charming, colonial style 4 bedroom hotel is a perfect hideaway. With it’s own pool and garden this is certainly a stylish place to stay

 

Ishq Villa - Thalpe

Set opposite the Indian Ocean, this beautiful four bedroom Villa is perfect if you are looking for a luxury beach stay. The villa, Dutch in style offers a pool and courtyard while the personal chef, butler and fitness trainer will look after you during your stay

 

Ceylon Tea Trails - Nuwaraeliya

Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of five restorted tea planters bungalows situated in the hill country. Each bungalow has it’s own style but offers a contemporary stylish comfortable stay. The swimming pool is situated on the lawn overlooking the valley with stunning scenery. Each bungalow comes with your own chef and butler – be sure to sample afternoon tea.

 

Yala Leopard Trails - Yala

Names after the areas most famous resident the tented camp offers a unique style of accommodation. The 2 luxury and 6 classic tents are comfortably equipped with air conditioning and ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet. The jungle kitchen offers authentic and tasty meals enjoyed on the verandah, the perfect spot to unwind and reflect on your day.

Activities

The activities already included in your package are as follows;

Luxury Midnight Sun Cruise

Sail around the beautiful island of Tromsø in a luxury catamaran. Experience the magical Midnight Sun from either the internal panoramic lounge, exterior flybridge, exterior sofa group or on the net, just a meter above the sea! Sail out into the fjords and enjoy the beautiful Midnight Sun above the sea.

ATV Tour to North Cape

Head out on a expedition to the top of a mountain through stunning scenery and nature. Experience the unique views of the North Cape area from an ATV! On the tour you will have the ability to stop several places to see the island from spectacular viewpoints with great views of ocean, the fjord of Porsanger and the island of Magerøya.

King Crab Safari

An unforgettable king crab safari in the area surrounding the North Cape. You will be taken deep sea rafting to the Sarnesfjord, where you will stop and check the contents of the wicker traps in the great deep below. You'll get to know the infamous king crab, and the opportunity to taste it too! You don’t get fresher than that!

Whale Safari

You will travel from Honningsvåg to Skarsvåg, the northernmost fishing village in the world. From here you will embark on your boat and set out through the Risfjord to the open sea where the North Cape can be seen. Searching the fjords for whales and dolphins, visiting the old Skarsvåg bay with possibilities of seeing White tailed eagles, comorants, sea gulls, razor bills and other bird species. You will venture through fjords and open ocean seeing puffins or perhaps the harbour porpoises.

There are plenty of other activities that you could consider including in your itinerary – just speak to a travel designer for some inspiration and ideas!

King Crab Fishing. Credit_ Destinasjon 71 Nord King Crab Meal Midnight Sun. Credit_ North Cape Experience Whale _ Nature Safari. Credit_ North Cape Experience

Flights

Flights are not included as part of this quotation. We can assist you with getting a quote for the flights that best coincide with your itinerary to the most relevant airports or if you would prefer to book independently then that is also fine. This gives you greater flexibility to choose your preferred carrier or use air miles should you wish to use them.

Prices

The price for this itinerary starts from £2285 per person based on 2 adults travelling on a B&B basis including all activities and transfers mentioned. This does not include any of the international or internal flights needed for this itinerary. Should you wish to get a personalised quotation for your specific dates then please let our team know who will be happy to put together your perfect trip!

Get in touch with us today for a truly tailor-made quote!

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