Sri Lanka – Tear Drop Island delight 12 – 22 April 2023

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Sri Lanka 12 – 22April 2023

11 days / 10 nights

small group guaranteed – max 14

Sri Lanka – ranked a top destination to visit. 

An overlooked gem, this exotic island in the Indian Ocean seduces everyone who steps foot with its stunning unspoiled wilderness, colorful history, and flavorful cuisine.

Due to the proximity and a lack of crowds, it’s possible to pack a lot into a trip to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Bliss 14 – 24April, 2023

Sri Lanka’s tropical location ensures perennially high temperatures, with monthly averages between 72 °F (22 °C) and 92 °F (33 °C) in the lowlands. In the Central Highlands, higher altitudes account for lower temperatures, with monthly averages between 44 °F (7 °C) and 71 °F (21.6 °C).

Nestled to the south of India, Sri Lanka, is a hidden treasure. It’s an island wrapped in glorious gifts of nature. Picturesque landscapes, well-kept heritage, its rich wildlife, power packed adventure opportunities, tea and cinnamon haven. The beaches here will soothe your nerves and calm your worries – yes, Sri Lanka offers it all.

Sri Lanka continues emerge as one of the world’s best tourist destinations with accolades from various travel guides and travel magazines including Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveller.

Our trip takes in Colombo, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park & Galle

10 nights with total blissful accommodation!

Highlights included

 

  • Accommodation – 10 nights as below (subject to availability)
  • Two nights Colombo – Shangri La Premier Ocean View room
  • Two nights – Tree Trails Hatton – Luxury room
  • Two nights – Chena Huts with pool rooms
  • Two nights Galle – Galle Fort Hotel – Terrace suite
  • Two nights Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast daily from 02 ending with day 10
  • Tea Trails Hatton (Relais & Chateaux) fully inclusive all gourmet meals & drinks, incl. select top shelf spirits/wines
  • Chena Huts (all inclusive  – all gourmet meals, drinks, game safari, etc. (and more).
  • Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort (fully inclusive of all meals)
  • Welcome dinner at Ministry of Crabs, Colombo – one of the top 50 places in Asia!
  • Farewell dinner at Amangalla – Galle with first round of drinks.
  • Colombo city tour
  • Colombo by Jeep
  • Hatton Train journey (subject to availability)
  • Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • City tour Galle

 

Itinerary

Day 1:Wednesday 12 April, 2023

Meet and assist on arrival at Airport – transfer from Airport to Colombo for accommodations.  (Approx. 1 hour drive time)

Sri Lanka’s Capital Colombo, a port city, with a rich colonial heritage, on the Western coast is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. Colombo displays the best and worst the country has to offer. The city is a contrast itself, with mansions, lush gardens, fine dining options, shopping malls packed with expensive designer brands standing next to urban slums; diesel fumed congested roads and street markets.

Despite its small size just 37.31 km² Colombo offers a varying selection of experience ranging from taking a tuk tuk ride, a visit to Pettah market and eating Kottu to playing a round of golf and having high tea at one of the colonial style hotels overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is delighted to welcome you to the enchanting capital of Sri Lanka – a precious jewel in the Indian Ocean, with a glittering cultural heritage and a long, proud history.

The hotel benefits from a prime location by the sea that is in the heart of the business district and buzzing social hotspot. Shangri-La’s world-renowned Chi, The Spa presents 10 private rooms and a soothing selection of traditional Sri Lankan and Asian treatments and therapies is guaranteed to relieve any jet lag.

Overnight Stay at Shangri La Colombo – Premier Ocean View rooms

https://www.shangri-la.com/colombo/shangrila/

 

Day 2: Thursday 13 April, 2023 B D 

Today we’ll meet after breakfast at our hotel, where you can enjoy some traditional dishes and coffee to the sound of birds at your own leisure.  After breakfast at The Shangri La Colombo enjoy the morning with a Colombo city tour exploring the shopping malls and city sights with a optional visit to a spa treatment.

The throbbing metropolis, Colombo – located in the West – is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo’s fancy urban development effort.

Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course – horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip – furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques.

Ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market – an offbeat shopping experience – or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City – an offshore city – featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards ‘Arcade’ facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square.

Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the ‘walk-over fish tank’, have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka.

Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands.

Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Transfer from Negombo to Colombo.

Overnight Stay at Shangri La Colombo – Deluxe Ocean View rooms

https://www.shangri-la.com/colombo/shangrila/

Beautifully appointed with a contemporary design and local Sri Lankan touches. All rooms look out over the Indian Ocean and Galle Face Green, presenting some of the nice views in the city.

Welcome dinner Ministry of Crabs

Day 3:  Friday 14 April, 2023 B D  – Colombo to Hatton  (approx. 4 hours drive)

After breakfast at Shangri La Colombo transfer from Colombo to Fort Railway station and board the train to Hatton.  Meet guide upon arrival and continue to Hatton for accommodation. Check into our Splendid accommodation – Tea Trails – Luxury Rooms (all inclusive stay)  – Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, sipping tea or wandering around this glorious estate.

https://www.resplendentceylon.com/teatrails/

Ceylon Tea Trails comprises of five restored historic tea planter residences, called bungalows, perched at an altitude of 1250 meters in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region. The 27 rooms & suites with period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine create an ambiance that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury in Sri Lanka. Each bungalow is unique and offers guests the non-hotel, private house ambiance that is the hallmark of the award-winning Tea Trails experience. Follow the Tea Trail from one bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. If you prefer to unwind, observe life on a working tea estate while being pampered by your butler, enjoy a spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe alongside the pool. Or explore the lush tea fields & visit a century old factory for a gentle education in the art of Ceylon Tea.

 

Day 4: Saturday 15 April, 2023 B, Tea, Dinner (and all drinks)

After breakfast at Tea Trail spend the day at leisure with a visit to a nearby Tea Plantation!

Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

https://www.relaischateaux.com/us/sri-lanka/teatrails-central-province

Enjoy the lush tea fields, and visit a century old factory, for the gentle education in the art of Ceylon Tea – plus a surprise photography bonus inclusion.

Day 5: Sunday 16 April, 2023 B Dinner and all drinks  – Hatton – Yala (approx. 6 hours drive) 

After breakfast at Tea Trails, transfer from Hatton to Yala. Upon arrival proceed to enjoy an afternoon wild life safari organized from the hotel.

Spreading into a vast 1259Km2 Yala -with its glory spinning around vast grass lands, shrubs, tanks and dunes, rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As  your jeep rumbles though the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park, in the country, but also the lands of a civilisation which thrived during the reign of the Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it. It’s unusual inmates cover herds of elephants, sloth bear, spotted deer, jackal, extensively populated birdlife, as well as the highest density of leopards in the world. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swishes past narrow bens for an mind changing, experience blended with wilderness under the tropical sun.

Transfer from Yala National Park to Hotel.

Set amongst the golden dunes and the lush greenery in Yala Sri Lanka, Uga Chena Huts blends Sri Lanka’s most celebrated features – its tropical beaches and its exotic wildlife.  Our Yala hotel has been designed with its surrounding tropical jungles and saline lake in mind. Enveloped in a world of scenic splendour and exotic fauna, our ‘huts’ are luxurious private cabins that offer awe-inspiring views of the surrounding wilderness and seascape.

Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at Chena Huts –  (all inclusive stay).

https://www.ugaescapes.com/chenahuts/ 

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon cream tea, dinner, beverages, including select spirits, and wines, cocktails, in room mini bar, one daily game drive, laundry, WIFI, taxes and service charges.

 

Day 6: Monday 17 April, 2023 – B D plus all drinks 

Spend this day at leisure. Enjoy two safari trips, organised by our Hotel.

 

Lunch, Dinner, and overnight stay at Chena Huts – https://www.ugaescapes.com/chenahuts/ 

 

Day 7: Tuesday 18 April, 2023 – Yala – Galle transfer approx. 3 hours drive. (B)

After breakfast at Chena Huts transfer from Yala to Galle and check in to accommodations. In the late afternoon, proceed to for a Galle city tour.

Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the ‘old gate’ carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion – the oldest of all – and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!

Tonight’s dinner is NOT included. There are many, many lovely choices in Galle though, and recommendations  will be suggested.

With foundations dating back over three centuries, the property was originally a Dutch mansion and warehouse, and as such the 18th century doors and windows on the building’s façade are perhaps the best examples of their kind within the Fort.

A regency top floor was added during the British era when the house was refashioned for the Maccan Markars, a renowned family of gem merchants.  Along with a grand Palladian colonnade, a ceremonial entrance arch was installed, which, to this day, never fails to take guests’ breathe away.

Rescued from neglect and decay, and lovingly and painstakingly restored in 2003; the property retains its historical value and authenticity while also boasting some modern creature comforts.

In 2007 UNESCO awarded the hotel the Asia Pacific Heritage Award of Distinction, calling it “a masterpiece of cultural heritage and conservation”.

The restoration work on the property laid a marker for how every other building in the Fort should be restored, and continues to be its most splendid example today, one of the best historic hotels in Galle.

Overnight Stay at Galle Fort Hotel -Terrace Suite https://www.galleforthotel.com/

Day 8: Wednesday 19 April, 2023 (B D)

After breakfast at our delightful Galle Face Hotel, transfer from Galle to Kosgoda and visit a Turtle Sanctuary (approx. 1.5 hours drive). Or stay in Galle and do some retail therapy. Choice is yours.

Both locals and international volunteers battling it out for ”Sea Turtles’ Sake” is a common sight at Kosgoda. This vibrant tourist destination sitting calm along the Southern coast of Sri Lanka – apart from its traditional industries of fisheries and cinnamon cultivation – was later recognized by the Wildlife Protection Society who studded the region with a Sea Turtle Conservation Project which operates on a formidable scale today. Indirectly, this has become a watering hole of flipper & shell enthusiasts!

Transfer from Kosgoda to Galle – Enjoy a fancy dinner at Amangalla!

https://www.galleforthotel.com/ 

 

Day 9: Thursday 20 April, 2023  B L D

After breakfast at hotel, proceed to Wadduwa. Check in at hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Affording unobstructed views of our well designed pool, each room spans 42 square metres and lets you indulge in a wide array of amenities and facilities. Marrying simplistic design with a clever use of space, the Superior Terrace is fully air-conditioned and complete with a high ceiling living area, an inviting sitting area to curl up with your favourite book and a spacious bathroom which contains a two person bathtub and products, rich in herbal ingredients. Wake up to sights of lush coconut trees and medicinal plants and enjoy a truly tropical ambience; a feature that has made us arguably the best Ayurveda resort Sri Lanka has to offer.

https://www.siddhaleparesort.com/ayurvedaresortwadduwa/accommodation/superior-terrace.html 

There would be a minimum of 2 ½ hours of Ayurveda treatment per day and the treatments would consist of a combination of the following:

  • Shirobyanga – to nourish the scalp and enhance growth of hair
  • Shirodhara – to induce sleep and release stress
  • Picchill – to soothe and relieve inflammatory conditions of the scalp *
  • Parisheka – to relieve burning sensation of the body
  • Abyanga – to impart strength, good complexion and longevity and to relieve fatigue and induce sound sleep .To relieve aches and pains, ease muscular spasms and muscular rheumatism
  • Mukabyanga – to nourish the facial muscles and to improve complexion
    Ayurveda Face Paks – to cleanse, moisturize and soothe the skin
  • Akshitarpana – to use a special eye bath to nourish the eyes and enhance eye sight
  • Netraparisheka – to cleanse the eyes, soothe and cool irritated eyes
  • Netrapindi – to place special medicated eye packs to soothe irritated eyes and to nourish and relax tires eyes
  • Pinda Sweda – to induce sweat, remove stiffness of joints and make them supple, cleanse body channels and to invigorate and restore by the application of a special procedure of sudation
  • Parisheka Sweda – to produce sweat and cleanse the body of its toxins *
  • Avagaha Sweda – special sudation for lumbago, sciatica and to relieve renal pain*
  • Naadi Sweda – to direct regulated steam to localized areas to relieve pain by means of a special apparatus
  • Kuti Sweda – (Sauna) to reduce weight used with care under the supervision of the ayurveda doctor
  • Steam Bath – to reduce body weight and fat the body is made to sweat in a special chamber made out of medicinal wood.
  • Herbal Bath – to alleviate certain skin disorders, remove toxins and relieve pain. It refreshes and invigorates the human body
  • Pebble Walk – to bring about reflex reactions of the sole to stimulate and tone-up internal organs.

 

Day 10: Friday 21 April, 2023 B L D

We’ve kept the best till last?… aah, time to just breathe out and relax.  – remember the yoga, and the walks, and the treatment sessions are all included.

Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort                 –              Superior Terrace (FB with Ayurveda)

 https://www.siddhaleparesort.com/ayurvedaresortwadduwa/accommodation/superior-terrace.html

Day 11: Saturday 22 April, 2023 B

Wadduwa – Colombo                                                                                        Approx. 01 hrs 10 mts drive time

Wadduwa – Airport                                                                                           Approx. 1.5 hrs drive time

Colombo – Airport                                                                                            Approx. 01 hrs drive time

 After breakfast at hotel transfer from Galle to Colombo and enjoy a Colombo city tour on WW2 Jeeps! Upon completion, transferring from Colombo to Airport for departure flight.

Colombo city tour in an open air jeep will give you a unobstructed 360 degree visibility which is great for taking photographs and filming while sightseeing Starting with Galle face green, about 20 Archaeological and tourists attraction sites including Aththidiya bird sanctuary will be covered. Guests can enjoy self-drive in our classic jeeps in Aththidiya sanctuary. Photographs and video clips of the tour will be given to the guest free of charge

Alas, our tour has come to an end… we’ve written some amazing stories into our hearts – thank you Sri Lanka.

 

  contact jeanw@glamgirlsluxtravels.com for info please 

Trip Cost:  USD$4548 twin share/USD$1750 single supplement 

What’s included?

Inclusion for All Inclusive at Tea Trails.  

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon cream tea, dinner, beverages including select spirits & wines, laundry, Wi-Fi, Tea Experience tour, taxes & service charge

 

Inclusion for All Inclusive at Chena Huts  

  • Accommodation
  • Morning game drive & evening game drive in customized safari game viewing vehicle
  • All park entry fees
  • Refreshments included on game drives
  • Transfers to and from park entrance to resort
  • Breakfast, Lunch & dinner at resort
  • Water, fruit juices& other soft drinks
  • Teas and coffees
  • Selected wine, beer and local spirits
  • Mini Bar (replenished once daily)
  • Laundry (6 pieces per cabin per day)

 

Inclusion in the Traditional Ayurveda Therapy at Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort 

  • Full board meal plan
  • Ayurveda Fruit Juices with Breakfast
  • Ayurvedic Production Factory visit
  • Ayurveda Tea during the Day
  • One Ayurvedic Lecture per week
  • Traditional Ayurveda – 2 1/2 Hours Treatment Per Day
  • Ayurvedic Cooking Session per week
  • 2 One Hour Yoga Sessions per day on 6 days of the week
  • Elixir Tasting Session
  • One Session of Meditation per week
  • All guests will receive Siddhalepa Ayurveda Products Gift Pack.
  • Traditional Sweets with afternoon Tea.
  • Ayurveda Doctor Consultation

 

THE ABOVE PRICE INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation in category rooms as described, BB basis for 10 nights, except at Tea Trails & Chena Huts which would be on AI basis and Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort which would be on FB meal plan basis, start with Breakfast on day 02 at hotels specified or of similar standard.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle as per the above itinerary.
  • Entrance cost of Tea plantation, Gangaramaya temple, Turtle Hatchery. Galle.
  • Welcome Dinner at Shangri – La Colombo & Farewell Dinner at Amangalla
  • Cost for Train ride from Colombo to Hatton (subjected to availability)
  • Cost of Colombo Jeep
  • Cost of English Speaking Chauffeur Guide

ABOVE PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Meals not mentioned – (lunch and one dinner in Galle)
  • Cost of beverage throughout the tour, unless mentioned
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Any other services not specified above.
  • Tips, Gratitude’s & Portage

OTHER CONDITIONS:

Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally. Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk. Personal travel insurance, compulsory.

Contact Jean for your booking form – reserve your spot today!

jeanw@glamgirlsluxtravels.com