On this journey you will be enthralled by Ceylon"s calm and captivating coastline and share intimate moments with some of the island"s attractions.
Day 1 Airport/ outskirts of Colombo: About 45 Minute Drive.
Having arrived in Sri Lanka you will be greeted by both our Red Hut representative and your chauffeur guide at the airport itself. Take a leisurely drive, just under forty five minutes into the quiet village of Kotugoda, where nestled amongst three acres of manicured gardens is your boutique hotel. Relish your stay at this old colonial manor house, which has been lovingly restored.
Day 2 Colombo / Cultural Triangle: About 4.5 Hours Drive Ulagalla Resort
Set off from coastal Colombo to experience the inland delights of Sri Lanka. Enjoy lunch at a delightful local restaurant en-route. Arrive at the boutique hotel Ulagalla Resort, set amidst a village near the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura and resting beside the lush landscape of the Ulagalla Wewa - Ulagalla lake. Find a home away from home in your very own chalet with a private plunge pool. Having freshened up, take a brief evening tour of the ancient city of Anuradhapura to learn about ancient Ceylon’s turbulent past. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. Today Anuradhapura is the location of two world heritage sites. There is an archaeological museum, artificial lakes and various monastic buildings and palaces. Amongst the many sites of interest is the sacred Bo Tree, Sri Maha Bodhi. The tree is reputedly a cutting of the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, and was brought to Sri Lanka as a sapling over 2,200 years ago. Return to your chalet and unwind before dinner
Day 3 Cultural Triangle/ Hills of Pussellawa: About 4 Hours Drive.
Head out towards Pussellawa, Sri Lanka"s tea growing area and en-route mount the rock fortress of Sigiriya - "Fortress in the Sky". This is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the island. It is also referred to as Lion’s Rock because of the huge crouching lion image that is carved at the entrance to the fortress. Don’t forget to view the fresco paintings at the ancient Sigiriya Lion’s Rock fortress and take a deep breath as you enjoy the splendid view on top. Sigiriya is a well known icon for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrubland, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. In the 5th century King Kashyapa domesticated the Lions Rock, by building a palace atop its summit. Hence you will find that Sigiriya commemorates some of the turbulence of Sri Lanka’s history. Continue on the drive towards the hills of Pussellawa and relish the endless views of tea carpeted valleys and the bright flash of female "tea pluckers" in their pimento, fuchsia and cerise saris. Find yourself surrounded by a working tea plantation at a resorted planter’s bungalow of the name Lavender House where each suite has been delicately designed. The flower garden, log fires and home grown vegetables add together to make up a cosy private home.
Day 4 Hills of Pussellawa/ Yala: About 8 Hours Drive Luxury Camping in Yala National Park
From the hills of Pussellawa descend over six hours to reach the Yala jungles. Enroute admire one of Sri Lanka"s finest views and visit the Rawana Ella Falls. The dramatic Rawana Ella Falls are 49 metres high and follow the water cascading down the mountainside in a series of mini waterfalls. Having arrived at Yala, you will learn that the game park is famous for the elusive leopard and has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. The sloth bear and Asian elephant are also part of Sri Lanka’s Big Five can be spotted. Having said that, Yala has much more to share – wild bears, peacocks, wild buffalo, sambar and spotted deer. In addition, up to 130 species of birds have been recorded at Yala, many migratory, including the white winged black tern, curlews and pintails. Indigenous species include jungle fowl, hornbills and orioles. With luck you will witness all these creatures over an evening jeep safari with a naturalist guide. You night’s residence at the exclusive and en-suite luxury camping is set up within wild of the Yala National Park and offers an all-inclusive service. Even though it is lantern light, there is an electricity supply to recharge your laptop, mobile or camera. The hearty campfire BBQ dinner sets the precedent for an eventful day to come.
Day 5 Yala / Galle: About 5 Hours Drive.
Wake just before dawn for your chance to take a leopard safari upon superior four-wheel drive jeeps. Why not enjoy your breakfast in the midst of the Yala jungles itself. Continue on your journey and head to the artistic town of Galle. On the way watch the waves embrace the palm fringed coastline. We recommend enjoying lunch upon the soft sands of Tangalle at the Amanwella Resort. Later on during the drive do look out for a curious feature - the stilt fishermen of Weligama who carefully balance themselves before casting their fishing lines. Arrive at the boutique hotel Kahanda Kanda bordered by a steam and a working tea plantation, yet near the coast. This property was inspired by the open pavilion and courtyard architecture of the colonial powers. The soothing aura of the property will allow you to unwind in harmony.
Day 6 Galle: About 1.5 Hours Drive.
For those curious about Sri Lanka a forty-five minute drive away is the city centre of Galle famous for its fort that was first built by the Portuguese and then destroyed after Dutch conquered the town of Galle before building one of their own. Take a walking tour along the cobbled pathways to hear tales of the colonial era and look out for the old Dutch Church as well as the bastions.
Day 7 Galle/ Bentota: About 3 Hours Drive.
Take a short drive to the sun-kissed beaches of the boutique hotel Saman Villas. Spend an idyllic afternoon watching the crested waves as they bounce off the sun-kissed sands. You will find that the coast at Saman Villa is fairly secluded giving you privacy.
Day 8 - 9 Galle/ Bentota: About 3 Hours Drive
Blissfully spend your time as you wish whether it be indulging in fine spa and wellness programs, mesmerized by the calm Indian ocean brushing the more private beach of Saman Villa or absorbing some of Sri Lanka’s rich heritage.
Day 10 Bentota/ Airport: About 1 Hour Drive + 30 Minutes Air Transfer
As all good things must come to an end, your chauffeur guide will comfortably take you to the air taxi or helicopter landing point. On board you will be cruising just above the ground, watching the island of Sri Lanka unveil itself below your feet. Watch the spectacles of the capital city of Colombo. Enjoy this bird’s eye view of our paradise island as you are whisked away to the international airport in time for your return flight.
Terms & Conditions
Your Holiday includes:
Per person cost of twin-sharing accommodation - Transport by private air-conditioned car or van and services of English speaking chauffeur guide for the entire duration - Local government taxes & service charges - Meals: Breakfast Entrances: Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Ancient City of Annuradhapura, Leopard safari to Yala National Park ( trip including entrances, jeep hire and services of a wildlife tracker)
Your Holiday excludes:
Visas - Travel Insurance - Optional tours & activities - Flights - Airport taxes - Activities & highlights - Camera & Video permits at cultural sights - All expenses of personal nature - Tips and portage; if you are satisfied we recommend tipping your chauffeur guide - Spa and Wellness treatment
Reservation, Cancellation Policy & Notes :
All reservations subject to availability at time of booking - Quote is subject to availability of rooms, tax increases, price fluctuations and any peak season supplements. - The cost is based on cash basis. For any other method of settlement whether it be cheques, drafts, credit cards or debit cards we will entail a service charge. - For cancellations within 30 days before the date of arrival 100% of the holiday program