A Taste of Sri Lanka
Discover the diversity of Sri Lanka’s landscapes, with a finale on the teardrop island’s famed golden beaches.
- Over two weeks stay in three luxurious hotels in three differing landscapes of Sri Lanka
- Explore Galle Fort on a walking tour discovering its maritime history and artisan shopping
- Enjoy a bike ride through paddy fields and rural villages
- Take a scenic train journey through tea plantations and visit a working tea factory
- Hike a section of the little-known Pekeo Trail that weaves through the Central Highlands
- Surf, sail, scuba dive or whale-watch on and in the Indian Ocean
- Relax in style at five-star clifftop retreat Cape Weligama for a lavish finale
A 14-day holiday in Sri Lanka that starts in cultural Galle, winds its way around the Tea Country finishing with a relaxing five days on the soft sands of the southwest coast
WHEN TO GO
We’d recommend heading to the southwest of Sri Lanka from November to April.
For an active family or a couple wanting culture and downtime, Sri Lanka ticks all the boxes.
DAYS 1 - 4 GALLE
The historic port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle is your starting point for your holiday in Sri Lanka. With four nights here, have plenty of time to explore all it offers at a relaxed pace. On a guided walking tour, wander the narrow, cobbled streets and appreciate the melange of architecture from the colonial Dutch fort and its walls, the lighthouse (Sri Lanka’s tallest) built by the British, Anglican churches and the strategic port’s history as a bustling centre of maritime trade.
As well as shopping in Galle’s artisan shops for handmade jewellery, gemstones, spices and fabrics, enjoy its foodie scene from rooftop cocktails, streetside coffee, curry feasts to exquisite seafood fine dining. Spend a morning exploring the diverse landscapes just beyond the fort’s ramparts by bicycle. See town life slide past as you reach country lanes, passing through small villages and past rice paddy fields where you can spot wallowing buffalo, egrets and land monitors along the way.
STAY: FORT BAZAAR
Centrally located in the heart of Galle, Fort Bazaar is a contemporary twist on colonial architecture with Moorish accents, housed in a former’s spice merchant’s house. A central cobbled courtyard runs through the hotel; some of the best rooms overlook this leafy al fresco spot, and the hotel’s restaurant is a buzzy place for G&T’s and a range of international fare.
DAYS 5 - 8 Tea Country
From Galle, replace colonial architecture and beeping tuk-tuks with the serene green landscapes of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country, just three hours away by private driver. With a few days here, settle in to this peaceful, natural environment and enjoy gentle walks, picnics and birdwatching in the verdant surroundings. Enjoy a guided hike to Little Adam’s Peak with a moderate uphill trail which rewards you with stunning views from the top. Take a day trip to see the highlights of the Tea Country with an hour long scenic train journey which trundles through bright green tea plantations to reach Haputale. Visit Halpe tea factory, built in 1940 and still producing large amounts of fine Ceylon tea today.
Staying in the Tea Country also give you a chance to hike one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known routes – the Pekoe Trail, which runs over 150-miles through Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. From Ella, you can walk one section of trail, giving you the opportunity to encounter Sri Lanka’s rich heritage and intriguing history as you traverse forests, plains, rural villages and tea plantations.
STAY: NINE SKIES BUNGALOW
Perfectly placed to service the needs of railway hobbyists wanting to board Sri Lanka’s most scenic train journey, Nine Skies is near to the station of Demodara and you can even see trains weaving through the hilly landscapes from the lush garden of this chic hotel. Nine Skies also has a superb pool, a gorgeously tasteful colonial decor and butlers to help with everything from tea in bed, pre-dinner drinks to arranging trips out.
DAYS 9 - 13 Weligama
After your first week of activity and cultural explorations in Sri Lanka, you can feel fully justified in indulging in five nights at a luxe hotel on the southwest coast, just steps from a tropical beach and the warm Indian Ocean. In just a few hours from the Tea Country, be transported to Weligama, a tranquil beach village known for its laid-back feel and easy-to-surf beach breaks.
Although the main aim of your time here is relaxation and appreciating Sri Lanka’s sultry climate, there’s plenty to do if activity strikes. Head out into the ocean to seek out the blue and sperm whales that call this underwater playground their home alongside turtles and tropical fish. Take a surf lesson and get to grips with catching waves or visit the colourful fruit and vegetable market with a private chef and learn the art of Sri Lankan ‘rice and curry’.
STAY: CAPE WELIGAMA
With an imposing clifftop position, Cape Weligama benefits from seclusion, space and incredible panoramic ocean views as well some of Sri Lanka’s best service. Vast standalone villas are dotted around the expansive, flower-filled grounds; each one coming with its own pool, walk-in wardrobes and vernadahs big enough for private dining. The perfect place to relax, Cape Weligama is the ideal finale to your trip in Sri Lanka.
Full of diversity yet offering a relaxing cultural break on its tropical shores, Sri Lanka makes the perfect winter sun escape. Explore bright green tea plantations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as enjoying Sri Lanka’s exotic beauty on palm-fringed beaches.
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