Magical Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka and India share a lot of history. The Mauryan Emperor Asoka sent Buddhist missionaries to Sri Lanka. The Sinhalas were allied with or fought against various dynasties in South India, such as the Pallavas and Cholas. Both nations traded with the Arabs and both were colonized, in part or wholly, by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, because they produced spices, at one time much in demand in the European market. And both nations are struggling with issues related to development, as well as the conservation of wildlife and heritage. In your journey across Sri Lanka, you will visit ancient forts and capitals, temples and gardens, tea factories and spice plantations, even as you view many exotic bird and animal species.

  • Code: Bespoke
  • Duration: 13 Nights
  • Destinations: Negombo (1), Tangalle (3), Nuwara Eliya (2), Kandy (2), Kandalama (3), Colombo (2)
  • Theme: Heritage, Spirituality, Cuisine & Wildlife
  • Experience Highlights:
    1. Visit several fine colonial-era buildings, in Negombo, Galle, Tangalle, Nuwara Eliya and Colombo.
    2. Explore the cities, forts, temples and palaces created by Sinhala royalty in Kandy, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla.
    3. Visit animal conservation centres in Kosgoda and Pinnawala.
    4. Visit a spice plantation in Matale and a tea plantation and tea factory in Nuwara Eliya.
    5. Explore the botanical gardens at Hakagala and Peradeniya.
    6. Observe a cookery demonstration at Matale.
    7. Unwind in Kandalama.
    8. Go on a fishing trip or river safari in Balapitiya.
    9. Observe the fish auctions on the beaches of Negombo.
    10. Enjoy a more cosmopolitan culture in Colombo.
  • Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
Day 1: Negombo 
Arrive in Negombo Airport.

Negombo, located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, was an important center of the spice trade—it was known for its cinnamon, which grew wild. It contains several buildings, such as a fort and a church, which date back to the Portuguese and Dutch colonial periods. The sea and catamarans have always played an important role in the life of the town. The lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and the fish auctions on the beach are worth a visit.

Upon arrival at the airport, a pinkEscapes representative will welcome you and take you to the hotel where you will be assisted with the check in.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Negombo - Kosgoda - Galle - Tangalle 
After breakfast, drive from Negombo to Kosgoda, Galle and Tangalle.

Kosgoda’s turtle hatchery, operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka, protects several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill. Fishermen bring turtle eggs to the hatchery, because these are most vulnerable. Visitors can observe new born and lively hatchlings in huge tanks. Hatchlings are taken to the sea and released when they are a few days old.

En route, visit Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and a town with a rich history. It was the center of the Dutch colony in the 17th century and the majestic Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) bears testimony to this fact. The city of Galle is one of the well preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Dutch museum and the Dutch church are tourist attractions in Galle. The city is also known for its delicate handmade lace and ebony carvings.

Tangalle, your final stop for the day, is an important regional fishing port, known for its old Dutch fort, which is used as a prison nowadays.

Meals :: B
Day 3: Tangalle - Balapitiya - Tangalle 
After breakfast, drive from Tangalle to Balapitiya.

Madu River is a shallow water body in southwest Sri Lanka, enters the sea at Balapitiya. Balapitiya was a fishing village—you can go on fishing trips or river safaris here. Visit uninhabited islands and a cinnamon plantation during the river safari, or enjoy the beaches with their soft sands. Return to Tangalle later in the day.

Meals :: B
Day 4: Tangalle 
Spend the day at leisure. Enjoy your splendidly laid out resort or indulge in the rejuvenating SPA experience or laze around the pool or go for a walk on the beach. A relaxing day collecting Experiences to Love!!

Meals :: B
Day 5: Tangalle - Kitulgala - Nuwara Eliya 
After breakfast, drive to Kitulgala, a small town in the west of Sri Lanka, and then continue to Nuwara Eliya. The Kelani River, the broadest river in Sri Lanka, flows through Kitulgala. This was where the Oscar-winning movie, The Bridge over the River Kwai was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered, containing skeletal remains from an unknown civilization. Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream.

Nuwara Eliya, located in the hill country of the Central Province, is an important center for tea production. It boasts Mount Pidurutalaga, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, as well as a cool climate and several fine buildings created by the British.

Meals :: B
Day 6: Nuwara Eliya - Hakgala - Nuwara Eliya 
After breakfast, drive from Nuwara Eliya to Hakgala.

The Hakgala Botanical Gardens lie just 16km from Nuwara Eliya. Legend has it that it was once the pleasure garden of Ravana of the Ramayana epic. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids. Then return to Nuwara Eliya.

Meals :: B
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Kandy 
After breakfast, visit a tea plantation and a tea factory in Nuwara Eliya, where the best tea in the world is produced. Observe the process used to prepare tea for commercial use. See how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

Drive from the tea plantation to Kandy.

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. Drive around Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, in 1798. Visit the town, the bazaar, an arts and crafts centre and a gem museum / lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show.

Meals :: B
Day 8: Kandy - Peradeniya - Kandy 
After breakfast, go for an excursion to Peradeniya, a suburb of Kandy. Peradeniya is famous for its botanical gardens, considered the most beautiful in Asia. First built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king, it was expanded by the British in the 19th century. It covers approximately 147 acres and is a walker’s paradise with extensive well kept lawns, pavilions, an octagonal conservatory, a fernery, a giant Javan fig tree and numerous flower beds. The orchid house is a major attraction. Return to Kandy.

Meals :: B
Day 9: Kandy - Matale - Dambulla - Kandalama 
After breakfast, travel from Kandy to Kandalama, visiting Dambulla and Matale en route.

In Matale, visit a spice garden to see the various spices that are grown in Sri Lanka. Observe the methods used to process them and participate in a cookery demonstration.

Drive from Matale to Dambulla.

The Dambulla rock temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive Sri Lankan cave temple. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area painted in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.

Kandalama, your destination, is quiet and serene; a place where you can watch birds or observe wildlife.

Meals :: B
Day 10: Kandalama - Polonnaruwa - Kandalama 
After breakfast, travel from Kandalama to Sigiriya.

Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, a World Heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including the renowned water gardens, ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Then, travel from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa.

The island's medieval capital, built in the 11th and 12th century AD, it rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. It is a world heritage site. Many of the ruins are in an excellent condition. Its great artificial lake, the Parakrama Samudra, which covers an area of 6,000 acres, feeds a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks. Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya, which has four splendid statues of the Buddha in upright, sedentary and recumbent postures carved out of rock; the Audience Hall; the Lotus Bath and the statue of King Parakramabahu. There are also relics of famous places of worship, such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Return to Kandalama.

Meals :: B
Day 11: Kandalama 
Spend the day at leisure. Enjoy your splendidly laid out resort in lap of nature or indulge in the rejuvenating SPA experience or laze around the pool or go for a walk. A relaxing day collecting Experiences to Love!!

Meals :: B
Day 12: Kandalama - Pinnawala - Colombo 
After breakfast, travel from Kandalama to Pinnawala.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters. The orphanage was established in 1975 and commenced with seven orphaned elephants. Today, the grandchildren of these orphans live here. Assisted by local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala commenced a successful captive breeding program and the first baby elephant was born in 1984. It is most interesting to visit at feeding time to see the baby elephants being bottle-fed and the entire herd taken for a bath thereafter to the river nearby.

Drive from Pinnawala to Colombo.

Meals :: B
Day 13: Colombo 
Colombo is a mixture of old and new—skyscrapers share the cityscape with colonial-era buildings, such as the 100-year-old clock tower. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar, where you can shop for bargains; a Hindu and a Buddhist temple; residential areas and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) a gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.

Meals :: B
Day 14: Colombo 
Today, early in the morning, pink Escapes meets you and for departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight back home after a refreshing Sri Lanka Experience!!

Meals :: B
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Day City Luxury Deluxe Superior
1NegomboJetwing BlueThe GatewayGolden Star Beach Hotel
2TangalleAmanwellaHeritance AhungallaTangalle Bay Beach
3TangalleAmanwellaHeritance AhungallaTangalle Bay Beach
4TangalleAmanwellaHeritance AhungallaTangalle Bay Beach
5Nuwara EliyaTea TrailsHeritance Tea FactoryOakray Summer Hill Breeze
6Nuwara EliyaTea TrailsHeritance Tea FactoryOakray Summer Hill Breeze
7KandyKandy HouseEarl's RegencyDevon Hotel
8KandyKandy HouseEarl's RegencyDevon Hotel
9KandalamaElephant CorridorHeritance KandamalaPelwehera Village
10KandalamaElephant CorridorHeritance KandamalaPelwehera Village
11KandalamaElephant CorridorHeritance KandamalaPelwehera Village
12ColomboTintagelCinamon GrandGrand Oriental
13ColomboTintagelCinamon GrandGrand Oriental
Where the hotels are same, enjoy an upgraded room category or a Suite
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:: Mesmerizing Triangle

Delhi—home to several empires—Turkish, Mughal and British; Agra—seat of Mughal power well into the 17th century and Jaipur—the Pink City, built by Maharajah Jai Singh, designer of several observatories. These three cities provide a vivid illustration of the culture that developed under Delhi’s Turkish sultans, Agra’s Mughal emperors and Jaipur’s Rajput kings, who finally made peace with the Mughals.

Duration: 5 Nights

Destinations: 2 Nights Delhi, 1 Night Agra, 2 Nights Jaipur

Theme: Heritage, Culture & Cuisine

:: Kerala – God’s Own Country

At one time the favorite destination for Arab and European merchants in the spice trade, Kerala has much to offer in its rich culture, natural beauty, wildlife sanctuaries and traditional systems of health and wellness. Cochin, as the first port of call for spice merchants, offers much in its wealth of architectural remains; Kumarkom is a part of the interlocking system of rivers and lakes through which you can wander on a houseboat and Periyar gives you the opportunity to view the elephants closely and may be the elusive Indian tiger in the wild.

Duration: 5 Nights

Destinations: 1 Night Cochin, 1 Night Kumarakom, 1 Night on Houseboat, 2 Nights Periyar

Theme: Culture, Nature, Wildlife & Wellness

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