At Home in the Curry Kitchen
Get a real taste of Sri Lanka during a comfortable homestay experience, where you can learn to cook up a storm at home in the curry kitchen. You’ll stay in your own private room and after a good night’s sleep, explore the local area before heading to the market to do the shopping for your lunch. Learn the secrets to making an authentic curry and how to use herbs to enhance the flavour. Delicious!
You’ll begin this trip by spending the night in a cosy, but simple, guest-house near Adam’s Peak. Try and get some sleep, because at 2am the next day you’ll start your climb up the mountain. This is an important Buddhist pilgrimage and you‘ll need to be fit to climb the 5500 steps to the top!
You’ll follow a twinkling pathway of lights which seem to wind their way high into the clouds. When you reach the peak, you’ll be rewarded with magical views of the golden sunrise burning through the morning mist, illuminating the valleys below. You’ll probably feel tired as you begin the descent but you’ll be back at your hotel before you know it ready to rest.
Tea Hills and Trails
With the unmistakable air of a quintessential English town, Nuwara Eliya is affectionately known as ‘Little England’ and it won’t take you long to see why. Colonial style buildings, rose scented flower gardens, red telephone boxes and even a church, all surrounded by a blanket of rolling tea plantations; this is a totally different side of Sri Lanka. You’ll stay in a centrally located hotel right in the heart of the country. Watch tea pickers in the fields, visit an old English tea factory and walk along the picturesque plateau at Horton Plains to take in the sweeping views of World’s End.
Explore the Emerald Valleys of Ella
Known for its breathtaking mountain views and endless rolling hills, Ella is a peaceful village nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country. You’ll arrive by train as you pass scenic landscapes, and stay in a cosy hotel with sweeping views. Take a challenging four hour hike to Ella Rock, or a more gentle trek to Little Adam’s Peak.
The Wild Heart of Yala National Park
Yala National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in Sri Lanka. During this trip, you’ll head out on a jeep safari where you can spot a kaleidoscope of colourful birds, monkeys, crocodiles, buffaloes and of course, elephants. If you’re really lucky, you might even spot a leopard sneaking past, so make sure you have your camera ready! After an exciting day of wildlife spotting, you’ll head back to your simple yet unique accommodation, located on the edge of the park. Your comfortable tent comes equipped with a bed, toilet and sink! In the evening, you can fall asleep to the sounds of the wild- an experience to make your Sri Lanka wildlife trip complete!
Whale Tails Ahoy!
Take a trip to the seaside town of Mirissa and from Nov-Apr you’ll be in one of the best places on the planet for whale watching. These mighty marine giants are drawn to the sea trench just off the coast to feed, making your chances of spotting them particularly high. In your free time you can walk along the soft sands of Mirissa’s crescent bay, crack open a coconut and let your worries drift away.
Just One More Thing...in Colombo!
Top off your Sri Lanka trip with a trip back in time as you journey back to Colombo via the old fortress town of Galle. Half a century ago the seafaring nations of Portugal, Great Britain and Holland landed here, bringing creature comforts from home and leaving behind traces of their colonial style.
You’ll arrive in Colombo in the early afternoon. You can take a city tour with your driver and this afternoon you’ll have a traditional British-style high tea in a colonial style hotel. You’ll spend the night in a stylish boutique hotel located by the lake in Colombo with air-conditioning. The hotel’s location makes it a little quieter than many of the other hotels.
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If you choose to travel In Style, you’ll be upgraded at two destinations during this itinerary. During your tea plantation trip you’ll spend your time in a colonial style hotel reminiscent of the days of the Raj. You can sip tea on the perfectly manicured lawn while taking in the striking view of endless tea plantations. Set in the cool hills around the town itself, your hotel has it’s own restaurant and bar. During your trip to Ella, you’ll stay in a comfortable mountain hotel with a pool situated in a wonderfully romantic location.
Prices from: £ 1,635 - per person - In Style option