Southern Bliss in Sri Lanka
The southern side of Sri Lanka is the slow and steady beating heart, a place where salt and sun and jungle and sleepy villages blur into a mirage of some far-flung paradise. Yet, there is plenty more personality than just your cookie cutter coastal strip – there is a beguiling beauty built on ancient agriculture, roaming elephants and crumbling UNESCO heritage sights that tap right into the core of your imagination. This pink smudged salt whipped journey carries to south, to places where thali tastes and tea and rural splendour replace the hustle and bustle of the north.
Historic Homes and Colonial Gardens
Fragrant flower garlands and cool drinks are waiting to welcome you as soon as you step foot off the plane in Sri Lanka. A country renowned for its warmth, the smiles of local’s seep right into your skin. Start your winding journey through these wild and complex lands close to the colonial garden roots city of Colombo.
A historic country residence in the tropical thickets of green is waiting to embrace you and heal any trace of jet lag. The Wallawwa Hotel is a vision of pillars and exposed beams, ancient grounds, and a shimmering gem blue pool. Collapse in a four-poster bed, lose yourself in lavish afternoon tea, and let an Ayurveda massage work its magic.
Crashing Surf and Jungle Drives
A beautiful breakfast to the chirp of exotic birds is the only way to awaken in paradise. Afterwards, a flight is waiting to whisk you into the wilderness of Sri Lanka’s deep south. The rural landscape of the south is a picture of dense splayed palms bordering white capped surf and between the rolling sand dunes and the dense jungle, you will find the Yala National Park.
The Chena Huts are the perfect home away from home, take a couple of days to soak up the spirit of nature. On the doorstep of the national park you can sip cocktails and swim in the lagoon like pool to the cries of the wild.
Pristine Beaches and Coconut Palms
Dreamy sands and fragrant coconut trees set the scene for southern bliss. For three days you can fall in love with the low key laid back vibes that make Weligama such a soft as silk destination. Stay at Cape Weligama for the next 3 nights – this romantic coastal dream; a vision of villas floating on the palm studded mountainside – with sweeping vistas across the Indian Ocean.
Idyllically placed on the southern curve of Sri Lanka’s coast, the views and vibe of Cape Weligama lean towards the rugged. The beaches below are often without another set of footprints and the waters are tame enough to swim in. Depending which beach you pick for play – you can surf and snorkel until it’s time for sundowners back on shore. A 30-minute drive along the coastal road leads you to Galle and the UNESCO ramparts of the Fort.
The Exotic Energy of Galle
The UNESCO jewel of Galle offers a feast of the exotic and the extraordinary. Colonial buildings stand beside ornate mosques, candy whipped mansions, and stylish cafes. There is still a sense of old trading port personality, but it comes with a dash of artistic vision and lashings of culture.
Your fascinating guide will unveil the mysteries and legends that lay behind the famous Galle Fort offering an interactive tour that invites you to tumble down the rabbit hole of colonial life. It’s not only your mind that will be stimulated with the stories of Monkey Gods and fruit winding down the Amazon, but your tastebuds will also be tantalized as you untangle from the tour and explore Galle’s glorious dining scene.
Soft Calm and Ocean Song
After a final night at the effortlessly romantic Cape Weligama, where the song of the Indian Ocean lulls you into a perfect sleep only to be awakened by the scent of freshly baked goods, its time to take a chauffeured ride back to the airport for a relaxing flight home.
6 nights’ accommodation, meals as indicated by travel agent, transportation in air-conditioned car, Cinnamon Air Scheduled Flight from Colombo Airport to Mattala/ Weerawila Airport; Guided Visits: 4 x Game Drives in Yala National Park; Venture Emotions: Galle Fort Walk with a local host + Government Tax.
Few islands in the world offer the diversity of Sri Lanka. From the vibrant + chaotic capital of Colombo, the central plains of the Cultural Triangle, tea plantations, exotic wildlife in national parks to coastlines of palm-fringed crescent shaped beaches.
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