Boutique Sri Lanka
THE TOUR AT THE GLANCE
The REAL Sri Lanka is our passion. Share our discoveries and let us create your perfect holiday to Sri Lanka.
Boutique Sri Lanka can help you to develop a holiday just for you – your style, your kind of cuisine, your atmosphere etc. Our Sri Lanka experts have first hand experience of and live in the country for 30% of the year keeping up to date with new hotels and maintaining relationships.
Many people love to be on the move, exploring every aspect of the island, whilst others prefer to relax at a couple of luxury villas and enjoy excursions when they feel ready.
We are independent Sri Lanka specialists who continue to explore every corner of the island and have selected over 100 traditional and stylish Sri Lankan hotels and Sri Lankan villas, from the unique to the boutique.
EXPERIENCES AND VISITS IN THIS TOUR JOURNEY
- Stay in luxury and boutique hotels throughout your trip
- A whistlestop tuk-tuk tour through Sri Lankan capital Colombo
- An amped-up afternoon tea with a view in Sri Lanka’s leafy interior
- Stay in a serene eco-lodge set over acres of paddy fields and forest
- Lunch with a local family in Kandy
- A private tour of Unesco site Galle Fort led by a knowledgeable local
- Polonnaruwa- the ancient Royal Capital- the best planned archaeological relic cities in the country.
- Dambulla Caves- the largest and the best-preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, dating back to the first century BC.
- Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress on 660 ft high rock column! A UNESCO world heritage site.
- Visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Kandy- The Temple of Tooth that enshrines the tooth relic of Buddha.
- Enjoy the hill country scenery, tea estates, lake, and the natural scenery in the colonial hill resort of Nuwara Eliya.
- Witness the European influence in South Asia when you visit the Galle Fort- a UNESCO recognized the site.
- Relax on the beaches of the coastal town of Bentota.
- Explore the city's attractions and the Galle Face Green in Colombo.
- Tuk-Tuk ride at Nuwara Eliya &Discover Nuwara Eliya's tea plantations& meet tea pluckers
- Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda & Capture the dying tradition of Stilt Fishing
- Stay in exquisite boutique hotels set in scenic locations
- Experience the beautiful highlands, scattered with tea hills and gushing waterfalls
- Explore Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort
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You will be met on arrival at Colombo International Airport and transferred to your hotel, The Wallawwa, for an overnight stay.
A small property of seventeen guestrooms, it has a real sense of tranquillity. It is set in a lush tropical garden with glorious large trees and a magnificent pool. There are plenty of outdoor spaces for relaxation – verandas dotted with couches, a pretty courtyard and pond, and comfy chairs set out under umbrellas. A popular feature here is the spa – a wonderful place to unwind after a long international flight.
Today, Depart for Dambulla, making a stop en route to visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, one of Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Festooned with a marvellous array of sculptures and murals, these temples, dating from 1st century BC, are the most beautiful in the country.
Continue on to your accommodation at Dambulla, Kalundewa Retreat. This is an idyllic hide-away nestled in 40 hectares of land, an extension of a secluded rural village and farming community. It boasts a large collection of herbal plants, varieties of fruit trees and an extensive vegetable garden. It is also blessed with many waterways, which have been restored from derelict conditions.
Take a dip in the ‘Ulpatha’, a natural spring with cool sparkling water converted into a pool, hidden away under giant trees, surrounded by breathtaking views. This evening enjoy your dinner by the lake’s edge, on the pool deck, on a floating raft or under the stars in a rice field.
Today, Rise early this morning for your visit to another of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the spectacular rock citadel of Sigiriya. Rising 200 metres above green scrub jungle, this massive rock embellished with the remains of one of the country’s most remarkable royal palaces is a stunning sight. It includes caved temples, frescoes, bathing pools, ponds and Asia’s oldest surviving landscaped gardens.
Later drive to the marvellous ruined city of Polonnaruwa. Once the country’s capital, this is home to some of medieval Sri Lanka’s finest art and architecture, including the giant Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara.
Today, depart Dambulla this morning for Madulkelle, making a stop en route at Matale where you will have an opportunity at Matale to explore the delightful green and fragrant Spice Garden. Enjoy a hot cup of spice tea or cocoa tea as trained herbalists introduce you to a variety of different spices, explaining how they are grown and processed and their Ayurvedic uses.
Your accommodation at Madulkelle, Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, nestles on a picturesque tea plantation, on the Knuckles Mountain Range 1000 meters above sea level. The lodges’ main attractions though are their breathtaking views – mist covered mountains, lush green valleys, crystal clear streams, as well as the sounds of chirping birds and the sighting of the occasional deer or giant squirrel outside your front door. Food here is a special treat, with around 60% of the organically grown vegetables, fruits and herbs used in the hotel kitchen harvested from its own garden.
Seating areas placed within the tea estate, are ideal for a quiet read, meditation or just to spend some quiet time alone with nature.
Today is at leisure. You can simply spend the day lazing by the infinity pool with its fabulous views of the Madulkelle Village and the majestic Knuckles Mountain range and indulge in a rejuvenating treatment in the Spa.
Alternatively, the hotel offers a range of activities and excursions including: hiking and trekking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, yoga sessions and cooking classes.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing Madukelle for the historic city of Kandy, located in the hills at the heart of Sri Lanka.
Your accommodation here, Stone House, is located on a secluded plateau in the hills of Kandy, with magnificent views over lush green hills and valleys to the central mountains. This 1940’s built colonial mansion has been converted in to a luxurious, architect-designed boutique hotel with each elegant room designed using a blend of local culture and western influences – including artworks by renowned local artists – to create an inviting individual décor.
You may like to indulge in a spa treatment, take a dip in the pool, stroll in the beautifully landscaped tropical gardens or have a browse in the library. If Sri Lankan cuisine is of interest, be sure to take a cooking class with the chef at some point during your stay here. If you want to explore the surrounding area you can take a tuk tuk ride around the town or make use of the mountain bikes on offer.
Early this evening attend a display of traditional Kandyan dance. Following the performance visit the Dalada Maligawa – the Buddhist ‘Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic’, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Here you can witness the evening puja ceremony, a daily religious observation that has been followed for generations.
Kandy is a delight to explore. Spend this morning touring this atmospheric town with your guide, beginning with a drive around its lovely centrepiece, Kandy Lake. Stroll through the bustling town centre and colourful bazaar, visit the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary.
You may also like to visit the lovely Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya. Once the pleasure garden of 14th century Kandyan queen, today it is one of the best gardens in Asia with over 4,000 tropical and subtropical flora, including spice and herbal gardens as well as a stunning collection of orchids.
The afternoon is at leisure.
Optional:Early morning at 7.00 a.mYoga & Meditation Session.The Yoga is 1 ½ hour per session.
Then go to the Temple of the Tooth (Sri DaladaMaligawa)to attend morning “Pooja” ceremony.
After breakfast, travel by surface to Nuwara Eliya, It's a scenic drive through tea estates. We will enjoy the hill country scenery and waterfalls, appreciate the nature-friendly trail abundant with green filled mountains and waterfalls wrapping the mountains with scenic beauty. And also beautiful tea plantations that are draping down from the sides of the mountains as you pass by. We will stop in a tea factory to learn about the world-famous Ceylon Teas production. Upon arrival check in at Jetwing St. Andrews
In Nuwara Eliya, enjoy the beauty of Gregory Lake, constructed during the period of British Governor William Gregory. There are quite a few activities offered by locals like canoeing, boating, games if you wish to partake in or gaze the beauty of the area from one of the restaurants on the shore.
Another attraction of Nuwara Eliya is the Haggala botanical garden, where you can take a stroll and learn about the wondrous flora. The garden is located at an altitude of 1745m above sea level under the shadow of the Haggala Rock and offers scenic views of Madulsima and the Namunukula mountain range. The garden has more than 1000 different species that include orchids and roses.
You can take a nice evening walk around the Gregory Lake. Visit the beautiful club house and British colonial style bungalows.
Note, Sunday Tea pluckers on Leave
Depart for Galle this morning. A UNESCO `World Heritage City’, this is the most perfectly preserved colonial town in Sri Lanka. Although a prominent seaport long before western rule in the country – Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians and Chinese all traded through Galle port – the city’s ‘modern’ history began with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1502. In 1640, the Portuguese surrendered to the Dutch East India Company and Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period.
Your accommodation here, Rampart Street, is located inside Galle Fort itself. A recently refurbished heritage property, it has been styled in an elegant combination of colonial charm – with antique furniture, rich fabrics and tapestries – and modern amenities that cater to all creature comforts. It comprises only four guest rooms, a spacious common living room, a plush TV room and a number of outdoor living areas.
The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may like to take a refreshing dip in the villa pool – this is one of the few properties within the Galle Fort that provides the luxury of a private swimming pool.
Today, Spend this morning with your guide exploring the fortified city of Galle. The Old Town of Galle and its fortifications were built by the Portuguese who arrived in the 16th century. Learn about some of the fort’s important heritage monuments, including the Dutch Reformed Church, the old Dutch government house, the residence of the Commander, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Dutch Hospital, Meera Mosque, All Saints Anglican Church, the Clock Tower and the Galle Lighthouse.
The afternoon is at leisure. A nice end to a day here is a sunset walk along the fort’s ramparts overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Today is at leisure. If shopping is of interest, Galle is renowned for its intricate lace and ebony carvings.
Today, depart Galle for the short drive to Bentota and your ‘home’ for the next two nights, Paradise Road The Villa Bentota – a unique and private beach side hotel.
The world renowned Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, was originally drawn to this property in the 1970s, converting the then dilapidated ancestral home into the country’s first boutique hotel. In 2007 the property was acquired by ‘Paradise Road’ (the company that owns the famous Colombo shop of the same name), who refurbished and extended it in keeping with the original design. A new wing and entrance pavilion and a new swimming pool were added and the gardens were re-landscaped. Re-opened in 2009, today the hotel comprises fifteen rooms and suites with all modern amenities. Each room is unique in decoration, style and layout.
Today is at leisure. The beaches of Bentota are perfect for swimming, lounging and sunbathing and walking along. In addition, the hotel offers a number of activities.
Just ten minutes down the Galle Road, the Bentota Lake provides the perfect location to water ski, ride a jet ski or go for a group trip on a banana boat.
A boat safari is a unique experience for nature lovers. The mangroves of Sri Lanka are protected by the environmental authorities and contain some of the island’s beautiful wildlife. The lakes of Bentota and surrounding areas provide a memorable discovery trip with temples hidden on islands and breathtaking views.
The turtle hatchery is another attraction. The hatcheries house turtles that have been saved from fisherman or injury and also play a huge role in protecting the endangered species by safely providing nesting grounds. On the right day visitors can help release baby turtles into the wild.
Today, depart for Colombo.upon arrival check in your accommodation here, the elegant Lake Lodge, is perfectly situated to combine the peace and quiet of a residential lane location with the convenience of being in the heart of the business district of the city. Recently refurbished, its stylish interiors and comfortable surroundings aim to offer guests a ‘home away from home’ experience.
Enjoy a guided walk through the city of Colombo with its fascinating variety of colonial architecture, beautiful mosques and Hindu temples. Interact with locals as you shop for gifts from streets devoted to different products – from gold to Ayurveda items –and sample typical Sri Lankan food and beverages in the amazing atmosphere of the hundred year old vegetable market.
This evening enjoy dinner at Ministry of Crab. Located in the Old Dutch Hospital district, this popular restaurant was started by a couple of Sri Lankan cricketers and deserves all the praise it’s getting.
Later in time transfer to airport to board flight for back home.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN YOUR TOUR COST
- Total 14 nights accommodation on Luxury Boutique hotels on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Meals: as per Program
- Transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per the program by air-conditioned Vehicle.
- English speaking chauffeur guide as per program.
- All entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the program.
- Boat ride on lake of Bentota
- Enjoy the Ayurveda massage at Spice Garden in Matale.
- Witness Kandyan Cultural Dance in Kandy.
- Historical and architecture walk in Galle
- Company representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
- All presently applicable taxes including the GST charges levied recently by the Government.
- Mineral water during sightseeing and excursion
TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING EXPENSES
- International Airfare / Departure taxes
- Visa fees
- Any new admission fees / taxes / fuel surcharges
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, trip cancellation and personal insurance
- Early check-in/late check-out (except as noted)
- Camera/video fees at monuments
- Excess baggage fees
- Communication costs
- Any additional expenses due to unforeseen problems like natural disaster, war or strikes, cancellation or
- misconnection of flights or last-minute change of timings etc.
- Any other items not specified
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