Relaxation and well-being in Sri Lanka


Trip description

Take advantage of this exceptional stay to discover the benefits of Ayurvedic massages in Sri Lanka, a traditional Indian medicine, while visiting the country's emblematic sites. Yoga, meditation, traditional medicine, Sri Lanka is full of treatments and beauty rituals, it is an ideal destination for a well-being stay.

You will be seduced by the soothing pace of this trip and the carefully designed programme. 

This wellness tour will allow you to relax completely, to find your inner balance and to leave with a new energy. Because you are unique, so is your trip!

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Seasons Worldwide (Pvt) Ltd.


14 days

From : €1,180*



Corinne

Services included:

  • Transport in private air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver guide
  • Breakfast included
  • Government taxes
  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week assistance from our team
  • Half day jeep safari in Minneriya National Park
  • Half day jeep safari in Yala National Park
  • Double room accommodation (subject to availability)
  • Parking fees for petrol and tolls; driver's accommodation and meals

Services not included:

  • International flights
  • Tours and activities not mentioned in the "included" section
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the "included" section
  • Drinks during meals

Day 1: Aeroport International - Negombo

Day 2: Negombo - Millenium Elephant Foundation - Sigiriya

Day 3: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Mineriya - Sigiriya

Day 4: Sigiriya - Dambulla -Matale - Kandy

Day 5: Around Kandy

Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Haputale

Day 7: Around Haputale - Tea Plantation Safari

Day 8: Haputale - Adams Peak - Buduruwagala - Yala

Day 9: Yala - Talalla

Day 10: Talalla Retreat

Day 11: Talalla Retreat

Day 12: Talalla - Galle

Day 13: Galle

Day 14: Galle - Aeroport Int. de Colombo

Day 1 : Aeroport International - Negombo

Negombo Beach ©ian jones from Flickr


You are welcomed by your driver on arrival in Colombo at 9.20am. You have arrived in the tropics, with Negombo as your first stop.  Close to the airport, Negombo is ideal to rest after a long flight. 


You can still see many colonial monuments and churches, such as St. Mary's Church, built between 1874 and 1922. With a large Catholic community, the city is known as "Little Rome". 


Depending on when you arrive, we suggest a walk along the Dutch Canal, which is misnamed because it existed two centuries before the Dutch colonisation. This is a great way to start the day... an encounter with nature... to be done to enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Dinner and night




Day 2 : Negombo - Millenium Elephant Foundation - Sigiriya

Elephant Bath ©Alain Bachellier from Flickr


In the morning, we advise you to discover early the city of Negombo and the fish market. It is located north of the Fort on the waterfront. This market is considered to be one of the biggest in Sri Lanka. Very popular and authentic, it takes place every morning on the sandy lagoon of Negombo. At dawn, boats come ashore with their catch. The activity is in full swing between 6am and 10.30am: sorting of fish, cutting and salting, auctions and negotiations... An amazing and instructive spectacle. 

In the afternoon, enjoy the pool and relax before heading to the Cultural Triangle the next day. 

You could also visit the Muthurajawela Swamp, south of the city, and enjoy a boat ride on the Dutch Canal.

Dinner and overnight 




Day 3 : Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Mineriya - Sigiriya

Polonnaruwa Ancient Ruins ©Sri Lanka Tourism


Polonnaruwa is the former royal capital of the island. There are some remarkable monuments in the area, but the standing, sitting and reclining Buddha sculptures on the 12th century Gal Vihara temple rock are particularly noteworthy. To get from one monument to another, you can ride a bicycle or take a chauffeured tuk tuk.
Then, at around 15:00 hrs, go on a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, famous for its elephant population of around 400, and other wildlife such as crocodiles, buffaloes, deer, monitor lizards, cormorants, pelicans and a multitude of birds. The park is also interesting for its landscapes, with swamps, lakes and mountains on the horizon. (Included)
Later, if you wish and still have the energy, you can climb the Pidurangala hill, right next to the archaeologically important Lion Rock. A walk in the middle of nature, which will allow you to enjoy a magnificent view once at the top, notably on the rock of Sigiriya, and the park of Minneriya further on. At the top you will see the ruins of a monastery, Buddha statues, caves etc. A beautiful and uncrowded walk.
Dinner and overnight.




Day 4 : Sigiriya - Dambulla -Matale - Kandy

Sigiriya Rock Fortress ©Michael Swigunski from Pexels


Today you drive to Kandy, the last royal capital of the island. 
The fortress of the mad king Kashyapa (5th century) perched 200 metres high on a block of red granite, the Lion Rock of Sigiriya. We recommend early morning visits to avoid the crowds.  The hydraulic layout of the site is highly sophisticated and the Demoiselles (royal concubines or apsaras, celestial nymphs) painted on the stone walls are exceptional: for their beauty and because they are the only known female images of the period in Sri Lanka. Listed by UNESCO, it is the most visited site in Sri Lanka.
On the way, discover the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This monastery with five shrines is a major pilgrimage site. It is one of the largest and best preserved cave temple complexes in Sri Lanka. It houses over 150 statues and paintings from the Kandy school. Enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding area.
Next, near Matale, if you wish, you can visit a spice & medicinal plant garden. You start with a tour of the garden, which is simple but very well maintained. You will learn about the cultivation and harvesting of many plants and learn more about their culinary uses and medicinal properties. You will see, for example, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, clove and cocoa trees. 
You then continue to Kandy
Dinner and overnight stay.




Day 5 : Around Kandy

Temple of Tooth relic ©Suranga Abey from Flickr


In the morning we suggest a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden which covers 60 hectares on the banks of the Mahaweli River. A must-see: the royal palm trees, the cannonball trees, the orchid collection, the multicoloured flowerbeds. This garden offers a beautiful walk, a must, it is said to be one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.
Kandy is, because of its character and history, a must-see. Former capital of the Sinhalese kings, it is surrounded by green hills and dominated by a lake. You can discover the city centre on foot, starting with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, and walk around the lake (about 4km).
You could also, if you wish, go to the Earth Bound Creations Showroom. It is a nice and friendly place where you can buy recycled souvenirs, gift items, clothes with a Sri Lankan touch. Quality and original souvenirs that you can take away in nice newspaper bags, while supporting a charity that, at the same time, promotes ecological recycling.
At 5pm, come and discover Sri Lankan culture by attending a performance of traditional Kandyan dances! Dating back to the Kandyan kings, these ritual and religious dances, with their splendid colourful costumes, are still an integral part of the island's cultural wealth and are well worth a visit. Very popular in Kandy, this type of performance covers many traditions in an original and entertaining style.
Dinner and overnight stay




Day 6 : Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Haputale

Sri Lanka by Train ©Людмила Соколова from Flickr


You take the road to Nuwara Eliya. On the way, stop to admire the Ramboda waterfalls, one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka.  Arrive in Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka and full of British influence. It is reputed to be the country's vegetable garden. The resort enjoys mild temperatures and is popular with Sri Lankans during the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year in April.

Board a train from Nanu Oya to Haputale (seating subject to availability). The most beautiful scenery in Asia, made up of endless tea plantations, will pass before your eyes. Your driver will pick you up at the station and you will continue the drive to your hotel in Haputale, a small mountain village that is still not very touristy and offers magnificent views of the valley below.  

Dinner and overnight stay.




Day 7 : Around Haputale - Tea Plantation Safari

Picking tea leaves on plantation ©By Eats & Retreats from Flickr


In the morning, we recommend climbing Little Adams Peak. It's an easy 2-hour hike along the tea fields. Afterwards, we will meet at the famous Nine Arch Bridge where you may see a train passing by.
Afterwards, take a tuk-tuk ride with an experienced driver. Head for the beautiful tea plantations. You can stroll through the fields. Your guide will tell you about the tea industry in Sri Lanka. Continue your tuk-tuk ride up the winding roads and through small villages. Stop to admire the views of the surrounding valleys and waterfalls. 
Continue to the top of the mountain to a breathtaking viewpoint. Then head to Lipton's Seat. This is where the tea master liked to sit and contemplate his land. Enjoy a glass of tea in the little shop at the top.
Afterwards, you can visit a tea factory to learn more about the production process of the national beverage.
Dinner and overnight stay.




Day 8 : Haputale - Adams Peak - Buduruwagala - Yala

Leopard at Yala National Park ©Geoff Brooks on Unsplash


Today you leave the mountainous landscape behind and head towards Yala. On the way you can stop at the beautiful Ravana Falls, one of the highest in the country, or at the Buduruwagala site, with its splendid Buddhas carved in the rock. 
At the end of the day, attend the ceremony and visit the Kataragama temple, which is one of the country's main pilgrimage sites. Visit the multi-religious holy city, which contains a mosque as well as Buddhist and Hindu temples. 
Dinner and overnight.




Day 9 : Yala - Talalla

View of Ella ©Tom Nicholson on Unsplash


At dawn, take a jeep safari in Yala National Park. The park's territory is huge, and home to a variety of animals such as leopards, elephants, crocodiles, bears, mongooses, monkeys, spotted deer and birds in abundance. The spots where you are most likely to see the animals are often the waterholes, where they come to drink.

You then drive to Talalla, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of the island, for your beach break. You spend two days in a hotel specialising in wellness programmes.

Dinner and overnight stay.




Day 10 : Talalla Retreat

Talalla beach ©Russell Scott from Flickr


Here you can enjoy massages, treatments and therapies. You can participate in yoga and meditation sessions. You can also take surfing lessons or simply bask in the tropical sun. 

Don't miss out on fresh fish in the evening, served on the beach with your feet in the sand!

Dinner and overnight stay.

 




Day 11 : Talalla Retreat

Retreat in Sri Lanka ©Caillet Sandra from Flickr


Tallala is a tropical paradise perfect for relaxation. There are no night parties, noisy karaoke bars and typical water attractions here. But you can swim endlessly in the gentle turquoise waves, do sand figures and enjoy local dishes in a small restaurant on the coast. 

Dinner and overnight stay.




Day 12 : Talalla - Galle

Stick Fishing ©dragonthoughts2 from Flickr


Today, after a final swim, you will drive to Galle. You drive along the southwest coast of the country, considered the most beautiful in the country and you will discover hidden beauties along the way. Take a break to explore Matara and discover the Dondra Lighthouse, one of the highest in Asia.

You may see the stilt fishermen: men perched on tall poles, planted in the sea, who fish from a perch. This form of fishing is a Sri Lankan tradition, passed down from father to son. It is totally artisanal and the fishermen are only equipped with a fishing rod and bait.

Before arriving in Galle, you could visit the Blow Hole on the south coast, towards Tangalle. The Blow Hole is a natural phenomenon caused when sea water rushes through a submerged cave and is pushed upwards. Indeed, at high but irregular frequency, a huge jet of sea water can be seen coming out of the rocks! 

Dinner and overnight stay.




Day 13 : Galle

Galle Fort City ©Chathura indika on Unsplash


We recommend a visit to Galle Fort, an architectural gem with a variety of colonial influences. Totally disconnected from the rest of the city, the fort, built in the 17th century by the Dutch, looks like a small village, peaceful and welcoming. Walk around the ramparts, past the lighthouse, visit one of the churches and shop for souvenirs in the beautiful shops.
In the afternoon, you could go for a bike ride, to discover the countryside near Galle, made of rice fields and typical villages. Stop for refreshments and a King Coconut before returning to Galle Fort (1.5 hours). 

This Idle Bikes ride will make you discover another Sri Lanka, authentic and preserved!

Dinner and overnight stay




Day 14 : Galle - Aeroport Int. de Colombo

Smiling Boys, Sri Lanka ©Vern Krutein from Flickr


All good things must come to an end ....  Today your driver will take you back to the airport according to your flight schedule. 

We hope that you will leave with many beautiful memories in your mind




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