On this 10 night trip you’ll discover the hidden side to the exotic island of Sri Lanka. We’ll take you to the east of the country, a region yet to be discovered be the masses that’s home to a few unknown gems. You’ll start in colonial Kandy and let Sri Lanka’s unique and ancient culture leaved you enchanted. Next, we’ll take you off the beaten track heading east into one of Sri Lanka’s last frontiers the remote Gal Oya National Park. You’ll hole up in Gal Oya Lodge which is the only place in the country that offers water safaris where you can spot countless herds of elephants and rare wildlife, as well meet the local Veddha. The end chapter will have you chilling out at Uga Bay Resort on palm-fringed beaches before your short flight back off west for one last night’s kip at the Wallawwa Hotel.
After flying into Colombo, you’ll be driven 1.5 hours by your expert into the heart of Kandy province, where you’ll be staying at the charming Kandy House. Here soak up every inch of Sri Lankan culture thanks to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites just a stone’s throw away.Read more
From elaborate temples such as the Degaldoruwa Cave Temple, the Temple of the Tooth, and historic palaces to fragrant tea country and the Peradeniya Botanic Gardens, you’ll be able to visit it all before enjoying an afternoon relaxing beside the infinity pool set over a spread of rich, green paddy fields. Explore pristine nature with countless outdoor activities from hikes and bicycle rides to cricket and croquet. Besides this, you can get creative with the numerous art materials on offer or be pampered with the soothing traditional massages or yoga on call.
Get lost in Gal Oya
Once you’ve explored Kandy, we’ll take you a further 3.5 hours east into true nature with an intimate stay at the environmentally-responsible Gal Oya Lodge nestled inside the seldom-trodden Gal Oya National Park. This beautifully unspoiled park boasts the largest lake in the country and its unparalleled scenery is plentiful with a variety of wildlife from crocodiles and elephants to exotic birds and the elusive sloth bear. Choose from the Lodge’s eclectic range of safari trips and delight in your own Jungle Book adventure. Over a dazzling orange sunset, take advantage of the park’s lake and observe the animals from aboard a boat and capture a magical moment with swimming elephants splashing about on the lakeside. Alternatively, listen to nature at its purest with a picnic alongside the famous Nigala River or become acquainted with the Chief Veddha, the indigenous tribe leader, who will show you the park through the eyes of his ancestors.
Uga Bay beach time
After an intrepid few days in the jungle, a final 2 hour drive will take you to the east coast where you can hole up in the beautifully stylish Uga Bay Resort where you’ll enjoy boutique beach bliss. Uga Bay oozes luxury and relaxation, reflecting the surrounding area’s complete perfection. Lie back on the perfect white sands and dip your feet into the warm Indian Ocean. Four nights stay means plenty of time to indulge in a local Ayurvedic massage where you can listen to the calming ocean waves within Uga Bay’s beachfront spa.
Finally, before returning home, we recommend you stop over at the marvellous Wallawwa Hotel – a colonial manor ideally located close to the airport, but far enough to feel like a little oasis. There you can enjoy your last few bites of the freshest fusion in Asian cuisine overlooking its exquisite gardens. Authentic and chic, the rooms offer a lovely last slice of luxury so sleep comfortably on your last night in Sri Lankan paradise.