Experience

South Sri Lanka: A Cultural Safari Adventure

From epic palm covered beaches to legendary tea estates, historical fortress towns and spectacular National Parks, Sri Lanka has it all. For a taste of the best that this country has to offer, embark on this seven-night Sri Lankan safari adventure through and take in tea plantations reflected in the shimmer of Koggala Lake, the stealthy prowl of a leopard through Yala National Park and the dip of the sunset over Galle’s fortified walls.

Welcome to Sri Lanka

As soon as you touch down in Colombo, you’ll take a trip inland, uphill and back in time to the intimate suites of Kahanda Kanda. Sitting on a twelve-acre working tea estate, overlooking an endless green vista of rolling tea-carpeted hills this boutique hotel makes for an idyllic start to your trip. The blossoming gardens, iridescent infinity pool and massage pavilion add a little bit of luxury in these remote surroundings. Spend some time learning about the journey from leaf to cup before exploring the area on foot. Immerse yourself in the nearby cultural hotspots before checking out some of the tempting beaches that lie just a few miles away.

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Yala National Park

Next, head east for a luxury tented safari in the incomparable Yala National Park. Home to the highest density of leopard anywhere in the world, there are also sambar, spotted and barking deer, water buffalo, abundant birdlife, butterfly swarms, monkeys and crocodiles to be seen here. Head out on a game drive alongside herds of up to a hundred Elephants keeping your eyes peeled for the rare sloth bear – better known as Baloo from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Add in dining beneath a blanket of stars and you’ll be left with memories you won’t easily forget.

Tropical paradise

After all that intrepid travel, you’ll want a bit of downtime and the Sri Lankan coastline is just the ticket. Check in at Aditya and discover a beautiful space set within three acres of private gardens where traditional colonial style sits in harmony with chic luxury. If you fancy a cultural fix, head into nearby Galle, where you can go whale watching or simply stroll the streets of the fortified town. The fort is also a great vantage point to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean and makes for the perfect spot to contemplate the beauty of this magnificent country.