Traverse the idyllic misty green hills of the tea country and unwind on the serene beaches of Sri Lanka’s coveted south-west coast. Our two-centre journey around Sri Lanka is designed to give you time to disconnect and recharge so that you leave the island feeling relaxed and reinvigorated. The gentle exploration of beautiful off-the-beaten-track places will remind you of life’s simple pleasures, give you an insight into Sri Lanka beyond the tourist trail and reawaken your appreciation of Mother Earth. Escape the routine and find your peace.
Duration9 Days/ 8 Nights from NZD $6,370*
Type of Journey
• Colombo • Hatton • Galle • Koggala
Departure DatesDaily, year round
- Tailor-made itinerary
- 8 nights’ accommodation
- 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
- Meet & Greet at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Private transportation by an air-conditioned vehicle
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Value Added Tax (VAT) & Tourism Tax
1 Nov – 19 Dec
20 Dec – 31 Dec
1 Jan – 10 Jan
11 Jan – 30 Apr
1 May – 30 Jun
1 Jul – 31 Aug
1 Sep – 31 Oct
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Day 1: Colombo > Hatton
On arrival transfer 4 ½ hours by road (or domestic air at additional cost) to Hatton and check in to your lovely boutique style hotel surrounded by tea estates and overlooking the Castlereagh Reservoir. Enjoy a nice dinner.
Day 2: Hatton
Morning at leisure by the pool. In the afternoon, head out for a boat trip on the lake.
The Castlereagh Reservoir stretches five kilometres between steep mountains cloaked in green tea. Getting out on the water is a really tranquil way to appreciate this stunning scenery and on this experience you’ll board a traditional dugout canoe, and gently explore the lake with a local fisherman. As you travel, almost silently, across the still water of the lake, you could enjoy a short circuit or a longer one taking in perhaps a visit to Warleigh Church at the reservoir’s northern end. You could also head south to explore the ruined spire of a Buddhist temple that pokes up from the water near the dam. Lunch and dinner are included today.
Day 3: Hatton
After breakfast, explore the local trails around your hotel. There are a variety of routes, whether you want a full day’s hike or just a gentle stroll.
You might see groups of women methodically plucking tea leaves, the trails also pass little Hindu shrines and tea weighing stations where the workers congregate to get their sacks of leaves weighed a few times a day. In the villages, you may suddenly find yourself surrounded by a gaggle of children, eager to practise their English skills and say hello. Many species of birds reside in the forests fringing the tea fields, as do wild cats and leopards.
Day 4: Hatton
Today, after breakfast, you will take in the glorious vistas of Hatton from a secret viewpoint whilst enjoying a delicious picnic lunch later on.
The story of tea in Sri Lanka starts with the Scottish planter James Taylor in 1866 in “Loolecondara” estate in Galaha the remnants of his cottage and tea bushes are still preserved as a permanent memento to the man credited for introducing tea to Sri Lanka.
Day 5: Hatton > Galle
Leave the dramatic, verdant scenery of the central hills behind and either drive (6.5 hours) or fly (additional cost) down to Koggala, a laidback beach town on the south coast which is just a stone’s throw from Galle. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Galle
Join your guide exploring the rural waterways and back roads of Galle. Begin your journey on a small vessel past the soul-soothing scenery and daily life of rural Galle. Glide along river banks fringed by local villages, rubber and cinnamon plantations. Back on terra firma, your next leg is by bike. Take a stunning 9km ride through the region’s heart, picturesque paddy fields, hamlets and their markets. Your final stop is a traditional mud hut and the reward of a revitalising herbal tea, and fresh Sri Lankan hoppers straight from the fire.
Later this afternoon explore the Historic Galle Fort accompanied by a specialist guide. Begin your walk from the main entrance. Survey the inside of this remarkable fortification, the Indian Ocean beyond and iconic cricket ground as your host regales you with historic tales of its creation and threats. Meander your way past some of the fort’s best-known landmarks but look out also for some lesser-known gems. With 150 acres to explore, this tour will give comprehensive and captivating stories drawing from religion, history, architecture, daily life, and the devastation of the 2004 Tsunami.
Day 7: Galle
This morning, after breakfast, visit a cinnamon plantation to learn all about the spice that has lured traders from across the globe to Sri Lanka for hundreds of years. Explore the estate with your guide and see how cinnamon is grown, peeled, distilled and processed for its varied uses in cooking, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic medicine. Afterwards, head to a wattle-and-daub hut in a nearby rural area and learn how to cook traditional Sri Lankan dishes. Finish the experience with a hearty lunch of the fare you have made, eaten the authentic way – on a banana leaf with your hand!
Day 8: Galle
Enjoy your breakfast and take a day to completely relax on the beach.
Day 9: Galle > Colombo
After your breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Please enquire to upgrade your inter-city transfer to a flight between Colombo and Hatton
- Please also enquire to upgrade your inter-city transfer to a flight between Hatton and Gale