The Boutique Escape is a relaxing short break in the tea-covered highlands and by the glorious beaches of the south or west coast. Accommodation is in stylish boutique hotels and colonial bungalows – all helping to make this an unforgettable holiday. As always, we can tinker with this itinerary however you wish.
Tea-covered hills and gushing waterfalls
Sun-kissed beaches of the south coast
Galle’s ancient Dutch Fort
Ambalangoda’s mask dancers
Colonial bungalows and chic hotels
Day 01 & 02
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer to the Wallawwa in Kotugoda, a boutique villa housed in a refurbished colonial bungalow situated just minutes from the international airport. Relax here with a rejuvenating massage or laze by the poolside. Visit the north-west coastal town of Negombo with its sun-kissed beaches, watersports, catamarans and fishing villages. Experience Negombo’s colonial architectural heritage including Portuguese period Catholic churches, and ancient Dutch Canals.
The Wallawwa is a stylish boutique hotel nestled amidst lush tropical gardens and situated just 20 minutes from the International Airport. This peaceful and luxurious setting is an ideal first or last stop on a holiday to Sri Lanka. The sandy beaches of Negombo are just 30 minutes away and the capital city of Colombo is one hour away. The Wallawwa is en route to the Cultural Triangle, hill country and the southern coast. The Wallawwa is easily accessible yet entirely secluded – a luxury private
Day 3 & 4
Today you begin your journey to the central highlands with its tea covered hills, gushing waterfalls, and scenic beauty. Stay two nights at the lake serenity . The following morning you might like to enjoy the “Tea experience”, which involves a visit a plantation to observe first hand the process, starting from the plucking field to the factory. Lake serenity also provides an excellent base for a variety of adventure activities. There are a number of mountain bike trails that loop through the surrounding tea estates and guides are available on-demand. The reservoirs of Castlereagh and Maskeliya offer a pristine lake environment for kayaking – stable one or two-man kayaks are available for hire. Maps, guides and safety gear are all provided. A number of treks and scenic walks are also available.
Serenity is preserved in and around the Lake Serenity Hotel bestowing magnificent views for the guest to be indulged with the touch of tranquilization. The climax of the fascination of this hotel reaches the maximum with the still water puddle that covers the whole area. Eco-friendliness is exaggerated around here as the natural flow of birds’ serenity river marks the borders encompassing an area filled with greenery and moist.The grace of this boutique hotel is magnified with the encircling paddy cultivations, tea plantations, rubber cultivations and the overlooking mountain range crowned with the milky clouds. As the luxuriousness is penetrated in to this hotel it gains the proud to be presented as a well known luxurious boutique hotel.
Day 5,6 & 7
Time to leave the cool highlands and twist your way down to the south coast. You have the option of spending the next three nights on the Galle coast or in Bentota on the South West coast. In Galle, discover the 17C Dutch Fort, a UNESCO-protected World Heritage site and a melting pot of cultural influences. Several hours can be spent wandering along the maze of narrow streets, the old lighthouse, high ramparts, Dutch period churches, museums, shops, restaurants and cafes. High on the headland of Unawatuna Bay is Rhumassala Temple. With beautiful views stretching out over the Indian Ocean a walk around the headland near the temple is very special. Famed for the natural medicinal herbs nearby you will walk through hidden villages and verdant jungle valleys eventually finding yourself on “Jungle Beach”- a little known and secluded beach. Scuba diving is immensely rewarding in Sri Lanka and around Galle there are some of the country’s best dive spots, run by official PADI centres. Spotting bright corals and exotic fish is easy and there is the opportunity to go both cave diving and wreck diving.
Numerous watersports are also on offer at Bentota lagoon including surfing, snorkelling, and jet skiing. Go out to sea in a catamaran with the fisherman or take a boat ride along the tranquil Madu River past quaint rural villages, en route, visit the local markets, temples & craft and antique shops. Experience Ambalangoda’s cultural heritage with a visit to the Ariyapala Mask Museum where intricate masks used in various southern traditional dance forms are on display. Masked dancing is also performed here regularly.
If you choose to stay in Galle, we have provided the option of staying at the Galle Fort Hotel situated within the walls of the Dutch Fort or at Kahanda Kanda, a luxurious boutique hotel situated inland amidst a rural village setting. In Bentota, we would recommend staying at Villa Bentota.
|No of Days||Hotels||Price|
|3||Galle fort Hotel||£336|
|Total||£709 for 2|
Tickets : Rs . 5,000.00 /= worth tickets included to the package