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The Beach Escape

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Introduction

The Beach Escape is a week’s experience of Sri Lanka at its best. Roll on the secluded sandy beaches of Tangalle in the deep south, go whale and dolphin spotting, experience rural life, and meander around Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort. We have selected three of the most stylish and chic boutique hotels – among the best that Sri Lanka has to offer. From the blissful tranquillity of the Wallawwa on the west coast, to the Last House in Tangalle, and finally, the Fort Printers set within Galle Fort, this holiday takes you through a memorable journey of southern Sri Lanka. Of course, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there. We can also discuss other hotels or villa options.
Highlights
Relax on the secluded palm fringed beaches of Tangalle
Go whale and Dolphin spotting off the coast of Mirissa
Visit the ancient Mulgirigala temple in Tangalle
Take a boat ride along the tranquil Koggala Lake where rural life unfolds
Explore Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Stay in chic and stylish boutique hotels

Day 01

Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer to The Wallawwa, an exquisite boutique hotel housed in a refurbished colonial bungalow situated just 15 minutes from the international airport. Relax and unwind by the poolside surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

Accommodation
The Wallawwa
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

Day 2, 3, 4 & 5

Journey to the coastal town of Tangalle in the Deep South where you will stay four nights at The Last House, an exquisite boutique villa that was designed by the late Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s architectural guru. Fronting the picturesque Tangalle Bay, the Last House is an ideal setting for a relaxing beach holiday. Tangalle and the surrounding areas are renowned for its superb unspoiled and undeveloped beaches. Based at Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa Water Sports offers several activities including snorkeling, sailing, river trips, and sea kayaking. Go on an adventurous boating excursion into the deep seas off the coast of Mirissa to spot whales and dolphins. The south of Sri Lanka beyond Dondra is considered one of the best locations in the world for spotting blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. Whale watching excursions are organised by Mirissa Water Sports during the season from December to April when the seas are calm. Go on a night safari to Rekuwa, a small fishing village near Tangalle and observe the endangered Marine Turtle come ashore to nest. Visit the ancient Mulgirigala Rock Temple situated 30 minutes inland from Tangalle. This Buddhist temple is perched on an enormous rock boulder which is more than 200m high and is visited by many pilgrims. According to ancient inscriptions carved on the rock, Mulgirigala dates back almost 2,000 years when it was a site of a Buddhist monastery. The serene white Dagoba stands at the peak of the rock with magnificent coastal views. The temple complex consists of ancient murals, Buddha statues, and several cave temples all of which are found at different levels while ascending the peak of the rock.
Accommodation
The Last House
Last House is an exquisite boutique hotel situated in the deep south near Tangalle. The area offers some of the best unspoilt beaches in the island. Tangalle can be accessed via the southern coast or travelling south from the hill country. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about 3.5 hours via the Southern highway. Avoid road travel and hop on board a sea plane from Colombo which takes 35 minutes to get to Dickwella on the south coast.

Day 6 & 7

Journey back along the picturesque south coast until you reach the historic city of Galle. Stay your final two nights at the Fort Printers set within Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort. Galle Fort is incomparable to anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Entering through the ‘new’ English gate or the ‘old’ Dutch gate is akin to stepping into a different realm. Within are about 600 houses – each with various degrees of renovation to their original Dutch architecture; a maze of narrow cobblestone roadways lined with old Dutch and British period buildings still in use; growing number of art galleries, museums, shops, cafes, restaurants, and boutique villas. The thick, high ramparts that protect and distinguish the Fort are today used for romantic evening strolls, early morning power-walks and convenient viewpoints to catch the sweaty action of local ‘village’ cricket games and the international games held in the adjacent Galle cricket stadium. Nearby Galle Fort is Unawatuna Bay – a gloriously wide, curving bay, scattered with guesthouses and beachfront cafes. Scuba diving is immensely rewarding around Galle and is done by official PADI centres in Unawatuna. Spotting bright corals and exotic fish is easy and there is the opportunity to go both cave diving and wreck diving. For an experience of rural Sri Lanka, take a boat ride along Koggala Lake – a peaceful setting where rural life unfolds and nature reigns supreme. Fish eagles to monitor lizards share this habitat along with generations of villagers with a rich southern heritage.

Accommodation
Fort Printers
Fort Printers is an exquisite 13 room boutique hotel spread across three adjoining colonial period villas in the heart of Galle Fort. Located at the corner of Pedlar’s and Church Street, Fort Printers is close to the historic sites, shops, museums, cafes and restaurants. Unawatuna’s sunkissed beaches are only 15 minutes away. The travel time from Colombo’s international airport will take about 2.5 hours via the Southern highway. Consider taking the Air Taxi and fly into Koggala