When time is short but only the best will do….experience some of Sri Lanka’s most incredible landscapes at the award-winning resorts of Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge (new for October 2017). This tour combines ultimate colonial style living on a tea estate perfectly situated above the Castlereagh Lake with an adventurous yet lavish stay in tented lodges where dense jungle meets the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean and a private villa stay at a luxurious clifftop resort perched above the beautiful Weligama Bay. All transfers between hotels are kept to a minimum distance and will be in spacious large private vehicles with a scenic flight by seaplane from Castlereagh Lake, Hatton to Hambantota, near Yala.
Day 1 - Arrival
Arrive in Colombo where you will be collected and transferred to Ceylon Tea Trails where you can expect butler service, fine dining, high teas and croquet on the lawn. Take a private boat tour of the Castlereagh Lake or go for a walk amongst the tea bushes. You will spend 2 nights here on an all inclusive basis.Accommodation
Day 2 - Tea Trails
Admire the tea pickers at work as they pluck tea leaves in the morning and go for a complimentary tour of the estate’s tea factory. Relax by the pool, go for lunch at a different bungalow and if you want to explore a little further you can go kayaking on the lake or mountain biking around the lush tea estate.Accommodation
Day 3 - Fly to Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Enjoy the scenic flight to Hambantota, Nr Yala where you will be transferred to Wild Coast Tented Lodge on a secluded coastline of Yala National Park. You will spend 2 nights in the most exquisite design-led ‘cocoons’ featuring free-standing bath tubs, four poster beds and viewing platforms. Sample some ‘sundowner’ cocktails, a picnic amongst the sand dunes and five star dining in the exquisite restaurant. You will stay on an all-inclusive basis which includes twice daily safari game drives.Accommodation
Day 4 - Safari at Yala National Park
Venture out on safari with your own private naturalist to track down and observe the famous Sri Lankan leopard, elusive sloth bear and numerous other mammals, birds and reptiles that inhabit Yala National Park. You will dine on gourmet ‘safari style’ cuisine inspired by local traditions. When you return why not kick back and relax at the Sanctuary Spa and have a refreshing drink at the Tuskers Bar or in the privacy of your lodge.Accommodation
Day 5 - Cape Weligama
You will be whisked off to Cape Weligama to settle into your private villa where you will spend the next 3 nights. Dine on exquisite dishes at one of the three restaurants or in-suite, discover what the Pool Bar and Moon Bar have to offer and take a relaxing dip in the Moon Pool with unrivalled views of the bay below.Accommodation
Day 6 - Whale & Dolphin Watching
Enjoy complimentary breakfast, drinks and lunch onboard a 50ft catamaran as you embark on a whale and dolphin watching trip. Please note this is seasonal.
Alternatively you could take a boat cruise or kayak around Koggala Lake to explore the cinnamon gardens and tropical wildlife. Return to Cape Weligama and relax and unwind at the wonderful Signature Spa before deciding on drinks and dinner at your chosen restaurant. If you have time you could also swim, snorkel, surf or scuba dive (seasonal).
Day 7 - Galle Fort
Simply relax in the wonderful surroundings of Cape Weligama or if you would like to discover more of the south coast you can visit UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort to explore the colonial dutch buildings, cobbled streets, galleries, boutiques, fort restaurants, not forgetting a walk along the fort walls to the lighthouse. You could also visit the nearby rock temple of Yatagala Raja Maha Vihara. When you return why not go for a relaxing swim in the moon pool and enjoy some cocktails as you watch the sun set over the bay.Accommodation
Day 8 - Fly Home
Transfer back to Colombo for your flight home.