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Sri Lanka's Unexplored North

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Trip Overview

We designed this trip for couples and friends who are looking to uncover the mysteries of the most remote parts of Sri Lanka and explore the island’s rich cultural heritage whilst staying in a range of elegant boutique hotels. After a night at The Wallawwa to recuperate after the flight, go to Hatton and spend your first few days walking or cycling through tea estates, meeting friendly pluckers as you go, and visiting a nearby tea factory, before driving up to Kandy. Explore the delights of Kandy town, which include visiting the Temple of the Tooth and walking around the Royal Botanical Gardens which are utterly tranquil. From here, journey to the Cultural Triangle and see the incredible ancient ruins of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s oldest cities, and go on safari at Minneriya National Park. Next, journey to the east coast to Trincomalee, a historic town with spectacular beaches where you can visit an iconic kovil, go snorkeling at Pigeon Island or head out to sea in search of whales. Head north, well away from the tourist trail, and arrive at Jaffna, the penultimate stop on this tour – see this majestic town by bicycle and explore its unique culture, which is influenced by many traditions from South India. Finish the tour in Colombo and wander through the streets of Sri Lanka’s thriving capital before settling down to a delicious last-night dinner.

How long?

  • 12

    Nights
  • 13

    Days

Depending on what time your flight arrives, you may need an extra night at the beginning near the airport – we will advise you.

Price?

Price is available upon request. Rates vary depending on the time of the year and the number of people traveling. Email us if you’re interested in this particular itinerary. Let us know when you’d like to travel and how many rooms you need in each hotel.

Day 1 to 2
The Wallawwa
Negombo
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The Wallawwa

Negombo

Though situated just a few kilometers from the airport, The Wallawwa feels nothing like a transit hotel. Sitting in acres of beautifully mature gardens, this charming boutique hotel is a sanctuary of serenity and style where the old merges beautifully with the new. Built over 200 years ago in the traditional “Dutch warehouse’ colonial design, The Wallawwa is the most ancient manor house in the entire province and was an ancestral home for many years.

With its completely secluded location, The Wallawwa is a luxurious private hideaway whose 17 boutique bedrooms, exquisite food and wonderfully oversized Z Spa are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing and memorable stay. The hotel’s signature swimming pool sits in the garden a short distance from the main house, while a yoga garden is peacefully located beside the spa.

Day 2 to 4
Ceylon Tea Trails - Castlereagh
Hatton
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Ceylon Tea Trails - Castlereagh

Hatton

Welcome to Ceylon Tea Trails, a range of luxurious planters’ bungalows in Dickoya, found approximately 4,000 feet above sea level in the southern highlands of Sri Lanka’s tea country. Tea Trails comprises five classic colonial bungalows, all of which are Relais & Châteaux bungalowsbuilt for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. Each bungalow is different, combining both classical and contemporary styles: the effect is quintessentially luxurious and colonial, a stroll back in time but entirely resplendent in modern amenities. Within the confines of each bungalow guests will find over-sized rooms with four-poster beds, lavish bathrooms and a blazing log fire in the dining and drawing rooms. The meticulously maintained gardens also feature sun-decks and summer houses where traditional English Cream Teas are served by the bungalow’s resident butler. Enjoy reading by the pool, having high tea in the summerhouse or a gin and tonic on the terrace.

This bungalow, built in 1925, lies nestled on the banks of Castlereagh Lake in a woody glade and is perhaps the most romantic of the five. It is also the most remote and is reached along a windy, sometimes bumpy road that passes through tea plantations where pickers are busy at work. All the bungalows have three types of rooms: Luxury Suites, Garden Suites and Master Suites, each with its own touch of opulence, and individually named after former tea planters who served the estate. With the exception of Tate Luxury Room, which has twin beds, the rest of the rooms at Castlereagh include king-sized beds. The Garden Suites have sensational views over the glassy waters of the lake.

Activities during your stay

  • Go walking or cycling around the estate
  • Visit a tea factory
  • Indulge with afternoon tea on the lawn
Day 4 to 5
Kandy House
Kandy
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Kandy House

Kandy

The grand ancestral home of one of Kandy’s most influential aristocratic families, the Kandy House sits on 6 acres in a quiet village area close to Kandy.

Originally built in 1805, the Kandy House was restored in a style that combines classical Kandyan period architecture with Dutch colonial furnishings and a soft, colorful and elegant finish. Large shady verandas, double-hammocks and tropical lawns encourage one to find a comfortable and quiet corner to relax or read. The ambalama overlooking the paddy fields is perfect for private dining, spa treatments and even yoga sessions.

The Kandy House has 9 luxurious bedrooms categorized into Deluxe and Ultra Rooms, each individually designed and named after butterflies found in Sri Lanka.

Activities during your stay

  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth during an evening pooja ceremony
  • Walk round the tranquil Botanical Gardens and see the giant fruit bats in the trees
Day 5 to 7
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Dambulla
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Jetwing Vil Uyana

Dambulla

The work of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in the UK was unusually the source of inspiration for Vil Uyana. The goal was to construct a privately owned wetland nature reserve, out of bare land. A wild refuge for otters, crocodiles and dragonflies and perhaps even for a thirsty elephant or monkey, when the seasonal drought follows the monsoons. Oh… and some dwellings for discerning tourists, who would want the ultimate chill-out, but without sacrificing creature comforts.

The end result is a matrix of wetland and organic paddy studded with luxurious dwellings spread across 28 acres and an island spa, in the culturally rich North Central plains. Plunge pools, butler service, village trails to explore, inspiring companionship from naturalists… the lifestyle decisions are yours to take. It’s truly the ideal abode for all nature lovers, and a taste of rural simplicity with a dash of modernism intertwined.

Accommodation is offered in 36 dwellings situated in five different habitats.

Activities during your stay

  • Cycle round Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s medieval city
  • Climb the majestic Sigiriya Rock and explore the 5th century ruins at the top
Day 7 to 10
Jungle Beach
Trincomalee
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Jungle Beach

Trincomalee

In the seemingly innocuous little hamlet of Kuchchaveli, on the eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka, Jungle Beach is every bit as its name implies; spectacularly set in an entirely natural and harmonious blend of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated virtues – its wondrous beaches and teeming jungles.

Nestled within a 10-acre estate, sandwiched between the vast Indian Ocean and a lagoon filled with colorful birds, this luxury beach resort beckons with pristine sandy beaches, tropical mangroves and endless pursuits.

The hotel has cleverly incorporated prevailing trees and other natural greenery into its design, which sets it apart from other hotels. Jungle Beach offers 48 luxury chalets in four categories and also has a spa, gym and swimming pool.

Activities during your stay

  • Go snorkeling at Pigeon Island, or head out to sea in search of whales
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches
  • Visit the Koneswaram Kovil at Lover’s Leap
Day 10 to 12
Ulagalla Resort
Anuradhapura
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Ulagalla Resort

Anuradhapura

Ulagalla incorporates an eco-friendly design blended with modern comforts. Spread across 58 acres of working paddy fields, organic vegetable plots and ornamental gardens that host 25 chalets, a sensitively-restored ancient Wallauwa (manor house), a 30m swimming pool, a gym and a sensual sunken spa.

Public areas of the resort – a first-floor restaurant, fully-equipped bar and reception area – are all located in the main house, a 150-year-old fully-restored mansion once home to the village chieftain. Linking all areas of the resort is an eco-friendly transport system through on-call golf buggies and pedal bicycles, two of which are provided for guests in each chalet. With an emphasis on sustainability, Ulagalla operates on a solar energy farm that powers half of the energy requirements and their chalets are built using recyclable material.

The activities offered at Ulagalla – archery, horse riding, kayaking and nature walks – have also been chosen for their minimal impact on the environment.

Activities during your stay

  • Learn how to make mouth-watering Jaffna crab curry
  • Visit Delft Island and see the wild horses left behind by the Portuguese
  • See the glorious ruins of Anuradhapura, which is over 2,000 years old
Day 12 to 13
Tintagel
Colombo
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Tintagel

Colombo

The former home of Sri Lanka’s most famous ruling family the Bandaranaikes, Tintagel is now a sophisticated heritage hotel located in the heart of Colombo. The property was elevated to a chic, boutique hotel by Udayshanth Fernando, the same man behind The Villa Bentota and Paradise Road, who refurbished the colonial mansion with a new wing that blends seamlessly with the original architecture. The polished interiors exude a stately grandeur and are perfectly poised to satisfy even the most discerning guests. Tintagel is a very private and stylish retreat: recuperate after a busy day in the spa or steam room, or relax in the elegant lap pool.

Tintagel consists of ten opulent a/c suites, each with its own individual décor – the bold colors and textures of the furnishings and fabrics shape the character of each room. Most rooms have the luxury of a fully-furnished private balcony, whilst others enjoy terraces full of greenery, and all come with a separate lounge area. If you thought sleeping between 400-thread Egyptian cotton sheets was heavenly, wait till you sample their pillow menu!

Activities during your stay

  • Do a tea tasting session with a local expert
  • Go on a tuk tuk tour of Colombo, visiting the main attractions along the way
  • Enjoy sunset drinks at Galle Face Hotel

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