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Chena Huts

Sri Lanka Circular, Just Us

For couples looking to explore off-peak, Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination, oozing culture, with friendly locals, delicious food and plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature and the stunning scenery, yet everything is within relatively easy reach.  Enjoy the lush green tea plantations in the Hill Country, ancient cities, festivals, as much or as little soft adventure and beach time as you wish. From start to finish you will have your own highly experienced, friendly driver-guide ensuring everything you see and do is on your terms and entirely bespoke. We've suggested some tried and tested boutique hotels that offer that beguiling something special. 

Chena Huts

On arrival in Colombo, head to the Wallawwa Hotel for your first night – this 200 year old restored country house hotel merits much more than an airport ‘crash pad’ status. Relax in the tropical gardens or luxuriate with a pampering spa treatment to ensure you are well rested for the exciting journey ahead.

On your first full day, you'ill be greeted by your driver / guide before setting off for the renowned Cultural Triangle, the heartland of Sinhalese civilization linking three great cities. Three nights at Ulugalla Resort and two nights at the charming Kandy House should give you plenty of time to soak up the sights. Anuradhapura was the capital from the 3rd century BC to 993 AD and the centre for Theravada Buddhism for many centuries, whilst at Polonnaruwa you can cycle around this iconic architectural feast for the senses. Kandy is most famous for the ‘Temple of the Tooth’ whilst other worthwhile visits include the unique Dambulla cave temples and a climb up Sigirya Rock fortress for those seeking a breathtaking outlook over the whole area. 

Next, take the train up to the lush Hill Country for 2 nights. As you head to higher altitudes marvel at the emerald peaks carpeted by tea plantations which replace the more jungly backdrop. If you enjoy trekking, you can also explore Horton Plains or Adam’s Peak on foot and be rewarded with yet more phenomenal Sri Lankan views. Be warned though - if you opt to stay at one of the Ceylon Tea Trails stunning bungalows, you might not want to wander far!

From the Hill Country, head down to the South West coast around Galle for 4 nights, via a night in Uda Walawe National Park for a nature drive and perhaps a visit to the Elephant Transit Home. During November – March, this traditional and pretty shoreline is typically bathed in sunshine whilst still offering much more than a beach break. Tuk tuks whizz along the coastal roads delivering you to your chosen beach or restaurant and there are some charming boutique hotels such as the Why House. We also recommend a visit to the Fort - a Unesco Word Heritage site. This historic trading port boasts Dutch-colonial buildings and churches, and wandering it’s rambling lanes brings the opportunity to pick up some souvenirs before heading home.

recommended duration:
12 nights
pricing:
From £3,450 per adult, travelling November - March
call:
0845 1244455
email:
info@bushbaby.travel

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