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Luxury Hill Country & West Coast

Luxury Hill Country & West Coast

Luxury Hill Country & West Coast Overview

For outstanding natural beauty it's hard to beat the dramatic mountain ranges and deep valleys of Sri Lanka’s hill country. The tea plantations and vegetable terraces give this area a unique character and are not to be missed! Combined with a stay on the west coast this makes a great trip without too much travelling.

Day 1: Spend your first night in the rural outskirts of Colombo not too far from the airport, in order to rest and acclimatise after the flight. The Wallawwa is our top recommendation. Just 15 mins from the airport this smart boutique hotel mixes traditional Sri Lankan architecture with stylish contemporary interiors.

Day 2 & 3: From Colombo you can travel to Kandy via the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Once in Kandy a visit to the world famous Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a must, as are drinks at the outrageous Helga’s Folly. Former guests of this eccentric abode include Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Isabella Blow and more recently the Stereophonics who were inspired to write the song Madam Helga following their stay. Other possible activities include – The Temple of the Tooth, golf at the breathtaking Victoria Golf Club, trekking in the Knuckles Mountain Range and white water rafting in Kitugala. Your accommodation will be the very stylish Kandy House, located just outside the city center.

Day 4 & 5: From Kandy you can catch the scenic railway up into the hill country and tea plantations. Once there you must, must, must stay at the Ceylon Tea Trails! In our opinion it is the best hotel in Sri Lanka. The scenery is breathtaking and the accommodation and service is superb. While in the hill country you can enjoy many walks, mountain biking, climb Adam’s Peak or just soak up the scenery with a delicious cream tea.

Day 6 - 10: From the hills you can make your way to the south/west coast for a few days rest and relaxation before flying home. The west coast is best for a shorter trip as it involves less driving from the hills and then back to the airport. There is also plenty to do on the west coast - turtle hatcheries, great watersports, Lunuganga House, Bawa's Brief Garden, fish markets, river trips, antique shops etc... Your accommodation will be at Villa Bentota, one of Geoffrey Bawa's former properties and the nicest boutique hotel in the area.

Notes:
  1. All hotel rooms are double en-suite and on a Bed & Breakfast basis. That is with the exception of Tea Trails where the meal basis is all inclusive.

  2. All necessary transport in a private a/c vehicle with driver is included, however the optional activities mentioned are not.
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