Indulge in tropical Paradise while basking in the luxuries of Sri Lanka. The pristine golden beaches shimmer against the backdrop of sapphire waters. Waves curl over adventurous surfers. Outrigger canoes cast their sail into the wind, with fishermen eager to find a perfect catch. Visit newborn turtles in a private hatchery and relax your body and mind with Ayurvedic spa treatment techniques refined over thousands of years. From radiant coral reefs to the whitewashed walls of preserved Dutch colonial...
Negombo – Welcoming Beach View
The streets of Colombo bustle with activity. The bazaars in Pettah Market brim with vibrant hues emanating from saris and the swirling textures of unique geometric designs. The aromas of turmeric and coriander linger around the marketplace. Your flight lands at Bandaranaike International Airport. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival and leads you to the endless movement of rickshaws overlooking the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean. You travel north to Negombo, where the gold sands shimmer beneath the drifting sunlight.
Outrigger canoes rest on the shoreline with their loose sails rustling in the breeze. Fishermen use the waters from the ocean and the lagoon to catch lobsters, crabs, prawns, and various types of fish. Remainders of the European colonial days decorate the streets and overlook the edges of the lagoon. The scent of cinnamon seems to linger from the days in which the Dutch utilized the area for the spice trade.
You settle into the luxuries of your beachside resort, enjoying the sands shaded by palm trees and lounge chairs residing by the refreshing waters of the pool. Your room has a pristine view of the lush tropical landscape, allowing you to open the window and find the semi-sweet scent of the ocean breeze. Your guide meets you in the lobby after you have time to freshen up, and leads you on a relaxed tour through the town to view the remnants of the colonial past and the continued traditions of local culture, beginning at the 17th-century ruins of the Dutch fort.
Negombo – Dolphins in Paradise
Negombo – The Reefs of Sri Lanka
Colombo – Discovering the Dutch Canals
Hikkaduwa – The Advantage of Paradise
Hikkaduwa – In Dutch Presence
Beruwala – A Healing Sensation
Colombo – Obtaining the Pleasures of Paradise
- Delight in the chance to view dolphins and whales on a fabulous excursion along the open waters of the Indian Ocean
- Relish the refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean during a snorkeling tour of Sri Lanka’s largest coral reef
- Visit baby turtles and witness the hatching of tiny turtle eggs in the Hikkaduwa Turtle Hatchery
- Enjoy a private surf lesson to learn the secrets of the exciting and celebrated sport
- Traverse the colonial city of Galle to view the preserved grounds of the Dutch Fortress and the continued display of the region’s unique history
- Bask in the comforts of an Ayurveda medicinal treatment while visiting the Ayurveda capital of Sri Lanka at Beruwala
- Discover the blend of charm and majesty while cruising the Dutch Canals outside Negombo, home to villages and abundant wildlife
Sri Lanka is an island paradise steeped in tradition and brimming with preserved colonial architecture. The beaches glow with radiant golden sand matched by the marvelous coral growing along the seafloor. Enjoy the treasures of the island nation beginning with your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Your private transfer greets you at customs and escorts you north to the stunning beaches at Negombo. Bask in the comforts of your lavish resort before meeting your guide in the lobby for a half-day tour of the historic streets and structures around town.
The following morning, you rise early to board a boat in the town of Kalpitiya. Venture onto the open waters in search of dolphins and whales. Upon returning to the shore, you have the remainder of the day to bask in the tropical sun along the stunning beaches or discover the gorgeous colors glistening along Sri Lanka’s largest coral reef on a snorkeling excursion. Next, you board another boat and set out to reach a collection of snorkeling destinations spread across the western coastline. Relish the splendor of the ocean floor and aquatic life before returning to Negombo.
You cruise the historic Dutch canals around Negombo that once helped the merchants and fishermen travel to Colombo. View thriving birdlife and wildlife, before your private guide greets you on the banks and escorts you to Colombo. The remainder of the day is yours to follow in the footsteps of your guide, discovering the majesty of Sri Lanka’s capital city. Your private transfer leads you to Hikkaduwa, where you partake in a private surf lesson, learning the proper ways to catch a wave. Spend time visiting the Turtle Hatchery to learn about the methods that the sanctuary uses to protect the turtles in the region.
Travel to the Dutch city of Galle for a full day tour discovering the remaining charms of the former colonial city. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Beruwala en route to Colombo. The coastal town is considered the center of Ayurveda treatments in the country. Indulge in the soothing ambiance and techniques of your Ayurveda spa day before returning to Colombo for the evening. On the final day, your private transfer escorts you from the hotel to Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
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