Sri Lanka - Journeys Rediscovered Ladies Immersion Small Group Tour
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Sri Lanka - Ladies Immersion Small Group Tour
Small Group Tour of no more than 12 Ladies
Colombo – Negombo - Anuradhapura - Kandy - Colombo - Koggala - Galle - Colombo
13 Days/12 nights
- 2 nights accommodation in Negombo - Jetwing Ayurvedha Pavilions
- 2 nights accommodation in Anuradhapura - Forest Rock Garden
- 3 nights accommodation in Kandy - Santani Wellness Resort & Spa
- 2 nights accommodation in Colombo - The Residence by UGA
- 3 nights accommodation in Koggala - Hotel Tri Lanka
- Breakfast daily at hotels
- Many lunches and dinners included at specially selected restaurants
- All private transfers
- All Wellness Activities included
- iEntrance fees
- Sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide
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Boutique 5 star accommodation twin share. Single Supplements available.
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Boutique 5-star accommodation
Day 1 - Colombo/Negombo: VIP Arrival ServicesUpon arrival, step off the plane and look for a representative holding a sign with your name on it. This person will fast-track you all the way through immigration and escort you to the Silk Route Lounge. Our representative will be there to greet you with a cup of tea and to address any last minute questions you have about the itinerary. We can also assist you with changing money at this time. Once your luggage is delivered to the lounge, porters will accompany you through a special VIP track to your private vehicle.
Conveniently located close to the airport, just an hour north of Colombo, Negombo is a wonderful start or end point for your Sri Lanka holiday. As well as being a great resting place after a long flight, this youthful north-west coastal town has plenty to offer tourists looking to get a taste of Sri Lankan culture. Head to the lagoon or the beach and watch the local fishermen bringing in their catch in colorful catamarans, bleached by the sun; cycle along the extensive network of canals which links Negombo to Colombo, built by the Dutch in the 17th century; admire the colonial churches scattered around the town; explore the surrounding rice fields and coconut plantations, or simply stroll along the beach and take in a beautiful sunset.
Day 2 - Negombo: Special Ayurveda programme.
- FB meal plan based on a body consultation with the doctor
- 15 Minute consultation with an Ayurveda doctor
- 02 1⁄4 Hour Ayurveda treatment
- Internal and external medication
- 1-hour yoga (morning)
- Curated pool exercises
Day 3 - Negombo/Anuradhapura: Breakfast will be followed by morning Yoga. Next, transfer to Anuradhapura. Dating back to the fourth century BC, Anuradhapura was the first civilization to be built in Sri Lanka and remained the spiritual and secular capital of the island for well over a millennium. Anuradhapura contains some of the island’s most sacred Buddhist shrines and was established around a cutting said to be from the fig tree under which the Buddha sat and gained enlightenment. This cutting – the Sri Maha Bodhi – is Anuradhapura’s spiritual heart, and is thought to be one of the world’s oldest trees. Cuttings of this sacred ‘mother tree’ have been successfully planted in temples all over the island. The extensive ancient ruins of Anuradhapura cover 40sqkm: you will find three colossal tanks, enormous, towering dagobas, the remains of a palace, Isurumuniya Vihara rock temple and Royal Pleasure Gardens. Check-in to Forest Rock Garden.
This afternoon, visit the ancient ruins of UNESCO Anuradhapura Kingdom. Anuradhapura consists of more than a dozen archaeological sites. Typically one moves around from site to site either by bike or inside the vehicle. The most important/significant sites are the 3 largest man mad stupas in Sri Lanka, which were – at the time of the pyramids of Egypt – the second largest man-made structures in the world. Then, Sri Maha Bodhi is a Sacred Fig said to be the southern branch from the tree under which lord Buda was enlightened. Altogether the visit to Anuradhapura takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Day 4 - Anuradhapura: After breakfast, visit the Mihintale Mountain Monastery for a guided tour with a local expert and receive a special blessing from the local Buddhist Monk. Located close to the ancient capital of Anuradhapura, Mihintale is believed to be the site where Mahinda a Buddhist monk from India and King Devanampiyatissa, the ruler of the kingdom at that point met for the first time. This meeting would go on to inspire the king to embrace Buddhism and encourage his countrymen to do so as well. This sacred site is surrounded by several religious monuments and is revered by Buddhists across the island. Explore the sacred site of Mihintale with a local guide who has in-depth knowledge about the area and its history. Recognized as a sacred site that changed the history of Sri Lanka, Mihintale is surrounded by several monuments including Ambasthale Dagoba, Naga Pokuna (Snake Pond) and 68 caves. The climb to the peak of Mihintale is quite steep but manageable. From there continue towards Kaludiya Pokuna (Black Water Pond), a local and ancient monastery where monks still practice meditation.
Lunch at The Sanctuary by Tissawewa. Then proceed to Ritigala for a guided trek through the tranquil ruins of Ritigala Forest Monastery. Walk through the Ritigala forest monastery that spreads across 700 acres of land. Home to forest monks who lived a simple way of life removed from the material world back in the day, Ritigala has since been abandoned. Shaded by a thick canopy of jungle and stone pathways built into existing rocks, Ritigala is unlike any other experience. The incline to the peak of the mountain is gradual and is surrounded by sites of ruins of structures that were once used by the monks.
Day 5 - Anuradhapura/Kandy: Breakfast will be followed by morning meditations. Next, proceed to Kandy. En-route, enjoy a privately guided visit to a herbal garden followed by a delicious Sri Lankan meal. Proceed to Kandy - The last Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy is central to the history of Sri Lanka and is home to many of the island’s cultural gems. Meaning ‘hill’, Kandy once stood as an impenetrable fortress against invading colonial powers, withstanding all attempts of the invasion until the British finally deposed the king in 1815. Kandy houses the world-famous Temple of the Tooth, one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world, which was built to protect the sacred tooth relic thought to belong to Lord Buddha, which has been enshrined in Sri Lanka for hundreds of years. As well as a host of other temples, visitors to the city can wander along Kandy Lake, stroll through the stunning Botanical Gardens – created by the British in the 19th century and still one of the most beautiful gardens in Asia – and visit Kadungannawa Tea Factory. Kandy is one of the best places to explore the art history of Sri Lanka and travellers should take the time to see a Kandyan cultural show.
En-route, visit the home of reclusive artist Rudrani and dive into the mind of this individual. Your host, one of the country’s most eminent and reclusive artists, has been living and working in Kandy for the last three decades. His studio showcases a personal collection of his own paintings. The experience allows visitors to have an intimate glimpse into his life and work, and to discuss the work with the artist himself within his own private and creative world. Over welcoming glasses of fresh juice you can unwind in front of the tranquil views from his verandah as you get to know both your host and his daughter, who is an artist in her own right. Having being home-schooled and tutored in the art by her father, she is engaged in developing her own visions on canvas. The work of both painters may be viewed at leisure between their home and the studio. The visit ends back on the verandah with a cup of tea and final conversation. Check-in to Santani Wellness Resort.
Day 6 & 7 - Kandy: Relax and reenergize your body, mind and soul with a specially curated wellness package:
- 3 healthy gourmet meals per day
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Morning and evening group yoga followed by meditation-
- 2 x 60-minute massages per person during the stay
- 2 x guided walks (Temple walk and walk to Hulu River)
- Use of sauna, steam room and thermal salt water bath
Day 8 - Kandy/Colombo: Transfer to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s enigmatic coastal capital city, is a bustling metropolis that once functioned as the main port for the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Colombo is a colourful tapestry of various cultures and is one of the best places to explore all of Sri Lanka’s history, from ancient Buddhist temples and stunning colonial architecture to the modern shops and art galleries that line the capital’s streets. Those seeking an exciting nightlife will welcome the wide range of bars and restaurants that have emerged in recent years, which cover a variety of international cuisine as well as offering traditional Sri Lankan delicacies. Wander round Colombo (or go on a tuk-tuk tour) and see the historic, sea-facing Galle Face Green, a host of temples, churches, koils and mosques, the tranquil Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Colombo Fort and various art galleries selling local pieces. Check-in to The Residence by UGA.
In the afternoon, meet our host and enjoy an engaging guided Colombo’s Culture walking tour. Start off your walk from the Seema Malakaya, a floating temple located just outside the heart of Colombo where you will learn much about the Buddhist philosophy which plays an intrinsic part in the daily life of most Sri Lankans. From there head to one of the most iconic koils in the city, built purely out of granite as a tribute to God Shiva, and then to Kochchikade church, a place where devotees of all religions gather in search of solace. Then wind your way through the bustling streets of Pettah, the maze that pumps life to all of Sri Lanka, where everything and anything you can possibly imagine can be found in any of the hundred shops you will encounter. Stop and enjoy a cup of masala chai as your guide explains the history behind the area and make sure to notice the stunning minaret of red and white amidst this explosion of colour and chaos as you explore Pettah.
Day 9 - Colombo: This morning, visit the home of our charming host for a private home-cooking lesson for a traditional Sri Lankan culinary experience. Your host’s no-fuss approach means that the art of curry making is made simple and easy to replicate at home. After cooking you will sit down to enjoy lunch together. The program includes fresh fruit juice, lunch and a recipe leaflet to take home as well as a sample of your host’s freshly ground spices.
Day 10 - Colombo/Koggala: After an early breakfast, visit the home of an experienced yoga teacher who will engage you to immerse all senses. She will take you through a series of breathing, meditation, exercise and relaxation practices to help you immerse all five senses. Ideal for either the start or at the end of your trip, these activities are designed to help you connect with the sounds, smells, tastes and feelings unique to Sri Lanka. Considered as a core principle in Buddhism, meditation is closely linked to mindfulness that is fast becoming a hot topic across the world. Known to promote relaxation and well-being, mindfulness links the mind and body and involves paying attention to your breath, feelings and sensations that occur within your body.
Return to The Residence by UGA and prepare to set off to Koggala, the coastal town near Galle. En-route, visit the country-home of the island's most influential architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa - the founder of Tropical Modernism and enjoy a guided walk through his garden followed by lunch.
Proceed towards Galle - Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s most enchanting destinations, home to the famous 17th century Dutch Fort which houses many beautiful pieces of colonial architecture behind its walls, as well as an absorbing collection of quirky shops and restaurants. Wander the quaint streets and stroll along the ramparts. Galle is an expansive area, encompassing not only the famed fort but also a variety of beach towns, including lively Unawatuna and tranquil Thalpe, as well as stunning rural inland villages surrounded by rice paddies and cinnamon plantations. Check-in to Hotel Tri Lanka.
Day 11 - Koggala: After breakfast, visit a working Cinnamon Plantation on a guided visit to understand 'the story of Cinnamon'. Lunch at KK Beach.
Meet your local host and enjoy a tour through the rustic villages, rice paddy’sand forests of Galleon bikes and a boat. Join your host and make traditional SriLankan sweetmeats. Do not forget to enjoy them yourself! Your journey begins with a boat ride that serenely floats down the Kapu Ela River. You will be accompanied by a local naturalist, whose wealth of knowledge on the local bird and reptile life is as impressive as it is humorous. Sit back, and enjoy the ride as you pass along river banks, through canals, under bridges and by local village hamlets. Children will race up to the river bank to wave. Grey fish eagles swoop by. Water monitors lazily cling to low branches after a big meal, while others zip through the waters in search of unsuspecting prey. The ride passes through rubber and cinnamon plantations, and even a few low bushes of tea can be spotted from the backyards as you float on by. The ride will stop by where small mounds of coconut husk can be seen drying up in the sun; one of many places where coir rope comes to life from the humble coconut husk. From here you will mount your bike and begin a 9km breathtaking ride through rural Galle and the heart of the south. Whizz by paddy fields and through small villages, past humble markets where the villagers trade and end up at a cool mud hut for refreshing herbal teas and traditional breakfast or cooking lessons with some traditional rice and curries, made in the ways of the past. From here you can choose to ride back to a pickup point or be driven back to the drop off point.
Day 12 - Koggala: Enjoy the day at leisure and a morning yoga.
Day 13 - Koggala/Colombo: Departure to the Airport.
Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Dec 2021.
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