SOUTH COAST : RELAX & EXPLORE


9 Days / 8 Nights

GALLE

The main attraction of Sri Lanka’s south-west coast is historic Galle city and its 17th-century Portuguese fort. The town itself is a fascinating hub of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and quirky shops. Upmarket luxury and character-rich boutique properties are easy to find here, a lot of them with a heavy influence from the colonial period. The beachfront Fortress and Jetwing Lighthouse offer the best of both worlds – the opportunity for sightseeing and relaxation by the coast. Along the coast in both directions are numerous towns and villages showcasing the region’s vibrant cultural heritage and miles of pristine beaches.


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THE SOUTH-WEST COAST

The south-west coast is awash with pristine beaches and idyllic properties, perfect for relaxation after an epic journey exploring the ancient cities and cool highlands of the interior. Travelling east from Galle are the unspoilt beaches of Thalpe and Weligama (meaning ‘sandy village’); Mirissa, a top whale-watching spot and the ideal place to dine on seafood; Tangalle’s palm-fringed coves; and Hambantota, a convenient base for exploring the nearby national parks of Bundela and Yala as well as the temples at Kataragama and vast coastal saltpans.
For families, Weligama Bay is considered the best and safest beach for children in the south. Alternatively, head to Kalapitiya on the west coast or the east coast’s gently shelving beaches at Trincomalee

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GALLE

The main attraction of Sri Lanka’s south-west coast is historic Galle city and its 17th-century Portuguese fort. The town itself is a fascinating hub of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and quirky shops. Upmarket luxury and character-rich boutique properties are easy to find here, a lot of them with a heavy influence from the colonial period. The beachfront Fortress and Jetwing Lighthouse offer the best of both worlds – the opportunity for sightseeing and relaxation by the coast. Along the coast in both directions are numerous towns and villages showcasing the region’s vibrant cultural heritage and miles of pristine beaches.


THE SOUTH-WEST COAST

The south-west coast is awash with pristine beaches and idyllic properties, perfect for relaxation after an epic journey exploring the ancient cities and cool highlands of the interior. Travelling east from Galle are the unspoilt beaches of Thalpe and Weligama (meaning ‘sandy village’); Mirissa, a top whale-watching spot and the ideal place to dine on seafood; Tangalle’s palm-fringed coves; and Hambantota, a convenient base for exploring the nearby national parks of Bundela and Yala as well as the temples at Kataragama and vast coastal saltpans.

For families, Weligama Bay is considered the best and safest beach for children in the south. Alternatively, head to Kalapitiya on the west coast or the east coast’s gently shelving beaches at Trincomalee

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Day 1 : Fly to Colombo (N)

Day 2 : Colombo
On arrival in Colombo, transfer to the Galle Face Hotel for an overnight stay. Visit the Gangaramaya Temple and enjoy high tea from the terrace of your hotel. (B)

Day 3 : Udawalawe National Park
Drive to Udawalawe for an overnight stay at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort. Take an afternoon game drive to see wild elephants and other animals in their natural habitat. (B, D)

Day 4 : Hambantota
Drive to Hambantota, visiting the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home en route. Spend 4 nights at the beachside Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa. (B, D)

Day 5 : Hambantota
Day at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Hambantota
Take a 4x4 ride to Yala National Park for a morning safari in search of leopards, sloth bears, deer, water buffalo and elephants. (B, L, D)

Day 7 : Hambantota
Visit the Mulkirigala painted caves, a 2,200-year-old site of seven caves with frescoes and Buddha statues complemented by panoramic views of the surrounding lush landscape. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : Galle
En route to Galle, visit Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, a quiet rock temple with a 9 metre reclining Buddha where monks have been living for at least 1,500 years. Enjoy a 2-night stay at Galle Fort Hotel. Afternoon tour of the Unesco-listed Galle fort. (B, D)

Day 9 : Galle
Optional early morning whale watching excursion with Sail Lanka. Or visit the tea fields and factory of Handunugoda Tea Estate and sample their Virgin White tea. Alternatively, enjoy a boat and cycle ride followed by a cookery lesson in the countryside surrounding Galle.(B)

Day 10 : Fly home (B)

GUIDE PRICE $2465 PER PERSON

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