Few places in the world offer such a remarkable combination of scenic beauty, extraordinary historical sites and wildlife experiences within such a small area as Sri Lanka. There are pristine tropical beaches, lush tea plantations, fragrant spice gardens, colonial forts, World Heritage listed ruins of ancient cities and fortresses, and national parks with leopards, monkeys, buffalos and herds of wild elephants.
The holiday is over fifteen days with a relaxed pace and a balance of tours, culinary experiences and bridge sessions.
The fascinating tour program includes an evening at the Kandy Esala Perahera, the most spectacular festival in Asia. The bridge program complements the tour program and includes bridge sessions most days as well as three interesting intermediate lessons.
We will be staying in some wonderful hotels chosen for their historical interest and diversity as well as location and comfort. All are four or five-star boutique hotels, resorts or historical hotels.
This will be a memorable journey combining modern comfort and traditional Eastern culture in a country enjoying a boom in tourism.
Airfares (Indicative prices from Sydney. Prices subject to change.)
Holiday inclusions and highlights
The Sri Lanka Bridge Tour includes all accommodation, meals, tours, entrance fees and gratuities. Highlights will be:
♠ A professional cooking class and lunch with chef Mohara Dole who will introduce you to the flavours of Sri Lanka.
♥ Tours in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle to Sigiriya, the ‘Lion Rock’, a 5th century fortress; to the 11th-century Polonnaruwa with its palace, temples and immense carved rock Buddha statues; and to Dambulla Golden Temple, a cave temple dating from the 1st century BC with over 2000 square feet of painted walls and ceilings.
♦ A special Sri Lankan lunch at a coconut plantation hosted by the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United Nations.
♣ A tour in Kandy, including a visit to the Temple of the Tooth and the Botanic Gardens, followed by an evening at the Esala Perahera, with its parade of dancers, flame throwers and costumed elephants.
♠ A scenic train journey from Kandy to the hill country travelling in the Viceroy Special, a colonial-style carriage.
♥ A tea factory tour followed by the chance to pluck your own tea from the tea fields of Nuwara Eliya (with the help of a professional tea plucker).
♦ A jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park, famous for its herds of elephants as well as water buffalo, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard.
♣ A walking tour of World Heritage listed Galle, with its colonial-era buildings, museums, boutiques and galleries.
♠ A tour of the garden followed by lunch at Lunuganga, famous architect Geoffrey Bawa’s country estate.
♥ A tour of the main sights of Colombo with time to explore Pettah, Colombo’s bustling market district.
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