Join this picturesque safari to embrace Sri Lanka’s eclectic mix of charismatic chaos and calm as well as enjoy an unconventional safari experience. Renowned for its natural beauty and platforms, Sri Lanka has become the perfect location for a contemporary holiday for those who seek to escape from the modern day stressful and busy life. Whether you are a veteran tourist or someone determined not to be a “tourist”, this safari is will release your stress out and enjoy a way of life you deserve to see, not just ponder over.
You will be staying in various accommodations provided by Asian Escapes Sri Lanka. From the first to the fourth night, you will be accommodated at Kandy Samadhi Centre. On the fifth night, you will be accommodated at Heaven Seven Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Meanwhile, you will be staying at Oak Ray Lake Resort on the sixth night. Furthermore, Paradise Beach Club will be your accommodation from the seventh to the ninth night.
With the busy lifestyles of the modern-day people, it is a must to have a break from the busy life and release stress out. The perfect way to a releasing stress is yoga and meditation where you will focus on your body and mind and let your spirits to explore the eternity. This practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline is practiced in Sri Lanka from prehistoric ages. With the enormous influence of Buddhist philosophy, yoga became a widely accepted practice in Sri Lanka.
A representative of Asian Escapes will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) upon your arrival to Sri Lanka and transfer you to Kandy. You will check in at your yoga retreat center for dinner and overnight stay.
You will enjoy breakfast at the resort. Then, you will be participating in yoga sessions with a yoga master at the resort. Optionally, you will be able to have some Ayurvedic treatments during your stay at the yoga retreat center. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the yoga retreat center in Kandy. Furthermore, during one of the days, you will be taken to Kandy for a city tour where you will visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, arts and craft center, gem museum as well as a cultural show there.
You will leave for Nuwara Eliya after breakfast but first, you will visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden before you proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Today’s drive will enable you to capture the fascinating views of misty mountains, scenic landscapes, tea estates, and waterfalls. You will visit a tea factory en-route to witness the process of making the world-renowned Ceylon tea. Check-in will be at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya. In the evening, you will have a free time to walk in the Nuwara Eliya town area and interact with the local community. Dinner and overnight stay will be at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
You will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then you will leave for Tissamaharama via Udawalawe. You will visit Udawalawe National Park for a Jeep safari. Udawalawe National Park is the best place to see the Asian elephants in large herds throughout the year. Deers, sambars, buffalos, crocodiles, and a lot of bird species are the other highlights of Udawalawe National Park. You will then proceed to Tissamaharama and check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
You will leave for a Jeep safari in Yala National Park with a packed breakfast. The elusive leopard is the big shot of Yala while elephants and sloth bears are other bets. Deers, crocodiles, buffalos, wild boars, etc. are the other animals commonly seen at Yala National Park as usual. You will then proceed to Mirissa after the Jeep safari and check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
You will enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Each morning, you will be taken to a yoga center in Mirissa for more yoga sessions. The rest of the day will be at leisure on the beach. Dinner and overnight stay will be at your hotel in Mirissa.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for a city tour in Colombo. There, you will visit the attractions scattered around the city and you will be able to shop for some souvenirs to remark the visit to Sri Lanka. After that, you will proceed to the airport to connect to your departure flight depending on the flight schedule.
Sri Lanka is like the worthy pearl pendant in the center of the chain where Asian Escapes were once the shipping port of the ancient silk route. This means that even today, Sri Lanka is a melting pot of cultures, traditions, foods, and of course the famously friendly people. Sri Lanka boasts of a 2000-year-old history with some world heritage worthy remnants. You can even dial further back to indigenous people who live in the wild up to date. This does not mean that modern comforts and amenities are scarce. Sri Lanka is studded with luxurious hotels and resorts and even quaint bed and breakfast stays for the homely traveler.
Sri Lanka offers a platter of goods for any type of travelers. In a matter of hours, you could go from the world-famous sunny beaches in Arugambay to surf, walk through quaint towns that emit a Rastafarian vibe, and to stately prehistoric kingdoms as well as old temples in Anuradhapura where Buddhism took root infused with the mixture of Hindu temples, and see locals travel on pilgrimage. You can also sip a cup of Ceylon tea in Nuwara Eliya in an English-styled cottage nestled among the manicured green tea plantations while enjoying the crispy cold weather or take a more thrill-seeking precarious route on a jungle safari in Yala or Wilpattu.
If you go further towards the south, you could go on dolphin and whale watching in Mirissa and literally, beach hops. Your way back to Colombo will be for some shopping and you may end it all with a saucy Negambo lunch before you say your byes at the airport. So, there is a reason the isle was thought to be a “Garden of Eden” because it is rich in history, bountiful in gems, luscious with greenery, and abundant with food.
Sri Lanka is an island lies in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal that has been often described as a tropical paradise. Full of diverse fauna and flora which are native to the most tropical regions and the totally different chilly mountainous areas of the interior are the testimony to the rich diversity of the entire country. Arab traders of long ago knew the island as “Serendib” which is the origin of the word serendipity that is reflecting the unexpected pleasures of the land.
During the British Crown colony, Sri Lanka is known as the Ceylon and became independent in 1948 although it remained under dominion status. It is in 1972 constitution that proclaimed Sri Lanka as an independent republic and changed the country's name. Finally, in 1978, a new constitution officially declared the island as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has been a center of the Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times and is one of the few remaining abodes of Buddhism in South Asia including Ladakh, Bhutan, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts as well as being a bastion of Hinduism.
Sri Lanka is a world-famous tourist destination. A country rich in colonial and pre-colonial history, this jewel has been fought over by many. Thousands flock comes to the island all year round. Sri Lanka is modern enough to transport on carpeted roads, travel in comfortable air-conditioned coaches, or enjoy the scenic views from trains without the charms of an Asian experience such as the tuk-tuk rides with occasional wisdom printed on the back, the spicy hot street food, the chants of roadside vendors, and fortune telling women clad in psychedelic sarees. This is a way of life you deserve to see, not just ponder over.
You will be served nine breakfasts, three lunches, and nine dinners during this safari.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).