Immerse yourself in Sri Lankan nature and cuisine
Sri Lanka's historic and cultural treasures
The Southern Coast
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
|28 May 2018||12 Jun 2018||Available||AUD $7,150|
|17 Sep 2018||02 Oct 2018||Available||AUD $7,150|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to amazing Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean!
After a morning at leisure we'll take a cruise along the calm waters of the jungle-fringed Gin Oya River, listening to the tranquil sounds of the abundant birdlife. [B,D]
Special Experience: Take part in a demonstration of how locals would prepare a typical meal. We'll learn about how the various cooking utensils unique to Sri Lanka are used and then savour the flavours at dinner overlooking the ocean.
This morning we depart for the small village of Kandalama on the shores of the sparkling Kandalama Reservoir. Later this afternoon we'll explore nearby Minneriya National Park by jeep, where we'll look for the elephants and sambar deer that call this forest and scrub home. For the next 3 nights we'll be staying at the incredible Heritance Kandalama, built into the mountainside overlooking the lake and the rock fortress of Sigiriya.Enjoy dinner at Kanchana restaurant this evening, accompanied by a melodic flute and panoramic views from the 6th floor. [B,D]
Our day begins with a visit to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Brimming with archaeological treasures, we'll discover the well-preserved ruins of palaces, stupas, bathing pools and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha. [B,D]
Culinary Experience: Enjoy a hands-on cooking experience with the famous culinary team of the Heritance Kandalama. They'll give us insight into what gs on in one of the largest kitchens in Sri Lanka and we'll be able to learn some tricks of the trade from the leading chefs. We'll end the day with a 6-course meal in the famous Bawa Cave.
Today we explore the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya - 'Lion Rock'. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century, this impressive site is located on top of a vast 200-metre-high granite rock, some 750 steps up! [B,L]
Special Experience: Visit a traditional Sri Lankan village and be welcomed into a local home. Learn about daily life and traditional farming, and then feast on local delicacies at a demonstration of chena cultivation.
After breakfast we begin our journey to Kandy, stopping at the stunning Cave Temples of Dambulla. Housing hundreds of statues of Buddha, they are also completely covered in ancient frescs. We'll also stop at a spice plantation in Matale that grows a variety of spices for which the country is famous, such as cinnamon and nutmeg. [B,D]
The former capital of Ceylon, and the last seat of the Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy is known as Sri Lanka's cultural heart. This morning we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya before touring the city. Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, tourmalines and spinals and we'll see a workshop and the design, cutting and setting processes. This afternoon we'll visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. [B]
We travel to the lush tea-growing region of Nuwara Eliya by train and road, visiting a tea plantation to learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export. [B,D]
Culinary Experience: In the picturesque colonial town of Nuwara Eliya we'll explore a beautiful vegetable garden and farm. Here we'll learn about how the produce is planted and nurtured before a hands-on cooking class. [B,L]
Travelling south towards the coast, we visit the spectacular waterfalls at Ella. Along the way to Yala, we'll stop in Udawalawe to visit the Elephant Transit Home which prepares orphaned elephants for their release into the wild when they come of age. Our accommodation is on the border of the National Park and you may be lucky to spot some neighbouring guests! [B,D]
This morning we embark on a safari in Yala National Park - the oldest and best-known of Sri Lanka's national parks. It is believed to have one of the highest-density leopard populations in the world. This afternoon we'll make the trip south to the resort town of Hambantota, along the ancient spice route. We'll be staying at the stunning Shangri-La Resort & Spa. Enjoy fresh seafood and traditional flavours over dinner tonight at Bojunhala. [B,D]
The morning is at leisure on Sri Lanka's pristine southern coast. [B,D]
Culinary Experience: Spend some time working alongside experienced chefs before dinner this afternoon and learn more about Sri Lankan cuisine. Sit back and admire the dishes being prepared before your eyes over dinner at Sera restaurant.
Enjoy the day at leisure to relax on the beach and resort before a sunset boat cruise where we'll be able to see a myriad of birdlife. [B]
We make our way to the island nation's capital, Colombo. We'll take a guided tour of the city, including a stop at the famous Cricket Club Caf , the iconic Gangarama Temple and the historic Museum of Colombo. Tonight we'll indulge in a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today is at leisure before we bid farewell to Sri Lanka this evening and begin our journey home. [B]