Excursion

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Madhu river safari

The Madhu River is a treasure trove of ancient delights and magnificent biodiversity. The river safari will take you through the mangrove forest and then to the Kothduwa Temple which is over 200 years old. From there you can travel to Cinnamon Island, a family run plantation, dedicated to a host of indigenous industries, which provide rich insight into southern culture and the island’s storied past.

Recommended Time:
Morning or Evening *Year-round
Duration:
3 to 4 Hours
Includes:
Return transfers, Boat safari, Bottle of water
What to Bring/ Wear:
Comfortable clothing, Cap/Hat, Camera, Shades
Travelers:
Minimum 2

The Bawa trails

Geoffrey Bawa is counted among the great architects of the 20th century, his creations encompassing some of the island’s most celebrated landmarks and include houses, hotels, schools, clubs, offices and government buildings. Yet foremost among these creations is his private residence at Lunuganga. An obvious labour of love, Bawa spent over 40 years meticulously transforming the former rubber estate into a sprawling, palatial playground. The Italianate garden unfurls with paths along meticulously crafted geometric axes, numerous water features, courtyards, walkways and an abundance of vegetation. With no shortage of romantic nooks and impressive views, the garden is a veritable treasure trove of discovery. Next on the itinerary is Brief Gardens, created by Geoffrey`s brother Bevis Bawa. In stark contrast to the former, Brief Gardens offers an untamed, eclectic landscape, verdant and overflowing with all things tropical, showcasing Bevis’s penchant for horticulture and landscaping.

Recommended Time:
Morning or Evening *Year-round
Duration:
4 to 5 Hours
Includes:
Return transfers, Entry to Lunuganga, Entry to Brief Garden, Bottle of water
What to Bring/ Wear:
Comfortable clothing, Walking shoes or comfortable footwear, Cap/Hat, Camera, Shades
Travelers:
Minimum 2

Out of the blue

The island’s southern coast offers several prominent locales that are perfect for whale watching. The migration patterns of these magnificent creatures bring them close to the coastline of point Dondra, providing aficionados with the ideal opportunity to get up-close and personal with the impressive pods of whales passing through.

Recommended Time:
Morning *October – March
Duration:
5 to 6 Hours
Includes:
Return transfers, Shared boat safari *departs at 7.00 a.m. from the Mirissa Harbour, Snack onboard, Bottle of water
What to Bring/ Wear:
Comfortable clothing, comfortable footwear, Cap/Hat, Camera, Shades
Travelers:
Minimum 2

Splendor and magnificence

The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. On your way to Kandy, you will visit the nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants, visit the colorful Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya renowned for its collection of orchids and the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth housing Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth as it is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. But a visit to Kandy is never complete without having visited the Temple of the Tooth.

Recommended Time:
Morning *year round
Duration:
11 to 12 Hours
Includes:
Return transfers, Entry to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Entry to Temple of the Tooth, Entry to Royal Botanical Garden, Bottle of water
What to Bring/ Wear:
Comfortable modest clothing, comfortable footwear, Cap/Hat, Camera, Shades
Travelers:
Minimum 2

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