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Sri Lanka Reborn In Peace

Sri Lanka, Asia

Contact provider for price 7 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Remote Lands 12 people max
  • Colombo airport, sri lanka
  • Culture & Nature trips
National Geographic Traveler's Tours of a Lifetime 2011
Sri Lanka is a traveler's paradise, with rich culture and art, ancient architecture, exquisite cuisine, marvelous beaches, stunning mountains, superb animals and safaris, fabulous hotels and some of the kindest people in the world. In a ten-day stay on the island, you can see much of this mostly Buddhist country the size of Georgia, and experience a wide range of enthralling activities covering all aspects of Sri Lankan culture and life.

Remote Lands immerses you in Sri Lankan culture by providing insider access to private events and extraordinary people. Our journeys introduce you to a multi-faceted selection of remarkable people, from government leaders and top businessmen to tea planters and lobster fishermen. Your interactions with these people will be stimulating, edifying and enlightening, and you will have a well-rounded and profound learning experience that you will value forever.

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Sri Lanka, Asia

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3 testimonials about the provider, Remote Lands:

  • Reviewer:
    "Thank you so much for what I can truly say was a trip of a lifetime. It was impeccable! The flow of the trip was ideal and every guide was wonderful in his own right. The fine-tuned details and the flexibility of Remote Lands made the trip flawless. There is no doubt in any of our minds that we will choose to travel again with Remote Lands while in Asia."
    5
  • Reviewer:
    "Our adventure in Southern Laos was great overall and I would rate the trip highly. We certainly had a great time. We appreciated traveling in remote areas off the beaten track and the vast majority of your arrangements were excellent. Some of the highlights included kayaking on the Mekong River, the interlude we spent with a very pleasant coffee grower, and a riverside picnic lunch where we encountered a local family. The slice-of-life experiences made the trip worthwhile."
    5
  • Reviewer:
    "Overall we enjoyed a wonderful trip and appreciated the fine service and attention to detail provided by Remote Lands. VIP arrivals and assistance with immigration and customs certainly adds ease and comfort to traveling. Our party preferred a French-speaking local guide and you found someone who was both knowledgeable and helpful. We would recommend her to anyone with the same needs. The hotels and accommodations you suggested were great and we particularly liked our private junk on Halong Bay and the Nam Hai in Hoi An. The new Six Senses on Con Dao island has a wonderful beachfront setting and it was a very relaxing way to end the holiday."
    5

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Colombo

 Stay at the Park Street Hotel, a 250-year-old colonial bungalow that has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel with modern amenities, surrounded by landscaped grounds. Your suite, decorated in grand colonial style with antique furniture, also features its own private terrace and garden.

 
 Take a private tour of Colombo City, Sri Lanka’s cultural and commercial capital, which has a long history as a trading port. Governed successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, the city has a unique multicultural spirit, unusual architecture, a diversity of religious heritage, and colorful markets to match.

 
 Visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and have a private blessing with a head monk. One of the central places of worship in Sri Lanka, Gangaramaya is a vast group of shrines dating from various periods and built in a wide range of architectural styles, which can lend the complex a quirky, patchwork feel. The grounds also contain a bodhi tree said to be grown from a cutting of the one under which the Buddha gained enlightenment, as well as a crystal lotus reputed to contain one of his bones.

 
 While at Gangaramaya, see the Seema Malaka Temple, one of Sri Lanka’s most unusual shrines. Built in the 1970s to replace an earlier 19th-century building that was slowly sinking into Beira Lake, Seema Malaka was designed in a serene, minimalist style by renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Several simple pavilions appear to float on the surface of the lake, connected to each other and the mainland by walkways lined with statues of the Buddha.

 
 Continue your experience of Colombo’s religious diversity and heritage by visiting the Sri Kailawasanathar Swami Devasthanam Hindu Temple, the oldest in the city, with shrines honoring Shiva and Ganesh; the Jami Ul Alfar mosque in the Pettah neighborhood, whose garish exterior of red and white stripes, checkers, spirals and other patterns cannot be missed; and a Dutch colonial church dating to 1792.

 
 Have lunch at a casual local restaurant, and afterwards browse the myriad stalls of Colombo’s bustling and vibrant vegetable market.

 
 Stroll along the edge of the Indian Ocean on the Galle Face Green and arrive at the landmark Victorian Galle Face Hotel. Enjoy cocktails at its beach bar, where Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward once held court.

 
 Return to the Park Street Hotel and dine this evening with the chairman of one of the great old trading houses, established in British colonial times and still flourishing.

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