Day 01: Airport – Ahungalla
Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), you will be met by our courteous English-speaking Chauffeur Guide and transferred to a breathtaking luxury hotel in Ahungalla. Ahungalla is a small coastal town situated in the southern province of Sri Lanka.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Retire for an early night after enjoying a delectable dinner.
Day 02: Ahungalla
Spend a blissful day at the beach, lounging in the warm tropical sunshine; lulled by the soothing sea breeze. Gaze far into the seamless turquoise ocean and listen to the waves gently lapping the golden shores of Ahungalla.
Day 03: Ahungalla – Mirissa – Tangalle
Leave early morning for a whale watching excursion to Mirissa. Thereafter, travel to the alluring beach destination of Tangalle.
Apart from its gorgeous turquoise sea front, and endless strips of lush coconut palms, the idyllic southern coast town of Mirissa is one of the best Cetacean sighting locations in the world. This coveted title has been backed by years of research work undertaken by many eminent marine biologists in the world. Mirissa’s coastline hosts many varieties of whales such as the blue, killer, sperm and brydes whales and large pods of spinner dolphins. December through to April is the best time of the year for whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa.
Overnight at a selected hotel in Tangalle.
Day 04: Tangalle – Rekawa – Tangalle
Spend the day at the Tangalle beach.
Tangalle is a picturesque coastal town in the southern province of Sri Lanka, endowed with a scenic natural bay, wide sandy beach, and rocky coves fringed with lush coconut palms. It is a long-standing hangout for beach enthusiasts and an ideal base to explore the historic and wildlife attractions in the surrounding hinterland.
Overnight at the hotel in Tangalle.
Day 05: Tangalle
After breakfast, leave for one of two excursions.
Option 1 – excursion to the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary; an experience guaranteed to delight birding enthusiasts.
Option 2 – excursion to the Rekawa Turtle Hatchery. This is a heartwarming experience where you will also be able to release delicate turtle hatchings into the vast open ocean. Nightly turtle – watching is yet another opportunity for those keen wildlife enthusiasts to witness turtles dragging them selves to shore, in the moonlight, to lay eggs.
Overnight at the hotel in Tangalle.
Day 06: Tangalle – Yala
Leave early morning for the Yala National Park.
Yala is Sri Lanka’s finest and most popular National Park, with the densest population of leopards in the world. Yala is also famous for other mammal inhabitants such as elephants, sloth bears, sambars, spotted deer, monkeys, wild buffaloes, jackals, and a variety of native and migratory birds.
Overnight at a hotel situated in the vicinity of the National Park.
Day 07: Yala – Arugam Bay
After breakfast, leave for the celebrated east coast village of Arugam Bay.
Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka’s world-class surfing paradise with a conducive range of waves that cater to amateur and pro surfers alike. Apart from surf tourism, the endless beaches, sleepy lagoons, historic temples, and nearby national parks attract many visitors to this delightful destination.
Overnight at a selected hotel in Arugam Bay.
Days 08: Arugam Bay
Spend the day lounging at the beach or engaging in some exhilarating surfing activity.
Overnight at the hotel in Arugam Bay.
Day 09: Arugam Bay – Pasikudah
After breakfast leave for Pasikudah, a sublime beach paradise.
Pasikudah is famed for its white sandy beach and shallow bay with gorgeous turquoise waters. The tepid, crystal clear waters, with its colourful tropical fish and coral reef, make the bay an ideal location for wading, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Families with young children will find these features particularly appealing, as the waters can be negotiated with relative ease. Pasikudah’s secluded beach stretches are ideal for those long aimless strolls.
Overnight at a selected luxury hotel in Pasikudah.
Day 10: Pasikudah
Spend the day lounging at the beautiful Pasikudah beach.
Watch sun set at the beach – a wonderful and mesmerising experience for those gazing into the distant horizon, set ablaze by the sun’s brilliant explosion of colour. As the last rays disappear, darkness engulfs the surroundings momentarily; only to be banished by the bright illuminating lights of your hotel. The silence of the night is broken as the drifting sounds of mellow music and the wafting smell of a sumptuous dinner beckons you – it is time to embark on your epicurean adventure.
Day 11: Pasikudah – Trincomalee
Leave for Trincomalee and check in at a charming seafront hotel.
Trincomalee is a vibrant east coast destination, famous for its natural harbour, whale watching opportunities, colonial era buildings, colourful temples, breathtaking beaches and captivating island and underwater landscapes.
En-route, visit the colonial era Fort Frederick, originally constructed by the Portuguese in 1623. Subsequently, this coveted fort passed into the hands of the Dutch and British colonists . At present it is occupied by the Sri Lankan Army. However, visitors are permitted to visit for sightseeing.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Trincomalee.
Day 12: Trincomalee
After breakfast opt for one of the below activities.
Option 1 – spend a relaxing day at the gorgeous, secluded beach of Nilaveli.
Option 2 – leave for an excursion to the Pigeon Islands Marine National Park, situated one kilometre off the coast of the beachside village of Nilaveli.
Pigeon Island with its emerald thickets and rocky outcrop, is an ideal habitat and breeding ground for its blue rock pigeon habitants. You will be able to watch hundreds of pigeons in their protected haven.
You can also opt for some scuba diving or snorkeling in the surrounding reef, populated with exquisite corals, colourful tropical fish, and various sea turtle species.
Day 13: Trincomalee – Negombo
After breakfast, leave for the west coast town of Negombo.
Negombo is located near the airport. Hence, serves as an ideal last stop, prior to departure. It is a town dotted with many cheerful resort hotels and guest houses, catholic churches and shrines, sultry wetlands, and a smattering of remnants from its colonial past.
After lunch, join the fishermen for an adventure at sea, in a colourful outrigger canoe. Learn much about the fishing traditions, life, and customs of the fishing community as you spend time with these hardworking locals.
Enjoy a memorable dinner on the Negombo beach as you bring the curtain down on your blissful “Barefoot Escape in Paradise”.
Day 14: Negombo – Airport
Departure transfer to the airport.