A seamless introduction to six of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful spots—from the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress to the sandy shores of Tangalle, the Path to Haputale blends a captivating mix of the must-sees with our own personal favourites.
Beginning in Colombo, we tour the city with visits to the world-renowned properties designed by Geoffrey Bawa, who is arguably the ‘father of Asian architecture’.
On board a sea plane, the journey continues over mountains, tree tops and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress to Sigiriya, which sets as a base for us to explore the Cultural Triangle. Located in the central highlands, the triangle was the centre of early Sinhalese civilisation. Toque macaques (monkeys) inhabit the ruins of ancient palaces and temples, and have lived there ever since those ruins were first built.
After some respite at the bustling city of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth, the journey continues on a scenic train ride through tea plantations into Haputale, a town steeped in its colonial history of tea cultivation.
After the hills, the journey descends southwards to Tangalle, where some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches are—and if you are lucky enough, you might witness sea turtles coming on to the beach at night to lay their eggs.
Further west along the coastline is Galle Fort, where its charming narrow streets that separate buildings of old Dutch architecture will inspire some interesting and intimate walks.
Fly over lush forests and dramatic mountainscapes to reach journey points in a fraction of the time taken on the road.
Temple of the Tooth
Built in the 1600s to house the tooth relic of Gautama Buddha.
Take a scenic train ride through changing landscapes, towering trees and tea plantations.
Picnic at Poonagala Hill
Savour a traditional Sri Lankan lunch atop Poonalaga hill against a backdrop of the rolling tea country hills.
Rise with the sun and take a leisurely hike around the hills of Thotalagala.
Take a bike ride along Koggala Lake and its cinnamon plantations.
Located in the heart of Colombo, Maniumpathy is surrounded by art galleries, chic boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, leading shopping centers and national monuments. Formerly a home to five generations of a family originating in Jaffna, Maniumpathy has evolved at the hands of each generation.
Ulagalla features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, with 20 private, ecologically-built villas spread across 58 acres of lush greenery. The lush environment, stunning landscaping, and exquisite attention to comfort, makes for an unforgettable experience amidst a green oasis. Ulagalla is also just 1.5 hours away from Sigiriya and Pollonaruwa.
The Kandy House
With much history, The Kandy House is a unique ancestral manor house with 9 bedrooms providing seclusion and serenity for its guests in a lush, tropical garden setting close to Kandy. In the gardens, a stunning infinity pool has been landscaped into the hillside overlooking the rice paddy fields
Coconut palms sway above the golden sand beach at Amanwella, a tranquil hideaway set in a cove on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Amanwella’s clean, serene lines frame the untamed landscape. Inspired by modernist Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, Suites are constructed from stone, timber and clay tiles of local origin. Each opens onto a private plunge pool.
Built in 1684, the historic edifice retains its heritage in every architectural and decorative detail. Polished teak floorboards date back to the building’s origins, and the interiors are decorated with antiques that span centuries. The windows look out over the 36-hectare hexagonal stone fort or the property's mature gardens. Set within its ramparts, Amangalla is an integral part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located on Pitaratmalie Estate, part of the vast Agarapatana Plantation, the bungalow was built in the 19th century. Encircled by 20 acres of charming lawns and flower beds, Thotalagala still maintains the landscaping set out by an ardent British gardening enthusiast nearly two centuries ago. Thotalagala lies adjacent to Dambatenne, one of the only estates in the world that Sir Thomas Lipton planted himself. Lipton often resided in the bungalow when travelling around his estates, and no doubt enjoyed the magnificent view it offered of his flourishing plantation.
Return flights to Paro on Drukair / Bhutan Airlines in Economy Class
Accommodation (Twin Sharing, based on 4 people travelling together)
Mineral water provided throughout your journey
All tours with a licensed Bhutanese guide proficient in your preferred language
Private transport with driver
Royalties and Bhutan Visa & Route Permit
Wooden walking poles for hikes
Provision of additional amenities for stays in local lodges
Royalties and Bhutan Visa & Route Permit