A journey that encompasses the gems of Sri Lanka, that takes you from the modern capital to the ancient sites, and from the high breezes of the tea country to the low winds of the coastline. This is a signature path for first-timers with more than a week to spare. Beginning in Colombo, we take to new heights in a scenic seaplane flight to Sigiriya. Rising over the dry plains of the Sigiriya district, the climb of 1,200 footsteps up to the flat-topped mound of Sigiriya Rock Fortress ends with the most scenic view of the emerald plains and leafy villages beneath. Then it’s through another busy city, Kandy, before hopping on a train into the tea hills-one of our favourite experiences on the island-allowing you to see the landscape turn into a lush, verdant green. The South Coast is our next destination, heading to the beach to kick up our heels along the coastline and walking through the historic Galle Fort.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
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.
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
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.
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.