Sri Lanka - capture the sights, sounds and flavours of this vibrant island
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The central highlands of the island are filled with pictures of stirring mountains carpeted with lush green tea gardens, roaring waterfalls mingling with the clouds and landscapes shimmering in sunlight and disappearing under the rising mist. Travelling towards the top of the country to the North Central Valley of the Kings, mountains covered with lush tropical forests disappears under the glare of the sun giving way to acres of light green carpets of paddy dotted with towering ancient white stupas and fed with oceans like reservoirs locally known as wewa. Giant statues of Lord Buddha rises above the forest line while ancient palaces stand abandoned to the forest, waiting for a master, who long departed from life.
Travelling further north the landscape changes drastically, North of Sri Lanka is a world apart from the rest of country. Colorful Hindu temples replace the white pagodas while sari clad damsels roam the streets on bicycles.
On the western coasts of the country is Colombo, a capital city of the island, which displays a rich colonial heritage. A potpourri of races, religions and cultures, Colombo parades the best and worst the country has to offer.
The craftsman ship of the country’s jewelers, weavers, woodworkers and ivory carvers had amazed the world for the last three thousand years ever since their creations were exported to many a corner of the civilized word.
Explore lush tea plantations, ancient fortresses and genteel colonial sights.
Experience golf at Nurwara Eliya, high in the country, where the temperature is at least 10 degrees cooler than at the coast.
Victoria Golf and Country Resort,
Royal Colombo Golf Club established in 1896
The newly opened Shangi-la Golf and Country Club is the premier course in the country. The beautifully landscaped par-70 course takes you on a memorable golf experience through three landscaped zones, each with its own unique character:
- The Coconut Plantation, offering lush fairways and challenging bunkers
- The Dune Area, with its subtle elevation changes gives you breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean
- The Sapphire Mine, showcasing generous greens with an abundance of water features
Arrive in Colombo. Check in to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the day is yours to explore.
Sunday 4th September
Transfer to the Kandy Victoria Golf and Country Resort by sea plane (Air Taxi), landing on the Victoria Reservoir. Upon arrival, tee off for our first round of golf. Ranked among the 100 most beautiful golf courses in the world, the Victoria Golf and Country Resort was designed in 1997 by Donald Steele & Co. It is a challenging Par 73 Championship course sprawled among the hills. The next three nights are spent at the Resort. Tonight is the Welcome Dinner, where you will have a chance to consolidate friendships.
Monday 5th September
Our second round of golf brings us back to the scene of yesterday's challenge. Also on today's plan is a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Tuesday 5th September
The city of Kandy is steeped in history and culture. Activities today include a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, where a sacred tooth relic of Buddha is enshrined, and the Sigiriya rock fortress, an ancient palace dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200m high.
Wednesday 7th September
Travel today to Nuwara Eliya, where our base for the next 3 days is the magnificent Grand Hotel, the former mansion of Governor of Sri Lanka in the mid 19th century, Sir Edward Barnes. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, renowned for its orchid collection, and the Mackwoods Tea Plantation.
Thursday 8th September
Golf today is at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, a testing course built in 1889 for British Serviceman and officials. This tight course is bordered by tall trees and dense shrubbery, and certain corners evoke a Scottish misty course.
Friday 9th September
Another day of golf at Nuwara Eliya - and the final round of our trip. Afterward, you can relax in the magnificent gardens and explore the surrounding area.
Saturday 10th September
Today, head back to the capital city of Colombo, where you can shop and explore at your leisure, before the Farewell Dinner at the Cinnamon Grand dinner.
Sunday 11th September
After breakfast, leave for Colombo International Airport in time for your departure flight.