Explore the island nation of Sri Lanka with supreme efficiency and in ultimate comfort by travelling with your own private helicopter. You’ll be whisked away to difficult-to-reach places in no time, in style and comfort, with ease, and while enjoying breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the country’s incredible landscape. You’ll visit ancient heritage sites, dine on delectable Sri Lankan dishes, see exotic animals, and enjoy leisure time on the beach during this exciting 12-day luxury journey.
Arrive in Sri Lanka’s capital and largest city, Colombo. You’ll be escorted directly to a helipad, where you’ll step aboard a private helicopter, which will whisk you away to the Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla. Settle in to your new surroundings and relax. Once refreshed, you may head out to see Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This morning, you’ll hit the open road, heading for the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Here, you’ll scale the rock and take in the intricate frescoes, water gardens, and more. Next, you’ll return to the helipad, from which your helicopter will take you to the centuries-old city of Polonnaruwa. You’ll be escorted on a driving tour of the city, upon which you can get a close-up of the city’s monumental ruins. Return to your hotel by helicopter to relax for the evening.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel this morning. Afterwards, it’s time to pack your things and step aboard your helicopter once again. This time you’ll be flying to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital and home to well-preserved ruins. Don’t miss important monuments like Sri Maha Bodhi Tree Shrine, Ruwanweliseya Stupa, Jetawana Stupa, Twin Ponds, and Samadhi Buddha Statue. Transfer to the helipad and fly to Jaffna, the capital city of the North. Spend the night at a local guesthouse.
Step out into Jaffna’s streets today for some sightseeing, starting with the well-known Nallar Hindu Temple. Fly by helicopter to Trincomalee in the northeast, getting a lovely view of Jaffna’s coastal islands along the way. Relax this evening at either Jungle Beach Resort or Nilaveli Beach.
Start your morning off with a sightseeing tour of Trincomalee. You’ll take in some of the city’s most famous spots, from Koneswaram Hindu Temple to Walgamvehera Buddhist Temple and Kanniya Hot Wells. This afternoon, you’ll take a helicopter flight to charming Kandy, where you’ll be transferred to your room at the Earl’s Regency Hotel.
Wake up and get acquainted with your new surroundings. Kandy was the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom and was under British colonial rule for some time. Visit the Temple of Tooth, containing what is said to be a tooth of Buddha. Other must-see sites are the Gem Museum and the Arts and Crafts Center. After lunch, you’ll hop aboard the helicopter and fly to Norwood, where you’ll check in to the Tea Trails Bungalow.
This morning, take a helicopter sightseeing journey, traversing the central mountain range of Adam’s Peak, Horton’s Plains, and Nuwara Eliya Hill Station, enjoying a unique and rare bird’s-eye view of the landscape below. Return to your hotel and enjoy leisure time this afternoon and evening.
Board your helicopter after breakfast this morning. It will take you to Yala National Park, the most popular national park in the country. Look for exotic animals on your afternoon safari ride. Thereafter, you’ll be driven to Tangalle, known for its mild climate and sandy shores. Check in to your luxury resort, the Amanwella.
Enjoy your day at leisure today. Spend time making use of your luxe hotel’s excellent facilities, explore the surrounding area, and watch the waves roll in.
Your leisure time continues this morning. Feel free to sleep in and enjoy a relaxed gourmet breakfast. In the late afternoon, you’ll fly to the port city of Galle, where you’ll transfer to your luxury hotel room at the Amangalle. Once unpacked and refreshed, explore the Dutch Fort on a walking tour, taking in the area’s colonial heritage. Return to your hotel to relax for the evening.
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast this morning at your hotel before transferring to the helipad and being whisked back to Colombo. Check in to your room at the Tintagel, and head back out into the city for a sightseeing tour, hitting the Gangaramaya Temple and Seema Malaka Temple along the way. Relax at your hotel for your final evening in Sri Lanka.
It’s time to say goodbye to Sri Lanka this morning. Savor a final breakfast ahead of your departure. You’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight, either home or to your next exciting destination.
Designed by famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the unique Heritance Kandalama hotel is set into a cliff face among dense tropical forests, flanked by the Dambulla rock temple and Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The hotel’s buildings were planned to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment and are covered with hanging vines and flowering plants. Each of the 152 rooms faces either Kandalama Lake or the forest – even the bathrooms were planned to showcase the view – and is decorated in an elegantly simple contemporary style. The Kandalama is the first Green Globe 21-certified hotel in Asia, and the first hotel in the world to be awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building certification. There are three restaurants to choose from, including the Kanchana Café, which has won multiple awards. Among The Kandalama’s amenities are a pool, business center and fitness center, while the world-renowned Six Senses Spa has a location here that offers Asian, Swedish, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage.
Set in the heart of a historical village most famous for its use as a battleground during the civil war, the Jaffna Heritage is a boutique hotel with 10 rooms that come with all necessary amenities, including air-conditioning and WiFi, a non-alcoholic mini bar and LCD TV, for your comfort and pleasure. Relax by the pool, explore local sites and dine on delicious vegetarian food at the hotel’s restaurant. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jaffna Fort, while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the local market, beautiful temples and the spectacular Casuarina Beach along the way. Casuarina Beach also offers a spectacular view of fresh fish trading at their fish market held daily by locals. Three triple, six double and one twin room, with affordable rates, will give you a safe and clean stay in Jaffna.
The resort boasts a sumptuous spa, fitness center, business center and library. The stylish contemporary rooms, which have a tropical jungle style, feature atmospheric lighting, large windows, a comfy seating area, cable TV, an en-suite bathroom, bathrobes and a hairdryer. Free WiFi runs throughout the whole establishment. Guests can expect to sample a fine selection of local and international dishes at the onsite restaurant. Room service is also available upon request. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Trincomalee has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Jungle Beach Resort.
From the cozy Nilaveli Beach property, guests can gaze out to the pristine white sands and azure waters stretching far into the distance. Those looking for a blissful tropical heaven, far away from the cares of everyday life are guaranteed a slice of undisturbed paradise at this hotel. The hotel offers water sports, an outdoor pool, a secluded garden and beach and easy access to the vibrant city's must-see destinations. The well-appointed, light and airy rooms feature hardwood furnishings, a mini bar, DVD/CD player, air conditioning, fans and toiletries. The in-house restaurant serves a variety of local Indian and Western Halal dishes. a private barbeques on the beach can also be arranged.
Sri Lanka, once known as Ceylon, is one of the world's historic centers of tea production, replete with rolling green hills and genteel plantation homes. Ceylon Tea Trails, run by the Dilmah Tea Company, has restored four classic colonial bungalows built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. These historic houses offer guests the unique experience of life on a working tea estate in the highlands (elevation here is over 4,000 feet). The bungalows range in size from four to six rooms and two have their own pools. Summerville and Castlereagh are situated opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh Lake, Norwood is at the other end of the valley about 15 minutes away by car and Tientsin is about 30 minutes away in the next valley. Maintained trails with beautiful views run between all the bungalows, and through the surrounding hillsides and plantations. Each house comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys; in-house massage appointments can be arranged. Meals and afternoon tea are prepared by your private chef using gourmet ingredients and produce grown right on the property, and can be served indoors or on the lawn.
Situated in the midst of a coconut grove on a secluded bay, the Amanwella resort is one of the world's most exclusive beach retreats. The resort sits on a perfect crescent of white-sand beach and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, national parks and exotic wildlife and a 5 and 1/2 hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). There are 30 suites, each equipped with a plunge pool, terrace, and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. A number of ocean suites are located further down the hill and have uninterrupted views of the coconut palms and the beach. The Amanwella restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and uses its location next to the ocean to cook up fresh Asian- and Mediterranean-style seafood. The Pool Terrace also serves meals in a more laid-back setting. When not enjoying a safari, snorkeling, or swimming in the pool, there is a library with Internet access and reference books on Sri Lanka. The spa offers massages and traditional therapies using local, natural ingredients, which can be given either in the spa's suite or in selected garden locations. There is no fitness center.
Located in the center of a preserved 17th-century Dutch Fort, the sumptuous Amangalla resort is also a beautifully restored UNESCO World Heritage site that perfectly captures the charm of the historic trading port of Galle. Amangalla has 17 rooms, eight suites and the Garden House, a two-story house with treetop views. Rooms are decorated in a style that blends luxurious contemporary amenities with a perfectly rendered colonial-era aesthetic. Sri Lankan curry and other traditional dishes are served in the dining room, and the Veranda is a cool spot to have a drink during the day; the fort's Zaal (Dutch for Great Hall) serves light meals and a classic afternoon tea. The pool is located in the resort's gardens and has five shaded pavilions where you can relax post-swim. A library with Internet access houses information on Sri Lanka and the history of the Fort. The Baths, Amangalla's spa, offers Ayurvedic massage, hydrotherapy pools, and a steam room and sauna, among other treatments. There is also a garden pavilion for yoga practice or meditation. There is no fitness center. The resort is roughly a four-hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
The dramatic and sultry Tintagel property is located in central Colombo, close to Colombo Town Hall, National Art Gallery and Sinhalese Sports Club. The hotel was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders, making it an important structure of national heritage. This unique and intimate hotel boasts ten high-ceilinged suites with timber floors, lavishly decorated with a unique blend of color, texture and atmosphere. The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers, bathtubs and large vanities. All rooms include complimentary WiFi, LCD TV screens with DVD/CD players, a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Egyptian cotton bedding. Selected suites come with a private courtyard or a balcony. There are a range of dining facilities including an alfresco restaurant, a chic indoor restaurant offering international cuisine, a private dining room and a bar with black leather lounges and bronze tables. Other facilities and services of the hotel include a spa with optional in-room service, swimming pool, gym, steam room, library and courtyard.