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UPCOMING: March 4, 2018

Sri Lanka Serendipity

An Active Gay Cultural Exploration of Sri Lanka

DESCRIPTION

Sri Lanka is a gem like no other. Off the coast of India, mainland influences filter through the island’s Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu people. With a Civil War ending in 2009, the world is buzzing about this new travel hotspot. On our tour you’ll go deep into jungles, high up to tea country, and headfirst into the culture. You’ll also slumber in the most sublime hotel suites, and savour lavish dinners every night of the tour. If you’re an architecture or design fiend, this tour also features 3 stops celebrating famed gay Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, Master of Jungle Modernism.

QUICK FACTS

Duration:: 11 Days/10 Nights
Starts In: Negombo
Ends In: Colombo
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750
Accommodation: 4/5-Star +
Physical Rating: 3.5/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

March 4, 2018 to March 14, 2018 - 4495.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Marvel at Yapahuwa - one of medieval Sri Lanka’s fleeting capitals
• Ascend Sigiriya, the monolithic ancient fortress
• Try your hand at tea plucking, and see how the leaves are dried
• Cycle through lush and gorgeous countryside
• Rise and shine for an 8km hike to World’s End (it’s worth it)
• Immerse yourself in elephants, boars, and possibly leopards on safari
• Marvel at the monkeys…pretty much everywhere
• Walk the walls UNESCO world heritage site Galle Fort

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ITINERARY:

Halō! Welcome to Sri Lanka. After transfer to our swanky hotel, take time to unwind by the massive pool…we’ve got a busy few days ahead. The tour kicks off with a Group Meeting at 6PM, followed by dinner overlooking the lagoon. Enjoy the rest of the evening as you see fit: an early night, get to know fellow travellers, or check out Negombo’s *small* gay bar.

After breakfast and check-out, we visit the granite ruins of Yapahuwa, a medieval Buddhist Heritage Site. We’ll then continue to The Royal Temple, a series of caves where Sri Lankan kings once sought refuge. The 5 caves are filled with an astounding 150 statues of Buddha. After a long day on the road, our home for the next two nights is a hotel designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa. Built into a mountain and embraced by the jungle, monkeys could well await you on your balcony. Tonight we will enjoy a mouth-watering dinner at the Katakatha restaurant on the roof top.

This morning we’re off to Sigiriya. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a massive rock fortress built by King Kasapaya in the 5th century. We’ll zig-zag the sheer face via potentially vertigo-inducing staircases, with stops along the way to admire famous frescoes. From the top we’ll savour unmatched views of a countryside like no other. After lunch we’re off to Minneriya. Elephants congregate at this national park, and we’ll get as close as we can on safari. Following our day in the wild, civilized food awaits at the hotel!

This morning we’ll visit Matale Spice Garden, where healing plants are cultivated for Ayurvedic medicine. You’ll also see how Earth’s most popular spices grow, before our group wraps our visit up with lunch. Then we’re off to sweetly named Kandy. This city was the island’s last capital of native kings before British conquer. Our afternoon includes a drive around the lake, a bustle through the bazaar, and the jewel of Kandy’s crown: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, where one of Buddha’s actual teeth resides. We'll wrap up the day with a special dinner at Kandyan Art restaurant.

We'll rise early today to prepare for a scenic cycle from Ulapane to the Mahaweli Valleys. Don't worry if fitness isn't your thing as the ride is not challenging. The path is well paved, shady and relatively flat. Highlights will include small villages and forest patches as well as the Mahaweli river. The ride culminates in a 2km uphill route to a can't-be-missed lookout point. A well-earned snack will be served at the lookout point. Afterwards we'll transfer to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda with a mid-day tea plantation visit. The day ends in the quaint British-inspired town of Nuwara Eliya.

After rising bright and early, we have a long drive to Horton Plains National Park, where an 8km walk to 'World’s End’ is totally worth the view 880m/2,900ft below. The mist that often pours over the cliffs makes this experience magical. Back at the hotel, after a well-earned hot shower, there may be time to try tea picking, or at least see tea-making in action. After an incredible dinner back at the hotel, you'll have the evening to yourself.

Chilly mountain air becomes heavy and humid as we return to the jungle today. Yala National Park is one of the most densely populated leopard habitats in the world, but they’re still elusive on safari. However, much other wildlife awaits, from elephants to boars to a slew of birds. Tonight’s “glamping” accommodations are jungle tents with built-in bathrooms, where dinner will be cooked over flame and served by a bonfire.

This morning we’ll rise early for another safari in hopes we see leopards heading back to their dens. Back at the camp, a hearty breakfast will be whipped up just for us. This afternoon we drive to Galle, and may stop for a kayaking break en route. Once at our outstanding hotel, you’ll definitely want to wallow in the massive walk-in shower or soaker tub to refresh after last night’s funky jungle adventure. Tonight’s dinner is served on the resort lawn, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Today is yours to discover Galle or spend time leisurely tanning on the beach. You have the option of visiting Ahangama to witness the famous stilt fishermen who perch themselves on the cross bar of a single pole buried deep into the seabed. These fishermen spend hours with their lines cast out to catch even the smallest of fish. In the evening we will take a guided tour of Galle fort, followed by a cooking class at the Tamarind Hills Hotel.

After a leisurely breakfast to begin our final day, we head for the bustling capital of Colombo. A stop en route brings us to the former home of Geoffrey Bawa’s brother (the architect of our second hotel), where beautiful gardens are still maintained by the same caretaker. Once in town, we’ll tour some of the city's most iconic attractions either by foot, tuk tuk, or bus. Sites include the Pettah bazaar, prime neighbourhoods like Cinnamon Gardens, and the National Museum. Don’t tell the paparazzi, but tonight we’ll stay at the Sri Lanka’s most famous hotel. Kick back by the pool and have a cocktail. We bid farewell with dinner at an alluring restaurant in the former offices of aforementioned architect.

With no activities planned today, you are free to depart at your leisure. Safe travels!

• Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures 
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners 
• 4-star or higher accommodation (10 nights)
• Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in itinerary
• Safari at Minneriya National Park

• Spice garden tour
• Sunset and sunrise safaris in Yala National Park
• Guided tour of Galle Fort
• Colombo city tour
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss

• International Airfare
• Departure Transfer
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($50-$100 USD)

 

• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)

***PLEASE NOTE: this tour includes a few days driving long and windy roads. Plan ahead if you get carsick.

RATING:

Dennis E.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

It was a spectacular trip and a beautiful country. Love the quality level of the accommodations and the food was excellent.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

RATING:

Rick K.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Surprisingly interesting country. Well run tour.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Brian Y.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Sri Lanka is an amazing place to visit with a very diverse set of activities.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Peter H.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Excellent itinerary, very good tour leader combined with a beautiful island with great food and heritage.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Henry D.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Exceeded my high expectations. Charming, friendly country.Variety of things to see & do: Temples, historic sites, nature preserves & animals in the wild, architecture, great food, great hotels.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

RATING:

Craig M.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

The tour's mix of culture, food, history, nature, and relaxation was even better than we could have expected. Lodging featured some truly unique and memorable locations (Tea Factory, Kandalama). A real sense of camaraderie with fellow travelers. Always felt safe. The Out Adventures team take amazing care of their customers before, during and after the trip.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

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