Experiential holidays

16 days /15 nights

Experiences are ever popular in Sri Lanka and it is worth remembering that our hotels offer their own collection of unique local activities, and many of these are included within a stay. Hotels in more remote, nature- or culture-rich locations tend to offer the widest array of experiences – think the Cultural Triangle, the Tea Country, and in and around national parks.

Gal Oya Lodge is heavily invested in their experiences, and guests are assigned a naturalist upon arrival for their entire stay. Experiences such as guided bird walks, cycle rides, their jungle night walk, hike up Monkey Mountain and animal monitoring programme are all included in a stay. Key experiences – such as walking with Veddha chieftains, elephant-spotting boat safaris and jungle drives into Gal Oya National Park do cost a little extra but are generally very much one of a kind experiences.

Water Garden – Sigiriya also has a wide range of experiences, and these focus not only on Sigiriya and neighbouring Pidurangala (for incredible sunrise breakfasts), but the wider local area. Options include bird walks, jungle kayaking, village visits and ATV rides. In the hotel, guests can also join an arrack pairing experience or learn to make Sri Lankan cocktails.

At Santani Wellness kandy, guests can take part in complementary daily yoga classes and experience wild swimming in the river a short walk away from the hotel, on a guided walk. Other unique adventures include walks to a famous ‘hanging bridge’, to waterfalls and natural pools, visits to crafts villages and tea factories, and hikes in the Knuckles Range. Of course, there are also a wealth of amazing treatments available at this first-class wellness spa resort.

The hills in and around Ella are famous for activities such as hikes, wild swimming and zip wiring. Inclusive experiences at Nine Skies include self-guided walks through surrounding tea estates, birdwatching, tea factory visits and breakfast, lunch or sundowners at a secret viewpoint. Other standout paid-for experiences include a swim in an underground cave and a brilliant day trip to a waterfall where guests can swim and enjoy a delicious picnic.

Lunuganga is just 20-minutes from Bentota’s broad sandy beaches, and an ideal location to end an adventurous holiday. Included in stays here are guided walks around the exotic gardens which were designed by Geoffrey Bawa, a leading Lankan architect. Free shuttles are provided to sister hotel Kumu Beach, located on quieter Balapitiya Beach. Your guests could opt to stay in either property.

TRIP Itinerary

Water Garden – Sigiriya, Cultural Triangle

Santani Wellness Kandy, Werapitiya, near Kandy

Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya National Park

Nine Skies, Demodera, near Ella

Lunuganga, near Bentota or Kumu Beach, Balapitiya, near Bentota