Serendipity Discovered: A small group adventure
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Info : Serendipity Discovered: A small group adventure

 Ladies Solo travel groups cater to the needs of women who want to travel solo but also want the security and peace of mind of a small group.

Join up to 16 other like-minded solo travellers on a 12-night tour circumnavigating the island in style. The relaxed pace of this tour allows you to enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of beautiful Sri Lanka, whilst staying in the very best hotels the country has to offer. You will be staying in wonderful accommodation ranging from delightful boutique hotels to luxury tents in a national park.

Highlights include:

  • The Cultural Triangle - climb Sigiriya Rock, explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the cave temples at Dambulla.
  • Experience the elephant gathering up close at Minneriya National park
  • Stroll through Kandy’s botanical gardens and visit the Temple of the tooth.
  • A stay in the hill country – with the best climate in Sri Lanka, incredible scenery and the chance to pluck some tea.
  • Learn about life in a local Sri Lankan school and have chance to meet the children and teaching staff. 
  • A chance to meet local ladies for a lunch forum in the Galle fort to gain insight into what it is like to be a women living in Sri Lanka.

Travelling solo doesn't have to mean travelling on your own, and from the start of your trip you can expect to be in good company with the rest of the group made up of solo travellers. What's more, having an experienced tour leader with you at all timestakes away the stress and worry of planning and logistics of the trip: they'll take care of everything and help you get the most out your holiday. 

For more tour details  please fill in the form or give us a call. 

Group sizes are restricted to a maximum of 16, so you are able to get the best out of your experience.

 

 

Pricing & Inclusions

For updated information on pricing and scheduled departure dates please get in touch directly with zoe@experiencetravelgroup.com or call 0207 9247133

Group sizes are restricted to a maximum of 16, so you are able to get the best out of your experience

Inclusions
  • Accommodation and tours as described
  • Private transport within country with qualified local national guide
  • Escorted by a female member of the Experience Travel team
  • Meals as described
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • All taxes and surcharges

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Serendipity Discovered: A small group adventure

DAY 1 DEPART THE UK

Depart the UK for Colombo, Sri Lanka.

DAY 2 NEGOMBO

Late evening arrival into Sri Lanka.  The team will be on hand to meet and greet everyone at the airport, then whisk you all to your lovely hotel Amagi Lagoon.  Pre-check in will already have been done on your behalf, so after a welcome drink and chance to get acquainted with your group, head to your room for a good night's sleep, ready for the first day of exploration!

DAY 3 CULTURAL TRIANGLE

After breakfast there will be an introduction and briefing about the tour with your guides who will be with you the whole way through and then we transfer  to the Cultural Triangle. The journey begins in the next few days with the exploration of some of Sri Lanka's most famous UNESCO ancient cities and archaeological sites in the Cultural triangle.

Check in at your boutique hotel in the afternoon and then unwind after your journey by the pool. Tonight will be a leisurely dinner by the pool.

DAY 4 CULTURAL TRIANGLE

This morning travel by tuk tuk and tractor you will visit a number of local farms and learn firsthand about the life and work of the villagers, who cultivate a variety of crops including sweet potato, manioc and millet.  Meet the farmers and their families at home, have a go at some of the agricultural techniques used, and enjoy a home-cooked lunch that (apart from the papadums) comes entirely from the land. 

In the afternoon let your guides lead you through ancient pleasure gardens to visit the fortress of Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock, built on top of a huge boulder in the 5th century.  Truly stunning this ancient rock fortress and palace ruin is surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and ruins.  It is also renowned for its ancient frescoes.  The history is incredible and we learn all about it as we climb the rock. Once we reach the top time for some refreshments to rehydrate and to take in the surrounding view

Back to the hotel in the afternoon  and then dinner this evening where we enjoy a torchlit sarong themed traditional dinner on the banks of the Lake Kandalama.

DAY 5 CULTURAL TRIANGLE

We are off to explore the medieval capital and ruins of Polonnaruwa.  For those in the mood there is a fun 13 kilometre easy bike ride we can do to explore the site and its environs (for those who would prefer it, the van is available).  After the visit we enjoy lunch and a swim at a local rest house on the lake.

This afternoon we head off to Minneriya National Park in 4x4 jeeps.  The park's main feature is the former reservoir built by King Mahasen in the 3rd century AD.  During the dry season from June to September this is a fantastic place to watch herds of elephants come to graze and bathe.  It has recently been discovered that the park witnesses the largest elephant gathering in the world during these months

 DAY 6 Kandy

Early this morning we drop into a local primary school where we spend time with the teachers and the students learning all about life in a Sri Lankan school.  We will hand out some goodies, such as exercise books and other much needed materials to help out at a local level before heading back to the hotel for lunch. 

After check out we travel to Kandy known for its mild climate and colonial architecture.  It is also the home to the Temple of the Tooth, the most sacred site in Sri Lanka.  This morning we will visit the Dambulla Cave Temples,  which date back to 1st century BC when hermit monks established a monastery here and is one of the most impressive in Asia. Inside the caves the art work is breath taking!

We then head on for lunch at Ena De Silva's private estate.  World famous for her incredible batiks, in 1982 she returned to her ancestral home from Colombo and founded a women's co-operative to make batiks and needlework, along with a brass foundry and wood-carving workshop.  The co-operative has now existed for over a quarter of a century and continues to make modern fabrics and carvings, which are inspired by traditional Sri Lankan designs.

 DAY 7 Kandy

This morning we are in for a treat!  We start the day with a guided visit to the stunningly beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, which if it wasn't for the heat and the tropical plants, may make you think you were in the middle of England!  First conceived as a Queen's pleasure garden in the 14th century, and a Kandyan Prince's residence in the 18th century the gardens were formally opened under their current guise in 1821.  Our guide this morning is the very knowledgeable Bandara Palipana, a Botanist from the Peradeniya University.

We then head into the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka's most sacred site.  Tradition says that a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD and was enshrined in the temple.  This is a magnificent shrine with decorative walls, a golden roof and beautiful woodwork.

DAY 8 TEA country

Today is all about the tea, one of Sri Lanka's famous industries.  We take the train from Kandy to Hatton at 8.30 am, so an early start to maximise the day.  The train meanders through dense jungle and opens into cloud forest, with undulating vistas of immaculate tea bush carpets in between.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on board as you drink in the surrounding countryside including dramatic ravines, thundering waterfalls and glass lakes that reflect the astonishing scenery.  We then reach the hill capital Nuwara Eliya.We transfer to our hotel, and have the chance to enjoy a traditional high tea before taking time out to explore the surrounds, watch the sun go down over the mountains and the lakes from the splendid verandah and gardens of the hotel whilst indulging in a G&T.

DAY 9 TEA country

This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of Nuwara Eliya town, originally built as a British hill station.  Soak up the atmosphere of the town whilst browsing the markets, trying out local eateries and wondering around the old British buildings.

We then stop for lunch at the tea factory before a guided visit of a tea planation.  Sri Lanka is still the world's largest exporter of tea and the industry is booming.  Guided tours of the factory, built in 1885, and still packed with 19th century engineering are fascinating and will be followed by a chance to try out some tea plucking.  For those who really want to experience the real deal there are saris available for you to dress up in!

DAY 10 THALPE, GALLE

You head off early this morning as we leave tea country and head to towards Thalpe, near to Galle on Sri Lanka's southern coast. 

You will break up the journey to eat at street food stalls and get down at view points along the way to stretch the legs and take in the awe inspiring vistas as you descend through the tea country.

A warm welcome awaits you at Why House where host Henrietta will settle you into this boutique villa retreat set amongst the paddy fields.

Tonight enjoy a seafood barbecue in the grounds of Why House and enjoy the opportunity to meet local ladies living in Galle for a relaxed dinner and natter.

DAY 11 THALPE, GALLE

 This morning you can either laze around the pool or take the chance to wander the old Fort area of Galle - the UNESCO World Heritage Site that retains its peaceful and relaxed pace of life, seemingly removed from the hustle of modern Sri Lanka.  In the afternoon you will be led on an escorted guided tour of the fort to learn about its vivid history.

Tonights dinner is at leisure.

DAY 12 THALPE, GALLE

 Enjoy an opportunity to learn how to prepare and cook a typical Sri Lankan curry dish with the experts. After shopping in the local market, you’ll then get a chance to prepare and cook your food using traditional clay pots and a fire stove, before sampling the fruits of your labours for lunch.

DAY 13 DEPARTURE

Savour a farewell  breakfast together before departing for Colombo and connect with flights home.


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