Kirsty – Sri Lanka in Style

By Kirsty Hewitt

We started our journey on the new direct service with Sri Lankan Airlines.  On arrival into Colombo we were met by staff from The Silk Route Lounge for the VIP service and taken through customs.  We were taken to the lounge and given snacks and cups of tea.  Someone collected our bags for us and bought them to the lounge.  This service is about USD 50.00 per person. I changed some AUD money at the airport for Sri Lanka Rupees.

Our first night was at the Galle Face Hotel.  Beautiful old world hotel and I think the best breakfast I had in Sri Lanka.  They also have a small museum in the hotel with information about the hotels history and also who has stayed there over the years.  They even have Prince Philips little car he drove in Sri Lanka many years ago.

We then took a 7 – 8 hour drive from Colombo to Ceylon Tea Trails.  We did a lot of driving throughout our itinerary and I found this leg the longest.  I would highly suggest flying this sector as you can get a seaplane and it arrives just outside of the Tea Trails accommodation!  Amazing property.

“Admire workers in the tea fields and sample the fruits of their labours on an informative tea factory tour. Punt on a reservoir, have a dip in an ice-cold pool or savour High Tea atop manicured lawns before a languid game of croquet. At night, slumber under plush duvets and be awakened by a morning cup of bed tea or even earlier by the thought of an adrenaline-fuelled hike up nearby Adam’s Peak” – Divine Destinations

We then had 2 nights at the brand new West Coast Lodge, ‘Where the Indian Ocean meets the Jungle’.  Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to the world famous Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated in a stunning location where the jungle meets a pristine beach, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Again an amazing property and whilst at Yala we did 2 safaris.  It’s an early start getting up at 4.30am, but was worth it when we saw leopards, elephants, a bear, deer, snakes and much more.

Driving along from West Coast Tented Lodge to Weligama, you can notice the famous Stilt fishermen perched like curious- looking birds all the way towards the coast. We had a 2 night stay at Cape Weligama a stunning hotel on the coast only 2 hours from Colombo. Spacious rooms with views out to the ocean.  Even their smallest room is bigger than any other hotel in Weligama! A thirty-minute coastal drive leads to the massive granite ramparts of the 400-year-old Dutch colonial Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This amazing trip really was a once in a lifetime experience and something I will never forget.  And if you get the chance to visit this breathtaking country, you won’t regret it.

Travel Tips

  • Allow enough time at the airport for check-in.  Airlines open 3 hours prior to your flight, and by getting there early can save you time waiting in line
  • Get your Sri Lankan visa before departure
  • The Resplendent Ceylon Hotels in Sri Lanka are stunning

For more information on Kirsty’s trip to Sri Lanka, or to start planning your own holiday contact kirsty@destinationhq.com.au