Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to jungle to highlands and beautiful sandy beaches. It’s renowned for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes.
It is perfect for a wellness holiday and has been on my lists of "best places to visit" for the last several years. For women travelling alone and for vegan travel Sri Lanka is one of the best places to go as well. Wellness, adventure, incredible food, kind people, stunning vistas...there's no doubt about it, Sri Lanka is a must-visit country.
SRI LANKA LUXURY WELLNESS ITINERARY
Welcome to Sri Lanka! This active journey through mindfulness will take you from the misty mountains in the Knuckles region to the wild beaches of the Southern coast. A slightly faster paced itinerary for the active wellness seeker in mind, this tour presents a unique immersion into meditation, exploration and contemplation. You will find yourself on a transformational journey as you cross spectacular peaks of the high mountain ranges, encounter magnificent wildlife and enjoy unparallel nature & luxury all in one unforgettable adventure.
Be well with the serenity of Sri Lanka!
Day 01 - Arrival
Ayubowan! You are greeted at the airport by our representatives. Your senses are awakened by the tropical air of this island, filled with sweet aromas of the araliya flowers and delicious spices. For your first destination, you drive to Negombo. Settle into your comfortable high-end hotel located by a peaceful lagoon. Enjoy the much needed rest after a long flight.
01 nights’ stay in Negombo
Day 02 - Medieval temples & Relic-made Kingdoms
Today, you begin the journey inland toward the central mountains surrounding Kandy.
First, proceed with a visit of a few medieval temples on the outskirts of Kandy city. These 13th & 14th century temples, are a testament to the artisanal craftsmanship of the local artists. Embekke is known for its legendary wood carvings, while Lankathilaka represents an image house with beautiful murals. After this, you can pay a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. This immense 60-acres inlet is a haven for tropical nature lovers. More than 200 species of flora have been collected here from all over the tropical world.
Proceed to Kandy and visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The city was the last royal abode before the colonial era, and the temple was at the heart of its reign. The relic still represents a major attraction to local and international pilgrims from all over the Buddhist world, attracting massive crowds during the Esala Perahera held annually each summer.
After this, continue your way into the mountains near the Knuckles Range, where you settle into your luxurious wellness & meditation retreat perfectly nestled into the quiet of a high mountain range.
01 nights’ stay in Knuckles
Day 03 - Meditation in the Mountains
Today, you start the day with mindful yoga at one of the country’s leading wellness centers. After a healthy breakfast, enjoy a nature hike at the nearby tea plantation, or go on to the waterfall situated at the foot of this high-rising mountainside property.
The views are amazing. Enjoy luxurious wellness amenities, but also an architectural style with wellness built into its open and inviting spaces, interacting with the natural surroundings.
01 nights’ stay in Knuckles
Days 04 & 05 - Transformational Trails Across Three Landscapes
Other the next two days, you embark on a transformational trail through the central mountains of Sri Lanka – famous for their endless tea carpets – but also offering a more contemplative hike through a diverse nature environment. If you’re up for it, opt for a fun train ride through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Asia. The journey is with the locals, so it’s a great chance to observe local life in all of its vibrancy. Otherwise, reach your mountainside destination by car, where you check into a luxurious stay nestled into some of the highest peaks in the island. This is the perfect occasion to visit a local tea factory and learn more about the process of getting that signature Ceylon tea flavor, which has a more gentle aroma of a flowery bouquet.
Next day, you will be met by your trekking guide to take you on an unforgettable trek across three different landscapes. You’ll start with an awe-inspiring view point of the “Big Three” of this region: Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak and Rawana falls, all laid out in front of you like on the palm of your hand – an Insta-perfect moment. Then, proceed into the quieter tea plantation scapes, where you will surely meet some local pluckers, but also get to enjoy a more contemplative walk amid some off-the-beaten track pathways. Proceed into a more dense jungle where you can enjoy a refreshing rest point by a gentle stream also a beautiful spot to witness the natural purification system of the kumbuk trees working in perfect symphony with nature. Your trek will complete with a light lunch under the shade of a resting spot used by the farmers working in the nearby paddy fields. You will have a rare chance to witness the diversity and beauty of Sri Lanka’s rich nature, but also come face-to-face with its transformative power. This trek is recommended to be walked in as much silence as possible, to experience the greater benefits of interaction with nature.
Note: A seasonal option is possible for a climb of Adam’s Peak, from December to April. Inquire for more on the ideal location and hotel option.
02 nights’ stay in Ella
Days 06 & 07 - Wild Wellness & Luxurious Glamping in Yala
Today, proceed to the wilder corners of Yala National Park. This immense park has garnered its reputation for being the prime natural reserve for spotting leopards. However, it is also an incredibly beautiful coastal zone that makes for an unforgettable luxury glamping experience.
Check into your tented luxury lodge for a delectable lunch and enjoy unparalleled inclusions possible only with this one-of-a-kind “wow” camping grounds. You expert naturalist will accompany you on an exciting game drive – you can see a wide diversity of wildlife from buffalos, elephants, Sri Lankan bear, mangoose, deer, and if you’re lucky, of course, the leopard. In the evenings, experience the wild beauty of this spectacular coast, enjoy a restorative post-safari massage, a starlit dinner in the dune scapes or go for a walk on the wild beach. Whichever way you choose to unwind and relax, wilderness is sure to be a big part of it here.
02 nights’ stay in Yala
Days 08 to 10 - Perfect Beach Escape & Departure
No visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without a luxurious escape to the pristine sandy beaches. Proceed to Weligama, where you will enjoy spectacular views of this popular surfing bay, experience top-end luxury with your premier resort, and frolic in the tropical sun.
Next day, go on to experience a fun SUP adventure in Ahangama, while also making a stop to enjoy lunch with one of many popular beach restaurants in this area.
02 nights’ stay in Weligama
Head toward Colombo. On the way, visit the sacred Kelaniya Temple, which was hallowed by Lord Buddha during his third & final visit to Sri Lanka eight years after enlightenment. According to the great chronicle of Sri Lanka "Mahawamsa", the original stupa of this sacred temple enshrined a gem studded throne on which Lord Buddha sat & preached. A sacred place of worship, this temple is also well known for its marvelous historical wall paintings that depict remarkable events in the life of Lord Buddha.
We hope that you have enjoyed a transformative inner journey and that you keep the most precious memories with you. We wish you a safe return home and we hope to see you again soon...
In time for your flight departure, you take the road to the airport.
OUR BLISSFUL OFFERINGS FOR YOU
09 nights’ accommodation in Sri Lanka
1 Night in Negombo (deluxe room)
2 Nights in Knuckles (Mountain View Chalet room)
2 Nights in Ella (standard room)
2 Nights in Yala (cocoon suite)
2 Nights in Weligama – Cape Weligama (Pool view Junior suite)
Meals & Services:
Daily breakfast & dinners at the resort
Full board at two resorts
Transport: private car (1 or 2 pax) or minivan (4 pax), airport charges, highway & parking fees,
driver(s) salary, accommodation & meals
Service of an English speaking guide throughout the tour
Sight-seeing tours & other activities as per the itinerary
Entrance ticket fee for Kandy temple, Peradeniya Garden, Embekke & Lankathilaka rural temples, tea factory
Naturalist-guided luxury jeep safari: Yala NP (leopards)
Leisure wellness including yoga, steam room, sauna & thermal bath, plus nature hike at Santani Resort
Three-landscape contemplative trek in Ella with a guide
SUP Adventure in Ahangama (group activity)
Mineral water bottles during the tour
Special welcome gift (for each person)
All government taxes are included in the price
24/7 assistance from the Ayurva team during the stay