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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sri Lanka Ignites the Senses


Seven Skies Luxury Adventure Travel has captured the essence of Sri Lanka, the beautiful tear-shaped island emerging as one of the world’s hottest new destinations, with a 14 day escorted trip created to experience the best of its superb regional cuisine, stylish boutique hotels, ever-changing landscapes and rich colonial history.

Staying at a range of exquisite hotels created from colonial buildings and plantation houses such as The Wallawwa, The Kandy House, Ceylon Tea Trails and Amangalla, the trip has been designed around the country’s small, friendly scale to immerse you in its diverse cultures and regions through cycling, gentle trekking and bungalow hopping in style. Highlights of the itinerary include:-

- Cycling through paddy fields, temples and villages to UNESCO World Heritage listed Sigiriya Rock, with its collection of ancient frescoes, returning afterwards to luxurious Vil Uyana, a series of modern thatched villas reflecting Sri Lanka’s contemporary design aesthetic to enjoy an Ayurvedic spa treatment.

- Savouring a traditional nine course Sinhalese banquet in the former home of a Kandayan Chief (now The Kandy House) in stunning lakeside Kandy, one of the country’s leading cultural centres.

- Trekking across the lush, green tea plantations of Bogawantalawa Valley, moving from one beautifully restored colonial bungalow to the next to retrace the steps of the British tea estate managers for whom these were originally built, enjoying the service of butlers and traditional high tea.

- Climbing sacred Adam’s Peak, (Sri Pada) Sri Lanka’s holiest mountain, with local pilgrims who ascend in pre-dawn darkness for spiritual enlightenment and an unforgettable view.

- Exploring 400 year old Galle Fort by foot and bicycle, with its eclectic colonial heritage, ramparts and artisan vendors, indulging in the five star opulence and cuisine of legendary Amangalla afterwards.

- Swimming at Wijaya Beach and enjoying sunset cocktails at the beach club bar after cycling through a string of villages, coconut groves, spice plantations and temples on the intoxicating south coast, culminating with a celebration dinner in the elegantly restored Sun House restaurant.

This Seven Skies 14 day package for late 2010 is priced from $8995 per person twin share (excl. airfares from Australia). Bookings www.sevenskies.com.au or (07) 3160 5484.

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