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Gay Group Trip: Sri Lanka Active Explorer

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TRIP SUMMARY

Sri Lanka is an island gem just begging to be explored, with tourism growing rapidly after the 2009 end of the civil war. On this decadent escape, you’ll join a group to take the inland loop that leads through many of this nation’s finest historic, cultural, and natural attractions, including game drives to see up close the Sri Lankan wildlife. Experience luscious landscapes and lakeside cities, be treated like royalty in sensuous hotels and served some of the most memorable meals of your life.

time difference

TIME DIFFERENCE

4.5 hours ahead of the UK

flight time

FLIGHT TIME

11 hours direct from UK

Available Dates : 4th March 2018

Day 1

Negombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka. You’ll be transferred to our luxurious hotel upon arrival, setting the tone for the next several days.

Following a chance to meet your fellow travellers you'll sit down to a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. The evening is yours to relax, acquaint yourself with fellow travellers, and you could even check out Negombo's gay bar (but you should leave any high hopes at the hotel).

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Day 2

Yapahuwa / Dambulla

After breakfast, we’re off to the medieval kingdom of Yapahuwa, where the granite ruins of this Buddhist Heritage Site are sure to mesmerize. We’ll then continue to Dambulla to check out The Royal Temple. This series of caves once served as refuge for Sri Lankan kings.

It’s filled with exquisite paintings, and brimming with 150 statues of Buddha. Our final stop today is Kandalama, where an internationally acclaimed hotel that’s dripping with good design awaits. Dinner will be a private barbecue; served under the stars!

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Day 3

Sigiriya / Minneriya

Following breakfast, we’ll head to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by King Kasapaya in the 5th century, and if you’re feeling zesty, you have the option to cycle here from the hotel.

Upon arrival, we’ll zig-zag our way up a series of stairs. With stops along the way to admire the famous frescoes, we’ll soon be savouring spectacular views of the countryside, as can only be seen from this former monastery.

After lunch, we’ll continue on to Minneriya National Park. Herds of elephants congregate here, throughout the year, in a famous migration known as The Gathering. To wrap things up, we’ll enjoy an exclusive torch-lit dinner at the hotel, under the thick foliage of native Sri Lankan flora.

Day 4

Matale Spice Garden / Kandy

After a hearty breakfast to rev us up for the day, we’ll visit the Matale Spice Garden to feast on local cuisine and learn how this island adds seasoning to lives around the world. We’ll then head for Kandy, the lakeside city that sounds like a stripper, and was the island’s last capital of native kings before British conquer.

We’ll drive around the lake, stroll through the old town’s bustling bazaar, visit an arts and craft centre, and end up at the jewel of Kandy’s crown: the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It holds one of Buddha’s actual teeth, and is the holiest of shrines for Sri Lankan Buddhists.

Tonight we’ll attend a cultural performance featuring folk and traditional dance, a ceremonial drum orchestra, and a fire-walking exhibition served up with flare.

Day 5

Nuwara Eliya

A leisurely morning sets the tone for a train ride to Nanuoya. After 4.5 hours or so, we’ll disembark for a bike ride through the rolling hills. With glorious vistas along the way, we’ll eventually come to Nuwara Eliya – our base for the next few nights, and the heart of Sri Lankan tea country.

A delicious dinner will be served at the hotel, which is a former tea factory that’s fittingly steeped in history.

Day 6

Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains National Park

This morning we’ll try our hand at plucking tea leaves, before heading to Horton Plains National Park. World’s End awaits us here, an escarpment with a near-vertical drop of 880m/2,900ft. The view from World’s End is often covered by mist, giving the site its namesake illusion. A hot shower awaits back at the hotel, followed by another dinner – included – as part of our stay.

Day 7

Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Yala National Park, one of the most densely populated leopard habitats in the world. Our lodge is adventurous but luxurious, and we’ll have time to relax in our tented rooms, or dip into the pool, before a sunset safari. With any luck we’ll see the elusive sloth bear, or one of the leopards this land is known for. To wrap up the day a private dinner will be served…at the hotel and under the stars.

Day 8

Yala National Park to Galle

Our morning begins bright and early, as we’ll depart the hotel at daybreak for another game drive (this is when the leopards head home to their dens). Back at the hotel, we’ll devour a hearty breakfast, followed by some leisure ourselves, before we kayak across the Yoda Wewa.

This ancient man-made reservoir isn’t much to look at, but was built with sophisticated engineering that’s only beginning to be appreciated. On the other side, local villagers have cooked up a marvelous lunch for us.

We’ll enjoy it beneath the shade of a cadjan hut, and wander through some local villages if time allows. We’ll then drive to Galle, on the South Coast, where our hotel by the sea will soon serve dinner.

Day 9

Galle

Today is yours to relish Galle. This old Dutch colonial fort is famous for its walled peninsula jutting into the ocean, and offers a slew of options to wile away the day: you could surf, scuba dive or snorkel, whale and dolphin watch, or visit a turtle hatchery that may just melt your heart. In the evening we’ll reconvene for a guided tour of Galle Fort itself, with dinner served within the ancient walls.

Day 10

Colombo

After a leisurely breakfast to begin our final day of the tour, we’ll head for Colombo, the bustling capital of Sri Lanka. We’ll either see the city by foot, tuk tuk, or jeep, with the most iconic attractions covered on every route. These include the Khan Clock Tower, old parliament, the Pettah bazaar, and prime neighbourhoods like Cinnamon Gardens. With a name that titillates the tongue, this area houses the Prime Minister’s Office, Independence Memorial Hall, Colombo City Hall, and the National Museum.

Please don’t tell the paparazzi, but tonight we’ll stay at the Sri Lanka’s most famous hotel, then head to our Farewell Dinner in some rather respectable digs: the restaurant resides in world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa's former office.

Day 11

With no activities planned today, you are free to depart at your leisure.













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