Speeding past tuk tuks, the occasional elephant in the road, winding and winding through the hill sides, passing through small bustling towns ever 30-40 minutes, a quick stop to see where The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed, then back in the car and so on and so on we go making our way to the tea trails. 3 1/2 hours from the capital city of Colombo, we arrive at the scenic town of Hatton, Sri Lanka, the largest tea producing region in all of Sri Lanka. From every angle we are surrounded by stunning views of tea trails. Welcome to the heart of Sri Lanka.
As much as we wanted to visit Sri Lanka, it seemed a bit overwhelming to add a visit to the country so last minute without knowing anything about it. I kept thinking Sri Lanka is “traveling” not a “vacation”. It's not a real spur of the moment type place. We had just come from the Maldives, which requires little to no planning since once you arrive to the island you are on island time.
We decided to add Sri Lanka to our honeymoon itinerary since it was only an hour flight from the Maldives. We had little time to do much research, but we knew we had to make a visit to the tea trails and hoped to spend a little time in a coastal town, as well. Ceylon Tea Trails offers a “Tea and Sea itinerary,” a stress free Sri Lanka itinerary to include a stay at the Ceylon Tea Trails in one of their 4 bungalows and then make a visit in their newly opened Cape Weligama located on the coast of Galle.
The itinerary includes transportation from the airport to the Ceylon Tea Trails and then from Ceylon Tea Trails to Cape Weligama and then back from Cape Weligama to the airport. It seemed like the ideal agenda especially on honeymoon. In addition we decided to spend our first night and last night in Colombo at The Wallawa.
Here is a look at the stress free itinerary...
2 Days - The Wallawwa, Colombo.
The Wallawwa offers a serene retreat like setting just outside of town and only 20 minutes from the airport. Once you arrive at Wallawwa you will not want to leave.
What to do:
- Relax and rejuvenate before setting out to conquer the country.
- Take advantage of the spa and book a couple's massage
- Play lawn games like croquet and have a traditional Sri Lankan lunch in the outdoor restaurant
- Grab a book from the library and lay by the serene pool
- Enjoy team time on the patio and play one of the many games that are available.
3 Days - Ceylon Tea Trails
Ceylon Tea Trails has 4 unique bungalows spread throughout the tea trail and offers an all inclusive experience which encompasses all meals, wine and tea. For foodies and tea lovers, a visit to Ceylon is a must.
What to do:
- Take a tour of a tea factory
- Hike the tea trails
- Eat Sri lankan food for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Taste as many teas as possible
- Head out at midnight and hike Adams Peak to watch the sunrise.
- Take a day trip to the the town of Kandy
3 Days - Cape Weligama, Galle.
A 5 hour drive through the middle of the country to get to Galle from Ceylon Tea Trails seemed like quite the distance but what a beautiful drive it was. Cape Weligama is located in the beachy surfer town of Galle. Cape Weligama has 40 villas perched high on the hill overlooking the ocean. Each villa offers a real home away from home feel, each featuring a private plunge pool. Like Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama offers an inclusive experience with meals and beverages for a stress free holiday.
What to do:
- Take advantage of the spa treatments included in the Sea and Tea Package
- Have dinner at the Kumbuk, an casual open-air spot showcasing this island's unique and spicy curries.
- Enjoy High Tea at the Waterfront Taylor Pavilion
- Take a day trip to Fort Galle for shopping, lunch, and a bit of Sri Lankan history
- Stop off on the side of the main highway and watch the pole fisherman
- Spend the early morning whale watching out on the ocean.
- Take a day trip to national parks of Uda Walawe and Yal to see elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, and even Sri Lanka's famous leopards
With so much to do and see in Sri Lanka it would be easy to spend weeks there. The Tea and Sea Itinerary is a great option to tie into a longer visit to Sri Lanka or even on its own if you only have a week to spend here.
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