Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Cafe. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth.
Explore Kandy with a free day.
Travel by private vehicle to the historic town of Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a scenic lakeside lunch. Continue the journey to the rolling green valleys of the Ella area and spend 2 nights at the G Adventures-supported AMBA estate, an organic farm and guest house. Livelihood opportunities in the valley of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka are limited for low income community members. Many rely on agricultural work, especially in the tea plantations, which can be arduous with little financial gain. Amba Estate came to the area with the purpose of promoting economic growth through their organic tea plantation, paying fair wages, sharing their profits with their workers, and creating opportunities for growth. Having established its place in the travel market, Amba is now ready to support community cooperatives as a means of better spreading the income of tourism throughout the valley.
Planeterra is working alongside Amba Estate by supporting the initial investment for the first community-led microenterprise that will work in partnership with Amba. Planeterra's catalyst grant covers the equipment, training and setup costs for a group of six women to formally become a chutney co-operative. The chutney will be sold back to Amba Estate for travellers to consume, as well as sold to guests and in markets throughout Sri Lanka. G Adventures travellers began visiting Amba in July 2018. They now have the opportunity to eat the delicious chutneys, meet the women and see how it's made!
In the morning, enjoy a tour through the tea plantation and learn about one of the nation's most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. After enjoy free time to soak in the stunning scenery, opt to hike to Ella Rock, or visit Ella town by tuk tuk. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of classic homestyle Sri Lankan dishes, a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet.
Depart Amba Estate in the morning after enjoying a delicious home cooked breakfast. Begin the journey to Udawalawe National Park and visit the Elephant Transit home before enjoying an afternoon wildife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the boundary of National Park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire.
After breakfast transfer from Udawalawe to Galle for a tour of the fort and city. Later, head to Unawatuna for some beach time and a final night with the group.
Spend a relaxing morning in Unawatuna, before transferring across to Mirissa, where you will meet your captain and crew.
Watch for whales and dolphins on the way to Galle, then spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring the city and Dutch Fort.
Cruise along the southern coast to Kudawella, enjoying the scenery and visiting isolated beaches to swim, stand up paddle board (SUP), or kayak. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales along the way.
Spend the morning at Mawella Beach, before continuing up the coast to Kalametiya. In the afternoon, opt to visit the Kalametiya village and sanctuary, or soak up the sun on the beach.
Visit the small surf beach of Hirikatiya for a surf or swim, then continue on Sri Lanka's southern coast to Talalla Beach. Keep a lookout for marine life along the way.
Return to Weligama Bay, and enjoy a barbecue on the beach with your group.
Sail back to the Mirissa Harbour and disembark. Tour ends on arrival. Opt for a transfer to Colombo Airport.