Complimentary 7 night Agents Famil – Sri Lanka

first_imgComplimentary 7 night Agents’ Famil – Sri LankaComplimentary 7 night Agents’ Famil – Sri LankaNo wonder Marco Polo declared the atoll “the finest island of its size in the world; `Taprobane’ to the ancient Romans,`Serendib’ to Arab traders,`Ceilao’ as christened by the Portuguese, `Ceylan’ by the Dutch followed by `Ceylon’ by the British and finally Sri Lanka to the Sinhalese.The teardrop shaped southernmost point of mainland Asia became an indispensable port of call to the earliest travelers awaiting favorable trade winds for onward journeys. This Great Emporium became a principal centerof exchange and commerce between the Mediterranean trade of the Roman empire and the wealth of imperial China. The Portuguese came withsword and cross, the Dutch with ledger and law book and the British with roads and railways.When Buddhism declined in the country of its birth, India, it took root in Ceylon; and here, so its adherents claim, it is still to be found in its purest form.From Ceylon to Paradise, according to native tradition is forty miles; the sound of the fountains of Paradise is heard there, wrote the Papal Legate Marignolli five hundred years ago describing his visit to Sri Lanka on his way back to Rome from China. `When Adam was expelled, an angel took him by the arm and set him down here’, this tourist of five centuries ago confidently reported.“From a colonial manor house set in a heritage city to a magical resort on a one of a kind beach, an intimately secluded all-suite hotel with avant-garde design that resonates romance – Asia Leisure’s Five distinct properties embrace artistic expression and living elements in their own unique way.Tamarind Hill offers unabashedly colonial living topped with modern luxurious amenities. The River House has been recognised as one of the most special escapes in the world by the Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Awards, Taprobana is located less than an hour from the city of Colombo and promises a wonderful getaway for friends and family. Shinagawa Beach, on the other hand, proffers a magical beach, private balconies and inescapable views of the deep blue ocean.Asia Leisure is set to offer yet another iconic property with The Habitat, in Kosgoda. Slated to be open later this year, this vibrant and exciting luxury beach property promises crystal blue ocean, beach-sharing with turtles and the deep green waters of the Madu River. “7 nights 08 days Southern Coastal GetawayDay 01 – Airport to WaduwaOn arrival into Bandaranayake International Airport, meet our staff and English speaking professional chauffeur/ national guide at the main arrival terminal. You will be garlanded in typical Sri Lankan style.Transfer to Taprobana Wadduwa – 1 ½ hoursTaprobana, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka. Located just 45 minutes away from the capital city Colombo, here you will find vibrant luxuries for those who crave the extraordinary. Dinner & Overnight stay at Taprobana Wadduwa by Asia Leisure 02 – Wadduwa to GalleToday you will be travelling towards sandy southern coast of Sri Lanka. After and early breakfast you will be visiting Richmond Castle and Kalutara “Bodhiya” (temple) in Kalutara.Richmond Castle is a Edwardian mansion, located near Kalutara. Built between 1900 and 1910, it was formally the country seat of Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena (1889–1947). Today, it is owned by the Public Trustee and open to the public.Kalutara Bodhiya is a Bodhi tree (sacred fig) located in Kalutara, Western Province of Sri Lanka. Situated on the Galle Colombo main road, by the side of Kalu River just south to the Kalutara city, it is believed to be one of the 32 saplings of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.[1] A Buddhist temple Kalutara Viharaya and a modern Stupa, Kalutara Chaitya are located in close proximity to this sacred fig.[2] One of the most venerated religious place in Sri Lanka, hundreds of Buddhists visit this religious place daily.Thereafter you will be transferred to your hotel GalleTamarind Hill, Galle – Sri Lanka, is a colonial-style manor house built over 250 years ago. Tamarind Hill is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World.In the evening visit the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum in KoggalaThe house in which Martin Wickramasinghe was born has inspired the Martin Wickramasinghe Trust to established a Folk Museum Complex, surrounded by a restored ecosystem planted with hundreds of varieties of indigenous trees and shrubs in which bird life abounds. The house and the surroundings brings to life a little part of the Koggala which is so vividly depicted in Wickramasinghe’s writings.Wickramasinghe’s house miraculously escaped the fate of others in his village. The story goes that this simple house with its subdued architecture caught the eye of a female Air Force officer, and she made it her residence during the military occupation of the area, ensuring its preservation.The Folk Museum was long a desire of the author who wanted to recapture within it the technological and cultural artefacts which were a familiar part of his childhood. The various objects of folk culture acquired during his lifetime have been the starting point of the collection found in the museum, which was opened in 1981.The Wickramasinghe Trust has developed the museum into a growing repository of artefacts depicting the history of Sri Lankan folk culture, from ancient to modern times in order to remind the people of Sri Lanka of their living roots. The museum is a fascinating collection of artefacts, from Buddhist artefacts to those which portray the development of rural technology in agriculture, agro industry, fishing, pottery and metal craftartefacts, various artefacts from folk dances and religious ceremonies and many others. Tastefully presented, the museum offers visitors rare insights into Sri Lankan folk culture. Visit construction sites of upcoming hotels in Galle. under management of Asia LeisureDinner & Overnight stay at Tamarind Hill – Galle by Asia Leisure 03 – GalleEarly morning with packed breakfast you will be dropped to Galle Navy Harbour for whale watching tour in Indian Ocean. (optional excursion)The Sri Lanka Navy’s passenger craft “Princess of Lanka” set sail on a new journey at the launching of “whale watching project” venture since 30 January 2011 at port of Galle. The Princess of Lanka passenger vessel played a pivotal role in ferrying thousands of security forces personnel, civilians and goods between Trincomalee , Kankesanthurai ports and Thalai Mannar till the main land supply routes were cleared and restored after the dawn of peace.“The passenger craft Princess of Lanka” utilized for whale watching/sea cruises under the auspices of Jet liner nautical enterprise will chart the waters as a recreational cruise ship whilst witnessing the beauty of Sri Lankan territorial waters in Indian ocean where passengers will have a rare opportunity of close encounter with the largest living mammals and spinning dolphins with luxury and comfort. The ship is redressed and equipped to cater to the needs of the new clientele and is manned by a well disciplined and highly trained professional naval crew who are in par with the best in the hospitality industry. The cruises are scheduled to operate from Galle and Trincomalee during the period of month of November to April and month of May to October respectively. The list of packages offered by the whale watching project and the procedure of booking are in this site.On the way back to hotel visit the Galle Fish Market and witness the fresh catch of yellow fin tuna, calamari, sear fish, prawns and crabs being auctioned to wholesalers and local buyers.Late afternoon we embark on a sightseeing tour of GalleThe ancient trading post of Galle, said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible. Historically, this award winning World Heritage fortified township was an essential port of call for Chinese, Persian, Arab and Indian traders. Javanese and Sumatrans came later followed by Marco Polo in 1299 AD. The Portuguese arrived in the 1500’s and built a settlement with a fort of palm trees and mud. This was captured by the Dutch (and finally the British) who built the 400 year old fort with great ramparts and bastions to protect their presence. Narrow streets are lined with old houses displaying Dutch heritage, with their pillared verandahs. Government offices remain in use and the community within the fort is a bustle with daily life – a living breathing town, hidden within fortified walls of this ancient, maritime citadel.Laughter, chatter, gossip and smiles abound within the rampart walls. We explore the fort, overflowing with landmarks, strolling past the Dutch church, the governor’s house, the spice warehouses, court square, the Kacheri or Town Hall, the lighthouse and ramparts. Near the old Arab mosque are streets leading to cricket fields and the district Judge’s house, surrounded by ancient frangipani trees. There’s a variety of exclusive boutique stores to explore.Dinner & Overnight stay at Tamarind Hill – Galle by Asia Leisure 04 – Galle to BalapitiyaAfter leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to your secluded hotel in Balapitiya.The River House, Balapitiya- Sri Lanka, Escape to sheer seclusion on the banks of the Madhu Ganga. The River House is ranked as one of CNN Travel’s ‘21 Sexy Skinny Dip’ spots and has also been handpicked into a collection of the most special escapes in the world by Mr. & Mrs. Smith.Evening Sri Lankan culinary experience with executive chefDinner & Overnight stay at The River House – Balapitiya by Asia Leisure 05 – BalapitiyaEnjoy a boat Safari in Madhu River including a visit to Cinnamon Island.Optional 2 hours yoga session with a local yoga master.Dinner & Overnight stay at The River House – Balapitiya by Asia Leisure 06 – Balapitiya – KosgodaAfter breakfast visit Ambalangoda Mask Museum. Thereafter you will be inspecting another distinct hotel owned in the same area by Asia Leisure Ltd.Shinagawa Beach, Balapitiya, Sri Lanka, has an oceanfront like no other with a secluded beach that stretches for 4 km. Shinagawa Beach is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World.Thereafter you will be transferred to another luxury beach hotel owned by Asia Leisure and your home for next couple of nights.The Habitat, Turtle Beach, Kosgoda is situated on a sparkling stretch of sandy beach, giving guests the most contemporary of comforts, all with a touch of magic. Home to the famous sea turtles, Kosgoda is one of the most vibrant places in the south of Sri Lanka.In the evening visit Kosgoda Turtle hatchery in the evening and contribute to Asia Leisure CSR projectDinner & Overnight stay at Habitat Kosgoda by Asia Leisure 07 – KosgodaRest day!Dinner & Overnight stay at Habitat Kosgoda by Asia Leisure 08 – Kosgoda to AirportTransfers to Colombo airport are provided in conjunction with departure flight times or tour extensionFamiliarization Includes (without additional cost)– 07 nights’ accommodation on half board basis– Transportation in comfortable A/C car or Van (only for places mentioned in the itinerary)– Madu River Board Ride and visit to Cinnamon Island– Sri Lankan Culinary experience with executive chef– Galle Fort Tour and Market visitFamiliarization Exclude (additional cost)– Lunch– Cost of whale watching– Applicable entrance fees or donations (Richmond Castle, Kalutara Bodhiya, Mask Museum, Turtle Hatchery– Yoga master charges– Any other personal expenses and tipsSource = Asia Leisurelast_img