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13 Days | 12 Nights
Sri Lanka Golf tour offers the golf enthusiasts a fantastic Sri Lanka Holiday. Test yourself on some of Asia’s toughest courses, experience the island’s ancient heritage and spectacularize landscapes and at the end of your stay, relax on the golden beaches of the south. You can explore the island at your own pace, in a car or minivan, with your personal driver-cum-guide.
The tour is ideal for senior travelers, who would love going back in time and experiencing this slow pace golf tour looking for the colonial eras of Sri Lanka. This tour is best done during December to April with the option of few extended nights in the south coast. We also would recommend this holiday during July to September for a summer break as the hill country is pleasant during this time of the year and offers you plenty of time for country walks and the golf course are at their best.
As always, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there. We can also discuss other hotel or villa options.
On arrival meet your Tripavi representative who will introduce you to your private chauffeur-guide. Your chauffeur-guide will stay with you for the duration of your trip. Your Sri Lankan golf experience begins with a drive to Colombo the commercial capital. If time permits today you have the option to explore few sights of this fine Asian city or relax and unwind after your long journey.
After breakfast, play a round of golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club situated nearby. This prestigious course is a good introduction to golf in Sri Lanka. The Royal Colombo Golf Club, built in 1879, is a welcome escape from the hectic city centre. Located in the outskirts of Colombo, the course is a green oasis accompanied by a clubhouse of colonial charm. Listen to your attentive caddie to avoid the numerous water hazards. Despite being in the centre of Colombo, the course maintains its tranquility, although the occasional commuter train running along the 6th fairway can prove hazardous to concentration.
Early this morning, travel to Victoria – 40 minutes past the hill country capital of Kandy. The Victoria Golf and Country Resort has a testing course which was voted ‘Best Course in Asia 2005’ by Asian Golf Monthly and ranked in the ‘Top 100 Most Beautiful Courses’ by Golf Digest. Check into the luxurious Victoria Golf and Country Resort. Stay three nights here golfing and relaxing amidst the magnificent Kandyan hills. Kandy is just 40 minutes away. En-route visit the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage & spice garden, Sri Lanka has always been renowned for its spices. Over 15 different spices call Sri Lanka home and many of them are traded in the international spice market.
A full day at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort, offers a wide range of facilities including an 18-hole golf course, putting green and practice range, Pro shop and PGA golf academy. Other sports and recreational facilities include bar and terrace dining, floodlit tennis court, Saddle club, riding lesson for adults and kids, and horse safaris. There is an outdoor infinity swimming pool and an Ayurvedic wellness centre offering a range of relaxing treatments. The surrounding reservoir and central hills are ideal for bird watching. Over 100 species of birds can be spotted on nature trails within the 500-acre estate accompanied by a local expert. Mountain bike trails also provide for much adventure.
The city of Kandy is steeped in history and culture. Interesting activities include: a visit to the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined; Peradeniya Botanical gardens, with its orchid collection and formally laid-out trees; cultural dance show in the evening are some of the highlights you could experiences today.
Early morning, catch the train from Kandy to Nanu-Oya, a railway station 10km from Nuwara Eliya. This journey is breathtaking as it takes you through the tea country along one of the world’s most spectacular railways. You will enjoy the comfort of First Class (the Observation Carriage). Your driver, with your clubs and luggage, will meet at the station and take you to Grand Hotel.
Nuwara Eliya was made into a summer retreat by the British in the early 1800s and much of its colonial character still remains. The town sprawls over the fertile valley flanked by Mount Pidurutalagala and Single Tree Mountain and is scattered with Victorian-style 19th century homes, bungalows, guesthouses and hotels complete with gabled roofs, large open fireplaces, gardens with neatly-clipped lawns and colourful flower beds.
A day dedicated for some golf at the Golf Club. The testing course here was built by a Scottish soldier of the Golan Highlanders in 1889 for the British serviceman and officials stationed here in 1889. Occasionally you may even feel you are playing golf in Scotland, but the course holds many features unique to Sri Lanka. Whether it is your helpful caddie and his Sri Lankan smile, or the course’s flora and fauna you’ll be in no doubt you are in one of Asia’s beautiful corners. To ensure a successful round you will need to stay clear of the trees that line the tight course, the crags and creeks that bisect the fairways and the remorseless gorse and bunkers that protect the greens. The clubhouse and bar is an atmospheric place to enjoy a drink and meal after your round. It is full of character and colonial history. Little has changed since the founding of the club and you can even enjoy a log fire on cooler evenings. You also have the option to explore the Surroundings of this famous town Nuwara Eliya as you hop on to few of the highlights such as guided treks and bird watching; visits to colonial Church and the famous old post office in the center of the town.
This morning you will head to the south-central region for an adventurous one-night stay in the dry zone of Udawalawe where you will break the journey form the hill country to the southern tip of the country. The highlight of the day would be the Jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. If time permits you will also have the option to stop for tea at a tea factory, Dinner and overnight stay at star class hotel Resort. According to Wildlife reports there are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100. Late afternoon experiences a jeep safari in Udawalawe National park starting at approx. 03.00pm from your hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Hambantota for your 02 nights stay at the Luxurious Shangri La Resort. A 300-bedroom hotel sprawled across 53 acres with the inclusion of an 18-hole golf course Overlooking the azure blue coast, the hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens with rows of coconut trees and a number of gazebos scattered across the lawn. Wi-Fi is freely available in all parts of the hotel including the rooms and suites.
Enjoy the facilities at the resort with a couple of golf rounds, they also have three pools, a pool especially for kids with water slides, a free-form pool for families and a 30-metre sunset pool for adults. The hotel has a fully equipped gym, kids and teens club and dedicated play area for kids, a large ballroom for conferences or events and four other small meeting rooms. One of the most unique features at Shangri-La, is their arts and crafts centre, ‘Kadamandiya’ which offers locals artists space to showcase their work as well as use it as a workshop giving them the opportunity to interact with guests directly.
We drive west along the southern coast to Galle today. This stretch of Sri Lanka is more developed than the north, and we pass factories, industrial and ambitious air and port facilities. After an hour, we overlook the sea, palm trees and tropical sandy beach. We stop along the way to the smell of sea and well-prepared fish. If afternoon permits, there is time to explore Galle. Here you can get some time to go to explore the Dutch fort, the narrow alleys, and the fine design and art shops. Town's strategic location has attracted Portuguese, Dutch and English and for more than 4 centuries, Galle been a center of administration the colonial powers and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have two nights in Galle.
When the weather is good, there are some lovely bicycle tours which can be done. There are many different routes which can be taken depending on your interests, our travel consultant will be happy to advise. You also have the option to explore one of the very last rain forest treks in the southern part of the Island. World's 21 Biodiversity Hotspots at Kanneliya Rainforest. The forest complex designated as a biosphere reserve in 2004 by UNESCO a morning guided trek could be arranged with prior notice. Also, a very interesting local cooking class could be arranged at the famous beach hotspots in Unawatuna. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Leave the golden beaches and head towards the International Airport for your departure flight.
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