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What You May See:
In Sri Lanka, you can begin your day strolling among a lowland tea plantation, visiting a Buddhist temple to admire its fine paintwork, or lounging on a secluded beach as the sun begins to dip. Sri Lanka gives you so many different experiences within such close proximity, even if you’re short on time for your trip, and this coastal itinerary showcases the best of the beautiful southwest coast.
Stay within the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the various boutiques within the fort walls.
Take time out to relax on the beautiful southwest coast.
Visit architect Geoffrey Bawa's Brief Garden.
The Audley Way:
Browse ideas on the Audley website, then speak to a country specialist to gain firsthand advice and start planning your trip. A conversation with a country specialist will ensure they understand who you are and what you want.
Your specialist will design a full itinerary based on your tastes and interests. They will work with you to perfect the trip until every detail is just right. The itinerary will reflect your requests as well as incorporate the specialist's local insight.
After confirming your plans, your specialist will be on hand to answer any questions you have and provide helpful tips to prepare for your departure.
The adventure begins. Audley's service continues throughout your trip while abroad, you'll be in the capable hands of Audley's partners and have access to support 24-hours a day.
Nobody will be more excited to hear about your trip than your Country Specialist. They'll call you upon your return to see how things went and suggest a cure or two for any remaining wanderlust. Audley will be ready to help you start planning the next adventure.
Sample Itinerary - Sri Lanka's south coast ~ 7 nights ~ All breakfasts
Day 1: Galle
On arrival in Colombo, you're met by your private chauffeur-guide and transferred down to the south coast to Galle. Once here, you have time to settle into your hotel and enjoy some time at leisure depending on your flight time. If you have some time today, we would recommend taking a gentle stroll around the local area as Galle is an excellent city to explore on foot.
Day 2: Galle
Today undertake a private city tour of Galle with your chauffeur guide. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a beautiful Dutch fort, with quaint streets and pretty walkways. The fort area is the largest remaining fortress of its kind in Asia.
Day 3: Galle
Today is free for you to independently explore Galle and the surrounding areas. If you would be interested to explore Galle by bicycle, there are many different routes for you to explore. Have a chat with your specialist who would be more than happy to advise you.
Day 4: Bentota
This morning drive back along the coast with your chauffeur guide to the sleepy town of Bentota and the beautiful crescent shaped beaches. If you wish to stop along the way, your chauffeur guide will be more than happy to do so. In the afternoon your chauffeur-guide can take you to the lovely Brief Garden which is just outside of Bentota. Previously the home of the landscape architect Bevis Bawa, the gardens make for an interesting afternoon excursion.
Day 5-6: Bentota
Enjoy your days at leisure in Bentota. We would recommend going to visit a nearby turtle hatchery where a local project is helping to release baby turtles back into the ocean. Bentota has some of the best beaches in this region of Sri Lanka, so this is a great chance to sit back and relax in the tropical sunshine.
Day 7: Bentota
Your final day of leisure today. You may wish to pick up some last minute souvenirs from the small town, or enjoy another peaceful day listening to the waves.
Day 8: Return home
Today you're met by your chauffeur-guide and transferred to the airport. The drive time does vary depending on traffic, however your chauffeur-guide will make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time for your onwards flight.
Terms and Conditions:
Rates vary by departure date and selected experiences. Prices shown are per person based on double occupancy, exclusive of international airfare. They are intended as a broad indication of how much you should budget for a similar trip. Your trip can be customized to match your preferred budget, interests, trip duration, departure date and accommodation style. The deposit price is 5% of the total cost of the tailor-made tour. Call a AAA Travel advisor for more details.