TRIPS AROUND THE ISLAND
You couldn't really pick a spot much more in the middle of Sri Lanka than Rukgala. For that reason we think we're a pretty ideal stop on a good number of routes around the island. To help give an idea of how those could work we've planned out and priced up three (varying) trips below.
The prices shown are to give an indication and will vary according to room-type taken and time of year. If you'd like help in arranging any of them (or tweaking to suit time and budget), then The Ceylon Guide, with whom we work closely will be happy to help.
1. TROPICAL FAMILY JOURNEY
12 nights - 4 properties
From USD 4,500 for a family of 4 (indicative price includes transfers but not international flights)
Day 1-2 - Horathapola Estate (2 nights)
Recover post-flight with 2 days at this lovely old coconut estate.
DAY 3-5 - ashburnham estate (3 nights)
Head to the hills near Kandy and the tea estate at Ashburnham. Waterfalls, hikes, high tea and cooking classes.
DAY 6-8 - RUKGALA RETREAT (3 nights)
Down to Rukgala for yoga, boating, wild swimming, meditation and more.
DAY 9-12 - WHY HOUSE (PICTURED) (4 nights)
Fly south to reach Galle and round off the trip at Why House - a wonderful, colonial-style hotel within walking distance of beautiful southern beaches
2. ISLAND ADVENTURE FOR TWO
16 nights - 5 properties
From USD 4,200 for a couple sharing (indicative price includes transfers but not international flights)
DAY 1-3 - ASHBURNHAM ESTATE (3 NIGHTS)
Straight up into the hills and for Ashburnham Estate near Kandy. Tea picking, waterfall swimming and amazing scenic picnics.
DAY 4-6 - RUKGALA RETREAT (3 NIGHTS)
Gentle exploration at Rukgala with guided temple walks, yoga and meditation classes, Ayurvedic massage.
DAY 7-9 GAL OYA LODGE (PICTURED) (3 NIGHTS)
Remote safari at this beautiful lodge near the East Coast.
DAY 10-13 THE LAST HOUSE (4 NIGHTS)
Time to relax at this beautiful, barefoot-luxury-style, beach house near Tangalle.
DAY 14-16 - DUWA VILLAS (3 NIGHTS)
Conclude the trip with 3 days yoga, SUP, and a little more beach time, staying at the gorgeous Duwa Villas, near Galle.
3. YOGA, HIKING & SOUTHERN SURF (all inclusive)
8 nights - 2 properties
From USD 2,800 for a couple sharing (includes transfers by car and plane)
DAY 1-4 - RUKGALA RETREAT (4 NIGHTS)
A private mini-retreat at Rukgala to include:
- twice daily group yoga classes; all delicious healthy meals; guided walks to the temple and meditation caves at Bambaragala; a hike in the nearby Knuckles Mountains; day trip to the tea estate at Ashburnham
DAY 5-8 - DUWA VILLAS (4 NIGHTS)
Fly south on the seaplane and land near Duwa Villas for 4 nights of yoga, surfing, stand-up-paddle boarding and exploration of Sri Lanka's beautiful southern coast. To include:
- all healthy meals; daily group yoga classes; SUP tuition; surf tuition