Sri Lankan Tales with Jennifer Byrne
Travel with Jennifer Byrne & rub shoulders with international literati!
Hosted throughout by Jennifer Byrne
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Leopard spotting in Yala N.P.
Kandy to Hatton train ride
Misty hill stations
Sigiriya and Temple of the Tooth
The Galle Literary Festival
Escorted by Sarah Hoyland - Secret Women's Series Founder & Director
- Sri Lanka
- Great for book lovers
- 12 days
- Hosted by Jennifer Byrne
Join renowned Australian journalist and television presenter Jennifer Byrne on this exclusive 12 day journey that showcases Sri Lanka’s beguiling blend of tantalising cuisine, UNESCO World Heritage sites, Buddhist philosophy, lush landscapes, breathtaking wildlife and culminates in attending Sri Lanka’s famed, annual Galle Literary Festival.
Formerly known as Ceylon, the tropical island of Sri Lanka is the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, showcasing a rich and ancient culture, embellished by the influence of western colonisers and eastern traders.
We will travel from the country’s contemporary gateway, and capital, Colombo through the Cultural Triangle formed by Kandy, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. These three great Sinhalese capitals encapsulate one of the most extraordinary collections of Buddhist art and architecture in the world. Heading south we will explore verdant, emerald green, undulating tea trails before delving into Yala National Park in search of elusive leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears and sambars. Galle Fort is our final destination where, accompanied by Jennifer, we will attend in a series of literary discussions and poetry readings, whilst rubbing shoulders with international literati!
For a detailed itinerary and full inclusions and exclusions please contact us
Welcome to Sri Lanka. Upon arrival in Colombo you will be met and transferred to the Wallawa hotel, a beautiful manor house set amidst lush tropical gardens, for one night.
Drive to Sigiriya to discover the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Climb the Sigirya rock fortress, marvelling at the ancient geometry and engineering,
and enjoy a welcome dinner at at your hotel.
Head to Hiriwadunna Village to observe the local's morning life on the shoes of the reservoir, explore the area by bullock cart or double-canoe
catamaran and sample local cuisine served on Lotus leaves. In the afternoon, continue to the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, which
boasts an interesting mix of Buddhist and Hindu architecture, then spend the evening on safari at Minneriya National Park, famed for its
large population of migratory wild elephants.
Visit the Dambulla Caves and observe the ancient paintings and statues, then wander the spice gardens in the foothills of the Knuckles Mountain Range, learning how the spices are grown and processed.
Arriving in Kandy, browse the local markets for semi precious stones, skillfully crafted jewellery, colourful batiks and silks, then visit
the Temple of the Tooth - a Buddhist temple within the Royal Palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha.
Start the day with a guided exploration of The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, then drive the wonderfully scenic journey through lush plantations to Nuwara Eliya to engage with local women and tea pickers and stay in a former tea factory, now a design-led boutique hotel.
Travel by train through the misty mountains to Ella, a laid back town nestled high on the tea slopes. You'll have time to wander the idyllic
walking trails before heading off again to drive to Yala National Park, to stay in a beautiful lakeside lodge fringed by jungle. Spot ibises,
painted storks and even flamingos wading in the shallows.
Yala is known for its leopard population. This morning, climb into a jeep for a guided wildlife safari spotting these beautiful but elusive
creatures, aswell as elephants, sloth bear, sambar deer, wild boar, jackals and stunning birdlife. After a siesta, head out for another
drive or enjoy some R&R at the lodge.
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle and explore the Dutch colonial architecture, mansions, mosques, cafes and boutiques on foot.
Check into your hotel, which was once a spice, tea and gem trading post.
Attend the prestigious Galle Literary Festival, attending your choice of discussions, debates, panels, poetry readings, cookery demonstrations,
gourmet tastings and cultural performances. On the final evening, gather for a farewell dinner.
Transfer to Colombo, stopping en route at famous architect Geoffrey Bawa’s home in Bentota. In Colombo, depending on your flight arrangements, check into a day room or stay overnight at a grand private residence, now a luxury boutique hotel. Continue with your onward arrangements or begin your journey home. ‘Bohoma Istuti’ - thank you for joining us on this extraordinary adventure!