Horseback sojourn in Sri Lanka
From £ 2250 per person
Riding on the beach from the west to the south of Sri Lanka, through jungles, tea plantations, near the foot of Lion Rock in Sigiriya... This 12 day journey that has been specially created for riding enthusiasts includes 8 days of horse riding.
Your travel companions will be Marwari horses, a rare breed originating in Rajasthan with crescent-shaped ears and a stately gait. This trip will open the doors to inaccessible areas. Discover the Kalpitiya Peninsula on the south coast, the cultural triangle and the plantations of Ceylon tea!
Price: $2,250 per person, based on two people. Note: this price is valid until 31 December 2014
The price includes:
Transportation by private vehicle with English speaking driver
Provision of a horse for all walks + equestrian guide and horse equipment. Riders should plan to bring their equipment (bomb vests, whip, boots, chaps, etc..).
Accommodation based on "standard" hotel category half board except on days 5,6, 8 and 11 breakfast
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Day 1: Arrival at Colombo International Airport - Kalpitiya
Welcome to Sri Lanka!
You are greeted at the airport and taken by road to the north to Kalpitiya, on the tip of the peninsula of Puttalam. On the road, the salt marshes give way to vast stretches of swaying coconut trees. Accommodation at the hotel.
Get to know your horse and your horse guide. Go for your first ride on the beach until Thalavilla and the little church of St. Anne, passing through fishing villages. To finish the day in style, share your first sunset in Sri Lanka with your new traveling companion!
Day 2: Kalpitiya
After an early breakfast, go for your second horse ride on the beach. With the Indian Ocean on the left and the bay on your right, go towards the end of the peninsula to an old Dutch fort. After a picnic, return to the hotel. Between November and April, enjoy a cruise and watch dolphins and whales! Unless you prefer to ride the wave with a surf-board or simply enjoy the pleasures of the beach!
Day 3: Kalpitiya - Dambulla (via Anuradhapura )
After breakfast, go to Dambulla where your horses are housed. On the road, visit Anuradhapura, the ancient capital where multitude of temples, palaces and dagobas are all witnesses to its glorious past. The remnants continue to live with the presence of temples and continual ballet of Buddhist pilgrims who come to pray in the shade of the Sri Maha Bodhi , the sacred tree revered for over two millennia. Arrival at Dambulla and transfer to hotel.
Day 4: Dambulla (via Anuradhapura )
This morning in Kandalama find your horse, your guide and grooms. The program includes a hike around Lake Kaludiya Pokuna, accompanied by birds and butterflies. Near the sacred hill of Mihintale, you will find ruins and a "black water" pool in the jungle. Remember that Buddhist monks meditate there. In the afternoon, climb the famous fortress of Sigiriya . Halfway up, greet the immortal " Demoiselles " painted on the walls of the rock before reaching the top where you can enjoy a great view .
Day 5: Dambulla - Kandy
During your ride in the morning, get seduced by picturesque villages, banana plantations and vegetable gardens! You complete your foray into the cultural triangle by trotting near the foot of the fortress of Sigiriya! Before leaving Dambulla, visit the Temple of the Rock where caves house an impressive collection of Buddha statues and outstanding colorful frescoes, describing the major stages of the life of the Enlightened One. After a last look at the Golden Buddha overlooking the temple, take the road towards the south and make a stop at a spice garden. An excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge of therapeutic or cosmetic virtues! On arrival in Kandy, check in to the hotel.
Day 6: Kandy
Today you have the choice between road and rail to go to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage that houses a few hundred residents. View, swim and play together in the river, which is a real treat! In the afternoon, wander around the nooks and crannies of the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, where the collection of trees, plants and flowers will impress you. By late afternoon, enjoy the ceremony on your visit to Sri Dalada Maligawa, which contains the famous tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
Day 7 : Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
In the morning, you go towards Nuwara Eliya, drowned in tea plantations. Check in to the hotel after a panoramic tour of the city, which had seen many British settlers owing to its mild climate. They left such an impression that the city is nicknamed "Little England "! Accommodation at the hotel. You are immediately immersed in the atmosphere of this “British" city where you have lunch at the golf club before joining the racetrack! This is where you go with your horse, Nabila, Kushi or Scotch Whisky. And it is with them that you ride on small roads winding through tea plantations before crossing the Gregory’s Lake.
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Ella
After breakfast, go for another walk in the tea plantations. Mahagastota, Pattipola ... Many names of mysterious villages whose charms are revealed during the hike. Let yourself be seduced by the beauty of these carved quite unconsciously by the pioneers of tea landscapes! In the afternoon, take the train to Ella, one of the most beautiful courses on the island! Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 9: Ella - Tissamaharama
Take the time to enjoy the heart of the mountains. If you like to walk and not trek, then the walk to the Adam’s Peak in the middle of tea plantations is completely inappropriate! If you are a confirmed sports enthusiast, why not try the ascent of the Ella Rock where the view is breathtaking! After breathing the fresh air in the morning, head south to Tissamaharama. On the road, stop at Buruduwagala to visit the famous Buddhas carved into the rock and Kataragama, a holy place for Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus as evidenced by temples and mosques together on the same site . Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 10 Tissamaharama ( horseback riding option)
After breakfast, hop on to your saddle and visit Tissamaharama Wewa, the centerpiece being a huge artificial lake dug in Sri Lanka in the third century BC to irrigate crops. Your ride will be accompanied by a multitude of birds, crossing the surrounding rice fields in what is colloquially called "Tissa", the ancient capital of the Sinhalese kingdom of Ruhuna. In the afternoon, you can swap your mount for a jeep and go on a safari in the Yala National Park, one of the largest natural reserves in the country that hosts diverse fauna, including leopards!
Day 11: Tissamaharama - Galle (horseback riding option)
Share the excitement of a final walk with your traveling companion in a beautiful flat landscape dotted with village! As the Yala Nature Reserve is so close, it is not unusual to see peacocks, deer and fox! After a final gallop and a goodbye hug to the neck of Sultan, Anjali or Saroj, you will reach Galle on the south- western tip. Drive along the south coast with its myriad lush beaches! Accommodation at the hotel. Allow yourself to be carried away by the charm of the narrow streets of the walled city and the incredible sunset!
Day 12: Galle - Colombo Airport
Transfer to Colombo international airport according to your flight schedule. End of our services.