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The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
The Sri Lanka Beach Hopper is a treat for those who swoon romantically over every sunset they see. We launched the Beach Hopper as a determinedly budget tour allowing you to loll around on three of Sri Lanka’s finest beaches without burning a hole in your pocket. But such is its popularity that as well as our Simply Red budget classification we have now added Classically Red brand and Luxury Red versions. Because nearly everybody loves a beach. Tangalle, Unawatuna (close to the fortified town of Galle) and Bentota offers some of the best beaches in the south-west and, if you briefly tire of beach life, they are also excellent bases for a day’s excursion to Sinharaja Rainforest and the southern hills.
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you directly to Bentota, where the west coast sands are at their finest. Bentota offers a range of water-sports including windsurfing, snorkelling, jet boating and water-skiing and the sunsets are as good as they get. For a break from the beach life, visit nearby Lunuganga – a garden retreat that was created by Geoffrey Bawa with numerous varieties of foliage, many pavilions, and statues.
Your next target is Tangalle, not much more than an hour to the south. Sri Lanka’s jagged south coast from Galle to Tangalle, consists of several coral-protected coves which offer a different feel from the broad sands of Bentota. Nearby Mirissa is popular for surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. Whale watching excursions are organised by Mirissa Water Sports during the season from December to April when the seas are calm. Nature lovers might wish to spend a day on a jeep safari into the jungles of Yala in search of wild elephants and the elusive leopard. A night safari to Rekuwa beach where marine turtles come to nest is another fascinating experience. The Mulgirigala temple in Tangalle is another fascinating expedition. Perched on an enormous boulder more than 200m high, this ancient temple dates back almost 2,000 years when it was a site of a Buddhist monastery.
Head back along the picturesque southern coast to the historic city of Galle, Sri Lanka's greatest creative hub. Spend your final two nights in a beach hotel on the Galle coast at Unawatuna, close enough to see the fortified town in the distance. Experience life within this fascinating Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wonder around the maze of narrow streets lined with quaint houses, Dutch and British period buildings still in use; a growing collection of art galleries, museums, shops and cafes.
Club Villa is an enchanting holiday retreat on a broad and peaceful stretch of beach on the southern outskirts of Bentota. This much-loved property, originally built by Geoffrey Bawa, is cherished by a loyal clientele for a peaceful atmosphere in a pretty coconut grove, immaculate service and good-quality food.
Coco Tangalla is a six-bedroom, colonial-period villa overlooking the south-coast beaches of Tangalle. The Main House and an adjoining annex lie at the highest point with the infinity swimming pool and gardens at lower levels. Managed by the owner of The Kandy House and The Last House.
Coco Bay, a 12-room hotel just minutes away from Unawatuna Bay has been warmly received. This modern hotel, blessed by a quieter aspect than the main beach strip, has vibrant interiors and well-equipped, spacious with sea views.
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