The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
The Highlander takes you to the magnificent Victoria Golf and Country Resort situated amidst the scenic Kandyan hills. The challenging 18-hole golf course has often been named among Asia's finest. From Kandy you journey to Nuwara Eliya for a testing round of golf at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. This short break is an ideal golfing holiday for those coming from the nearby cities such as Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Upon touching down in Colombo, immediately transfer onto the Air Taxi which flies in directly to Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Kandy. This is a breathtaking flight that lands on the Victoria reservoir. It is therefore possible to be on the 1st tee within 1 hour of landing in Sri Lanka. Stay three nights here golfing and relaxing amidst the magnificent Kandyan hills. Kandy is just 40 minutes away.
The Victoria Golf and Country Resort, offers a wide range of facilities including an 18-hole golf course, putting green and practice range, Pro shop and PGA golf academy. Other sports and recreational facilities include bar and terrace dining, floodlit tennis court, Saddle club, riding lesson for adults and kids, mountain bike trails and horse safaris. There is an outdoor infinity swimming pool and an Ayurvedic wellness centre offering a range of relaxing treatments. The surrounding reservoir and central hills are ideal for bird watching.
The city of Kandy is steeped in history and culture. Interesting activities include a visit to the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined and Peradeniya Botanical gardens, with its orchid collection and formally laid-out trees.
Head to the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya which was made into a summer retreat by the British in the early 1800s. Much of its colonial character still remains. The town sprawls over the fertile valley flanked by Mount Pidurutalagala and Single Tree Mountain and is scattered with Victorian-style 19C homes, bungalows, guesthouses and hotels complete with gabled roofs, large open fireplaces, gardens with neatly-clipped lawns and colourful flower beds.
Spend two days golfing at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. The testing course here was built by a Scottish soldier of the Golan Highlanders in 1889 for British serviceman and officials. Occasionally you may even feel you are playing golf in Scotland, but the course holds many features unique to Sri Lanka. To ensure a successful round you will need to stay clear of the trees that line the tight course, the crags and creeks that bisect the fairways and the remorseless gorse and bunkers that protect the greens. The clubhouse and bar is full of character and colonial history. Little has changed since the founding of the club and you can even enjoy a log fire on cooler evenings.
Today you head back to the easily-explored capital city of Colombo. Experience Colombo’s colonial architecture with a visit to the Fort - a three mile long rampart originally built in the sixteenth century by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British. Here, many of the old colonial buildings jostle for attention with the rest of Colombo’s modern skyline.
Bougainvillea is a peaceful holiday retreat in tropical gardens within Victoria Golf & Country Resort. Accommodation is in well-appointed bedrooms set within the main house and separate cottages opening on to lush green gardens and mountain views.
Galle Face Hotel, originally constructed in the 19th century, incorporates traditional Victorian features with stylish contemporary design. It is an attractive alternative to Colombo’s modern business hotels: the stately wooden panelling and staunchly Victorian rooms are resonant of a bygone age.
The Grand Hotel is the focal point of Nuwara Eliya, the largest and most popular town in the highlands. Once the 19C residence of a British governor, this Grand Old Dame of the Highlands seeks to attune its regular stream of package tourists to its sense of unhurried, old-time grandeur.
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