• Overview

    Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The city was extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, whilst still within the Dutch colonial period. The Galle fortress is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

     

  • Itinerary

    Saturday 19th November                Colombo – Galle

    ~ Transfer from Colombo to the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, Galle

    During the afternoon we will visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Kosgoda is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. The hatchery buries the eggs in sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survives to maturity. The Kosgoda turtle hatchery also has tanks for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild.

    Our hotel in Galle is the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, which exudes an old world charm of elegance and minimalism that is combined with fantastic service, scrumptious cuisine and a wide selection of facilities and activities. The hotel terrace is ideal for a drink and a chat while overlooking a spectacular Sri Lankan sunset.

    Overnight – Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel (5 Star)

    Sunday 20th November                   Hikkauwa Sightseeing Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Visit Hikkaduwa

    We will spend the day visiting Hikkaduwa. Hikkaduwa’s beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination and it is a particularly well known international destination for board surfing.  Hkkaduwa was greatly affected by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake along with nearby villages Telwatta, Paraliya (the location of the Queen of the Sea rail disaster), Dodanduwa, Kahawa and Rathgama. In the aftermath of the tsunami, many of the families who had lost everything were given sewing machines as part of the relief operations. As a result, the town has a multitude of tailors who will custom make shirts, pants, and shorts.

    Overnight – Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel (5 Star)

     Monday 21st November                  Unawatuna Sightseeing Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Visit Unawatuna

    Today we will visit Unawatuna, which is a coastal town close to Galle. Unawatuna is one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. The Discovery Channel in 2004 voted the beach one of the most beautiful in the world. That may be a stretch today, but Unawatuna is undoubtedly the best beach in Sri Lanka. None other offers the same combination of golden sand, a protected bay that offers the country’s best swimming, the famed beauty of the headland with its temple and sunset, and the laid back atmosphere of Unawatuna. It is simply the best all round beach in the country. We will have the day at the beach to relax, unwind or indeed explore if we so wish.

    Overnight – Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel (5 Star)

    Tuesday 22nd November       Enjoying water sports at Bentota

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Visit Bentota

    Another beach day, before we head inland to Dambulla. Bentota is famed as the prime beach resort of the south western and southern coastal belts of Sri Lanka. South of Colombo, the city of Kalutara with its fine beach is the gateway to south western and southern bay beaches. Kalutara is the next popular beach after Bentota. The Beruwala Bay Beach that is found just before reaching Aluthgama at the Bentota Bridge and Bentota Bay Beach just over the bridge are the most popular twin beaches along the coast. However, the Bentota Bay Beach, being encompassed within the Bentota National Holiday Resort Complex that features a fully-fledged support and serve infrastructure, is one of the most popular beach resorts in Sri Lanka. For the lovers of water sports, calm seas during the season from November to April make Bentota Beach ideal for snorkelling, diving, sailing, wind surfing, water-skiing and deep-sea fishing on a traditional outrigger canoe.

    Overnight – Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel (5 Star)

    Wednesday 23rd November            Galle – Dambulla

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla

    We head north today to Dambulla, a large town situated in the Matale District, which is in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The famous landmarks of the region include the caves of Dambulla, a mixture of religious and worldly paintings and sculptures. Several reclining Buddha’s also feature, which includes the 15m long sculpture of the dying Buddha. The famous Dambulla frescoes on the walls and ceiling date back to the 15th – 18th centuries.

    In the afternoon we will embark on a Dumbulla Rock Temple Tour. The Dambulla Temple is located on a gigantic rock towering more than 160m above the surrounding area. The Rock itself is more than 1.5km around its base. The caves on this rock were the refuge of King Walagamba when he was in exile for 14 years. After his return to the throne in the 1st century BC, King Walagamba had this magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla.

    Our hotel for the next two nights, the Heritance Kandamala, is a very special one indeed. A hotel that does not sit on the landscape, but is part of it. Where monkeys climb your balcony pillars as if they were trees, swifts nest in the corners of corridors as if they were cliffs and granite crags erupt into the sinuous white walkways. We can also float in the infinity pool whilst gazing across at the Sigiriya rock fortress, the eighth wonder of the world. Welcome to Heritance Kandalama, one of the premier 5 Star hotels in Sri Lanka.

    Overnight – Heritance Kandamala Hotel (5 Star)

    Thursday 24th November               Sigirya Tour

    ~ Breakfast

    Sigiriya is a magnificent rock fortress built in the 5th century A.D. This majestic Citadel in the sky was the refuge of King Kasyapa who murdered his father and stole the throne from his elder brother, the rightful heir to the throne. Kasyapa built his fortress on this 182 metre high rock to protect himself from his enemies. Sigiriya is world renowned for its ‘Mirror Wall’, which consists of poems and paragraphs carved by some of the thousands of visitors who visited the rock many years ago and of course for its magnificent frescoes, similar to the Ajantha frescoes of India. Sigiriya is in fact, the best preserved city centre in Asia from the first millennium and has been named as a world heritage site.

    Overnight – Heritance Kandamala Hotel (5 Star)

    Friday 25th November                    Dambulla – Negombo

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to Jetwing Blue Hotel, Negombo

    ~ The Habarana Village Tour

    We depart Dambulla today and return to Negombo in readiness for the flight home. We will end our three week stay in Sri Lanka however, with a truly Sri Lankan experience. The three hour Habarana Village Tour is designed for us to experience the real traditional Sri Lankan rural village style, where we will travel in a Bullock cart to a rural village through lush green paddy fields, and where we will be served tea and ‘juggery’ along with lunch made in an authentic Sri Lankan style. Traditional cooking methods, and a visit to a paddy field to see how the local farmers protect their crops from the wild animals, will be demonstrated. The finale of this excursion will be a traditional canoe ride in a lake in Habarana.

    Our hotel for the night is the Jetwing Blue Hotel in Negombo, a trendy, coastal getaway with a vibrant feel and which embodies a contemporary taste of Sri Lankan luxury living. Modern elegance combined with simplicity is the key feature of the beautifully designed rooms and suites. A fine hotel as we bid farewell to this wonderful Country.

    Overnight – Jetwing Blue Hotel (5 Star)

    Saturday 26th November                Departures

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Check out and transfers to the airport

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price per person: £ 1,295.00
Single room supplement: £ 40.00 per person per night

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:
– Services of your Tour Host, David Short
– Daily transfers
– Accommodations
– Daily breakfast
– Sightseeing tours as above illustrated
– 2x 500 ml Water Bottles (Per Person/per day)

Price Excludes:
– International airfares
– Soft drinks, tea/coffee, alcohol or any other beverages
– Telephone, laundry or any other services offered at the hotels
– Video / photo permits on any of the sites