Exceptional Experiences: Sri Lanka

Batik fabric.
Galle Fort and lighthouse.
Ancient stupa.

Splendid Sri Lanka

Bicycling Around Buddhas and Exotic Education


Pedaling Across Anuradhapura
Bicycle around the ruined columned buildings
, awesome stupas and Buddha sculptures that dot Sri Lanka’s first capital with Buddhist historian and top local guide Charitha Pathirana.
Batik Bliss
Ena de Silva, Sri Lanka’s foremost batik artist prior to her retirement, welcomes you
to lunch at her serene workshop, which she’s converted into a heritage center and peaceful space for traditional artists to practice their crafts.

Secrets of the Fort
Photojournalist Juliet Coombe leads you on a fascinating exploration
of the UNESCO-designated Galle Fort, once an international trading post, where you’ll explore the working lighthouse and investigate unusual customs that put voodoo-centric Haiti to shame.
Quantum Yoga
Take the next leap in your yogic practice with Laura Baumann
, the creator of the Quantum Method. Baumann welcomes you to her villa in Galle for a private yoga session, fusing the ancient healing science of Ayurveda with modern quantum physics for a unique and transformative experience.
White Tea and Cinnamon
Resident planter Herman Gunaratne escorts you through working cinnamon and tea plantations
in Ahangama, where you’ll learn about Virgin White Teas—customarily kept pure for the Emperor—and enjoy a cinnamon-inspired lunch in a stunning setting.
Amangalla (Galle)

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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