Every day a sketch tutorial and personal interaction with Peter Burt and every day a new food experience with Mary; once a tea buyer, a food writer and food lover – this will be Mary’s 26th visit to Sri Lanka so you’ll be in great hands!
Starting on the Southern Outskirts of Colombo at fabulous Negombo beach we give you a day to relax and unwind or if you like go tea tasting or visit the local fish market – always plenty to sketch here. Our first Sunday we will have a tiki tour of Colombo, including Barefoot (Barbara Sansoni’s Gallery), Selyn; a women’s cooperative using handlooms; the Dutch Hospital (now a Retail arcade) and we will walk through Manning Market; the fruit and vegetable market and described in Lonely Planet as a Monkey’s Heaven with 29 varieties of Bananas!
Our next stop is Galle where we stay 3 nights right inside the World Heritage city in an 18th Century mansion that has been restored in to an elegant private hotel. Staying right inside the fort makes it easy to walk the ramparts at leisure and to sketch in special places.
From the coast we head to the hills and tea plantations. A night on the way in Udawalawe to see elephants in the wild before heading up into to the Cultural Triangle staying in amazing hotels in the tea plantations before continuing on to Kandy.
We then spend 2 nights in Kandalama – a Geoffrey Bawa designed hotel; one km long, 1 room wide; around a rock face- keep your deck doors locked or the monkeys climbing the vines will steal your tea tray sugar. And then it is back to the west cost for our farewell dinner under a palm tree, beside the ocean. Bliss!