‘THE EMERALD PEARL’ tour – Sri Lanka
A beautiful 5-star journey to this pearl-shaped isle journeying through an array of jungles, wetlands, lagoons and tea trails.
When: Keep posted for 2019 dates
(15 nights (in Sri Lanka), 16 days)
This journey embraces:
• The philosophies and practice of Patanjali’s ‘8 Limbs of Yoga’
• Sri Lanka’s natural ‘healing’ habitat of emerald green and deep blue hues, embedded in the wild, artistic, exotic and the ancient.
This tour encompasses much of the isle. You will spend time in the hills and time by the sea; trek the plains (known as patanas) and take in views of mist-shrouded mountains. The scenery is simply stunning – every shade of emerald and jade green imaginable; sparkling water-ways and an array of crystal-clear waterfalls dotted throughout the rocky coves.
You will visit some of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage sites (as recognized by UNESCO) – such as the magnificent caves of Dambulla.
Be a luncheon-guest in a typical Sri Lankan family home; savour the country’s magnificent cuisine and dine-out on its fresh fish, prawns, crab and crayfish. (Not to mention curries!). Try a ‘string hopper’ – ‘yum’ and TBD – (to be discovered!).
Venture through the 17th century streets of Dutch colonialism; visit an elephant orphanage; climb the ancient rock-kingdom of Sigiriya; enjoy ‘high tea’ in a colonial house where you will experience a taste of the gracious living and impeccable style of its time.
Some of the highlights of Sri Lanka is in its architecture, design and art. Visit the homes and gardens of the Bawa brothers. Their work was greatly influential in creating the style, the ambience and the sense of ‘outside-in’. one enjoys throughout Sri Lanka today.
The sacred tooth of Buddha; leopards and crocodiles; whales and turtles; cloud forests; ‘Little England’; country cottages and Queen Ann style mansions; sambhur and spotted deer; and one of the most beautiful and immense botanical gardens in the world – so much to share.
December is usually a great month to travel in Sri Lanka with nice hot and dry weather across the island. However, there have been instances in recent years of monsoon rains lasting into December. The rains do thicken out the lush green landscapes, making it an exceptionally beautiful time to enjoy the rural parts of Sri Lanka.
Generally speaking, upland areas of Sri Lanka are cooler and more temperate, with a yearly average around 16-20ºC and coastal areas are warmer with average temperatures around 27ºC (80ºF).
The temperatures in November-January are (around 27ºC at the coast). Sri Lanka weather along the shores is made more comfortable by cooling sea breezes.
However, the humidity is typically rather high in Sri Lanka, averaging out at around 80% year-round.
The Hatha yoga classes, deep relaxation sessions and meditation instruction are experiential and simply executed. These methods are ideal for beginners as well as those who wish to ‘deepen’ their already established yoga practice.
People of all ages, body types, walks of life, professions and dispositions are welcome.
There will plenty of time to contemplate, relax, restore and refresh. You do what you will and yoga is not obligatory. Nothing is… except to have fun!