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Aarunya Experiences & Excursions

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Location & Experiences

Aarunya is centrally located between Kandy and the Cultural Triangle, with easy access to historical, cultural, & natural sights & landmarks on & off the beaten track.

 

Try our incredible excursions and experiences. We can also assist with planning custom itineraries.

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Aarunya is located conveniently in Central Sri Lanka, between Kandy and Dambulla (the gateway to the cultural centre and north of Sri Lanka), just 1.5km off the main A9 road connecting both towns.

A drive of 2-3 hours from the airport, 30-45 minutes from Kandy train station and only 1-2 hours drive to most cultural hotspots such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress or even natural wonders such as the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Listed Knuckles mountains and waterfalls.

If you're looking to explore the best of Sri Lanka's natural and cultural sights from a central location with premium comforts and concierge services, then Aarunya is at your service!

Our guests enjoy a variety of tailor made excursions and experiences on and around the property, including exciting cultural and natural attractions, with durations ranging from a few hours to a full day.

We recommend staying with us for at least 2 nights to really enjoy the experiences on the property, let alone our excellent excursions.

Aarunya Excursions List

Please request the Aarunya Excursions brochure for further details.

 

A summary of our excursions:
- Local village/nature hikes (Based on availability of guide).
- ‘Chasing Waterfalls’ (Half day).
- ‘Into the Wild’ (Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks - Full Day).
- ‘Land of the Kings’ (Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa - Full Day).
- ‘The Romance of Kandy’ (Half Day - 3 to 4 hours).
- ‘Taste of Ceylon Tea’ (Tea factory excursion - 4 to 5 hours).
- ‘Sunrise over Adam’s Peak’ (Adam’s Peak - Overnight).
- ‘18 Bends & Veddhas of Mahiyanganaya’ (Scenic drive, oldest temple, Indigenous village - Full day).
- ‘Tea off at Victoria Golf Course’ (18 Hole International standard Golf Course - Half or full day).
- ‘Arts and Culture’ (Galgamuwa Craft Village, mask factory, Kandy city cultural show - 4 to 5 hours).
- ‘Temples of the Last Dynasty’ (Galgamaduwa, Embekke, & Lankathilaka Temples in Kandy - 5 to 6 hours).
- ‘Peaks & Valleys’ (Tour of Knuckles Conservation Range - All day).

Key Experiences

at Aarunya

Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa offers immersive experiences and and around the property, including nature walks through tea estates and spice gardens, village temple visits, culinary classes, dining experiences and wellness retreats amidst its serene 9-acre property.

The following are some of the key experiences we currently offer (and also some upcoming experiences we just can't wait to share):

+ Nature/Village Walk - Our Butlers can take you around the splendid 9 acre property on a nature walk. We can cover the tea estate, vegetable farm, spice gardens, and even our own rice/paddy field. We are in the process of adding new exciting paths through the naturally forested area of the property, and developing the walk as a 'Forest Bathing' experience - Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and social health.

+ Cycling - We have bicycles that can be used on the property roads or taken into the local village. A butler can join you or he can pick you up in the buggy (if you run out of steam climbing the hill back to Aarunya)!

+ Village Buddhist Temple Experience - We can organise a visit to the modest local Buddhist temple. The chief monk is a very nice and hospitable person who is quite famous on the island for his blessings and healing power.

+ Rice/Paddy Field Experience - Let us know if you would like to visit our own rice/paddy field.

+ Floating Breakfast - Speak to your Butler if you wish to have breakfast in your own private pool. 

+ Culinary Cooking Classes - Elevate your stay at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa with an exclusive Sri Lankan Cuisine Cooking Class. Nestled within the lush embrace of our verdant haven, this hands-on culinary experience is designed for guests seeking to immerse themselves in the rich flavors of Sri Lankan gastronomy.

+ High Tea Experience - Experience the talk of the town at Aarunya - our renowned high tea! We’ve dedicated immense effort to craft a delightful afternoon tea platter that caters to both savory and sweet palates, perfectly complemented by our delicious locally sourced teas. Enjoy stunning views from the Aahaasa Tea Pavilion located in our tea estate, at your own villa terrace, or by the main pool.

+ Aahaara Specialty Restaurant - Aahaara is a specialty destination dining restaurant meant to replicate the setting of rural village life, while offering you an unadulterated take on contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine. Aahaara offers our guests a curated dinner that varies on a nightly basis from a Rice & Curry feast consisting of over 12 curries and vegetables, to a 9 course contemporary dinner and a meat and seafood spread guaranteed to inspire your taste buds.

+ Aarogya Luxury Spa & Wellness Centre - Rejuvenate your mind and body at Aarogya, where both Balinese and Ayurveda therapeutic rituals await. Derived from Sanskrit, 'Aarogya' translates to "overall well-being" and encompasses the health of mind, body and spirit.

+ Wellness Retreats - Immerse yourself in our tailor-made Wellness Retreats that intricately weave together the time-honored practices of Ayurveda and/or Balinese therapeutic rituals, yoga, & meditation in a luxurious mountain setting. Tailored to suit each individual, our programs provide a holistic approach to beauty, detox, relaxation, & weight loss, with a minimum duration of 4 nights.

+ Spices Experience Centre - We are in the process of developing a special space for demonstration, collecting, and drying spices from the property. Expected completion is mid-2024.

+ Tea Plucking and Hand Rolling at Aarunya Tea Estate - Immerse yourself in the plucking and preparation of hand crafted tea. This experience is coming soon!

+ Bird Trails - Our In-House Naturalist can take you on a walk in search of over 50 bird species that visit the property! This experience is coming soon!

+ Chocolate Making - This region famous for its spice gardens is also a hidden gem for cocoa production. Join us on a special journey as we transform the cocoa into hand-made chocolates. This experience is coming soon!

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