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Win hotel stays in Sri Lanka worth £1800
It's fitting that the word "serendipity" was inspired by Serendib, the old Arab name for Sri Lanka. Such is the diversity of the island that even the aimless wanderer will stumble upon crumbling temples, beaches licked by rolling surf and the odd roaming elephant.
There are few places with as many Unesco-protected sites crammed into one small area. Between hilltop tea plantations and buzzing seafront cities, two centuries of history unfold across Buddhist temples, towering rock fortresses, tropical forest reserves and a former capital where perpetual mists form a halo of sorts.
To visit Sri Lanka and stay in one place is to miss out on the myriad facets that make the "teardrop of India" sparkle. That's why we've teamed up with sustainable travel experts, Regenerative Travel, to give you the chance to win not one but two hotel stays worth £1,800 - throwing in some extra cash to help you on the road. These guys have a global collection of independently owned eco-luxury hotels and specialise in transformative travel experience which have positive social and environmental impact, so you can rest assured your trip will be planet friendly.
Immerse yourself in nature during a three-night stay in the thatched wooden bungalows of Gal Oya Lodge, where outdoor bathrooms are backdropped by mountains, ruby-red dragonflies hover over the pool and phone signal is non-existent. Wake to the call of the jungle which beckons you to the surrounding national park, a patchwork of savannahs and calm waters populated by wildlife - the team will introduce you to the local Vedda tribe.
At base, your taste of Sri Lanka will be a fragrant one thanks to a complimentary cooking class with chef Premarathna, who guides a foraging expedition and teaches guests to prepare traditional dishes such as river-fish curry and kankun.
Sated, embark on a journey that descends to the southern region of Koggala where hotel Tri hits that sweet spot between sustainability and luxury. Hiring a car is the quickest and most adaptable option here. Curate a road-trip itinerary to take in Nuwara Eliya's emerald plantations and the rare flora and fauna of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Don't fancy driving? Don't worry. Sri Lanka is threaded by some of the world's most epic railway lines. Catch a train that rattles through the hill country of Badulla to the suburbs of Colombo. We'll help you out with the cost of transport, no matter the form you choose.
Tri is a digestif of sorts at the end of a feast-for-the-senses trip. Cosy cabins clad with cinnamon wood rise from the hilltops; stilted villas jut out across serene waters. Over a three-night stay, recalibrate mind and body as you flit between Ayurvedic spa treatments, Quantum Yoga classes and nearby Cinnamon Island - a trip here is on the house.
Come evening, a lighter take on old-school Sri Lankan fare is the order of the day at Tri's restaurant, where you'll be treated to a complimentary dinner for two. Follow that with an arrack sour and gaze over Lake Koggala as you raise a toast to that brief minute you took to enter this competition.
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Regenerative Travel is an online travel platform dedicated to connecting conscious consumer travelers to inspiring content and values-aligned resorts and itineraries. Through Regenerative Resorts,our global collection of independently owned eco-luxury hotels, we create transformative experiences and positive social and environmental impact. We aim to transform the future of sustainable and responsible travel by giving sustainability-driven properties the resources to elevate their businesses through sharing of best practices, economies of scale, and a financial platform for liquidity and legacy.