Ayu in the Wild are specialists in organizing complete bespoke experiential tours and personally crafted immersive travel experiences in Sri Lanka. Our story was inspired by Rajindra and Chamintha Jayasinghe, a widely traveled husband and wife duo who are destination experts on Sri Lanka.
If you could avoid using 40 plastic water bottles on a 10-day tour of Sri Lanka, would you?
In 2018, we made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of plastics used on our tours – part of our big plans to become one of Sri Lanka’s most responsible tour operator! (We think it’s a big step made in the right direction and worth shouting about, so do bear with us).
Think reusable bottles!
We now request our guests to bring their own reusable water bottles or supply them one, from our own stocks. So if you are booking your Sri Lanka Itinerary with Ayu in the Wild, please do remember to pack one reusable water bottle per person.
Exploring a tiny island like Sri Lanka that packs in a whopping amount of must-do’s and must-see’s can be quite tiring. Mountain treks, wildlife safaris, Ceylon Tea experiences, train rides, temples, meeting artisans, bird watching in rain forests, cooking like locals and more!
We think you deserve a little downtime to just do nothing at our favourite beach villas. They do add that extra holiday “oomph” into your beach stay.
1. That perfect 4 bedroomed Villa in Galle
Picturesque views framed by high ceilings and large shuttered doors. The spectacular Indian Ocean just beyond the villa’s infinity pool. This is a place for long, lazy evenings basking in tropical warmth. It’s even great for a family getaway.
2. Luxury by the Balapitiya Sands – A 10 bedroomed Villa
Just spectacular. Golden sands and rolling waves. The luxury of pastel hues, minimalist décor and the sound of waves hitting the boulders by the sea. And those sunsets you won’t easily forget.
3. Two hidden gems by the Tangalle Beach
Light, breezy mornings with local fishermen pushing their catamarans along uncrowded soft sand into the seas off Tangalle. The oomph is in its classic style that screams modern yet cozy. Here’s a villa where discreet service and perfect luxury mingles. Warm waters just right for a swim in season. You wouldn’t want to leave. 2 Villas adjoining each other with a maximum capacity of 20 pax.
4. Style! Style! Style! – Beach Fronted Villas in Mirissa
Perfectly located, spacious and oozing with style! The four individual villas in this beautiful beach front is given a massive dose of oomph with a 40-meter salt water pool with 24-hour access! A quiet getaway beach but with easy access to lively café’s, the best whale watching spots, spotting turtles. We think it’s great for couples or for families.
5. An idyllic 9 bedroomed beach getaway, so close to the Galle Fort
Think pam trees hanging over a quiet beach. The tranquil sound of waves. Extensive gardens, high beamed ceilings and stone bathrooms. A beautiful secluded beach property perfect to explore everything mystical in Galle. Oh the oomph in those stunning outdoor bathrooms, so perfect for your warm weather holiday!
Contact Ayu in the Wild holidays to add that extra oomph into your holiday or talk to us about our best tours to Sri Lanka!
A Fort with colours, art and delicacies with the perfect concoction of a colonial and local touch. The Galle Fort is a must-see place on the island – even for a few hours, where a vibrant mix of Sinhalese, Muslims, Portuguese and Dutch settlers mingle harmoniously within the embrace of its colourful brick walls.
Through the colonial coat of arms enters the colourful tuk tuks. Bringing a bizarre clash of culture and colour.
The old gate to the Galle Fort
The old-world charm infused with modern day delicacies inside quirky restaurants.
A colourful fusion of beadwork necklaces that can jazz up white cotton or linen – a staple dress code on our tropical island.
Bead-work that jazz up white cottons
Striking bags made out of recycled materials – bold statement pieces that show you care .
Bags made out of recycled materials
These remnants of a century unfolding a million stories are now displayed as attention seekers that invite you to meander through open doors to stores and cafes.
Remnants of a century
One off décor culturally exclusive to the Galle fort in style and colour.
Out of the box decor
Ceylon-stone jewellery – that distinct colour and sparkle from generations old stores that dot the Galle Fort.
Ceylon stone jewellery
Street cafes that double up as galleries bringing colour and character.
Street cafes that double up as galleries
Sri Lanka’s mask heritage. So old, so dramatic, so vibrant.
The mask heritage of Sri Lanka
Varied hues of shawls and scarves. A radiant shield from the tropical climate.
The varied hues of the tropical climate – Scarves and shawls
Countless tones which change with the passing hours and season. The Galle fort offers a rich and varied palette not in just material but in its hues at sunrise and sunsets, the ocean that surrounds the Fort walls and in the tones and shade of its people. So worth a visit!
Is it a chartered flight for aerial photographs or a trek up an unknown mountain with views over endless Sri Lankan rice paddies? Is it 5 stars of a small luxury boutique hotel or alfresco dining under a night sky of a million stars?
Trek up an unknown mountain
When we launched Ayu in the Wild many, many moons ago, we set out to redefine luxury travel in Sri Lanka. Our boundaries were the unusual and off beat. The authentic and life enriching. Connecting the inner you with our beautiful outdoors.
Connect with the beautiful outdoors
The luxury of cooking and tasting typical Sri Lankan sambols made in the home of a rural farming family after an incredible walk through their farm. A look into a whole new world you never knew existed.
Trek through a barely trodden path up a mountain with absolutely no one in sight, help out the mountain farmers to till the soil and then enjoy the most sumptuous meal ever. Local flavours, crisp air, just you up a mountain with simple farmers. You could even do a night of fly camping if that’s your style. Luxury outdoors!
The luxury outdoors of a humble sugar cane farmer
We do love the luxury of putting our feet up in some beautiful hotels that dot the landscapes of our island but just for a few nights try waking up to the sounds of the untouched wilderness. Camping deep inside one of Sri Lanka’s best wildlife parks, bathe in a river flowing with fresh water. The safari drives are as equally exciting as watching the wildlife that lap up the waters on the river bank. Luxury wildlife!
Get creative! Learn the colours of Sri Lanka while painting masks that are traditional to the island or be a part of Sri Lanka’s rhythm from its native dance to the beat of its drums. Get closer to the islands craft and livelihoods – from pottery to a household brass foundry to a cottage industry rubber factory. Luxury Experiential travel!
Up close and personal with a humble potter
A cottage industry rubber factory
Explore the island’s iconic cultural sites – Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Anuradhapura, with locals who will take you back in time thousands of years when Kings and their Kingdoms etched an indelible mark on our history. Luxury in the Cultural Triangle!
Look beyond the thread count of luxury linen and scented baths. Immerse yourself with the people, places and experiences that makes Sri Lanka so unique. So authentic. So luxuriously real.