SRI LANKA: Galle International Literary Festival & Tour - 2019
14th - 23rd January 2019: Places Available
Destinations: Sri lanka
Tour Grading Moderate
Tour Commences In: Negombo
Number of Days: 10 days / 9 nights
Leaders: Expeceptional local Guide
Tour Concludes In: Colombo
Tour Style: Luxury Tour
Meals: Breakfast: 9:
Transportation: Chauffeur driver - Private Luxury vehicle
Sri Lanka - Galle International Literary Festival
The Fairway Galle Literary Festival, since first launching in 2007 has become one of the most anticipated literary events in south east Asia for both authors and literary enthusiasts around the world.
The festival is celebrated annually, in and around the historic Dutch Galle Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the southern shores of the tropical isle of Sri Lanka. (Ceylon)
“It’s intimate format allows visitors the opportunity to appreciate the works of Sri Lankan and international authors, to take part in literary discussions and enjoy other writerly, readerly, archeological, ecological, philosophical, cultural, musical, artistic, and culinary activities in a beautiful and unique setting.
During the day the Fairway Galle Literary Festival features writing workshops, panel discussions, topical debates, poetry readings, cooking classes, theatre workshops and literary lunches, while during the night there are poetry slams, jazz performances, wine tastings, art showings and photographic exhibitions, which take place at historical landmark locations, boutique hotels, and private properties, making this festival truly an immersive cultural experience that celebrates literature and the arts.’ Professor Richard Dawkins
- Accommodation in all hotels mentioned (Subjected to availability upon confirmation)
- Private air-conditioned Minivan and an English speaking Chauffer Guide for the duration of the trip (From Day 1 to Day 10 including airport transfers)
- Local government taxes & service charges
- All Buffett Breakfast
- Some sightseeing & city tours as included in the itinerary
Day 1: Monday 14th January 2019: Arrive Negombo:
Day 2: Tuesday 15th January 2019: Negombo - Galle:
Day 3: Wednesday 16th january 2019: Galle
Day 4: Thursday 17th January 2019: Galle
Day 5 . Friday 18th January 2019: Galle
Day 6: Saturday 19th January 2019: Galle - Yala
Day 7: Sunday 20th January 2019: Yala - Nuwara Eliya
Day 8: Monday 21st January 2019: Nuwara Eliya - Sigiriya - Dambulla
Day 9: Tuesday 22nd January 2019: Dambulla - Colombo
Day 10: Wednesday 23rd January 2019: Depart Colombo
Sri Lanka Galle International literary Festival & Tour
Fairway Galle Literary Festival Authors for 2019
The Fairway Galle Literary Festival (GLF) 2019 will take place from 16 – 20 January 2019, marking the festival’s tenth anniversary.
For this year, 26 of the writers who will be travelling to Sri Lanka to take part in FGLF 2019, were shared with the public on Thursday 25 by Jill Macdonald, the Festival curator.
However, she said, “The following list remains non-exclusive and in the months leading up to the Festival, there will be several surprise announcements.” Anthony Horowitz, one of the most prolific and successful writers in the UK, is on the list. His Alex Rider books have sold over 16 million copies and he is the only modern writer to have been invited by Ian Fleming’s trustees to write two James Bond novels.
Also scheduled to attend is Sir David Hare, one of the most celebrated and best known of contemporary playwrights, who was also the screen writer of the highly acclaimed film ‘The Hours’ which was nominated for 9 Academy awards.
Another scheduled participant is none other than Lucy Fleming, niece of Ian Fleming, of James Bond fame.
The Festival, which has established itself as a much anticipated and highly acclaimed fixture on the South-East Asian cultural calendar, attracts thousands of people each year.
It has evolved into a cultural attraction which greatly encourages tourism and brings highly educated and influential visitors to the UNESCO world heritage of Galle each year.
GLF has reminded the world of Sri Lanka’s deep commitment to literature and the arts as pursuits underlining the distinctive human capacity for creativity, and it has only continued to grow since its inception over a decade ago.
The list includes:
- Sir David Hare – one of the most celebrated and best known contemporary playwrights, who was also the screen writer of the highly acclaimed film ‘The Hours” which was nominated for 9 Academy awards.
- Sir Don McCullin – One of the most admired photojournalists of his time, he’s had a powerful impact on public knowledge of news to which access is difficult or complicated.
- Fatima Bhutto – The niece of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, she is a poet who is also a journalist and writer of fiction. Her book ‘The Shadow of the Crescent Moon” was long-listed in 2014 for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.
- William Dalrymple – The award winning writer of numerous books related to history and travel. Based in India, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is also one of the co-founders of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
- Madeleine Thien – A distinguished Canadian writer, joining GLF after a hectic year of touring, her most recent book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016.
- Romesh Gunasekera – A highly acclaimed writer, who was part of the initial conception of GLF with its founder Jeffrey Dobbs. His stunning early works Reef was shortlisted for The Booker Prize.
- Vahni Capildeo – Without a doubt, one of the most exciting and interesting voices in contemporary English poetry. Her interest in literature was sparked when she heard Romesh Gunasekera speak at an event and she is most excited to visit his home country.
- Tishani Doshi – A poet, writer and dancer based in India, she has been the lead dancer in the Chandralekha Troupe and has toured the world with her dance troupe, and hence, the human body plays an important role in her poetry.
- Carlo Pizzati – A Fiction and Non-fiction writer, he is also an award winning journalist. Pizzati is the first Italian writer to be featured at GLF.
- Thomas Bell – His book on Kathmandu attracted a lot of critical attention and is known by critics in modern writing as the seminal book on Kathmandu.
- Kavitha YagaBuggana – Her travel memoir, “Walking in Clouds” will be released November 2018 by Harper Collins and GLF will be her first public appearance after its publication.
- Kamila Shamsie – The author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 20 languages, she is also a highly respected literary critic.
- Lucy Fleming – she is the niece of Ian Fleming, of James Bond fame. Lucy is an experienced performer and will be performing the west end production “Posting Letters to the Moon” with her husband Simon Williams.
- Simon Williams – Featured in Sir David Hare’s plays, Simon will conduct a Drama workshop which will be the first one ever to be done at GLF, for adults.
- Tassie Seneviratne – A retired Senior Superintendent of the Police, his book Human Right and Policing – Reminiscences of my Police Days, recounts his days as a police officer and the stories of the various police officers he worked with during the Sri Lankan civil war.
- Anthony Horowitz – One of the most prolific and successful writers in the UK. His Alex Rider books have sold over 16 million copies and he is the only modern writer to have been invited by Ian Fleming’s trustees to write two James Bond novels.
- Justine Picardie – A fashion writer, a novelist and a biographer. She is currently the Editor-In-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK. Her talk on Coco Chanel’s biography at the FGLF 2018 was wildly popular.
- Rachel Johnson – The first female graduate trainee at the Financial Times, she is also the sister of Boris Johnson, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom.
- Nandana Sen – An award-winning children’s author, she published her first story as a child, and went on to become a top literature student at Harvard University. She has also acted in more than 20 feature films.
- Dinah Jefferies – Author of several bestselling novels, one of which is The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Sunday Times number one bestseller- set in Sri Lanka when it was known as Ceylon. She was set to be a part of GLF last year, but unfortunately fell ill; she is keen to join the Festival in 2019.
- Charles Cumming – A rising star in the genre of detective writing, shortly after university he was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), an experience that inspired his first novel, A Spy by Nature.
- Senthuran Varatharajah – An award-winning German novelist of Sri Lankan origin, he was connected with GLF via the Goethe-Institute Sri Lanka who are the principal cultural sponsors for GLF.
- Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe – She has written poetry, a few books of non-fiction and her first collection of poems, There’s an Island in the Bone won the 2011 Sri Lanka State Literary Joint Award.
- Anne Enright – She won the Booker prize for her novel The Gathering, and she is a highly sought after author for literary festivals due to her engaging and joyful nature.
- Herve le Tellier – A writer, journalist and food critic, he began his career as a scientific journalist and has published numerous books in French and English.
- Peter Kuruvita – Born to Sri Lankan and Austrian parents, he shares his love for Sri Lankan food through his work as a chef and his book Serendip My Sri Lankan Kitchen.
Day 1: Monday 14th January 2019: Arrive Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka. You will be met by our Representative and Chauffeur Guide at the Colombo Airport and transferred to your Hotel.
Day 2 Tuesday 15th January 2019: Negombo – Galle: (B)
Later this morning enjoy a tour of Negombo before driving south towards the City of Galle. (Approx: 2.5 hour drive)
Galle has a colourful history, with a Dutch atmosphere which is very much alive and its most popular site is the magnificent Dutch fort. Check into your Hotel. The afternoon and evening is at your leisure.
Day 3 – 5: Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th January 2019: Galle: (B)
Over the next 2 days visit the infamous Fairway Galle Literary Festival. (FGLF) The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is one of the most anticipated literary events in south east Asia for both authors and literary enthusiasts around the world. The festival is celebrated annually, in and around the historic Dutch Galle Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the southern shores of Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
During the day, the Fairway Galle Literary Festival features conversations, discussions, gourmet lunches, excursions, culinary classes, wine and arrack tastings, an art trail and tea with poetry.
In the evening, enjoy a Sunset Series and a literary dinner, and let the night continue with performances and cabaret at Mayhem Past Midnight. The Festival also hosts a specially crafted Children’s Programme for children in different age groups.
Purchase of FGLF Tickets;
1. Box Office opens and tickets can be purchased online from 03rd January 2019
2. For further details, please visit the website for information on programme and online ticket sales;
Optional things to do in Galle;
1. Explore Galle Fort with its low lined streets and history behind its Rampart. The Fort remains a hive of activity and is one of the few World Heritage listed sites in which a bustling population continues to thrive. Walk through the alleys lined with stores and restaurants.
2. After you have explored the city you could proceed to do some shopping in the very heart of Galle. You will come across shops with fine variety of gems and jewellery, antiques, art galleries and Design stores etc. a few great shops to visit would be Barefoot, Fort Gallery and Elephant walk to name a few out of a many variety of shops along the way.
3. You could also opt to visit a few key Temples and Churches in the evening.
4. Try one of the scrumptious restaurants available down Galle Fort; to name a few; A minute by Tuk-Tuk, Pedlar’s Inn, Crepe-logy and Fortaleza Restaurant.
5. Catch the Fort Jumpers spring in to action from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. This hair–raising forty five foot jump is from the top of the wall at Flag Rock, between point Utrecht Bastion and Triton Bastion.
6. Visit the Handungoda Tea Estate; a Tea estate that produces a world famous ‘Virgin White Tea (a tea never touched by humans) and the only tea factory located in close proximity to the Ocean.
Day 6: Saturday 19th January 2019: Galle – Yala: (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the jungles of Yala. (Approx: 3. 5 hour drive)
The Yala National Park is famous for the elusive leopard and has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. The sloth bear and Asian elephant that are also part of Sri Lanka’s Big Five that can be spotted. You maymay wish to participate in an optional evening jeep safari (3.00pm – 6.00pm) accompanied by a naturalist guide.
Day 7: Sunday 20th January 2019: Yala – Nuwara Eliya: (B)
There is also in an optional early morning jeep safari (6.30 -9.30am) accompanied by a naturalist guide.
Thereafter take a scenic drive to Nuwara Eliya, (Approx: 4 hour drive) onto Sri Lanka's tea growing region. En-route witness the scenic cascading waterfalls of Ramboda Ella and Garadiya Ella.
The area has numerous brick and stone-built houses with rose gardens and perfect lawns; Nuwara Eliya in many ways resembles a 'small English village'. Enjoy a guided stroll past the 18-hole golf course, the colonial member’s only Hill Club and English styled country homes.
Day 8: Monday 21st January 2019: Nuwara Eliya – Sigiriya – Dambulla: (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Dambulla to experience the inland delights of the island. (Approx: 4.5 hour drive)
Once in Sigiriya and you may like to ascend the World Heritage Sigiriya Rock Fortress. (Optional) Be mesmerized by the engineering genius and the beauty of the famous Cloud Maidens.
Continue onto your hotel for a relaxed evening.
Day 9: Tuesday 22nd January 2019: Dambulla – Colombo: (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you have the option of visiting the visit the Cave Temple Complex in Dambulla and exploring the paintings depicting the Life and preaching of the Ven. Lord Buddha.
Later drive to the Commercial capital of the Island; Colombo. (Approx: 4 hour drive)
Once in Colombo, visit some interesting features such as the old city of Fort, the main markets of Pettah, the Hindu Temple at Sea Street, the Dutch Church at Wolfendal, the historic Davatagaha Mosque and the Seema Malaka Temple.
Indulge in some shopping whether it is value for money clothes or impressive antiques – Odel shopping Complex, Paradise Road, Barefoot Gallery.
Suggestions for Dinner;
1. Ministry of Crab (Seafood) at Dutch Hospital Precinct 2. Paradise Road Gallery Café
3. The Lagoon (Seafood) – Cinnamon Grand
4. The Ocean (Seafood) – The Kingsbury hotel
4. Nuga Gama (Local Cuisine)– Cinnamon Grand Proceed to your hotel and relax and rejuvenate.
Day 10: Wednesday 23rd January 2019: Depart Colombo/ Sri Lanka Airport
As all good things must come to an end, we bid you farewell as our Chauffeur Guide transfers you to the Airport to meet your departure flight home.
(Approx: 55 min drive)
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