An unforgettable life time experience in a land known as “ Paradise”….. A country named as the pearl of the Indian Ocean…. And people indulged with hospitality, famous for its charm…
Day 01 | Airport – Colombo
On arrival you will be met and welcomed by our Airport representative. You will feel the warmth hospitality Sri Lanka is famous for minutes after landing in this pearl island.
Our 24x7 airport staff will assist clients on arrival with immigration formalities etc if required.
Your guide / chauffeur guide will then transfer you to the metropolitan city of Colombo where you will be accommodated for the night.
Transfer from Airport to Colombo,
Optional Colombo program depending on flight times.
- City tour
Leave for Colombo City tour.
The throbbing metropolis, Colombo - located in the West - is not only the country's commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels above 50% of the national GDP flanking Colombo's fancy urban development effort.
Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course - horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip - furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques. Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market - an offbeat shopping experience
Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards 'Arcade' facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the 'walk-over fish tank', have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands.
Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo's night life spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you're lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection!
Return to hotel. Rest of the day at Leisure.
Overnight at selected hotel
Day 02 | Days Highlight - Scenic Sea Plane Transfer to the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka – Visit the Cradle of Budhism , Anuradhapura
After breakfast leave for the Sea Plane take off terminal just 9kms away from your hotel. You will take a scenic 45 mt flight to the Sigiriya / Anuradhapura base.
Cinnamon air is a premier domestic Sri Lankan air Taxi service offering daily schedule and charter flights between its hub and the islands most picturesque locations.
Arrive and check in at selected hotel
Late evening visit Anuradhapura,
Commanding a rich Sri Lankan heritage, Anuradhapura – one of the greatest and oldest civilization in the world starring 113 kings and spanning over 1300 years in its peak, vows of being the greatest city of ancient Sri Lanka following its reign as the first capital. The sapphire of its crown is certainly the Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred BO sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Standing more than 220 years in its pride. Stroll through the sacred trails of the venerated city to adore the legacy that interweaves Ruwanweliseya.
The heritage, Supremacy and culture arguably makes Anuradhapura the strongest kingdom of Sri Lanka.
Return to hotel
Overnight at Selected hotel
Day 03 | Days Highlights - Sigiriya Rock Fotress
After breakfast leave hotel to visit the Sigiriya rock fortress, claimed to be the eighth wonder of the world.
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya - doesn't only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic 'Lion Paws' - overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below - to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock - resembling the mythological 'City of Gods' - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
- Strenuous walking required.
- 1080 steps to climb peak.
- Approximate time at site – 3 hours
Return to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at selected hotel
Day 04 | Days Highlights - Ritigala Monastry
Breakfast at the Hotel
Ritigala - a trekking paradise - is simply where architecture, history and travel are dished out in the same destination. The strict natural reserve resting calmly in its grandeur is basically a forest monastery. Ritigala is also believed to be the place from where the Monkey God - Hanuman - leaped into India to inform Rama that his love 'Sita' was being held by the Lankan king, Ravana. Trek along the green to feel how climates vastly from layer to layer within the region.
Return to Hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight at selected hotel
Day 05 | Days Highlights - Dambulla Cave Temple / Spice Garden / Sri Lankan “Kamata Lunch/ Kandy
Temple of the Tooth Relic
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Dambulla. Visit Dambulla Cave Temple.
In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country's economic and cultural uplifting.
Note – Moderate walking required
Transfer from Dambulla to Matale
An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden - into which you will be most welcome - and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend sometime idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.
Now you will enjoy a typical Sri Lankan “Kamata Lunch” eat as the Sri Lankan farmers do…. The lunch is served at a village mud hut overlooking the rice fields. We recommend that clients use their fingers typical as the Sri Lankan’s do, though cutlery is an option.
After Lunch transfer to Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka.
Kandy - Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe - before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy - the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings - crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town - cradled among the misty hills - will feature the Kandy City Centre - bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tube your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.
Check in to selected hotel
Overnight at selected hotel
Day 06 | Days Highlights - Royal Botanical Gardens / Train Journey
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer from Kandy to Peradeniya
First developed as a pleasure garden under royalty and later harmonized by the British, the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya - today bundled with the most welcoming facilities located just 4 miles off Kandy - is a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Walk into this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions & an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf which will encourage you for an exhilarating break. Towards the north of the entrance rests a cafeteria that one might come across before stepping into some of the highlights - the orchid house & giant Javan fig tree - of this place which overflow in grace.
Proceed to the Peradenia railway station. Peradeniya railway station is one of the oldest railway stations in Sri Lanka, opening in 1867 when the rail line was extended from Ambepussa to Kandy, as a part of the first train route which connected Colombo to Kandy. Initially the station was not a railway junction station. On 15 January 1873 it became a junction station, with the construction of a rail line from Peradeniya to Gampola, resulting in the station being renamed the Peradeniya Junction Railway Station. Take a rail journey in a local train from Peradeniya to Hatton / Nanu Oya.
The rail journey from Peradeniya to Hatton / Nanu Oya is a travelers marvel, the journey passes through the lush tea lands and misty mountains of the island. A scenic route that’s been spoken about as an unforgettable experience.
Arrive at Hatton/ Nanu Oya Railway station and take a short drive to hotel
Day 07 | Days Highlights - Tea Factory / Hill County
Full day at Leisure, guests have the option of taking part in different activities.
Day 08 | Days Highlights - Scenic Flight / Sun Sand And Beach
Take a scenic flight to the southern coast of Sri Lanka, here you will enjoy the Sun, San and Sea of the magical island paradise.
Land in Galle and proceed to the hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel
Rest of the day at Leisure
Evening proceed to visit Galle dutch fort
Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 ½ centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the 'old gate' carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion - the oldest of all - and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!
Day 10/ 11 | At Leisure, enjoy the sandy beaches or get pampered at the spa
Day 12 | Days Highlights - Departure
After Breakfast at the hotel depart for Katunayake International Airport. Approximate departure transfer time two hours and thirty minutes.