13 nights 14 Days
Airport – Negombo – Pinnawala - Anuradhapura – Trincomalee - Habarana - Dambulla - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Kandy – Nuwaraeliya - Horton plains - Kithulgala – Colombo - Airport
Heritage, Safari, Leisure, Beach stay
Half board (Including dinner and breakfast)
AIRPORT - NEGOMBO
Day 1 - Arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be met with and welcomed by CYRIL TOURS representative upon your arrival and transferred to hotel in Negombo located near the airport for overnight stay. Negombo just 20 minutes from the airport.
NEGOMBO –PINNAWALA - ANURADHAPURA
Day 2 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Anuradhapura, 1st capital of ancient Sri Lanka. Enroute you are visiting Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. After it continue Anuradhapura. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. In the evening can have a guided city tour of Anuradhapura. You will see huge pagodas (Ruvanveliseya, Jethavanaramaya, Abhaya giriya etc.) Jethavanaramaya still world’s tallest brick building, just 2nd to pyramids in Egypt. World’s oldest tree (Sri Maha Bodhi Tree), Twin ponds, Samadhi statue etc. End of the day return to hotel.
ANURADHAPURA – TRINCOMALEE
Day 3 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Trincomalee, a capital city of Eastern Sri Lanka. Checking to hotel for overnight stay. Evening leisure.
Day 4 - After breakfast you can visit Pigeon Island by boat. (Optional) You are going by hired boat. After drop you to an island, give him a time that you want to go back. Then he will come on time to pick you up. If you like I can arrange sea – food lunch at local house. Also, if you like to have a water sport or dive or snorkeling this is the ideal place. You can go for a Whale watching (May – October). In the evening visit the city of Trinco including Fort Fredrick, Koneshwaram Hindu Temple etc. Then return to hotel for beach stay. Overnight stay in Trinco.
Day 5 - Full day free to enjoy your beach stay
TRINCOMALEE – HABARANA – SIGIRIYA
Day 6 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Habarana. Check in to hotel.
Evening you can proceed to Sigiriya the “The Lion Mountain” in the morning. Sigiriya present a unique concentration of fifth- century urban planning, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. In 470 AD Kashyapa the son of a non-royal consort of the king, took over the kingdom after committing patricide. He built his magnificent palace on the top of this 200meters high rock fearing the wrath of the crown prince Moghallana. The architectural wonder is famous for pleasure gardens, extensive moats and ramparts and mainly it’s well-preserved rock paintings, of the beautiful “Cloud damsels” seen half up the rock and the “Lion stairway” that provides access to the summit. The complex of the fortress on the plains around the rock extends over 15 hectares. In the evening you can have a famous “Ayurveda herbal massage” is done by well experienced therapists. No chemicals, only herbs. (Optional) Return to hotel for overnight stay.
HABARANA – POLONNARUWA
Day 7 - After breakfast you can enjoy this beautiful area rich of nature. You can proceed to an urban village by bullock cart, then by catamaran and then walking over the Chena cultivation (farmers grow grains, vegetables and corns are in very remote areas full of wild elephants during the night time. After walking few hundred meters over the land we will arrive to small mud house to have delicious lunch made by village woman just only for us. After lunch retuned on the same way by walking, catamaran and bullock cart. Sometimes they will provide tuk tuk also. This tour called “Village tour”. (Optional) This is new concept, foreigners really happy to do this. Then proceed to Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa located 45 km from Habarana was the islands second ancient capital. In 11th 13th AD, the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa was one of the great urban centres in South Asia. Today the well preserved ruins give you the chance to experience the grandeur of this period and marvel at the artistry of the island’s early craftsmen. The great ruler King Parakramabahu 1st (1153-1186) reign was the highest peak of the agricultural development of the island with the subtitle of “Granary of the East” with the development of a vast and complex irrigation systems connected to “Sea of Parakramabahu”, the largest reservoir builds in the history of Sri Lanka. At the heart of the ancient city are the remains of the Royal palace and Council chamber. Nearby is the Vatadage or “relic house”, a beautifully decorated circular structure with an uncanny resemblance to Stonehenge. Among the other sites are the Gal potha (stone book) – a 9m – long granite slab inscribed with the feats of a king – the Lankathilaka shrine and the supremely graceful Buddha statues at Gal Vihara, the pinnacle of Sri Lankan rock carving……. I f you lucky enough can see wild elephants near road and reservoirs. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
HABARANA – DAMBULLA – MATALE - KANDY
Day 8 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Kandy, enroute you visiting the Golden Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla. Dambulla is renowned for its cave temple, which were built by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he sought in the caves when fleeing from Indian invaders. More… While continuing to Kandy, on the way (in Matale) you will have a chance to visit a spice plantation that grows a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg, for which Sri Lanka was renowned and initially colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. You could also visit the Matale Hindu Temple, Batik factory and watch the production of artistic fabric. Continue to Kandy. Checking to hotel for overnight stay.
(Please note If you are are travelling in August Kandy festival season, you have to pay extra supplement for this period for 10 days)
Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Sinhalese Kingdom. It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set in peaceful wooded valley overlooking a vast manmade lake. Kandy’s ancient official lake sits amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations. There is a fantastic view from the upper lake where you can see the whole city of Kandy. Wandering about in Kandy is a fun experience, with cross roads and interconnecting byroads – all forming and intertwined complex. Most pavements are dominated by the vendors selling garments. Lotteries, toys and variety of fancy items – making passing through look almost impossible especially during festive seasons. The main market are in the heart of the town is frequented often for its array of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat stalls, sweets, cloths, fancy goods and what not ……!
Day 9 –After breakfast you are visiting Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya. You can have a city tour in Kandy. Also have an opportunity to walk in street, meet the people etc.
Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones, sapphires of all colors, rubies, tourmalines and many precious and semiprecious stones can all be found here. Visitors are also invited to have a look around the workshops, where they will be able to see the design, and cutting, polishing and setting processes.
There is a local traditional dance performance which you will enjoy in the town in the late afternoon, after the show visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.. (Sri Dalada Maligawa) Ever since it was founded in the 16th century, it has one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of the Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold – roofed temple of the tooth. It was built within the Royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times; it’s believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO in part due to the temple. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy hotel.
KANDY - NUWARAELIYA
Day 10- After breakfast checkout from the hotel. You have the opportunity to enjoy a brief train ride on your way to Nuwaraeliya.(Optional) Your vehicle will travel ahead of you and pick you up from a Nanu Oya railway station and transfer to Nuwaraeliya (little England) with this journey all the way through scenic tea gardens, water falls such as St. Clare and Devon. If you willing to go by train you must inform me before one month at least, because it has only limited number of seats. Reservations starts before 45 days. If the time permits, I will show you Tea factory to watch how to process the tea before it reached to us. Arrive Nuwaraeliya and check into hotel for dinner overnight stay in the cool comfort in Nuwara Eliya situated in 1900 meters above sea level.
Nuwara Eliya meaning "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light", is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.
The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Although the town was founded in the 19th century by the British, the whole district is today visited by native travelers, especially during the month of April, the season of flowers, pony races, go cart races and auto rally.
Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, Town Post Office and even new hotels are often built and furnished in the colonial style. Anyone who visits the city can wallow in its nostalgia of bygone days by visiting these landmark buildings. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens. Visit Gregory’s park. It’s a beautiful place with lack of activities to do for children as well as you. Paddling boats, Pony rides and cycling available for reasonable rates. Superb weather for enjoying. Most of the rich Sri Lankans has a (Villa) holiday home there. This is ideal location for nature lovers.
NUWARAELIYA – HORTON PLAINS - ELLA
Day 11- Early morning checkout from the hotel to visit to Horton plains, world’s end. This journey including travel time would be 4 – 5 hours. After return continue to Ella. Checking hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
ELLA – BUDURUWAGALA – TISSA (YALA)
Day 12- After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Yala. Enroute you can see famous Ravana water fall and Ella gap. Visit the Buduruwagala ancient heritage site. Then continue to Tissa near Yala. Have a Yala safari by hired 4x4 vehicle In the evening checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
YALA – GALLE – COLOMBO
Day 13- After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Colombo. Enroute you are visiting Galle Fort, Turtle hatchery, and boat ride on Madu river. Colombo is a Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and most populated city. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
COLOMBO - AIRPORT
Day 14- After breakfast checkout from the hotel. Your flight is in the evening. Until then you can visit ODEL for shopping and then have a guided city tour around Colombo. Transfer to the airport to connect to your flight on given time. (Reporting time at airport 2 hours before flight as required by an airline.
HB= Half board (Including dinner and breakfast)
BB = Bed & breakfast (including breakfast only)
Tickets including to:
|Pinnawala elephant orphanage||Sigiriya village tour||Kandy cultural show||1 Galle city tour|
|Anuradhapura (world heritage site)||Polonnaruwa (world heritage site)||Tea factory||2 Colombo city tour|
|Sri Maha Bodhi Tree||Dambulla (world heritage site)||Horton plains (world heritage site)||3 Negombo city tour|
|Trincomalee Pigeon island tour||Kandy temple (world heritage site)||Buduruwagala temple||4 Kandy city tour|
|Sigiriya (world heritage site)||Kandy Botanical Garden||Yala safari and 4x4 vehicle||5 Trincomalee city tour|
Package not including of:
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