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SEE SRI LANKA FROM YOUR EYES

SEE SRI LANKA FROM YOUR EYES

 

Duration

13 nights 14 Days 

Locations

Airport – Negombo – Anuradhapura – Habarana – Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Dambulla - Matale - Kandy – Nuwaraeliya – Ella – Yala – Mirissa - Colombo - Airport 

Genre

Heritage, Safari, Leisure, Beach stay 

Meal plan

Half board (Including dinner and breakfast)

Ref

2100 / 2022

Day 1 - AIRPORT - NEGOMBO


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.

HOTELS : HERITANCE NEGOMBO-SURIYA-CORAL SANDS                                                                                                

Day 2 -    NEGOMBO - ANURADHAPURA

After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Anuradhapura, 1st capital of ancient Sri Lanka. Enroute you are visiting Elephant Orphanage (optional) in Pinnawala. After it continue Anuradhapura. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. 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.

HOTELS: PALM GARDEN VILLAGE

Day 03 - ANURADHAPURA – MIHINTALE - AUKANA – HABARANA 


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 MoghallanaThe 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. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

HOTELS :  HERITANCE KANDALAMA-CINNAMON LODGE-KASSAPA LIONS ROCK-HABARANA VILLAGE-AMAYA LAKE-ALIYA RESORT 

Day 04- HABARANA - SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTERSS - POLONNARUWA – HABARANA 


Breakfast in the hotel and leave to visit  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 Sigiriya you can have a Village tour Nature walk (OPTIONAL)                                                           

On completion proceed to Polonnaruwa                

Polonnaruwa the Medieval Kingdom from the 11th to 13th century. 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. Ethnic harmony prevailed between the Sinhalese and the Tamils during this period. Buddhist and the Hindu temples located in the same complex and many other ruins symbolizes this fact. The palaces, huge granite sculptures and the massive tanks and complex irrigation systems built by the great kings convey the extent of development that existed in this middle history period. On the way back to hotel visit Minneriya safari . End of the day return to hotel dinner and overnight stay.

Day 05 - DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY 

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Kandy, en route 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. Sighted on gigantic granite outcrop, which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land, the caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting religious and secular scenes. Protected within the caves are hundreds of statues of Buddha, many carved out of the rock itself, of which the largest is the 15m long Dying Buddha.

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 Batik factory and watch the production of artistic fabric. Continue to Kandy. Check into hotel in Kandy.

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 is 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 ……!

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.

HOTELS : GOLDEN CROWN-EARLS REGENCY-GRAND KANDYANMAHAWELI REACH-CINNAMON CIADEL-THILANKA-AMAYA HILLS-SUISSE-QUEENS

Day 06 - PERDENIYA BOTANICAL GARDEN - CITY TOUR

After breakfast leave to visit the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, initially a royal park in 1821 under British rule it became a botanical garden. Here exotic crops, such as coffee. Tea, Nutmeg, Rubber and Cinchona (quinine) – an all of which were to become important to the country’s economy were first tested. The botanical gardens are fantastic with and excellent Orchid House, and a wide variety of plant species from all over the world. For keen gardeners, at least a morning is recommended to visit garden, possibly longer. There is a local dance performance which you will enjoy in the town in the late afternoon, which is performing traditional upcountry dances and fire-walking etc.

After the show visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. (Sri Lanka 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.

At the end of the day return to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 07 KANDY - NUWARAELIYA 

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Nuwaraeliya (little England) on scenic way. (You have the opportunity to enjoy a brief train ride on your way to Nuwaraeliya. Your vehicle will travel ahead of you and pick you up from predetermined railway station. This is optional and availability has to be confirmed. Have to reserve seat before one month in advance. You have to confirm it befor6 weeks. (Also, you can have a train journey from Nuwaraeliya to Ella. It’s not a long journey. But, very scenic) Enroot visit Factory to learn how tea is grown and processed. Arrive Nuwaraeliya and check into hotel for overnight stay in the cool comfort. Nuwaraeliya situated in 1900 meters above the sea level. Checking to hotel for dinner overnight stay.

In the evening visit small city of Nuwaraeliya by yourself.

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.

HOTELS : GRAND-ARALIYA GREEN CITY-ARALIYA GREEN HILLS-ST. ANDREWS-HILL CLUB-HEAVEN SEVEN

Day 08 – NUAWARAELIYA – HORTON PLAINS – ELLA

HORTON PLANES IS OPTIONAL

If you willing to visit Horton Planes, you must inform to hotel reception on the previous night with time of departure to prepare your packeted breakfast. Because you have to leave the hotel around 5am. Also, if you are checkout to go to another city or hotel you have to settle all the bills in the previous night.

Early morning visit Horton Plains by hired van or jeep. They are best viewed at sunrise as the mist is less likely to spoil the view at that time of day. A road journey and the 2 – 3-hour work passes through heartland with giant ferns, terraced vegetable gardens and tropical, mist – shrouded forest, where tree branches poke sky wards like gnarled fingers You reach big world’s end after a 5km walk from the entrance. The view from the sheer 1000m (3300-ft) drop is awesome. With luck there will be no mist to impede the panorama over the plains. Baker’s fall is one of the most interesting places during this tour.

This walk will take around 3 - 4 hours. If you don’t want to visit Horton Plains, we can check out the hotel around 8am to go to Ella. Arrive to Ella and checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

HOTELS : 98 ACRES-FLOWER GARDEN HOTEL-MOUNT HEAVEN-SKY GREEN

DAY 09 – ELLA

Have your breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast leave to visit Little Adam’s Peak. This is very famous point in Ella. Then leave to visit 9 Arch bridge. After those places visit small but very interesting Ella City. So many restaurants. You can see highest number of tourists in Ella than the other places. I will arrange Sri Lankan Cooking demonstration in Ella.

DAY 10 – ELLA-BUDURUWAGALA – YALA


After breakfast checkout from the hotel leave to Yala. Enroute you can see beautiful Rawana water fall and Buduruwagala ancient temple, then continue. You can have your lunch at Tissamaharamaya. There are many restaurants to choose. Checking to hotel. Evening Visit Yala National Park by hired 4x4. Yala National Park (1570 sq.km) was created in 1938 and is located in the south eastern corner of the island. It delivers a range of habitats, including scrub jungle, blackish lagoons, lakes and rivers are home to approximately 500 elephants and 120 leopards in addition to wild buffaloes, sambar and spotted deer, sloth bears, macaques and langur monkeys, jackals, mongooses, wild boar. Yala has plentiful crocodiles and is also. Yala is also rich in bird life. Around 130 species have been recorded here, including many migrants escaping the northern winter, common aquatic birds include various storks (among them the rare black–necked stork), sandpipers, pelicans, egrets, herons, ibises, kingfishers and the magnificent Indian darter, along with birds of prey such as the hawk eagle and colorful smaller species including green and blue bee eaters, hoopoes, parakeets and bulbuls.  Peacocks are ubiquitous throughout the park, while you should also spot at least a couple of jungle fowl, a singularly inelegant, waddling creature, like a feral hen, which has been adopted as the national bird of Sri Lanka. The best period to visit the park is from December through to March. April, May and June are rainy and the park is closed in September. (But will see last year its not open for public, because of that sometimes it may open. If its close we will try Wilpattu National Park in Anuradhapura. Arrive to Yala and checking to hotel.

HOTELS : CINNAMON WILD-KITHALA RESORTHIBISCUS-CHARYA

Day 11 - YALA – MIRISSA


Aft   er breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to beach stay in Mirissa. When you reach Mirissa, take a moment to breathe in the sea air and admire the golden sandy beaches. Your hotel is on the beach. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

HOTELS - MARRIOTT - W15PARADISE BEACH CLUB

Day 12 – MIRISSA

 Mirissa famous for its beautiful beach as well as ideal place for watching Whales. Rest of the day in leisure.

Day 13 – MIRISSA – COLOMBO


After breakfast checkout from the hotel to come to City of Galle. Walk on Galle Fort. Then continue Colombo. Enroute you can see Tsunami damaged areas, Turtle Hatchery, Have a Boat ride on Madu river. After all heading to Colombo. Have a guide city tour in Colombo if the time permits.  Colombo, a lively city rich with cultural sights and Buddhist temples. Take a drive through the city's commercial center, where grand colonial-era buildings stand alongside modern hotels and office structures. Explore the vibrant markets and bazaars in Pettah to pick up some last-minute souvenirs. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

HOTELS– CINNAMON GRAND-COLOMBO HILTON-KINGSBURY-TAJ SAMUDRA-CINNAMON LAKESIDE-MARINO BEACH-GALADARI-RAMADA-MANDARINA-WONDER COLOMBO 

Day 14 – COLOMBO – AIRPORT

You have spend two weeks in Sri Lanka. Now time to say Good bye. You are leaving with lots of good memories. I hope both of you enjoy well, if there is anything you missed, please inform me. Your suggestions are welcome. Even during the tour.

You have to be in the airport before 2.30 minutes.

Package including

  • ·        Transport provides by an air-conditioned, fully insured, luxury vehicle.
  • ·        The service of an experienced English-speaking chauffeur guide.
  • ·        Accommodation at above mentioned hotels or similar.
  • ·        Meals Half board (Breakfast and dinner included)
  • ·        Unlimited drinking water while you are in the car,
  • ·        Driver’s accommodation and fuel.
  • ·        All taxes up to date.

Package not including of:

  • ·        Air ticket, Visa (You can apply visa online by this link http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/)
  • ·        Travel insurance,
  • ·        Supplements at hotels due to special venues,
  • ·        Any other meal and beverages not mentioned above.
  • ·        Additional transfers, sightseeing.
  • ·        Early check in or late checkout charges.
  • ·        Covid related test (PCR, Rapid Antigen etc.)
  • ·        Expenses of personal nature.
  •          Tips and Porterage
  •          Any other services not specified above.

TICKETS INCLUDING FOR

Airport entry, parking and paging

Sigiriya

Safari

Ella 9 arch bridge

Colombo, Kandy, Galle city tours

Ayurveda massage

Dambulla temple

Little Adam’s Peak

Anuradhapura

Village tour

Kandy Tooth Temple

River safari

Mihintale

Sigiriya

Cultural show

Turtle hatchery

Aukana

Polonnaruwa

Botanical garden

 

 

If you think this itinerary will suit to you or want to change or add something else or skip anything, as well as for cost of above tour please contact me by filling contact us form or fill below table contents and send to me by given email address.

Mobile/WhatsApp: 00 94 777 366 633       Email [email protected]    Web: www.cyriltours.com

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    "Dear Cyril, We would like to thank youthat you have arrange ourholiday which we have enjoyed so much, that we can call them the best holiday we have ever had. You are avery helpful guide- because you know about your beautiful country very much. We also appriciate your advices that you gave us during our two weeks long journey and your  perfect trip arrangement we have enjoyed every single day. All the best to you and your family. Hope to see you again. Martha & Jarda   08 No..." Martha & Jaroslav Jirout

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    "Cyril was our driver and guide for the last nine days. We had the comfortable white Toyota van shown in the pic - it was just as clean and shiny, and not a scratch on it. He is clearly a very skilled driver. He is particularly knowledgeable about the history of the many places we visited. We were pleased we had Cyril as our driver. He had been recommended to us by an acquaintance. Andrew Speirs Melbourne, Australia Travel period 04 Jan - 12 Jan 2018" Mr. Andrew an Mrs. Suzy Speirs from Australia

    "Dear Cyril, Thank you very much for wonderful holiday. Your attention to detail and care of your clients is extraordinary. We certainly hope to cross paths again and we will recommonding you to all of our friends and to family too. Many thanks again.     Paul nad Machelle Brisbane, Australia. Visited during 10/10/2012 - 26/10/2012" Mr. Paul and Mrs. Machelle from Australia

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