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Exploring the Best of Sri Lanka

Exploring the Best of Sri Lanka

DURATION

13 NIGHTS 14 DAYS A Two-Week Itinerary for Cultural Immersion, Natural Wonders, and Adventurous Experiences.

 

LOCATIONS

AIRPORT – NEGOMBO – UDAWALAWE – ELLA – NUWARAELIYA – HORTON PLAINS – KANDY – DAMBULLA - HABARANA – SIGIRIYA – POLONNAUWA – TRINCOMALEE – ANURADHAPURA – COLOMBO – AIRPORT

GENRE

HERITAGE – ADVENTURE – NATURE - LEISURE

Welcome to CYRIL TOURS exciting itinerary for your upcoming trip! Please note that the time given is only for travelling, and we have carefully planned the itinerary to ensure that you get the most out of your trip. The costing has been done for the hotel given, but if you need hotels in the “Recommended Hotels” category, please inform me. It's worth mentioning that some hotels in the “Recommended Hotels” category can be expensive. But we have selected the given hotels as they are of high quality and will provide you with the best experience during your stay.

AIRPORT – NEGOMBO - 20 minutes

 

Day 01 - Arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be met with and welcomed by CYRIL TOURS upon your arrival and transferred to hotel in Negombo located near the airport for dinner and overnight stay. Negombo just 20 minutes from the airport.

Recommended Hotels:Suriya / Goldi Sands / Rani Beach

NEGOMBO – UDAWALAWE– 3 hours

 

Day 02 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel in Negombo, proceed to Udawalawe. Checking to Athgira River Camp for dinner and overnight stay. Visit Elephant transit home. Checking to Grand Udawalawe for dinner and overnight stay.

Optional: In the evening if the time permit visit Udawalawe National Park by hired jeep.

UDAWALAWE – ELLA – one and half hours

 

Day 03 - If you didn’t have safari yesterday you can have it this morning. After safari return to hotel. Have your breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Ella. Enroute you are passing famous Rawana waterfall before reach to Ella. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. In this area you can visit Little Adam’s Peak and see Demodara 9 arch railway bridge.

Recommended Hotels: Mount Heaven / Sky Green

ELLA – NUWARAELIYA – 2 hours

 

Day 04 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel to proceed to Nuwaraeliya – Little England. Checking to for dinner and overnight stay.

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 a 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 have a (Villa) holiday home there. This is an ideal location for nature lovers.
Evening can have a walk around the city on your own.

Recommended hotels: Araliya Green city  /Araliya Green Hills / Heaven Seven 

HORTON PLAINS – WORLD’S END – KANDY -


Day 05 - Early morning leave to Horton Plains National park a World Heritage site, with picnic breakfast packets. Do a thrilling trek in Horton Plains. You have to leave around 5.30 am to see real nature without fog.

The park covers 31.60km2, this plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 35 kilometers (20 miles) from Nuwara Eliya. But it will take nearly one hour to reach.

This is a mixture of highland forest and wet grassland. This is a key wildlife area. Species found here include Sambar (Sri Lankan Sambar Deer) and the endemic purple-faced Langur. Many endemic Loris and purple monkeys, All six highland endemic birds are found here, including Dull-Blue Fly Catcher, Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon and Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul and Black-throated Munia are widespread throughout the highland.

Trek along a 09 km stretch and visit the breathtaking Bakers’ fall and the proverbial ‘World’s End’ which offers one of the best panoramic views in Sri Lanka. It is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. They are best viewed at sunrise as the mist is less likely to spoil the view at that time of day. You reach the 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. A road journey and the 2 – 3-hour work passes through the heartland with giant ferns, terraced vegetable gardens and tropical, mist-shrouded forest, where tree branches poke skywards like gnarled fingers.

After Horton Plains return to Nuwaraeliya hotel. Checkout to leave to Kandy on the scenic route. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Recommended hotels: Earl’s Regent / Thilanka /  Suisse / Queens

Please note month of August you have to pay additional supplement per person per night due Kandy festival days. (10 days)

KANDY CITY TOUR


Day 06 - After breakfast have a guided tour of the city of Kandy. Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations. Set in the mountainous area of the island, there are fantastic views over the city from some of the hotels. Wandering about in Kandy is a fun experience, with crossroads and interconnecting byroads – all forming an intertwined complex. Most pavements are dominated by vendors selling garments, lotteries, toys and various fancy items – making passing through look almost impossible, especially during festive seasons. The main market area in the heart of the town is frequented often for its array of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat stalls, sweets, clothes, fancy goods and what not…! 

Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones. Sapphires of all colors, rubies, tourmalines and spinels can all be found here. Visitors are also invited to have a look around their workshop, where they will be able to see the design, and cutting, polishing and setting processes. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha in the late afternoon.

 Ever since it was founded in the 16th Century, it has housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth. See the blessing ceremony with all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and brightly colored Monks performing their rituals. There is also traditional dance performance which you will enjoy in the town in the late afternoon. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

KANDY – HABARANA – 2 and half hours     

  

Day 07 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Habarana. While continuing to Habarana 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 your journey, enroute visit 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. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Recommended hotels Aliya Resort  / Habarana village / Camellia Resort  

HABARANA – SIGIRIYA – POLONNARUWA – HABARANA – 3 hours

 

Day 08 - After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya. The legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, the “Lion Rock” famous for its frescoes of ‘Celestial Maidens’ is possibly the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century on top of a vast 200m granite rock it took seven years to build and was abandoned after ten years of occupation when the King, defeated by his brother, committed suicide. Although it is a steep climb, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort. Sigiriya is best visited first thing in the morning or just before sunset when it is cooler and less crowded. After Sigiriya you can have a Village tour. After the village tour continue 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 centers in South AsiaToday 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. End of the day return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

In Habarana you can have an Ayurveda Herbal Massage. (Optional). This is the ideal place to have it.

HABARANA – TRINCOMALEE – 2 hours



Day 09 - After breakfast checkout from hotel to proceed to Trincomalee for your beach stay. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Recommended hotels:  Anilana Nilaveli / Nilaveli beach hotel  

During your beach stay you can go to a pigeon Island by boat, Trinco city tour.

Day 10-          Leisure

Day 11-          Leisure

TRINCOMALEE – ANURADHAPURA

 

Day 12 - After breakfast checkout from the beach hotel to proceed to Anuradhapura. Checking to Palm Garden Village hotel / Kanola Luxury Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

ANURADHAPURA - COLOMBO 

 

Day 13 - After breakfast checkout from the hotel proceed to Colombo. Checking to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Recommended hotels: Cinnamon Grand / Cinnamon lake side / Galadari / Ramada hotel 

 

Day 14 - After spending two weeks in this beautiful island time to leave it. Checkout from the hotel to transfer to airport on given time. Please do note, that you are required to be at the airport two and half hours before the actual departure time.

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