DAY 01 ARRIVAL TRANSFER /HABARANA Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport & transfer to Habarana Check in at Chaaya Village Hotel…
DAY 01 ARRIVAL TRANSFER /HABARANA
Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport & transfer to Habarana Check in at Chaaya Village Hotel – *4 Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 02 HABARANA / SIGIRIYA / POLONNNARUWA /HABARANA
Breakfast at Hotel Morning proceed to Sigiriya – Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. Thereafter proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa – which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of
the Tooth Relic. On completion return back to the hotel Rest of the day at leisure Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 03 HABARANA / ANURADHAPURA / HABARANA
Breakfast at Hotel Morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura – It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. It is the home of two World Heritage Sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sampling of the tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is
the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect ‘bubble shape” that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. ‘Samadhi’ Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of ‘Samadhi’ or deep meditation.Isurumuniya Rock temple (3rd centuryB.C) is well known for its rock carvings. On completion return back to the hotel Rest of the day at leisure – Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY04 HABARANA/ DAMBULLA/ KANY
Breakfast at Hotel leave for Kandy – En route visit Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla rock temple was ilt by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters. Also proceed to visit a spice garden in Matale to see different spices for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, clients could see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Witness a Cookery demonstration. Proceed to Kandy – Check in at Chaaya Citadel 4* In the evening visit Temple of the Tooth and witness a Kandyan Cultural Dance performance Return to Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay
DAY05 KANDY/ PINNAWALA/ KANDY
Breakfast at Hotel Morning proceed to visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven or phans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational Centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding program for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.
DAY06 KANDY/ NUWARAELIYA
Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Nuwara Eliya en-route visit a tea plantation and a Tea Factory where you would see the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. On completion proceed to Nuwara Eliya which is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South
Asia Check in at Grand Hotel 04 * Afternoon leave on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya Drive through the Little England Return to Hotel for Dinner and
DAY 07 NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARAELIYA
Following breakfast leave for Horton Plains by jeep early in the morning. Horton Plains is located on a high windswept saddle at 2134 meters. These Plains are hard to reach but the scenery is well worth the effort. At Horton Plains hike to the Bakers Fall, passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY08 NUWARAELIYA/ YALA
Breakfast at Hotel Leave for Tissamaharama – En route visit Ravana waterfalls between Ella and Wallawaya. Ravana falls is very high waterfalls and a lot of legend stories are hidden at this waterfalls .Ravana waterfalls is not a single waterfall. It is devided into several parts and drop down into rocks. There fore various beauties produced in flowing down. Near Ravana waterfall there is a bridge. On the bridge Ravana falls is seen beautifully. In the afternoon visit the Yala National Park – this park is famous for its high density of leopards, perhaps the highest in the world.You are also sure to see elephants grumpy loan males during the dry months and large herds in the wet season. Sloth bears are also a big draw. You will also see mammal such as wild boars, several species of deer and wild buffalo. There is a plethora of reptilian Species and platoons of crocodiles. As common in Sri Lanka there is a hugediversity of stunning birdlife including migratory species such as the flamingo. It is also one of The few places in the world where the severely endangered black necked stork can still be seen. The uniqueness of the park is the sheer diversity of the habitat: dense jungles suddenly give way to lagoons and open plain areas and the park has a simply beautiful sea front. Huge, stark boulders dominate the horizon and the elegant, Languorous leopard can often be seen basking atop the sun baked rock.
On completion Check in at The Safari Hotel 4*. Rest of the day at leisure Overnight stay at the hotel
DAY09 YALA/ HAMBANTHOTA
Breakfast at Hotel Leave for Hambanthota Hambantota, the main city of Hambantota District is located near the 148th mile (238- km) post along the Colombo-Galle Matara Tissamaharama highway. En route a short drive to Bundala National Park. Although the park is home to elephants, deer, crocodiles, and other wildlife, the main attraction is the birdlife. Then proceed to visit Hambantota, the capital of the district, takes its name from early seafarers. When mariners arrived from the Far East in their sampans, they sought anchorage in the natural harbor, known in the local language as ‘tota’. In time, the area came to be called “hamban-tota”. Today, Hambantota is the salt capital of Sri Lanka, and dazzling white saltpans surround the town. Legend has it the archaic name of Hambantota appears to have been Sampanthurai. This word Sampan is said to have been derived from the Malay word meaning navigators, as the Malays, in theolden days were sea-farers who had come in their sailing vessels for barter trade. The word ‘Thurai’ means a port – a Tamil derivation. Another version, In the legends, Hamban’ is popularly known as an ethnic group called ‘Malay’ or ‘Muslims’ and ‘thota’ means where those groups were landed. During British rule, Hambantota became an important district. The colonial rulers had left their indelible marks on Hambantota. In the past, Hambantota was a sleepy old seaside village reminiscent of those grand old days of Leonard Woolf, who was the Assistant Government Agent-Hambantota (1908-11). He was a literary scholar being the author of the fascinating novel ‘The Village in the Jungle’, that gives a vivid description , and how British used the jungles of Hambantota as their famous hunting grounds. His printed diaries (1908-11), are filled with authentic records of the life and times of the hardships of those starving but grief stricken chena (slash and burn agriculture) cultivators. Hambantota also from time immemorial has been a thriving fishing centre. Today, Hambantota is an enchanting seaside resort where there is a network of tourist hotels, Inns, restaurants lined along the seashore and it’s interior. Also, the district has many salterns, national parks, bird sanctuaries, historical, cultural, and archaeological sites.Visit Martello tower is small defensive forts built in several countries of the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of the Napoleonic Wars onwards.Visiting proposed new town development sites and tsunami housing schemes, just to see but not to visit.
Check in at Peacock Beach Hotel 4*. Rest of the day at leisure Overnight stay at the hotel
DAY 10 HAMBANTHOTA / TANGALLE
Breakfast at Hotel Leave for Tangalle, Tangalle is the tourist hub of the Deep South and boasts of some of the finest beaches and beach resorts in Sri Lanka. Situated 122 miles (200-km) south of Colombo, 5-hours along either the Coast Highway via Galle or over the hills via Ratnapura, you can drive to Tangalle thru some beautiful country. Once you arrive, it is said that “dreamlike days could turn in to weeks!”
Check in at Tangalle Bay Hotel 3*. Rest of the day at leisure Overnight stay at the hotel
Day at Leisure – Tangalla is also a populardestination in the deepsouth for its traditional and cultural history. Some say the name Tangalla is derived from the rangala or “golden rock” from a legend that tells of a time when a holy man once partook of a meal there and the rock was turned to gold. But others maintain that it is known as the“projecting rock” because many years ago the town was protected from the ocean by a long rocky slab that projected into the sea across the mouth of the bay.Afternoon visit Mulgirigala Rock Temple – Ancient rock steps lead the visitor through a series of natural caves, with unique wall paintings and Buddha statues, and on to the summit. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 12 TANGALLE / COLOMBO
Breakfast at Hotel Leave for Colombo Proceed on a sightseeing tour of Colombo – Drive through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. Drive passed “Pettah” a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall.
Shopping at ODEL – This is the best shop found in Colombo, it has the cheapest brand named clothes.
Shoping at Barefoot, the products are handmade. The natural yarns we use have been dyed and woven by hand. All materials including dyes are safe and ecofriendly. The craft skills at Barefoot are timeless. If our quality is remarkable, it’s because our methods are.
On completion – Check in at Cinnamon Lake Side Hotel 5* Rest of the day at leisure Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY13 COLOMBO / DEPARTURE TRANSFER
Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.