11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS (excluding international flights)
Day 1 – Colombo – 1 night – Casa Colombo
Our representative will be waiting at the Bandaranaike International Airport who will assist you with your luggage and guide you to your vehicle where cold towels and your personal chauffeur await. Begin your journey through Sri Lanka in the capital city, Colombo.
Time permitting, enjoy a city tour of Colombo and explore the colonial architecture of the ‘Fort’ as well as the local markets, residential areas and religious sites of the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Reside at Casa Colombo for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2, 3 – Kandalama – 2 nights – Heritance Kandalama
After breakfast at Casa Colombo, begin your journey to Kandalama, arrive in Kandalama and check into the Heritance Kandalama.
Go for a late afternoon drive to Habarana and enjoy an Elephant-back Safari into the jungles of Habarana in search of birds, crocodiles and the Asian elephants.
After an early breakfast at Heritance Kandalama, you will be able to climb the 5th century citadel of Sigiriya which is one of the seven UNESCO world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. Built by King Kashyapa, Sigiriya was a 70 hectare fortified city with moats, ramparts and gardens. It is a must see for any visitor to Sri Lanka where it’s considered the 8th wonder of the world.
Continue to the UNESCO world heritage and ancient capital of Polonnaruwa, visit the numerous ruins of temples and palaces as well as the spectacular Parakrama Samuda reservoir (The sea of Parakrama) and the Gal Vihara (Buddha statues carved out of sheer rock).
Day 4, 5 – Kandy – 2 nights – Mahaweli Reach Hotel
After breakfast at Heritance Kandalama, take the journey to the historic, UNESCO city of Kandy which goes via Dambulla to visit the Cave Temples, yet another world heritage site recognised by UNESCO with hundreds of rock paintings of the Buddha and many kings and deities.
Continue your journey to Kandy and en-route visit the Matale Spice Garden, arrive in Kandy and check into Mahaweli Reach Hotel. In the evening you will visit the ‘Temple of the Tooth’ which is regarded as one of the holiest temples in the country, a place where the tooth relic of the lord Buddha is believed to be enshrined.
After breakfast at Mahaweli Reach, proceed to Pinnawala where you will visit the famous Elephant Orphanage, the only one of its kind in the world. It’s a conservation project for orphaned and injured elephants and you will be able to see the little jumbos fed and bathed in the nearby river.
Return to Kandy, enjoy a city tour of Kandy including visits to the Kandy museum, the royal botanical gardens, the panoramic views of Kandy from upper lake drive and a visit to the Peradeniya campus grounds. You will also get the opportunity to walk around the bustling town, the last independent kingdom that held out against British colonial rule. In the evening, you will witness a Kandyan cultural dance performance and return to Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Day 6, 7 – Tea Country – 2 nights – Ceylon Tea Trails
After breakfast at Mahaweli Reach. Take a picturesque drive through the Hill Country’s tea plantations & beautiful countryside, arrive and check into one of the bungalows at Ceylon Tea Trails. You will get the opportunity to visit a tea plantation and observe the process of tea production from tea tree bud to the tea bag.
After breakfast go for a spot of sightseeing, experience the history of Nuwara Eliya ‘the city of dawn’ which was established by the British colonists in the nineteenth century, and known as ‘Little England’ due to the quaint colonial feel, cool climate and in general a popular destination for Sri Lankans. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit the plantations and factory en-route to witness how the famous ‘Ceylon Tea’ is brewed. Retreat back to your respective bungalow within the Ceylon Tea Trails.
Day 8, 9, 10, 11 – Bentota – 4 nights – Vivanta by TAJ
After an early breakfast at your Ceylon Tea Trail bungalow, proceed to Bentota and the Vivanta by TAJ for the remainder of your stay. Enjoy and relax at your leisure as you explore this lovely property and its surroundings.
Day 12 – Airport or Beach Extension
After an early breakfast at Vivanta by TAJ, proceed to the airport for departure flight or extend your stay.
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