Ayubowan – May you live longer is the traditional greeting of the Sri Lankans or more appropriately the Sinhalese who are the original inhabitants of this wonderful island.
Transfer from Bandaranaike International Airport Colombo to Habarana
Air Port to Habrana
Stay at the Cinnamon lodge – Habarana
Sprawling over an area of 27 acres of lush forested land, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is an exclusive hideaway conveniently located within easy reach of the major attractions of Rajarata. The resort is renowned for its impeccable service and well-appointed facilities. The hotel makes a great effort in helping its guests unwind; the resort facilities include an outdoor pool, spa, tennis courts all of which should to host its guests to a memorable stay.
Habrana – Sigiriya – Minneriya – Habarana
Sigiriya is a unique rock formation that rises around 200 metres from the surrounding countryside of North Central plains of the island. This was turned to a Rock Fortress, by King Kassapa in the05th century A.D. and remained a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. At its base, there is a series of waterways and fountains which form one of the best water gardens in the country. The entire citadel is encircled by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens. The gateway to the summit is marked by the majestic Lion’s Paws guarding the stairway. On the side of the rock are the frescoes which have made the rock citadel most famous for; these frescoes depict who are popularly known as “Heavenly maidens” or “Sigiri Landun” floating on the clouds. The Polished rock wall popularly known as “Ketapath Pavura” or Mirror Wall contains hundreds of notes of those who had climbed the rock and written down what they felt about the entire experience years ago.
Visit to Kaudulla National park in the evening
Visit to Kaudulla National park in the evening when the elephants arrive in the open plains. Kaudulla National Park is probably the best place to see Elephants roaming leisurely in their full glamour. The verdant landscape surrounding the Kaudulla tank is the home to a large herd of elephants numbering around 150- 200 . Explore the park and watch these giants get about their lives from the comfort of a 4x4 safari jeep.
Traditional Ayurvedic Massage
Sri Lanka has always been known as a place where the lifestyle revolves around nature- a lifestyle that refreshes not just the mind and body, but also the soul and spirit. As such, Sri Lankans have naturally embraced Ayurveda the oldest and most holistic medical system known to exist in the world. Enjoy an Ayurvedic Massage in the late evening at Atherya that is sure to rejuvenate your body and soul.
Back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Habarana – Dambulla – Kandy
Visit Dambulla cave temple- UNESCO world heritage site which is considered as the best preserved temple complex in the country dating back to the 1st century BC. Built under a huge overhanging rock, the temple contains a large number of paintings and statues depicting various stages of Buddha’s life. The murals on the cave walls cover an area of approximately 23,000 square feet. Wander around these world famous attractions leisurely marveling at the ancient artist’s skills and dedication.
Matale Spice garden visit
Visit a Spice Garden in Matale on the way to the Hill Capital of Kandy. Sri Lanka - as you maybe aware is the home to a large variety of herbs which been long coveted by the Western Merchants. These spices come in all fragrances and tastes which have become indispensable in both western as eastern cuisine. Stroll among the rows of neatly planted spices whilst savouring their fragrances and the visit to the spice garden would explain the story behind Sri Lankan spice.
Proceed to Kandy
KandySituated at an elevation of 488 metres above mean sea level, surrounded by verdant hills Kandy is the last kingdom of Sri Lankan Monarchy. Known best as the home of the iconic temple of the Sacred Tooth relic of Buddha, the town is considered as one of the most picturesque cities of the country. located as the home of the Sri Lankan Monarchy. The temple and the four main shrines of the deities that had adorned the city for hundreds of years are the landmarks of the city. The city becomes vibrant and a magnet for locals and tourists alike when it hosts the famed “Kandyan Perahera” a colourful pageant taking the Sacred Tooth Relic parades the city at night. Take a stroll by the lake enjoying the cool breeze sweeping past the placid waters.
Overnight Stay Cinnamon Citadel - Kandy
The Cinnamon Citadel is an ideal retreat for those seeking to get immersed in the tradition of the city. Located by the banks of the Mahaweli River , the hotel is a haven for rest and relaxation. The hotel prides itself in offering its guest a wide range of amenities and taking great efforts to ensure a comfortable stay. Spend an evening of relaxation in a peaceful setting in a well- appointed hotel.
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Visit to tooth relic temple in the morning
Visit the famed Temple and witness the traditional offerings (poojas) that take place several times of the day. Take a leisurely walk along the corridors admiring the murals painted on walls; visit the numerous shrine rooms which portray the different aspects of Buddha’s life.
Travel by Train from Kandy to Nuwara EliyaThe upcountry railway line was originally constructed by the colonial administration as a means of transporting produce from the flourishing tea and coffee plantations in the 19th century, the railway line soon became popular as one of the most scenic railways of the world. Today, it has assumed the role of providing enchanting views of the best of Sri Lankan mountain scenery and a tour on this line will definitely add a memorable or more likely an unforgettable experience to any traveler.
Proceed to Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 ft) of altitude, in a splendid landscape. The city pretends to be particularly well-kept and neat, and the always green grass gives to the locality an aspect of “colonial British style".
Overnight stay at the Grand hotel - Nuwara Eliya
Grand Hotel which literally justifies its name is perhaps the best known landmark in Nuwara Eliya. Built in 1891, as the palatial residence of the former Governor of Ceylon Sir Edward Barnes, the Hotel has retained most of its former glory and continues to make its guests wonder whether they indeed are in a Hotel in a tropical country some European city. You will treated to an elegant High Tea on a manicured lawn or sip a stiff brandy by the blazing fire after a round of golf in The Nuwara Eliya Golf Course which too is ranked among the world’s finest.
Nuwara Eliya – Bentota
Visit to a Tea factory in the morningThe process of Tea making right from being plucked off from the plant by demure ladies and then being processed at a highland ta factory to give its distinct character is a story by its own right. So what better way can there be than making a visit to a factory where a visitor would be able to get firsthand experience of the entire process?
White Water Rafting – Kitulgala
Kitulgala is the site where the award winning film “Bridge over the River Kwai” was shot. The river or its surrounding has change little ever since and the location has become popular as one of the best venues for white water rafting. The Kelani River in kitulgala hosts around 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts,and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand.
Overnight stay at the Cinnomon Bay – Beruwala
Cinnamon Bey Beruwala is a luxurious getaway by the sea, located just one hour away from Colombo yet retains the grandeur of a city hotel. Visitors will be welcomed by rows of coconut trees bent towards the sea, a sprawling tropical garden and a broad golden beach which has made this stretch of beach the most sought after.