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
Overnight stay at the Other Corner – Habarana
Hidden away amid the lush dense greenery of Habarana, a place where nature abounds and can still be found in its pristine condition lies a little known lodge quaintly called “ The Other Corner”.
Habarana – Aukana – Anuradhapura – Habarana
AnuradhapuraAnuradhapura is a historic city located by the banks of “Malwathu Oya” – a river flowing on fertile plains of the north central province of Sri Lanka. Founded in 4th Century BC, Anuradhapura is often referred to as the cradle of Sri Lankan civilization. The city was the capital for Sinhalese monarchy for fourteen centuries remained one of the most stable seats of governance in South Asia. A succession of kings have developed this city to be one of the most sophisticated civilizations in its heyday. Anuradhapura is the home of “Sri Maha Bodhiya” or the sacred Bo Tree which is considered as the world’s oldest documented tree. Also the city contains the ruins of large number of Buddhist temples and Monasteries scattered over the historic city some of which had been restored recently . The Stupa of Jetawanaramaya is among the tallest structures in the ancient world. The city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts a large number of tourists every year.
AukanaThe Aukana Statue is a standing statue of the Buddha depicting “Abhaya Mudra” located quite close to Anuradhapura in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, rising about 40 feet (12 m), from its pedestal has been carved out of a large natural granite rock face. The statue has been crafted during the reign of Dhatusena around 5th Century , is considered as one of the finest standing statues erected in ancient Sri Lanka. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in the North Central prvince.
Habarana –Polonnaruwa – Habarana
PolonnaruwaThe second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was established and declared as the Capital by King Vijayabahu I. However, the city owes much of its former glory and prosperity to king Parakramabahu I who built a number of series of tanks to hold water and a series of waterways which continue to irrigate the fertile lands of Polonnaruwa even today. There are a series of Stupas, temples image houses and a number of Buddha Statues carved out of solid rock , the most prominent being the Statues of Gal Vihara. Today, Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visit to Kaudulla National park
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.
Back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Habrana – Sigiriya – 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.
Elephant ride & washing in the evening
Take a Ride on one of these charismatic animals and you will the warmth the power and the sheer discipline these majestic animals show on a one-hour trek through the jungle and the lake. The elephants will be led by a well trained and experience mahout and guide who would stay with the animal during the entire travel.
Traditional Ayurvedic MassageSri 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
Situated 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 Hotel Thilanka – KandyHotel Thilanka stands majestically perched on a hill just 5 minutes drive from the city. Surrounded by the enchanting Hunnasgiriya mountains and the lush Udawattaekelle Nature Reserve, it offers guests the peacefulness and a taste of cultural heritage that Kandy has laid claim to.
Kandy sightseeing in the morning
Visit to tooth relic temple in the evening
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.
Back to the villa for overnight stay.
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
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 St. Andrews Hotel – Nuwara Eliya
St Andrews Nuwara Eliya, is one of the finest and unique hotels in Nuwara Eliya. Built in Tudor style, and previously served as a grand colonial mansion, the hotel offers its visitors glimpses of the past and takes them back a hundred years. Located just outside the busy city centre, the hotel and its well tended gardens are indeed a place to reminisce of an era of old world charm.
Nuwara Eliya –Ella
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?
Proceed to EllaElla is quaint village located at the edge of the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The village has earned its name from the famous water falls located few kilometers to the south. Both road and rail access to this cozy village are spectacular. Ella has become a popular destination due to its enchanting location and stunning views across the geographic feature popularly known as Ella Gap and its cool climate year round.
Stay at the 98 Acres – Ella
Situated a little away from the busy city centre commanding views across the valley, the uniquely designed resort blends well with nature, and consists of charming chalets mostly made of recyclable substance. The exquisite country side, breathtaking views and exciting nature trails will assure you of a memorable holiday in one of the most exquisite hotels not just in the region, in the whole of Sri Lanka.
Ella – Yala
Overnight Stay at the Pardus Luxury Camp SiteThis your opportunity to get a real taste of the wild Sri Lanka at its best. Leave behind the solid walls that have kept you in conventional comfort and get immersed in the Wilds of Yala which had hardly seen any change since they were discovered. “Rough it out’ in a comfortable and secure tent and settle into a truly unforgettable stay in a secluded stretch of the national park. Take your pick from the 4 stylish tents on offer, with each one containing a wooden floor, luxurious double and single bed, ensuite, hot water, cooling fans and cozy sofa .
BBQ dinnerYou can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire.
½ day Game safari in Yala National park
Evening for leisure, Pardus provide luxury tents which will have their own private beach to relax by. Within just a 5 minutes drive, you can arrive at an idyllic beach where you will find yourself l be the only one lie down on that beach.