Meet and greet at the airport, leave to Dambulla.(Approximate travel time – 4 - 4.5 Hrs.) Visit Dambulla Cave Rock Temple [12.00 PM] Dating back to the first Century BC, Dambulla is a vast cave complex, converted into a rock temple which is still regarded today as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries. Covering the rock ceiling is the largest collection of paintings in Sri Lanka within a cave temple, and surrounding you is the highest number of Buddha statues found in one single place. As you wander through the temple, notice the serenity and the exceedingly well-preserved nature of the place. It is no wonder the Rock Temple has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [13.30 PM] Continue your journey to Thirappane and check into your hotel and spend evening at leisure. (Approximate travel time – 1 Hrs) Overnight stay at Ulagalla Walawwa – Chalet
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Anuradhapura(Approximate travel time – 45 Mins to 1Hr.) Sightseeing at Anuradhapura. [09.00 AM] Anuradhapura Ancient Capital A UNESCO World Heritage Site predominantly influenced by Buddhism, Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka's first Capital Kingdom. According to the ancient Sinhalese Chronicle 'Mahavansa' the Kingdom was founded in the fifth Century BC. Upon arrival you are greeted by the brilliant white dome-shaped Ruwanweliseya and Jethawanarama stupas or dagobas (religious monuments). These two stupas have survived over two millennia and the mighty Jethawanarama is equal in size to the pyramids in Giza. Next, admire the 'Samadhi' Buddha statue, a granite statue of Buddha in a meditative pose and a true masterpiece of sculpture. Before concluding your visit to Anuradhapura, receive a blessing near the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree (FicusReligiosa) which bears a branch brought over from India over 2,500 years ago and is considered to be the oldest tree recorded in the world. [12.00 PM] Continue your journey to hotel in Sigiriya. (Approximate travel time – 1.5 to 2 hrs.) [13.45 PM] Check in to your overnight hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Jetwing Viluyana – Forest Dwelling
Breakfast at hotel and leave to Polonnaruwa. (Approximate travel time – 1.5 hrs.) [09.30 PM] Polonnaruwa Medieval Capital An interesting blend of archaeological monuments, Polonnaruwa was the second kingdom of Sri Lanka and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic man-made reservoir was appropriately named “Parakrama Samudra”, or “the sea of Parakrama”, due to its enormous size. Look out for the famous Gal Viharaya or “Rock Temple” where you will see four colossal statues of the Buddha cut into the stone, reflecting peace, serenity and strength. Polonnaruwa also boasts ruins of ancient palaces, intricately carved moon stones and royal baths. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, this whole site can also be explored on bike and your guide will be more than happy to arrange this for you. [11.30 AM] Continue your journey to hotel and relax.(Approximate travel time – 1.5 hrs.) [15.30 PM] Late evening proceed to climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. (Approximate travel time – 15 minutes.) Sigiriya Rock Fortress [15.50 PM] A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is an enormous rock boulder rising up 200 meters above the surrounding jungle. Incredibly, the rock fortress was built by King Kassyapa I in the fifth Century and served as a royal citadel for more than 18 years, something that seems more astonishing with every step you climb. Pause occasionally during your ascent to admire the mirror wall, the sigiri graffiti, the famous Sigiriya frescoes (paintings) and the great lion paws. Upon reaching the summit you’ll immediately see that it was worth the effort. Wander through the ruins and admire the courage and work it must have taken to build this palace all those years ago- you will even find a fully-functional swimming pool up there. Aside from the ruins, with the unparalleled 360 degree view of the surrounding jungle and hills, it will not be just be the climb that takes your breath away.
[17.40 PM] Continue to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Approximate travel time – 15 minutes) Overnight stay at Jetwing Viluyana – Forest Dwelling
Breakfast at the Hotel and leave to Kandy.(Approximate travel time – 2.5 to 3 Hrs.) Proceed on a Kandy city tour including a visit to Temple of the Tooth Relic. [10.00 AM] Kandy Heritage City
The city of Kandy was the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka and has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will notice a more comfortable temperature here, compared to the tropical climate prevailing throughout the rest of the island. The Sacred Temple of the Tooth is certainly the most revered and iconic place to visit in this cultural capital but other highlights include the historic Kandy Lake and the scenic Victoria Golf Club. Whilst you are in Kandy, also look out for the silverware, brassware and gem-studded jewelry, carefully carved and designed by the Kandyan craftsman, who are known to be the most skilled in the country. Kandy can be a bustling place in the day so there is nothing quite like a late evening stroll around the serene lake with a view to the Sacred Temple and the distant sound of drums in the background. Sacred Temple of the Tooth Built during the 16th Century, the Temple of the Tooth is one the most important temples for Buddhists as it houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. The Relic of the Tooth is kept in a two-story inner sanctum. The ‘Thevava’ or auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic takes place three times a day at pre-set times and a visit during this time is quite an experience. The resident monks demonstrate this age-old tradition as you become surrounded by the sound of drums and the smells of lotus and jasmine flowers, as well as incense. In July and August the whole city comes to life as the Kandy EsalaPerehara pageant takes place in honor of the Relic. [14.00 PM] Check in to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay at Stone House – Standard Room
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Peradeniya Railway station.(Approximate travel time – 30 mins.) , and take the train to Hill country. Peradeniya Railway station Dep time 11:10 AM Hatton Railway station ARR time 13:45 PM Continue to Dickoya. (Approximate travel time – 30 mins.) Check in to your overnight bungalow and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner & Overnight stay at Ceylon Tea Trails Norwood Bungalow – Garden Suite
Enjoy breakfast at your bungalow. [09.00 AM] This morning an experienced staff member from the hotel will assist you personally on a “Tea Experience”, where you will get up close and personal with handpicked Ceylon tea. You will be finished with the day’s organized activities before lunch. Of course, you can indulge in true Relais& Chateaux comfort, which will include three meals a day and complimentary wine/liquor. Or, you can get your blood pumping by embarking on a bicycle ride through the plantations for hiking from lodge to lodge. [11.30 AM] Leave to Nuwara Eliya. (Approximate travel time – 1.5 to 2 hrs.) Enjoy Nuwara Eliya city sightseeing. [13.30 PM] Nuwara Eliya
The stunning drive to Nuwara Eliya is a photographer’s paradise. Pause every now and again to admire the gushing waterfalls, the vast tea terraces, the old tea factories and the expansive vegetable fields along the way. Upon arrival at Nuwara Eliya, you will notice the sudden drop in temperature. With log fires and blankets in the Victorian-style bungalows and the beautifully kept lawns and flower gardens, it is no wonder this part of the world has become known as ‘Little
England’. Visit the Gregory’s Lake or the Seetha Amman Hindu Temple. Wander through the fruit and vegetable markets and strike a bargain at the night ‘bale’ market. Break up the day with a freshly brewed Ceylon tea and homemade strawberry jam on toast, or for those into golf, tee off at the Nuwara Elya Golf Club. [16.30 PM] Return to the Bungalow and spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying hotel amenities and breathtaking views of the surrounding. Dinner &Overnight stay at Ceylon Tea Trails Norwood Bungalow – Luxury Room
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Galle(Approximate travel time – 5.5 to 6Hrs.) [14.00 PM] Check in to your overnight hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Jetwing Lighthouse – John Davy Suite
Breakfast at hotel and spend the morning at leisure, late afternoon [15.30 PM] proceed on a city tour of Galle. (Approximate travel time – 20 Minutes.) Galle A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Galle mixes the exotic with the colonial. The impressive Fortress, originally built by the Portuguese and further fortified by the Dutch, remains standing today with only a few changes, and is a living example of the interaction between European architecture and South Asian traditions during the 16th to 19th Centuries. Explore the Galle Fort on foot at your own pace, perhaps paying a visit to the Maritime Museum, the Old Dutch Reformed Church, the Sun and the Moon bastions, the lighthouse and the souvenir shops along the way. Early evening is the perfect time to climb the ramparts and sip a refreshing cup of Ceylon tea, or perhaps something stronger, as you gaze upon the setting sun. [18.30 PM] Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Jetwing Lighthouse – John Davy Suite
Breakfast at the Hotel and leave to Colombo.(Approximate travel time – 2.5 Hrs.), enjoy a city tour of Colombo. The Capital of Colombo [2 to 3 hours]
The city of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and largest city, is a blend of both historic value and modern vibes. Dating back over 600 years, Colombo was a trading hub for sea merchants and colonial rulers, and one of the first things you will notice on your tour is how diverse the city has become. The wide array of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches reflect the various beliefs practiced all over the island and the beautiful facades of the old, colonial buildings contrast with the modern shopping arcades. Your insightful tour takes you past the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Pettah bazar area, the Wolfendhal Dutch Church, the Old Parliament complex, The Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall, NelumPokuna Theatre, Viharamahadevi Park, the Independence Square. Before heading back to your hotel, perhaps take a stroll along the Galle Face green and enjoy afternoon tea or a sundowner (payable locally) at the iconic Galle Face Hotel, one of the oldest in South Asia, with fantastic views out across the glistening Indian Ocean. [14.30 PM] Check in to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Taj Samudra – Club Floor Room [Ocean View]
Breakfast at the hotel and leave to Airport.(Approximate travel time – 45 minutes to 1 hour). End of services..!!