Day 01 : Arrival - Colombo
You would be welcomed and escorted to the hotel
by our representative. Take rest and pass the hours before going to bed as you wish.
Day 02 : Colombo
Have delicious breakfast we proceed on a sightseeing tour of Colombo. We pass through the commercial and city centre area known as the "Fort", built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. We would visit bustling and colourful markets of Pettah. Another stop would be the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and arts. Also visit town hall, Independence square and Cinnamon gardens residential area. We also visit the Zoological gardens at Dehiwala and enroute to your hotel visit a Buddhist and a Hindu Temple. Wander along Galle Face in evening.
Day 03 : Colombo - Pinnawala - Habarana
Have breakfast and commence driving to Habarana. En route we visit Pinnawala, an interesting and amusing elephant orphanage. Later we continue driving to Habarana. The latter half of the drive is along remote countryside where we will stop to interact with the locals as we stop to pick up some fruits from the farms or just walk into the villages.
Upon arrival, check into the exquisite Chaya Village (Formerly - Habarana Village). It is a village that lacks nothing of 21st century comforts; Chaya Village sits on a reservoir and is nestled under a canopy of ancient and magnificent tree cover. Deliberately designed into the environment, there's nothing lacking in terms of tree cover, bird life, and an aesthetic elegance that can only be obtained by those who recognise nature's ways and wisdom. There's much to feast the eyes on and many things to discover. At your own pace, as it slips into step with the relaxed and immemorial amble that is village life in Sri Lanka.
Day 04 : Habarana - Anuradhapura - Habarana
Pproceed on a day return trip to Anuradhapura Anuradhapura is Ceylon's ancient Capital (5th century B.C. to 10th century A.D.) now declared a Buddhist holy city. Amongst the many religious and historical sites are the Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo Tree), the oldest documented tree in the world which came from a sapling from the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment; the Brazen place built in the 2nd century BC, several majestic dagobas such as Ruwanweli Seya, and of course the Thuparama Dagoba which is the oldest in the country and believed to enshrine the collarbone of the Buddha.
Day 05 : Habarana - Polonnaruwa - Habarana
Following a leisurely breakfast we proceed on an excursion to Polonnaruwa. The glory of mediaeval Sri Lanka is seen at Polonnaruwa, the mediaeval capital of the Island. Polonnaruwa used by the Sri Lankan kings as a 'country residence' from the 7th century became the Island's capital in the 11th century AD. Within the ramparts of the Royal Citadel are the ruins of the King's palace,the Council Chamber and the Royal Bath. The Buddha images at the Gal Vihara or the Rock Temple are masterpieces of stone sculpture. Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama is a giant man made irrigation reservoir. A visit to Polonnaruwa is incomplete without visiting the new archaeological museum opened by the Central Cultural Fund where the ancient glory of the city has been recreated in scale models.
Day 06 : Habarana - Sigiriya & Dambulla - Kandy
After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya, which is a glowing tribute to the vision of King Kashyapa who created this 'Palace in the Sky' in the 5th century AD. On the summit of the Sigiriya rock (meaning the 'Lion Rock') that is over 1.5 hectares in extent is the remains of a large palace, the earliest surviving royal palace in Sri Lanka, with several chambers and a bathing pond. In a sheltered pocket of the giant rock are the celebrated paintings of 5th century AD, a few which is remaining from around 500 paintings that once covered the rock surface. Meticulously planned water gardens at the foot of the rock are the earliest such gardens found in Asia. The boulder gardens are a fine example of landscaping while conserving the environment. The Mirror Wall, which had been exposed to elements for over fifteen centuries still carry some of the original sheen that has given it the name. This archaeological site unparalleled in South Asia has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Day 07 : Kandy
Following a leisurely breakfast we proceed on a guided tour of Kandy. The Hill Capital of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala kings and is a charming city offering a living record of a magnificent past. Center of attraction in Kandy is the Dalada Maligawa, the temple housing the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Kandy Lake enhances the charm of the City. Kandy is a romantic city any time of the year. We also visit to the Market Place, an arts & crafts show room. Following this, we drive along the Upper lake road to get a panoramic view of the Kandy Lake and its environs. We continue driving to Peradeniya and visit the Botanical Gardens, where you can view a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora can be viewed and also famous Orchid House.
Day 08 : Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast we ride through incredible natural scenery to Nuwara-Eliya. As we gain elevation the vegetation of the region too changes as also the driving. Tea Gardens begin to appear on the slopes and waterfalls of various strengths appear frequently. The road to clings to the mountains as it twists and turns climbing all the way. The scenes of Terrace cultivation of tea and occasionally of Paddy are a very fascinating sight.
We would also stop at St. Clair Tea estate's restaurant for a 'garden fresh' cup of tea. You may choose from the various brands of flavour teas - we recommend 'Broken Orange Pekoe' for its flavour and body.
Day 09 : Nuwara Eliya - Hortan Plains - Nuwara Eliya
Early this morning with packed breakfast we drive to Hortan Plains. The drive is spectacular and the views on a clear day of the various terrace farms, meadows, and animal farms are spectacular. Once we reach Horton Plains we have two options. The first is driving back. On our way back we would stop at Ambewela farms for a wander to enjoy the breathtaking scenes. The farm has the finest of everything from their cattle to their pastures and technology. These Farms are set in lush green hills and blessed with cool climes and a pristine environment off Nuwara-Eliya. We would get back to Nuwara Eliya by lunchtime and have the afternoon at leisure with us for visits to markets or for nature walks.
Day 10 : Nuwara Eliya - Ella
This morning we commence on a sightseeing tour of Nuwara-Eliya. In 1819, during the British colonial era, a few British on a hunting expedition in the hill country spotted the site where the present day Nuwara Eliya town stands 1890 metres above sea level and decided to set up a health resort for their use. It was Sir Samuel Baker who later converted it to a holiday resort with a touch of an English village, which earned it the name 'Little England'. We visit Hakgala Botanical gardens with exotic trees, shrubs and herbs known to thrive best in hill country.
Day 11 : Ella - Yala
Following a leisurely breakfast we drive to Yala biding farewell to the mountains as we descend slowly towards the warmer plains of the South. Again, we will have opportunities to stop on the way to appreciate the landscape. A special mention must be made for the tumbling Ravana Fall which is Sri Lanka's major water fall. The landscape changes and no more tea as we drive along paddy, maize and sugarcane fields. The tiny shacks re-appear on the roads selling Jack fruit, jaggery, tamarinds and a variety of Vegetables.
Day 12 : Yala
Morning & afternoon jungle excursions in jeeps. Yala has many rocky outcrops, fresh water tanks, brackish lagoons and breathtaking dry zone landscape. The southeastern boundary of Yala is the coastline with an untouched beach. The northeastern boundary is the manik ganga river. The Yala reserve has large open areas and water holes which serve as feeding grounds for many animals such as elephants, leopards, deer, wild buffaloes, wild boar, many varieties of birds, crocodiles etc. The most prominent geophysical feature of Yala is its many areas of outcropping bedrock, some large enough to be mini rocky ranges. These provide resting places and breeding grounds to the leopard and the Sri Lankan sloth bear. The most common types of trees in Yala could be categorized as Palu, Weera, Divul and Maliethan. The fruits of these trees are a favourite of the sloth bear. Overnight at Yala Safari Village
Day 13 : Yala - Galle - Mount Lavinia
After breakfast we drive to Mount Lavinia along the picturesque South Coast of Colombo. We would pass through fascinating towns and villages and have opportunities to stop on the way to observe traditional lifestyles. Of special mention are the stilt fishermen who are perched on a stilt with a fishing chord in their hand.
Day 14 : Mount Lavinia
Day is at leisure to enjoy the amazing beach as well as your hotel of whimsical charm. Starting out as an imposing and majestic weekend abode for a British Governor in 1806, and retains the old world charm and imperial elegance of yesteryear combined with the most up to date facilities of a modern resort that any discerning. A vast expanse of golden sandy beaches edged with frothy white lacing of waters that go far into the clearest and deepest blues you've ever seenů. under a warm sun by day and a silvery moon on a night sky - you'll discover what was once the sprawling mansion of Sir Thomas Maitland.Overnight at Mount Lavinia Hotel (Bay Wing)
Day 15 : Mount Lavinia - Colombo - Departure
Drive to Colombo, upon arrival transfer to the airport to connect your onward flight back home