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Capture the true essence of our island paradise.

Capture the true essence of our island paradise. Venture off on a 15-Day adventure to explore the unique colonial edifices and other ancient treasures homed in the commercial capital of Colombo, and head down south to explore the coastal town of Galle and all the treasures it homes! Dive into the blue ocean waters and experience our true island magic and so much more!

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14 Nights & 15 Days

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Capture the true essence of our island paradise.

Capture the true essence of our island paradise. Venture off on a 15-Day adventure to explore the unique colonial edifices and other ancient treasures homed in the commercial capital of Colombo, and head down south to explore the coastal town of Galle and all the treasures it homes! Dive into the blue ocean waters and experience our true island magic and so much more!

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Essence of Sri Lanka

Day 01

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be transferred to Colombo where you will check into your hotel. Spend the remainder of day at leisure

Spend 02 nights in Colombo.
Spend the full day exploring Colombo. Lined with an intriguing mix of classical 18th and 19th century buildings and architecture from the Colonial period, the city has undergone several restoration and renovation projects in these “heritage” structures which have been converted to trendy shopping complexes, arcades and restaurants.

In the afternoon, go on the Colombo City Walk, which takes you through a myriad of buildings around the Pettah and Fort area that date back from 17th – 19th centuries which were erected mainly during the periods of Dutch and British rule. With the dawn of the post conflict times, we see the tremendous effort being put into this area to refurbish and bring these buildings to their hay-day wondrous state.
After breakfast, travel to Galle stopping en-route at Ahangama to see Sri Lanka’s iconic stilt fishermen.

Spend the remainder of the morning exploring the 17th century Dutch built Galle Fort, which is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, return to your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure by the beach.

Spend 02 nights at Ahangama / Weligama.
After breakfast, head towards Yala National Park. Check into your hotel which borders the park.

In the afternoon, go on a guided safari to Yala National Park, where you can encounter Leopards, Asian Elephants, Sloth Bears and an array of other wildlife.

Spend 02 nights in Yala.
Early morning and late afternoon safaris at Yala National Park for wildlife viewing. Yala is also an excellent destination for birding with over 200 recorded species.
This morning, visit the Sithulpahuwa Temple, which is a monastic site, where the dagoba is built on the summit of a rock from where you get sweeping views of the Yala National Park.

Thereafter head towards the central highlands into tea country. En-route stop over at the Ravana Ella Falls. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Spend 02 nights in Hatton.
After breakfast, go on the Tea Experience tour which is a must-do activity when staying here. The Resident Tea Planter will show you first hand the age-old tea making process. Which is a very artisanal one, unchanged for a century. The tour ends with a tasting of different grades of this great brew.

Remainder of the day at leisure.

After breakfast travel by train to Kandy enjoying a scenic rail journey through the central highlands passing through tea fields, waterfalls and patches of cloud forests.

Upon arrival in Kandy, check-in at your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Spend 02 nights in Kandy.
Morning, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which has over 4,000 different species of plants and is regarded among the finest in Asia.

In the late afternoon, go on a guided tour of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The sacred tooth relic of the Buddha was smuggled in to Sri Lanka from India by a princess in the 4th century AD and was initially kept in Anuradhapura and then moved across the country over time before being housed in Kandy. This sacred temple attracts thousands of white-clad pilgrims on a daily basis bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani for their offerings which are known as pujas.

Afterwards, attend a cultural dance show, which provides an insight into the array of dances and playing of drums linked to Sri Lanka’s ancient traditions with the participants dressed in their decorative costumes.
After breakfast head towards the cultural triangle in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. En route stop and the intriguing Dambulla Cave Temple, which is famous for its rock paintings and is among the best preserved monastic temple cave complexes in Sri Lanka

Thereafter check into your hotel in Sigiriya.

In the afternoon, visit Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park to view ‘The Gathering of Elephants’ which is a seasonal congregation of elephants that takes place between June through to November. During other times of the year, Elephants can be seen at the Hurullu Forest Reserve.

Spend 03 nights in the cultural triangle.
After breakfast, leave for Anuradhapura, where you will go on a guided tour. Anuradhaopura was the country’s first capital comprising of religious places of worship and Buddhist shrines constructed by the past kings of Sri Lanka.

After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya and climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Visit the palace ruins of King Kassapa which was constructed on top of a massive 200 meter high rock surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, frescoes of half-naked women and other structures.

Afterwards, leave for Polonnaruwa and take a guided tour of this capital. Polonnaruwa took its place in history after King Vijayabahu I defeated the invading Cholas and moved the capital from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa. It is renowned for its well-preserved 12th century ruins and impressive stone culture.
After breakfast fly to Katunayake on a scheduled flight operated by Cinnamon Air which will land at the Bandaranayake International Airport.

Upon landing you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay near Katunayake.
Departure transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport
Colombo City
St. Clair Waterfall
Buddhist Temple

Accommodation Options

Galle Face Hotel

LOCATION Colombo

ROOM TYPE Landmark Room (Silver Category)

BASIS Bed & Breakfast

Uga Residence

LOCATION Colombo

ROOM TYPE Park Suite (Gold Category)

BASIS Bed & Breakfast

Mosvold Villa

LOCATION Ahangama

ROOM TYPE Deluxe Room (Silver Category)

BASIS Bed & Breakfast

Cape Weligama

LOCATION Sigiriya

ROOM TYPE Master Room (Gold Category)

BASIS Bed & Breakfast

Cinnamon Wild

LOCATION Yala

ROOM TYPE Silver Category

BASIS Half Board

Mandira Dickoya

LOCATION Hatton

ROOM TYPE Deluxe Room

BASIS Half Board

Mahaweli Reach

LOCATION Kandy

ROOM TYPE Deluxe Room

BASIS Bed & Breakfast

Cinnamon Lodge

LOCATION Habarana

ROOM TYPE Deluxe Room

BASIS Half Board

Jetwing Beach

LOCATION Negambo

ROOM TYPE Deluxe Room

BASIS Bed & Breakfast

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