CLASSIC MINI TOUR

Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Colombo Airport / Dambulla

    On arrival at the airport the pax will be met and assisted by Penthouse Travel representative when they come out of immigration and custom formalities. Thereafter transfer to Sigiriya via Kurunegala with chauffeur guide. Check in to hotel (AIRPORT / SIGIRIYA – 160 Kms – 4Hrs)

  • Day 02

    Sigiriya / Sigiriya Rock / Dambulla / Kandy

    After breakfast climb Sigiriya rock, the ‘Rock Fortress in the sky” built in the 5th century AD by the parricide king Kasyappa. The archaeological findings bear testimony to a well developed urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. ‘The celestial ladies’ of Sigiriya, the mirror wall and the lion’s stair way bear testimony to the splendour of a bygone era. Sigiriya has been declared a world heritage by UNESCO. Lunch at Rukmali Restaurant. In the afternoon visit Dambulla visit the famous Dambulla rock temple dating back to the 1st Century BC. Which served as the refuge to King Valagambahu of Anuradhapura in 1st Century BC. The five grotto shrines contain numerous images of Buddha and guardian deities. The frescoes on the walls and ceilings date back to the Kandyan period. ie. 15th to 18th centuries. The view from top of the rock is breathtaking. Continue journey and visit the spice gardens in Matale where you could get an insight to the different spices for which Sri Lanka was well known and then visit a batik factory. Continue journey to Kandy. Arrive in Kandy and Check -in to Hotel – ( SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA – 25Kms – 1 Hr / DAMBULLA – MATALE – 45 Kms – 1.30 Hr. / MATALE – KANDY – 34 Kms – 1 Hr.)

  • Day 03

    Kandy / Peradeniya / Pinnawala / Colombo

    After breakfast leave for Kandy. After breakfast do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy is the center of Sinhalese culture and Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The Daladamaligawa, the Temple of the sacred tooth relic occupies a place of pride and devotion. The lake of Kandy adds charm and serenity to the ancient royal city. From the Upper Lake drive the visitor could enjoy a bird’s view of the city of Kandy.

    Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. Initiated in 1816 by the British, today it is famous for its collection of plants from all over the world, the avenue of the spices and of the Royal Palm Trees and still more for its fabulous collection of orchids. Proceed to Colombo.

    Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Initiated in 1975 by the state zoological department with a few orphaned baby elephants today it has developed into a major tourist attraction. The visitors could see the baby elephants being bottle- fed with milk and the elephant heard numbering over 60 are driven to the nearby river Maha Oya for a refreshing river bath twice a day. It is a delight to watch them frolic in the water. Transfer to Colombo and check-in to hotel.

    (KANDY- PINNAWALA – 41 Km – 1.30 Hrs / PINNAWALA –COLOMBO– 95 Kms,2 ½ Hrs)

  • Day 04

    Colombo / Airport

    Leave hotel after breakfast to the Airport. Check in for the Departure.

    We wish you a pleasant journey back to your country. (COLOMBO- AIRPORT – 40KMS –40 Minutes.)

Deluxe

  • Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

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    Sprawled over 27 acres of lush forested land, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, is an exclusive hideaway for the entire family. Rooting over 1700 trees, time stands still enabling guests to experience serenity and tranquillity while walking along the paths that lead up to the chalet-type rooms. The architect of the property derived inspiration from the glorious remains of Ritigala – A monastery that dates back to the 6th Century.

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  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

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    Influenced by the old and inspired by the new, Cinnamon Citadel has fused retro chic design with the rich heritage of this ancient kingdom to breathe new life to the most stylish hotel in the hills of Sri Lanka. The Cinnamon Citadel is an ideal retreat for those seeking the treasures of this ancient city and for those seeking rest & relaxation in a peaceful setting – all in the lap of luxury and sophistication.

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  • Cinnamon Grand Colombo

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    Welcome to a place where senses are delighted and desires indulged. A place of colours, sounds and unexpected pleasures. A place where you pick the pace and you choose the mood. If you’re looking to explore the city or escape it, Cinnamon Grand is your perfect heaven.

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  • Elephas Resort Sigiriya

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    Situated in Central Sri Lanka’s verdant plains, boasting of breathtaking panoramas of ancient historical sites, abundant wild life and traditional ways of life, we offer unforgettable adventures with indulgent all-inclusive benefits, featuring gourmet dining and enriching daily activities. Make friends with our gentle giants as you trek through vivid jungle landscapes.

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  • Thilanka Resort & Spa Dambulla

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    Welcome to Thilanka Resort and Spa- a paradise for the tired souls and the weary bodies. Situated in the historic city of Dambulla, within Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, the perfect balance between holiday resort and spiritual retreat and a doorway to Sri Lanka ‘s rich and vibrant culture and heritage. Nestled among a circling of lush green hill- tops on a breathtakingly beautiful 25 acre Mango orchard, Rice fields and the Dambullu River .

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  • Serene Grand Kandy

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    Located in salubrious surroundings where the cool mountain air induces a welcome refreshing on one hand while nature exhibits her splendor on the other, Serene Grand sits proudly on an impressively landscaped piece of property in Kandy. Evoking the charm of hill country hideaways, Kandy boasts tranquility, climatic conditions and vacation facilities that are unparalleled elsewhere.

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  • Mirage Colombo

    Mirage-Colombo

    Mirage Colombo, the latest addition to Sri Lanka’s star class accommodation. “A brand new luxury hotel with 04 star facilities”, scheduled to open for business in October 2013. Mirage Colombo offer sophisticated business and leisure travellers the best of everything. Top quality accommodation, tantalizing food and amazingly friendly hospitality, in true Sri Lankan style.

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  • Chaaya Village Habarana

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    Like a well-disguised tree with thirsty widespread roots reaching far and wide to drink from the closest brook, Chaaya Village Habarana lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake. Habarana is situated 176 km from Colombo in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and is part of the Anuradhapura District.

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  • Thilanka Hotel Kandy

    Thilanka-Hotel-Kandy

    Like a well-disguised tree with thirsty widespread roots reaching far and wide to drink from the closest brook, Chaaya Village Habarana lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake. Habarana is situated 176 km from Colombo in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and is part of the Anuradhapura District.

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    Mirage-Colombo

    Mirage Colombo, the latest addition to Sri Lanka’s star class accommodation. “A brand new luxury hotel with 04 star facilities”, scheduled to open for business in October 2013. Mirage Colombo offer sophisticated business and leisure travellers the best of everything. Top quality accommodation, tantalizing food and amazingly friendly hospitality, in true Sri Lankan style.

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Experience

Colombo

The commercial capital of the country is rarely visited in a traditional itinerary. Whilst many see it as a small metropolis, it is a city alive with rich history, street food, a mixed population and nightlife. Colombo is split into 15 sectors each unique with its own charm ranging from commercial hubs to residential areas. The architecture of Colombo has influences of the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and British that arrived in the country throughout the ages. Post war urban development has been rapid with numerous investors building towards the sky and renovating older buildings such as The Dutch Hospital, The Independence Arcade & Town Hall. The local bazar named “Pettah” is a buzz of trade and commerce that to this date retains many of its traditional ways. Evenings in Colombo could be spent at the many pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. Street food is another option with various vendors serving the TIME magazine featured “Sri Lankan Kottu” throughout the night. For those who like to dance many of the hotel pubs and bars feature bands and DJ’s at nightclubs spin records. Colombo is also infamous for shopping, featuring high street retail brands and its very own department stores.

Kandy

The last kingdom of the Sinhala Kings who fought off invaders from the capital of the hills, Kandy a UNESCO World Heritage site is rich in culture and retains the grandeur of its royal heritage. Built around a lake the city’s main highlight is the Temple of the Tooth Relic which enshrines the tooth relic of The Buddha himself. One a year for almost 2 weeks the tooth its taking out of the temple and paraded around the town consisting of exotic dancers, drummers, disciplined acts and over 100 elephants. This tradition has been passed on from generation to generation and is said to be the oldest running pageant in the world. Be sure to visit the workman ship of the Kandyans who take the islands world-renowned gems and transform them into jewellery. Other arts and crafts from woodcarvings to brass work are also featured in the islands capital for handicraft.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphange

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – set amongst the verdant hills of Kegalle is a unique orphanage, where the tiny tots weigh 60 kg or more. This is the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage, the world’s first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors could see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles or bathed in the river which flows nearby – an unforgettable sight! Established in 1975, by the Wildlife Department and National Zoological gardens which subsequently led to a breeding programme through which more than twenty five elephants have been born since 1984.

Dambulla

In the first century an ancient king took refuge in some caves in Dambulla to prepare for his return to the throne. Once becoming King he commissioned magnificent carved images within the walls of the cave that he resided in. Five of the eighty caves are decorated with paintings and statues of Buddha, Hindu and Sinhalese Kings. A temple was built on the Kings request as a thankful gesture, this temple remains today along with a magnificent Golden Buddha statue at the bottom of the cave. Many years and kings later the Dambulla Cave contains over 150 images of the Buddha and the largest statue spanning over 15 meters. This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras. Dambulla is located in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka and a must visit if in the area.

Sigiriya

A magnificent courtyard ends with a majestic rock that was once home to a rouge king of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya or The Lion Rock was a fortress built by King Kasyapa to protect him from his brother’s wrath after he murdered his father and stole the throne. His fortress is the stuff of legends as a grand complex that provided him with security, comfort and pleasure. Spanning over 70 hectares it is complete with a moat, rampart and gardens that provided shade to soldiers protecting their king. Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered by some to be the Eight Wonder of the World. On the way to the top you will pass the frescos, painted with natural inks lay protected in a pocket in the rocks; a wall shined so bright that it reflects those who gaze upon it and the foot of the lion, which marks the final descent to the top. Literally breathtaking views await those who make it to the top.

Royal Botanical Gardens

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS – Believed to be one of the most beautiful gardens in South Asia and begun as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King. Every variety tropical and temperate tree and flower is cultivated here and special houses with orchids and e cacti are too beautiful to be true. Special features are the Orchid House which displays a fine collection of Sri Lankan orchids, the fernery, spice garden, and the trees planted by distinguished visitors to the Island.

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Testimonials

  • Hi Shan,
    We would thank you so much of your efforts to make our honeymoon trip the best we could ever imagine. The hotels, excursions, locals and nature were really wonderful. It was very nice to meet you for a short time. But one thing is for sure, we will come back to Sri Lanka. The short week at Maldives was a necessary stop to rest after a busy 10 days. All the views and impressions of Sri Lanka were overwhelming
  • Dear Shan,
    Hope you are all well. This is just a short note to say thank you for arranging our tour during our visit to Sri Lanka. We had a wonderful time visiting the old cities and all the ancient monuments, all very interesting and inspiring. The nature reserves, Horton Plains and Yala were also refreshing and calming, I could have easily spend a whole day at each location. Once again many thanks and best regards