Sri Lankan Splendor

Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Dambulla / Sigiriya / Anuradhapura

    On arrival at the airport the pax will be met and assisted by Penthouse Travel representative when the clients come out of immigration and custom formalities. Thereafter transfer to Sigiriya via Kurunegala with chauffer guide. Arrive at Sigiriya and check-in to hotel.

    Afternoon city tour of Anuradhapura. Visit the 1st ancient capital of Sri Lanka and the city sacred to Buddhists. Visit the sacred Bo tree (Ficus Religiosa) the sapling brought from North India under which Buddha attained illumination. The Brazen Palace with its 1600 granite columns, the Ruwanveliseya. The ruins of the Abhayagiri and Jetavanarama Monasteries, the Samadhi Buddha statue and the twin ponds. (COLOMBO / ANURADHAPURA – 206 Kms -5 Hrs. ANURADHAPURA/SIGIRIYA 60 KM 1 ½ Hrs)

  • Day 02

    Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla

    After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya and climb Sigiriya rock, the ‘Rock Fortress in the sky” built in the 5th century AD by the parricide king Kasyappa. The archeological 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 splendor of a bygone era. Sigiriya has been declared a world heritage by UNESCO.

    In the afternoon proceed to Polonnaruwa the 2nd ancient capital of Sri Lanka of the 11th century. Visit the Royal palace of King Prarakrama Bahu the Great. The quadrangle of temples with its Thuparamaya, the Circular Temple (the Vatadage) the ancient temples of the sacred tooth relic and the Sath Mahal Prasadaya.The famous Gal Vihara with its colossal Buddha statues carved on monolithic granite. The Kirivehere and the Lankathilaka temple. Afterwards visit a wood carving center to witness the art of mask making. (SIGIRIYA/POLONNARUWA 75KMS-2HRS)

  • Day 03

    Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

    After breakfast proceed to Kandy. Enroute visit Dambulla. The famous Dambulla rock temple dating to the 1st Century BC. 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 to Kandy and on the way visit the spice gardens in Matale where you could get an insight to the different spices for which Sri Lanka was well known. Proceed to Kandy. Arrive in Kandy and check -in to hotel.

    At 17.30 Hrs. attend a cultural pageant depicting the Sri Lankan traditional dances in the city center.

    Thereafter visit the Temple of the Tooth during the evening ‘pooja’ ceremony where the sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha is enshrined and venerated. Return to (SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA -25 Kms 50 minutes DAMBULLA – MATALE – 47 Kms – 1 Hr. / MATALE – KANDY – 30 Kms – 45 MINUTES)

  • Day 04

    Kandy / Peradeniya / Kandy

    After breakfast 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.

    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.

    The lake of Kandy adds charm and serenity to the ancient royal city. From the Upper Lake drive the visitor could enjoy a birds view of the city of Kandy. Lunch at Art and Craft resturant in Kandy. Afternoon free for Independent activities in the city centre.

  • Day 05

    Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

    Departure after breakfast to Nuwara Eliya. Drive through tea country. Visit a Tea Factory and see how black tea is manufactured and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Ceylon tea.

    Arrive in Nuwara Eliya the summer capital. In the afternoon visit the ‘little England’ created by the British tea planters in the 19th century. Nuwara Eliya at an altitude of 2000 meters is the summer capital attracting visitors throughout the year. The 18 hole golf course is considered to be the most picturesque in whole of Asia.

    TheVictorian style buildings, the old race course and Lake Gregory are reminiscent of the British rule. Check into hotel. (KANDY / NUWARAELIYA – 85 KMS + VISITS, NUWARAELIYA)

  • Day 06

    Nuwara Eliya / Thissamaharama

    After breakfast proceed to Thissamaharama and check-in to Hotel. In the afternoon leave on a photo safari by jeep to Yala National park. Yala is a mixture of scrub, plains, brackish lagoons and rocky outcrops. Elephants, Sambhur deer, spotted deer, wild boars, crocodiles, wild buffaloes and monkeys could be seen. Sloth bear and leopards are not easily sighted. Return to the Hotel.

    (NUWARAELIYA / THISSAMAHARAMA – 155Kms / 3 Hrs)

  • Day 07

    Thissamaharama / Galle / Colombo

    After breakfast proceed to Colombo. En route visit the city of Galle. Galle was the major port in Sri Lanka before the construction of the breakwater at Colombo harbour in the 19th century. Historians believe Galle may be the Tarshish of Biblical time. Galle became prominent with the arrival of Portuguese in 1505. The fort built by them was destroyed by the Dutch and the present fort which stands today was constructed by the Dutch in 1663 and the city of Galle has been declared a World Heritage.

    Continue journey and arrive in Colombo and do the city tour. Visit Colombo Fort, the old administrative and business center where the leading banks are housed. Pettah, the oriental bazaar, the street of the gold smiths, Slave Island with its Sri Murugan Hindu Temple, Colombo Town hall and Viharamahadevi Park. Visit Colombo 07 also known as the Cinnamon gardens where the affluent of Colombo society reside. Drive past the independence square, BMICH the International conference hall. Visit ODEL the shopping paradise for good bargains on renowned labels. Transfer to Colombo

    (THISSAMAHARAMA- GALLE – 160KMS -4 HRS/ GALLE- COLOMBO 130 Kms – 2.5Hrs)

  • Day 08

    Colombo / Airport

    Leave hotel after breakfast to the Airport. Check in for the Departure. (KATUNAYAKE – AIRPORT – 40Kms – 40Minutes)

Hotels

Deluxe

  • Cinnamon Wild

    Cinnamon-Wild,-Yala

    Named as a tribute to the surrounding milieu of the Yala National Park which houses the highest density of leopards in Asia, Cinnamon Wild Yala sits adjacent to the park boundary and could very rightfully be positioned as an extension of the park. A property that was first established in 2002 as an eco-friendly resort for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the Yala National Park, Cinnamon Wild Yala opened its doors after an extensive re-construction and refurbishment as a world-class game lodge, conceptualizing the unique architectural features of the ‘Wild’ into its rustic exteriors and luxurious interiors.

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  • Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

    Cinnamon-Lodge-Habarana

    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

    Cinnamon-Citadel-Kandy

    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

    Cinnamon-Grand-Colombo

    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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  • Priyankara Hotel Tissamaharama

    Priyankara-Hotel-Tissamaharama

    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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  • Heritage Hotel

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    Heritage Hotel is the latest jewel in the crown that is Anuradhapura which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Heritage Hotel which opened its doors in 2009 is an ( 35 Rooms ) enchanting hotel situated in the heart of Anuradhapura. Because of the Hotel’s Proximity to many historic sites Heritage Hotel is the Ideal launching pad to explore this great kingdom which lasted over 1400 years. This simple and elegant hotel is equipped with all amenities, a dedicated team and a comprehensive service concept to make it the most pleasurable place to stay in Anurdhapura.

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  • Elephas Resort Sigiriya

    Elephas-Resort-Sigiriya

    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

    Thilanka-Resort-&-Spa-Dambulla

    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

    Serene-Grand-Kandy

    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

    Chaaya-Village-Habarana

    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

    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

Colombo – the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers – the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city – a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, Independence Square, the Zoo, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre.

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura – a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north central part of the Island was the first capital (5th century BC – 9th century AD), the centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. In antiquity and the interest, it is the equal of any ancient ‘buried city’ in the world. The oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) – The Sri Maha Bodhi, brought as a sapling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the island’s oldest Buddhist shrines – some dating back to the 3rd century BC, impressive white ‘dagabas’ (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura. Specific places to visit are – the Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C.), with 1600 significant stone columns are the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks – an engineering marvel at the time, Ruwanweli Seya (2nd century B.C) the most famous of all the dagoba’s, originally depicted the perfect water-bubble shape that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce, Samadhi Buddha (3rd century B.C.) regarded as the finest rock sculpture in the island – depicting the Buddha in a state of deep meditation, Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C.) known for its rock carving of the “Lovers”, Kuttam Pokuna, twin ponds (3rd century B.C.) which were used by monks of this glorious era as a bathing pool. Thuparama (3rd century B.C.), the oldest dagoba in the island – enshrines the right collarbone of Buddha, Ratnaprasada with the best preserved Guard Stone, Mahasena’s Palace with its renowned Moonstone, Abayagiri and Jetevanarama – a huge dagoba said to the largest brick built structure in the world.

Kandy

Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants.

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa – this medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th – 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbour. The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Some of the best examples of the Hindu influence – the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu Gods, fascinating Budhist temples, the Lankatileka and Watadage, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth are other impressive sights.

Dambulla

Dambulla – located in the north central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). 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.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya – this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site.

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.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya – Sri Lanka’s premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, producing some of the world’s best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character.

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  • 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