UNIQUE TRAVELLER

excursions

Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Airport / Dambulla

    Arrival by flight No. … At …Hrs. On arrival at the airport the clients will be met and assisted by Penthouse Travel representative after clearing immigration and custom formalities. Thereafter transfer to Dambulla via Kurunegala with chauffeur guide. Proceed to Dambulla and check into Hotel. Here you will be able to take part in the traditional paddy cultivation in Dambulla. Rice being the staple diet of Sri Lanka, it has been one of the most important produce of the country(KATUNAYAKE-DAMBULLA 134Kms-04 Hrs.)

  • Day 02

    Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla

    After Breakfast proceed Sigiriya. Sigiriya is a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Proceed to climb the rock. The site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. From thereon proceed to Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa It’s the main town of Polonnaruwa District. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I. Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to hotel (DAMBULLA-SIGIRIYA-30 Kms-45 Minutes/SIGIRIYA-POLONNARUWA-95 Kms-02 Hrs.)

  • Day 03

    Dambulla / Kandy

    After Breakfast leave to Dambulla Cave Temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. Proceed to Kandy via Matale.

    Stop at one of the Popular Spice Gardens En Route. Sri Lanka is world renowned for its valued spices and healing herbs. Lush spice and herbal gardens feature many important herbs such as Sandalwood, Margosa, Cocoa, Citronella, Almond, Jasmine and Coconut. You can learn of the medicinal healing properties and how to use them in your day to day needs. Used worldwide in many medicines, the healing powers of spices have been respected from the time of the Pharaohs and Chinese Dynasties, while our herbs are used in Ayurvedic concoctions.

    Check into hotel. Rest and Relax Rest of the Afternoon. Relax by the pool side. (DAMBULLA- MATALE-46Kms-1.5 Hrs. / MATALE-KANDY 30 Kms-O1 Hr.)

  • Day 04

    Kandy

    After Breakfast relax at the hotel. After Lunch leave to Kandy City tour. The Kingdom of Kandy has also been known by various names. Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island.

    Kandy Perahera, the pageant of the temple of tooth where Buddha’s tooth is kept is held either in July or August each year to parade the golden caskets. In the evening clients visit the Temple of the Tooth and see a Cultural Dance at the Kandy City Center. Hotel.

  • Day 05

    Kandy / Ella

    Leave early morning with a packed breakfast to Kandy Train Station to board the 8.45 am train Ella. The Train trip will take you through 56 manmade tunnels, places to look out for are Nawalapitiya – Hatton, and Haputale – Ella, grey stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, while the Train keeps climbing steadily through to Hatton then to Nanu Oya. The train then passes “Adams peak” standing sentinel in the south an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, through the Horton plains National Park then Pattipola and Ohiya reaching its highest elevation of 1890 meters above sea level, the Train starts descending towards Ella and at the end of the line you will find the Badulla Train station sitting on top of the line, known as the “Demodara loop”, and the Trains passes underneath it before coming to rest on the platform. Chauffeur guide with Vehicle will be at the Badulla Train station waiting for the clients.

    Proceed to Ella and check into Hotel. Rest and Relax rest of the Afternoon and evening enjoying the breath taking view that surrounds the hotel. (KANDY-ELLA-132Kms-04 Hrs.)

  • Day 06

    Ella

    After Breakfast clients will get a first-hand experience to see how Black tea is prepared and processed. This is conducted at the hotel. Read Below for a basic introduction on what to expect:

    Proceed to see Ravana falls in the evening. The falls have been named after the legendary Sinhala king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita (from India), and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall.

  • Day 07

    Ella / Hikkaduwa

    After Breakfast proceed to Hikkaduwa. In the late afternoon arrive in Hikkaduwa and Check into Hotel. A small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province. Hikkaduwa’s beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. A well-known international destination for board-surfing. Rest and Relax by the pool or beach. (ELLA-HIKKADUWA-222KMS-06 Hrs.)

    (HABARANA-COLOMBO-180Kms-04 Hrs.)

  • Day 08

    Hikkaduwa

    After Breakfast proceed to Galle. City tour of Galle and the Dutch Fort at Galle. Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka. It is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city’s natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla the historic luxury hotel.

    Dutch Fort, Galle-Basking on the southern coast of Sri Lanka in the bay of Galle, the Fort was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 before being extensively fortified by the Dutch in the mid-1600s. Recognized by UNESCO for its cultural heritage value, the Fort was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 as a unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Return to Rest and relax on the beach or the pool side for the rest of the day. (Hikkaduwa/Galle-20 Kms-20 Minutes).

  • Day 08

    Hikkaduwa / Airport

    Leave hotel after breakfast to the Airport via Colombo. Visit a Turtle Hatchery on the way. Check in for the Departure flight No …at …Hrs. (HIKKADUWA/AIRPORT-135kms-04Hrs)

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.

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.

The Amazing Journey into the Art of Tea Making in Ella

Tea was introduced to Sri Lanka in the colonial era by the British and the daily practice of drinking tea is now a firmly established institution in Sri Lankan culture.

The serving of tea among Sri Lankan friends and family is a true mark of hospitality. The unique 98 Acre tea story tour will help you get a complete understanding as to how we produce tea – from start to finish.

Take a walk in the plantation with our expert during plucking time and admire the deft plucking of the standard ‘two leaves and a bud’. Take a moment to chat with a tea plucker, snap a picture to reminisce later and then continue onto the factory floor to see the withering process and subsequent steps involved in making plantation fresh tea leaf.

Train Experience from Kandy to Ella

to board the 8.45 am train Ella. The Train trip will take you through 56 manmade tunnels, places to look out for are Nawalapitiya – Hatton, and Haputale – Ella, grey stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside, while the Train keeps climbing steadily through to Hatton then to Nanu Oya. The train then passes “Adams peak” standing sentinel in the south an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, through the Horton plains National Park then Pattipola and Ohiya reaching its highest elevation of 1890 meters above sea level, the Train starts descending towards Ella and at the end of the line you will find the Badulla Train station sitting on top of the line, known as the “Demodara loop”, and the Trains passes underneath it before coming to rest on the platform.

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.

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa – one of the most popular resort areas in the south with excellent beaches, this was internationally known for underwater delights – a marine sanctuary abundant with rare coral and tropical fish. The underwater world can be explored either by snorkelling or taking a ride in a glass bottom boat but the famous coral gardens and beautiful shoals of fish are sadly reduced due to over exploitation and the possible effects of the 2004 Tsunami.

Galle

Galle – said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices, this “Living” UNESCO World Heritage Site is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. Captured and fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th and 18th centuries, the city still retains the air of old Holland. Within the well preserved 90 acre fort and ramparts built in 1663 are old Dutch churches and monuments with armorial bearings, an imposing crested and monogrammed gateway dated 1669, many well preserved old Dutch houses and narrow alleys still bearing Dutch names. The New Oriental Hotel, built for a Dutch governor in 1684, a colonial gem now converted to the internationally renowned Amangalle Hotel and several other excellent boutique hotels are testimony to the importance of this location.

Turtle Hatchery

Kosgoda is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild.

The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.

The hatchery buries the eggs in sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survives to maturity.

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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