WONDERS OF SRI LANKA

Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Airport / Colombo

    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 Colombo with chauffeur guide. Check in to Hotel. (AIRPORT –KATUNAYAKE -8Kms – 10 Minutes.)

  • Day 02

    Katunayake / Anuradhapura

    The ancient city of Anuradhapura located in the north central part of the island was the centre of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist civilization and largest city of ancient Sri Lanka. From the 5th century BC to the 9th century AD Anuradhapura was the island’s capital. A highlight of the ancient city is the world’s oldest historically documented tree The Sri Maha Bodhi. Over 2,200 years old it was bought as a sapling from the very tree that Buddha attained enlightenment.

    Ancient Buddhist shrines considered to be the oldest in the island are found here making a visit to Anuradhapura serene and soulful. The ruins are complete with stupas, palaces, temples, sculptures and man made reservoirs. Despite being built ages ago, the city had some of the most complex irrigation systems in the world. Despite it being the dry zone, the irrigation systems have ensured that the ground stays fertile. It’s no wonder that Anuradhapura supplies the country with a majority of vegetables.

    Dozens of monasteries and temples can be found in Anuradhapura. Visitors may speak to a monk and understand the sacrifice one takes to follow of the path of the enlightened one.

  • Day 03

    Anuradhapura / Sigiriya / 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.

    Check into hotel.

    (ANURADHAPURA / SIGIRIYA- 82Kms – 2 Hrs /SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA –60 Kms – 1 1/2 Hrs,)

  • Day 04

    Sigiriya / Dambulla Rock / Matale / Kandy

    After breakfast leave for Kandy. In 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. i.e. 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. Continue journey to Kandy. Arrive in Kandy and check -in to hotel.

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

    (SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA 25 Kms – 50 minutes /DAMBULLA – MATALE – 47 Kms – 1.30 Hr. / MATALE – KANDY – 30 Kms – 1 Hr.)

  • Day 05

    Kandy / Peradeniya / 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.

  • Day 06

    Kandy / Pinnawala / Colombo

    After breakfast leave for Colombo and on the way visit the 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 overlooking the river.

    Continue journey to Colombo city tour of Colombo. 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 and check-in to hotel.

    (KANDY- PINNAWALA – 45 Km – 1.30 Hrs / PINNAWALA – COLOMBO 89Kms – 3 Hrs.)

  • Day 06

    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 – 40 Kms– 40 Minutes.

Deluxe

  • 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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  • 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

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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

    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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  • 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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Superior

  • 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, 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.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

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.

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