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- Visit beautiful Sri Lanka, tour some of this amazing country's most exciting locations and experience a wealth of unique culture along the way
- Discover this culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, with nine World Heritage Sites, 86 species of mammals and more than 400 bird species
- Stay at a range of excellent hotels along the way, and enjoy a complimentary 15 minute head and shoulder massage per person per stay at The Anantaya Resort & Spa
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Your Destination —
This is a culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, with nine World Heritage Sites (the oldest dating back to the 3rd Century BC); 86 species of mammals (including elephant and leopard) and more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics); a colorful array of flowering plants and trees, and a Hill Country famous for tea; 14 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government; and an Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.
Visit their ancient sites and marvel over their legendary temples, or see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree, Anuradhapura. Take a safari tour in one of Sri Lanka’s national parks to encounter elephants, leopards, water buffaloes, and exotic birds, or spend the day relaxing on the dazzlingly white, often untrodden, beaches. Try your hand at a little surfing or retreat up into the Sri Lankan hills to experience a more temperate climate and the lavish greenery of the tea plantations. And if you can even trek through the rainforests with an experienced guide or just take in the breathtaking vistas on a spectacular train ride.
With fabulously flavoursome food and a vast array of culturally rich experiences to delve into, Sri Lanka promises to be one of your best-loved travel destinations, and the charm of the people will simply enchant you.
Your Itinerary —
Day 01 AIRPORT / COLOMBO
Arrival at Colombo International Airport. Here, you will be met by a professional Chauffeur Guide of Hayleys Tours. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle. Next, transfer to your hotel in Colombo.(Travel Time Approx: 45 Mins) Check-in to the hotel and relax. OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT THE KINGSBURY, COLOMBO or similar
Day 02 COLOMBO / NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya.(Approx Transfer time: 4 ½ - 5 ½ Hours)
Nuwara Eliya is set in the heart of tea country is a beautiful town where the British succeeded in creating a replica of the English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, a famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 6,200 feet above sea level, the air is cool and fresh – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Pony and Horse riding is available at the turf club of Nuwara Eliya to facilitate you with some sports and adventure. Visit a tea plantation situated in the misty mountains of the Sri Lankan Hills, to experience the ultimate feel of a tea plantation and its process. Upon arrival to Nuwara Eliya check into hotel and relax. OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT JETWING ST ANDREWS, NUWARA ELIYA or similar
Day 03 NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA
After an early breakfast at the hotel proceed to the Horton Plains. (Approx Transfer time: 30 - 40 Mins).
Horton Plains, 6500ft above sea level lies Sri Lanka’s highest and most isolated plateau. Nature lovers will revel in this wide, patna-grass covered plain, the haunt of many wild, yet harmless, animals and the home of many species of birds. Bridle paths will take you to the precipice known as World’s End – a sheer drop of 1,050 meters. Waterfalls are seen and heard everywhere in this hill country. On completion return to Hotel and relax. OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT JETWING ST ANDREWS, NUWARA ELIYA or similar
Day 04 NUWARA ELIYA / KANDY
After breakfast at hotel proceed to the Royal city of Kandy. (Approx Transfer time: 2 - 2 ½ Hours)
Kandy is a lovely city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings retains an aura of grandeur, which time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its center, it is the site of the renowned "Temple of the Tooth". Kandy and its satellite villages is the center of the island’s handicraft industry and its traditional dances are the most spectacular in the country. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Upon arrival do a city tour of Kandy and you will also have the time to do some shopping in Kandy, where you could fetch souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony, bronze, ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewelry and reed-ware at bargain prices!! Late afternoon, make a visit to The Temple of the Tooth Relic is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha.
If time permits after that witness a Cultural Dance performance in the evening. These classical dance forms are associated with the performance of various rituals and ceremonies which are centuries old and are based on the folk religion and folk beliefs going back to times before the advent and acceptance of Buddhism by the Sinhalese people in the third century B.C. On completion check into hotel and relax. OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT AMAYA HILLS, KANDY or similar
Day 05 KANDY / PERADENIYA / MATALE / DAMBULLA
After breakfast leave for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. (Approx Transfer time: 30 -40 MINS)
This was originally the King’s own royal pleasure garden that was later converted into a botanic garden and opened to the public. At the Royal Botanical Gardens at ‘Peradeniya’ you could treat your eyes to an amazing, wide and rare collection of tropical and temperate, exotic and indigenous flora, and an orchid house with the largest collection in Asia. On completion proceed to Dambulla. En route visit a Spice gardens in Matale. (Approx Transfer time: 1 ½ - 2 Hours) Matale is famous for its batik production and spice gardens. Batik has been an ancient art of painting cloth and today Sri Lanka is among the world leaders in the design of batik. Batik galleries and factories offer batik from simple single-colored designs to intricate multi-colored masterpieces. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also for medicine and cosmetics
Upon completion continue to Dambulla and check into hotel. OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT AMAYA LAKE, DAMBULLA or similar
DAY 06 DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA / HIRIWADUNNA / DAMBULLA
After breakfast at hotel proceed to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. (Travel Time Approx: 30 - 45 MINS)
Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is known as the 8th wonder of the world. This rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered a pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory.
On completion proceed to Hiriwadunna for your Village Experience. (Travel Time Approx: 45 MINS - 1 HR)
This is a super jungle and village experience which is a popular tourist attraction. Have an early departure to a point off the main road where you will begin a scintillating walk over village paths, a tank (ancient reservoir) bund and forest. Cross a little jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmer’s simple "wattle and daub" house where the breakfast/ lunch can be consumed. The villager will offer some tea and maybe sweetmeats. Proceed half an hour by foot and bullock cart to a point where a vehicle meets you for the transfer to the hotel, a truly Sri Lankan experience. On completion return to hotel and relax. OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT AMAYA LAKE, DAMBULLA or similar.
Day 07 DAMBULLA / CHILAW
After breakfast at hotel make a visit to Dambulla cave Temple. A vast isolated rock mass- it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceiling found here are over 2000 years old and is the largest area of painting found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters. On completion proceed to your beach hotel in Chilaw. (Approx Transfer time: 3 ½ - 4 Hours). Check into hotel and relax. DINNER & OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT ANANTAYA RESORT, CHILAW or similar
Day 08 - 11 or 13: CHILAW
Breakfast at hotel, spend rest of the day at leisure by pool or beach and enjoying the other facilities of the hotel. DINNER & OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT ANANTAYA RESORT, CHILAW or similar
Day 12 or 14 CHILAW / AIRPORT (Approx Transfer time: 1 ½ - 2 Hours)
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport to catch your flight back home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle; Sri Lanka once known as TAPROBANE.
Optional Extra - Esala Perahera Festival —
The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants This is held in the month of Esala (July or August) as to celebrate Buddha's conceive and many years later his leaving of the family home. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasting for ten days. The Sinhalese term 'perahera' means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats and various other performers accompanied by a large number of caparisoned Tuskers and other elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event. This Perahera is to honor of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the four 'guardian' Gods Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini.. Kandy Maligawa Perahera followed in order by those of the Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini 'devales' (temples dedicated to these Gods) situated in the neighborhood of the Kandy Maligawa. After the Kandyan Kingdom fell to the hands of British in 1815, the custody of the Tooth Relic was handed over to the Buddhist Clergy. In the absence of the king, a lay custodian called the Diyawadana Nilame was appointed to handle routine administrative matters. The meaning of this Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant Procession is to beseech blessings of the gods to obtain rain for the cultivation of crops etc. This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the Kandy city streets which is done with great ceremony. This is the most beautiful pageant in the Asia.
Your Hotels —
Only 15 minutes walk to the city centre, this 5* hotel boasts spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, 5 food and beverage options and classical English architecture. With an ideal beach front location, infinity pool overlooking the ocean, spa and gym, this is the perfect stay to begin your tour and start exploring the buzzing city of Colombo.
Dine at the hotel's fabulous multi cuisine restaurant offering Western, Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian dishes, enjoy light snacks and drinks at the the Sky Lounge, or indulge in the seafood restaurant, featuring an outdoor seating deck and a selection of fine wines.
Amidst mountains swathed in mist and dotted with tea plantations, stands the quaint old mansion of Jetwing St. Andrews. A former country house converted into a Jetwing Hotel, life at Jetwing St. Andrews is reminiscent of the days of the British Rulers.
Old world charm ensconces the atmosphere within Jetwing St. Andrews. Situated in Nuwara Eliya, which was a favourite holiday destination for the Colonial rulers, this mock Tudor Country house is the ideal location to retreat to for those in search of cooler climates. Wake up to a typical English breakfast of bacon and eggs, high tea on the lawn and a stiff brandy at night. Enjoy a round of golf, fishing on the lake or hiking through Horton Plains.
Nestled in the picturesque hill tops of Kandy, Amaya Hills offers guests a breathtaking retreat that peers into the verdant mountains of Hanthana. Built along the lines of a Kandyan Palace, a Maligawa as locals would call it, this four-star hotel is a tasteful mingling of Kandyan culture paired with the trimmings of contemporary luxury.
Set on the tranquil banks of the magnificent Kandalama Lake, this showpiece resort captures the essence of Sri Lankan design, culture and tradition. Enjoy lush tropical gardens against a dramatic backdrop while uplifting, catchy raban melodies welcome you.
A tropical haven complete with sweeping views of Kandalama Lake, Amaya Lake surrounds you with natural beauty. Choose your oasis from one of our 120 guest rooms and suites, designed in harmony with the unspoilt environs of the resort. Enjoy waking up each morning to the humming of birds and let the airy breeze and quiet whispers of rustling trees enliven your senses.
Just for you: Complimentary 15 minute head and shoulder massage per person per stay, late check-out.
Step into a world where infinite pleasures await; where the warm azure waters of the ocean lie beside the cool waters of a mangrove-fringed lagoon, wrapping you in a sense of serenity. Discover an enchanting getaway where the adventures that await are as limitless as the sea that stretches far into the horizon. Welcome to the world of Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw.
Tucked away in the charming coastal town of Chilaw, we offer you a sanctuary that is surreally positioned with a soft sandy beach on one side and a charming lagoon on the other. Cocooned in seductive seclusion, we are believed to be unique among the myriad of Sri Lanka beach resorts.
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Transfers are included as per the itinerary.