Scenic Sri Lanka

9 Nights

Habarana

Your 9 nights scenic tour of Sri Lanka will cover a visit to the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave, a spice plantation, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya, a Jeep Safari at Yala National Park followed by a beach stay to end your trip.

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Highlights

- Bargain, purchase or observe at the stalls of Dambulla Dedicated economic centre
- Climb to the top of Sigiriya
- Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple
- Explore the spice plantation in Matale
- Embark on a Kandy city tour with a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
- Visit the famous hill country of Nuwara Eliya
- Experience and learn at a tea plantation and tea factory
- Enjoy a Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

  • Day 1 - Arrival into Colombo
  • Day 2 - A visit to Dambulla and Sigiriya
  • Day 3 - Dambulla Cave Temple and Spice Plantation in Matale
  • Day 4 - Kandy City Tour + The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Day 5 - Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 6 - Drive to Tissamaharama
  • Day 7 - Yala National Park - Jeep Safari
  • Day 8 - Drive to Beruwala
  • Day 9 - Day at leisure
  • Day 10 - Departure back to Colombo International Airport
  • Additional Information

Welcome to Sri Lanka! The land like no other.

In keeping with Sri Lankan tradition, the team would like to extend to you their heartiest “Ayubowan!” (Traditional Sri Lankan greeting wishing long life to the other)

On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our representative & transfer to your hotel in Habarana. Please note standard check-in time is 2pm.

Transfer Time:  Approximately 04 hours

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Habarana - Superior Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Habarana Village by Cinnamon

Property Location With a stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon in Habarana (Anuradhapura District), you'll be within the vicinity of Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya Archaeological Site. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Minneriya National Park and Sigiriya Museum.

Early morning around 6am, you will visit Dambulla Dedicated Economic Center.

One of the largest dedicated economic centers in the country with 155 trade stalls, the Dambulla Dedicated economic center stands off the competition. This place is meant for wholesales and hundreds of buyers gather each morning to bargain, purchase large quantities of vegetables, fruits, fish, groceries etc. The place itself is loud with the sales terms and servers over 26,500Mt per week in sales. Join the crowds and visit each shop and learn interesting items that are for sale inside this Dedicated Economic Center at Dambulla.

Drive back to the hotel for a late breakfast and relax till evening.

Set off this evening to climb to the top of Sigiriya - A mighty 600ft high rock-fortress of a 5th century King is famous for its entrancingly beautiful frescoes which are found in a sheltered pocket of the rock.  One cannot fail to marvel at the masterful execution of the sinuous forms of these women (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today). The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a huge crouching lion, carved from the rock - today only the paws remain. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit.

Transfer Time: Approximately 30 minutes one way

Overnight stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon, Habarana - Superior Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Habarana Village by Cinnamon

Property Location With a stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon in Habarana (Anuradhapura District), you'll be within the vicinity of Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya Archaeological Site. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Minneriya National Park and Sigiriya Museum.

After breakfast, leave your hotel and drive to the hill capital Kandy, via visiting Dambulla Cave Temples en route.

Dambulla Cave Temple – which is in the North Central Province. This UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates to the 1st century BC, is an amazing complex of 5 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnifi cent 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.

Thereafter visit a spice plantation in Matale.

Walk into a garden full of spices and herbs. The spice gardens are a fine specimen to observe various types of herbs and plants that could be used for different purposes. The guide will walk you through the spice garden, showing the plants and explaining the uses and the products that could be produced from them. Your visit ends at the spice shop, do discuss with your chauffeur guide should you prefer to take a miss on this visit.

Overnight stay at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy  - Superior Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Cinnamon Citadel

Kandy, the last Kingdom of our island and an iconic citadel in its own right, where once great kings ruled and where nature, art and architecture flourished. This is the Capital of the hill country steeped in cultural heritage and natural beauty, set amidst historic monuments, enchanting forests, great rivers and breath-taking vistas of picturesque mountains and valleys.

Morning at leisure.

In the evening, you will go on a Kandy city tour including a visit to The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Please note:
•    Light Coloured clothing with sleeves and trousers or skirts below the knee length are recommended
•    Since this is a religious site – the foot ware should be removed before entering you could wear socks if you wish to

Temple of the Tooth which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" is situated in the city of hills, Kandy. It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Pathirppuwa). The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.

Overnight stay at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy - Superior Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Cinnamon Citadel

Kandy, the last Kingdom of our island and an iconic citadel in its own right, where once great kings ruled and where nature, art and architecture flourished. This is the Capital of the hill country steeped in cultural heritage and natural beauty, set amidst historic monuments, enchanting forests, great rivers and breath-taking vistas of picturesque mountains and valleys.

This morning, you will drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwara Eliya, the famous Hill country town which formed with the Summer Retreat of the British is now visited by all when in Sri Lanka. The route from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is one of the most scenic routes in the country. With the roads passing side by side on  the mountains, you will be going up over 1400 meters during this 3½ hours journey. With tea plantations on the sides and even in the far-away mountains, the beautiful Ramboda Falls waterfall being seen from a distance, the children run all over the roads trying to sell colourful bundles of flowers and fruits as well.

En route, you will stop at a Tea Plantation & Tea factory.

Tea is a huge industry in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Tea is world famous for its taste, quality and the health benefits as well. You will see how the tea pluckers with their baskets and bags pluck tea leaves from the plantations. With women of various ages engaging in this activity, seeing the tea plucking activity is fun and exciting. The trick is to pluck the right tea leaves with the correct properties. These tea leaves are then taken into the factories where the selection process starts. The fresh and best leaves are put into the machines for the processing. The rolling, withering, processing is all done with the help of the machines and a lot of helping hands gather around to do the packaging, storing activities as well. You will also get the chance to taste a fresh cup of tea straight from the factory and you will definitely love it.

Continue your drive to Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival enjoy a city tour around Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight stay at Galway Heights, Nuwara Eliya - Standard Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Galway Heights Hotel

Leave your hotel after breakfast and drive to your hotel near Yala National Park.

Transfer Time: Approximately 5hours

Overnight stay at Oakray Wild, Tissamaharama - Deluxe Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Oak Ray Wild Yala

Early morning, you will drive to Yala National park for a Jeep Safari.

The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) which was established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors. Yala is also the most famous in Asia with the highest concentration of Leopards per square kilometer. Sri Lanka boasts of the only Big Five in the world outside Africa which is the Leopard, Elephant, Sloth Bear, Sperm Whale and Blue Whale. Three of the above can be spotted at Yala National Park.

Drive back to the hotel for a late breakfast and spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Oak Ray Wild, Tissamaharama - Deluxe Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Oak Ray Wild Yala

After breakfast, drive to Beruwala for your beach stay.

Transfer Time: Approximately 5½  hours

Overnight stay at Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala - Superior Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala is a luxurious state of the art getaway, placing the grandeur of a city hotel one hour away from Colombo on the beach. Visitors will be welcomed by a sprawling tropical Asian paradise fronted by a broad golden beach and surprised by the calming influence of the lagoon. The resort will pay tribute to its location, and give guests the opportunity to experience what is unique about Beruwala. 

The day is at your leisure with no transportation.

Overnight stay at Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala - Superior Room on Half Board basis

Meals Included: Half board

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala is a luxurious state of the art getaway, placing the grandeur of a city hotel one hour away from Colombo on the beach. Visitors will be welcomed by a sprawling tropical Asian paradise fronted by a broad golden beach and surprised by the calming influence of the lagoon. The resort will pay tribute to its location, and give guests the opportunity to experience what is unique about Beruwala. 

This morning, you will drive to Colombo International Airport for your flight back home. Please note standard check-out time is 12pm.

Transfer Time: Approximately 3 hours

Meals Included: Breakfast

What's included:
- Hotel accomodation with private facilities (Check out 12pm/Check in 2pm)
- Travel by chartered air-conditioned English-speaking chauffeur driven car
- Meals on Half Board basis
- Experiences and Monument fees (Sigiriya Rock fortress, Visit Dambulla Decication Economical Centre, Visit Dambulla Cave Temples, Visit a spice plantation, City tour in Kandy, Visit the Temple of the sacred tooth relic, Visit a tea a tea plantation and a tea factory, City tour in Nuwara Eliya, Half day jeep safari at Yala National Park)
- Meet and greet at the airport
- Return Airport Transfers
- All current applicable taxes

What's excluded:
- Any International or Domestic Airfare not mentioned and Visa fee
- Early check in or late check out
- Meals other than specified above
- Tips & Gratuities
- Travel and Medical Insurance
- Camera and video permits
- Expenses incurred due to flight/train cancellation or delay
- Any expense of a personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar etc.
- Any optional excursions or tours
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

Please note:
- Hotels are subject to availability at time of booking, should the mentioned hotel not be available, suitable alternatives will be suggested prior to confirmation.
- Compulsory festive meal supplements will apply and will be added to your booking crossing over Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
- Transfer times mentioned above are without stops and are subject to change with the change in weather conditions/traffic flow/road conditions.
- Optional excursions can be booked directly and paid for locally
- The consumption of alcohol at bars, clubs, other public areas and similar forms of entertainment establishments is prohibited by law in Sri Lanka during "Poya Days". As such, liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time. It is recommended that clients contact the Reception to obtain their respective formalities during their holiday.
- In the event of an International cricket team tours Sri Lanka, a peak period supplement will be applicable at the following locations. This will be advised as and when respective hotels update us with the same - Habarana, Kandy and Colombo.