AIRPORT/NEGOMBO Approx. 25 minuts drive – about 15 KM
Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of MAC Travels and transferred to the hotel in Negombo. Check-in and relax at the hotel.
Evening proceed to Jetwing Lagoon or Jetwing Beach Hotel for a study visit.
Negombo is a laidback coastal city in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the stunning Negombo Lagoon. Located in close proximity to the international airport, Negombo is the perfect place to stop over while on transit or on a very short stay. The coastal belt is adorned with hotels and restaurants serving some of the island’s best sea food. Once a trading port for the Portugese and the Dutch, this vibrant town is an ideal place for those who want quick access from the airport. Attractions in the city are the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 (now a part of the prison), the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, beautiful old churches and fishing villages
Overnight stay at Jetwing Lagoon Hotel
NEGOMBO/DAMBULLA/SIGIRIYA Approx. 05 hours drive – about 175 KM
After breakfast proceed to Dambulla.
Check-into Heritance Kandalama Hotel.
The opportunity to build again came at the end of 1991 when Bawa was commissioned to design a hotel close to King Kasyapa’s rock citadel at Sigiriya. True to form, he rejected the proposed site and persuaded the clients to move the hotel some fifteen kilometers to the south to a rocky outcrop above the ancient Kandalama Tank. In its final design the 160-bedroom hotel is wrapped around the two sides of the rock with rooms facing across the tank towards Sigiriya and Dambulla. The two wings are connected by a cave-like corridor which runs through the rock from the hotel entrance to the main reception areas.
Evening proceed to visit & climb Sigiriya rock.
Sigiriya (The Lion Rock)
“Sigiriya Rock Fortress” is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka and it is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of King Kasyapa I. Having seized the power after killing his father through a coup, King Kasyapa chose to establish his kingdom in Sigiriya. After his death, it is believed that the fortress was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya displays the cumulative effect of science of town planning, arts, architecture, construction, landscape architecture and the science of water management practiced in Sri Lanka in the 5th century A.D and was declared as a World Heritage site in 1982 by UNESCO. The world renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya were admired by many who climbed the steeps of Sigiriya and their admiration was noted in poems on the mirror wall of the fortress. Sigiriya is by far one of the most magnificent ancient sites in Sri Lanka and is the most visited tourist attraction
Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama Hotel
DAMBULLA/KANDY (Approx. 02 ½ hours drive – about 75 KM)
After breakfast proceed to Kandy en route visiting Dambulla cave temple.
Dambulla is located in the centre of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka and is a town built around a vast isolated rock mass and is considered a World Heritage City by UNESCO.
The “Rajamaha Temple of Rangiri Dambulla” (also known as the Golden Rock Temple or Dambulla Cave Temple) is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world. It is said that the caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba in his 14-year-long exile from the Anuradhapura Kingdom. The cave complex is a conglomeration of five caves holding magnificent statues, elegant scriptures and consists of 153 Buddha idols, 3 statues of Sri Lankan monarchs and 4 idols of other deities. ‘Namal Uayana,’ Sri Lankan’s largest ironwood forest and rose quartz mountain are other attractions in Dambulla. The climate of this site is moderate and can be visited at any time of the year.
Kandy (Kingdom of Kandy)
The Kingdom of Kandy was an independent monarchy of the island of Sri Lanka, located in the central and eastern part of the island. It was founded in late 15th century and endured until the early 19th century. Presently, it is the second largest city in the country after Colombo.
It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka
The “Sri Dalada Maligawa” or “The Temple of The Tooth” is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest attractions situated in this city. The Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. The ‘Esala Perahera’ in Kandy is celebrated to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic and its four ‘guardian’ Gods. This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the streets of the Kandy city and is conducted with exceptional panache. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasts for ten days while various festivities can be witnessed right throughout this season. 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 Elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event.
Overnight stay at Mahaweli Reach Hotel
KANDY/BANDARAWELA (Approx. 01 hour drive – about 55 KM)
After breakfast proceed to Bandarawela en route visiting Tea plantations and a tea factory. Stay relaxed at the bungalow. If time and energy permits visit Bawa Chapel convent towards late afternoon.
Overnight stay at Kirchhayn Bungalow
TANGALLE/DICKWELLA (Approx. 30 minutes drive – about 25 KM)
After breakfast proceed to Dickwella. Check in at The Claughton House, in Dickwella (approximately 30 minutes, which is now known as the Fitzherbert House). This too is a great work of Bawa’s. Stay relaxed at the hotel.
Overnight stay at The Claughton House
DICKWELLA/GALLE (Approx. 01 ½ hours drive – about 65 KM)
After breakfast proceed to Galle. En route visit Matara en route viewing Ruhuna university (subjected to authorization can walk inside – Photography is not allowed inside the university.)
The master plan for the new University of Ruhunu on the south coast near Matara covered an area of thirty hectares and spanned across two hills with views across a lake towards the southern ocean. The campus required 50, 000 square metres of buildings to accommodate a projected total of 4,000 students. It was built by Dutch contractors and took eight years to complete
Later reach to Galle and Check-in at Jetwing Light House Hotel
The Lighthouse Hotel is built on a rocky promontory to the north of the old Arab port of Galle which sits tightly between the main road and the sea
Overnight stay at Jetwing Light House Hotel
GALLE/BENTOTA Approx. 01 ½ hours drive – about 55 KM
After breakfast proceed to Bentota. En route visit Heritance Ahungalla Hotel.
Heritance Ahungalla Hotel (The Triton Hotel) at Ahungalla is hidden away in a coconut grove beside a long and featureless beachfront. The design partie was a seemingly banal version of a traditional rest house with two long wings of rooms facing the ocean under overhanging hipped roofs. But Bawa’s strength lay in his ability to control a project on site and breathe magic into it.
Later visit Bentota Beach Hotel as well. It was designed by Mr Geoffery Bawa in the early 70’s and stands as one of his most outstanding creations. Built in one of the prime building sites in Sri Lanka found sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the alluring lagoon, the resort with its vast and immaculately maintained garden opens out to the pristine beach of Bentota
Also, this is the beach that has best water sports facilities on the West coast. The hotel pool is carved out of natural rock and a foot-path from it leads one either to the beach or to the wafer-thin stretch of sand separating the sea from the lagoon. Another important factor is the use of giant frangipani trees to surround the buildings as you find in any rock temple of Ceylon where the scented and seductive white flowers are allowed to fall at the foot of the tree and numerous water bodies around.
Evening free to visit the Brief Garden in Bentota.
Developed over a period of fifteen years by Bevis Bawa, a well known Sri Lankan artist, and the elder brother of famed architect, Geoffrey Bawa, the garden is aesthetically laid out on five acres of land and is noted for its lush vegetation. The wide variety of tropical trees, plants and sculptures that dot the garden is a true representation of all the energies that Bevis put into Brief. Bevis Bawa passed away in 1992 but the Brief garden continues to be maintained in just the way it was envisioned to be. Well worth the trip if you are a nature lover
Overnight stay at Club Villa
BENTOTA/COLOMBO (Approx. 02 ½ hours drive – about 70 KM)
After breakfast proceed to visit Lunuganga hotel.
Later proceed to Avani Bentota Hotel for a study visit.
Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa, a lawyer called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1940, to decide to become an architect. As he went on to become Sri Lanka’s and one of Asia’s most prolific and influential architects, the garden at the Lunuganga estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas. He continued to change and experiment with its spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998. Left to the Lunuganga Trust on his demise in 2003, the gardens are now open to the public and the buildings on the estate are run as a country house hotel.
Overnight stay at No 11 Bawa House
After Breakfast take part in an in house tour at the hotel.
Later proceed to visit the city of Colombo. (highlights : Mahaweli headquarters building, Sri Lanka Parliament building – view at outside only )
The Geoffrey Bawa residence is considered a special architectural marvel which also houses art and artifacts from the collection of the late Archt. Geoffrey Bawa. The guest suite in the first floor consist of a spacious living room decorated with the arts and artifacts of Geoffrey Bawa collection, main bed room (king size bed) and an additional double bed in the interconnecting room with an attached bathroom. The 2nd floor is a terrace and the 3rd is an open viewing deck accessible to the guests
Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, is the commercial capital and located on the west coast of the island. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was well known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815 and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948. The city is a mish mash of colonial style buildings, commercial high rises, hotels and ofcourse the glorious ocean front known as ‘Galle Face Green.’ Some of the finest structures built during the colonial times are still preserved in a part of the city know as ‘The Fort.’ Among the top sites to visit whilst in Colombo are Independence Square, Galle Face Hotel (which is the country’s oldest hotel built in 1868) and the adjoining Galle Face Green, The Fort, the bustling streets of Pettah, Town Hall and the Parliament building in Kotte. Nightlife in Colombo is nothing to complaint about as the city boasts ample popular nightclubs and bars, mostly frequented by Colombo’s social elite. Colombo is a great city to unwind in and is a stop worth taking for some rest and relaxation!
Overnight stay at No 11 Bawa House
COLOMBO/AIRPORT (Approx. 45 minutes drive – about 37 KM)
After Breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.