AIRPORT/COLOMBO (Approx. 45 minutes drive – about 37 KM )
Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of MAC Travels and transferred to the hotel in Colombo. Check-in and relax at the hotel. Evening commence a city tour in Colombo.
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 complain 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 Tintagel Colombo
COLOMBO/ANURADAPURAYA (Approx. 04 ½ hours drive – about 225 KM )
After Breakfast leave for Anuradhapura Optional Enjoy a helicopter ride to the resort. Later in the afternoon commence a city tour in Anuradapuraya to visit the ancient ruins.
The city of Anuradhapura is situated 220 kilometres away from Colombo in the North Central province of Sri Lanka. Founded in the 05th century BC, Anuradhapura is revered as the ‘first kingdom’ of ancient Sri Lanka. Considered the cradle of the glorious Sinhalese Buddhist Civilization, this monastic city boasts the tallest ‘Dagoba’ of the country and many ancient remains such as palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and irrigation network as well as amazing wildlife and its humble farming community. Anuradhapura is home to the ‘Eight Great Places of Veneration’ (including Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba). Declared as a World Heritage City by UNESCO, this city is located within the ‘Cultural Triangle’ of the island. This city is a ‘must visit’ for anyone interested in Sri Lankan heritage and history as it gives great insight into an ancient and glorious civilization of yester year.
ANURADAPURAYA/WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK(Approx. 60 minutes drive – about 45 KM – O/W )
After early Breakfast or arranging picnic packets leave proceed to Wilpattu national park. Enjoy 4WD jeep safari at the park and return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight stay at Ulagalla Resort, Tirappane
ANURADAPURAYA/DIGANA (Approx. 03 ½ hours drive – about 145 KM )
After Breakfast leave for Digana. Check-in and relax at the boutique bungalow. Evening could be spent with a Golfing session at the Victoria Golf Club.
Overnight stay at Clingendale, Kandy
DIGANA/KANDY (Approx. 01 hour drive – about 35 KM )
After Breakfast proceed to Kandy to visit the Tooth temple and Peradeniya botanical garden.
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 the 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.
Royal Botanical Garden - Peradeniya
Peradeniya Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the country and is located in Kandy near the longest river ‘Mahaweli’ in Sri Lanka. There are a collection of about 4000 plant species in the Royal Botanic Garden. Among them, the Giant Bamboo, Double Coconut and over 180 species of beautiful Orchids Perhaps, the biggest and most magnificent attraction is the ‘Ehetu’ tree, which spreads its branches and foliage outward to a staggering 2000 square meters!
The Royal Palm Avenue, lined with majestic palm trees and the old suspension bridge over are also great attractions. The total land mass of the botanical garden is 147 acres, 460 meters with the annual rainfall amounting to 200 days.
Overnight stay at Clingendale, Kandy
DIGANA/ELLA (Approx. 04 ½ hours drive – about 150 KM )
After Breakfast proceed to Ella en route visiting Tea plantation, Tea factory & water falls. Spend the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel.
Overnight stay at 98 Acres Resort
ELLA/HAPUTALE/ ELLA (Approx. ½ hours drive – about 25 KM )
After Breakfast proceed to visit Dova temple in Bandarawela. Later proceed to visit Adshiom bungalow (open during weekends & public holidays only) The construction of the Adisham Monastery was completed in 1931 and named after the original owners' birthplace in England. This stately former country home of Sir Thomas Villiers is located on a ten acre magnificent property in tranquil Haputale and is one of the most sought after Ella attractions worth visiting. Pristinely maintained as a monastery since 1961 by the Benedictine monks, the bungalow retains all of its charm as when occupied by Sir Thomas and Lady Villiers. The house was designed in the Tudor style, on the lines of Leeds Castle in Kent, with stout granite walls of locally quarried stone, long, narrow turret windows and chimneys. It looks in every detail an Elizabethan country mansion.
Overnight stay at 98 Acres Resort
ELLA/TANGALLE (Approx. 03 ½ hours drive – about 160 KM )
After Breakfast leave for Tangalle and rest at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Amanwella Resort
TANGALLE/MIRISSA (Approx. 01 hours drive – about 50 KM )
After breakfast proceed to Mirissa Leisure at Beach
Overnight stay at Casa Mirissa
MIRISSA/ AIRPORT (appprox. 02 hours drive – about 130 KM )
Whale watching trip to Mirissa early morning with pack breakfast
Evening transfer to the airport for departure. (You have to be at the Airport 03 hrs before the flight time in time to catch the flights which leaves at …… Hrs)