Luxury Program - 01

Luxury Program - 01

10DAYS 09NIGHTS

Day 01

AIRPORT/MINUWANGODA  (Approx. 25 minues drive – about 18 KM)

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of MAC Travels and transferred to the Boutique hotel in Minuwangoda. Check-in and relax at the hotel.Free for a Muthurajawela marsh land boat ride in the evening or for a Negombo city tour.

Muthurajawela Boat Ride

Leave for Muthurajawela Marsh for a tranquil Boat Ride. The boat rides provide a view of Sri Lankan wetlands as never seen before. Imagine listening to the chorus of feathered creatures, watching the water lilies dancing in the tropical sun, monkeys swinging on treetops and crocodiles moving stealthily in water. The marsh offers the opportunity to see and feel the charm of nature in its most pristine form. Also have a look at our traditional fishing gear and craft.

Negombo

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 The Walawwa

Day 02

MINUWANGODA/SIGIRIYA (Approx. 04 hours drive – about 150 KM)

After Breakfast proceed to Sigiriya.Free for an Elephant ride in the evening

Overnight stay at Jetwing Vill Uyana

Day 03

SIGIRIYA

After Breakfast observe Sigiriya by Hot air ballooning

Sigiriya (The Lion Rock Fortress)

“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 Jetwing Vill Uyana

 

Day 04

SIGIRIYA/KANDY (Approx. 03 ½ hours drive – about 100 KM)

After Breakfast proceed to visit Kandy. En route visit Dambulla Cave temple. Later evening relax at the hotel.

Dambulla

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 Temple of The Tooth

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 Tailors Hill Bungalow.

Day 05

KANDY

Free to explore surrounding area's.Optional visit to Loolecondera Tea Factory and free for a boat ride at Mahaweli river in the evening.

Loolecondera Estate and Tea Factory

Loolecondera is synonomous with the birth of tea in Ceylon, and at Taylors Hill you are only 7km away from the estate and factory. Although there are numerous plantations around Sri Lanka's hill country, this is the heart of the history and legacy of production starting over 150 years ago.

The Loolecondera Tea Factory Sri Lanka is the country's first tea factory, set up by James Taylor in respect of whom this Sri Lanka hotel is named, its estate a beguiling and unique experience for visitors, representing the important and vital history of tea in Ceylon from its inception.

Overnight stay at Tailors Hill Bungalow





Day 06

KANDY/HATTON (Approx. 03 hours drive – about 70 KM)

After breakfast proceed to Hatton. Leisure at the hotel.

Play a game of croquet at the hotel in the evening.

All bungalows have a croquet lawn where you can unleash devious tactics against family and friends, a Pimms No 1 in hand. A Mr Woolcott is rightly quoted in The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations as saying “It is no game for the soft of sinew and the gentle of spirit. The higher and dirtier croquet player can use the guile of a cobra and the inhumanity of a boa constrictor.”

Overnight stay at Ceylon Tea Trails Bungalow

 

DAY 07

HATTON

After breakfast enjoy mountain bike ride around the hotel area. Later free to enjoy spa treatment at the hotel.

Ceylon Tea Trails has opened up a world of adventure and discovery in the Bogawantalawa Valley at an altitude of over 1500 metres. The unspoiled beauty of the surrounding valleys and hills are a great biking experience. We have mountain bikes in the bungalows for complimentary use. For longer rides recommend that you take one of our guides along.

Enjoy one of special aromatic baths to begin or complete your day…or just as an indulgence whenever you so please. Choose from Cinnamon Spice, Green Tea, Black Pepper & Orange, Jasmine or a Bergamot & Geranium Bath. Or luxuriate in a spa treatment in the privacy and the comfort of your room after a hike or bike ride and soothe any aches and pains away…treatments include the Tea Trails Signature Massage, Deep Tissue Massage & Reflex Zone Therapy.

Overnight stay at Ceylon Tea Trails Bungalow

 

 

DAY 08

HATTON/BENTOTA (Approx. 05 hours drive – about 200 KM )

After breakfast leave for Bentota. At leisure at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Saman Villas Bentota

 

 

DAY 09

BENTOTA

After breakfast proceed to visit 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 Saman Villas Bentota

Day 10

BENTOTA/AIRPORT (Approx. 03 ½ hours drive – about 105 KM)

After Breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Revel in the vistas beneath you…..breathtaking views of mountains, jungles, animals and more…...You will never indulge in such pleasures any other way than in the secure comfort of a Hot Air Balloon. 

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Boat Safari

What could possibly be better than a safari? An extraordinary Boat Safari! Combining the gorgeous element of water and animals, you have the chance to enjoy a lagoon boat ride while enjoying the aquatic life and beautiful landscape. 

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Nature Trekking

Explore the natural treasures gifted by Mother Nature to this exotic island. Sri Lanka is blessed with many intriguing sites for nature lovers. Discover beautiful flora and fauna, exotic species that you may only find in Sri Lanka. Every turn and every step towards the wilderness will not fail to surprise.

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Cycling

Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy some clean, unspoiled exercise as you hire a bicycle and ride along the trails of the green hills of Sri Lanka, or the cultural cities of the North Central Province or the quaint villages of the South. Nothing brings you closer to the Sri Lankan culture as you experience the local hospitality- and beauty- firsthand.  

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Kandy

A beautiful majestic city with a rich history and a royal presence still evident in its glory. The sacred temple of the tooth relic is a must visit including a trip to the gorgeous botanical gardens.

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Bentota

The seaside town of Bentota is where water sports lovers converge to have great fun and frolic on the beautiful blue waters that kiss the coastline.

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Negombo

The fishing town of Negumbo on the western coast of Sri Lanka is a city under modernization, but has still retained some of its quaint roots. Its proximity to the country’s international airport is also a huge plus.  

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Sigiriya

The ancient palace of King Kashyapa, this is a rock fortress that comprised gardens, ponds, moats and ramparts in its heyday, in addition to hand painted frescoes which remain to this day. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is now a major tourist destination.

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We never thought Sri Lanka is this beautiful. The staff at MAC Travels really showed us the beauty of this island.

Mr & Mrs. Pierr and Family – France

We will visit again to Sri Lanka. We love the places, people and the culture.

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