SRI LANKA AGRICULTURAL TOUR (12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS)

DAY 01 (Airport - Marawila)

Arrival at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka, the tropical paradise, will be met and assisted by representative of Crystal Holidays and transfer to Marawila
Check-in at the hotel
Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight stay at Club Palm Bay, Marawila (www.clubpalmbay.lk)

DAY 02 (Marawila)

After breakfast, visit the Coconut Research Institute, Marawila

The Coconut Research Institute (CRI) is a National Institute founded in 1929 as the Coconut Research Scheme under the Coconut Research Ordinance No. 24 of 1928. The scheme began its research activities with three Technical Divisions namely, Genetics, Chemistry and Soil Chemistry for assisting coconut growers with technical information on coconut cultivation. Following the enactment of the coconut Research Act No. 37 in 1950, it was renamed as the CRI of Ceylon. Since its establishment all scientific research on coconut in Sri Lanka were centered in it and gained national as well as international reputation for coconut research.

Return to the hotel

Overnight stay at Club Palm Bay, Marawila

DAY 03 (Marawila - Pinnawela - Anuradhapura)

After breakfast, leave for Anuradhapura Ancient City, The greatest city in Sri Lankan history, packed with monuments from over a thousand years of the island’s past. Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en-route to watch baby elephants being fed and over 40 elephants being bathed in the nearby river

Check-in at the hotel

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight stay at Palm Garden Village Hotel, Anuradhapura (www.palmgardenvillage.com)

Anuradhapura - The capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th century BC to the end of the 10th century AD. It was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The City’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruwanveliseya which dates back to the 2nd century BC and is 300 feet in diametre, the Jetawanarama which is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba which enshrines the collarbone of the Buddha. The City’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. It was planted 2,250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. Anuradhapura is a ‘World Heritage Site’.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - Off Colombo-Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house abandoned and wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now, including baby elephants brought from various parts of the Island as well as those born as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best times to visit is the feeding time and bathing time - when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

DAY 04 (Anuradhapura)

After breakfast, start Sightseeing tour in Anuradhapura and visit the most interesting places such as; The Sri Mahabodhi Tree, of Sri Lanka, the sacred Bo tree of Anuradhapura, the oldest historical tree in the world, Loha Prasada (The Brazen Palace), The Mahathupa (Ruwanweli Dagaba), The Thuparama Dagaba, The Jetavana Dagaba, The Abhayagiri Monastery & Dagaba, is one of the most interesting & atmospheric quarters of Anuradhapura & The Samadhi Buddha, is mental concentration or composing the mind. It is one of three divisions of the Noble Eightfold Path.

Transfer back to hotel, and relax

Overnight stay at Palm Garden Village Hotel, Anuradhapura

Avukana Buddha Statue - Undoubtedly, the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the Island. This 5th century statue, ascribed to King Dhatusena is 46 feet high, standing in an image house of which remains could be seen. This is the most beautiful rock-cut standing Buddha statue in the Island, if not the entire world.

DAY 05 (Anuradhapura - Hingurakgoda - Polonnaruwa - Hingurakgoda)

After breakfast, drive to Hingurakgoda

Check-in at the hotel

In the afternoon, excursion to World Heritage Site Polonnaruwa, home to some of medieval Sri Lanka’s finest art and architecture, including the giant Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara.

Visit the wonderful ancient relics at Polonnaruwa

Return to the hotel

Overnight stay at Windsor Park, Hingurakgoda (www.windsorpark.cicagri.com)

Polonnaruwa – A ‘World Heritage Site’, Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 13th century AD. Great revival was achieved in the country, politically, economically and socially during the periods of kings Vijayabahu 1, Parakramabahu 1 and Nissankamalla. The monuments here are better preserved than at Anuradhapura - the previous capital. Parakrama statue, royal palaces, audience halls, Vata-da-ge, Thuparama, Rankoth Vehera, Kiri Vehera, Gal Vihara, Lankathilaka & Thivanka Image House are some of the interesting monuments here.

DAY 06 (Hingurakgoda)

After breakfast, you can proceed with a tour in the farm. This tour includes Mango cultivation, Vegetable Garden, Machinery Yard, Seed Processing Unit, Banana Cultivation, Plant Nursery, and Home Garden, Compost Production, Livestock Production and many other agricultural attractions

Overnight stay at Windsor Park, Hingurakgoda

Hingurakgoda Farm - CIC Seed Production Farm, the biggest seed production farm in Sri Lanka located at Hingurakgoda Divisional secretariat division in Polonnaruwa District. Polonnaruwa district is one of the famous paddy cultivation area in the country. CIC acquired the Hingurakgoda farm from the government on a long term lease agreement in 1998. The total extent of the farm is around 1,300 acres out of which 700 acres are under paddy cultivation which cultivation carryout both Yala and Maha season. The farm receives irrigation water from the Minneriya reservoir to produce high quality seed paddy. The highland area of the farm is utilized for production of perennial crops, vegetables, Agri eco-tourism and livestock.

Plant Nursery - We maintain a plant nursery to supply quality planting materials to farmers. We produce fruit plants like mango, orange, guava.

Mango Cultivation - The first plants of a few varieties (Specially Willard, Karthcolomban, Vellei Kolomban, Ambalavi and Neelum) which were planted in Sri Lanka, is in the Hingurakgoda farm. Hingurakgoda Willard, which is one of the popular mango varieties, was discovered at the Hingurakgoda Farm.

Machinery Yard - The CIC Farm has a fully equipped machinery yard. The Maintenance of modern agricultural machinery like combine harvesters and combine threshers which are marketed by CIC are carried out here. Besides functioning as a testing location for newly introduced Agro Machinery, we design new machines too.

Banana Cultivation - 50 acres of banana plantation has been cultivated under high technology and modern agricultural methods, for export purpose. Special, modern sprinkler irrigation system has been introduced for irrigation and fustigation.

Compost Production - We have a compost production programme in the farm and we produce high quality compost, using bio mass and buffalo dung that is available in the farm. We supply packed compost to the market while the majority of what we produce is used in the farm to improve the soil.

DAY 07 (Hingurakgoda - Sigiriya)

After breakfast, leave for Sigiriya

Check-in at the hotel

Tucked within the Cultural Triangle is Sigiriya Village – a beautiful hotel situated against the backdrop of the awe inspiring Sigiriya Rock. The hotel is spread over a large area of 26 acres - with chalet style accommodation that blends unobtrusively with the natural environment. Vast gardens and lotus pools are everywhere – a natural antidote to an exhausting day spent sight-seeing.In the evening climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress the world Heritage Site and see the famous decorated its sides with colorful frescoes.

Overnight stay at Sigiriya Village, Sigiriya (www.sigiriyavillage.com)

Sigiriya - Home to the 5th century ‘Fortress in the Sky’ built by King Kasyapa which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defense, the huge rock rises to a sheer height of almost 500 feet. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways, the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survives in the form of frescoes of life-sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colours.

DAY 08 (Sigiriya - Kandy)

After breakfast, leave for Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka is a World Heritage Site and has number of tourist attractions. En route visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple crammed with Buddhist statues and decorated with Sri Lanka’s finest murals & Spice Garden in Matale to see different Spices for which Sri Lanka is famous Afterwards visit a Batik factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints and also purchase a wide variety of Batik items.

Check-in at the hotel

Visit wonderful Buddhist Temple of the Tooth Relic in the evening.

Overnight stay at Hotel Topaz, Kandy (www.topaz.com)"

Kandy - The hill capital; venue of the annual Esala Perahera (Local festival in Kandy); the last stronghold of the Sinhala kings, was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Surrounded by hills, the Mahaweli River and the virgin forest, it is the center of Buddhism, arts, crafts and culture in Sri Lanka. Kandy is an example of Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temples, shrines and monasteries keep Buddhist traditions alive. To Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. One would always return a second time to this beautiful city.

Spice Gardens at Matale - See the luscious cinnamons, cardamoms, pepper plants etc. You can also purchase your requirements of spices.

Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa) – According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father's kingdom in India. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portugese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone.

DAY 09 (Kandy - Nuwaraeliya)

After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya, is one of the most scenic city & Little England of Sri Lanka On the way visit Labookellie Tea Centre is the highest tea plantation in Sri Lanka & is therefore deemed to produce the best tea. Check-in at the hotel

In the evening enjoy a Nuwara Eliya City tour.

Overnight stay at Araliya Green Hills, Nuwara Eliya (www.araliyagreenhills.com)

Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations and is 6,200 feet above sea level. In 1826 some British Officers out on shooting, chanced on Nuwara Eliya plains, and Sir Edward Barnes investigated on it. In 1828 a road was constructed over the ridge at Ramboda Pass and a station for convalescent soldiers was established. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the Island, but is really just like an England spring day although the temperature does drop at night. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom during spring (March to May) and fall between August and September.

Tea-Tasting at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea centre - Tea Tasting – Like wine tasting – is an art perfected through years of experience. It is possibly even more difficult than wine tasting, simply because tea is a beverage full of flavor complexities and subtle nuances - a fact often overlooked by many tea drinkers. The drink is generally described as having three main flavor dimensions – being a foreground (top note) middle ground and background flavor, all of which blend together to create a tea’s individual flavor profile. Again, like wine, individual preferences are the best way to select the perfect brew for you.

Tea Facotry Visit - At our factory you will get to learn everything you need to know about Ceylon tea, while witnessing the step-by-step process of the manufacturing process, followed by a tea tasting session at our Mackwoods tea center; where you will get to experience the wonder of different flavours of tea, while gazing at the panoramic views from our factory. Tourists also have the opportunity to purchase factory-fresh teas during their visit.

After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya, is one of the most scenic city & Little England of Sri Lanka On the way visit Labookellie Tea Centre is the highest tea plantation in Sri Lanka & is therefore deemed to produce the best tea. Check-in at the hotel

DAY 10 (Nuwaraeliya)

After breakfast you will drive to Ambewela, most popular upcountry farms of Sri Lanka with the farm tour in time for demonstration of how milk is taken from the cow by an electronic machine. You can also visit Cheese factory, Goat yard and thousands of animals can be seen in Ambewela farms. Largest grass lands of Sri Lanka also a part of Ambewela farms. There is a two farms at Ambewela and those are called New Zealand farm and Ambewela farms. You can experience the farm with Rabbits, Cattles, Cows, Pigs, Goats and grass lands, vegetable farm, seed potatoes producing center and nice reservoir in Ambewela farm.

Overnight stay at Araliya Green Hills, Nuwara Eliya

Ambewela Farms - Ambewela farm is at before Ambewela. Rabbits, Cattles, Cows, Pigs, Goats and grass lands, vegetable farm, seed potatoes producing center and nice reservoir is available on Ambewela farm. No special permission needed to enter Ambewela Farms. In 12:30 PM of every day demonstrates the get cow milk in electronic machine. Cheese factory, Goat yard and thousands of animals can be seen in Ambewela farms. Largest grass lands of Sri Lanka also a part of Ambewela farms.

DAY 11 (Nuwaraeliya - Mount Lavinia)

After breakfast, leave for Mount Lavinia

Check-in at the hotel

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight stay at Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia (www.mountlaviniahotel.com)

Mount Lavinia – A peaceful yet lively beach resort just 12 kilometers south of Colombo with a maze of narrow lanes, small beachside restaurants and wayside boutiques. This township will also appeal to an adventurous spirit.

DAY 12 (Mount Lavinia)

After breakfast, start sightseeing tour & shopping tour to witness the charm of Colombo
Return to the hotel

Spend rest of the day at leisure

Overnight stay at Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia

Colombo - A drive through the city will take you to Fort and Pettah - the commercial area of the city and tree-lined Colombo 7 - Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3, 4, 5 & 8 are the prime residential areas of the City. Visit Fort and Pettah for shopping. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street - lined with goldsmith shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatagaha Mosque, Independence Square, BMICH, National Zoological Gardens and Colombo Museum are some of the attractions in Colombo.

DAY 13 (Mount Lavina - Airport)

After breakfast, proceed to Airport in time to check in for your departure flight.

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