DAY 01 (Airport – Dambulla)
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 Dambulla is home to the Dambulla Cave Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Check-in at the hotel.
In the evening climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress the world Heritage Site and see the famous decorated its sides with colorful frescoes.
Dinner & overnight stay at Wild Grass Nature Resort, Sigiriya (www.wildgrass.lk)
Wild Grass Nature Resort is set amidst 30 acres of unfenced forestland that is frequently visited by rabbits, deer, wild boar, monkeys and over 40 species of birds as well as the occasional wild elephant.
Dambulla – Dambulla is famous for the five cave temples on a rock. The first three caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves date back to the 1st century BC. All the five cave walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues. Statues of gods and kings are also found here.
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 02 (Dambulla – Kandy)
After breakfast, leave for Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka is a World Heritage Site and has number of tourist attractions.
Check-in at the hotel.
Visit wonderful Buddhist Temple of the Tooth Relic and also witness a Cultural Dance performance in the evening.
Dinner & overnight stay at Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy (www.mountbattenbungalow.com)
Mountbatten Bungalow, Once the alleged Kandy Residence of Lord Mountbatten, this century old bungalow, has been renovated and refurbished into an up-market boutique theme bungalow.
Kandy – The hill capital; venue of the annual Esala Perahera (Local festival at 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.
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 03 (Kandy – Pinnawela – Nuwaraeliya)
After breakfast, visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en-route to watch baby elephants being fed and over 40 elephants being bathed in the nearby river
Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya is one of the most scenic city & Little England of Sri Lanka
On the way visit a working Tea factory and drive up through the hills through lush and green Tea plantations
Start City tour of Nuwara Eliya, visit Gregory Lake, Mountains & water falls, Golf club etc..,
Dinner & overnight stay at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya (www.langdalebyamaya.com)
Langdale by Amaya, the majestic mountains, tethered with the sublime beauty of surrounding greenery seems to beckon many travelers to the respite of Nuwara Eliya. At the height of this resonating calmness, Langdale by Amaya stands with an almost conventional colonial charm, abounding with vibrant activities.
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 Plantations – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in 8 hectares of forestland in the Loolkondura Estate. In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under tea and around 300 million kilograms (25% of world tea exports) are exported by Sri Lanka as the world’s largest tea exporter. Tea grows only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into Low Grown, Medi um grown & High Grown.
DAY 04 (Nuwaraeliya – Koggala)
After breakfast, leave for Koggala is a fishing village in the south coast of the island with a very rich heritage.
Check-in at the hotel
Spend rest of the day at leisure relaxing on the beach
Dinner & overnight stay at The Fortress Resort & Spa, Koggala (www.thefortress.com)
The Fortress Resort & Spa Enter a world of chic sophistication infused with boutique luxury as you step through the great wooden doors of The Fortress Resort and Spa.
Koggala – is generally recommended for a visit to the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum or for a ride to one of the islands on the Lake. There is, however, a lot more to Koggala. You can ride on a catamaran around the Lake with a local villager who may be willing to take you fishing upon request. You could also take a bicycle ride (or Tuk-tuk) along the dirt tracks of the villages around the perimeter of the Lake to discover some of the wonderful vegetation and animal life (snakes, monitor lizards, birds). Koggala beach is a beautiful stretch of clear, soft, golden sand, perfect for long walks along to the next bays of Ahangama and Midigama.
DAY 05 to DAY 07 (Koggala)
After breakfast, full day at leisure on the beach
Dinner & overnight stay at The Fortress Resort & Spa, Koggala
DAY 08 (Koggala – Airport)
After breakfast, liesure and eveing leave to the airport for departure flight.