Sri Lanka Itineraries
Your 10 Nights "Essential Sri Lanka" Itinerary
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  • Day 1 : AIRPORT/COLOMBO

    Arrival in Sri Lanka


    A Simply Sri Lanka representative will be at the Bandaranaike (Colombo) International Airport awaiting your arrival. From the airport you’ll be whisked off to the hotel by your very own personal chauffeur.


    Transfer to Colombo,


    Arrival & check in to the 5* Cinnamon Grand hotel- Normal check in time- 14h00


    Evening at leisure


    Overnight stay at the 5* Cinnamon Grand hotel OR 5* Colombo Courtyard (Boutique Hotel Option)

  • Day 2 : COLOMBO/ HABARANA

    Breakfast at the 5* Cinnamon Grand hotel


    Enjoy a city tour of Colombo; the former administrative capital of Sri Lanka, and the country’s largest city. It is an eclectic mix of the bygone colonial era as well as having a stark modern contrast. The main reason Colombo is what it is today is thanks to the large harbour and situation facing India and being in a stop-off point for East-West trade. The British Empire in 1815 made Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka and as such it’s home to the main entertainment, restaurants and corporate offices that you’d expect from a large city. The tour of Colombo lets you delve into the past and present of the city, looking at the commercial sites, religious areas and historical monuments. You will get to see Pettah and the bustling Fort as well as the Galle face Green, Cinnamon Gardens and the sublime Viharamahadevi Park.


    Proceed towards Habarana

     

     

    Arrival & check in to the Cinnamon Lodge hotel


    Evening at leisure


    Overnight stay at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel

  • Day 3 : HABARANA/Mihintale/habarana

    Breakfast at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel


    VISIT- ANURADHAPURA & MIHINTALE

    Sri Lanka is well-known for its ancient ruins and preserved historical references, and none are more so than the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is ever-so popular with travellers and tourists, and as it is just 205km north of Colombo it isn’t too difficult to reach. Situated on the banks of the Malvathu Oya River it is known for being one of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities of the country up until the 11th century. Past this time, it has been left to ruin even though it was once the most durable and stable epicentres of the whole of Asia. Nowadays, it is surrounded by monasteries that span more than 16 square miles and is considered as being a scared Buddhist site.

    Visit Mihintale

    The Mihintale Mountain is located near Anuradhapura. It’s said to be the meeting places between King Devanampiyatissa and Mahinda, the Buddhist monk, which began the inauguration of Sri Lankan Buddhism. Now a popular pilgrimage site as well as the various abandoned structures and fascinating religious monuments, it’s a haven for travellers looking for the history of this fine country.


    Overnight stay at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel

  • Day 4 : HABARANA/SIGIRIYA/POLUNNARUWA

    Breakfast at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel

    VISIT-SIGIRIYA

    Built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa, the Sigiriya Rock fortress is a stunning attraction in Sri Lanka to see. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that rises starkly from the rock face. It is a spectacular citadel that is surrounded by a dramatic setting of more than 70 hectares. The fortified town that it protects are beautifully cared for and as this is the country’s most significant and popular attraction it is a must-see place during your trip. The extensive gardens, rampart and moat simply add the sheer drama that beholds this small town, and there are the frescoes of the Heavenly Maidens in the spiral stairway of the sheltered rock face to see also. Compared to other UNESCO sites this one lets you get up close and personal with the beauty it exudes making your holiday to Sri Lanka unforgettable.


    VISIT-POLONNARUWA

    Sri Lanka is packed with ancient sites and historical places that are teeming with intrigue and steeped with information. The Polonnaruwa UNESCO World Heritage Site is part of the Cultural Triangle and marks early civilisation shown by the high watermarks dating back to the 12th century. Polonnaruwa offers well-preserved remains that are extensive and gives you a snapshot into history of medieval Sri Lanka. It takes around three hours to traverse the site and you’re bound to be astounded by the fine monuments and magnificence of the Buddha statues. These statues are a stunning example of the craftsmanship of ancient Sri Lanka as they were carved from the rock face.

    Overnight stay at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel

  • Day 5 : HABARANA/MATALE/ KANDY

    Breakfast at the Cinnamon Lodge hotel

    Departure towards Kandy

    VISIT (en route) –DAMBULLA TEMPLE

    There are many cave temples in Sri Lanka but none are more impressive and spectacular than King Walagambahu (1st century BC)’s Dambulla Rock. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site that spans more than 2,000 square metres, and five caves. There are painted ceilings and walls, which are some of the largest in the world, and there are more than 150 images of Buddha. The larges Buddha figure is carved from granite and is an astonishing 14 metres high!

     

     

    En-route, you can stop at Matale’s Spice Garden. There are Sri Lankan cookery demonstrations as well as Ayurvedic massages, too. There is also a traditional Sri Lankan lunch that will help you immerse yourself into Sri Lankan culture and traditions.


    Arrival in Kandy

    Once you arrive in Kandy you’re blessed with a spectacular fire walking event and you’ll get to see a Kandyan Dance performance.

    Check in to the Earls Regency hotel & Overnight Stay

  • Day 6 : KANDY

    Breakfast at the Earls Regency hotel


    VISIT- PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANEGE

    Being Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attraction, the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is home to more than 65 elephants that have been orphaned, injured in the wild or abandoned. It is the world’s largest collection of elephants in captivity and has a variety of ages that range from newborns to the elderly selection of elephants.



    Overnight stay at the Earls Regency hotel

  • Day 7 : KANDY/ NUWARA ELIYA

    Breakfast at the Earls Regency hotel

    Departure towards Nuwara Eliya

    Visit the city of Nuwara Eliya

    Located 2,000m above sea level the ‘city of dawn, has the tallest peak called Piduruthalagala at a height of 2,555m and Nuwara Eliya itself  is the highest, inhabited city on the island of Sri Lanka. Established in the 19th century by the British, the city is often referred to as Little England and is a very popular place for tourists to venture to thanks to the cooler climate. There are many bungalows and hedgerows that give it a quaint colonial feel, and as Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the world famous Ceylon Tea plantations, there are factory tours and plantation walks to go on too.

    Arrival & check in to the Tea Factory hotel

    Overnight stay at the Tea Factory hotel

  • Day 8 : NUWARA ELIYA/ YALA

    Breakfast at the Tea Factory hotel

    Departure towards Yala.

    YALA LUXURY JEEP SAFARI

    As Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife reserve, the Yala National Park is packed with fascinating animals and creatures, and has a distinctive charm that never fails to impress. Stretching over 1,260 square meters, the park has a beautiful and colourful setting that gives it a true feel of nature. From painted storks to elephants, crocodiles, sloths and leopards you’re never far from incredible animals. There are thousands of varieties of birds and jackals too that make the national park so very popular. A must-see place for those visiting Sri Lanka.


    Arrival & check in to the Chaaya Wild hotel


    Overnight stay at the Chaaya Wild hotel

  • Day 9 : YALA/ GALLE/ BENTOTA

    Breakfast at the Chaaya Wild hotel

    Departure towards Bentota

    En Route – Visit the City of Galle

    Arrival & check in to the Avani Bentota hotel

    Overnight stay at the Avani Bentota hotel

  • Day 10 : BENTOTA

    Breakfast at the Avani Bentota hotel

    The day at leisure at the beach on BB

    (the chauffeur & the vehicle will not be available)

  • Day 11 : BENTOTA/ COLOMBO/ AIRPORT

    Departure towards Colombo Airport

    Transfer to the airport to connect with the departure flight (The room should be cleared by 12h00)

    Hotels proposed (Subjected to Availability)

    Destination

    Hotels proposed  5* & 4*+   categories

    Colombo x 1 Night

    Cinnamon Grand

    (Standard Room)

    www.cinnamonhotels.com

    OR

    Colombo Courtyard (Boutique Hotel Option)

    (Deluxe Room)

    www.colombocourtyard.com/

    Habarana  x 3 Nights

    Cinnamon Lodge

    (Superior Room)

    www.johnkeellshotels.com

    Kandy   x 2 Nights

    Earls Regency

    (Standard Room)

    www.aitkenspencehotels.com

    Nuwara Eliya  x 1 Night

    Tea Factory

    (Standard Room)

    www.aitkenspencehotels.com

    Yala   x 1 Night

    Chaaya Wild

    (Standard Room)

    www.jetwinghotels.com

    Bentota x 2 Nights

    Avani Bentota

    (Superior Room)

    www.serendileisure.com


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