11 Days | 10 Nights
Culture & Beach
Adult | Child | Infant
The ‘Sri Lanka two-center holiday” is one of the very popular trips with travellers looking to get a glimpse of the destination. Offered for travellers who wants to see and explore the hill capital, Heritage sites, and adventure sports on the west coast of the Island or just relax on the golden sandy beaches while being a great winter getaway in your calendar. Also, you have the option of enjoying the fabulous shopping offers in Colombo during your city tour. This tour package does NOT lock you into a large group on a prearranged coach tour. You can explore the sites at your own pace, in a car or minivan, with your personal chauffeur.
As always, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there. Our Travel consultants can help you plan the holiday as per your budget and interest along the way.
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer direct to Hill Capital Kandy, the town lies on a plain amidst towering hills and looped by Sri Lanka's largest river: the Mahaweli. The town’s pleasant temperate climate, its scenic location, and its rich history have made it a favorite haunt for travelers. It is also the natural gateway to the stirring peaks of Sri Lanka’s hill country. For almost two centuries Kandy provided a safe haven for the proud Kandyan Kingdom until it finally fell to the British in 1815. During the month of August, Kandy dazzles with the sounds and lights of the Kandy Perahera – a magnificent procession where a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is majestically paraded on elephant back along the streets of Kandy.
En-route visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which is home to about 50 Elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Also, accompany the Elephants to a river close by to see them having their daily baths. (Depending on your flight time) Arrive at Kandy by late afternoon and relax by the poolside. Overnight stay in Kandy.
After breakfast, a Kandy city tour is available for you to explore the town at your own pace. Visit one of the finest botanical gardens in Asia the Peradeniya Botanical gardens, a gem museum during the morning hours. Later in the afternoon visit the Temple of the tooth, one of the most sacred sites for the Buddhist population. Followed by a visit to a small theatre to watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance which lasts about an hour from 5 pm to 06 pm, showcasing some of the country's rich dance culture. It culminates with a dramatic fire-walking show. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel or take the advice of your chauffeur to select a restaurant in Kandy for a dinner outing.
After breakfast, take to visit the Bahirawakanda temple with the big Buddha statue is a famous landmark that gives 360view of the Kandy city. it’s about five minutes’ drive away from the city center. There is a big seated Buddha statue located at the summit of Bahirawakanda mountain and this is an ideal place to spend time in a peaceful environment with the Kandy city right below you. There are some steps to climb in the back of the statue to reach the top too. Later take a tuk-tuk ride to the Hantane tea museum, it claims to be the first of its kind in the world. Located in an old tea factory abandoned in 1986. It contains some impressive old machinery, polished up and laid out in manufacturing sequence. Return back to the city across from the Kandy temple complex is a walking monastery and beyond its walls is St. Paul’s Church which was built in 1843 although the earliest minister, George Bisset, was here in 1816. There are various interesting memorials from 1822 to the 1870s in the British Garrison Cemetery, which is uphill behind the national Museum is also a must-visit. Later in the afternoon travel to the outskirts of the city heading to a small village to find a famous craftsman in Kandy Brassware Village. Mr. Upali and his wife are skilled craftspeople keeping their craft alive. They are also lovely people and a delight to spend an hour with them. This is a small interesting village the people are very nice and really talented in their craftsmanship. Here you can see them making oil lamps, bells, statues, and many other gift items. You also have the option to buy from them some souvenirs that they exhibit. Evening Return to the hotel to relax by the poolside or book a Spa treatment after all that walking you did today.
After a hearty breakfast check out and head southwest for your beach vacation. Another day packed with history, arts & culture as you explore the lesser-known three temples southwest of Kandy with a knowledgeable host. Start off with Gadaladeniya Viharaya, a temple built exclusively by stone by Gampola’s King Bhuvanekabahu IV. Settled on a rock cliff, the temple exhibits a combination of Dravidian and Sinhalese architecture styles and offers its visitors a panoramic view of the countryside. Then enjoy a ride through paddy fields and reach the second temple, Lankathilaka, considered as the most magnificent architectural monument to be built during the Gampola era. During the experience, your host will talk you through the foundations of Buddhism and its significance in Sri Lanka. Before making your way to Embekka, a Hindu shrine, stopover at a plantation that grows tea, coffee, and pepper to get a glimpse of the island’s numerous cultivations. By the end of these excursions, we stop at Mawanella famous for its spice plantations for a refreshing king coconut drink while you get to learn about the spice plantations. If you wish they are available for purchase too. Later stop at Ambepussa rest house for lunch before heading south for your much-needed beach vacation.
After breakfast you have the day at leisure, enjoying the sun under the coconut trees or make some friends on the beach and enjoy the hotel facilities today.
Later in the day, we start with a 30 minutes’ drive inland heading to Brief Garden including lunch with rice & curry. It is an enchanting garden in an undulating landscape of paddies and scattered villages on a hillside. The five-acre garden with cool, shady paths and many mature specimen trees, was really created as a series of wonderfully composed views, designed in different moods. Created in the early 1920s by the late Bevis Bawa, the landscape architect, and brother of Geoffrey. Later in the afternoon we take you on a boat ride to near a small town of Balapitiya south of Bentota, here you will explore the habitat around the Madu river it’s wetlands famous for its 64 islands. A visit to the 150-year old Koth Duwa temple, fish spa, and local family run cinnamon plantation is part of the expedition. After the 1 ½ hrs experience we return back to Bentota. En-route stop in Kosgoda’s 4 km stretch of beach which has the highest density of turtle nesting in the country. Spend time learning about these amazing marine mammals and make a highlight on your vacation by releasing a few baby turtles to the sea at dusk.
After breakfast, we head south on the expressway a 1 hrs drive to Galle to explore most of the morning at the Dutch fort a UNESCO World heritage site where small back streets in the Dutch Fort provide a very charming experience. Much of the old Fort, a small walled city with about 300 homes and an old-world feel, still remains with its well-preserved bastions, public buildings, churches, lighthouse, and a maze of narrow streets. Several hours can be spent wandering through the narrow streets and along the ramparts, browsing through art galleries and sipping lime sodas on the verandah of Fort Printers hotel. Later in the afternoon, you have the option to go on a gentle pace of country life on a cycling tour of the lagoon, mangroves, and villages around Unawatuna pedaling around on dirt and gravel tracks at a leisurely rate. Your guide will take you to a coir (coconut fiber) mill and a handloom weaving workshop, introduce you to the sweet juice of fresh king coconut, and so much more. If you wish to skip the cycle ride, we could stop at the Tsunami Museum in Seenigama 23km north of Galle, on your way back to Bentota. This small museum contains pictures of the disaster in 2004 December, the aftermath, and the beginnings of the recovery work. There is a very full account of the causes of tsunamis and much geographical information. There is also some amazing artwork done by children as part of art therapy treatment and education.
After breakfast, you have the option of meeting the hotel Spa therapist or your Ayurveda doctor for Ayurvedic Rejuvenation and Detoxification treatment (we will guide you with selected hotels of your choice) while rest of the day you have the option to enjoy the hotel facilities at your own space.
Enjoy the hotel facilities and relax by the beach.
Enjoy the hotel facility and relax by the beach. Optional excursions could be organized upon your request.
Leave the golden beaches and head towards the International Airport for your departure.
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