Upon arrival assist and welcome by our representative and transfer you to Habarana through lush tropical country side check into hotel at Habarana and refresh at hotel
Afternoon You may enjoy an elephant ride in Habarana. The ride takes around a bund of an ancient manmade rainwater reservoir named Giritala wewa. You may cross the lake on an elephant and get your feet wet whilst still seated on the jumbo. There is also an opportunity to enjoy rural Sri Lankan life style.
After breakfast day excursion to Polonnaruwa The ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of the Buddhist Agrarian civilization after the decline of Anuradhapura (11th – 13th Century).Its period of greatness lasted from tenth century AD to 12th. The Polonnaruwa era was famous for huge man made reservoirs, most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, which is larger than the Colombo harbor.
The glory s of this ancient city is relatively well preserved and give evidence of the miracles of Sri Lanka’s past. See the Royal Palace complex, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – one of the tallest of ancient Sri Lankan rock carvings.
After proceed to Minneriya National park and you may enjoy Jeep Safari. MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an eco-tourism park in Sri Lanka. The park is a shelter to most of Srilankan animals such as leopards, elephants, macaques, sambar deer, crocodiles and buffalo It consists of mixed scrub areas and evergreen forest which is a shelter for birds, such as painted storks, herons, little cormorants and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters.
After breakfast leave for Sigiriya and Enjoy a bullock cart tour thorough a typical dry Zone village. You could experience the pleasure of village life, visit house in the village and see the intricacies of the farmer’s life; you could also enjoy a typical Sri Lankan meal served in banana leaf. At the end you could have tuk tuk ride through the village to starting point or you could trekking through the village to more experience of village life of people.
Sigiriya rock fortress ‘The Lion Rock Citadel’ is a world heritage site. Sigiriya was the Royal Citadel of King Kasyapa who ruled in the 5th Century A.D. He built moats, terrace gardens, beautiful ancient frescos of heavenly maidens in a pocket of the rock, water gardens, Miniature water gardens, boulder gardens, and a fountain garden atop this rock. Stone staircases were erected leading up to the rock and you can they see mirror wall around the western side of the rock. On the top of the rock are the ruins of the palace & two intact man-made pools of water Show Less
Thereafter proceed to Dambulla visit Dambulla cave temple. The magnificent rock temple in Dambulla consists of 5 caves, built in a hill 340 m high rock. The cave temple has 150 serene statues of Buddha, numerous carvings & murals. The fascinating site was founded by King Valagambahu during the 1st century BC in gratitude for the shelter he found in the caves during an invasion by marauding Dravidians from Southern India
After the breakfast proceed to Kandy en route visit Spice Garden in Spice Garden in Matale offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lank. In the early centuries, Sri Lanka was world renowned for its quality Spices, a heritage that is still savored by the locals. Spice garden at Matale is a throwback to those ancient days and a fast forward to the present: spice continues to bring in hefty foreign revenue to Sri Lanka. The spice garden has in offer fragrant clove, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg.
After breakfast sightseeing in Kandy visit Upper Lake drive, stopping at market square and walk around bazaars.
Visit sacred Tooth relic Temple and museum where enshrined the Buddha’s Tooth relic, Also known as Dalda Maligawa, Tooth relic Temple which is the custodian of the Buddha’s Tooth relic. The Tooth relic is encased in seven caskets; the outermost of which has the shape of a Stupa adorned with a large number of or gold ornaments.
Afternoon visit Peradeniya botanical Garden. Peradeniya botanical Garden was originally founded in 1371 as the queen’s pleasure garden, later becoming the residence of a Kandyan king. The 60 hector park was later converted into a botanical garden with extensive well-kept lawns, pavilions, and an orchid house with an outstanding collection, numerous flower beds with cannas, croton and colorful bougainvillea. Giant water lily and papyrus reeds complement unusually exotic specimen trees. The best-known attraction of the garden is the orchid House, which houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids. A spice garden located here gives you a firsthand account of the trees and plants used in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
In the route you may Visit Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory. We drive through Ramboda mountain pass & view Ramboda waterfalls. The city is particularly well kept and neat. The eternal green grass gives to the locality an aspect of ‘’ colonial British Style .” The city was built entirely during the 19th Century and its architecture mimics that of an English Country town, with red brick walls, country houses like hill club and mock – Tudor half timbering
There are plenty of restaurants in the locality and plenty of guest houses as well. Take a city tour in the colonial city : Drive through the town of NuwaraEliya, have a look at the well maintained buildings of colonial Architecture, the busy market place, Lake Gregory, golf course, race course, vegetable cultivation and ever encompassing tea plantations.
After breakfast you leisure at Bungalow or you could drive to Horton plan. Horton Plains is most certainly one of the world's best nature reserves. The vast expand suddenly comes to an end with a massive precipice, the world renowned “World's End". There is famous "Bakers Falls". Horton plains is the largest wet grassland in the country and expands in an area of the size of 10,000 hectares, it is habitat for Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hair, Porcupines, and a variety of Migratory birds, some of which are endemic in the region.
The morning is the ideal time for the trekking in the plains. You would follow the beaten track taken by many a hiker. The final destination is the World’s End, aptly called so because, at the sheer depth of 3700 feet, the precipice is a natural wonder; some misty days you would not see the bottom of the hills. On others, it offers a panoramic view.Down below, one is greeted, by the beautiful view of the sprawling tea estate laced with gravel roads and lie rooms, and if one looks beyond, by breath-taking view of the southern part of the island down to the coast.
Also you may visit Ambewela. The Farm is Situated in the lush green hills of NuwaraEliya. It is in fact made up of two farms: Ambewela Farm and New Zealand Farm. Blessed with the cool climes and pristine environment of the hill country, Ambewela Farm boasts superior breeds of cattle, modern technology and top-quality pastures where cattle graze freely. The result is an organization of international standards in a local setting, producing the best quality milk and milk products.
After breakfast leave for Colombo. Relax and refresh at hotel. You can visit some sightseeing in Colombo. Colombo is the commercial capital and there are plenty of places to shop. There are high end places such as Majestic City shopping complex, House of Fashion and the ODEL Unlimited Dress Boutique or you can go on a shopping spree in bustling Pettah market.
Leave for airport for departure transfer
Excellent hotel, friendly staff would def go there again
The view from our balcony in room # 409, was terrific. It was centrally located to everything on and around the port area. Wonderful service and everything was very clean. The breakfast was below average, although not bad. If back in Zante Town we would stay there again.
It is close to everything but if you go in the lower season the pool won't be ready even though the temperature was quiet high already.