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Take in Sri Lanka’s most iconic sites. Habarana forms the perfect base to reach the historical and cultural hotspots of ancient Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya’s rock fortress and Dambulla caves, before exploring the island’s tea plantations and colonial past. Take a jeep safari to catch a glimpse of the leopards of Yala before ending your trip with a relaxing beach stay on Sri Lanka’s west coast.
Arrive into Colombo and transfer to Negombo where the rest of your day will be at leisure.
Located on a palm fringed beach, a short drive from Colombo, Heritance Negombo offers classic Sri Lankan hospitality amidst spectacular Indian Ocean views. Contemporary furnishings in soothing shades create a relaxing environment and exclusive dining awaits with delicious flavours of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and international favourites.
Travel to Habarana stopping on the way to take an exciting afternoon safari into Minneriya Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see Sri Lankan wild animals in their natural state, including wild boar, elephants and bears. Elephants gather at the waterholes for drinking and bathing with their young. Herds of deer roam close by while beautiful peacocks flaunt their colourful feathers.
Lying on the shores of Habarana Lake, enveloped by lush forest, Cinnamon Lodge offers a very authentic and genuine place to stay in the heart of Sri Lanka’s renowned Cultural Triangle.
Shady verandas capture the cooling lake breezes, whilst the high-ceilinged rooms have more than a touch of a colonial feel about them with dark, polished wood, crisp white linens, and flashes of colour. Fabulous Sri Lankan fayre and a wealth of international dishes ensure dining is a pleasure and the two bars are convivial spots to recount the days’ adventures over a cool beer or two.
This morning there’s a fabulous optional cooking class with a professional chef using vegetables grown on the hotel’s own small farm. In the afternoon, visit the ancient ruined city of Polonnaruwa, the UNESCO World Heritage site remains one of the country’s best planned archeological sites.
The tree-lined swimming pool is a relaxing oasis where you can lounge in the sunshine and enjoy a cooling dip, whilst the Azmaara Spa offers tranquil treatment rooms in the lush gardens.
Venture to the Lion’s Rock, Sigiriya stone fortress. This iconic 5th century site is one of seven World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. It’s possible to climb the 1200 steep steps to the top of Sigiriya if you wish. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Dambulla cave temples, a large and wonderfully preserved rock temple complex, towering 160 metres over the surrounding plains.
Set in two-storey buildings throughout the grounds, there are 137 rooms and suites offering a charming, colonial feel with high ceilings, cool tiled floors underfoot and dark, highly polished wood furnishings. Rattan furniture and eclectic works of art add to the appeal and all rooms feature a private balcony or terrace; some also have tranquil lake views.
Drive into the hills and tea growing areas stopping by a local village. Discover the pleasant town of Kandy, its scenic lake and the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, said to house a tooth of the Buddha, is a magnificently adorned shrine, with exquisitely decorated walls, moat, turrets, golden roof and fine woodwork. Attend a Kandyan cultural show and don’t miss Kandy’s lovely botanical garden where a huge range of tropical and sub-tropical plants thrive.
From luxurious amenities and panoramic views to boat rides and nature walks, everything about Cinnamon Citadel Kandy is an escapists dream.
Nestled high up in hill country, Cinnamon Citadel offers elegant rooms across three different wings. Spacious suites feature a living room and boast stunning views of the river from private balconies. the swimming pool is perfect for a relaxing dip after a busy day of adventures and the two restaurants and lounge bar ensure every palate is well catered to.
Enjoy a day at leisure to unwind or explore more of Kandy. Optional ideas include an excursion to historic Udawattakele forest for wildlife and bird watching.
Fancy waking up to a postcard-perfect view of a river, set against a backdrop of mountains shrouded in varying degrees of mist or revelling in a soundtrack written and performed by mother nature herself? This and more awaits at Cinnamon Citadel Kandy. Nestled high up in hill country, beside a quiet bend in the Mahaweli River, an iconic 4 Star hotel perfect for those looking for quiet relaxation not far from Kandy.
Travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, sightseeing Sri Lanka's beautiful tea growing regions en route, including a visit to a working tea factory and estate. On arrival at Nuwara Eliya, tour the town and then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Charming yet luxurious, Grand Hotel offers the grandeur of yesteryears with the comfort of modern facilities.
With a luxurious setting and an ambiance of ancient times where royalty roamed, this hotel offers a range of facilities for the perfect holiday in the Hill Country. Rooms and suites offer old world charm and elegant comfort with peaceful views of the misty hills. Admire the beautifully laid out, award-winning gardens or visit the nearby Haggala Botanical Gardens, the Galway Forest Nature Reserve, tea factories and scenic waterfalls.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit Horton Plains National Park, a protected preserve which is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This park is home to a range of mammals including large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar Deer and also contains a Bird sanctuary with numerous endemic bird species.
Old world charm and elegant comfort can be found in the Deluxe Rooms, with peaceful views of the misty hills. Superior luxury awaits in the Presidential Suites and Junior Suites. From here, guests can admire the beautifully laid out, award-winning gardens where rare roses bloom.
Depart on the the five-hour journey towards Yala, calling at Seetha Amman, a temple which played an important role in the Hindi epic, the Ramayana. Embark on thrilling jeep safaris venturing into Yala National Park. The semi-arid park covers 380 square miles and hosts a varied ecosystem ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. Most significantly, it houses one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
Nature and opulence meet at Cinnamon Wild Yala to create an exciting and memorable stay in a Sri Lankan forest.
Cinnamon Wild Yala delivers an altogether different side of paradise on the border of Yala National Park, complete with a tribe of resident grey lemurs. The resort's wild location means that elephants, pelicans and wild boar regularly visit from the park next door.
Drive to Galle, stopping in Ahangama to see the stilt fishermen who still practice traditional fishing methods perched on branched poles. Explore Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoy the coastal area offers fabulous opportunities for dining, shopping. Spend four relaxing nights on the beach before travelling home.
Ideally situated between the Bentota River and Indian Sea, Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka enjoys a superb tropical location, ensuring spectacular views from throughout the resort. Surrounded by sea, sun, palms and mangroves, the resort welcomes both couples and families to its sanctuary.
Take in Sri Lanka's most iconic sites
Explore the island's tea plantations and colonial past
Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a jeep safari to catch a glimpse of the leopards of Yala
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Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
This is a suggested itinerary only. All accommodation options and inclusions are subject to change.
14 NIGHTS FROM £3,049 per person
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