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Day 07

routeRoute :  Ella > Kandy

DriveDrive :  5 hours train journey

HotelHotel :  Kirinda Walauwwa – Breakfast & dinner included

HighlightsHighlights :  Train journey from Ella to Kandy


Enjoy the scenic train journey from Ella to Kandy admiring views of waterfalls, tea estates, villages, forests and mountains. Check into your homestay in the scenic hills of Kandy; time in a place close to nature located in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains and lush green paddy fields.

Visit the market square and enjoy local fruits and beverages in season!


Day 8

routeRoute :  Kandy

DriveDrive :  

HotelHotel :  Kirinda Wallawwa – Breakfast & dinner included

HighlightsHighlights :  Traditional Cooking demonstration, Kandy upper lake drive around the city, Temple of the tooth, Cultural show


Begin the day with an authentic cooking class over earthenware pots and wood stove and have lunch which you prepared. Then head to the town. Some days Kandy’s skies seem perpetually bruised, with stubborn mist clinging to the hills surrounding the city’s beautiful centrepiece lake. Delicate hill-country breezes impel the mist to gently part, revealing colourful houses amid Kandy’s improbable forested halo. The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. With elaborate costumes, gyrating dance moves and show-stopping, fire-breathing stunts, a Kandyan cultural dance performance is one of the defining experiences of a stay in Kandy.

Offer an oil lamp and flowers to the temple joining the local devotees!


Day 9

routeRoute :  Kandy > Passikuda

DriveDrive :  4.5 hours

HotelHotel :  Jetwing Sunrise – Breakfast & dinner included

HighlightsHighlights :  Batticoloa lagoon & lighthouse


Transfer to the beautiful clear beaches of Passikuda via Batticoloa town.

En route visit the fort in Batticoloa. This once-mighty fort is now home to administrative offices, and though large sections of the structure are crumbling, it’s still an evocative sight. At the end of a sandbar, surrounded by lagoons and mangroves, this 28m-tall lighthouse dates from 1913. The sheltered coastline around here is popular. Rest of the day at leisure by the peaceful ocean swimming and sunbathing or playing a game of beach volleyball

Have a refreshing beli-flower tea cuppa to revive yourselves!


Day 10

routeRoute :  Passikuda

DriveDrive :  

HotelHotel :  Jetwing Sunrise – Breakfast & dinner included

HighlightsHighlights :  Beach stay


Spend the day at leisure by the peaceful ocean today.

Kalkudah Beach is the kind of fantasy that makes you want to lounge forever under the palms!


Day 11

routeRoute :  Passikuda > Sigiriya

DriveDrive :  2.5 hours

HotelHotel :  Kassapa Lions Rock – Breakfast & dinner included

HighlightsHighlights :  Sigiriya, Pidurangala


Transfer to Sigiriya after a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoon climb Sigiriya or Pidurangala. Rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka’s single most dramatic sight.  Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation, thought to be once the epicentre of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa. Pidurangala Rock is a massive rock formation almost directly opposite Sigiriya. Pidurangala has an equally majestic view as the former of rolling lake-and-land vistas. The hotel spa is very Affordable and good.

Grab a cooling king coconut en route to refresh yourselves!


Day 12

routeRoute :  Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Negombo

DriveDrive :  4 hours

HotelHotel :  Amagi Aria – Breakfast & dinner included

HighlightsHighlights :  Polonnaruwa ancient ruins, Negombo village tour


Visit Polonnaruwa after breakfast. Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday. Afterwards transfer to Negombo which is near to the airport.

Grab some local cashew nuts en route for an authentic snack!


Day 13

routeRoute :  Negombo > Airport

DriveDrive :  20 minutes

HotelHotel :  

HighlightsHighlights :  


As all good things must come to an end, your chauffeur guide will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your return flight with pleasant memories.

 



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