Romantic Serendipity9 nights / 10 days

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$3,515

ITINERARY

  • On arrival you will be met and welcomed by the representative of Jetwing Travels, and transferred to nearby Kotugoda where you'll spend the first night at a beautiful boutique hotel just 30 minutes from the airport. (Travel time - Approx: 30 minutes)

    Arrive at the hotel and check in

    • The Wallawwa

      an old colonial manor house, has been lovingly restored to provide 17 beautifully furnished bedrooms and suites – twelve Garden Suites, two Wallawwa Bedrooms, two Family Suites and The Mountbatten Suite. Nestled amongst three acres of magnificent manicured gardens, The Wallawwa is strategically located close to the Dambulla, Kandy and Galle highways and is just 30 minutes from Sri Lanka’s only international airport.

      Approximately 45-60 minutes from the hustle and bustle of central Colombo. Easily accessible yet entirely secluded – a luxury private hideaway.

      Overnight stay at The Walawwa, Kotugoda
      www.thewallawwa.com

  • Breakfast at Hotel

    Today morning check out and proceed to Sigiriya. (Travel time: 4 & 1/2Hrs)

    • SIGIRIYA BY AIR (Optional)

      Today morning at 10:00am connect to your scheduled domestic flight to Sigriya (includes check-in baggage limit of 23kg per pax, and 5kg for carry-on) for 30min very scenic, flight.

      Take a trip to Sigiriya, where the magnificent “Lion Rock” fortress, one of Sri Lanka’s most visited tourist attractions, stands majestically overlooking lush tropical jungle surroundings. The flight to Sigiriya offer a unique bird’s eye view of this awe-inspiring site studded with beautiful green gardens, ponds, fountains, promenades and pavilions.

      Arrive in Sigiriya and check in at Jetwing Vil Uyana

    • Vil Uyana

      is one of the world first hotels to construct a wetland system to form its very own nature reserve. This innovative thinking has provided a haven for wildlife and a setting of total peace and tranquility for guests. Sigiriya, located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, is renowned for its rich history and heritage. Vil Uyana has pride of place in this beautiful area, affording all who stay here breathtaking views of the magnificent sigiriya rock, one of Sri Lanka’s most recognized world heritage sites.

      Dinner and Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya
      www.viluyana.com

  • Breakfast at Hotel

    At Leisure

    • EXCURSIONS: OPTIONAL HIRIWADUNNA VILLAGE TREK

      The trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a Wewa or manmade reservoir. The reservoir itself, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning or an evening activity. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake.

    • Bullock Cart Ride – 30 minutes

      Bullock Cart (Double Ox Cart) which will transport through the next phase of the adventure. The journey continues through dense shrub forests, Paddy lands and other home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, wild hares, python, Mongose, and even elephants. Sightseeing of the rural village life possible while on the cart ride. Lie back and enjoy the flashes of blue sky through the cover of the trees as the carter expertly guides his animals.

      Activity No: 02 – Catamaran Safari with bonus ‘Chena Visit’ - 01 Hour

    • Catamaran Safari – 30 minutes

      (Double paired canoe joined together with seating facility) at the scenic lake & Wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get a Chena Cultivation via a somewhat wider tributary which needs to be crossed on a Catamaran!! At the Chena cultivation you will stop to enjoy the farmer’s humble hospitality. Perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut/Aromatic ginger tea or some other seasonal fruits. Chance of experiencing bird watching while on the Catamaran such like Peacocks, green pigeons,comorans,green bitters, variety of King fishers, Eagles and many more birds also land monitors even water monitors as well.

    • POLONNARUWA ANCIENT CITY

      Polonnaruwa, the 2nd most ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka is an interesting mix of Buddhist and Hindu structures that are a testament to the different kings who reigned over this ancient kingdom. Polonnaruwa rose to prominence between the 11th and 13th centuries and thrived during the reign of the famous monarch, King Parakramabahu I, who did much to create a resplendent city. His greatest achievement was the construction of the sea of Parakrama, a huge water reservoir spanning an area of 6280 acres.

      The ruins at Polonnaruwa are within walking distance and many of them set in tree-shaded areas, a welcome refuge from the tropical sun.

      This ancient city is one of the best planned archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. Duran, Duran used Polonnaruwa as a back drop to their music video 'Save a Prayer' in 1982.

    • WILD SAFARI BY JEEP AT MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

      This National Park 8889 hectares in extent is famous for its large population of Elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake. Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road. Elephants, about 300 wild Elephants, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sloth Bear, Sambhur, Leopards, Crocodiles, Jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.

      Dinner and Overnight stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya
      www.viluyana.com

  • Today morning after breakfast check out and proceed to Kandy.

    (Travel time: 3 & 1/2Hrs)

    • EXCURSIONS: OPTIONAL DAMBULLA GOLDEN CAVE TEMPLE

      Dambulla cave is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.

    • COOKERY DEMONSTRAION WITH ENA DE SILVA OR HEMA

      Cookery Demonstration at the Matale Heritage Center, which was once the workshop of Ena de Silva, the famous batik artist, is a must when travelling from the cultural triangle to Kandy. Enjoy the gardens, browse through some of the finest batik in the island before sitting down to a spectacular 25 dish lunch spread.

      The demonstrator will give a brief introduction on various spices such as Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, the use of them in food preparations.

      Proceed to Kandy

      On arrival city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum.

    • Kandy

      the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism's influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple's shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

    • TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC

      Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession.

    • CULTURAL SHOW

      Witness a cultural show featuring various dance groups of Sri Lanka (Excursion will take approx: 2Hrs including 45 minutes cultural dance performance)

      Dinner and Overnight stay at Clove Villa, Kandy www.clovevilla.com

  • Breakfast at Hotel

    • EXCURSION: OPTIONAL GUIDED CITY TOUR WITH RUCHIRA

      After early breakfast, proceed on a guided city tour with Ruchira Wickremasinghe, AIA (SL), who is a professionally qualified architect, with her own practice in Kandy for the past 08 years. She is a winner of the Geoffrey Bawa Travel Award in 1997 and the 17th Architect of the year commendation award by J.K Cement India in 2007.

      The walk begins at 0700hrs at the Boathouse, near the Kandy Lake.

      You head straight to explore the Kandy market and get to taste a local favourite, ‘Thambili’ or King Coconut as its more commonly known. You then take a walk around town passing the Bogambara Prison built in 1876, the beautiful Pillaiyar Kovil, the Kandy Clock Tower, Streetscapes, Old Lawyers Offices, St Paul's Church and the Temple Square (Devale Kotuwa). You then make a short visit to a Temple to do Pooja and you end your walk at Mlesna Tea Centre where you can sit down, relax and enjoy your cuppa!

      Walk through an open air market, or "Pola" as known locally, and enjoy seasonal local produce
      Visit locations of architectural interest – e.g:- Bogambara Prison, Railway Station, Post Office, Pillaiyar Kovil, Clock Tower, S. Paul's Church, Temple Square (Devale Kotuwa) and more
      Get a taste of the local street food
      Recap your walk over a cup of Sri Lankan tea

      Kandy or ‘Maha Nuwara’, the Sinhalese term, was the last royal capital where 2500 years of royal rule ended. It is an important religious city as it is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic that maintains magnificent architectural presence to this day.

      Note: Guests are advised to wear covered clothing when visiting temples (if in sleeveless t-shirts & shorts etc.. They will have to purchase shawls & sarongs) and comfortable inexpensive footwear which will have to be left unguarded at the entrance.

    • SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY

      This morning travel to Peradeniya where you will board the train at 12:15pm which will take you up into the tea country. (Travel time approx: 3Hrs) The journey affords spectacular views of the rolling tea country. Subject to availability we will get you tickets in the 1st Class Observation car, which means you can have a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

      Dinner and Overnight stay at 98 Acres Ella, Ella
      www.resort98acres.com

  • Breakfast at Hotel

    At leisure

    • EXCURSION: OPTIONAL BIRD WATCHING TOUR

      Bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to observe around 63 species of the resident birds of Sri Lanka, including 6 precious species endemic to the country. All these birds are reported to be forest birds and their existence is naturally protected within the environs in this 98 acre tea cultivation and 10 acre forest reserve. Out of those 63 bird species, birds such as Woodpeckers, Babblers, Barbets, Flycatchers, Minivit, and Chestnut headed Bee-eaters and Hill Mynas are the types of birds commonly seen in this location.

    • BIKING TOUR IN TEA PLANTATION

      Get ready for a great biking adventure at 98 Acres Resort and Spa! Ella is recognized for being one of the best places to go biking in Sri Lanka due to its scenic location. After having a hearty breakfast, ride through the tea plantations towards Namunukula (a distance of 13 km). - Pedal hard to the Namunukula mountain range. – and proceed back to the resort. On the way, take a break to view the Southerland Estate, the Nine Arch Bridge, and then ride to the Demodara Railway Station to view the majestic Demodara railway loop. – Then head back to the resort in the evening for a well earned rest!

    • SPA 98

      All herbals and other treatment ingredients are made from tea and other herbal plants planted on our very own 98 acre tea estate making it a truly unique Ella spa resort to come home to. Enjoy the breeze, stay relaxed and experience the warmth of the spa with magnificent views across the valley.

      Dinner and Overnight stay at 98 Acres Ella, Ella
      www.resort98acres.com

  • Today morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the golden sandy beaches of the south cost of Sri Lanka for next two nights…
    (Travel time approx: 5 & 1/2Hrs)

    Arrive at the beach resort and relax at the beach

    • Calamansi Cove

      by Jetwing nestles in a tropical garden, overlooking the Indian Ocean and its unspoilt sandy beaches. It is where guests can enjoy their own private haven; where only the sounds of rustling palms and lapping waves hold sway. The 2-acre property has four clusters of villas throughout. Each villa opens out to its own secluded garden, sun terrace and lounge area for peace and privacy. Complete with a four-poster bed, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, WIFI, TV and a personal butler service, the 12 villas are ideal for romantic getaways or relaxed family beach holidays.

      Dinner & Overnight stay at Calamansi Cove by Jetwing, Balapitiya (Residence)
      www.calamansicove.com

  • Breakfast at Hotel

    At leisure

    • EXCURSION: OPTIONAL GUIDED CITY TOUR WITH JULIET

      Meet Juliet Coombe – author, historian, photographer, publisher, restaurateur, mom, and wife, as she takes you through the vast maze that is the Historic Galle Fort. This exciting one hour walk will take you back to how life was during the colonial period. You will learn the history of the Fort; the largest “living” fort in Asia, and its inhabitants; meet the descendants of the original fort families, visit buildings and landmarks that have stood the test of time, learn about the spice trade, and most importantly, sit down for some quality time with Juliet at the end of your walk, where you will recap your days’ learning over a hot cup of spice tea.

    • WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING – Seasonal

      Early morning at 5.00am proceed to Mirissa. (Travel time approx: 1/2hr) Whale Watching* has been most popular attraction among the tourists who visit Sri Lanka. Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka.

      In warm Indian Ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example Bluefin tuna and flying fish.

    • SHIPWRECK DIVING WITH ISLAND SCUBA (ON DEMAND) – Seasonal

      Enter the magical world hidden under the Indian Ocean, where gargantuan vessels overshadow you, where diverse marine life reign supreme, and where the peace and tranquility felt beneath the surface is ineffable.Meet your team of experienced instructors as they take you through the essentials of surviving underwater (if you are not a certified diver) – the do’s, the don’ts, and everything in between. You will dive with experienced instructors who not only will guide and assist every step of the way but also make the dive a learning experience with details on plant life, different types of marine life that could be enjoyed up close and which ones to stay away from, history of the shipwrecks, importance of the location etc (of course all this will be explained above water before or after the dive). Regardless of if you are an absolute beginner or a certified diver, an underwater adventure is something to be enjoyed by everyone.

      Dinner & Overnight stay at Calamansi Cove by Jetwing, Balapitiya (Residence)
      www.calamansicove.com

  • Breakfast at Hotel

    Check out at and proceed to Colombo. (Travel time approx: 2 & 1/2Hrs)

    • EXCURSION: OPTIONAL KOSGODA TURTLE HATCHERY

      Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Cheloniamydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelysimbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Carettacaretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelyscoriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelysolivacea).

      The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more then 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery.

    • COLOMBO CITY TOUR BY TUK TUK

      Picked-up from the branded Suba Gaman Tuk Tuk’s for a English Speaking Guided Tour to visit the oldest protestant church in Sri Laka *Wolvendaal Church, Thereafter driving through the busy Pettah Markets to visit *The Old Town Hall, Which is now a Museum. After enjoying a refreshing *King Coconut make a stop at the Central Bank Currency Museum *The Centre Point. Hidden with-in the city is the actual *Prison Cell of the Last King of Sri Lanka King Sri Vickrama Rajasingha. Your last stop is *The Galle Buck Lighthouse which is one of Colombo’s most picturesque locations.

    • Shopping

      On completion, Shopping in Colombo. Visit *ODEL Unlimited provides ample opportunity indulge, not only in shopping for designer wear apparel for the whole family, but also take taste buds on a voyage of discovery.

    • BAREFOOT

      discover yourself at Barefoot - Toys Bags Clothes Handloom Fabric Sarongs Sarees - Household Linen Art Photography Books Furniture Gallery Café:

      On completion you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to Australia.
      Have a safe flight!!!

  • Arrive in Australia.

  • Garlands on arrival
  • Candle lit dinner under the stars of Jetwing Vil Uyana
  • 30 minutes foot massage or head, neck & shoulder massage at 98 Acres
  • Cultural dance in Kandy
  • Colombo City & Sopping Tour
  • ODEL Discount coupons
  • Mineral Bottles in the vehicle throughout the tour
  • Sri Lanka special souvenir

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