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Leopards in Yala National Park
Elephants in Pinnawela
The Lion Rock in Sigiriya
Aug in with the leopards
The secrets of really good tea
The tooth temple in Kandy
Postcard worthy view
"Radiantly beautiful" Sri Lanka
Your pool at Aliya Resort & Spa
Dreamlike Location: The 98 Acres Resort in Ella
Sri Lanka - the ancient Ceylon - is characterized by an interesting and varied past. Even today, important cultural sites, such as the Lion Rock of Sigiriya or the time-honored Kandy with the Temple of the Tooth, testify to this. Almost more impressive, however, is the landscape of Sri Lanka, its name translating to "radiantly beautiful land". And that's the name of the game: on a drive through Sri Lanka, behind each bend, a new, breathtaking and unique landscape awaits.
After your arrival at Colombo International Airport, someone will be waiting for you will be awaited behind baggage claim to take you to your hotel. Here you will have a little bit of time to recover from the journey, before you are picked up in the afternoon for a half-day visit to the capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo contains almost 3 million inhabitants. It is the political, cultural and economic center of the country. Therefore, Colombo offers some interesting cultural and historical highlights, but above all a special atmosphere and big city flair that you will search in vain on the rest of the island. The cityscape is characterized by futuristic glass facades located next to historic walls. Small houses and stalls offering local delicacies stand next to colonial churches and Buddhist shrines. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel. 1 night at Cinnamon Grand Colombo * * * * * with breakfast and dinner at the Courtyard Wing, Colombo, Sri Lanka
After a fortifying breakfast today we will visit Sigiriya - heart of the country's "Golden Triangle" home to the Lion Rock. You will reach Sigiriya in the early afternoon and visit the Rock Fortress, which was designated in 1982 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Out of nowhere emerges a huge monolith on which a fortress was built in the 5th century AD. From the plateau, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the countryside and get an insight into one of the most important chapters in the country's history. After this eventful day, you will be taken to your hotel where dinner will be served. Alilya Resort & Spa * * * * with breakfast and dinner in Deluxe Room, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Kandy stands picturesque in lush green nature, surrounded by tea plantations. The journey to the holy city in the central highlands of Sri Lanka alone turns out to be a spectacle. On the way there, you will visit a spice farm and learn where the pepper grows. If you have left the serpentine roads behind and reached Kandy, which lies at almost 500m above sea level, you will first be taken to your hotel. The evening program will surely inspire you. After attending a traditional dance performance, visit the Royal Palace and the Temple of Tooth in Kandy. Here you will witness an exciting ritual: Every night, Sri Lanka's tooth temple reveals the holiest relic, a canine Buddha. Thousands of faithful Buddhists flock from everywhere to attend this ceremony. With great photos, you will return to your hotel for a delicious dinner. 2 nights at the Mahaweli Reach Hotel * * * * * with breakfast and dinner in Deluxe Room, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Another day in and around Kandy is on the program today. First, explore the Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. Covering 60 hectares, this is a paradise with many orchids, cactuses and numerous other tropical plants. You will also visit a batik factory, where you will learn more about an old process of coloring substances through different wax applications. Just in time for the feeding time of the Baby Elephants you will reach the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, which was founded in 1975 on a former coconut plantation. The facility helps the many orphaned and injured pachyderms in the area. It was once only intended to foster abandoned elephant babies, but now it is also home to sick and injured animals. There are currently more than 70 elephants living here, housed in a large outdoor enclosure where visitors can move freely. In the evening, we will head back to Kandy, where dinner will be served.
On a winding road along evergreen tea plantations, stunning mountain scenery and rushing waterfalls, today we'll go to the former stronghold of colonial English high society - Nuwara Eliya. The "City of Light" welcomes visitors to over 1,800 meters above sea level and is home to the world-famous Ceylon Tea. On the way there, you will pay a visit to a tea plantation and learn the secrets of cultivating really good tea! In the early afternoon, you will arrive at Nuwara Eliya and be taken to your hotel. In the evening, walk along the shores of the artificially landscaped Gregory Sees and through the Victoria Park, and enjoy a dinner at the hotel once again. Overnight at the Grand Hotel Nuwaea Eliya * * * * with breakfast and dinner in deluxe room, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Getting up early is worthwhile for the Horton Plains National Park, which offers dense forests, thundering waterfalls and vertical cliffs, forming a unique landscape. The barely inhabited, abandoned and yet stimulating piece of land is best explored on foot. Your goal is the legendary "World's End"; a 1,000 m deep, steep cliff face. In good weather you can enjoy a spectacular view to the ocean 80 km away. Continue through a beautiful lush green landscape to the "Bakers Falls", where the river Belihul Oya forms some beautiful waterfalls. Then continue to Ella, a beautiful little village that is reminiscent of its charming townscape in Italy. You will be brought to your hotel and enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the evening. 1 night stay at 98 Acres Resort with breakfast and dinner in Standard Room, Ella, Sri Lanka
Before embarking on your adventure in Yala National Park today, visit the 40-meter Ravana Waterfall and the Buddhist Buduruwagala Temple, where seven Buddha statues are cut into the rock. Crocodiles, dungos, numerous species of monkeys and elephants await In the Yala National Park. In addition, Sri Lanka's most famous national park has the densest population of leopards. You can reach the park in the early afternoon and take a guided Jeep Safari. In a safari through the Yala National Park, leopards are certainly among the most sought-after photo opportunities. In addition to the wild cats, Yala has other residents: deer, elephant, wild boar, macaque, crocodile, peacock, wild Buffalo, monkeys, jackals, sloths, sambars, mongooses and porcupines. Yala is also home to about 150 colorful bird species. Most of them are migratory birds that escape cold temperatures and spend the winter in Yala. 1 overnight stay at Cinnamon Wild, with breakfast and dinner at Jungle Chalet, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
On the way to Galle, you will be able to observe a nearly 30 km long coastal strip where stilts stick out of the water. Fishermen crouch on the stilts, keen on catching sardines, mackerel or other small fish. The port city in the very south of the island is by far the prettiest city on the island. The old town is located on a headland surrounded by an old Dutch fort. The massive fortress walls were built over 350 years ago from granite stones and coral, and are more than three kilometers long. On the well-preserved walls you can take a pleasant breeze, which gives a good overview of the city and the sea. Your journey continues to Mount Lavinia, where you can recapitulate your trip during a last dinner. 1 overnight stay at the Mount Lavinia Hotel * * * * with breakfast and dinner in the Ocean View Room, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
With the transfer to the airport, your journey through Sri Lanka ends. We recommend a stay at one of the tropical beaches or a healing Ayurveda cure.
Cinnamon Grand Colombo * * * *, Colombo, Sri Lanka Located in the heart of Colombo's city center, this modern hotel is just steps away from the sea. The exclusive city hotel offers 501 elegantly furnished rooms, lobby, 14 restaurants and bars, coffee shop, souvenir shop, sauna, fitness center and swimming pool. The deluxe guest rooms are comfortable with bath / WC, hairdryer, bathrobes, telephone, internet access , Safe, satellite TV, mini bar (extra charge), iron / ironing board, coffee and tea making facilities and air conditioning. 1 night stay.
Aliya Resort & Spa * * * *, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka Surrounded by beautiful tropical vegetation, this boutique hotel offers breathtaking views of the Sigiriya rock monolith. The focal point of the complex is the large infinity pool. There are three restaurants and a bar to spoil you with local and international delicacies. The well-designed spa area offers soothing massages and traditional treatments. Free Wi-Fi access in public areas is available throughout the hotel.The deluxe rooms are modern and elegantly furnished with bath / shower, WC, air conditioning, hair dryer, mini bar, safe, TV and coffee / tea maker. 1 night stay.
Mahaweli Reach Hotel * * * * Kandy, Sri Lanka The Mahaweli Reach Hotel is located on the banks of the eponymous river and the surrounding mountains create a breathtaking backdrop. Look forward to delicious food from the restaurant and relaxing Ayurveda massages in the spa area. End the day in the on-site bar. The air-conditioned rooms have a balcony and open to great views over the tropical greenery. They feature classic wooden furniture and floors, as well as cable TV. 2 nights.
Grand Hotel* * * Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Formerly the residence of the Governor of Sri Lanka, this elegant hotel is the perfect choice Starting point to explore the sights of the highlands of Sri Lanka. The hotel offers a range of amenities for a comfortable stay, including a restaurant, café, bar and pub. Shops are also available. For a pleasant stay, guests can take advantage of the hotel's various recreational facilities, including the garden. The hotel has 156 rooms. Guests are offered a lobby area and a reception. Facilities include a hotel safe and currency exchange facilities. Internet access and Wi-Fi are available in public areas.The rooms come with an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, heating, a balcony or terrace, a hairdryer, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a telephone. 1 night.
98 Acres Resort, Ella, Sri Lanka This beautifully landscaped resort is set in 98 acre grounds surrounded by tea plantations, dense forests and verdant ridges. To the complex belongs u.a. an open reception, from which a fantastic view of the "Little Adams Peak" offers. There is also a restaurant and bar, as well as a swimming pool. The 12 rooms are decorated with natural materials and offer private balconies, flat-screen TVs, telephones, safes, minibars and coffee / tea makers. 1 night stay.
Cinnamon Wild, Yala National Park , Sri Lanka The journey to the complex on the edge of Yala National Park is an adventure. With a little luck, you will already encounter elephants or crocodiles. Only 5 minutes from the entrance of the park, the Cinnamon Wild welcomes you in a prime location. Restaurants and bars provide for the physical well-being. Relax in the swimming pool to your heart's content. The detached chalets offer spectacular views of the beach or the jungle. Lovingly furnished, they offer air conditioning, cable TV, bath / shower, WC and a mini-bar. 1 night.
Mount Lavinia Hotel * * * *, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka Originally built as a Governor's Villa, the hotel offers all the amenities in an atmosphere of a different time. This beautiful, traditional colonial hotel is located 15 km from Colombo and offers a variety of shopping opportunities in the immediate vicinity. In addition to a total of 226 rooms and suites, the hotel offers a reception, business center, lobby with lounge, several restaurants and bars, swimming pool and souvenir shops.The elegant rooms come with coffee and tea makers, air conditioning, bath / shower, WC. Minibar, Sage, satellite TV, telephone, hair dryer and balcony, 1 overnight stay.
Travel duration: 9 Days/ 8 Nights