A Birds Eye View of Sri Lanka
Duration: 4 days
Highlights: • Old Colombo Walkabout
• The scenic East Coast
• Sigiriya Rock Fortress
• Yala National Park
The perfect itinerary for someone looking for an extra special visit to Sri Lanka and hoping to see the sights in a more exclusive way.
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Day 1 - Arrive Colombo
Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our Airport Representative and will be introduced to your driver-guide. Transfer from Airport to Uga Residence in Colombo. (Approximate duration 1 hour)
This evening, take a walking tour of Colombo with a local storyteller who shows you around the colonial and post-colonial sites of Colombo. Your experience will put you at the heart of the hustle and bustle of Pettah Bazaar, where your walk begins. Along these streets, you will find everything from textiles to electronics to spices. Hidden within these alleyways you will also find the Old Dutch Museum. Built in the 17th Century, the building still maintains its pristine architecture and was initially home to Count August Carl Van Ranzow. Continue walking into the commercial hub of Colombo, Fort, where you find another colonial treasure, the Old Dutch Hospital. Formerly a hospital during the 17th century, the complex is now host to high-end restaurants, bars and shops. End your walk back at your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Uga Residence
Meal Plan: D
Day 2 - Colombo-Trincomalee-Sigiriya-Koggala-Galle
This morning board your Cinnamon Air flight to Trincomalee, located on the scenic East Coast of Sri Lanka. (Approximate duration of flight 1 hour)
During your flight, you might be lucky enough to spot the acrobatic spinner dolphins performing below you. Or even the Blue Whale, for which Trincomalee is well known, cruising through the waters. However, as always with these things, the sightings will depend on the season, the weather conditions and your luck on the day!
Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at a scenic resort and relax by the beach.
After lunch board your Cinnamon Air flight to Sigiriya, located in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka (approximate duration of flight 30 Minutes). The aircraft will circle around Sigiriya providing a bird’s eye view of Sri Lanka’s most notable landmark; Sigiriya Fortress.
Arrive in Sigiriya and proceed to climb the famous Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
• A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is a large colossal rock boulder, which is about 200 meters high.
• The rock fortress was built by King Kassyapa I in the 5th Century AD and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years.
• It is a complex of buildings, part royal palace and part self-contained town with the famous Lion Gate, water gardens, boulder gardens walls and moats on par with the best in the ancient world, comparing to a sophisticated architectural feat of the ancient Sinhalese.
• In a sheltered pocket approached by a spiral stairway are the famous Sigiriya frescoes, 21 figures of females depicted as rising from the clouds, some of the earliest surviving art in Sri Lanka.
• The poems inscribed on the rock by admirers of the frescoes, and known as the 'Sigiri graffiti,' are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language.
• The Summit of the rock boulder with an area of one hectare was the fortified palace of King Kassyapa I, which was reputed to be invincible.
• Minimum duration to ascend is about 1 hour at a moderate climbing pace.
This evening take the final leg of your Cinnamon Air flight to Koggala near Galle. (Approximate duration of flight 40 Minutes)
Proceed to Galle and check in at the Amangalla Resort that sits within the ramparts of the 17th-century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named after ‘Aman’ the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, and ‘galla’, the Sinhalese word for the town of Galle, the resort mirrors the Fort’s daily activities and its rich legacy.
This evening pamper yourself with a rejuvenating 60 minute massage of your choice.
Meal Plan: B,D
Day 3 - Galle-Koggala-Mattala-Yala- Mattala-Koggala-Galle
After breakfast board your Cinnamon Air Flight bound for Mattala International Airport. (Approximate duration of flight 40 minutes)
The aircraft will fly over mountains and plains before it lands at the Mattala International Airport, giving you the opportunity to see and photograph the canopy of the incredible forest and the central highlands of Sri Lanka below you.
Upon arrival at the Mattala International Airport, you will be transferred to an Eco Resort near Yala National Park to relax and indulge in its facilities followed by Lunch (Approximate duration 40 minutes)
This afternoon take a game drive to the Yala National Park. The Yala National Park is known as one of the largest and oldest national parks in Sri Lanka. It is widely regarded as the best place to spot the Sri Lankan Leopard in its natural habitat. It is also home to endangered animals such as the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and the Sri Lankan Elephant. Yala National Park is located on an ancient civilization that dates back to the 5th century B.C. While it is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas in Sri Lanka, it is also assumed that the park is host to one of the highest densities of leopard in the world. The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan leopard has a tawny or rusty yellow coat with dark spots and close-set rosettes, which are smaller than its Indian cousin.
Mid-afternoon, take your flight back to Galle.
This evening you have the option to engage in an escorted tour of Galle Fort. The most enjoyable way to experience the Fort is by walking.
Galle Dutch Fortress:
• A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Galle has been exposed to the best of the Colonial rule in Sri Lanka. It is an urban ensemble which showcases the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions during the 16th to 19th Centuries.
• The city’s significant location, lying off the south-west coast of Sri Lanka and sheltered by a rocky peninsula, has made it very popular for naval activities since ancient times.
• The Fortress of Galle was built by the Dutch is the most impressive around. It still exists today, just with a few alterations. It has an area of 52 Hectares inside the walls defended by 14 bastions with the majority of the outside walls built in 1663.
• The fort contains a large number of public administrations, trade establishments, a lighthouse and a Protestant church which is the oldest in Sri Lanka and was constructed in 1775.
• Today the city is famous for its atmospheric streets, plush boutique hotels and stylish stores.
Meal Plan: B,D
Day 4 - Depart Galle
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
Meal Plan: B