Architectural & Wildlife Tour

This ultra luxury tour in Sri Lanka will take you on a journey to see Sri Lanka’s magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Galle Fort & more!

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1

Arrival and transfer to Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, for three nights. Vil Uyana is a unique structure, with three different environments from which guests can choose their rooms. Guests can choose from luxurious rooms built over re-grown paddy fields, water, or among the forest reserve, lending an additional aspect of privacy and relaxation. Vil Uyana is one of the few Sri Lankan members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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2

Spend the morning at leisure enjoying the signature “Kashyapha and Uppula” spa treatment at The Island Spa. Afternoon visit Minneriya National Park for Elephants. During September and October, over 300 elephants gather on the receding shores of the Minneriya Tank. ‘The Gathering’ of Elephants at Minneriya is one of those awesome spectacles, which should rank alongside better-known wildlife spectacles such as the migration of wildebeest in Africa.

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3

Morning visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is situated in the north central province belonging to the ‘Cultural Triangle’, in the dry lowlands of Sri Lanka. Climb the 5th century AD fortress palace built by King Kasyappa, but suspected to have been in use by Mahayana Buddhists for many centuries previously. The rock is an inselberg, which dominates the landscape and was both a military refuge as well as an aesthetic refuge for king who was a patron of the arts. The frescoes of the bare breasted heavenly maidens, which remain are a fragment of a band, which may have held over 500 figures. Afternoon visit Polonnaruwa (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. At Polonnaruwa we will encounter troops of Toque Macaques, who were famously featured in both the BBC’s ‘Temple Troop’ and David Attenborough’s ‘Life of Mammals’. One will be intrigued by the power play between the Macaques and Hanuman Langur.

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4

Transfer to Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla, for two nights. Heritance Kandalama was the Green Globe award winner and a masterpice of Geoffery Bawa and is hidden within the surrounding jungle. Walk with your naturalist on a birdwatching tour.

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5

Morning visit Dambulla Cave Temple which is famous for its rock paintings and rock temples and is one of the most important sites for Buddhist pilgrimage. Afternoon explore architecture of the Hotel.

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6

Transfer to The Blue Water, Wadduwa, for two nights. Walk down the cool white corridors, and be greeted by the spectacular sight of a lush green coconut palm garden. Get hypnotized by the soothing sounds of cascading ponds and fountains. Designed by Geoffery Bawa, it is an exemplary work of architecture, with new structures blending in perfectly with the surroundings.

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7

Morning assist the proper flow of energy through your body with the Blue Water Signature Treatment at The Spa Pavilions. Afternoon explore the architecture of the hotel.

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8

Transfer to Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle for two nights. Inspired by the majesty of the Old Dutch Fort in the Southern capital of Galle and designed by Geoffery Bawa, this architectural masterpiece looks out into the deep blue Indian Ocean, and is bordered by a stretch of golden beach that disappears into the distant horizon. You may take a walk down the still open corridors, marvel at the beautiful cinnamon-colored buildings or dive into the crystal clear swimming pool, which seamlessly blends into the adjoining sea. The five star Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle is the one of the few Sri Lankan members of the Small Luxury Hotels in the World.

Day
9

Morning visit Dutch Fort. Afternoon balance and stimulate your body’s vital pressure points with an Ayurvedic aromatic herbal oil massage, the “Marma” at The Spa. Leave on an excursion to Kanneliya Rainforest, an excellent forest reserve of logged secondary forest and virgin forest. There is a wide access track and open forest allowing good views into the interior. Kanneliya’s importance is on par with Sinharaja, which is a jewel in Sri Lanka’s bio-diversity crown.

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10

Transfer to Villa Talangama, Colombo for one night. Take a walk to the Talangama Wetland, which is home to a wide range of wetland fauna and flora. Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded.

Day
11

Transfer to International Airport.

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