THE ISLAND RUN

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Day 1: Airport to Negombo

  • Negombo breeze
  • Taste the salty wind, that tang that floods the mind with fishing fleets with corded nets of sun-bleached blue hanging out to dry. Negombo, one of the largest commercial cities in Sri Lanka, has been an important trading port for both the Dutch and the Portuguese for centuries past. Take a boat into the lagoon or visit the Dutch fort built in 1672.

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Day 2: Negombo to Anuradhapura

    In this hallowed and ancient complex of archaeological and architectural wonders lies brick stupas, dagobas, ancient pools and crumbling temples. A capitol founded in 5th century B.C. flourished for over 1300 years having withstood the sands of time bears witness to the folly of our struggles hidden away in dense jungle – an exquisite site with its palaces, monasteries and monuments.

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Day 3:Anuradhapura to Habarana

  • Mihinthale
  • The cradle of Buddhism, which arrived at the hands of the son of an Indian Emperor in 250 B.C. holds a special place in the annals of Sri Lankan Lore. The sanctuary housed a multitude of monastic buildings-stupas, uposathgharas, bodhigharas- to serve the monks with sixty eight cave dwellings providing shelter to monks and laymen.

  • Minneriya National Park
  • Step into the wild daylight, the powerful rays of a late Sun. Observe nature at its purest, where over 170 species of bird and 24 species of mammals come together.

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    Day 4: Sigiriya

    Become a royal guest in this ancient palace and rock fortress designed in perfect harmony with nature, carved into granite with near vertical slopes. Essentially a monolithic stone lion, its summit served as the royal citadel of King Kassapa dating back to 5th century A.D. Sigirya is a miraculous feat of art, engineering and horticulture with exquisite frescoes, marked as a UNESCO world heritage site and 8th wonder of the World, astounding all who visit it to this day.

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    Day 5: Habarana to Kandy

  • Dambulla Temple
  • Intricate and delicate murals created using indigenous traditional plants; a divine creation by ancient kings Millennia ago fueled by peace, religion and love pay tribute to Lord Buddha in this temple of the Holy. The well preserved cave monastery and world heritage site is the epicenter for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims alike for over 22 centuries. Home to 157 Buddha statues including a 15 meter long reclining Buddha, highlights the truly magnificent spiritually fueled artistic ability of those who lived in the past.

  • Matale Spice Garden
  • With a spicy history of spice trading beginning Millennia ago by Greek, Roman and Arabic merchants, this garden is home to a wide variety of sought after spices providing grounds for herbal and Ayurvedic or natural medicine.

  • Batik Factory
  • For the uninitiated ‘Batik’ is the end product of a design drawn on fabric, painted with wax and dipped in a boiling pot of dye. In a blaze of colors out comes a batik. Choose your very own design, unique to contemporary Sri Lankan art from among wall hangers to pennants, flags, cushions or sarongs!

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    Day 6: Kandy

  • Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
  • Leave aside plenty of time for a peaceful stroll along Peradeniya’s imposing avenue of royal palms. Dating as far back as the 1300s, the gardens were once reserved strictly for Kandyan royalty is one of the most magnificent botanical gardens in all of Sri Lanka. Home to over 4000 species of plants and a century old giant Javan fig tree, its roots spreading across 1.800 sqm.

  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Become one with a herd of gentle giants with warm hearts, feel the sheer size of these magnificently deathly tuskers turn your bones to jelly. Pay a visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en route to Nuwara Eliya. Hailing from a land where animal and human life has been intertwined throughout the ages, the orphanage provides a seventh heaven for orphaned babes and injured elephants.

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    Day 7: Kandy

  • Kandy City Tour
  • A patchwork of green and blue made even more varied by the perpetually bruised, stubborn mist and shadows of passing clouds. Cool breezes flow through the rolling hills like waves of a chilled ocean to reveal the colourful houses, hotels, shrines and ancient sites revered to this day. Take either a relaxing, invigorating, arduous or meditative stroll in this plateau surrounded by mountains and rainforests; the capitol of the last Sri Lankan kingdom which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and the Dutch for 3 centuries.

  • Ceylon Tea Museum
  • A 1925 era vintage tea factory, refurbished and converted into a museum after being abandoned for nearly a decade. Contains exhibits on tea pioneers James Taylor and Thomas Lipton, and lots of vintage tea-processing paraphernalia. An essential stop for all tea lovers

  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dhaladha Maligawa)
  • Embodied with the power to give the beholder governing authority over the island, the temple houses the sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Located inside the palace complex of the former kingdom of Kandy, the last capitol of the Sri Lankan kings. A revered religious site by Buddhists all over the world, a spiritual journey transcending daily concerns into the timelessness of the Holy.

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    Day 8: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

  • Victoria Park
  • Feast your senses to the sights and aromas of late flower blooms in a cascade of colours of greens and blues. Formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the park comes alive with flowers around March to May, and August and September. It’s also home to quite a number of hill-country bird species, including the Kashmir flycatcher, Indian pitta and grey tit.

  • Horton Plains National Park & Worlds End
  • A silent Eden of blue skies and mountain ranges hiding faint wisps of clouds, with wild trails leading up green slopes amidst wild grasslands and patches of thick forests, waterfalls and misty lakes. End your hike at the World’s End, an abyss over 800m deep, best seen during the wee hours of the morning.

  • Ramboda Falls
  • An impressive sight, tranquil from a distance but deafening up close. Standing at 110 meters, Ramboda Falls is both a beautiful and brutal force of nature.

  • Blue Field Tea Factory
  • Take a whiff of Cypress trees and the menthol of wild mint and eucalyptus, the fragrance that flows with the air and adds character to your cup of tea.

  • Ambakka temple
  • Magnificently articulate wooden carvings lie in tribute to the God of Katharagama built during the 14th Century now in eternal union with ancient beings and future generations.

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    Day 09: Nuwara Eliya

  • PEDRO tea estate
  • Taste a delicate swirling cup of tea nestled between lush green hillsides streaked with tea bushes and stellar views. A uniquely informative and compelling historical experience into the origins of your morning cuppa by Pedro Tea Estate founded in the 1800’s.

  • Lovers Leap
  • A mighty torrential downpour of white water, hissing and screaming off granite ledges. Lover’s leap often associated with tales of romantic tragedy, stands over 30 meters tall feared by superstitious locals is a reflection of the blissfulness and pain that brings about love.

  • Hakgala Garden
  • A chunk of the Himalayas brought down in the jaw of a monkey god. Drink in the aromas of late blooms of Hakgala, a temperate hill-country garden rich in colour; iridescent blues and greens, blade-like leaves, clumps of willows and shaggy trees, mingling low-country lotus’ and water lilies in simple serenity with sophisticated English roses and endemic orchids home to a variety of wild life

  • Haputale Adisham Bungalow
  • A beautiful Benedictine monastery built by tea planter Sir Thomas Lester Villiers. Re created in the same manner as hs English country cottage gardens. Today Adisham is one of only 18 monasteries in the world belonging to the Sylestine Congregation, a suborder of the Benedictine fraternity founded in the 13th Century.

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    Day 10: Nuwara Eliya to Ella

  • Ella & Little Adams Peak
  • Train tracks sneaking around mountains with sheer drops and blissful views of rolling green and twisted trees. The mountain top is where time stops, rolling vistas to make yesterday inconsequential and tomorrow mystical.

  • 9 Arch Bridge
  • The bridge in the sky perched atop 9 monolithic arches portraying 9 skies to anyone standing underneath.

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    Day 11: Ella to Galle

  • Ravana Falls
  • A silent white stream cascading over rocky outcrops from a distance, deafening up close, awe inspiring from the bottom yet brutal and terrifying from the top. Standing over 25 meters tall, legend states that King Ravana had hidden a kidnapped princess Sitha inside a nearby cave behind the waterfall. There is also a small natural pool nearby believed to be Queen Sithas personal bath.

  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Soak in the greenery and wildlife and bask in the heat of a sultry eternal summer with brilliant shades of fall or be part of an all you can eat buffet for wild leopards. The reserve an important habitat for Water Birds and Sri Lankan Elephants covers over 30,000 hectares of land – a true rival to the game reserves of East-Africa. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country. The National Park was created to provide a sanctuary for displaced wild animals.

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    Day 12 & Day 13: Galle, Mirissa & Hikkaduwa

    Whisper into the cool Southern breeze, scrunch your toes and feel the softness of the sand of an amazing coastline, lined with palms and blue skies blurring out into a blissful trance or hop on a motorized water beast and ride into the horizon in a state of bliss you’d never experienced before.

  • Galle
  • A fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, stone sea walls expanded by the Dutch, architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. An endlessly exotic destination with a wonderful collection of Dutch-Colonial buildings melding with a dramatic tropical setting crammed with an endless array of fancy boutiques, cafes and hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, poets and designers.

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    DAY 14 & 15: Benthota

  • Brief Garden by Bewis Bawa
  • A chaotic garden straight out of a fairytale, former home of Bewis Bawa brother of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, has a heterogeneous collection of sculptures and artworks on display.

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    Day 16: DEPARTURE

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