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Luxury Travel with Cinnamon Air

You can stop dreaming and start living your dream holiday

At 5500 feet up in the sky, the land below is picture-perfect. The lush green mountains and tiered paddy lands are interspersed by the snaking black- tarred roads, chock-full of loaded busses and honking cars creating the ever-present traffic snarl-ups. Next to it, you see the Mahaweli River flowing calmly in all her majesty. But all too soon, you have reached your destination. And step out into another adventure. This is how your journey begins…

A walking path of Dalada maligawa
Day 01
Imagine yourself in Kandy

On arrival at Colombo’s International Airport or Colombo City (Waters Edge, Kotte) you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the Cinnamon Air Domestic terminal at Colombo’s International Airport or the check-in area at Colombo City (Waters Edge, Kotte) in time for your flight to Kandy. In approximately, 25 minutes, the flight will reach Kandy’s Polgolla Reservoir and you will be driven to your Hotel.

After check-in at your hotel it is time to give yourself a memorable holiday. Your afternoon will be spent exploring the bustling market place and bazaar areas with your guide. Soon it will be time to visit one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.

Imagine yourself in Kandy: A city with a history that is as intriguing as it is enthralling. Once a bastion of the last Sinhala king, the history of this great city dates back to the 4th century with enough relics and remnants to keep you charmed during this memorable holiday. And this is just the beginning…

The Temple of the Tooth Relic: Walk through the magnificent Royal Palace that was built by Vikramabahu 3rd  (r. 1356-1374) and Senasammatha Vikramabâhu (r. 1469-1511). Take in the grandeur of the Audience Hall, built during the reign of Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe (1797-1814)  where the Kandyan kings held their royal court. Visit the Mahamaluwa and see relics and statues of Madduma Bandara, princess Hemamali and Prince Danthe and the skull of Keppetipola Disawa and much much more.

The evening ends with a cultural performance of traditional Kandyan dancing and reverberating drums.

Overnight stay - Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy or similar in the area

Cinnamon Citadel: www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonCitadelKandy.htm   

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View of St. Clairs water fall in a distance
Day 02
Hakgala Gardens

After breakfast visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.

The Royal Botanical Gardens: Dates as far back as 1371 when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court at Peradeniya near the Mahaweli River. Later, in the reign of King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1780) this was made a Royal Garden and from 1780 – 1798 King Rajadhi Rajasinghe resided there. Today, this beautiful 147 acre pleasure  garden of the kings boasts of over 5000 species of trees and plants, some of which are rare and endemic to the tropical world.

Take time for some adventure on the great Mahaweli River by indulging in an optional one hour long boat ride.

After lunch, it is time to proceed, by road, to the Sri Lanka’s summer resort, Nuwara Eliya. But along the way, stop for a visit at a tea factory and get a hands-on opportunity at plucking two leaves and a bud. Inside the factory, you will be shown the entire process of how the world’s most recognized Ceylon Tea is made.

The entire journey will take you, approximately, less than two hours.

Nuwara Eliya, the City of Lights: This colonial hill station is the centerpiece of this country. Once the favored land of the British tea planters, Nuwara Eliya is popularly known as Little England for its cool climes, British styled red-roofed houses, picturesque rose gardens, the English country-styled Hill Club and the beautiful 18-hole golf course.  And a visit to the Racecourse is a must.

Also, a must see is the lovely Victoria Park at the centre of town. Noted as one of the nicest town parks in South Asia, the park comes alive with flowers around March to May, and August and September. Keep an eye open for some beautiful bird life as well including the Kashmir Flyctacher, Indian Pitta and Grey Tit.

The Hakgala Gardens, 10km southeast of Nuwara Eliya is full of legend. When Hanuman, the monkey god, was sent by Rama to the Himalayas to find a particular medicinal herb, he forgot which herb he was looking for and decided to bring a chunk of the Himalayas back in his jaw, hoping the herb was growing on it. The gardens grow on a rock called Hakgala, which means ‘jaw-rock’.

On the way to these gardens, make a quick stop at the Seetha Amman Temple. Again, according to legend, this is where Sita was held captive by the demon king Ravana. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Ravana’s elephant.

Take a walk along the banks of the Gregory Lake. Or if you feel like it (optional), hire a boat or take a ride on horseback. There are also plenty of places to have a quiet picnic or enjoy some camaraderie at any of the small restaurants or snack bars.

Overnight stay – Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya or similar in the area 

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A lake by the mountains with dead trees
Day 03
Leave for Yala

Leave for Yala after breakfast. You will enjoy the undulating landscape along the way as you drive from the wet zone to the dry zone. In approximately four hours, you will reach Yala.

After check-in at your hotel, your afternoon will be spent at leisure, exploring the fascinating surroundings on your own or you could indulge in an optional nature walk with resident wildlife and nature specialist.

Overnight stay - Cinnamon Wild, Yala or similar in the area

Cinnamon Wild: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonWildYala.htm

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A relaxing Sri lankan sloth bear
Day 04
A jeep safari of the Yala National Park.

After breakfast, leave early morning for a jeep safari of the Yala National Park.

Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s second largest national park and famously known to have the highest concentration of leopard in the world. The park is primarily shrub jungle with rocky out crops along with several salt and fresh water lagoons. The sightings in this fascinating park are plenty and you could spot leopards, elephants, the sloth bear, sambar and spotted deer, wild boar and buffalo, the langur and macaque monkeys and a myriad of birds including the black necked stork, sandpipers, pelicans, egrets, hoopoes, parakeets and bulbuls. Watch the peacock dance or try to catch a glimpse of the shy jungle fowl. So have your cameras ready and be prepared for some great sightings.

Spend the evening at your leisure, exploring the surroundings or relaxing by the pool.

Overnight stay - Cinnamon Wild, Yala or similar in the area

Cinnamon Wild: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonWildYala.htm                                                                    

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A Cinnamon air sea plane taking off
Day 05
Transfer by road to the Dickwella Water Aerodrome

Transfer to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in time to meet your departure flight back to Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo). The flight duration is only 60 minutes in comparison to a road transfer time of almost 5 hours.

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04 Nights / 05 Days
Valid Until
30th April 2020
Price Per Person
US $ 1099.00

Compulsory Supplements - Cinnamon Citadel

  • 1. Compulsory Perahera Supplement US $ 50/- per room per night (16 – 25 August 2018)
  • 2. Peak Season Supplement US $ 60/- per room per night (21 December 2018 until 28 February 2019)
  • 3. Christmas Eve Dinner US $ 110/- per person (24 December 2018)
  • 4. New Yea Eve Dinner US $ 120/- per person (31 December 2018)

Compulsory Supplements - Grand Hotel

  • 1. Peak Season Supplement US $ 70/- per room per night (01 July 2018 until 15 September 2018)
  • 2. Peak Season Supplement US $ 50/- per room per night (24 December 2018 until 15 April 2019)
  • 3. Christmas Eve Dinner US $ 120/- per person (24 December 2018)
  • 4. New Yea Eve Dinner US $ 130/- per person (31 December 2018)

Compulsory Supplements - Cinnamon Wild

  • 1. Peak Season Supplement US $ 35/- per room per night (01 July until 31 August 2018)
  • 2. Peak Season Supplement US $ 120/- per room per night (24 December 2018 until 30 April 2019)
  • 3. Christmas Eve Dinner US $ 100/- per person (24 December 2018)
  • 4. New Yea Eve Dinner US $ 110/- per person (31 December 2018)
An open air restaurant at cinnamon citadel
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Kandy, the last Kingdom of our island and an iconic citadel in its own right, where once great kings ruled and where nature, art and flourished. This is the Capital of the hill country steeped in cultural heritage and natural beauty, set amidst historic monuments, enchanting forests, great rivers and breath-taking vistas of picturesque mountains and valleys.

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Exterior view of Grand hotel
Grand Hotel
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

An elegant High Tea on a manicured lawn; sip a stiff brandy by the blazing live log fire after a round of golf in the chill air. Is it England in the Days of the Raj ? It may be the 21st century, but colonial splendour still reigns in all its past glory at the Grand Hotel. Once the palatial residence of Sir Edward Barnes, the governor of Sri Lanka, then Ceylon in the 1820s. Today, the Grand offers a myriad of experiences to travelers from all parts of the world, with style and finesse.

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Exterior of Cinnamon wild at night
Cinnamon Wild Yala
Yala, Sri Lanka.

Named as a tribute to the surrounding milieu of the Yala National Park which houses the highest density of leopards in Asia, Cinnamon Wild Yala sits adjacent to the park boundary and could very rightfully be positioned as an extension of the park. A property that was first established in 2002 as an eco-friendly resort for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the Yala National Park, Cinnamon Wild Yala opened its doors after an extensive re-construction and refurbishment as a world-class game lodge, conceptualizing the unique architectural features of the 'Wild' into its rustic exteriors and luxurious interiors.

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