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Sun, sand and a cultural encounter. Enjoying the best of both worlds

You can stop dreaming and start living your dream holiday

Why waste precious time on a long and winding road when you can fly there faster and save more time for excitement. At 7500 feet up in the sky, the land below is picture-perfect. The majestic Mahaweli River flows calmly alongside lush green mountains and tiered paddy lands. Have your camera ready, because this is what memories are made of… With this head start, step out into another adventure. This is how your journey begins…

Exterior of Dalada Maligawa complex
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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A giant tree at a botanical garden
Day 02
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya

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.

After a leisurely lunch, proceed by road to Sigiriya. En route stop in Matale to visit a Spice Garden.

In early historical times, Sri Lanka was renowned for its abundant spices and verdant spice gardens drawing the attention of the Greeks, Romans and Arabs who maintained a thriving spice trade. Today, these spice gardens dot the landscape along the Matale road and give an interesting insight into the production of spices in Sri Lanka. A ‘must-see’ for anyone passing this way.

In the evening, take a tour of the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Imagine yourself at this spectacular Rock Fortress: This World Heritage site is one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive attractions. British Explorer John Still, who discovered this amazing site exclaimed, “The whole face of the hill appears to have been a gigantic picture gallery…the largest in the world perhaps”. Walk through ruins of an ancient palace built during the reign of King Kasyapa (477AD – 495AD). Enjoy the artistry of the Frescoes of  500 ladies, the complexities of the Water Gardens, the beauty of the Mirror wall, and walk through the Lion platform and drink in the exhilarating vistas from the summit of this massive rock fortress. 

Overnight stay - Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana or similar in the area  

Cinnamon Lodge: www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonLodgeHabarana.htm

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A stone buddha statue at Polonnaruwa
Day 03
A visit to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa

After breakfast, you are free to go on one of three exciting optional excursions:

A visit to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is a must-see: from the 8th century until 1310 CE, this country was ruled from the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbour.  The monuments are relatively well preserved and give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka's past. Highlights are the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle with its concentration of ancient heritage and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite - a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. Some of the best examples of the Hindu influence – the Temples of Shiva, intricate statues of Hindu Gods, fascinating Buddhist temples, the Lankatileka and Watadage, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth are other impressive sights.

Today, Polonnaruwa has been recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Site.



Wake up early and drive to Hiriwaduna, for an optional trek through a village that lies sprawled around a reservoir located off the main Habarana road.

Hiriwaduna trek: Walk through shaded paths and across reservoir bunds. Step into water or step over grasslands. Enjoy a picnic breakfast under the trees. Cross the gently waters of the reservoir in the traditional ‘oruwa’ or small raft. Visit the local ‘chena’ farmer and enjoy his hospitality. Take a ride in a bullock cart though rice fields and shrub forests. Take in the simplicity and surroundings of a typical village day.

It is time to take another flight to one of the country’s most serene beaches. Located on the East Coast, Trincomalee is fabulous to catch some sun, sand and sea. Trincomalee is one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world and is the world’s fifth largest natural harbour. The sun-kissed beaches are long and languid and the water is almost too calm to be true.

When you have had enough sun and sand, there are also plenty of cultural highlights that you must see.

Take a short drive to the Koneswaram temple: the Temple of a Thousand Pillars. This classical-medieval Hindu temple was built during the reign of the early Cholas and the five Dravidians of the early Pandyan kingdom.

A rock promontory off Swami Rock is known as Lover’s Leap after a young girl flung herself from the rock to the sea after her young Dutch officer fiancé broke off their engagement. A pillar (now almost obliterated) set up on the promontory records the date of the tragedy - 1687 April 24.

Overnight stay – Trinco Blu by Cinnamon or similar in the area  

Chaaya Blu: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/ChaayaBluTrincomalee.htm

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Having cocktails on the beach
Day 04
Enjoying the beach or take and optional visit to the Hot Springs at Kanniyai

Set your early alarm and wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the eastern horizon. Spend the morning at leisure enjoying the beach or take and optional visit to the Hot Springs at Kanniyai, believed to be created by the god Vishnu. Wrap yourself in a local lungi or sarong and join the locals as they use small buckets to splash themselves at the tiled ponds in to which the water flows.

Alternatively, you could take an optional one hour boat ride to Pigeon Island.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure to relax by the pool or on the beach.

Overnight stay – Trinco Blu by Cinnamon or similar in the area     

Chaaya Blu: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/ChaayaBluTrincomalee.htm

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A Cinnamon air airplane flying over a river
Day 05
Transfer to Trincomalee Domestic Airport

Transfer to Trincomalee Domestic Airport in time to meet your departure flight back to Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo). The flight duration is only 55 minutes in comparison to a road transfer time of almost 8 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 Year Eve Dinner US $ 120/- per person (31 December 2018)

Compulsory Supplements - Cinnamon Lodge

  • 1. Peak Season Supplement US $ 35/- per room per night (21 December 2018 until 28 February 2019)
  • 2. Christmas Eve Dinner US $ 120/- per person (24 December 2018)
  • 3. New Year Eve Dinner US $ 130/- per person (31 December 2018)

Compulsory Supplements - Trinco Blu by Cinnamon

  • 1. Peak Season Supplement US $ 35/- per room per night (01 July until 31 August 2018)
  • 2. Peak Season Supplement US $ 35/- per room per night (24 December 2018 until 30 April 2019)
  • 3. Christmas Eve Dinner US $ 100/- per person (24 December 2018)
  • 4. New Year 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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Interior of a room at cinnamon lodge hotel
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
Habarana, Sri Lanka.

Sprawled over 27 acres of lush forested land, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, is an exclusive hideaway for the entire family. Rooting over 1700 trees, time stands still enabling guests to experience serenity and tranquillity while walking along the paths that lead up to the chalet-type rooms. The architect of the property derived inspiration from the glorious remains of Ritigala - A monastery that dates back to the 6th Century.

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View of the pool area of Chaaya hotel
Trinco Blu by Cinnamon
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, once a 70s resort originally designed to resemble a great sailing vessel, was transformed and launched on the 15th of May 2010, with a refreshing retro-chic design. 81 rooms in theme with stylish retro design are decorated with bleached wooden decks, cut cement floors, rattan furniture and denim trimmings. A splash of bright orange is used to contrast the blue and white hues.

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