Explore Srilanka

Explore the magical island of Sri Lanka and steep yourself in its history, culture and natural beauty. Meet its multi-ethnic people in their home environment and enjoy their friendliness and hospitality.

Destinations Covered –Negombo–Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Anuradapura-Mihinthale- Matale-Kandy-Nuwareliya-Galle-Bentota-Colombo.

Day- 01-
Arrival Arrive at Bandaranaiyake International Airport and be met and greeted by our representative whose pleasure is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. Transfer to a beachside hotel in near-by Negombo to relax and recover from your journey, and perhaps to indulge in a little sight seeing should the spirit so move you..

Day 02-
Sgiriya After early breakfast check-out from your hotel and drive along a busy highway into the interior of the island, past paddy fields, palm groves and coconut plantations. Visit Sigiriya, a World Heritage Site and climb its Rock Fortress, built by King Kasyapa in the 05th century A.D. The lion rock is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 meters from scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. See the world famous frescoes of the “Heavenly maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock. Also see the mirror wall and the lion stairway which lead to the summit.

Day 03-
Polonnaruwa After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa, the Island’s medieval Capital from the 11th to the 13th century A.D. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many shrines. Visit the ruins of the Audience hall, Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna (prince’s pond), the Royal Pavillion, the Siva Dewale, the Vatadage Relic House, the Kiriwehera, the Hatadage, and the Gal Vihare, with its impressive sculptures & stone carvings. Also see the reservoirs built by the medieval kings, including the massive Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama).lunch at Hotel before continuing on to the ancient city of Anuradapura, Sri Lanka’s first capital which dates back around 2,500 years.

Anuradhapura This ancient city was founded in the 04th century B.C. and boasts the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region. Visit the Royal Palaces, Shrines, Dagobas and Temple of the Sri Maha Bodhi. Taking pride of place is the Sri Maha Bodhi, the “the sacred Bo Tree” grown from a sapling of the very tree under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and, at over 2,200 years of age, the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Over Night Stay at Hotel Sigiriya

Day -04-Dambulla
After breakfast your journey continues to Kandy with a stop en route to visit the Rock Caves of Dambulla, a vast isolated rock mass where King Valagam Bahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. He later turned the caves into a temple consists of a series of 5 caves containing many statues and paintings including a 47 ft. long statue of the Buddha. You will also visit a Spice Garden & a batik factory in Matale on your way to Kandy.

Kandy Hill Capital The main attraction of the royal city of Kandy and the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which enshrines a tooth of the Buddha. Built in the 16th century as part of the palace complex the Temple has been embellished and improved over the years with a golden canopy. Daily rituals take place at various times of the day and a strict dress code is observed by those entering the Temple. The Temple is the one structure that all visitors to Kandy must see.Other sights to see in Kandy include a visit to the Market Place and to an Arts & Crafts showroom. A drive along the Upper Lake road gives the visitor a panoramic view of the Kandy lake and its environs and a drive through the picturesque University premises allow one to see students from all over the country engrossed in the business of furthering their education. In the late afternoon witness a cultural pageant highlighting various up- country dance forms, including a fire walking display. Over Night Stay at Kandy.

Day-05-
Pinnawela After Breakfast, visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, where you can see the elephants being fed daily. A sight that must not be missed is the large number of baby elephants being bottle-fed by their keepers. After their meal the elephants are walked down to the river for their daily bath, an event which they look forward to with great pleasure. Witness the naughty teenagers playing together and dunking each other in the river like mischievous school boys. (All these events can be photographed)

Peradeniya Botanical Garden A visit to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens will provide scenes of extraordinary beauty and absorbing interest for nature lover and casual visitors. Sixty-eight miles from Colombo and 4 miles outside Kandy this garden dates back to the reign of King Vikrama Bahu III in the 14th century. Peradeniya is well know for its large variety of ornamental and other plants and creepers, some of which produce he spices for which the country is famous. Sweeping lawns bordered by colourful plants and flowers showcase huge tropical trees and a variety of different bamboos can be found in one place. Over night stay at a hotel in Kandy.

Day-06-
Nuwara Eliya After breakfast continue up into the cool hills of the Central Highlands marked by lush vegetation, rushing rivers and spectacular waterfalls. Visit a tea plantation and tea factory en route and witness the manufacturing of tea from the plucking of the green leaves, through the drying and sorting to the packaging of the processed tea which is mainly meant for export markets. Over Night stay in Nuwara Eliya, the favourite hill station of the British Raj in Sri Lanka.

Day -07-Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing some of the world’s best teas. Pidurutalagala (8282 ft), Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, is found near here. Nuwara Eliya is the location of one of the finest 18-hole Golf Courses in Asia. Characterized by mock-Tudor cottages and houses, majestic colonial hotels, a race course and a park of great beauty, Nuwara Eliya has justly been named “Little England”.

Horton Plains The Horton Plains is a National Park and the highest plateau in the island consisting of grassland interspersed with patches of forest, with some unusual high altitude vegetation. The Plains are a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent walks. The most stunning place is the World’s End, where the southern Horton Plains end abruptly in a drop-off of nearly 700 meters – an awesome sight indeed. This is a favourite place for trekkers, as there are plenty of soft and hard trails to follow and much indigenous fauna and flora to discover. Over-night stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day-08-Galle –Fort
The capital of the southern province is a city with a colorful history which goes back to biblical times. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle boasts a magnificent Dutch fort which is its most popular attraction. Enjoy the Dutch atmosphere of the town which is still very much in evidence in and around the fort and its many historical streets, alleys and buildings even after 300 year. Join the local population in a leisurely stroll on the ramparts or visit the Old Dutch Government House, the Governor’s House (now a hotel) and the Groote Kerk (Great Church) built in 1755 and still being used by worshippers. Over Night Stay at Bentota.

Day -09-Bentota
Moving northwestwards you come across the coastal town of Bentota, 65 km from Colombo and now a popular and fully developed tourist resort. Before the era of mass tourism and the construction of the National Tourist Resort of Bentota, the first foreigners to stumble upon this charming spot must have been Arab merchant sailors, who were frequent visitors to Sri Lanka for centuries. Revel in the fine golden beach and warm blue seas of Bentota and enjoy the freshly caught fish and other seafood served by the myriad small restaurants that line the streets and beaches of this small town. Over night stays at Bentota.

Day-10-Colombo -
The Business Hub After breakfast drive through the commercial and city centre area known as the “Fort”, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. See the busy markets and bazaars of Pettah, visit a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, an old Dutch church and continue to the residential area. Drive past the Town Hall, Independence Square and the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre). Over night stay at a hotel in Colombo.

Day 11
Departure to your next Destination After break fast, there will be a last meeting with our representatives and an opportunity to give us your feedback about the tour and your suggestions for our future growth.

Depart on time for the Airport and your next destination taking with you fond memories of a halcyon fortnight on “Pearl Island”.


 
     
 
 
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