Day 1 : Airport-Pinnawala-Dambulla-Sigiriya
Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by representatives and transferred to SIGIRIYA. (Travel time approx: 4 hrs) via visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Dambula cave temple.
En route visit *Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
*Dambulla Cave Temple - Dambulla cave is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period. In the Second Cave, the finest and the largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.
Overnight stay at the Hotel, Sigiriya.
Day 2 : Sigiriya-Minneriya-Sigiriya
After breakfast proceed to climb Sigiriya rock fortress. (Travel time approx: 30 mins)
*Sigiriya - Thought to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, Sigiriya offers its visitors nothing less than a breathtaking experience. Standing more than 200m tall over the surrounding plains, the rock is said to be a solidified magma plug, from a long eroded and extinct volcano. On its summit are the remains of a palace, built (by King Kasyapa) in the 5th century AD. Hidden in a cave along the citadel are some of the most magnificent ancient frescoes in South Asia. Seen today are, whats said to be left of the 500 paintings of maidens that once covered a large area of the face of the rock. The Mirror wall that leads up to the Lion staircase, its brick masonry wall built of Lime plaster was said to have been so well polished, that it reflected the paintings of the opposite rock wall. Today, 15 centuries later the shine on this wall can still be seen. A total of nearly 1500 writings on the wall, include verses that date way back as far as the 8th century, most of which have now been deciphered..
Afternoon proceed for a jeep safari at Minneriya national park. (Travel time approx: 30 mins)
*Minnneriya National Park - An elephant encounter at this reserve will not disappoint the adventurous in pursuit of an adrenalin rush. The Minneriya tank, a manmade lake of historical significance serves as the feeding ground for the elephant population in the surrounding areas, during the dry season. Set amidst a beautiful landscape of rolling plains, lush green jungle, the tank itself and water holes, it is famous for the witnessing of the largest elephant gatherings at any one time in the country. It has been reported that gatherings of 150-200 elephants and even numbers as large as 700 have been sighted. The park is also home to the endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka, the Purple-face Langur and the Toque Macaque. This reserve is one of the 70 important bird areas in the country. The reserve is an important habitat for large water birds, other resident and migrant bird species including many endemic birds.
Overnight stay at the Hotel, Sigiriya.
Day 3 : Sigiriya-Matale-Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy (Travel time approx: 2 ½ hrs) via visit Matale spice garden.
*MATALE Located in the hill country of Sri Lanka, a picturesque hours drive from Kandy, Matale is a small town famed for its spice gardens. Here, visitors are able to see how spices are grown and processed. An opportunity to take home a selection of fresh spices. To the north of Matale town, surrounded by the foothills of the beautiful Knuckles Mountain Range, is the Aluvihara Temple; the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down in text on ola (palm) leaves in full. Not far from the temple, are several monastic caves worthy of a visit, with some of them possessing some magnificent frescoes.
Proceed to *Kandy Visit *Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddhas Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lankas most prized possession. *Gem Gallery visit The worlds best gems are available in Sri Lanka such as Blue and Yellow Sapphire, Star Ruby and Star Sapphire, Chrysoberyl Cats Eye, Alexandrite, Topaz, Amethyst, Quartz, Garnet, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Tourmaline When comparing with other countries you will be lucky to buy pure and valuable gems at Sri Lanka for a competitive price. You can get the education about gems, making jewelries and other requests with them. You can buy gold, white gold and silver jewelry at your choice. You can even get them Tailor Made as per your preference. *Evening witness the Cultural Dance Show featuring various dancing types of Sri Lanka?
Overnight stay at the Hotel, Kandy.
Day 4 : Kandy-Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya. (Travel time approx: 2 ½ hrs)
En route visit RambodaHanumanji Temple, Tea Plantation & Ramboda Falls Continue to Nuwara Eliya& enjoy the scenic beauty of hill country *Nuwara Eliya - The Little England of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the "seasons" when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity. *Seetha Amman Temple & Asoka Vatika visit in the evening.
Overnight stay at the Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.
Day 5 : Nuwara Eliya-Kalutara
After breakfast proceed to Kalutara. (Travel time approx: 5 hrs)
Overnight stay at the Hotel, Kalutara.
Day 6 : Kalutara-Bentota-Kalutara
After breakfast proceed for an excursion in Bentota. (Travel time approx: 30 mins).
Commence a city tour & sightseeing at Bentota - *Maadu River Ride / Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery / Bentota Water Sports (Jet Ski, Banana Ride & Tube Ride) Bentota lies at the finishing end of the "Golden Mile" which is an hours drive from Colombo. Famous for its prime beaches Bentota is today one of Sri Lankas most sought after tourist destinations. The town of Bentota actually, sits on an estuary, where the river and the sea meet. This makes the area quite famous for water sports like windsurfing, scuba diving & snorkeling.
Overnight stay at the Hotel, Kalutara.
Day 7 : Kalutara-Colombo-Airport
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Proceed to Colombo for City & Shopping Tour *Colombo - a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha & the Independence Square. *Shopping in Colombo.......visit *ODEL Unlimited provides ample opportunity indulge, not only in shopping for designer wear apparel for the whole family, but also take taste buds on a voyage of discovery.
After breakfast check out and proceed to Airport for your departure flight accordingly. Have a safe flight!!! (Travel time approx: 3 hrs)
|• 6 nights accommodation.|
|• Breakfasts + Dinners|
|• Complimentary Gem Gallery Visit|
|• 500ml X 02 Mineral Water Bottles - per person per day throughout the tour|
|• Complimentary Kandy Cultural Show with Gem Gallery visit|
|• Complimentary Spice Garden visit|
|• Transportation in A/C vehicle on PVT Basis|
|• Services of English-Speaking Chauffer Guide|
|• Arrival & Departure Assistance at the Airport|
|• City Tour & Shopping|
|• All Applicable Taxes|
|• Any Expenses of a Personal Nature|
|• Tips & Portage|
|• Meals Other than Mentioned in package|
|• Camera & Video Permits|
|• Visa fees|
|• Early check-in & Late check-out.|
|• Entrance Fee to places and monuments.|
|• 24th & 31st December gala dinner supplements at hotels.|