CULTURE + WILDLIFE + HILL COUNTRY + BEACH
BEST TIME: DECEMBER TO MAY
DAY 01 – AIRPORT / DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA
Arrival at the Colombo International Airport. Clients will be met by their English speaking Driver/Guide and offer assistance.
In route visit DAMBULLA – the greatest of Sri Lanka’s cave temples, dates from the first century BC and contains over 150 Buddha i mages, subtly lit for maximum atmosphere. Actually a series of five caves, the temple is called Raja Maha Vihara by locals, but known simply as Dambulla to visitors. The entrance is marked by a large white dagoba along a long sloping rock face, from where there are views of the rock fortress of Sigiriya, about 20km away.
DAY 02 – SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / MINNERIYA
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. While Vijayabahu’s victory and shifting of Kingdoms to the more strategic Polonnaruwa is considered significant, the real Polonnaruwa Hero of the history books is actually his grandson, Parakramabahu I.
DAY 03 – SIGIRIYA / ANURADHAPURA / MIHINTALE / AWUKANA
After breakfast visit ANURADHAPURA. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. Founded in the 4th century BC it was the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom till the beginning of the 11th century AC.
AWUKANA / MIHINTALE – a little away from Anuradhapura, the forest clad mountain is of great spiritual significance to Buddhists because it was the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Mihintale has many different points of interest – the 1840 ancient granite steps, dagaba’s, the relic house and monks refectory, the assembly hall, meditation rock, caves and ponds. The climb to the summit is also interesting from a scenic aspect for stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
DAY 04 – SIGIRIYA / MATALE / KANDY
Sigiriya, considered by some as the eighth wonder of the world, consists of an ancient castle used by King Kasyapa of the 5th century AD. The Sigiriya site has the remains of an upper Sky Palace sited on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the Mirror Wall and the world famous Sigiriya Frescoes, the lower palace that clings to the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and gardens that extend for some hundreds of metres out from the base of the rock.
The “Sri Dalada Maligawa” or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the tooth relic of the Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times, it’s believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple.
DAY 05 – KANDY / NUWARAELIYA
After breakfast transfer NUWARAELIYA – is the heart of Sri Lankan hill country. It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. The salubrious climate, misty glens and the decidedly British character make Nuwara Eliya a must on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary.
DAY 06 – NUWARAELIYA / ELLA / TISSAMAHARAMAYA
After breakfast transfer to NANU OYA for take train to Visit PANORAMA ELLLA. After proceed to TISSAMAHARAMAYA. In route visit ELLLA RAWANA WATER FALL.
DAY 07/11 – TISSAMAHARAMAYA / YALA / DOWN SOUTH BEACH (MIRISSA/UNAWATUNA/HIKKADUWA)
YALA – Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area.
DAY 12 – DOWN SOUTH / AIRPORT
After breakfast Transfer to Airport to Connect the Departure. Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which an additional charge will be applicable.
Tour Package Includes
# Transport in an Air-conditioned vehicle
# An English speaking chauffeur Guide or National guide on tour.
# Accommodation on Half Board Basis and 3 Star Hotels.
# All applicable government taxes.
Tour Package Excludes
# Tips & personal nature.
# Entrance fees
# Lunch / Drinks & additional meals.
Tour Package Terms
# Before tour 50% from full cost will be charge
# Rest of money must pay at the Air Port
# 30 Day’s before cancellation all money are refunding
# 14 Day’s before cancellation 30% money are refunding
# 7 Day’s before cancellation – No show
Please Note: All tours can be modified upon request to meet your needs.