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Paradise Calling

Experience a getaway to an island that gives you the best of the misty mountains, rich heritage, and relaxation in the beautiful coastal town of Bentota. This tour can be customized to suit your length of stay, budget and other preferences. Sri Lanka is truly a paradise that is worth visiting. 

DAY 1

On arrival, leave for Pinnawela. Depending on your time of arrival in Pinnawela, you may be able to watch the bottle feeding of the elephant calves and the experience the herd enjoying their river bath. This is an experience that should not be missed. You will then proceed to the Golden Cave Temple at Dambulla. The Cave Temples at Dambulla were carved out of the gigantic magma plug and host an awe-inspiring collection of sculptures, paintings and frescoes from throughout different periods of Sri Lanka’s history. 

Overnight in Sigiriya

 

DAY 2

On your second day, you may proceed to visit the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, and its situated 218 kilometers from Colombo is yet another well planned medieval city defended by enclosed walls, graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes which bears witness to a glorious past. 

You might need to allow half-a-day to explore the second most ancient of Sri Lanka~s kingdoms.

A dominant feature of the city, is the vast irrigation lake of 5940 acres aptly named "Parakrama Samudraya" or the sea of Parakrama after its royal builder King Parakramabahu depicted an example of the advanced engineering and construction skills prevalent during the ancient times. This gigantic reservoir was built to collect rain water, which did not permit a drop of water to go waste.

Overnight in Sigiriya

 

DAY 3

Leave for Kandy – Today, you will leave for Kandy. On the way, you will visit the magnificent Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Easily the most impressive ancient ruins in Sri Lanka, it is set atop a 600-foot rock edifice and entails a climb. You will enter through the Royal Pleasure Gardens which is an amazing feat themselves. A series of ponds and landscaped terraces that are still watered by the ancient irrigation systems which is still unknown. Halfway up the rock edifice, you will come across the infamous cloud maidens. The views from atop this rock is stunning and enlightening at the same time. In Kandy, you will spend the evening at the very colourful Kandyan Dance and Cultural Performance.

Explore Kandy – You will leave after breakfast for the Peradeniya Gardens. One of the jewels of the colonial era, it was an initiative to try out introduced crops like rubber etc. It was also the headquarters of Lord Mountbatten who spearheaded the allied war effort in the east during the 2nd world war. A not to be missed experience is a visit to the Orchid House here, where you will see about 300 different and rare varieties of orchids beautifully displayed. You will then head to the Temple of the Tooth Relic in the evening in time for a “poojah” where you may make an offering of flowers. At 06:30 pm, locals and tourists alike gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum to the backdrop of the temple drummers. This is indeed a magical experience.

Overnight in Kandy

 

DAY  4

Leave for Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a spectacular journey winding its way through the Hill Country bypassing waterfalls and lush green tea estates reaching great heights. The glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range makes for a magical experience and is a Must Do item when in Sri Lanka. Your train journey will end at Sri Lanka’s own ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya. The great British Tea Planters of the colonial times recreated a little bit of England’s country life with manor houses, horse racing, high teas and golfing here as a reminiscence of their life back in England.

Overnight in Nuwara Eliya

 

DAY 5

You have the option of embarking on an early morning excursion to the Horton Plains with a packed breakfast. Here you will be able to enjoy local fauna and flora and stand atop a cliff of 4,000 feet deep famously known as the World’s End.  If not, you can visit the Sita Amman Kovil, the only temple in the entire world dedicated to Sita which is known to be the place where she was held captive by King Ravana.

Overnight in Nuwara Eliya 

 

DAY 6

Leave for Yala – Today you will leave “Little England” for the best amongst Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves. One of Asia’s best sanctuaries is rightly known for the enormous leopard populations. They are so numerous here that they can easily be seen hunting and lazing around during daylight hours which is a rarity elsewhere.

Overnight in Yala

 

DAY 7

Optional early morning safari at Yala National Park. You will have your own private jeep and guide to explore the park looking for the elusive leopard. Large herds of spotted deer, Elk and Wild Boar make Yala an ideal habitat for the islands big cat. Yala also has some stunning landscapes that are awe inspiring. Thereafter proceed to Bentota for your beach stay.

Overnight in Bentota

 

DAY 8 

After breakfast you have the option to take a boat ride in the Madu River surrounded by mangrove forests and swampy marshlands.

Spend the afternoon at leisure or contact hotel for water sport activities.

Overnight in Bentota

 

DAY 9

After breakfast proceed to Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. You will conduct a city tour including visits to Arcade - Independence Square, Gangaramaya Temple, Pettah Floating Market, Nelum Pokuna, Galle Face concluding with shopping at Odel department store and Laksala. 

In the evening you have the option of trying out a few famous food outlets in the heart of Colombo.

Overnight in Colombo

 

DAY 10

After breakfast proceed to the Bandaranaike International Airport in time for your flight back home.

 

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