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Sensational Sri Lanka

Giving you the perfect balance of culture, wildlife and beach, this tour package has been tailored for adventure enthusiasts and relaxation while letting you soak up the sun and create unforgettable memories in sensational Sri Lanka.

Highlights

Anuradhapura ruins

Cycling tour of Polonnaruwa

Sigiriya Rock and frescoes 

Dambulla Rock Cave 

Yala National Park

Galle Dutch Fort 

Pristine Mirissa Beaches 

 

 

Day 01

On arrival, you will be met by a George Steuart Chauffeur Guide and transferred to Negombo.

Overnight Stay at Negombo.

Day 02

After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla. En-route visit Dambulla Cave Temple.

Dambulla is located north of Kandy in Matale district and is built around a large granite outcrop, concealing an impressive Buddhist cave complex, Raja Maha Vihara, dating from the 1st century BC. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya - The spectacular Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, 19 kilometres North East of Dambulla is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The Rock was the Fortress of the "King Kasyapa" who murdered his father and stole the throne from his elder brother who was the rightful heir to the throne. Kasyapa built his fortress in this 182-meter high rock to protect himself from his enemies. 

Sigiriya is now famed for its ‘Mirror Wall’, which contains poems and paragraphs engraved by visitors to the rock from many years ago and for its impressive frescoes of shapely be-jewelled maidens, vibrant colours and the water garden similar to the Ajantha frescoes of India. Sigiriya is in fact, the best-preserved city centre in Asia from the first millennium and has been named as a UNESCO world heritage site and 08th Wonder of the World.

Overnight Stay at Dambulla.

Day 03 

After breakfast, proceed to explore the Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa. If you wish, you may explore the ruins by bike which can be arranged at the premises.

Polonnaruwa, situated 218 kilometres 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. 

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 Stay at Dambulla.

Day 04 

On this day, proceed to Anuradhapura and visit its ruins. 

For over 1000 years Sinhalese Kings with occasional South Indian interlopers ruled from the great city of Anuradhapura and now it is the most significant and extensive of the Sri Lankan ancient cities. Anuradhapura was found in the 4th century BC and is famous for its Dagabas (Temples), Reservoirs, and beautifully landscaped gardens, the ruins of which still remain to this day. 

The sacred Bo Tree (the world~s oldest tree on record) "Jayasri Maha Bodhi" and the "Ruwanwali Seya" Temples are two of Sri Lanka~s most sacred places found in Anuradhapura.  In addition to this there are many other historical and religious sites found in Anuradhapura.

Overnight Stay at Dambulla.

Day 05 

After breakfast go on a bullock cart ride followed by a visit to a village house to observe and take part in the preparation of a traditional local meal. Thereafter, you will proceed to the age-old city of Kandy.

The Sacred City of Kandy is in the central province of Sri Lanka and lies amidst hills of rare botanical types. The Kandy Valley crosses an area of tropical plantations.

The monumental ensemble of Kandy is an example of construction that associates the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth. The Temple of the Tooth, the citadel complex and the holy city of Kandy are associated with the history of the dissemination of Buddhism. The Temple of Kandy is the product of the last peregrination of the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha and the testimony of a cult which continues to be practiced today. 

Kandy is also particularly famed for the great Kandy Esala Perehara (a Pageant of Dancers and Elephants), which is over ten days in the month of Esala (August) having many attractions to please viewers.

Your city tour of Kandy will include visits to the Temple of the Tooth, Arts & Craft center, Kandy upper lake round concluding with a cultural dance show in the evening.

Overnight Stay at Kandy. 

Day 06 

At approx. 0830 hours, board the train to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a scenic trip of 4 hours.

In the evening, explore the tea estates, and learn how tea planting was brought to Sri Lanka in the 19th Century. Walk around the Hill country while visiting the interesting Nuwara Eliya Post Office, Holy Trinity Church which was constructed in 1852.

Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 07

Optional early morning excursion to Horton Plains with packed breakfast.

The Horton plains form an undulating plateau over 2000 meters high, which consists mainly of grasslands interspersed with patches of forest, with some unusual high-altitude vegetation. The plains are often, visible only before 10.00am due to the heavy mist, which engulfs the area. 

The most unique feature of the Horton Plains is the "World~s End". This is a sheer 1,000 feet vertical escarpment which visitors throng to see. It was once a hunting ground for a former British Governor and now remains home to rare species of flora and fauna.

Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Day 08

You can leisurely transfer to Yala. En-route, enjoy the view of Sri Lanka’s hill country at Haputale and Ella Gap.

Ella Gap - Ella is everyone’s favourite hill-country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisurely days resting in your choice of some of the country’s best guesthouses. The views through Ella Gap are spectacular, and on a clear night you can even spot the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on the South Coast of Sri Lanka. 

Overnight Stay at Yala.

Day 09

This morning, you have the option of conducting a half day safari at Yala National Park or you can choose to spend the entire day at the reserve to increase your chances of sightings.

Situated on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka, Yala is one of Sri Lanka’s renowned national parks for wildlife viewing. Much of the reserve is grassland, but it also includes jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers. The latter zone is punctuated with enormous rocky outcrops. 

Yala has the world~s highest concentration of Leopards, although seeing this largely nocturnal carnivore still requires some luck. You can witness herds of Asian elephants, wild boars, crocodiles, grey langurs and water buffalos amongst other large animals.

The open parkland attracts birds of prey such as White-bellied Sea Eagle and the wetlands have waders, Painted Storks, and the rare Black-necked Stork. Land birds of course are in abundance, and include Sirkeer Malkoha, Indian Peafowl and Sri Lanka Junglefowl.

Overnight Stay at Yala.

Day 10 - Day 12

Leisurely proceed to Mirissa for your beach stay. If you’re feeling energetic and adventurous, you can conduct an early morning whale watching excursion next day morning. You will spend the next three nights at leisure by the beautiful beaches of Mirissa.

Overnight Stay at Mirissa.

Day 13

You may visit Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site en route to Colombo.

Colombo is the cultural capital and largest city and commercial centre of Sri Lanka.  

The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century and built a fort to protect their spice trade. The Dutch captured the city in the 17th century which was later made the capital of the British crown colony in 1802.

Sightseeing highlights include the Colombo National and Dutch period museums, old and new parliament houses, Gangarama Buddhist Temple, Town Hall, and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. City of Colombo offers shopping, world’s leading tea auctions, 18-hole golf courses, seasonal religious pageants, international cricket tournaments, plush casinos, enjoyable evening entertainment and exceptional restaurants. 

Overnight Stay at Colombo.

Day 14 

Depart Sri Lanka – Transfer to Katunayake International Airport to catch your flight back home.

 

 **This itinerary can be customised according to your preference** 

 

 

 

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