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Programme    :    Classical Tour – Standard- *** hotels

Duration                     :
       06 Days / 05 Nights


Day 01
            :           Airport / Colombo

Arrival and transfer to Colombo.

Do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries it is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. As an example there is a 100 year old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar where one can shop for a bargains, the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - BMICH, an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.

Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Orient hotel , Colombo

Day 02            :           Colombo / Anuradhapura

After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.

Do a city tour of Anuradhapura, the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka.  It is the home of two World Heritage sites.  Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited.  Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.  At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks.  Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas.  It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce.  'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation.  Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings of 'The Lovers'.  Kuttam Pokuna - twin ponds (6th century AD) was used by the Buddhist monks as a bathing pool.  Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha. 

Thereafter proceed to Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. On this rock are many shrines and dwellings originally used by monks.  A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of 15 feet wide granite slabs leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya hotel, Sigiriya.

 

Day 03            :           Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya

After breakfast proceed to  Polonnaruwa.

Do a city tour of  Polonnaruwa which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site.  Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya -where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as, the Shiva temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former temple of the Tooth.

Thereafter return to Sigiriya and explore the 5th century Sigiriya Rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya hotel,  Sigiriya

 

Day 04              :           Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy.

Enroute visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks.  Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.

Also, visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for.  You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.  

Thereafter continue to Kandy.

In Kandy, do a city tour.  Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which is a world heritage site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence.  Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.  Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary. 

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. 

Dinner and overnight stay at Suisse hotel,  Kandy.

 

Day 05            :           Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Kandy

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya.

Enroute visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Visit Nuwara Eliya.  Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea.  Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.  Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

Thereafter return to Kandy.

Dinner and overnight stay at Suisse hotel, Kandy.

 

Day  06           :           Kandy / Peradeniya / Pinnawala / Colombo or Beach Hotel

After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya.

Visit Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya which has been first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Thereafter proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage which is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which many are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also you could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see the elephants having their daily bath.

                                    Thereafter continue to Colombo  / Airport

 

Minimum 02 pax 

                                                                                    :          

Supplement for Deluxe accommodation :

Prices will be given on request

 

The Tour includes:

  • Accommodation (in standard rooms) on half board basis for 5 nights from dinner on day 01 to breakfast on day 06 at hotels specified or of similar standard.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from Airport on day 01 upto Colombo on day 06 (the transfer from Colombo to the Beach hotel on day 06 is not included).

  • Entrance fees for Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa,Anuradhapura  Kandy Temple, Botanical Gardens and Elephant Orphanage.

  • Cost of Cultural Show.

  • Services of An English  chauffer  Guide for groups upto 06 pax and groups above 07 pax will be accompanied by a professional English speaking  guide.

The Tour price will not include:

  • Lunch throughout the tour

  • Video and Camera permits

  • Expenses of a personal nature.

Programme    :    Cultural highlights tour  – Standard- *** hotels

Duration                     :
       04 Days / 03 Nights


Day 01            :           Airport / Giritale

Arrival and transfer to Giritale.

Afternoon free for relaxation. 

Dinner and overnight stay at Royal lotus  Hotel, Giritale.

Day 02            :           Giritale / Polonnaruwa

After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa.

Do a city tour of Polonnaruwa which is the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D, and is a world heritage site.  Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya (3 splendid statues of the Buddha in “upright”, “sedentary” and “recumbent” postures carved out of rock).  The Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the Polonnaruwa Statue (12th century) and the Parakrama Samudraya tank (lake) built by king Parakramabahu the great.  There are also ruins of famous places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankatileka, the Watadage, the Galpoththa, the Kiri Vihare Dagoba and the remains of a former temple of the tooth.

Thereafter return to Giritale. 

In the afternoon leave for Sigiriya and climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, built by king Kasiappa (473 – 491 A.D).  The “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle.  The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town.  A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.  Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.  The frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Thereafter return to  Royal Lotus hotel  ,Giritale for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 03            :           Giritale / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy

 

After breakfast leave for Kandy.

Enroute visit Dambulla Rock temple which was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C.  Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples.  The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world.  The caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.

Also, visit a Spice garden in Matale to see the different spices which Sri Lanka is famous for.  You will be shown different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Thereafter continue to Kandy.

In Kandy, do a city tour.  Kany was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which is a world heritage site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence.  Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show displaying traditional Sri Lankan dancing. 

Dinner and overnight stay at Suisse hotel ,  Kandy.

 

Day 04            :           Kandy / Peradeniya / Pinnawala / Colombo or Beach Hotel

After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya.
Visit Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, which was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. It makes a fascinating study for the Botanist both amateur and professional. 

Thereafter proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage which is a home for about 60 elephants out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild.  They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority.  Clients will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed.  You could also accompany the elephants to a river close by to see them having their daily baths.

Thereafter continue to Colombo /Airport.

Minimum 2 pax

 

Supplement for Deluxe accommodation :

Prices will be given on request

The Tour includes:

  • Accommodation (in standard rooms) on half board basis for 3 nights from dinner on day 01 to breakfast on day 04 at hotels specified or of similar standard.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from Airport on day 01 upto Colombo on day 04 (the transfer from Colombo to the Beach hotel on day 04 is not included).

  • Entrance fees for Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy Temple, Botanical Gardens and Elephant Orphanage.

  • Cost of Cultural Show.

  • Services of An English  speaking Chauffer Guide for groups upto 06 pax and groups above 07 pax will be accompanied by a professional English speaking  guide.

 

The Tour price will not include:

  • Lunch throughout the tour

  • Video and Camera permits

  • Expenses of a personal nature.

Programme    :    Explore lanka Tour-3*** hotels

Duration                     :
       10 Days / 09 Nights


Day  01 
                   :  Airport / Colombo

Arrival and transfer to Colombo.

In the afternoon do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. As an example there is a 100 year old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar where one can shop for a bargains, the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - BMICH, an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.

Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Oriental hotel, Colombo.

 

Day  02                    :  Colombo / Pinnawala / Sigiriya

After breakfast leave for Sigiriya.
Enroute visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala which is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.

Thereafter continue to Sigiriya.

In the evening do an Elephant back safari in the surrounding area of Habarana or Kandalama.  This excursion takes you along one of the most picturesque sites through to the jungle, with the opportunity of observing bird life around the hotel garden as well as on the trek to the surrounding forest and foothill.  Also,  a variety of large and small animals live in the surrounding forest could be seen.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya hotel , Sigiriya .

 

Day  03                    :  Sigiriya  / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Sigiriya

After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.

Do a city tour of Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka.  It is the home of two World Heritage sites.  Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited.  Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.  At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks.  Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas.  It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce.  'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation.  Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings of 'The Lovers'.  Kuttam Pokuna - twin ponds (6th century AD) was used by the Buddhist monks as a bathing pool.  Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha.

Thereafter proceed to Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. On this rock there are many shrines and dwellings originally used by monks.  A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of 15 feet wide granite slabs leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding coutryside.

Thereafter continue to Sigiriya.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya hotel ,  Sigiriya.


Day  04                    :  Sigiriya / Dambulla / Minneriya / Sigiriya

After breakfast proceed to Dambulla where you will find the biggest Iron wood forest in the whole of Asia.

Thereafter proceed to Minneriya and do a safari of Minneriya National Park by jeep. The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. There are wet lands in this National Park, which have international importance, animal and plant species, which are plenty in dry zone are found in this park.  Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are plenty in this park.  About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area.  There are bamboo trees, which are rare in other parks and wild elephants can be seen conveniently.  The significant feature is that these elephants can be seen going close to them.

Thereafter return to Sigiriya.

Dinner and overnight stay at Sigiriya hotel , Sigiriya

 

Day 05                     :  Sigiriya / Aukana / Sigiriya

After breakfast climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

In the afternoon visit the Aukana Buddha statue, which is beyond doubt the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It was built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 feet (12 metres) high.

Thereafter return to Sigiriya hotel  for dinner and overnight  stay

 

Day  06                    :  Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Matale and visit the Aluvihare Temple. It was here, in the 2nd century B.C. that around 500 devoted monks committed to write the Buddha's scriptures (Tripitaka).

Also visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for.  You will be shown different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Thereafter leave for Kandy and check-in at Le Kandyan Hotel.

In the afternoon do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence.  Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.  Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Dinner and overnight stay at Suisse hotel , Kandy.

 

Day  07                    :  Kandy / Peradeniya / Udawatta Kela / Kandy

After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya and visit Botanical Gardens.  This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

In the afternoon visit Udawatta Kele mountain rainforest located right behind the Temple of tooth relique.

Dinner and overnight at Suisee hotel, Kandy.

 

Day  08                    :  Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast visit the Tea Museum in Kandy.  

Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya. 

En route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the
world is produced. You will be shown the process of manufacturing tea and how it is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

Thereafter continue to Nuwara Eliya and check in at Galway Forest Lodge.

In the late afternoon explore Nuwara Eliya.  Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea.  Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.  Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

Dinner and overnight stay at Galway forest lodge , Nuwara Eliya.


Day  09                    :  Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceed to Horton Plains which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 7,000 feet (2134 metres) elevation. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the 'World's End', considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name.

Dnner and overnight stay at Galway forest lodge, Nuwara Eliya/strong>


Day  10                    :  Nuwara Eliya / Colombo

After breakfast leave for Colombo via Kitulgala. Kitulgala was the location where the famous film 'Bridge on the River Kwai' was filmed. Enroute you could also observe St. Clare's and Devon water falls.

Minimum 02 pax

Programme    :    Nature Tour – Standard- *** hotels

Duration                     :       05 Days / 04 Nights

Day 01            :           Colombo / Pinnawala / Kandy

Arrival and transfer to Kandy.

Enroute visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela which is a home for about 60 elephants out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild.  They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authority.  Clients will have the opportunity of seeing these ‘babes’ being bottle-fed.  You could also accompany the elephants to a river close by to see them having their daily baths.

Thereafter continue to Kandy.

Dinner and overnight stay at Suisse hotel, Kandy.

Day 02            :           Kandy

After breakfast do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which is a world heritage site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence.  Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.

Also visit the Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, which was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. It makes a fascinating study for the Botanist both amateur and professional.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show displaying traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Dinner and overnight stay at Suisse hotel , Kandy.

 

Day 03            :           Kandy / Bandarawela

After breakfast proceed to Bandarawela.

Enroute visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Visit Nuwara Eliya.  Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea.  Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.  Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

Thereafter continue to Bandarawela.

Dinner and overnight stay at  Bandarawela hotel or in NuwaraElliya


Day 04            :           Bandarawela / Yala / Hambantota

After breakfast proceed to Hambantota via Ella and Wellawaya.

In the afternoon do a safari of the Yala National Park by Jeep.  Yala is the largest national Park in Sri Lanka and is the home of wild Elephants, wild Boar, wild Buffaloes, Leopard, Bear, Deer and Crocodiles.  You can also see large flocks of migratory in indigenous birds. 

Dinner and overnight stay at Oasis hotel , Hambantota .


Day 05            :           Hambantota / Galle / Negombo

After breakfast proceed to Galle via Matara and Weligama enroute viewing the Fishermen on Stilts. 

In Galle, do a city tour, which was once the chief port of Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was named by the British.  It is still well known for hand-made lace.  You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres), which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663 which is a world heritage site.

Thereafter transfer to Colombo/Airport.

 

Minimum 2 pax

 

 

Supplement for Deluxe accommodation :

Prices will be given on request

The Tour includes:

  • Accommodation (in standard rooms) on half board basis for 4 nights from dinner on day 01 to breakfast on day 05 at hotels specified or of similar standard.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from Airport on day 01 upto Colombo on day 05 (the transfer from Colombo to the Beach hotel on day 05 is not included).

  • Entrance fees for , Kandy Temple, Botanical Gardens and Elephant Orphanage.Yala national park

  • Cost of jeep at Yala national park

  • Cost of Cultural Show.

  • Services of An   English speaking Chauffer Guide for groups upto 06 pax and groups above 07 pax will be accompanied by a professional English speaking  guide.

 

The Tour price will not include:

  • Lunch throughout the tour

  • Video and Camera permits

  • Expenses of a personal nature.

Programme    :    Special Deluxe Tour with Anuradhapura
                                              Deluxe hotels

Duration                     :
       07 Days / 06 Nights

Day  01           :           Airport / Colomb

Arrival and transfer to Colombo.

Do a city tour of Colombo. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. As an example there is a 100 year old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar where one can shop for a bargains, the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - BMICH, an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China.

Dinner and overnight stay at Taj Samudra hotel, Colombo.


Day  02           :        Colombo / Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Anuradhapura

After breakfast proceed to Anuradhapura.

Do a city tour of Anuradhapura, the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka.  It is the home of two World Heritage sites.  Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited.  Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.  At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks.  Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas.  It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce.  'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation.  Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings of 'The Lovers'.  Kuttam Pokuna - twin ponds (6th century AD) was used by the Buddhist monks as a bathing pool.  Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha. 

Thereafter proceed to Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. On this rock, there are many shrines and dwellings originally used by monks.  A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of 15 feet wide granite slabs leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

Dinner and overnight stay at Palm garden village, Anuradhapura.

 

Day  03           :        Anuradhapura / Aukana / Dambulla

After breakfast proceed to Aukana.  Aukana Buddha statue, which is beyond doubt the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It was built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 feet (12 metres) high. 

Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya.             

Dinner and overnight stay at Kandalama hotel , in Sigiriya / Dambulla.


Day  04           :        Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya

After breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa.

Do a city tour of Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site.  Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya -where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. 

Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya and climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. 

Thereafter return to Kandalama hotel in  Sigiriya / Dambulla for Dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day  05           :        Dambulla / Matale / Peradeniya / Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy.

Enroute visit Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks.  Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres. 

Also, visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for.  You will be shown different spices and  how some of these spices are grown and processed.
Thereafter continue to Kandy.

In Kandy, do a city tour.  Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence.  Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.  Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.  

Also visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.  This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Dinner and overnight stay at Earls regency hotel in Kandy.


Day  06           :        Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

Do a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort.  Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea.  Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here.  Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. 

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel at Tea Factory /Grand hotel in  Nuwara Eliya.


Day  07           :        Nuwara Eliya / Kitulgala / Colombo

waterfalls St. Clare's and Devon. 

Thereafter proceed to Colombo/Airport.


Minimum 2 pax

 

The Tour includes:

  • Accommodation (in standard rooms) on half board basis for 6 nights from dinner on day 01 to breakfast on day 07 at hotels specified or of similar standard.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from Airport on day 01 upto Colombo on day 07 (the transfer from Colombo to the Beach hotel on day 07 is not included).

  • Entrance fees for Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy Temple, Botanical Gardens and Elephant Orphanage , Anuradhapura Sri Maha Bodhiya, Isurumuniya Temple, Aukana, , ,Mihinthale.

  • Cost of Cultural Show.

  • Services of An English  speaking Chauffer Guide for groups upto 06 pax and groups above 07 pax will be accompanied by a professional English speaking  guide.

 

The Tour price will not include:

  • Lunch throughout the tour

  • Video and Camera permits

  • Expenses of a personal nature.