Highlights of Sri Lanka

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Departure Date

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Duration

6 Days

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Tour Overview

Day 01

ARRIVE COLOMBO COLOMBO - NEGOMBO

“Ayubowan” On arrival at the recently refurbished Modern and State of the art International Airport you will be blessed to get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Welcome you at the Airport and Transfer to Hotel. Check in to the hotel. Overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 02

NEGOMBO - ANURDHAPURA

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Anuradhapura. Evening explore ancient Kingdom. Anuradhapura is situated in the North Central province of Sri Lanka. It can be reached from Colombo via Kurunegala -Dambulla -Anuradhapura road, or via Kandy-Dambulla- Anuradhapura road or from Puttalam along Trincomalee road. Anuradhapura city became the Capital of Anuradhapura Kingdom in the 4th Century BC. It remained as the capital city for 15 centuries and was a prominent political and trade center in South Asia during this period. According to the Chronicle Mahawanasa, Anuradhapura was called by that name after the minister Anuradha, who came along with Prince Vijaya and hundreds of followers from Dambadiva, India in the 6th Century BC and started the settlement by the side of Malwathu Oya (River Malwatu). It is said that the Sinhala nation has originated from the natives of the island and the Indo aryans like Vijaya and followers, who came and settled in the island from around 6th Century BC and there onwards. The native clans were called as Yakshas and Nagas. In the 4th century BC, King Pandukabhaya made Anuradhapura the capital of his Kingdom. Transfer to Habarana for overnight stay. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 03

ANURDHAPURA – POLONNARUWA POLONNARUWA – HABARANA

After breakfast transfer to Polonnaruwa. The history Polonnaruwa goes as far as 6th century BC when a minister of the king Vijaya (From whom the Sinhalese race was born) established a town called “Vijitha Grama” on the area now called Kaduruwela. This is also the place for the famous “Battle of Vijithapura” between the Great King Dutugamunu (161-131 BC) and the Tamil invader Elara in his effort to re-unite the country under one Sinhalese King. This area was gradually developed as an influential agricultural town with large irrigation tanks and complex waterways built by various kings who ruled from Anuradhapura. Visit Minneriya National Park. Being part of the elephant corridor which joins up with Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa parks, Minneriya National Park affords the opportunity to sight herds of Elephants throughout the year.May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephants. Gathering is the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world. During this period herds up to 300 elephants are seen at the 8,890 hectare park within a few square kilometers of the Minneriya Reservoir. In August and September each year during the dry season, wild elephants from the surrounding wilderness in search of food and water, makes their way to the shores of the Minneriya Reservoir adjoining the Minneriya National Park. Huge herd of elephants, sometimes numbering up to 300, converge together within a few square kilometers of the lake. This Elephant Gathering is a thrilling spectacle that would be remembered for rest of the life of all those who were fortunate to witness it. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04

HABARANA – SIGIRIYA SIGIRIYA – DAMBULLA DAMBULLA - KANDY

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Sigiriya. Originally called Sihagiri (Remembrance Rock) and later dubbed Sigiriya (Lion Rock), the rock mass is actually the hardened magma plug of an extinct volcano that long ago eroded away. Pocked with natural cave shelters and rock overhangs – supplemented over the centuries by numerous hand-hewn additions and modifications – the rock may have been inhabited in prehistoric times. Popular myth says that the formation served royal and military functions during the reign of King Kassapa (AD 477–495), who allegedly built a garden and palace on the summit. According to this theory, King Kassapa sought out an unassailable new residence after overthrowing and murdering his own father, King Dhatusena of Anuradhapura. Transfer to Kandy on the way visit Dambulla Rock Temple & Spice Garden at Mathale. The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century BC and occupied continuously until today. Its location has marked a transportation node between the Eastern and Western Dry Zones and between the Dry Zones and the central mountains throughout the history of Sri Lanka. The cave-temple complex is established on an inselberg or erosional remnant of importance in the study of the island's geological history. The site also includes evidence of human occupation going back to the prehistoric period, including the megalithic cemetery at Ibbankatuwa. SPICE GARDEN - You will see many spice gardens at Matale and in Mawanella on the Colombo-Kandy road where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them in food preparations. Afterwards visit a Batik Factory where you can see the manufacture of beautiful Batik prints. These shops contain a wide variety of Batik items. Proceed to Kandy and check in to the hotel.
Day 05

KANDY

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast visit Royal Botanical Garden, Kandy city and Temple of tooth relic, It was British colonialist rulers (1815-1948) of Ceylon, who destroyed the invaluable forest cover of a thousand wooded hills from Kandy to Badulla of Central Highlands of Ceylon that was protected by the gentle sway of Buddhism, which indoctrinated the respectforalllivingbeings.The wooded hills were converted to hill after hill of Ceylon Coffee and following the devastating "coffee rust" (a leaf blight - Hemileia vastratrix) in 1869 to seamless hill plantations of CeylonTea.The very same British Colonialist rulers of Ceylon established the Peradeniya Botanic Gardens that contribute, today, towards the enlightenment of concepts of floriculture conservation, birdlife conservation, butterfly conservation, biodiversity and sustainability of the island of Sri Lanka: 5% of the school children of Sri Lanka visit the Peradeniya gardens every year. KANDY - The hill capital is another “World Heritage Sites”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the e Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (Maha Wasala), Palle Wasala- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, Meda Wasala where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated. The Bathing Pavilion (Ulpenge) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse. Evening Dinner and visit cultural Show at Kandy. CULTURAL SHOW - Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these dance & music performances at the daily cultural performance which starts in the evening and runs for more than 1 hour. With more than 7 different dance performances, captivating drumming and the skills of the traditional musicians on display, this show will give you a great insight to traditional Sri Lankan culture. Overnight stay at Kandy.
Day 6

KANDY – COLOMBO COLOMBO – HOME

Departure transfer to Colombo airport for onwards destination.

INCLUDE

  • Accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Meal Plan – Breakfast Basis
  • Local English Speaking guide during city tour only below 06 pax.
  • Accompany English speaking guide / Tour Escort from arrival till departure (Group Size 06 Pax onwards).
  • All transfers, sightseeing & excursion by Ac vehicle as per the attached itinerary
  • All present govt. taxes

NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • Please note that Entrance fees to the sight should be paid direct at the sights
  • Any International air ticket.
  • Camera fee / Video fee.
  • Any expenses of personal nature like table drinks, tips etc.
  • Telephone Call / Fax.
  • Any Donations / Driver Tips.
  • Visa
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