- Start Date04/10/2020
- TypeGuided Tours
- LocationSri Lanka
- Departure CityCOLOMBO
- End CityCOLOMBO
- Cancellation policyUp to 24 hours
- Durations 07 days 06 nights
- Audio guide
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Pick-up and drop off
- Private tour
- Professional guide
- Special activities
- Transport by air-conditioned
ARRIVE COLOMBO (STAY AT GALLE FACE HOTEL, COLOMBO)
Arrive Colombo, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Colombo – the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers - the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city - a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, , the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre. Night stay in Colombo.
COLOMBO TO DAMBULLA (STAY AT SIGNATURE BY AMAYA, DAMBULLA)
After breakfast depart by surface to Dambulla, On arrival check-in at Hotel. Dambulla – located in the north central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras. Night stay in Dambulla.
Full day excruion to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – set amongst the verdant hills of Kegalle is a unique orphanage, where the tiny tots weigh 60 kg or more. This is the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage, the world's first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors could see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles or bathed in the river which flows nearby – an unforgettable sight! Established in 1975, by the Wildlife Department and National Zoological gardens which subsequently led to a breeding programme through which more than twenty five elephants have been born since 1984. Night stay in Dambulla.
Full day excruion to Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura and begin sightseeing from Isuruminiya. Anuradhapura being the first capital of The Island country, which have well preserved ruins of ancient lanka. Dambulla – located in the north central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras. Night stay in Dambulla.
DAMBULLA TO KANDY (STAY AT ELEPHANT STABLES, KANDY)
After breakfast depart by surface to Kandy, en-route visit Sigiriya & Matale. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Sigiriya – this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned,rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site. Night stay in Kandy.
Full day excruion to Peradeniya. The Royal Botanical Gardens - Located 460 m above sea-level close to Kandy and surrounded from three sides by the river Mahaweli, Peradeniya botanical garden was founded in the year of 1824. Some of the best and most valuable collections of plants and Trees in the world (more than 4000 species, indoor and outdoor) can be seen here. Most of the honourable guests who visited Sri Lanka, for instance The Queen Elizabeth, Marshal Tito, Chancellor Henry Kiesinger and Juri Gagarin, have planted memorable trees in this park. Within the gardens is the famous Orchid House which boasts of the largest collection of Orchids in Asia and the renowned World War 2 Headquarters of Lord Mountbatten.Lord Louis Mountbatten had his Supreme Headquarters, South East Asia, discreetly erected among the exotic blooms of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy. It is from here that he planned, conducted and completed Operation Zipper – The final plan for re-occupation of Singapore and Malaya from the Japanese. Night stay in Kandy.
KANDY – COLOMBO - DEPART FROM COLOMBO
In time transfer to Colombo airport to board flight for onward destination.