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Sri Lanka Classic tour

07 Days / 06 Nights Tour
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Per person
(Tour excludes International flights)

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Sri Lanka Classic tour

Sri Lanka tour - 07 Days / 06 Nights Tour. Sri Lanka is not just naturally beautiful; there are ancient cities, shrines sacred to different faiths, granite-carved fortresses and delicious food. With 16 National Parks here and eight UNESCO “World Heritage Sites”, it's a country that is rich in culture, natural splendour and hospitality, and is ready to be rediscovered.

Itinerary


Day 1 - AIRPORT / ANURADHAPURA


On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met at the arrival lounge by our representative and transferred to Anuradhapura.

Afternoon – sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura.

ANURADHAPURA - the capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba is enshrined with the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world.

Dinner & Overnight – Palm Garden Village, ANURADHAPURA.

 

Day 2 - ANURADHAPURA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA


After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Polonnaruwa to see the ruins.

POLONNARUWA – is another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th - 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best examples of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare - a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.The medieval capital, Polonnaruwa was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The Parakrama Samudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.

Thereafter proceed to Giritale.   Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner & Overnight – Aliya Resort & Spa, SIGIRIYA.

 

Day 3 - SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY


After breakfast at the hotel climb the Sigiriya rock fortress.

SIGIRIYA – is a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colours. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.

Next you leave for Dambulla and climb the Golden Cave Temple.

DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLES - is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island. In the first Cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long cut out of the Rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they are over painted in the Kandy period.

Thereafter leave for Matale & visit the Spice Garden and a Batik factory.

Continue to Kandy.

Dinner & Overnight – Earl’s Regent Hotel, KANDY.

 

Day 4 - KANDY / PERADENIYA / PINNAWELA / NUWARA ELIYA


After breakfast at the hotel leave for Peradeniya and visit the Royal botanical gardens.

From there proceed to Pinnawela where you visit the Elephant Orphanage.

PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE -  off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as some of the more than 25 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding times and the bathing times when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Enjoy the feeding of baby elephants and bathing in the river nearby.

Later you leave for Nuwara Eliya visiting a tea plantation and a factory.

TEA PLANTATIONS - Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839.  In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate.  In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.  Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 25% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as the World’s largest Tea exporter

Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner & Overnight – Jetwing St. Andrew’s, NUWARA ELIYA.

 

Day 5 - NUWARA ELIYA / BUDURUWAGALA / YALA


After breakfast at the hotel leave for Yala via Buduruwagala visiting the statues of Buddha.

BUDURUVAGALA STATUES - at Buduruvagala 2 miles from the Nugeyaya Junction on the Wirawila - Wellawaya road is a group of Mahayana figures sculptured on the face of a rock. The central figure is a Buddha statue in the “Abhaya Mudra”, 51 feet high, flanked on each side by 3 Bodhisatva figures including the Female Tara figure.  To the left of the Buddha are the figures of Avalokitesvara in the center, Bodhisattva Sudanakumara on to the left and Tara on the right of the central figure. The other 3 figures consist of Maitreya Bodhisattva in the center, Vajrapani or Vajrasattava to the right and Padmapani or Manipadma Bodhisattava to the left. The figures are in high relief and had earlier been finished with stucco. The figures are dated to 8th century A.D.

This afternoon, safari at Yala national park by jeep.

Yala (Ruhuna) National Park - the Ruhunu National Park covers 126,786 hectares Including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and these blocks were established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded which includes the resident and winter visitors. There are 7 Bungalows inside the Park with few Camp Sites.

Dinner & Overnight – Jetwing Yala, YALA.

 

Day 6 - YALA / GALLE / KOSGODA / COLOMBO


After breakfast at the hotel leave for Galle for a brief city tour including a visit to the Galle Dutch fort.

GALLE - Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour. Stroll around the lighthouse and harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs. The Dutch Fort - Galle - The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort which is a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord.  Today, the 90-acre Galle Fort shows no evidence of the Portuguese founders. The Dutch incorporated the Portuguese northern wall in a great rampart in 1663. A second, taller wall was built inside of it. Between the two walls, a covered passage connected the central bastion with the Fort’s two half bastions overlooking the sea. The Dutch also installed a sophisticated drainage system, complete with brick-lined underground sewers that were flushed twice a day by the high and low tides. The original gate to the fort was by the harbour. It is still there, marked by the British Coat-of-arms on the front and the Dutch V.O.C. (Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie) with the Coat-of-arms with a rooster crest, on the inner side of the Fort.

Continue to Kosgoda and see the turtle hatchery.

KOSGODA TURTLE HATCHERY - Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more than 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery.

Transfer to Colombo.

Dinner & Overnight – OZO Colombo, COLOMBO.

 

Day 7 - COLOMBO / AIRPORT


After breakfast at the hotel proceed to the airport in time for your flight home.

END OF TOUR