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Sri Lanka - Glimpse of Culture and Highlands

06 Days / 05 Nights Tour
from £515 
Per person
(Tour excludes International flights)

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Sri Lanka - Glimpse of Culture and Highlands

Sri Lanka - Glimpse of Culture and Highlands - 6 Days / 5 Nights Tour. The Island of Sri Lanka is full of surprises with its intense diversity. Its a mix of culture, religions, people, landscapes, wildlife and cuisines offers an incredible range of experiences, which are expanding all the time.

What's Included

  • Meeting and assistance on arrival & assistance on departure
  • Accommodation on HB at the mentioned hotels or hotels with similar standards
  • Transportation in Air Conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance tickets to all the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Service of an English speaking chauffeur-guide
  • White water rafting session in Kitulgala
  • All taxes and service charges

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1 - Pinnawala & Kandalama


Destination: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage         Drive: Approximately 3 hours (80km)

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met our representative and transferred to Pinnawala.

Leave for Pinnawala to visit the Elephant orphanage. This orphanage was set up by the government to take care of baby elephants lost or abandoned in the wild. Witness the feeding of the elephants. Thereafter observe them as they take their daily bath in the river nearby, which affords marvelous photo opportunities. Bath time is enjoyed by all elephants, young and old alike and it is a good time to closely observe their tightly knit family structure. Daily feeding times - 9.15 am, 1.15 pm, and 5.00 pm. bathing times – 10.00 am, 2.00 pm, and 4.00 pm.  

Destination: Kandalama        Drive: approximately 4 hours (84 km)

Transfer to Kandalama, a small village with excellent hotel accommodation and a central location to all the ancient city sites.

Check in to the hotel in Kandalama on arrival and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner & overnight Stay: «Heritance Kandalama» in Kandalama.

 

Day 2 - Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa


Destination: Sigiriya                  Drive: approximately 30 mins (24 km)

After breakfast climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya - a 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky’. Built by King Kassapa the fortress was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. Sigiriya Rock, also known as The Lion Rock (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) rises 200 metres from the scrub jungle around. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion’s Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the ‘Heavenly maidens’ of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.

Destination: Polonnaruwa                  Drive: approximately 1½ hours (67 km)

Thereafter leave for one of the best kept ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa which was the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century. A well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation.

The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

Dinner & overnight Stay: «Heritance Kandalama» in Kandalama.

 

Day 3 - Dambulla & Kandy


Destination: Dambulla              Drive: approximately 10 mins (09 km)

After breakfast check out of the hotel. Visit the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.

The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha.

The ceiling of one cavern is fully illustrated with paintings that follow the natural folds of the rock so closely that it appears to be made of cloth.

Destination: Kandy                  Drive: approximately 3 hours (72 km)

Head on to the bustling hill capital of Kandy. En route, visit Spice gardens in Matale. Check in to your hotel on arrival in Kandy.

Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred Buddhist relic - the tooth of the Buddha and the Kandy Lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Upon reaching Kandy check in to your hotel. After a short break commence a city tour: Take an upper-lake drive to the top of the hill where a bird’s eye view opens of the city below, the gem museum and drive around the man-made Kandy Lake built in 1807, known as the Kiri Muhuda or the Milky Ocean.

At 17:00 enjoy a Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.

Soon after the show, visit the sacred Temple of Tooth Relic. Monks conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the Sacred Relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.

Dinner & overnight Stay: «Mahaweli Reach» in Kandy.


 

Day 4 - Peradeniya & Nuwara Eliya


Destination: Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya    Drive: Approximately 15 mins (06 km)

After breakfast check out of the hotel. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed. Royal Botanical Gardens attracts 2 million visitors annually. The Garden boasts of more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium.

Destination: Nuwara Eliya                 Drive: approximately 3 hours (90 km)

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed.

The beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne.

Commence a city tour: visit the golf course (one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in Asia), the Hill Club and drive around the man–made Gregory Lake.

Check in to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Dinner & overnight Stay: «Grand Hotel» in Nuwara Eliya.

 

Day 5 - Kitulgala & Negombo.


Destination: Kitulgala            Drive: approximately 3 hours (80 km)

After breakfast check out of the hotel and leave for Kitulgala a small town perched on the hills that slope down to the flowing waters of the Kelani River. The main attractions include white water rafting, trekking and the Kelani Forest Reserve a popular bird watching location.  Enjoy a thrilling day of white water rafting.

Destination: Negombo          Drive: approximately 3 hours (95 km)

On completion, proceed to Negombo. Enjoy rest of the day on the beach.

Dinner & overnight Stay: «Goldi Sands» in Negombo.


 

Day 6 - Airport


Destination: Airport                Drive: approximately 15 minutes (10 km)

Now that you are at the end of your journey with us, after breakfast your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight.


END OF THE TOUR