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CULTURE & HERITAGE

Five Nights Tour
Destinations Covered: Colombo, Pinnawela, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Mihintale, Anuradhapura, Matale, Kandy and Peradeniya
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On arrive at the Colombo International Airport, you”ll be greeted by our tour guide, who”ll accompany you to Dambulla. En route, visit the popular Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Kegalle. Set up in 1975, you can witness and admire the wild elephants in their natural environs. Originally established with the aim of providing care and protection to orphaned elephants, this orphanage has now turned into a major tourist attraction. The various daily aspects can be viewed here, like bottle feeding baby elephants, feeding other elephants, bathing them, and so on. Your overnight stay is arranged at Dambulla.

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After an early breakfast at the hotel, our representative will drive you to the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Mihintale. An incredible and mesmerizing mountain peak and pilgrimage site, reaching 1000 feet in height, Mihintale is the place where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Also known as Cetiyagiri or Sagiri, this grand hilltop offers marvelous views of the countryside down. The first capital and the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon, Anuradhapura is home to some of the ruins of the ancient Lankan civilization. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this prehistoric capital can be strolled around for the world”s oldest historically documented tree Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo Tree), the second century Brazen Palace, Ruwanweliseya � the dagoba of Maha Vihara, the magnificent “Samadhi” Buddha statue, and the beautiful Isurumuniya Rock Temple. Return back to Dambulla in the evening and call it a day post scrumptious dinner.

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Treat your tummy with mouth-watering delicacies for breakfast. Begin the day with a city tour of Dambulla. Dambulla Cave Temple, also called the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is the largest and preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka. Built in 1st century BC, this World Heritage Site was constructed by King Valagamba, spreading across 2000 sq. meters of statues, paintings, and murals, depicting Lord Buddha and his wife and Hindu gods � Vishnu and Ganesh. After an enthralling visit to this archaeological site, proceed towards Matale, the spice paradise of Sri Lanka. Explore different spices cultivated and processed on the mountain ranges. The cookery demonstration is worth viewing and capturing on the lens! Pick up a few to spice up your local delicacies. Drive to Kandy and spend the night at the hotel.

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Post breakfast, you will be driven to the outskirts of Kandy, Peradeniya, a vibrant and verdant town. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens what Peradeniya is most famous for. One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Asia, this tourist attraction was built by King Wickramababu III in 1371. Located on the slopes of Mahaweli River, it is renowned for its wide collection of orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. Ride back to Kandy and be fascinated by the popular destinations of the hill capital of Sri Lanka. The Kandy Lake, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and Kandy town and bazaar are some interesting places to see. End the day with a cultural show, followed by a delectable supper. Relax in the coziness of your hotel room at Kandy.

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Take your breakfast at the hotel and continue your journey to Colombo, the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Spend the day touring and shopping at this beautiful and crazy island city. Every skyscraper that you come across is worth capturing on your camera. Yet, do pay a visit to the old charm of the city, where you”ll find a number of colonial and royal buildings built by the British. A Hindu and Buddhist temple, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), the Old Parliament Building, and imperial homes of the affluent are the major attractions of the city. As the sun bids adieu and sets in the ocean, check out the lively nightlife of this part of Sri Lanka. House of Fashion, ODEL, Noritake ceramic shop, and local souvenir shops should be explored for the latest Sri Lankan fashion and traditional curios. Spend the night at Colombo.

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Have a tasty breakfast at the hotel and head towards the airport. Your traditional and enthralling tour comes to an end as you board your flight for your onward destination.

Approx. Package Rate :
Cultural Triangle Tour
Four Nights Tour
Route: Apt/Negombo/Dambulla/Habarana/Anuradhapura/Polonnaruwa/
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At the airport you will be welcomed and met by your chauffeur guide. Short transfer from the International Airport to Negombo for 1 night. Relax from your overseas flight and get acclimatized at your comfortable hotel directly at the beach front. Enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and walk the long, sandy beach. Stroll through the small town and check out the local souvenir shops. If you are keen, drive to the fishing harbor by Tuk-Tuk taxi and see what has been the catch of the day.

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At the airport you will be welcomed and met by your chauffeur guide. Short transfer from the International Airport to Negombo for 1 night. Relax from your overseas flight and get acclimatized at your comfortable hotel directly at the beach front. Enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and walk the long, sandy beach. Stroll through the small town and check out the local souvenir shops. If you are keen, drive to the fishing harbor by Tuk-Tuk taxi and see what has been the catch of the day.

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The number one “must see” attraction of the island is the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, a gneiss rock towering 200m above the surrounding countryside, embellished with the remains of prince Kasyapa”s royal palace, built in the 5th century AD, on its summit plateau. Enter via the carefully designed water gardens with ponds and structured lawns, before starting to climb up the steps to the mirror wall and the famous frescoes of the Sigiriya Damsels, 21 beautiful ladies. From here continue up to the lion platform, from where a final iron staircase leads to the very top. The lion rock has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982. Visit Sigiriya early in the morning, or better yet, late in the day, when the crowds have disappeared and the evening sun makes the rock glow.

According to your preferred timing head to Polonnaruwa, which served as the island”s capital from the 11th to 13th century after the downfall of Anuradhapura. Here the sites are better preserved and located closer together, which makes it more convenient. Parakramabahu I. is regarded as the last great king of Sri Lanka, he and his successor, Nissankamalla have gone through great effort to erect the majestic royal palace and the Quadrangle, including the Vatadage, arguably the most beautiful building in Sri Lanka.

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Today is reserved for a full day visit of Anuradhapura, the great ancient city of Sri Lankan civilization and royal capital of 113 successive kings. In the 19th century, British explorers have rediscovered the �lost city” with its magnificent dagobas, palaces, temples and shrines. The Sri Maha Bodhi, possibly the oldest tree in the world is more than 2000 years old and is the spiritual and physical center of the city. It is said to be a sapling of the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. The gigantic Jetavanarama Stupa ( 122m), the Ruwanweli Seya, the Abhayagiri Monastery, the Samadhi Buddha, the twin ponds, the Isurumuniya Temple and the king”s palace are only some of the main attractions not to be missed. In the afternoon return back to your hotel and relax with a cup of fresh Ceylon tea, or something stronger.

If you prefer nature & wildlife to ancient ruins however, set out on a jeep safari to Minneriya National Park, best known for the biggest elephant gathering, where herds with up to 100 individuals could be seen during the season, (from July to October), when the water resources elsewhere dry up and the elephants gather around the Minneriya tank! The park boasts a wide range of various habitats, from dry zone to wetland and grassland to forests. Other animals found in the park include sambar, spotted dear, monkeys, jackal, sloth bear, leopard and many bird species as well.

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After breakfast return to Colombo/Negombo
WE recommend to extend your program with some additional nights at the beautiful East coast (especially during May to October). The long, sandy beaches north of Trincomalee are ideal for relaxing, swimming & snorkeling or head to the latest hotspot, the tranquil Pasikudah Bay, where several top hotels have just opened!

Approx. Package Rate :

Four Nights Tour
“Ayubowan” and a warm welcome! Your tour local guide and driver team fromLanka Vacations will meet & welcome you at the Airport. A local SIM card for your cell phones could also be purchased for around 10US$ here. Your guide will assist. Afterwards proceed to your vehicle arrange by Lanka Vacations.
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Route : Airport to Negombo
Meal Type :BB
  • Welcome, meet, greet and assist at airport
  • Transfer to Hotel in Negombo
  • Check in at Hotel
  • Relax at leisure and enjoy dinner at hotel
  • Overnight at Hotel

Day
Route : Negombo to Anuradhapura
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Anuradhapura via Chillaw and Putalam (Fishing Villages)
  • Reach Anuradhapura by afternoon
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • After lunch sightseeing of Sri Lanka’s first ancient capital – Anuradhapura
  • Check-in to Hotel for dinner and overnight

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Route : Anuradhapura to Sigiriya via Polonaruwa
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Polanaruwa
  • Sightseeing of Polonaruwa – second ancient capital of Sri Lanka
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • After Lunch proceed to Sigiriya
  • Evening climb Sigiriya Rock fortress
  • Check into Hotel at Sigiriya
  • Dinner and overnight at Hotel

Day
Route : Sigiriya to Kandy
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Proceed to Kandy
  • Lunch at spice garden in Matale
  • Reach Kandy late afternoon
  • Visit the Kandy Lake and Kandy Temple
  • Kandyan Cultural Show
  • Optional shopping in Kandy
  • Return to hotel for Dinner and Overnight

Day
Route : Kandy to Colombo to Airport
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Colombo via Pinnawella elephant orphanage
  • Arrive in Colombo for afternoon lunch at local restaurant
  • Evening city tour of Colombo
  • Dinner at Local restaurant
  • Leave for airport for departure flight

Approx. Package Rate :

6 Night 7 Day Special
Seven Nights Tour
“Ayubowan” and a warm welcome! Your tour local guide and driver team from Lanka Vacations will meet & welcome you at the Airport. A local SIM card for your cell phones could also be purchased for around 10US$ here. Your guide will assist. Afterwards proceed to your vehicle arrange by Lanka Vacations.
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Route : Negombo to Dambulla/Sigiriya
Meal Type :BB
      • Meet and greet at the airport
      • Proceed to Dambulla/Sigiriya – two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
      • Visit Dambulla Cave Temeples; walk through the caverns studying the intriguing paintings that cover the natural rock ceiling, as well as a collection of hand sculpted statues
      • Afternoon – reach Sigiriya, check in at hotel and have lunch
      • Evening – visit & climb (optional) Sigirya Rock Fortress, enjoying the magnificent views and soaking in the wonder of this ancient “cloud swept city”
      • Return to hotel for overnigh

    For information on the sites please click below:

    • Sigiriya –

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/202

    • Dambulla –

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/561

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Route : Polonnaruwa
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at hotel and head to Poloannaruwa
      • Sightseeing at Polonnaruwa – another ancient city in Sri Lanka’s “Cultural Triangle”. The awe-inspiring architecture, rock carvings and murals of this ancient kingdom is reflective of its intriguing history. Notable sites include The Citadel, which are the remains of the Royal Palace, The Quadrangle of temples and shrines and the Polonnaruwa Museum.
      • Visit Hiriwaduna – experience the charm & simplistic beauty of this archetypal village
      • Overnight at Hotel in Sigirya/Dambulla

    For information on the sites please click below:

    • Polonnaruwa-

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/201

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Route : Dambulla/Sigirya to Kandy
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at hotel and head towards Kandy
      • En-route to Kandy visit the spice Gardens in Matale and learn about the exotic spices grown in the region(Optional)
      • Launch en-route
      • Late afternoon reach Kandy, known to be the center for the Arts in Sri Lanka
      • Visit Kandy Temple of the Tooth
      • Attend a Folklore show with Kandyan dancers and drummers,fire-walk performances etc, late evening(Optional)
      • Optional shopping in Kandy – known for exotic arts and crafts and world famous gem stones
      • Take a stroll or drive along the Kandy lake and Upper lake drive enjoying breath taking views of the country’s Hill Capitol
      • Visit the Kandy National Museum (Optional)
      • Overnight at Hotel

    For information on the sites please click below:

    • Kandy-

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/450

Day
Route : Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens – one of the finest in Asia, which dates back to the 14th century (Optional)
  • Then, journey up through the hills, passing waterfalls, pine and eucalyptus forests and vast green tea eastates. Many optional photo stops en-route
  • Visit a tea factory, where you will not only enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea but will also have the opportunity to witness the intricacies involved in its manufacturing process
  • Proceed to NuwaraEliya – the “city above the clouds” at 1980m above sea level. A golf course, race course for horse racing, English country style cottages and planters bungalows are all witness of its colonial past
  • Take a walk through town and enjoy the cool mountain air, panoramic views ant the beauty of this quaint old town
  • Overnight at hotel

Day
Route : Nuwara Eliya to Colombo
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Colombo via Pinnawela
  • En route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, home to approx 60 elephants. Watch the baby elephants play and bathe in the river parents; watch them being fed, or feed them yourself (optional).
  • Lunch en-route
  • Reach Colombo in the evening , check in at hotel and relax& leisure
  • Optional sightseeing of Colombo, the capitol of Sri Lanka; explore its colonial past, the Dutch church of Wolfendhal; visit Gangarama temple.
  • Overnight at hotel

Day
Route : Colombo/Galle
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at hotel
      • Day tour to Galle, yet another UNESCO World Heritage site, widely known for its 17th Century Dutch Fort.
      • Visit the natural harbor, the Dutch Fort with its towering ramparts and medieval architecture, take a stroll along the beach or through the streets of Old Town Galle soaking in the beauty of its colonial past.
      • Optional visit to the Maritime Museum
      • Lunch in Galle and head back to Colombo in the evening.
      • Relax at hotel in Colombo (optional sightseeing/shopping in Colombo available until 8 pm)

    For information on the sites please click below:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/451

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Route : Colombo to Air Port
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Thereafter proceed to airport with an abundance of memories from your mystique adventures in Sri Lanka

Overnights
City Standard Hotel Deluxe Hotel Number of Nights
Dambulla/Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa Camilia Resort or similar Amaya Lake Resort or similar 2
Kandy Hotel Topaz or similar Amaya Hills or Similar 1
Nuwara Eliya St. Andrews or similar The Grand Hotel or similar 1
Colombo Mirage or similar Cinnamon Lakeside or similar 1
Galle Ocean Beach Club or similar 1
Seven Nights Tour

Highlights: Sigiriya rock fortress/Dambulla cave temple/scenic train ride to the hill country/ temple of the tooth/ Kandyan dance/Tea estate & factory/ majestic landscapes & stunning views/sandy beaches/ Colombo city/ shopping/ Bawa office, House, Hotels , temple and public buildings/

Route: Apt/Negombo/Kandelama/Dambulla/Sigiriya/Matale/Kandy/Nuwara Eliya/Ella/ Haputale/Tanamalwila/Tissamaharama/Tangalle/Galle/Ahungalla/Bentota/Colombo

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Route : Airport to Negombo

Day 1: At the airport you will be welcomed and met by your chauffeur guide. Short transfer from Apt to Negombo. Hotel Jetwing Beach, originally called Royal Oceanic Hotel, is testament to the inimitable design by Sri Lanka”s most renowned architect. Jetwing hotels is the main sponsor & partner for the Geoffery Bawa Trust Award for Excellence in Architecture, which celebrates outstanding contemporary architecture in Sri Lanka. Held once every three years, beginning in 2008, the award remains the pinnacle of prestige for the talented winners as recognition for the creativity and skill displayed.
Relax from your oversees flight

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Route : Negombo to Kandalama

In the morning climb the Sigiriya Rock , the eighth wonder of the world. The number one “must see” attraction of the island is the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, a gneiss rock towering 200m above the surrounding countryside, embellished with the remains of prince Kasyapa”s royal palace, built in the 5th century AD, on its summit plateau. Enter via the carefully designed water gardens with ponds and structured lawns, before starting to climb up the steps to the mirror wall and the famous frescoes of the Sigiriya Damsels, 21 beautiful ladies. From here continue up to the lion platform, from where a final iron staircase leads to the very top. The lion rock has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982.
In the afternoon, go for an elephant ride with Monica, the resident pachyderm or relax and simply enjoy all that Kandelama Hotel has to offer- signature treatments at the SPA, a dip in the pool, a trek or boat trip and much more!

Day
Route : Kandalama to kandy

Today drive south to Kandy, via Matale, the center of the spice industry and visit one of the numerous spice gardens, to see how cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and other spices are grown and harvested. Nalanda Gedige , is a little gem of a building and one of the most unusual monuments in the Cultural Triangle, marking the centre of the island. The temple has been dismantled and reconstructed in its present location in 1980, when the Mahaweli river project led to its original site being flooded.
Proceed to Kandy, Sri Lanka”s most vibrant centre of traditional arts, crafts and religious pageantry. Perched on the lakeside, close to the town centre, lies the island”s most important Buddhist temple, the Sri Dalada Maligawa, the sacred temple of the tooth relic. The three daily poya ceremonies held, are atmospheric occasions, but do get crowded sometimes with tourists. The tusker museum, the wooden Audience hall and the National & Archaeological Museum are all worth a visit.
Take an evening stroll around the �Kiri Muhuda” the Milk Lake or attend the Kandyan dancing and drumming show, Sri Lanka”s iconic performing art. There are five main types of Kandyan dance, all featuring flamboyantly dressed male dancers. The acrobatic Ves dance includes backflips, leaps and whirling pirouettes and is performed by men only. Ladies also do perform in various folk dances, such as the stick dance, harvest dance, pot dance or the popular raban-drum dance.
Overnight at Kandy House, a stylish and carefully renovated ancestral mansion ( Wallauwa), just 12km outside the busy town centre. With only 9 bedrooms, the aim is to give guests an experience of staying more in a private house than a conventional hotel. Traditional Kandyan architecture has been blended with Bawa-influenced modern elements.

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Route : Kandy

This morning head straight to the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, close to the banks of the mighty Mahaweli River. The beginnings of the gorgeous gardens date back to 1371 and they have been opened to the general public in 1824. Since then, they are a magnet for locals a well as for visitors from all over the world. Rare trees and plants, such as the “Coco de Mer” , giant bamboo, the Royal Palms alley, a “Cannonball” tree, delicate orchids , flowering shrubs and an arboretum are found on the 150 acres premises.
In the afternoon enjoy the amenities of Kandy House, relax by the pool, have a massage or Yoga class or go for bird & butterfly spotting or visit the Hantana tea Museum.

Day
Route : Kandy to Nuwareliya

Today the most spectacular train ride to the hill country awaits you. The track climbs slowly through pine and eucalyptus forest into a landscape of manicured tea plantations which open up to reveal stunning view through the hills and peaks, especially near Dimbula , at the centre of the tea growing area, where the track passes high above a canyon-like valley between towering cliffs. Travel to Nanu Oya, the station closest to Nuwara Eliya, where the driver will meet you. Proceed to the city above the clouds.
Alternatively travel by your private vehicle and visit a tea factory and Ramboda Falls en route.

Day
Route : Nuwareliya to Tangalle

In the morning leave the hill country and travel south via Ella and Wellawaya to Tangalle to the Last House, Geoffrey Bawa”s final creation designed in 1997. The luxury seaside escape with only 6 rooms was his ultimate commission, and is a true representation of his work, where airy, antique-filled interiors spill into alfresco spaces as if no boundaries exist at all. Stay one or two nights at this fabulous Villa.

Day
Route : Tangalle to Galle

Today travel along the southern coastal road to Galle, the most perfectly preserved colonial town in Sri Lanka. The Dutch Fort area, dating back to 1640, is still surrounded and protected by the impressive ramparts and fortifications, that withstood the Tsunami in 2004. The white lighthouse, the Meeran Jumma mosque, the Dutch Reformed church and the luxurious Amangalle Hotel, originally the residence of the Dutch governor, are the landmark buildings.
Stop for lunch at Jetwing Lighthouse hotel (1995-1997) . It embraces a rugged outcrop along the coastline just before the city centre, and is the last unique architectural triumph of Bawa. Step in to the hallway and step back five centuries. A dramatic enactment � a historic narrative depicting the “Battle of Randeniya” spirals upwards. Sweeping alongside the stairway, Portuguese horsemen charge the brave local inhabitants; their fervour immortalized in shimmering copper and bronze envisioned by renowned artist Laki Senanayake.
Proceed north along the coastal road to Heritance Ahungalla, formerly known as Triton Hotel (1979-1981) another one of Bawa”s splendid designs.
Several of Bawa”s hotels are located in small seaside resort of Bentota: Club Villa Bentota, Avani Bentota, the former Serendib Hotel (1967- 1970) in a tranquil setting with great charm and the massive Bentota Beach Hotel, Bawa first major effort, built from 1967-1969.
Stay one or more nights for a relaxing beach holiday!

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Route : Galle to Colombo

After your resort holiday travel further north to Colombo. Have lunch or dinner at the Gallery Caf�, Bawa”s former office, that today provides a memorable dining experience and also serves as an art gallery, promoting talented, local artists
. Visit Bawa House in 33rd Lane, Kollupitiya, 1960-1970, an essay in architectural bricollage. In 1958 Bawa bought the third in a row of four small houses which lay along a short cul-de-sac at the end of a narrow suburban lane and converted it into a pied-�-terre with living room, bedroom, tiny kitchen and room for a servant.
The 1977 General Election produced a new government headed by J.R. Jayawardene. In that year Bawa built a remarkable Buddhist ordination temple, the Seema Malaka, on an island in Colombo”s Beira Lake. Bawa\\\\\\\’s growing prestige was recognized in 1979, when he was invited by President Jayawardene to design Sri Lanka\\\\\\\’s new Parliament (1979-1982) at Kotte, 8 kilometres east of Colombo. At Bawa\\\\\\\’s suggestion the swampy site was dredged to create an island at the centre of a vast artificial lake, with the Parliament building appearing as an asymmetric composition of copper roofs floating above a series of terraces rising out of the water.

Eight Nights Tour

Route: Apt/Negombo/Kurunegala/Dambulla/Sigiriya/Aukana/Anuradhapura/Polonnaruwa/ Matale/ Kandy/Nuwara Eliya/Wellawaya/Kataragama/ Tissamaharama/ Yala/Matara/ Galle/ Colombo

Highlights ancient cities & capital of Sri Lanka/Sigiriya Rock Fortress/ Dambulla Cave Temples/Kandy Temple and Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens/hillcountry and tea estate/Nuwara Eliya/Kataragama/Yala National Park/ Galle Fort and city/

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Route :

At the airport you will be welcomed and met by your chauffeur guide. Transfer from Apt to Negombo and check in at your comfortable luxury hotel, directly by the sea. Unwind and relax from your overseas journey, walk along the wide sandy beach, take a dip in the pool or rejuvenate with a soothing massage in the hotel SPA.

Day
Route :

At the airport you will be welcomed and met by your chauffeur guide. Transfer from Apt to Negombo and check in at your comfortable luxury hotel, directly by the sea. Unwind and relax from your overseas journey, walk along the wide sandy beach, take a dip in the pool or rejuvenate with a soothing massage in the hotel SPA.

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Route :

Today is reserved for a full day visit of Anuradhapura, the great ancient city of Sri Lankan civilization and royal capital of 113 successive kings. In the 19th century, British explorers have rediscovered the “lost city” with its magnificent dagobas, palaces, temples and shrines. The Sri Maha Bodhi, possibly the oldest tree in the world is more than 2000 years old and is the spiritual and physical center of the city. It is said to be a sapling of the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. The gigantic Jetavanarama Stupa ( 122m), the Ruwanweliseya, the Abhayagiri Monastery, the Samadhi Buddha, the twin ponds, the Isurumuniya Temple and the king”s palace are only some of the main attractions not to be missed. In the afternoon return back to your hotel and relax with a cup of fresh Ceylon tea, or something stronger, after this exciting day.

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In the morning drive to Aukana- the Buddha is the most perfectly preserved ancient statue in Sri Lanka, a copy of it can be seen in Colombo, opposite the BMICH conference hall. The elegant statue of the �sun eating” Buddha is 12m high and stands near the Kala Wewa tank.

  • Lunch en route
  • The number one �must see” attraction of the island is the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO world heritage site & gneiss rock towering 200m above the surrounding countryside, embellished with the remains of prince Kasyapa”s royal palace, built in the 5th century AD, on its summit plateau. Enter via the carefully designed water gardens with ponds and structured lawns, before starting to climb up the steps to the mirror wall and the famous frescoes of the Sigiriya Damsels, 21 beautiful ladies. From here continue up to the lion platform, from where a final iron staircase leads to the very top. The lion rock has been declared a world heritage site in 1982. Visit Sigiriya early in the morning, or better yet, late in the day, when the crowds have disappeared and the evening sun makes the rock glow.
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If you are in the mood for more of the ancient culture and sites, head to Polonnaruwa, which served as the island”s capital from the 11th to 13th century, after the downfall of Anuradhapura. Here the sites are better preserved and located closer together, which makes it more convenient. Parakramabahu I. is regarded as the last great king of Sri Lanka, he and his successor, Nissankamalla have gone through great effort to erect the majestic royal palace and the Quadrangle, including the Vatadage, arguably the most beautiful building in Sri Lanka. Further north you find the highlight, the pinnacle of rock carving in the entire island, the four magnificent Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara. A 14m reclining Buddha of serene beauty, a standing and a seated one, all delicately crafted by an outstanding sculptor.

  • After this, drive south to Kandy, via Matale, the center of the spice industry and visit one of the numerous spice gardens, to see how cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and other spices are grown and harvested.
  • Arrive at Kandy and check into you hotel, offering a splendid view over the hills surrounding the city. Enjoy and relax at your hotel or take a walk through the city center and watch a folklore show with the famous Kandy dancers.
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Located in the heart of the island and protected by its geographical position, the Kandyan kingdom was the last stronghold of the Singhalese culture & tradition, until the last king had to surrender to the British in 1815. Walk around the lake and visit the Temple of the Tooth, the most important Buddhist temple of Sri Lanka, attracting pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

  • From here continue to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, with the stately Royal Palm Avenue, giant fig tree, rare bamboo and palm tree species as well as delicate orchids.
  • After a leisurely walk, leave Kandy towards Nuwara Eliya , the road climbing 1400 meters, hairpinning slowly upwards through a beautiful landscape of tumbling waterfalls and dramatic hills, each turn offering another stunning view. As the road ascends the air gets cooler and the eye can feast on the glistening greens of the tea bushes of the many estates along the route.
  • Stop at a tea factory for a visit, learning how the famous Ceylon tea is plucked, dried, withered, rolled, fermented and finally packed and enjoy a freshly brewed cup on the spot. Nuwara Eliya, established by the British in the 19th century, is a welcome place to escape the heat in Colombo and coastal areas during March and April, with Victorian style chalets and hotels, a lovely golf-course and racecourse for horse racing.
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Today drive via Welimada to Ella, an idyllic little village , offering the most amazing view through the narrow cleft in the hills, the so-called Ella Gap, down to the hills below. Proceed down to Wellawaya, finally leaving the hills behind and south to

  • Tissamaharama, former capital of the Ruhuna kingdom and great location for wildlife safaris to Yala and Bundala or a visit to Kataragama. “The Safari” is a comfortable and stylish hotel, directly overlooking the Tissa lake or stay even closer to the Yala National Park at Chaaya Wild Yala Resort.
  • Yala is currently the most visited park, home to herds of elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, deer, monkeys, but also to the sloth bear and elusive leopard as well as many bird species, an adventure not to be missed.
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Route :

In the morning drive west along the southern coastal road to Dickwella and visit the largest Buddha Statue of the island ( 50m) at Wewurukannala or see the “blowhole”, formed by a narrow cleft in the cliff which funnels a water jet straight up into the air.

  • Continue via Matara and Weligama, where the stilt fishermen sit on their poles fishing, quite close to the shore.
  • In Galle stroll through the newly renovated streets, lined with little shops, hotels and cafes, of the old Dutch fort, a UNESCO world heritage site. From the lighthouse walk on top of the ramparts, enjoying the view over the Indian Ocean.
  • Proceed further along the coastal road, if you”re a continuing your holiday in a beach resort or take the faster route via the new highway back to Colombo, if you prefer.
Day
Route :

Explore Colombo and do some final shopping before heading to the International Airport for your return flight or continue your individual extension program!

Approx. Package Rate :

Eight Nights Tour
“Ayubowan” and a warm welcome! Your tour local guide and driver team from Lanka Vacations will meet & welcome you at the Airport. A local SIM card for your cell phones could also be purchased for around 10US$ here. Your guide will assist. Afterwards proceed to your vehicle arrange by Lanka Vacations.
Day
Route : Airport to Colombo (50 KM) (1 Hour)
Meal Type :BB
  • Meet Greet & Assist at airport
  • Proceed to Colombo
  • Check in at Hotel in Colombo
  • Relax at leisure and recover from flight
  • Evening city tour of Colombo
  • Return to Hotel for Overnight
Day
Route : Colombo to Kandy (120 KM) (4 Hours)
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Kandy
  • Optional visit Pinnawella elephant orphanage en-route
  • Visit to spice garden to see how spices are grown
  • Reach Kandy by afternoon& check in at hotel
  • Evening Optional Kandy cultural dance show
  • City tour of Kandy by Night
  • Return to Hotel for overnight
Day
Route : Kandy to Nallathanniya – Adam’s Peak (100 KM) (3 hours)
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Proceed to Hatton
  • Check in at Hotel in Hatton and relax at leisure.
  • Take it easy at Hotel and prepare for midnight climb of Adam’s peak
  • Around 2 am climb Adam’s Peak and witness the sunrise – magnificent view
  • Enjoy the mountain peak and return to hotel
Day
Route : Nallathanniya – Adam’s Peak to Yala (250 KM) (6 Hours)
Meal Type :BB
  • Return from climb of Adam’s Peak
  • Late Breakfast at hotel
  • Relax at leisure after long hike
  • Proceed to Yala via Bogowantalawa, Beragal and Wellawaya
  • Reach Yala late evening
  • Check in at hotel for overnight stay
Day
Route : Yala
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Relax at leisure
  • Nature walks around wild life sanctuary
  • Optional visit to Kataragama
  • Optional evening safari of Bundala National park for bird watching and to see animals in the wild
  • Return to Hotel for overnight stay
Day
Route : Yala to Galle (185 KM) (2.5 Hours)
Meal Type :BB
  • Optional early morning safari of Yala National park
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Optional visit to Kirinda beautiful historical seaside village location where Queen Viharamahadevi first landed
  • Proceed to Galle
  • Check into Hotel for overnight stay
Day
Route : Galle
Meal Type :BB
  • Optional early morning boat ride to see largest blue whale colony in the world
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Sightseeing of Galle
  • Visit old Dutch fort – world heritage sight
  • Visit moon stone mines
  • Optional visit to Unawatuna or Mirrissa beach to relax and enjoy the beach
  • Return to hotel for overnight
Day
Route : Galle to Airport (120 KM) (3 hours)
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Relax and leisure
  • Afternoon proceed to Negombo via Colombo
  • Optional last minute shopping in Colombo
  • Proceed to Negombo
  • Optional visit to fishing village
  • Proceed to airport with lingering memories of Sri Lanka to catch departure flight
Overnights
City Standard Hotel Deluxe Hotel Number of Nights
Colombo Mirage or similar Cinnamon Lakeside or similar 1
Kandy Hotel Topaz or similar Amaya Hills or Similar 1
Hatton 1
Yala Elephant Reach or similar Cinnamon Wild or similar 2
Galle Ocean Beach Club or similar 2
9 Nights 10 Days Special
Ten Nights Tour
“Ayubowan” and a warm welcome! Your tour local guide and driver team from Lanka Vacations will meet & welcome you at the Airport. A local SIM card for your cell phones could also be purchased for around 10US$ here. Your guide will assist. Afterwards proceed to your vehicle arrange by Lanka Vacations.
Day
Route : Airport to Negombo
Meal Type :BB
  • Meet and Greet at the Airport
  • Transfer to Hotel
  • Check in at Hotel, relax and recover from your flight
Day
Route : Negombo to Anuradhapura
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at Hotel
      • Proceed to Anuradhapura via Chillaw and Puttalam (Fishing Villages)
      • Reach Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first ancient capital, by afternoon
      • After lunch visit the well preserved ruins of the ancient kingdoms that once prevailed and be inspired by the antiquity of its architecture. Specifically, visit the world’s oldest documented tree, The Sri Maha Bodhi and The Aukana Buddha, one of the finest stone sculptures in Asia.
      • Check-in to Hotel for overnight

    For information on the sites please click below:

    • Anuradhapura –

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/200

Day
Route : Anuradhapura to Dambulla/ Sigiriya
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at Hotel
      • Proceed to Dambulla/Sigiriya – two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites
      • Visit Dambulla Cave Temples; walk through the caverns studying the intriguing paintings that cover the natural rock ceiling, as well as a collection of hand sculpted statues.
      • Afternoon – lunch stop en-route, then reach Sigiriya and check in at Hotel.
      • Evening climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress enjoying magnificent views, visit the Frescoes inside the fortress and be marveled by the wonder of this ancient “cloud swept city”
      • Return to hotel for overnight

    For information on the sites please click below:

    • Sigiriya –

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/202

    • Dambulla –

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/561

Day
Route : Dambulla/ Sigiriya to Passikudah
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at hotel and head towards Pasikudah
      • En-route visit Polonnaruwa, the other ancient city in Sri-Lanka’s so called “Cultural Triangle”. The awe inspiring architecture, rock carvings and murals of this ancient kingdom is reflective of its intriguing history. Notable sites include The Citadel, which are the remains of the Royal Palace, The Quadrangle of temples and shrines.
      • Optional visit to Polonnaruwa museum
      • Proceed to Passekudah bay, situated along the east coast of the island and is arguably one of the best beaches found in Sri Lanka.
      • Return to hotel for overnight

    For information on the sites please click below:

    • Pollonnaruwa-

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/201

Day
Route : Passikudah
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Enjoy the rest of the day in this small coastal village and enjoy its shallow clear waters in which you can wade 50m out to sea.
  • Things to do in Passikudah include cycling, snorkeling, kite surfing, boogie boarding, surfing and sailing across in a canoe
  • Overnight at hotel in Passikudah
Day
Route : Sigiriya to Kandy
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at hotel
      • Proceed to Kandy via Knuckles mountain range enjoying panoramic views, plenty of photo stops en-route.
      • Late afternoon reach Kandy, known to be the center for Arts in Sri-Lanka
      • Visit Kandy Temple of the Tooth
      • Attend a Folklore show with Kandyan dancers and drummers, fire-walk performances etc (Optional)
      • Optional shopping in Kandy – known for exotic arts and crafts, word carvings and world famous gem stones
      • Take a stroll or drive along the Kandy lake and Upper Lake Drive enjoying breath taking views of the country’s Hill Capitol
      • Return to hotel for Overnight

    For information on the sites please click below:

    • Kandy-

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/450

Day
Route : Kandy to Ella
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at Hotel
      • Visit to Peradeniya Botanical gardens known to be one of the finest in Asia and dates back to the 14th century
      • Proceed to Ella gap via Nuwara Eliya
      • Visit a Tea Factory en-route and enjoy a cup of famous Ceylon Tea
      • En-route visit Ramboda Falls
      • Relax and soak in the beauty and serenity of nature
      • Optional climb of mini Adam’s Peak
      • Return to Hotel for overnight

    For information on the sites please click below:

http://www.lanka-vacations.com/destination.php

Day
Route : Ella to Yala
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Leave for Yala home to a National Park and Wild Life Sanctuary
  • Optional visit to Rawana Falls en-route, the 2nd tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka
  • Reach Yala by afternoon
  • Return to hotel for overnight
Day
Route : Yala to Colombo via Galle
Meal Type :BB
      • Breakfast at Hotel
      • Early morning Safari at Yala National Park to experience close encounters with a variety of wildlife; elephants, leopards, wild buffalo, spotted deer etc.
      • Proceed to Colombo via Galle
      • Lunch and city tour of Galle, an old Dutch Fort and City
      • Check in at Hotel in Colombo
      • Relax at hotel or sightseeing/shopping available until 8 pm
      • Optional visit to Colombo Old Dutch Hospital, which has been restored with a promenade of exclusive restaurants’ and shops

    For information on the sites please click below:

http://www.lanka-vacations.com/destination.php

Day
Route : Colombo to Airport
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Optional City tour of Colombo, if time permits
  • Thereafter proceed to airport with an abundance of memories from your mystique adventures in Sri Lanka
Overnights
City Standard Hotel Deluxe Hotel Number of Nights
Negombo Paradise Beach Hotel or similar Jetwing Blue or similar 1
Anuradhapura/Dambulla/ Sigiriya Camilia Resort or similar Amaya Lake or similar 2
Passikudah Maalu Maalu Resort and Spa or similar 2
Kandy Hotel Topaz or similar Amaya Hills or Similar 1
Ella Ella Adventure Park or similar 1
Yala Elephant Reach or similar Cinnamon Wild or similar 1
Colombo Mirage or similar Cinnamon Lakeside or similar 1
Approx. Package Rate :
Twelve Nights Tour
“Ayubowan” and a warm welcome! Your tour local guide and driver team from Lanka Vacations will meet & welcome you at the Airport. A local SIM card for your cell phones could also be purchased for around 10US$ here. Your guide will assist. Afterwards proceed to your vehicle arrange by Lanka Vacations.
Day
Route : Airport to Negombo
Meal Type :BB
  • Meet, Greet & Assist at airport in Sri Lanka
  • Transfer to Hotel in Negombo
  • Relax at leisure and recover from flight
  • Overnight at hotel in Negombo
Day
Route : Negombo to Cultural Triangle
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Cultural Triangle
  • Visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage
  • Reach Cultural triangle by afternoon
  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Proceed to Hotel in Cultural triangle for overnight stay
Day
Route : Cultural Triangle
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock fortress
  • Relax at leisure
  • Optional Elephant Ride
  • Optional Ayurveda Massage
  • Return to Hotel for overnight stay
Day
Route : Cultural Triangle
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Pollanaruwa second ancient capital of Sri Lanka
  • Visits to Galvihara to see the Sleeping, standing and Sitting Buddha
  • Further sightseeing of Pollanaruwa
  • Return to hotel and relax at leisure
  • Overnight at hotel
Day
Route : Cultural Triangle to Kandy
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Kandy
  • Stop at spice garden en-route in Matale
  • Afternoon reach Kandy & Check in at Hotel
  • Proceed to city tour of Kandy
  • Evening witness Kandy Cultural show
  • Visit to Kandy temple – most sacred temple in Sri Lanka
Day
Route : Kandy to Nallathaniya
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Proceed to Nallathaniya
  • Check in at hotel near Adam’s peak
  • Relax at leisure and prepare for climb
  • Midnight proceed to climb Adam’s peak to witness sunrise
Day
Route : Nallathaniya to Ella
Meal Type :BB
  • Return to Hotel after witnessing sunrise on top of Adam’s peak
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Proceed to Ella
  • Visit Ramboda Falls en-route (optional lunch stop)
  • Visit Labu Kale Tea Factory en-route
  • Pass through NuwaraEliya with optional stop at Lake Gregory
  • Reach Ella & Check-in at Hotel for overnight
Day
Route : Ella to Yala
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Relax at leisure
  • Optional nature walk around mini-Adams peak
  • Proceed to Yala
  • Visit Ramboda Falls en-route
  • Reach Yala and check-in at hotel
  • Overnight at hotel in Yala
Day
Route : Yala to Mirssa
Meal Type :BB
  • Early Morning Wildlife safari at Yala national park to witness elephants and with luck leopards
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Proceed to Mirrssa
  • Reach Mirssa and check in at hotel
  • Relax on beach
  • Overnight at beach hotel
Day
Route : Mirssa
Meal Type :BB
  • Optional visit to see whales if sea is not rough
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Relax at leisure and enjoy the beach
  • Overnight at beach hotel
Day
Route : Mirssa to Colombo
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Proceed to Colombo
  • Optional River safari on Madu River
  • Optional visit to Turtle Hatchery
  • Reach Colombo and check in at Hotel
  • Overnight at Hotel in Colombo
Day
Route : Colombo to Airport
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Relax at leisure
  • Afternoon check-out of hotel
  • City tour of Colombo
  • Optional shopping in Colombo
  • Proceed to airport in accordance with departure flight
Overnights
City Standard Hotel Deluxe Hotel Number of Nights
Negombo Paradise Beach Hotel or similar Jetwing Blue or similar 1
Cultural Triangle Camilia Resort or similar Amaya Lake or similar 3
Kandy Hotel Topaz or similar Amaya Hills or Similar 1
Nallathaniya 1
Ella Ella Adventure Park or similar 1
Yala Elephant Reach or similar Cinnamon Wild or similar 1
Mirssa Paradise Beach Club or similar 2
Colombo Mirage or similar Cinnamon Lakeside or similar 1
Approx. Package Rate :
Six Nights Tour
“Ayubowan” and a warm welcome! Your tour guide and driver team from Lanka Vacations will meet & welcome you at the Airport. Your guide will assist. Afterwards proceed to your vehicle arrange by Lanka Vacations.
Day
Route : Airport To Sigiriya
Meal Type :BB
  • Arrival, Meet & Greet at airport in Sri Lanka
  • Proceed to Sigiriya via Pinnawella
  • Visit Pinnawella Elephant orphanage
  • Arrive in Sigiriya& Check in at Hotel
  • Evening relax at leisure and recover from flight
  • Overnight at Hotel in Sigiriya
Day
Route : Sigiriya To Poloanaruwa
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock fortress
  • Optional Lunch at local restaurant with direct payment
  • Proceed to Polonaruwa
  • Sightseeing of Pollanaruwa – second ancient capital of Sri Lanka
  • Return to Hotel for overnight in Sigiriya
Day
Route : Sigiriya To Anuradhapura
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Anuradhapura
  • Sightseeing full day sightseeing of Anuradhapurafirst ancient capital of Sri Lanka
  • Optional lunch en-route at local restaurant with payment direct
  • Return to Hotel for overnight stay in Sigiriya
Day
Route : Sigiriya To Kandy
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to Kandy via Dambulla
  • Visit Dhambulla Cave temple
  • Visit Spice Garden en-route in Matale
  • Arrive in Kandy and check in at hotel
  • Relax at leisure& overnight in Kandy
Day
Route : Kandy
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Proceed to sightseeing of Kandy
  • Visit to temple of the tooth
  • City tour of Kandy with upper lake drive
  • Optional shopping in Kandy
  • Evening witness Kandy Cultural show
  • Return to Hotel for overnight in Kandy
Day
Route : Kandy
Meal Type :BB
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Further sightseeing of Kandy
  • Visit Kandy city center
  • Relax at leisure
  • Return to hotel for overnight in Kandy
Day
Route : Kandy to Airport Via Colombo
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Proceed to Colombo
  • Arrive in Colombo
  • City tour of Colombo
  • Transfer to airport in accordance with flight

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