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Overview

This popular nine day, eight night tour, takes in the ’Highlights’ of this beautiful country. You will experience a variety of Cultural and Ecological sites, while experiencing the delights of ’True Sri Lanka’.

Details

Nine day eight nights the tour takes in: Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandalama, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Anuradhapura, Matale, Kandy and Pinnawela. You will get the opportunity to climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, visit the Dambulla rock temple, take a Jeep Safari through the national park, visit Kandi the capital of Sri Lanka, enjoy an elephant safari, and lots more.

Day One
You will be met on arrival at Columbo Airport & transferred to Kandalama.
Here you will overnight at the Heritance Kandalama

Day Two
Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama.
You will be collected and transfered from Kandalama to Sigiriya.
Today you will climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ’Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ’Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Transfer from Sigiriya to Dambulla
Here you will visit the Dambulla rock temple. It was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres.

Transfer from Dambulla to Kandalama
Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama

Day Three
Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama
Transfer from Kandalama to Polonnaruwa

Visit Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ’Upright’, ’Sedentary’ and ’Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock can be seen, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of king Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama Samudraya - a lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Minneriya
At Minneriya take a Jeep safari through the National Park. You will experience wet-lands, which have international importance, animal and plant species, wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are also bamboo trees and wild elephants.
Transfer from Minneriya to Kandalama
Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama

Day Four
Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama
Transfer from Kandalama to Anuradhapura
Visit Anuradhapura. It was the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Ceylon. It is the home of two World Heritage Sites. The area is full of architectural and historical sites. Visit the Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) which is over 2200 years old, the oldest historically documented tree in the world. The Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect ’bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. ’Samadhi’ Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of ’Samadhi’ or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings.

Transfer from Anuradhapura to Kandalama

Free for Bird watching around Kandalama. The 55 acre forest around the Kandalama tank where the hotel is situated has a variety of trees - most over 100 years old. Around 90 varieties of birds including migrants - babbler, blue flycatcher, oriole, paradise flycatcher, warbler, wagtail, barbet, bee-eater, Brahmin kite, owl, teal, pelican, make their home here.

Participate in an Elephant back safari in the surroundings of Kandalama. This excursion will take you along one of the most picturesque tracks through the jungle.
Overnight stay at Heritance Kandalama

Day Five
Breakfast at Heritance Kandalama
Transfer from Kandalama to Matale
Visit a Spice garden in Matale to see the different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. Here, you will see different spices, how they are grown and processed. You can also witness a cookery demonstration.

Transfer from Matale to Kandy

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show

Overnight stay at Earl’S Regency Hotel

Day Six
Breakfast at Earl’S Regency Hotel

Transfer from Kandy to Pinnawala

The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born.
The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.

Transfer from Pinnawala to Kandy
Overnight stay at Earl’S Regency Hotel

Day Seven
Breakfast at Earl’S Regency Hotel

Transfer from Kandy to Peradeniya

Peradeniya botanical garden was first built, for pleasure by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. 147 acres in size, the garden boasts an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

Visit a tea plantation and factory, here some of the best tea in the world is produced. The visit includes, learning about the tea manufacturing process, grading and finally tasting!

Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya
Overnight stay at Tea Factory Hotel

Day Eight
Breakfast at Tea Factory Hotel
Transfer from Kandapola to Kitulgala

The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flowing through Kitulgala was the location for the Oscar winning movie, Bridge on the River Kwai. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large middens of shells from unknown civilizations.

Transfer from Kitulgala to Colombo

Overnight stay at Cinnamon Grand Colombo

Day Nine
Breakfast at Cinnamon Grand Colombo
Clients are transferred to airport for departure

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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