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Other Destinations - Sri Lanka - Wonder of Sri Lanka Tour

Wonder of Sri Lanka Tour

05 Nights / 06 Days

Places Covered : Negombo- Pinnawala - Dambulla- Sigiriya - Matale - Kandy

Itinerary


Day 01 Airport- Negombo (Travel time: 20 minutes; 10km; meal on board)
Arrival in the midnight at the airport you will be greeted by your tour guide who will take care of you until completion of your Sri Lanka tour. There after you will be transferred to Kandy.

Negombo situated by the shores of a lagoon by the same name once has been a trading port for Portuguese and Dutch and is a ideal place for those who want quick access to and from the airport. Attractions in the city are the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 now a part of the prison, the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villagers. The 100km long canal running through the town is still being used and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective.

Once at the comforts of your hotel, relax and recover from any jet lag. Overnight in Negombo.

Day 2 Negombo – Pinnawala - Dambulla (Travel time: 4.5 hrs; 150km; meals: B)
After breakfast proceed to Dambulla via visiting Pinnawala Elephant orphanage. Elephants are magnificent land animals,with a thick skin and a curved trunk. Watching these gigantic wild, semi wild mammals is a lifetime experience. But to those who want to see the tamed and semi wiled elephants in close proximity the best place is the “Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage”.

It is located northwest of Kegalle town along the Colombo Kandy main road. The orphanage is in a twenty five acre coconut land near Maha Oya. The wide area of shallow water and the huge rocks of Maha Oya make the ideal place to these magnificent animals.

Later continue to dammbulla –relish & scenic journey just passing paddy field at low country in countries rich cultural triangle. Once in Dam bulla check in to your lovely hotel & rest of the day free to relax. Dinner & overnight in Dambulla.

Day 3 Dambulla – Sigiriya – Dambulla (Travel time: 1 hrs; 40km; meals: B)
After breakfast excursion to Sigiriya morning sunlight mount Sigiriya rock fortress (expense at your own-US $ 37 per person). Sigiriyais an archaeological site in North Central Sri Lanka. It contains the ruins of an ancient palace complex, built during the region of King Kasyapa (477AD - 495 AD). It is one of the 7 world heritage sites in Sri Lanka and is one of it's most popular tourist destinations.

The Sigiriya site consists of a 180m tall granite rock, whose sides are so steep that at some points the top overhangs the base. At the top of the site there is a palace complex. The ruins of various chambers, stairways and pools can be seen at the top. There is a stone stairway leading from the base to the top of the mountain. About half way to the top, there is a pair giant pair of lions paws which is infect the ruined of a huge head of a lion whose open mouth served as the entrance to the royal palace. Surrounding the palace complex are the ruins of a garden complex consisting of two moats, various pools.

Sigiriya may have been inhabited through pre-historic times. It was used as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 3rd century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha. The garden and the palace was built by Kasyapa 477 - 495 AD. Then after Kasyapa's death it was a monastery complex upto about the 14th century after which it was abandoned. The ruins were discovered in 1907 by British Explorer John Still. In the evening transfer to hotel free to relax. Dinner & overnight in Dambulla.

Day 4 Dambulla - Matale - Kandy (Travel time: 2.5 hrs; 75Km; meals: B)
After breakfast check out from the hotel Later proceed to Kandy. At beginning in Dammbulla you will visit Dammbulla cave temple.

Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level rises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length. It is home to the Worlds most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era ) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it as ' Dambulu Gala' (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ' Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya' (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple).

There after proceed to kandy, once in matale you will visit - Spice Gardento and see many different types of spices Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Visitors may buy spices, traditional remedies and cosmetics, taste an herbal brew and in some venues, enjoy the full flavors of Sri Lankan spices over lunch or an Ayurveda massage based on natural products from the garden. Witness a Cookery Demonstration conducted by the Spice Garden staff.

In the afternoon you will arrive in spiritual Kandy, surrounded by greenery and the great Mahaweli River. Kandy is also well known as the centre of Buddhism, at your convenience, become acquainted with the city of Kandy.

In the evening witness a cultural Dance performance & amazing Fire eating (5.30 pm to 6.30 pm). Later transfer to your lovely hotel. Dinner overnight in Kandy.

Day 5 Kandy (meals: B)
After Breakfast, There after attend Puja (chanting) morning ceremony at the“Dalada Maligawa’ where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha is placed and preserved is undoubtedly the greatest attraction o the city. It is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists all over the world. Walk to the Royal Palace complex Raja Wasala, council chamber known as “Magul Maduwa” an unique wooden pillared hall dated from 1784 and Devale complex.

Next visit Royal botanical garden at Peradeniya. Royal botanical garden is situated in the serene Hill capital, Kandy. Located 4 miles off Kandy, the garden dates back to the reign of King Vikrama Bahu III, 14th century. Peradeniya is home to a large variety of ornamental plants and other creepers that are used to produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. There is a flourishing growth of huge tropical trees along the lawns. But the orchid house is the prime attraction of this garden. Tourists will find more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids blooming in profusion. The spice garden sustains trees and plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The scenic splendor of the garden rose to ethereal heights by the Mahaweli River which flows through its fringes.

Later you will visit gem museum & lapidary -world famous for its Ceylon blue sapphire and handicraft centre & batik factory –truly design quality with hand made. Evening you will have free time. Dinner & overnight in Kandy.

Day 6 Kandy - Airport (Travel time: 2.5 hrs; 110Km; meals: B)
After breakfast, check out on time your tour guide will comfortably take you back to the international airport for a safe return journey.