Day 1: Arrival - Proceed to Sigiriya (D)Upon arrival, meet and greet then proceed to Sigiriya enroute visiting the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath. Continue to Sigiriya and check-in at the Camellia Resort and Spa Hotel or similar for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa City Tour (B/D)After breakfast explore the Sigiriya rock fortress built by King Kashyapa (473 - 491 AD) and see the remains of the palace and the famous frescoes which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. They are painted in earth pigments on plaster (epigraphical evidence refers to the existence of 500 such portraits but only a very few remains today). On completion proceed to Polonnaruwa and do a city tour of the second capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, ruins of the Council Hall, Lotus Bath and the Polonnaruwa statue. Also visit the Gal Vihare (03 splendid statues of the Buddha in upright, sedentary and recumbent postures carved out of a scrap of rock. Afterwards, return to Camellia Resort and Spa Hotel or similar for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Dambulla Rock Temple - Kandy City Tour (B/D)After breakfast visit Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 01st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters. Afterwards, proceed to Kandy enroute visiting a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Upon completion continue to Kandy. In the afternoon do a city tour of Kandy which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1978. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, an arts & crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in time for the "pooja" and also witness a cultural show. Transfer to hotel and check in at Hotel Topaz or similar for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Peradeniya - Colombo (B/D)After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya and visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Upon completion proceed to Colombo and do a city tour. Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained. For example, there is a 100-year-old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar - where one can shop for bargain, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent. Clients can also do shopping in many shops which are in Colombo. After shopping have dinner at a local restaurant in Colombo and check in at the Galadari Hotel or similar for overnight stay.
Day 5: Departure (D)After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
** Per Person rates in USD
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Camellia Resort and Spa or similar
Hotel Topaz or similar
Galadari Hotel or similar
Term & Conditions
Rates are applicable to minimum of 2 persons, unless specified. Valid to ALL Markets.
Validity Period: 01 May - 31 October 2014
Not included in the package: Any tips to guide/driver, lunch and other meals not mentioned in the itinerary, Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the sites, Expenses of a personal nature and Any other services not specified above.
Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
The rates are nett and include all government taxes totaling to 13%.
These rates are subject to change without prior notice in the event government changes the tax policy.
Rates are still subject to change. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
Compulsory Perehara Supplement during the stay in Kandy (From 01/08/2014 till 10/08/2014) - 60USD
Other terms and conditions apply.
a.) 9 days or less - 100% cancellation charge.
b.) Between 10 days & 16 days - 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the first two days charges depending on the programme and period of stay.
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia; known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.
Sri Lanka has a documented history that spans over 3000 years. Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. Sri Lanka is a diverse country, home to many religions, ethnicities and languages. It is the land of the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils, Moors, Indian Tamils, Burghers, Malays, Kaffirs and the aboriginal Vedda. Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island. The country's recent history has been marred by a thirty-year civil war which decisively but controversially ended in a military victory in 2009.
Sigiriya is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near town of Dambulla of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archeaological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477-495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure Sihagiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.