Day 1: Arrival - Kandy (D)Meet, greet and proceed to Kandy and check in at the Hotel Topaz. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Topaz.
Day 2: Sigiriya and Dambula Tour (B/D)After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya. 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.
Upon completion proceed to Dambula and 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. Upon completion return to Hotel Topaz for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Peradeniya and Nuwara Eliya Tour (B/D)After breakfast proceed to Peradeniya to visit a botanical garden. This beautiful garden is located 4 miles off Kandy. It was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It covers approximately 147 acres and is a walkers paradise with extensive well kept lawns, pavilions, an octagon conservatory, fernery, a giant Javan fig tree and numerous flower beds. The best attraction is the orchid house.
Upon completion proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. After having a walk in the town, return to Hotel Topaz for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage tour (B/D)After breakfast proceed to Pinnawala to visit the elephant orphanage. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters. The orphanage was established in 1975 and commenced with seven orphaned elephants. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their calfs born in the same location. Assisted by local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala commenced a successful captive breeding program and the first baby elephant was born in 1984. It is most interesting to visit at feeding time to see the baby elephants being bottle fed and the entire herd taken for a bath thereafter to the river nearby.After spending enough time, proceed to Katunayake and check in at Ramada Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Departure - Katunayake (B)After breakfast proceed to the Airport for departure.
** Per Person rates in USD
|Hotel Topaz & Ramada Hotel, or similar||Book||4*||T.B.A||514||T.B.A||T.B.A||165|
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: Lunch throughout the tour, 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.
Other terms and conditions apply.
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.
Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
In Koppen-Geiger climate classification system, its climate is tropical rainforest. With Kandy located in the centre of the island and in a high elevation, the city has a relatively wetter and cooler temperatures than that of the tropical climate of the rest of the country, especially the coastal regions. Nuwara Eliya is south to it and has a cooler climate due to its higher elevation. The city has its dry season from December through to April. From May through to July and December to January the region experiences its monsoon season, during this time the weather is rough and unstable. The island being in the northern hemisphere gives Kandy it coldest month in January and its hottest in July. From March through the middle of May is the intermonsoonal period, during this time there is light rain and strong humidity. The humidity is generally between 70% to 79%. (Source: Wikipedia)