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R 20744

Sri Lanka Tours - Buddha & Beach

Colombo, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Kandy
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7.2905715, 80.63372619999996
11 nights from R 20 744 pps

 

Valid from 01 Nov 2016 till 30 Apr 2017

Highlights

Polonnaruwa
Colombo
Parakrama Samudraya
Dambulla Rock Temple
Habarana
King Kasyapa
Lion Paws
Matale
Kandy
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Gem museum
Lapidary
Tea Plantation
Nuwara Eliya
Udawalawe
Ratnapura
Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Bentota

Includes

Share twin accommodation on half board basis in tourist class hotels
Two Night in Colombo
One Night in Habarana
Two Nights in Kandy
One Night in Nuwara Eliya
One Night in Udawalawe
Four Nights in Bentota
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
Return airport transfers
Sightseeing en-route
English Speaking Chauffeur Guide

Excludes

Airfares, Entrance fees to monuments, visa, insurance, personal items, tips

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL COLOMBO

Arrive in Colombo. Meet your tour representative in the arrivals hall and transfer to your selected hotel. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 2: COLOMBO – POLONNARUWA – DAMBULLA – HABARANA

Breakfast at Ozo Colombo. Transfer from Colombo to Polonnaruwa. Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa – medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I – remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures – while observing the relic house – Watadage – which boasts of beautiful stone carvings. Take a close glance and you will realize a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya – sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation!

Transfer from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla. In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting. Transfer from Dambulla to Habarana. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Sorowwa Resort

DAY 3: HABARANA – SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY

Breakfast at Sorowwa Resort. Transfer from Habarana to Sigiriya. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries. Transfer from Sigiriya to Matale.

An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors. Transfer from Matale to Kandy. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Ozo Kandy

DAY 4: KANDY – PINNAWALA – KANDY

Breakfast at Ozo Kandy. Transfer from Kandy to Pinnawala. As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grandchildren during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 9:15 am, 1:15 pm & 5:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth! Transfer from Pinnawala to Kandy.

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Ozo Kandy

DAY 5: KANDY – TEA PLANTATION – NUWARA ELIYA

Breakfast at Ozo Kandy. Transfer from Kandy to Tea Plantation. Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.
Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya. Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pickers draped in bright-colored saris. Or, rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel

DAY 6: NUWARA ELIYA – UDAWALAWE

Breakfast at Jetwing St. Andrew’S Hotel. Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe. Be ready to witness trumpets across the border as you approach elephant country around the corner! Udawalawe truly is a sanctuary for the big footed and tusked. Marked by relatively large herds of elephants, the national park proves to be one of the best places one could observe them in their natural habitat. Hop into a safari jeep and head into the park, you are most likely to drive into your first herd of giants within the maiden hundred meters. Turn on your radar into other species – such as potted deer, sambur, barking deer, water buffalo and jackal – found within the park. Meanwhile, Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home bears a different story. Established in 1995, it caters to all injured elephants found in the area before releasing them into their natural habitat. So, make sure to just watch – rather than touch – these gentle giants as they feed, play and mingle with each other, before heading into the wild with one another. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Kalua’s Hideaway

DAY 7: UDAWALAWE – RATNAPURA – COLOMBO

Breakfast at Kalua’s Hideaway. Transfer from Udawalawe to Ratnapura. City of gems or Ratnapura, either way you name it, the legacy will continue! Gem mines and swift hands mining & sorting the precious stones straight from the earth is a common sight in Ratnapura. As you enter a gem museum watch how the stones are cut & polished to perfection through experienced hands which have sailed Sri Lanka in the best seas of treasure over centuries. Transfer from Ratnapura to Colombo. The throbbing metropolis, Colombo – located in the West – is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the turbine that impels over fifty percent of the national GDP flanking Colombo’s fancy urban development effort. Drive along the clean streets edging the crystal white Race Course – horse racing hub in 1893 & World War II airstrip – furnished today with lavish clothing, food & tea boutiques.

Meanwhile, ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market – an offbeat shopping experience – or feel the buzz surrounding the upcoming inspiration, the Colombo Port City – an offshore city – featuring parks, commercial complexes & even an F1 track! Head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha towards ‘Arcade’ facing a historic waypost, the Independence Square. Every designer boutique, top-notch cuisine outlet and even the ‘walk-over fish tank’, have revamped this colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping and hangout zones in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewelry & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple. Or, jazz up to Colombo’s night life spiced by night clubs & casinos that borderline its bustle. If you’re lucky, head into an exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall before swaying your head to an opera or play at Nelum Pokuna that should just drive your day into perfection! Dinner and Overnight Stay at Ozo Colombo

DAY 8: COLOMBO – VIA HIGHWAY – BENTOTA

Breakfast at Ozo Colombo. Transfer from Colombo to Bentota. Bentota, undoubtedly has some of the best stretches of clean sandy beaches in the country boasting of numerous romantic settings carved by both the river & sea. This unique experience leads to nothing, but an enchanted gateway to bliss. Float into the ocean for some deep sea fishing or get wet with some serious rumble on the water with jet skiing, surfing, diving or body boarding. Finally, cherish the golden sun sink into the horizon as you sit back gently under a shady palm tree.Drop off at Hotel in Bentota – end of round tour services. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon

DAY 9: DAY AT LEISURE

Breakfast at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon

DAY 10: DAY AT LEISURE

Breakfast at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon

DAY 11: DAY AT LEISURE

Breakfast at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon

DAY 12: DEPART BENTOTA – via highway – AIRPORT

Breakfast at Bentota Beach by Cinnamon. Pick up guests from Bentota and transfer to airport for departure

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