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Sri Lanka Tours - Wild about Sri Lanka

Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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Nuwara Eliya
GPS:
6.9543992, 80.78240119999998
9 nights from R 17 827 pps

 

Valid from 01 Nov 2016 till 30 Apr 2017

Highlights

Colombo
Polonnaruwa
Parakrama Samudraya
Watadage
Dambulla
Habarana
King Kasyapa
Sigiriya
Hiriwadunna
Matale
Kandy
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe
Gem Museum
Tea Plantation
Nuwara Eliya
Udawalawe
Tissamaharama
Mirissa
Bundala National Park
Galle
Zwart bastion
Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Gangarama temple
Nelum Pokuna

Includes

Share twin accommodation on half board basis in tourist class hotels
Two Nights in Colombo
One Night in Habarana
Two Night in Kandy
One Night in Nuwara Eliya
One Night in Udawalawe
One Night in Tissamaharama
One Night in Mirissa
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 Stay at Ozo Colombo

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 – HIRIWADHUNA – 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 Habarana

The scenic village of Hiriwadunna is home to humble village folk. Shaded on either side by dry zone shrub forest, the dusty gravel paths lead visitors to an indigo reservoir which sets a stunning contrast of colours. A line of cormorants flying in formation will eventually stop to rest on a cormorant tree and the butterflies and dragonflies found at the edge of the shrubs create a kaleidoscope of colour that rivals the equally vibrant wild flowers. As you walk further the sight of Sigiriya Rock Fortress appears in the vicinity against the silent and still waters of the reservoir which is rippled only by a lone fisherman mounted on his catamaran. Soon it’s already time to take a catamaran ride! Across the reservoir awaits a chena farmer’s modest home; a setting that takes you back a few decades to enjoy a black Ceylonese tea brewed by the farmer’s wife. Experience the simple pleasures of village-life as you walk across the chena cultivations and through the nearby woods, to board a bullock cart – yet another ancient mode of the humble villagers’ transportation.

Transfer from Habarana 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. 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. 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 and take a river bath twice a day 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 tube 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 & 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 first hundred metres. Turn your radar onto other species – such as spotted 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. Watch 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 Kalu’s Hideaway

DAY 7: UDAWALAWE – YALA – TISSAMAHARAMA

Breakfast at Kalu’s Hideaway. Transfer from Udawalawe to Yala. Yala National Park – all 1259 square kilometres of vast grasslands, shrubs and dunes is rightfully the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumbles through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan Kings. Its inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted deer, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep drives over rocks and swishes through the grassland for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of the wilderness under the tropical sun. Transfer from Yala to Tissamaharama. Dinner and Overnight Stay at The Safari

DAY 8: TISSAMAHARAMA – BUNDALA – MIRISSA

Breakfast at The Safari. Transfer from Tissamaharama to Bundala. Lean legs, curved bills and pink feathers should tell you that you are in flamingo country. With its lagoons, reservoirs and salt pans, Bundala National Park offers an oasis for all kinds of birds extending from bee-eaters to greater flamingos, the latter recording over 2000 in number at a time. Trace your safari along the hardened trails of the national park. Meanwhile, sit back and observe in tranquility – while you may be greeted by a gawking crocodile or a lone tusker as your tracker explains the way of life in the park. Bundala to Mirissa. Dinner and Overnight Stay at Mandara Resort – Mirissa

DAY 9: MIRISSA – GALLE – via highway – COLOMBO

Breakfast at Mandara Resort – Mirissa. Mirissa Beach is located close to the southern-most part of the island and consists of beautiful beaches that promise an absolutely tranquil holiday. Today, Mirissa is renowned as a prime location for whale and dolphin watching. The beach also provides ample opportunities for deep sea diving, snorkelling and river trips. Transfer from Mirissa to Galle
Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today and draws cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its well preserved original ramparts and bastions showcase a heritage going back some 350 years. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the ‘Old Gate’ carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion – the oldest of all – and the lighthouse standing 18 feet tall in all its glory next to the Point Utretcht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern spotted with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, within this hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch Fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle! Transfer from Galle to Colombo

The throbbing metropolis, Colombo – located in the West – is not only the country’s commercial capital, but also the turbine that drives 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. Ride to Pettah & tune into the Floating Market for 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 way post, 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 hangouts in Sri Lanka. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through fancy windows showcasing best fashion, jewellery & handicraft brands. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of the 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 10: DEPART COLOMBO

Breakfast at Ozo Colombo. Transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure

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