|5 days and 4 nights|
Sri Lanka (Colombo)
Sri Lanka (Colombo)
Travel to Sri Lanka and enjoy a captivating look into a rich cultural & natural heritage. This fixed departure seat-in-coach short tour takes you to ancient Cultural Triangle sites and the misty hills of Kandy.
Day 1 : Airport – Colombo
Arrival at the Colombo Airport. Clients will be met by our Italian speaking driver/guide and airport staff and offer assistance.
Thereafter transfer direct to Colombo.
Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and major port – Colombo, is a fine amalgamation of all the hues and cultures within this paradise isle. This chic metropolitan that accommodates skyscrapers, sandy beaches and a collage of markets and gardens, brings together the many facets of this island nation.
If you are on a tight schedule, you would definitely appreciate the many opportunities Colombo offers for fine-dining and shopping, not to mention the overarching beauty of the city’s rapidly developing landscape; a perfect combination of well-preserved colonial architecture and urbanity. Meanwhile, if you are free to spend a few days in the city you will be amazed by the many cultural and historical wonders located within locales such as Fort and Cinnamon Gardens. The bustling market streets of Pettaha also make up for an interesting place of visit.
Afternoon at 1500hrs. Brief city tour of Colombo.
Dinner Overnight & Hotel in Colombo.
Day 2 : Colombo – Pinnawela – Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy.
En route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with lunch.
Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as some of the more then 25 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0915-094 5 hrs and 1415-1445 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-11.00 hrs and 1500-1600 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by
Thereafter proceed to hotel in Kandy.
Thereafter leave for Kandy.
Visit the sacred Temple of Tooth Relic. Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) in Kandy is the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists throughout the world.
The prime landmark of the hill capital – the temple of the tooth relic is the pride of Buddhists in Sri Lanka and world-over. Located at the heart of the Kandy town, right before the green waters of the Nuwara wewa, the temple’s white washed walls with tops shaped like that of clouds surround the temple grounds. Within the wall, the ancient temple stands majestically surrounded by a moat, its golden roof gleaming in the sunlight as white-clad pilgrims bearing lotus blossoms throng to revere the sacred tooth-relic of Lord Buddha. The present temple was constructed mainly under Kandyan kings from 1687 to 1707. The temple embellishments of wooden and ivory carvings and elaborate frescoes bear the strong marks of Kandyan artist-styles. The tooth relic is placed within seven golden caskets and the pilgrims are only permitted to view the casket a few feet away from the altar.
Evening witness a cultural show.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel in Kandy.
Day 3 : Kandy – Matale - Habarana
Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter Leave for Habarana.
En route stop at Matale and visit a Spice garden see spices growing in their natural habitat. Learn about spices and their use in Sri Lankan cuisine. In the Spice Garden, all participants will receive an Herbal head massage offered by Ceylon Roots LTD.
Then visit Dambulla Rock Temple.
This sacred temple known in ancient times as the Jambukolenavihara is situated on top of the rock of Dambulla. This UNESCO site consists of cave inscriptions of the 2nd century BC. Inside several drip ledges caves here image houses have been constructed. The structures here have been renovated by Vijayabanduhu( 1055 – 1110 AD ). According to an inscription on NissankaMalla at the site that king has gilded the statues here and named the site the Rangiri Dambulla. King Kirtsiri Rajasinha of Kandy effected the last renovation here. Inside the Vihara are many seated, standing and recumbent Buddha statues and of gods. On the walls of the image house are paintings.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel in Habarana
Day 4 : Habarana – Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Habarana
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning climb the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya
This UNESCO World Heritage site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory.
Thereafter lunch at local restaurant and proceed on excursion to Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital.
Polonnaruwa a UNESCO World Heritage site, rose to fame as the capital after the decline of Anuradhapura. Its period of greatness was from the 10th - 12th centuries AD. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, veritable inland seas the most famous of which is the Prakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama, larger in size than the Colombo harbor.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel in Habarana / Sigiriya
Day 5 : Habarana – Airport
Breakfast. Thereafter leave for Airport to connect with departure flight
- The overnights at selected or similar.
- The full board in restaurants and hotels (from dinner on Day 01 to breakfast on Day 05).
- The transport vehicles with a / c and Italian speaking driver/ guide.
- Entrance Fees and visits as scheduled.
- Tickets for the cultural show in Kandy
- Local taxes and 15% of V.A.T.
- The visa or admission to the country.
- The medical health insurance.
- There are mandatory or in hotels
- Tips and gratuities.
- Early Check in or Late Check out
- Or anything not mentioned in cost includes.