Traverse thousands of years of history on this one-of-a-kind Indian Ocean island replete with ancient and majestic monuments, pristine beaches, jaw-dropping scenery and some of the world’s friendliest people. UNESCO has already recognized seven World Heritage Sites on this tiny island, and our fascinating Sri Lanka tour will visit six of them. Dive in to an eclectic mix of colonial history, religious traditions and South Asian influence. Discover the thousand-year-old ruins of ancient civilizations, including epic Sigiriya, take in the scenic tea fields in one of the world’s tea capitals, meet and learn the traditional ways of island dwellers and much more on this unique tour.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Ancient City of Polonnaruwa||4.||Old Town of Galle|
|2.||Ancient City of Sigiriya||5.||Sacred City of Kandy|
|3.||Sacred City of Anuradhapura||6.||Golden Temple of Dambulla|
|Price (From)||:||US$ 4250|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive Colombo
Sri Lanka, or Ceylon, as it was known for many years, is an ancient land. Recorded history here began around 4th century B.C., when people first settled in Anuradhapura. Our tour includes six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all boasting exquisite architecture and great historical significance. The entire island is teeming with bird life, while exotic animals like elephants and leopards are not uncommon. Get ready to experience breathtaking landscapes, a calm yet dynamic culture and warm hospitality on our unique Sri Lanka tour. Upon arrival, we are welcomed at the airport and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo (2 nights) (D)
Day 02: Colombo
Explore vibrant Colombo, an enticing mixture of impressive colonial architecture and cosmopolitan skyscrapers. Our full-day tour includes the first colonial fort, bustling Sea Street, the old quarter of Pettah and the lively bazaar area. Other highlights include exploring the 200-year-old Davatagaha Mosque, a Hindu Temple, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, famous for its reclining Buddha, and Wolvendaal Church. We also discover the Colombo National Museum, the most important museum in Sri Lanka. (B, D)
Day 03: Colombo/Sigiriya (Drive)
Journey through the lovely countryside to the Ancient City of Sigiriya*, where we marvel at the beautiful frescoes on Sigiriya Rock, a highlight of Sri Lanka tours. Perched on the steep slopes and summit of the Lion’s Rock, a granite peak standing some 370 meters high, Sigiriya dominates the surrounding landscape. First built by King Kassapa between 477 and 495, these ancient ruins create a majestic panorama. A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed from bricks and plaster provide access to the site.
Overnight: Cultural Triangle Heritance Kandalama, Sigiriya (3 nights) (B, D)
Day 04: Sigiriya/Anuradhapura/Aukana/Sigiriya (Drive)
An exciting visit to the Ancient City of Anuradhapura*, which ruled over Sri Lanka for a thousand years. On our exploration of this collection of architectural wonders, we see the world’s oldest living Bodhi tree, the Brazen Palace, the ancient twin ponds and the Queens’ Bath. Our next stop is Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. This site offers a rich mix of Brahmanic monuments built by the Chola dynasty, as well as the impressive ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. We then visit the magnificent rock-cut statue of Lord Buddha in Aukana. (B, D)
Day 05: Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa/Habarana/Sigiriya (Drive)
Today explore the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa*. This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought here in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again. We visit Gal Vihara, the Tivanka Pilimage and Parakrama Samudra. (B, D)
Day 06: Sigiriya/Dambulla/Matale/Kandy (Drive)
Today we discover the five cave temples of the Golden Temple of Dambulla*. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings and the 157 statues are some of the country’s most important Buddhist art. We then continue to the Matale Spice Gardens and the Sacred City of Kandy*. This Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings. Under these kings, the Dinahala culture flourished for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815.
Overnight: Earl’s Regency, Kandy (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 07: Kandy
We start our day with a unique excursion to the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela to learn about these gentle giants. This eco-friendly orphanage takes in elephants that have been abandoned or injured, and more than 90 now reside here. Next we explore the Lankatilaka Temple, Embekke Temples, and the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist temple and a famous pilgrimage site. We enjoy a traditional dance performance with fire eating and walking rituals in the evening. (B, D)
Day 08: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (Drive)
This morning, we immerse ourselves in the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, which are home to more than 4000 species of plant. We then drive through the breathtaking tea gardens and rolling hills to Nuwara Eliya, the scenic centre of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Here we visit a tea factory.
Overnight: Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (1 night) (B, D)
Day 09: Nuwara Eliya/Galle (Drive)
Today we explore the lovely tea gardens and continue to the coast to visit the historic city of Galle*. Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.
Overnight: Light house, Galle (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 10: Galle
Explore Galle’s natural harbour and the historic fortress, with its Dutch churches, museum, light house and imposing ramparts, followed by an excursion to Weligama to visit the Statue of the Leper King and the Purvarama Image House. (B, D)
Day 11: Galle/Negombo (Drive)
Enjoy a scenic coastal drive to Ambalangoda. En route, we explore the traditional fishing village of Negombo, which offers an alluring combination of sun, sand and sea.
Overnight: Jetwing Blue, Negombo (1 night) (B, D)
Day 12: Negombo/Colombo (Drive)/Depart Colombo
After an unforgettable experience of one of Asia’s oldest cultures and enjoying the hospitality of Sri Lanka and its people, we are transferred for our departure flight. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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