Traversing Sri Lanka
Traversing Sri Lanka - 10 days / 9 nights
Colombo will intrigue you with its amazing diversity - chrome and glass modern day citadels rub shoulders with antiquities of a priceless heritage that date 2500 years. Visit the elphant orphanage at Pinnawela and watch 65 of these gentle pachyderms bathe inthe river, climb the 'fortress in the sky' at Sigiriya and admire the ruins & ancient caves at Polonuruwa. The road to Kandy has the famous Dambula caves, Spice Gardens and Batik Factory and Kandy is the home of 'Dalada Maligawa'- temple of the Sacred Tooth relic of Lord Buddha, one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists the world over. Relax in the cool hills of a tea plantation at Nuwara Eliya and experiece this islands varied wildlife at Yala National Park on a jeep safari.
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Cost Includes: Accommodation for 9 nights, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking driver-guide in an air-conditioned car, monument entrance fee, park entrance fee and jeep rides as per itinerary.
Hotels Standard: Galle Face Colombo, Amaya Lake Dambula, Topaz Kandy, Galway Forest Lodge Nuwara Eliya, Yala Village Yala
Deluxe: Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Heritance Kandalama Kandalama, Earls Regency Kandy, Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya, Yala Village Yala.
Note: extra supplements will apply for Perehera Festival period and Christmas & New Years period.
Colombo(1) - Dambulla(3) - Kandy(2) - Nuwara Eliya(1) - Hambantota(1) - Colombo(1)
Day 01 Colombo
Reception and welcome at the airport followed by transfer to your Colombo hotel. Colombo is a combination of the new and the old. Your afternoon tour takes in the city’s sights.
Day 02 Colombo – Pinnawela – Dambulla
Proceed to the well known Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where you will see three generation of elephants that once started from a handful of orphans. Check in to your accommodation in Dambulla where you will be for the next two nights.
Day 03 Dambulla – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya –
visit the 11th century capital of Sri Lanka in the morning followed by the 5th century Sigirya rock fortress in the afternoon. Return to your accommodation in Dambulla.
Day 04 Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Kandalama – Dambulla
your morning itinerary includes the discovery of Sri Lanka’s first capital city built in the 2nd century BC with its Brazen Palace ruins, the sacred Bo Tree which is from a sapling from the original tree in Bodhgaya under which Buddha achieved enlightenment, rock carvings and paintings. You have the afternoon at leisure. Spend some time in the forest around the hotel which is a perfect spot for bird watching.
Day 05 Dambulla – Kandy
Explore the Dambulla Rock Temple and its 1st century rock cave temples. Then proceed to the city of Kandy en route visiting a spice garden in Matale. After checking in at your Kandy hotel you have the afternoon at leisure. in the evening visit the temple of the Tooth Relic and take in a cultural show with Sri Lanakan dancing.
Day 06 Kandy S
pend the day exploring the exotic city of Kandy including the Gardens of Pleasure at Peradenea.
Day 07 Kandy – Nuwaru Eliya
Your drive to the hill station of Nuwaru Eliya includes a stop at a tea plantation and factory to sample the world famous Ceylon Tea. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain air or maybe take in a round of golf.
Day 08 Nuwaru Eliya – Udawalawe – Hambantota
Visit the Udawalawe National Park for a jeep safari and experience of Sri Lanka’s varied wildlife. Your overnight accommodation is at Hambantota.
Day 09 Hambantota – Galle – Colombo
En route to Colombo visit the port city of Galle and its historic fort built by the Portuguese and the Dutch. Check into your hotel in Colombo. You have the afternoon to catch up on any souvenir shopping.
Day 10 DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.
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